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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.
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.
Alexander David Hornungread bio
Alexander Hornung received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with honors in the field of Banking and Capital Markets Law, and a Master’s in Business for Legal Professionals. He received his qualification to practice law in 2017 after graduating from the EBS University of Business and Law. He attended American, Canadian, French, and Chinese schools, and spent a semester abroad at Peking University Graduate School of Transnational Law. He is fluent in several European languages and in Mandarin. He is interested in international relations, global business and transnational law, which he practiced during his internship with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In 2016 he co-founded a start-up aiming to combat ticket scalping at European stadiums and its resultant security loopholes. At the Yenching Academy, Alexander will focus on China’s approach to international affairs and how these may relate to business strategies and legal regulations between China and Western countries.
Sebastian Johannes Reilread bio
Sebastian Reil, who was born and raised in Germany, is currently finishing a Master’s degree in International Economics and Business as well as an Honour’s Master’s degree in Leadership at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. His two long-term passions are the rise of Asia and innovation. After High School, Sebastian worked for one year in a development assistance project in Vietnam. He did his undergraduate studies in economics at Heidelberg University specializing in economic development and growth. During this time, he also spent one semester at National Taiwan University in Taipei studying Chinese language and East Asian economic development. Besides his studies, he gained extensive work experience in the innovation economy from a startup, corporate and public sector perspective. He worked, amongst other things, on innovation strategy at the start-up unit of the German industrial giant Siemens and graduated from an open innovation accelerator where he was developing smart traffic solutions for the city of Tel Aviv. In his free time, he contributes to the NGO Refugee Cities which aims to expand the options for displaced people by promoting special status settlements. At Yenching Academy Sebastian wants to deepen his understanding of China and the Chinese language as well as study the economic development of China and China’s emerging role as an innovator with the aim to become a connector between Chinese and Western innovation.
Theresa Stubhanread bio
Theresa Stubhan is a German national who is currently studying for a BA in Chinese Studies and BSc in International Business Administration at Eberhard Karls Universit?t Tübingen in Germany. Her interest in China originates in childhood. She grew up between Germany and China which has led her to feel at home in both cultures. In the course of her undergraduate studies, she also spent one year in Beijing studying Chinese language at Peking University and interning for the Austrian Embassy where she assisted with the preparation and coordination of the visit of the Austrian Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister. Theresa has been working as a research assistant at the China Centre Tübingen (CCT) since its opening in April 2016. CCT is an institute at the university dedicated both to research and to promoting cultural competence with regard to China and the Chinese diaspora. Her work involves the organization and coordination of events as well as social media management. Theresa′s research interests include social enterprise and current social issues in China as well as international economic cooperation. Her Chinese Studies BA thesis examines the PRC′s new law on foreign NGOs and its impact on NGOs that support disabled persons, drawing on the results of fieldwork she conducted in Beijing in the summer of 2016. At Yenching Academy, Theresa will join the Economics and Management track, her aim being to familiarize herself with the Chinese entrepreneurial landscape and economic institutions.
Roswitha Alexandra Trapperead bio
Roswitha was born and raised in Switzerland, where she lived until going on to pursue her undergraduate degree in International Business at Royal Holloway University of London in 2014. For her second year, Roswitha was selected for the study abroad scholarship to continue the full year at Hong Kong University, which greatly awoke her interest for economic and political issues in the region. During her time at HKU, she became a core member of the university's dragonboat team, which brought her to several international competitions in Hong Kong and Heilongjiang. During the summer after her exchange, she remained in Hong Kong for an internship at a local insolvency firm, which also gave her the opportunity to work with an initiative by the World Bank. Moreover, she got to explore Peking University in a joint summer programme with LSE, which strongly awoke her intent to pursue further studies there. Since her return to the UK for the final year of her Bachelor's degree, she has actively kept in touch with Asia both on an off campus, such as with her dissertation on Swiss SME investment in China, or as a research volunteer at the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association. At Yenching Academy, Roswitha will be pursuing Economics and Management as her research area, and is particularly interested in China's One Belt One Road initiative.