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Benedicte Kinkolo Buandaread bio
Benedicte is a French-Congolese who has been living in Beijing since 2017. Prior to Beijing, she lived and studied in London, New York, Paris, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She holds two Masters degrees, one in international relations and one in economic development from Institut d'Etudes Politiques Paris (Sciences-Po) and Peking University. Benedicte also holds a bachelor degree in International Politics from King’s College London and she is a Comparative East Asian Studies Scholar alumni; having studied at Yonsei, Keio and Hong Kong University. Due to her personal background as a French-Congolese living in East Asia, her academic interests revolve around the complexities of the China-Africa relations. More specifically, at Yenching she researches the image of Africa in China and how this impacts the economic cooperation between the two regions.
Hannah Rose Kirkread bio
Hannah Kirk holds a degree in Economics from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Hannah's primary academic interests lie in behavioural economics. Her dissertation explored the incorporation of societal norms into a game-theoretic framework, designing an experiment to test the effect of religiosity on strategic interactions. The opportunity of studying in China provides a first-hand view of how culture and religion become deeply imbued in societies, affecting trust and cooperation. Hannah has a keen interest in programming and has completed projects applying machine-learning techniques to consumer data. Working at the Bank of England and Goldman Sachs lended insight into the scope for data science in the public and private sector. Beyond academia, Hannah competed for the University Modern Pentathlon team and was Chair of Cambridge’s Economics Society. Aside from English, the only other language Hannah is fluent in is Python but she looks forward to adding Mandarin to this list.
Anastasia Kurbatovaread bio
Anastasia Kurbatova is originally from the Russian Federation, but has lived and studied in USA and China. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from University of International Business and Economics. As a winner of Future Leaders Exchange Program, she was entrusted with enhancing of cultural understanding between USA and Russia. During her studies in Beijing, she volunteered to organize the World Youth Forum, promoting Sustainable Development Goals and encouraging youth action in solving of global issues. Being an active participant in university life, she has received awards in different public speaking contests. At Yenching Academy, she aims to deepen her comprehension of China’s mission at the global stage and to contribute to the research on strategy of effective implementation of Belt Road initiative among cross-cultural and economically diversified areas.
Andreas Kyriakosread bio
From Toronto, Canada, Andreas Kyriakos completed his undergraduate degree in international relations at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. In his third year, he undertook an academic exchange to Science Po Paris. Andreas interned simultaneously at UNESCO headquarters, in the diversity of cultural expressions. There he saw the growing role of China in multilateral organizations, spurring an interest that forms the foundation of his exploration at the Yenching Academy. Andreas also interned at Prince’s Charities Canada, supporting the Canadian charitable work of HRH The Prince of Wales and leading media relations for the philanthropic component of the 2017 Royal Tour of Canada. He has interned previously at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm, and at a Toronto public relations agency. Andreas aims to learn more about the strategy and factors driving China’s engagement in international organizations, and how that engagement can be a vector for understanding Chinese foreign policy more broadly.
Lisa Stefanie Laevenread bio
Lisa Laeven is from The Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) with a degree in Sinology focusing on Chinese archaeology. She is currently studying for a graduate degree in corporate communication at KU Leuven, where she focuses on ideological and viewpoint diversity in the academia. She worked as an intern at the Provincial Government of Limburg (NL) and conducted research on Chinese incoming tourism in the Netherlands and Limburg in the context of the China-EU Touristic Year 2018. Before starting her master degree at KU Leuven, she spent a year at Peking University studying Chinese language and became interested in intercultural communication and China’s relation to the rest of the world. At Yenching Academy, she concentrates on Politics and International Relations thereby broadening her understanding of China’s role on the international stage. Her other interests include organizing educational projects and travelling.
David Lee Jr.read bio
David Lee is from Potomac, Maryland. He recently graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he majored in Economics and Spanish. Besides academics, David led the Chinese Language and Culture Forum and served as the portfolio manager of the Academy’s Investment Fund. Passionate about understanding developing economies, he worked on interdisciplinary field research on the economic developments of the Pearl River Delta, Southern China. He is also fascinated by Spanish culture and studied for a semester at the Academia General Militar in Spain. David continues pursuing his interest in economics at Peking University, and concentrates in Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy. After his military service, David hopes to make an impact on developing countries through better policy design.
Kangkyu (David) Leeread bio
Kangkyu (David) Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and currently lives in New York where he works as a Domain Expert at Dataminr. He graduated from Georgetown University with an M.A. in Asian Studies and an A.B in International Affairs from the University of Georgia magna cum laude. Kangkyu also studied as a government-funded JASSO Fellow to conduct research on Japanese foreign policy and domestic politics as an exchange student at Osaka University—here he worked as a teaching and research assistant to Dr. Yoneyuki Sugita. Within the Politics and International Relations concentration, he hopes to utilize his experience working at Washington, DC-based think tanks to investigate the normative role of political psychology, technology, and public opinion on Chinese elite-behavior to brainstorm solutions for contemporary China-IR issues, such as the Thucydides Trap. Kangkyu is a self-professed aficionado of Chinese martial arts films and is enthralled by Chinese urbanization.
Jun-Hyuk (Michael） Leeread bio
Prior to Yenching, Michael Lee was a freelance writer and journalist based in Seoul, South Korea. He has worked with various media organisations, such as the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and NPR. Born in Seoul, Michael read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford, where he graduated in 2015. At Oxford, Michael worked as a news editor for the Oxford Student newspaper. Before university, he lived between the United States, South Korea, and France. Michael's interest in China developed studying Classical Chinese and world history in secondary school in Korea, and by taking a course in International Relations of the Cold War at university. Michael studies Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy, particularly regarding how the Chinese tradition of legal mediation has influenced the country's approach to consensus-building and conflict resolution, such as in Sudan.
Lei Xuefeiread bio
Born in Jiangxi Province, Xuefei grew up in Shanghai, and studied statistics at Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, where she received the honor of the Yongjin Scholarship, one of the highest honors at CUFE. During her undergraduate studies, she exchanged at UC Berkeley as a visiting student, where she developed a strong interest in regional economics and development while attending urban economics seminars. To further develop her interest, Xuefei joined China Gazetteer Project as a research assistant, interned at China Center for Urban Development of National Development and Reform Commission, and participated in Yenching Social Innovation Forum 2017 afterward. At Yenching Academy, she concentrates in Economics and Management while exploring urban economics and rural development from a multi-faceted perspective in face of the unbalanced development in today’s China.
Abdou Rahim Lema Mohamedread bio
Abdou Rahim Lema Mohamed is a Beninese student in Turkey. He studied International Relations and Economics at Ipek University & Hacettepe University in Ankara. In Summer 2017, he interned at “Dione” Center of Local Development in Greece under the Erasmus+Internship scheme, where he became involved in various Youth Exchange Projects, sponsored and supported by the European Commission. He also studied, for a semester, at Gdansk School of Banking in Poland under the Erasmus+Exchange scheme. At Yenching Academy, Lema studies Politics and International Relations. He is interested in broadening his understanding of the African International Affairs with a particular focus on the Sino-African relations. He is multilingual and looks forward to adding Chinese to his growing catalogue of international languages.