2015 Yenching Scholars
Keshav Kelkar

Keshav Kelkar

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Keshav Kelkar received a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia where he pursued his interests in East Asian history, political development, and policymaking. He conducted research on policy in the Asia-Pacific region, and published pieces on a range of Asian policy-related topics. At the Yenching Academy, he explored China’s evolving role as a provider of overseas development assistance in the Asia-Pacific region.

Daniel Khalessi

Daniel Khalessi

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Daniel Khalessi studied global affairs and international security at Stanford and Yale. His previous projects analyzed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, recreated Alexander the Great’s historical route to India, and allowed him to engage with the UN and the Former U.S. Secretary of Defense. At the Yenching Academy, he researched Chinese business negotiation practices and the role of the technology entrepreneurship sector in U.S.-China relations.

Nothando Khumalo

Nothando Khumalo

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Nothando Khumalo, born and raised in Swaziland, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor and Master of civil engineering. Nothando has published 3 conference papers on transportation engineering, the last of which was at the triennial World Conference Transport Research Society in Shanghai. Her research interests combine the fields of engineering, economics, and finance. In the future, Nothando hopes to be at the forefront of strategic Sino-African relations, with a particular focus on Swaziland.

Eun Seo Kim

Eun Seo Kim

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Eun Seo Kim studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford. Interested in the intersection between philosophy and environmentalism, she volunteered with a microfinance project in Ghana, and worked for a global environmental think-tank focusing on the relationship between philosophical valuations and economic calculations about the environment.

Kent Kuran

Kent Kuran

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Kent Kuran studied Engineering at the University of Toronto where his senior research project consisted of technical consulting for Siemens. He is the co-founder of You’re Next, a not-for-profit organization for young professionals. He interned for the Canadian Parliamentarian and International Trade Critic, Chrystia Freeland. 

Julien Legrand

Julien Legrand

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Julien Legrand carried out research on how European products might serve the needs of the Chinese market for the Vice-President of French company Air Liquide. Passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, Julien has written for both Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the ParisTech Review on business strategy in China. Julien has also applied his interest in advanced mathematics and physics to a satellite design project.

Yulia Leonovich

Yulia Leonovich

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Yulia Leonovich studied at Saint Petersburg State University where her work focused on the classical works of ancient Chinese thinkers, as well as contemporary Chinese socio-political texts and literary works. She is interested in studying language, speech, and debate in the philosophical systems of ancient and medieval China, the philosophy of language, and the genesis of views on language in China. 

Li Jingjiang

Li Jingjiang

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Li Jingjiang studied Chinese language and literature at Nanjing University. His research focused on modern Chinese literature, intellectual discourses, and Republican China classical-style poetry. Jingjiang aspires to build a non-profit project focusing on education, and to that end he took part in numerous voluntary and community projects. He spent his time at the Yenching Academy conducting interdisciplinary studies on twentieth-century China.

Lim Zi Kun

Lim Zi Kun

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Lim Zi Kun studied sociology at the National University of Singapore. At the Yenching Academy, Zi Kun carried out research on the Chinese entrepreneurial model, its relationship with Chinese culture, as well as the institutional and policy environment of entrepreneurship in China.

Liu Chang

Liu Chang

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Liu Chang studied culture, communication, and teaching Chinese as a second language at the University of International Relations in Beijing. Interested in language acquisition and teaching, he was previously involved in projects researching second language teaching environments and intercultural communication competence.