2016 Yenching Scholars
Shamir Shehab

Shamir Shehab

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Shamir Shehab holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from North South University and graduated in May 2016 from Cornell University with a Master of Public Administration concentrating in Environmental Policy. In his capacity as a Graduate Resident Fellow, Shamir provided support for academic and leadership enrichment activities to undergraduate students, and he was also the Chair of Administration at Cornell International Affairs Forum. Shamir - a native to Bangladesh - founded the Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI) in 2009 with a mission to nurture the next generation of environmental leaders. He also worked for the Friendship NGO in its Solar Micro-Grid and Community-Based Water Treatment Plant projects to ensure electricity and drinking water supply to the people of remote island areas of Bangladesh affected by devastating cyclones AILA and SIDR. He has received a number of awards for his works including the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II for his exceptional leadership in creating positive change in the society. As a Yenching Scholar, Shamir is studying Politics and International Relations to better understand China’s Foreign Policy and its role in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. China aspires to lead the clean tech innovations and promised to lower its CO2 emissions, so Shamir is interested in exploring how China is crafting its policies to balance between economic growth and industrialization, and pollution. He hopes to leverage his knowledge and understanding of China’s economic, political and governance system to become a mediator between China and the rest of the world, helping to facilitate the dialogues and negotiation around climate change and global environmental governance.