Adrian Bazavanread bio
Adrian Bazavan, from Romania, is passionate about art, politics, history, and their complex connections. He wants to travel the world to build friendships and mutual understanding, and to transform cross-cultural conflict into beneficial cooperation. In 2014 he was named Valedictorian, earning his B.A. in Political Science at the National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration (NSPSPA), Bucharest. He completed his M.A. in Public Policies and European Integration at NSPSPA in 2016. He has studied Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University and at Peking University. Adrian speaks fluent Mandarin and currently works as a translator and representative for a Chinese real estate company investing in Romania. Fluent in English and French, he is currently studying Russian. Adrian has interned with several public and private institutions concerned with governance and policy consultancy, including the Government of Romania. As a national student union leader, Adrian has advocated for students’ rights and negotiated youth policy at all levels. He supports Moldova’s closer ties to Romania and EU integration, and has led many national projects benefiting Moldovan citizens and public administration. As the Project Director of the Romanian League of Students Abroad, Adrian has been a mobilizer of the Romanian-Moldovan community. Adrian’s hobbies include piano, dance and theatre. He also referees football games and participates in academic debate competitions. While studying Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy, Adrian will intern at the Romanian Embassy and pursue his PhD at the Romanian Economy Academy.
Madeleine May Clinganread bio
Madeleine (Maddie) Clingan has both a British and Trinidadian heritage, and lived her early years in Brighton, United Kingdom. It was here that she acquired a fascination with Chinese history and the development of modern Chinese society. At age eighteen, she completed her first academic research project in this area, subsequently undertaking an independent visit to China, where she spent time in a small urban town in Zhejiang Province to gain authentic, first-hand insights. Maddie is currently in the final year of her undergraduate degree at the University of York, where she triple-majors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The diverse and global nature of her degree has allowed her to pursue her passion for both international law and Chinese philosophy. In addition to her studies, she has completed an internship with the UK Civil Service Fast Stream. Moreover, at university, she established York Anti-Human Trafficking Student Group (YATS) with a group of peers, and also played a major role in the Model United Nations movement, serving on the Society Executive of United Nations Association York. Attending a range of different European conferences, she won five consecutive international and national Model United Nations ‘Best Delegate’ Awards for her debating and negotiation skills. In addition, Maddie co-chaired and led an innovative international simulation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for 50 delegates in Hamburg, Germany. At the Yenching Academy, she is looking forward to researching Law and Society. Her focus will be on Chinese public and corporate policies regarding consumer, labour, and environmental protection, and their impact on global standards of social responsibility.
Lidiia Demchenkoread bio
Lidiia Demchenko is a Ukrainian polyglot who knows 6 languages. She majored in Translation Studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and took part in an Erasmus Mundus exchange at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Italy for two semesters. Furthermore, she volunteered for a year in Spain with an EVS programme, helping immigrant minorities to adapt to the local community. Lidiia participated in various projects for intercultural dialogue and human rights promotion as she aspires for a career in the international cooperation sector. Her main field of interest is Gender Studies and Women’s Studies which she aims to research within Yenching Academy. She is one of the active representatives of Ukrainian feminist movement and a fierce human rights advocate. The China Studies’ interdisciplinary approach draws her attention as a tool to encourage dialogue between the East and the West.
Filippo Fabbroniread bio
Filippo Fabbroni, passionate swimmer and amateur motocross rider, comes from Forlì—a small town in Emilia Romagna (Italy). Filippo began to internationalize his academic experiences in his fourth year of high school, studying at Edgewood High School in Wisconsin (USA). During this period, he was selected to participate to the U.S. Swimming Junior Nationals, the most prestigious American under-18 swimming competition. While enrolled in a Bachelor of International Economics and Finance program at Bocconi University, Filippo studied as an exchange student at the University of Melbourne, interned at Infinity Value Consulting in Milan, and gained experience at Deloitte and the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. After graduating cum laude, he decided to study for a Master’s in Management at London Business School. He worked as an M&A analyst for Ac-Ap Advisory in London prior to heading to Phnom Penh, where he worked as a Summer Analyst at Leopard Capital, a private equity and frontier investing fund active in major emerging markets. Filippo is confident that researching Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy will provide him a solid understanding of the political tissue of China, one of the world’s greatest economies. Filippo also wishes to take advantage of his stay at the Yenching Academy to understand the great cultural heritage of China and improve his Chinese.
Johanna-Sophie Anneliese Frieseread bio
Johanna-Sophie Anneliese Friese holds both a degree in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin and a degree in China Studies from Freie Universit?t Berlin. Having attended school and university in Germany, Belgium and the UK, she has always had a very international mindset. Due to her interest in China, she wrote her thesis in Economics on the specific trade relations between China and Latin America. As part of her studies, she has taken several Chinese language courses and thereby improved her Mandarin skills. She gained professional experience as an intern at the German “Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development" as well as the "Consulate General of Germany" in Chengdu, as a student assistant at the “Center for International Cooperation” of FUB, and as a Summer School English teacher at the “Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade”. At Yenching Academy, she will pursue the Economics and Management research area, and would like to further explore the Chinese Economy, in particular, the development of the concept of “Green Economy” in China.
Oriane Li-Ming Gaillardread bio
Oriane Gaillard is from Lyons, France. She is a graduate from McGill University where she obtained a joint honors in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. Oriane wrote her undergraduate thesis on the origin and development of a specific element of Chinese logic developed by the Later Mohists, bian 辯, which is often translated as “disputation” or “argumentation.” She obtained her MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge. This interdisciplinary Master’s focused on the theory and practice of evidence-based policy making. Oriane has worked as a business analyst for the charity World Vision, as a policy advisor for the UK Department for Trade and Investment, and as a European policy research assistant for Ramboll Management Consulting. At Yenching Academy, Oriane aims to better understand how ethical questions are discussed within the Chinese society and the government before new technologies enter the market. She wants to investigate how such processes have an impact on diplomatic and business relations between China and the rest of the world. She is a trained violinist and was a member of the Lyons’ Opera Children Choir. She is looking forward to experiencing China’s vibrant food culture and to share her love for l'art de vivre with fellow students.
Maurice Ludwig Gajanread bio
Maurice Gajan grew up in Germany, but has spent most of the recent years of his life abroad in China, North Africa and the Netherlands. During high school he participated in a one-year exchange program in Zhengzhou and was eager to return to China for another year as a voluntary teaching assistant before attending university. During his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Leiden University, he chose to focus on the Middle East and the Arab world. During his studies, Maurice endeavoured to combine his interest in the Middle East and China, spending one semester in Egypt researching Sino-Egyptian relations. As a Yenching Scholar, he intends to focus on China’s growing engagement in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in regard to its changing economic and political dimensions. Maurice is currently based in Sudan, where he is interning at the United Nations and studying Arabic.
Kamil Galeevread bio
Kamil Galeev is from Moscow, Russia. He is a graduate cum laude of the Higher School of Economics (Moscow), where he majored in History. His academic interests at the time included the history of the Early Modern Period and later the history of economic thought. His B.A. thesis was dedicated to the intellectual roots of Schumpeterian theory of the Creative Destruction. After graduation, Kamil worked in the Agency for Strategic initiatives which aims to attract investments into Russian provincial regions. Later, he tried himself as a journalist, contributing to several newspapers, such as Forbes.ru, Russkaya planeta and more recently to the major oppositional media in Russia – Novaya Gazeta. At the same time, Kamil focused on economic history, working on a project of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) aimed at the reconstruction of the Russian system of national accounts for the nineteenth century. Kamil was already attracted to China in high school, where he wrote several research papers on the topics of Chinese and East Asian history. At the moment he is eager to further pursue his interests at the Yenching Academy. His intended research area is Politics and International Relations, with a focus on studying the structure of the Chinese state and exploring the causes of its flexibility and openness to change.
Oskar Galeevread bio
Oscar Galeev was raised in Moscow and followed his passion for area and language studies by pursing a BA degree at Leiden University in The Hague. There he majored in International and Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Global Affairs and completed his thesis on urban anthropology and political discourses of the Arab Spring in Egypt. Fluent in Russian, Tatar, English and French, Oscar studied Arabic and Dutch at the core of his program in Leiden. In addition to his active involvement in student initiatives he followed courses of the Honours Academy in International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis. The year prior to joining the Yenching Academy Oscar worked as a research assistant at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies, conducting research on China’s economic cooperation with the “Global South”, in particular within the One Belt-One Road initiative. Fascinated with the opportunity of further study of China, he intends to concentrate on Politics and International Relations and to conduct research on Chinese modern philosophy and foreign policy doctrine. He hopes that exploring and gaining a better understanding of China will enable him to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between China, Russia and Europe.
Alexandre Nicolas Gascoinread bio
Alexandre Gascoin was born in Paris, France. From 2012 to 2014, he followed an interdisciplinary course at the Lycée Fénelon in Paris 06, specializing in Philosophy. He majored in Philosophy at the Université Paris-X with honors. In 2014, he joined the Philosophy Department of the Lyons école Normale Supérieure (E.N.S.). Being convinced of the importance of collaborative knowledge, his first Master’s thesis brought together the study of the contemporary philosophy of language and French literature. Choosing to focus his work on today’s issues, Alexandre is currently working on contemporary Western political philosophy, and more precisely, on the concepts prevalent in current tensions and debates, such as “identity” and “multiculturalism.” This is why he chose to work on the fascinating work of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor for his second Master’s thesis. Alexandre's keen interest in Chinese culture began in high school, where he started to learn Mandarin. In 2011, he traveled to Beijing to live with a Chinese family for three weeks, experiencing Chinese customs firsthand. His growing interest in philosophy led him to study classical Chinese philosophy, and more recently, contemporary political Chinese thinkers such as Zhou Lian and Zhao Tingyang. At the Yenching Academy, he aims to develop a critical approach to Western political tradition through the study of contemporary and classical Chinese philosophical concepts.