Thiago Pinagel Bessimo Barcellosread bio
Thiago Pinagel Barcellos Bessimo studied Social Sciences at the Federal Fluminense University in Rio de Janeiro, and recently received his International Relations degree from the La Salle University of Rio de Janeiro, in Niterói. During his undergraduate studies, he undertook an exchange program at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, and before that, worked as research assistant for a major Brazilian Think-Tank, CEBRI, Brazilian Center for International Relations. As a Yenching Scholar, he is pursuing the Politics and International Relations concentration, as his main interests are understanding China’s relationship with its historical struggles and how it influences today’s politics and international relations in East Asia, especially regarding territorial disputes with its neighbors and conflicting interests in the region.
Bruno Kern Duarteread bio
Bruno Kern Duarte studied International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, graduating with a thesis on the Chinese Political System. Bruno worked at the Center for International Studies on Government, in the area of International Security, where he researched Chinese foreign and security policies. During his undergraduate career, he received a scholarship to study Mandarin for a calendar year at the Communication University of China. He then spent time living in Beijing while finishing research for his Master’s in International Strategic Studies at UFRGS. His thesis was about the political challenges of the Chinese economic transition. At the Yenching Academy, Bruno will focus his studies on the political aspects of Chinese economic development.
Laís Bueno Sachsread bio
Laís Bueno Sachs studied International Relations at the University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil. During her undergraduate course, she undertook an exchange program at Shanghai Fudan University, where she expanded her understanding of Chinese Foreign Policy, BRICS, and the New Development Bank created by this group. She also wrote several analyses about international conjuncture, especially about BRICS, China, Latin America and International Political Economy. Her undergraduate thesis was focused on Automotive Industries in Brazil and in Mexico and their impacts on these domestic economies. During her last semester at UnB, she worked as an intern at the Brazilian Government's Foreign Trade Chamber, where she could participate in the government’s policy making process related to imports and exports. She is particularly interested in Chinese Foreign Policy, Sino-South America Relations, Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur), Chinese culture, International Negotiation, International Political Economy, and Foreign Trade. Her intended field of studies at the Yenching Academy is International Relations and Foreign Trade.