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.
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.
Honorine Goueth-M'Bele Ekineread bio
Honorine Goueth, born in France but originally from Cameroon, is a graduate student who has obtained a dual degree in Spanish and Latin-American Studies and History from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After a one-year Erasmus program at the University of Barcelona, Honorine conducted research on Euro-Latin-American partnerships and the subsequent impact of Europe’s renewed interest in emerging economies throughout the world. She has professional experience in the fields of diplomacy, higher education, and entrepreneurship. Honorine worked for the Bolivian and American Ambassadors to the French Republic, the delegation of Cabo Verde during the COP 21, the United Nations and for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a recipient of the Lantos - Humanity in Action Congressional fellowship at Washington DC, one of her missions is providing support on legislative work to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos at the U.S. House of Representatives. Honorine has held strategic positions in International Relations Offices of Pierre & Marie and Paris-Sorbonne Universities. Since November 2014, she has assisted the director of Little Africa, a cultural and tourist agency promoting Africa beyond borders. As a Yenching scholar, Honorine wants to deepen her knowledge in the sustainable ways of building a trilateral cooperation between China, France, and the African continent.