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Benjamin Phamread bio
Benjamin Pham is originally from the state of Georgia in the United States. He graduated from Stanford University, where he majored in political science and minored in both East Asian history and German studies. At Stanford, he worked as a research assistant to Professor and former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, as well as to Professor Takeo Hoshi. He assisted with Professor Hoshi's research, conducted in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade, and Industry, by carrying out statistical evaluations of Japanese innovation policy. He has interned at Caixin Media in Beijing and the National Institute of Research Advancement in Tokyo, and conducted independent research on representations of modernization in state-affiliated museums in Seoul as a Stanford Chappell Lougee Scholar. He won the 2015 Stanford Korea Program Korean Studies Writing Prize for a paper on the role of Japanese firms in spurring South Korea’s rapid industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s. Broadly, his academic interests as they pertain to China lie in the modern history of trilateral interactions between Korea, Japan, and China. At the Yenching Academy, he is concentrating in History and Archaeology, and he tentatively plans to write his thesis on a topic related to the history of Sino-Japanese and Sino-Korean intellectual exchanges during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Aruth Phraerungrueangread bio
Aruth Phraerungrueang, or "Fudge", studied Economics at Chulalongkorn University. Fudge was President of the university’s English Debate Society, where he recruited and trained students to represent Thailand internationally. He used English debating to encourage thought organization, constructive dialogues and international exposure for Thai students. Fudge has taught English debating workshops at five Chinese provincial universities. He made his classrooms into forums for thought exchange where he learned the new generation Chinese’s perspectives on current issues.
Ivel Posada Martínezread bio
Ivel Posada Martínez is a Cuban national and 2014 graduate of Harvard College, where he received his BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Social Studies and Philosophy. At Harvard, Ivel was the recipient of four competitive research and public service fellowships, including the Radcliffe Institute's Pforzheimer Fellowship, the Nicholson Award and Harvard's Presidential Public Service Fellowship. He has previously served as a member of HAUSCR's Young Leaders in China program, where he taught a seminar on the institution of judicial review at Renmin University High School in Beijing. His broad academic interests have touched on issues ranging from constitutional law, to the normativity of ethical precepts, to LGBT rights. As a Teach for America corps member, Ivel served as the science department chair for the Henderson Upper School, the United States' first public K-12 inclusion school. As a Yenching Scholar, he is concentrating in economics and management and hopes to partner with the World Bank to research and quantify the economic costs of homophobia in China.
Ravi Prasadread bio
Ravi Prasad is British with Indian heritage. He studied Economics at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 2015. During his time at Cambridge, Ravi organized conferences on the subjects of International Relations and Economic Development; the latter facilitating the first meeting between H.E Liu Xiaoming and H.E Ranjan Mathai (Chinese and Indian Ambassadors to the UK). In 2012, Ravi was announced as one of three Top Young Economists by the Royal Economic Society and in 2015 he led the UK team to second place in KPMG's International Consulting Championships in Dubai. Ravi was an exchange student at Princeton University in 2014, and has previously interned at the UN and written for The Times. He worked for Goldman Sachs in London in their Thematic Research Division where he focused on Chinese economic growth and more recently on the rise of the Tech Sector. At Yenching Academy, Ravi is pursuing the Economics & Management concentration. His interests lie in the interaction of Chinese and Indian economic growth on global asset markets, as well as Anglo-Chinese trade relations. Ravi is looking forward to exploring these issues in more depth at YCA.
Mikk Raudread bio
Mikk Raud is originally from Estonia, but chose to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Government and Laws from the University of Hong Kong. During his studies, Mikk completed internships with the Atlantic Treaty Association in Brussels, as well as the Estonian Embassy in Beijing. Having conducted research on China’s cyber capabilities for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence, his career interests concern cyber security policy making and security consultation. At the Yenching Academy, Mikk is studying Economics and Management and hopes to improve his Mandarin skills to business level fluency. His life-long passions include playing tennis and hiking in nature.
Zachary Reshovskyread bio
Zachary Reshovsky completed his Bachelors at the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating cum laude with a degree in International Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Previously, Zachary worked on a number of state-level political campaigns, most recently serving as Director of Communications for a Seattle City Council race. He has also interned in the U.S. Senate, where he worked on research regarding the implementation of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms and passage of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership.Zachary has lived in China on several prior occasions, participating in the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship Program in Suzhou and interning at the US State Department’s Consul Guangzhou in 2014, where he conducted pattern analysis for consular counter-visa fraud and anti-human trafficking efforts. Zachary possesses a deep interest in Chinese language, culture, and politics, having studied Mandarin for six years and focused on the Asia-Pacific region during his undergraduate studies at the Jackson School. Outside of the classroom, Zachary enjoys competitive policy debate, playing classical piano, writing fiction, and soccer. His career interests most prominently include U.S. congressional staffing, international law, and diplomacy.
Maximilian Römerread bio
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.
Laís Bueno Sachsread bio
Laís Bueno Sachs studied International Relations at the University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil. During her undergraduate course, she undertook an exchange program at Shanghai Fudan University, where she expanded her understanding of Chinese Foreign Policy, BRICS, and the New Development Bank created by this group. She also wrote several analyses about international conjuncture, especially about BRICS, China, Latin America and International Political Economy. Her undergraduate thesis was focused on Automotive Industries in Brazil and in Mexico and their impacts on these domestic economies. During her last semester at UnB, she worked as an intern at the Brazilian Government's Foreign Trade Chamber, where she could participate in the government’s policy making process related to imports and exports. She is particularly interested in Chinese Foreign Policy, Sino-South America Relations, Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur), Chinese culture, International Negotiation, International Political Economy, and Foreign Trade. Her intended field of studies at the Yenching Academy is International Relations and Foreign Trade.
Ewoud De Sadeleerread bio
Ewoud De Sadeleer is a Belgian national who completed his Master of Linguistics at KU Leuven. Before that, he completed his Bachelor in Philosophy with a minor in Dutch Language and Literature at the same institution. He was president of the Philosophy Student Association and was active in student representation as a member of the Student Council. He is particularly interested in the comparison between Chinese and Western Philosophy and China’s relation to the rest of the world.
Shamir Shehabread bio
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.