• Barrientos Fuentes Felipe Alberto Barrientos Fuentes

    Felipe Alberto Barrientos Fuentes

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    Felipe Barrientos Fuentes studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC) in his hometown, Santiago de Chile, obtaining a certificate in International and Comparative Law. Looking to expand his knowledge beyond legal studies, he undertook exchange semesters at Northwestern University in the United States, where he studied political science, and at Technische Universit?t München, Germany, where he studied management. His academic interests include corporate regulation and its role in deterring mismanagement, white-collar crime, and corruption in public companies. He is currently a research assistant at the UC Center for Corporate Governance, where he has co-published a working paper on gender diversity in Chilean boards, and will also collaborate with the Chilean chapter of Transparency International in the months prior to his arrival in China. As a Yenching Scholar, Felipe will pursue the Economics & Management research area, with a particular interest in learning about the organizational culture of Chinese companies, their regulatory standards, and the ongoing Chinese anti-corruption campaign.

  • Daniel Daniel De Oliveira Vasconcelos

    Daniel De Oliveira Vasconcelos

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    Daniel Vasconcelos studied Political Science at the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. He was an academic member of two research groups headed by leading Brazilian professors, for which he studied International Relations Theory, International Law, and Society. His undergraduate thesis on international cooperation issues focused more particularly on the cooperation between Brazil and African states. After graduating, he moved to Canada, where he volunteered to teach Brazilian culture and Portuguese for a university club at Thompson Rivers University. Upon his return to Brazil, he enrolled in a Postgraduate Program in Diplomatic Studies at the International Law Center (Cedin), and wrote his thesis on the domestic sources of Chinese Foreign Policy, analyzing Chinese society, the Chinese political system, and Chinese leadership bios. During this time, he also worked as a teacher for the American School of Belo Horizonte, lecturing on Brazilian history and geography. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to improve his Chinese and broaden his knowledge of China, especially Chinese politics, society and the country’s relations with the rest of the world.

  • Machado Lívia Machado Costa

    Lívia Machado Costa

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    Raised in the Brazilian Amazon Region, Lívia Machado Costa studied International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) where, driven by her persistent curiosity, she found herself studying more than the traditional curriculum and frequenting classes of urbanism, gender and sexuality, and photography. Her interest in China flourished when she received a scholarship to study Mandarin at the Communication University of China. While in Beijing, Lívia had a deep understanding about how culturally rich, socially complex, innovative and politically challenging this country is. She traveled to many provinces, from the northern province of Inner Mongolia to the southern province of Yunnan, in the city of Jing Hong. On her return to Brazil, she wrote an undergraduate thesis about Brazil and China’s action in Angola and Mozambique in the 21st Century. As Lívia started connecting the dots, her socio-economic origins, the international position of her country as a developing one with a South voice and her experiences in China, she decided to choose Politics and International Relations as her research area at the Yenching Academy. Her aims are to enhance the cooperation between Brazil and China through education and to be a shaper of her community. Lívia believes that imagination is a key element to change the world.

  • Taiana Francisco Alberto Taiana

    Francisco Alberto Taiana

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    Francsico obtained his Bachelor’s degree in History from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, and is currently studying for a MSC in Latin American Studies at Oxford University, with a particular focus on Sino-Argentine relations during the Cold War era. Francisco has a long-standing interest in Chinese imperial and post-imperial history and politics. He is very much interested in recent and current Chinese international relations.