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.
Ludovica Meacciread bio
Ludovica Meacci, from Italy, graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Mediation from Sapienza University of Rome, where she focused on Chinese language and culture. During her second undergraduate year, Ludovica was a visiting student at Paris Diderot University on the Erasmus scholarship, where she improved her knowledge of French and Chinese language. Thanks to her stays at Beijing Foreign Studies University and Zhejiang University, Ludovica has also deepened her understanding of Chinese culture and has improved her language skills. After graduating from Sapienza University in 2014, she went to London to read for an MSc in Contemporary China Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she graduated with "Distinction". This experience has equipped her with a well-rounded understanding of contemporary Chinese society, of the functioning of the Chinese state and of the relationship between law, policy and administration. Following her interests in politics and journalism, Ludovica is a contributing writer for Il Caffè Geopolitico, an Italian online magazine, where she publishes articles about Chinese domestic politics. At the Yenching Academy, Ludovica intends to concentrate in Politics and International Relations: her interest is to investigate the growing role of China as an international actor and to analyse the key features of the country's foreign policy at the present stage.
Leonardo Volpiniread bio
Leonardo Volpini is 22 years old and from Viterbo, Italy. He graduated cum laude at La Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in International Cooperation and Development, an interdisciplinary program which combines political, cultural and sociological issues. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in International Sciences, China and Global studies at the University of Turin, aiming to deepen his knowledge of Chinese political culture and language. In 2015 he took part in an Erasmus Program in Tampere, Finland, where he focused his academic activity and research on Human Rights. As a European citizen with a strong faith in the EU, he leapt at the opportunity to study at the Yenching Academy, aiming to contribute to a process of mutual understanding and trust building between the EU and China in the wider framework of regional and inter-regional cooperation. Leonardo is also interested in investigating how the OBOR initiative will impact the social structures of the Eurasian continent. Furthermore, he is keen to join the ThinkInChina community in Beijing to constructively engage in public debate in China. Leonardo is a voracious reader of fiction as well as non-fiction books and loves to take long and inspiring walks.