Ravish Bhatiaread bio
Ravish Bhatia is a citizen of India and presently lives in New Delhi. He graduated as an Electronics engineer from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi upon which he worked as part of the Business Technology and Business Consulting teams at the management consulting firm, ZS Associates. Presently, he is working as a policy and strategy consultant for Members of Indian Parliament. He has worked extensively on building development strategies for villages located close to the Indo-China border and is passionate about using data science and technology for international development. He founded and presently leads the National Youth Advisory Panel, PLAN International (India Chapter), a 200-member youth body promoting children's rights in India. As a student he served as the President of the Dance and Debating clubs in his university. He enjoys reading, playing football and dancing.
Padmapriya Govindarajanread bio
Padmapriya obtained her Integrated Master’s in Development Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She is deeply interested in Chinese politics, particularly domestic, stemming from her coursework, a summer research internship in Taiwan in 2016, and her Master's Thesis on understanding Citizenship as articulated by Social Movements within China and Hong Kong. She has written expansively about Indian politics as a correspondent for The Diplomat, publishing over 50 articles in the magazine. Marrying this with her love for foreign policy, she will focus on International Relations and Politics as part of her China Studies program at Yenching. In addition to her academic engagement with China, she has worked extensively with urban policy, and presented her work in multiple international conferences. As part of the selection committee to the National Debate team, she is now a trainer for an NGO that is taking debate to school students across 10 Indian cities, after having represented India at the World Schools Debating Championships, as a debater, an adjudicator and a coach herself. Her association with educational work continues in her capacity as a project manager liaising with the University of California, Berkeley, to create and disperse a hygiene education curriculum in state-schools in India, as well as writing play-scripts part-time for a theatre-based education start-up in her home city, Chennai.
Sriharsha Masabathularead bio
Sriharsha Masabathula, from India, is a member of the Master’s of Public Policy, Class of 2016-17 at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government as a Chevening Scholar. During 2014-16, he worked with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Yangon, Myanmar, on issues related to sustainable livelihood-development, environmental conservation, and communication for development (C4D). He completed his undergraduate studies in Economics and Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University, USA, following which he pursued the Young India Fellowship in New Delhi, India. Sriharsha has also served as the President of a social-enterprise, Veda Climate Change Solutions Ltd. (VCCSL), established to make international climate change mechanisms work for marginalized communities. VCCSL has successfully delivered "carbon-revenue" from afforestation activities to over 1500 small-scale farmers, through a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, perhaps for the first-time in the afforestation sector in South-Asia, in partnership with the World Bank's carbon-finance business. Sriharsha believes that inter-cultural dialogue and understanding is essential to address today’s challenges, and envisions the Yenching Academy as a platform to deepen his understanding of how global issues can be addressed innovatively through perseverance, sacrifice, ambition and strategic vision, embedded in the Chinese approach to problem-solving. He is also keen on delving into how India and China, along with the ASEAN countries, can chart an innovative roadmap for socio-economic development through upcoming initiatives in the region, such as the New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Suvina Singalread bio
Suvina Singal was born and raised in Delhi, India. She graduated from Sciences Po, Paris, with a Master’s in International Development, specializing in research methods and global health. She was a recipient of the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship, awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Prior to coming to France, she studied Liberal Arts as a Young India Fellow at Ashoka University, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. Her interests include the political economy of development, gender relations and social change. Her interest in China originated through her academic study of economics and development. In 2016, she spent six months working at UN Women China in Beijing, supporting programs on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Elimination of Violence Against Women. Working and living in China strengthened her desire to engage with the country more deeply. At the Yenching Academy, she plans to focus on law and society in China, and improve her Chinese language skills.