2016 Yenching Scholars
Hylke de Sauvage Nolting

Hylke de Sauvage Nolting

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Born and raised in Gouda, the Netherlands, Hylke de Sauvage Nolting studied at Leiden University College The Hague. In this interdisciplinary program he majored in World Politics. He took part in a wide variety of courses related to the field of International Relations. Hylke was already fascinated by China in high school, which resulted in him researching the Chinese Real Estate sector for his final project. After paying his first visit to China last year his interest intensified, and he is delighted to have the opportunity to explore China more at Yenching. His intended concentration is Politics and International Relations, with a focus on China-EU relations.

Stephanie Oduro-Mensah

Stephanie Oduro-Mensah

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Stephanie Oduro-Mensah is a Ghanaian who worked as a Teaching Assistant in the University of Ghana’s Chinese Department. She is also a student of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK) where she has already earned an Advance Diploma in Accounting and Business. She was awarded the Confucius Scholarship to study Chinese language and culture at Zhejiang University of Technology in the 2013-2014 academic year and graduated from University of Ghana in 2015 with a B.A. in Chinese and Political Science. Stephanie is passionate about voluntarily serving in community development projects such as project GreenStamp, which saw her operate in Marrakech, Morocco, in December 2012 as well as project ExploreChina in January 2014 in Suzhou, China. Stephanie’s interest in China-African cooperation informed her decision to pursue Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy. She intends to focus on ‘The New Face of China-Africa Relations.”

Deniz Cem Ozensoy

Deniz Cem Ozensoy

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Deniz Cem Ozensoy arrived at the Yenching Academy from Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from the University of Chicago with BA degrees in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Economics. Currently he is interested in international relations and he is studying Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy. He intends to do research on projects that promote international integration and cooperation led by China such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank and the New Silk Road Project. He has been to China three times in the past, which all add up to 7 months of living in China. He is interested in modern and pre-modern Chinese history as well as China’s position in international politics.

Vaishnavi Patil

Vaishnavi Patil

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Vaishnavi Patil (Satara, India) completed a Masters' in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2015, where she studied Chinese paintings, calligraphy and ceramics along with Western art theory. Her thesis, titled “China meets West: Understanding cross-cultural artistic interactions through the battle-scenes of the Qianlong Emperor”, studied the European artistic influences seen in the Qing court art of the 18th century. Prior to this, she received her Bachelors' degree from St. Xavier's College Autonomous, Mumbai studying ancient Indian culture, history and psychology. Her research papers have been selected for inclusion at the International Indian Art History Congress 2013, the Stanford-Berkeley Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities, 2016 and the 21st biennial conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, St. Petersburg, 2016. Apart from fine arts, she is passionate about literature, performance arts, languages and cultures, and hopes to link different disciplines of study through her work. Also an international delegate to the inaugural Yenching Global Symposium, Vaishnavi is looking forward to returning to the Academy to deepen her understanding of Chinese history, philosophy and culture and to further her Chinese language skills.

Benjamin Pham

Benjamin Pham

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Benjamin Pham is originally from the state of Georgia in the United States. He graduated from Stanford University, where he majored in political science and minored in both East Asian history and German studies.  At Stanford, he worked as a research assistant to Professor and former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, as well as to Professor Takeo Hoshi. He assisted with Professor Hoshi's research, conducted in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade, and Industry, by carrying out statistical evaluations of Japanese innovation policy. He has interned at Caixin Media in Beijing and the National Institute of Research Advancement in Tokyo, and conducted independent research on representations of modernization in state-affiliated museums in Seoul as a Stanford Chappell Lougee Scholar. He won the 2015 Stanford Korea Program Korean Studies Writing Prize for a paper on the role of Japanese firms in spurring South Korea’s rapid industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s. Broadly, his academic interests as they pertain to China lie in the modern history of trilateral interactions between Korea, Japan, and China. At the Yenching Academy, he is concentrating in History and Archaeology, and he tentatively plans to write his thesis on a topic related to the history of Sino-Japanese and Sino-Korean intellectual exchanges during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Aruth Phraerungrueang

Aruth Phraerungrueang

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Aruth Phraerungrueang, or "Fudge", studied Economics at Chulalongkorn University. Fudge was President of the university’s English Debate Society, where he recruited and trained students to represent Thailand internationally. He used English debating to encourage thought organization, constructive dialogues and international exposure for Thai students. Fudge has taught English debating workshops at five Chinese provincial universities. He made his classrooms into forums for thought exchange where he learned the new generation Chinese’s perspectives on current issues.


Ivel Posada Martínez

Ivel Posada Martínez

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Ivel Posada Martínez is a Cuban national and 2014 graduate of Harvard College, where he received his BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Social Studies and Philosophy. At Harvard, Ivel was the recipient of four competitive research and public service fellowships, including the Radcliffe Institute's Pforzheimer Fellowship, the Nicholson Award and Harvard's Presidential Public Service Fellowship. He has previously served as a member of HAUSCR's Young Leaders in China program, where he taught a seminar on the institution of judicial review at Renmin University High School in Beijing. His broad academic interests have touched on issues ranging from constitutional law, to the normativity of ethical precepts, to LGBT rights. As a Teach for America corps member, Ivel served as the science department chair for the Henderson Upper School, the United States' first public K-12 inclusion school. As a Yenching Scholar, he is concentrating in economics and management and hopes to partner with the World Bank to research and quantify the economic costs of homophobia in China.

Ravi Prasad

Ravi Prasad

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Ravi Prasad is British with Indian heritage. He studied Economics at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 2015. During his time at Cambridge, Ravi organized conferences on the subjects of International Relations and Economic Development; the latter facilitating the first meeting between H.E Liu Xiaoming and H.E Ranjan Mathai (Chinese and Indian Ambassadors to the UK). In 2012, Ravi was announced as one of three Top Young Economists by the Royal Economic Society and in 2015 he led the UK team to second place in KPMG's International Consulting Championships in Dubai. Ravi was an exchange student at Princeton University in 2014, and has previously interned at the UN and written for The Times. He worked for Goldman Sachs in London in their Thematic Research Division where he focused on Chinese economic growth and more recently on the rise of the Tech Sector. At Yenching Academy, Ravi is pursuing the Economics & Management concentration. His interests lie in the interaction of Chinese and Indian economic growth on global asset markets, as well as Anglo-Chinese trade relations. Ravi is looking forward to exploring these issues in more depth at YCA.

Mikk Raud

Mikk Raud

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Mikk Raud is originally from Estonia, but chose to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Government and Laws from the University of Hong Kong. During his studies, Mikk completed internships with the Atlantic Treaty Association in Brussels, as well as the Estonian Embassy in Beijing. Having conducted research on China’s cyber capabilities for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence, his career interests concern cyber security policy making and security consultation. At the Yenching Academy, Mikk is studying Economics and Management and hopes to improve his Mandarin skills to business level fluency. His life-long passions include playing tennis and hiking in nature.