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Li Mengzhenread bio
Li Mengzhen is expected to graduate from the School of Government at Beijing Normal University, where she studied human resources and psychology, in June 2017. As an undergraduate, she won many top awards in her campus including the First Class Academic Scholarship and the Cyrus Tang Moral Education Scholarship. Aside from her basic curriculum, she devoted herself to field studies regarding the well-being of Beijing residents in July 2014. She also spent a year in the National Undergraduate Training Program for Innovation: the influencing factors and driving mechanism of the Makerspaces talent gathering, based on a multiple case analysis in Beijing. The research had proven very valuable for Makerspaces both on and off campus. Mengzhen was the vice president of the BNU Love Association, where she was responsible for the PR and the liaison department. BNU Love, which had been awarded the Best Student Association of her school in 2016, delivered exceptional-quality educational resources to less developed areas of China. Furthermore, she delegated for Singapore in the 62nd Harvard Model United Nations. With a strong interest in corporate strategy, she is working as a research assistant in the Boston Consulting Group. She concentrates on market research and competitor analysis, providing innovative ideas with supporting details. Mengzhen will study Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy, where she hopes to gain more knowledge about the roles China plays in the global market. She is planning to work in consultancy where she can create better solutions for NGOs and start-ups.
Ellan Alethia Lincoln-Hyderead bio
Ellan Lincoln-Hyde is a multi-disciplined performing artist, published writer/playwright and research musicologist from Australia. Ellan obtained her Bachelor of Music: Bassoon Performance and a Diploma of Modern Languages in Chinese from The University of Melbourne in 2015. The same year, Ellan was softball captain and a member of the Women’s First XIII crew for Newman College, The University of Melbourne. In 2013, she was an exchange student at Fudan University, Shanghai. She also participated in language exchanges to Nanjing, China and Paris, France. In 2016 her Honors year research thesis on the history of social issues and opera in the mid-twentieth century was awarded a High Distinction. She is currently on a research exchange at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and will complete the requirements for The University of Melbourne’s Master of Musicology in August 2017. Frequently performing as a bassoonist, vocalist and stage actor, Ellan is also an experienced arts administrator and has worked for Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet and the Australian Federal Ministry for the Arts. Being a keen advocate for diplomacy through cultural exchange, in 2012 Ellan founded a charity concert series which raises funds for the Afghan Youth Orchestra, Kabul. At the Yenching Academy Ellan will pursue Literature and Culture as her research area, and aims to explore the history and ongoing impact of China’s relationship with the Western classical tradition.
Valeryia Liseichykavaread bio
Valeria Liseichikova is from Rogachev, Belarus. She is a graduate of Minsk State Linguistic University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in "Modern foreign languages (translation)" majoring in simultaneous interpretation. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Valeria did an exchange year at Peking University's School of Chinese as a Second Language, establishing her interest in China affairs and the Chinese language even more. Valeria has been actively involved in competitive debating in British Parliamentary style for more than 3 years and she is eager to get a deeper understanding of China's role in globalization and development at YCA. During her study, Valeria has completed internships at two UN agencies: UNDP and UNHCR. In the future, she hopes to use the experience and knowledge obtained at the Yenching Academy to work in international development.
Jennifer Jia-Hong Liuread bio
Jen graduated with a degree in Biology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard University. During her time in college, she interned at Johnson and Johnson’s biomedical devices headquarters in Shanghai and at IDEO in Boston. She also studied abroad in India, South Africa, and Brazil, where she conducted ethnographic research to examine and compare public healthcare systems. Since graduating, she has worked at ICHOM, a healthcare non-profit aimed at developing value-based healthcare globally. Currently, she is on a Fulbright-Hays scholarship in Xi'an to strengthen her foundation in the Chinese language. Although she considers Boston home, she spent her former childhood years growing up in Hong Kong. At the Yenching Academy, she hopes to learn more about China’s health policies and to explore how China’s healthcare system can prepare for its burgeoning elderly population. She hopes to understand how Chinese notions of health and wellbeing affect the delivery of healthcare in China and is inspired to use design thinking to create patient-centered healthcare systems.
Liu Xingyinread bio
Liu Xingyin studied Public Administration and Economics at Peking University. As an undergraduate, she was awarded many scholarships, including the Leo Ko Guan Scholarship and May Forth Scholarship for Academic Excellence. With a focus on rural development in China, she will study economics and management at the Yenching Academy. She has independently carried out fieldwork in challenging environments, and hopes to incorporate this type of understanding with economics to shape more effective policies for rural development.
Liu Xinyuread bio
Liu Xinyu studied climate science and physics at Peking University. He has a strong interest in climate change alleviation and energy transition processing in China. In his junior year, he conducted an independent scientific research at Peking University’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, which involved modeling paleoclimate states on supercomputers. During the summer of 2016, he interned at Harvard University, for which he was sponsored by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Liu focused on scientific and political approaches to research geoengineering. Afterwards, he joined the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in Beijing as an intern with the Climate and Energy team, which was responsible for the preparation of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties（COP22）. As 2017 will mark the launch of the China-wide carbon trading market, his undergraduate dissertation focuses mainly on the evaluation of seven Chinese pilot jurisdictions for their cap and trade systems. Liu is pursuing the economics and management research area at Yenching Academy; he also manages the student club “Institute of Environmental Public Policy” as president. Through acquiring the essential knowledge about social science, he is determined to enrich his understanding of climate change governance. Liu also hopes to make his way to an international platform with the diverse experiences and inspirations received at the Yenching Academy.
Lu Luread bio
Lu Lu graduated from Fudan University, where she studied philosophy and concentrated on the field of aesthetics and art. She previously conducted research on the theory of “The End of Art,” Chinese contemporary artists’ cultural identity, and traditional Chinese art heritage conservation. In her spare time, she writes plays for the school drama club and writes articles on art criticism for ThePaper.cn. In 2015 she was awarded a full scholarship to learn Japanese at Tohoku University for one year. While in Japan, she became increasingly interested in cross-cultural communication and international relations. She volunteered to teach both international and Japanese students Chinese every week and promoted cultural exchanges with the local China-Japan Friendship Association. These experiences prompted her to explore a better approach to understanding and interpreting China in a global context. Her main research interests include international relations, public policy and art history. At the Yenching Academy, she will pursue an M.A. in China Studies with Literature and Culture as her research area, and simultaneously focus on the cross-section between Chinese culture and politics. She hopes to gain more interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives at YCA and to merge her diverse interests to contribute to intercultural communication, especially on culture and art exchanges in the future.
Lívia Machado Costaread bio
Raised in the Brazilian Amazon Region, Lívia Machado Costa studied International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) where, driven by her persistent curiosity, she found herself studying more than the traditional curriculum and frequenting classes of urbanism, gender and sexuality, and photography. Her interest in China flourished when she received a scholarship to study Mandarin at the Communication University of China. While in Beijing, Lívia had a deep understanding about how culturally rich, socially complex, innovative and politically challenging this country is. She traveled to many provinces, from the northern province of Inner Mongolia to the southern province of Yunnan, in the city of Jing Hong. On her return to Brazil, she wrote an undergraduate thesis about Brazil and China’s action in Angola and Mozambique in the 21st Century. As Lívia started connecting the dots, her socio-economic origins, the international position of her country as a developing one with a South voice and her experiences in China, she decided to choose Politics and International Relations as her research area at the Yenching Academy. Her aims are to enhance the cooperation between Brazil and China through education and to be a shaper of her community. Lívia believes that imagination is a key element to change the world.
Blake Alexander Mandellread bio
Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Blake Mandell is a senior at Brown University majoring in Mathematics and Contemplative Studies. Prior to matriculating, he worked on Stash Storage, a startup he co-founded, before apprenticing with a chef in Sorrento, Italy. Blake spent much of his time at Brown as a researcher in the late Dr. Catherine Kerr’s Embodied Neuroscience lab. There, he focused on the Vitality Project, investigating how qigong, a traditional Chinese movement practice, impacts chronic fatigue. Outside of research, he has worked as an Associate Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and has been invited by the Mathematical Association of America to give a seminar on embodied mathematics pedagogy. Blake intends to study Economics and Management at Yenching Academy. He plans to investigate China’s potential to translate basic research findings into effective interventions at the nexus between developmental healthcare and early elementary education.
Anthony Marcheseread bio
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Anthony Marchese completed his undergraduate degree in international relations at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, where he served as Head of College. As a Research Assistant for the Reach Project, a joint initiative of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth, he analyzed the success of birth registration policies in post-Apartheid South Africa. He also interned at Procter & Gamble Canada. Inspired by China’s growing importance in the international system, Anthony will be focusing on politics and international relations at the Yenching Academy. He aims to gain a nuanced understanding of the philosophies that shape Chinese foreign policy, on Chinese solutions for complex global issues, and how these perspectives can help strengthen Chinese-Canadian relations in the realms of business, international affairs and cultural exchange.