2016 Yenching Scholars
Pavel Sergeevich Degtiarev

Pavel Sergeevich Degtiarev

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Pavel Degtiarev completed his undergraduate degree at University College London (UCL), where he studied Russian history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He holds dual UK/Russian citizenship and worked at the Moscow office of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in the summer of 2015. At the Yenching Academy, he is pursuing the economics and management concentration of the Master's in China Studies program. He is interested in finance and clean energy investment in the context of China’s economic development over the next five years. Pavel completed a summer analyst program at J.P. Morgan in London before arriving in Beijing.

Yuliana Dementyeva

Yuliana Dementyeva

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Yuliana comes from Russia and has experience living in London and Hong Kong. She has a Bachelor degree with Distinction in International Relations from Moscow State University. Prior to joining the Yenching Academy, she studied for a MSc in China in a Comparative Perspective at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Throughout her studies, Yuliana has been actively involved in academic debate on Chinese foreign policy and economics, particularly energy relations with Russia on which she published several articles. Her current research interests lie in the area of development studies and include China’s quest for domestic innovations and sustainable economic growth. Yuliana’s concentration at the Yenching Academy is Economics and Management and she hopes to conduct extensive field research on development strategies of Chinese major companies such as Huawei, exploring their success and failures in producing functioning innovations. Yuliana is proficient in English and Mandarin, has a passion for astronomy and enjoys visits to observatories during her free time.

Nikita Ermakov

Nikita Ermakov

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Nikita Ermakov graduated from the Saint Petersburg University, Russia, where he completed his Master’s degree in Economics. His academic experience includes three years of studying at Ajou University and The Catholic University of Korea, where his classes were held in Korean. At the completion of his time in Korea he received a B.A. from Ajou University. Nikita is interested in sports and has also participated in competitions for his university swimming team. He has studied Chinese before, so he plans to improve his language skills and learn Cantonese. Nikita worked at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Saint Petersburg as a marketing manager. He likes to work with an international team and develop business connections. His main research interests include: international marketing strategies in Asia and foreign direct investments to Hong Kong. At the Yenching Academy, he will continue to focus on investment policies of China and other East Asian countries.

Ekaterina Tchebotareva

Ekaterina Tchebotareva

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Ekaterina (Kat) Tchebotareva was born in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Kat graduated with honours from Harvard University, where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics (“Social Studies”). At Harvard, her undergraduate thesis looked at the Sovereignty Implications of the Basic Law of Hong Kong, as the intersection of law, sovereignty theory, and East Asian history. Her thesis and corresponding defense were recommended for magna cum laude. To gather the requisite research, Kat travelled to Hong Kong as a Fung Foundation Scholar - where she conducted nearly 40 interviews with local professors and academics. Aside from her thesis work, she spent a summer studying French while living with a Parisian host family (as a David Rockefeller Grant Recipient), and completed coursework at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Law School. At Yenching Academy, Kat’s dissertation seeks to understand Chinese sharing-economy regulations via identifying best practices by foreign entrants such as Uber and Airbnb. She has also partnered with three fellow Yenching Scholars and the Dean of the PKU School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in designing the course “Venturing Into China: Entrepreneurial Innovation in the 21st Century”, offered at the Academy for the first time in Spring 2017. 

Tcybzhid Tcybikova

Tcybzhid Tcybikova

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Tcybzhid Tcybikova is from the city of Ulan-Ude, the Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation. She has studied Oriental studies and Chinese history at the Buryat State University where she has also majored in Chinese language with a minor in Tibetan. She has a wide range of research interests including the Iron Age in China with the “Spring and Autumn” and the “Warring States” periods, Sino-Russian relations and comparative historical studies. Tcybzhid has also participated in archeological fieldwork in South-Eastern Siberia, which took place at the Paleolithic excavation site and at the Ivolga archaeological site of a fortified city of the Xiongnu. Her final undergraduate research project focused on the doctrine of Sun-Yatsen in relation to Taiwan’s economic and political development. She has then pursued her Master’s degree in Applied Foreign Languages at the Taiwan University of Science and Technology. At the Yenching Academy, Tcybzhid intends to continue studying Chinese history. She hopes to gain more theoretical perspectives and insights from Chinese scholars and contribute to Sino-Russian relations in the future. Tcybzhid believes that historical evidence from the past can explain what is going on at the present time, can reveal main causes of current political events, and can give wise suggestions. For these reasons she finds a short quote by Confucius as a great source of personal motivation - “Study the past if you would define the future”.