2016 Yenching Scholars
Harriet Kariuki

Harriet Kariuki

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Harriet Kariuki was born and raised in Kenya, and graduated from Harvard where she studied Government and East Asian Studies with a Korean language citation. Previously, she interned with the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' China Desk and conducted comparative research on Japanese and Chinese foreign aid in East Africa. At the Yenching Academy, Harriet will pursue her interests in Chinese foreign policy, with a focus on Sino-African diplomatic and foreign relations.

Santana Muthoni

Santana Muthoni

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Santana Muthoni completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Diplomacy and Foreign policy, at the United States International University-Africa. Born and raised in Kenya, Santana is an aspiring diplomat with an interest in fostering global peace and development through cross-cultural education for mutual understanding. This has been fueled by the leadership roles she has held while at her university, where she also served as President of AIESEC in USIU-Africa until December 2015. While at the Yenching Academy, Santana’s academic focus will be on Politics and International Relations and she will be exploring China’s foreign policy and its impact on Sino-Africa relations, by gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese politics and society. She is also looking forward to developing her Mandarin language skills while at the Academy.