2016 Yenching Scholars
Max-Sebastian Dovi

Max-Sebastian Dovi

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Max-Sebastian Dovì graduated from graduated from Bocconi University with a degree in Economics, and simultaneously completed a second undergraduate degree in International Relations and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, as well as a graduate diploma in Mathematics from the University of London (LSE). Max-Sebastian is a dual German-Italian citizen, growing up in both Genoa and Berlin before moving to Scotland for his studies. Building on his nine-month stay in Beijing and Shanghai as an exchange student, at the Yenching Academy he is interested in pursuing research related to the (International) Political Economy of China. More generally, he is interested in studying the likely development of trade relationships between Europe and China in a time where the two economies are becoming increasingly structurally similar and hence are (ostensibly) entering into greater competition with each other. Concretely, he is presently interested in researching the effects of China’s restructuring its economy along ‘green’ lines and the implications this will have for Sino-European environmental cooperation. He also wishes to take advantage of his stay at the Yenching Academy to improve his Chinese and become familiar with novel paradigmatic approaches to the philosophical issues he studied at St Andrews.

Laura Grunberg

Laura Grunberg

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Laura Grunberg holds a German passport but has a very mixed background and is currently living between the UK and Switzerland. She attended school in both Germany and Switzerland before gaining a scholarship for boarding school in the UK, and is currently studying Human, Social and Political Sciences with Management at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School. Laura’s interests range from public policy to business innovation and social anthropology. At Cambridge, she was actively involved in organizing seminars and conferences as President of the UK’s leading student think tank, but she has also worked for large corporations such as CHANEL. Having always had a passion for China, she has been studying Mandarin and going to China since the age of 16, in addition to following courses on the anthropology of Inner Asia during her studies. At Yenching she is following the Economics and Management concentration, and would like to further explore the topics of Innovation and Creativity within the Chinese business environment.

Johannes Hallermeier

Johannes Hallermeier

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Johannes Hallermeier is a philosophy major from Princeton University. Though he is originally from Germany, he has spent several years living in Latin America and the United States. He taught English and set up a scholarship program in Arequipa, Peru, pursued undergraduate studies at Princeton University in New Jersey, and got to know Cuba during a semester at the University of Havana. Johannes wrote his senior thesis on refugees and economic migrants, and the two groups’ comparable claims to be admitted to foreign countries. At the Yenching Academy, Johannes is focusing on the study of Chinese philosophy and its role in today’s politics and culture. He became fascinated with China’s current transition after observing similar processes in Cuba, where capitalist activity and its social effects have been allowed to grow within a socialist system. Like in Cuba, Johannes will explore China both in the classroom and in contact with diverse parts of Beijing’s population. He is hoping to synthesize his impressions in writing, photography and videography.

Moritz Kleinaltenkamp

Moritz Kleinaltenkamp

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Moritz Kleinaltenkamp, from Berlin, Germany, studied Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin, where he grew especially interested in topics of International Political Economy. His thesis, which his university published as part of their Papers on International Political Economy, used Berlin’s American-style startup industry as a backdrop to analyze the interaction of differing institutional settings. Alongside his undergraduate studies, Moritz gained experience working as a student assistant at Freie Universität Berlin and in an IT consulting firm. While at the Yenching Academy, he wishes to study China’s institutional setting and research the impact of increasingly automated production systems on the country’s economy.

Maximilian Römer

Maximilian Römer

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Maximilian Römer is a German national who studied at Leiden University, where he majored in International Studies with concentrations in both East Asian Studies and Public Policy. In addition, he has gained multifaceted experiences in various countries working with the German parliament, the International Energy Agency, different NGOs, and on consultancy projects. Having spent a semester at the University of Hong Kong and also having volunteered in Taipei, Maximilian is excited to truly explore political and cultural processes in Chinese society. At the Yenching Academy he is specializing in Economics and Management, in order to deepen his expertise on trade issues related to the One Belt-One Road Initiative and its implications for Eurasia. He hopes that nurturing his linguistic abilities and understanding of China will enable him to further improve Sino-European relations in the future.

Jakob Terwitte

Jakob Terwitte

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Jakob Terwitte, a native of Kiel, Germany, completed a master’s in political theory at the London School of Economics, focusing on Chinese political thought. After graduating from Middlebury College, USA, in 2013 with a B.A. in political science, Jakob worked for the think tanks European Council on Foreign Relations and the Global Public Policy Institute, policy consultancy China Policy, and environmental NGO China Dialogue. He has studied and worked on three continents and is fluent in five languages, including Mandarin. At the Yenching Academy Jakob is studying Chinese history, laying the foundations for a Ph.D. in this field.

Thomas Werkmeister

Thomas Werkmeister

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Thomas Werkmeister studied IT-Systems Engineering at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany. During his undergraduate studies, he co-founded the software consultancy Scalable Minds, and since has helped advance research and startup projects spanning fields such as productivity, education and neuroscience. Complementing his technical background with a concentration in Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy, Thomas wants to familiarize himself with the Chinese innovation and technology sector. Using his specialization in artificial intelligence and natural language processing, he is looking to innovate in news media and education; two fields he sees as vehicles to promoting openness, knowledge, and participation.