2016 Yenching Scholars
Mohammed Badr

Mohammed Badr

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A French-Tunisian citizen born and raised in Paris, Mohammed-El-Fatah Badr graduated from Sciences Po Paris in International Security. He interned in various places from Doha to New York in different fields including transatlantic cooperation and peacekeeping in West Africa. He also spent an exchange year in Indonesia at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. His research interests include China’s foreign policy towards the Middle East. Mohammed harbors the secret dream of becoming an expert in Chinese cinema.

Coline Deltreil

Coline Deltreil

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Coline Deltreil Lacoste was born in France. From September 2013 to June 2015, she studied at Lycée Janson de Sailly in Paris 16, specializing in economics. She graduated with first class honours and proceeded to study European Economics and Policy at the University of Bordeaux Montesquieu. While economics is Coline’s cup of tea, art is her passion. As a sculptor’s daughter, she has always lived in an artistically-enlightened environment. Since childhood, she has developed a keen interest in the arts and a resilient creative streak. She has never considered visiting museums or attending previews, theatre plays and concerts as a drudgery, but rather as a hobby. Her ideal career is to hold a managerial position in an international art rental network, thus understanding and appreciating the stakes of the cultural sector. Coline has developed a keen interest in China since her godfather, who is a French photographer specializing in China and Myanmar, taught her about the Middle Kingdom. She is able to speak a little Chinese, having been taught by a Peking University alumnus who strengthened her love for China and admiration for his alma mater. Joining the Yenching Academy of Peking University in September 2016 was thus an honor and an opportunity to renew her passion for China.

Gabrielle de Haan

Gabrielle de Haan

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Gabrielle de Haan is an East Asian Languages and Cultures major and John Jay Scholar at Columbia University in New York (Columbia College ’16). Born in France to a French mother and an American father, she grew up in France, England, and Italy, where she attended a traditional Liceo Classico and studied Latin and Classical Greek. The addition of Mandarin to her linguistic studies soon led her to the belief that understanding China and its history, culture and place in the world was a challenge that she had to pursue. Gabrielle also has a keen interest in contemporary art and has worked at various galleries and arts institutions such as Christie's, Gagosian Gallery, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. As a Yenching Scholar, she is studying Chinese Literature and Culture, and she plans to further her knowledge of contemporary Chinese art, and specifically, how these fields will ultimately enhance mutual understanding between China and the West.

Céline Si Xu

Céline Si Xu

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Céline Si Xu graduated from Mines ParisTech where she studied Science and Executive Engineering, with a minor in supply chain management. After graduation, Céline worked as a consultant, which enabled her to gain valuable experience in international project management.  During this period, she contributed to several transformation programs in France, the U.S., Congo-Brazzaville, Thailand, Dubai, as well as China. Her assignments raised her awareness about cultural gaps and confirmed her intuition about their negative impacts on efficiency, if misunderstood. As China is now the 2nd largest economy in the world, bridging gaps between China and the rest of the world is a critical issue. As Céline defines herself as a Sino-French representative, she feels that she has much to contribute. At the Yenching Academy, she will deepen her understanding of China from a global perspective, with a particular focus on Economics and Management. Céline was born in China and currently lives in France.