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Lisa Stefanie Laevenread bio
Lisa Laeven is from The Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) with a degree in Sinology focusing on Chinese archaeology. She is currently studying for a graduate degree in corporate communication at KU Leuven, where she focuses on ideological and viewpoint diversity in the academia. She worked as an intern at the Provincial Government of Limburg (NL) and conducted research on Chinese incoming tourism in the Netherlands and Limburg in the context of the China-EU Touristic Year 2018. Before starting her master degree at KU Leuven, she spent a year at Peking University studying Chinese language and became interested in intercultural communication and China’s relation to the rest of the world. At Yenching Academy, she concentrates on Politics and International Relations thereby broadening her understanding of China’s role on the international stage. Her other interests include organizing educational projects and travelling.
Pim ten Haafread bio
Pim ten Haaf is a 2018 Yenching Scholar from the Netherlands. He completed his BSc and MSc in Forestry and Climate Studies at Wageningen University. During this time, he worked at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and Chatham House, where he conducted research on China’s role in natural resources and environmental policy. Furthermore, he was a liaison for the official visit of the PRC’s NDRC to the Netherlands, and acted as academic director for a Model United Nations Conference in Shanghai. It was during the fieldwork of his thesis, which focused on the governance of climate finance in Vietnam, that he became interested in China’s expanding role in Southeast Asia. He therefore accepted a scholarship after his graduation to study Mandarin at Renmin University in Beijing. At the Yenching Academy, Pim concentrates in the Economics and Management research area, and examines Chinese activities in the Mekong river basin.