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Nazerke Aibarread bio
Nazerke Aibar is from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from KIMEP University, where she studied with the support of U.S.-CAEF Scholarship from American Councils for International Education. During her studies she had the opportunity to explore 3 continents by studying in Asia, Europe and America. Nazerke learnt Corporate Finance at the University of Zagreb through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Afterwards, she had the fortune to work as a venture capital analyst in Washington D.C. through the American Council's Capstone Internship Program. Her interest in China began when she started learning Chinese, and was nurtured by attending summer school in Xinjiang University and having academic mobility at Hong Kong Baptist University. Currently she is working at PwC in the Advisory Department, with primary responsibilities of conducting Due Diligence and Strategy Consulting. At Yenching Academy Nazerke intends to focus in Economics and Management with further plans to apply the knowledge she has gained to benefit bilateral Sino-Kazakh relations. Her research topic is on the One Belt One Road initiative, its influence and implications on Kazakhstan and rest of the world. Nazerke’s ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on the development of economy of her motherland - Kazakhstan.
Miryam Amsiliread bio
Miryam Amsili is originally from Bogota, Colombia and grew up in Miami speaking Spanish, English, Hebrew, and French. She graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in History focusing on Latin America. While at Princeton, Miryam spent a summer teaching English in Jishou, China, where she developed a deep interest in the region. Since graduation, Miryam has worked at a software company in New York City in various roles including Business Development, Business Operations, and Product Strategy. At Yenching Academy, she looks forward to concentrating on Politics and International Relations while exploring the growing tech scene and its relationship with the Chinese government and non-profits.
Rebecca Arcesatiread bio
Rebecca Arcesati, from Italy, graduated with honors in Language Mediation and Cross-cultural Communication from Milan State University, with a dissertation on inter-ethnic relations in Xinjiang. Her undergraduate studies focused on Chinese language and culture, and during those years she studied Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University and Liaoning Normal University, where she also taught Italian to Chinese college students. Following her research interest in Chinese politics and international relations, especially in Central Asia and Europe, she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in International Science, China and Global Studies at the University of Turin, which she will be completing at the same time as the Yenching program, thus obtaining a double degree. As a free-lance language mediator in Italy, Rebecca was active in helping Chinese citizens integrate into the local community, worked for an art gallery and for public institutions. Subsequently, she was foreign relations intern at the Asia Pacific Financial Council, a fully Chinese financial organization based in Shanghai. Besides international relations, she is passionate about journalism: she created and managed the China Analysis column of a blog specializing in economic news, published articles and interviews about Chinese economic and social transformations, and was featured in some major Italian newspapers. At the Yenching Academy she has chosen the Politics and International Relations concentration; her goal is to improve her understanding of China’s role in international affairs, its vision, and the philosophy that inspires its diplomacy and foreign policy. In Beijing, she is Special Projects Manager at ThinkIN China, a project that organizes conferences, special events and workshops on contemporary China.
Diliaram Azizbaevaread bio
Diliaram Azizbaeva graduated from Middle East Technical University, where she studied psychology. She is fluent in Russian, Kyrgyz, English, Turkish, and currently on her way to mastering Chinese. During her undergraduate years, she has always been interested in understanding the rationale behind social inequalities. Several internships and volunteer works with minority groups have confirmed her intent to continue working within this field. At the Yenching Academy, Diliaram plans to educate herself further on these issues in the context of China with its broader conceptualization of diversity in social inequalities, after which she plans to begin a career as a social activist against discrimination and inequalities by implementing policy-making programs in society.
Asma Bachikhread bio
Asma Bachikh, originally from Morocco, holds a Master’s degree in International Commerce and is an alumna of the Global Business Institute at Indiana University. Asma’s passion for entrepreneurship and the environment inspired her to drive many projects and initiatives in France, Malaysia and Morocco, for which she has received recognition. In April 2015 Asma was elected as President of the World Youth Parliament, which advocates for youth participation in decision making in the water sector. Asma has worked in international organisations across a variety of sectors, from developing quality education in Sub-Saharan Africa to freedom of speech and media in the MENA region. However, Asma found her true passion in the water sector, and is currently a consultant for leading water institutions, focusing on developing their civic engagement, with a special focus on youth strategies. She also sits on the board of the International Secretariat for Water, and has an observer status as part of the Global Water Partnership's Steering Committee.
Mohammed Badrread bio
A French-Tunisian citizen born and raised in Paris, Mohammed-El-Fatah Badr graduated from Sciences Po Paris in International Security. He interned in various places from Doha to New York in different fields including transatlantic cooperation and peacekeeping in West Africa. He also spent an exchange year in Indonesia at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. His research interests include China’s foreign policy towards the Middle East. Mohammed harbors the secret dream of becoming an expert in Chinese cinema.
Jullian Baoread bio
Jullian Bao is originally from Edison, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Statistics. Last summer, Jullian received a Fulbright Summer Institute Fellowship to study British literature at King’s College London. In Chicago, Jullian was actively engaged in her school’s Model UN organization and served as the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Councils. She also edited a Model UN publication for the Middle East circuit. At the Yenching Academy, Jullian will study Public Policy and International Relations. She hopes to gain a more nuanced understanding of China’s diplomatic relations and economic growth.
Felipe Alberto Barrientos Fuentesread bio
Felipe Barrientos Fuentes studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC) in his hometown, Santiago de Chile, obtaining a certificate in International and Comparative Law. Looking to expand his knowledge beyond legal studies, he undertook exchange semesters at Northwestern University in the United States, where he studied political science, and at Technische Universit?t München, Germany, where he studied management. His academic interests include corporate regulation and its role in deterring mismanagement, white-collar crime, and corruption in public companies. He is currently a research assistant at the UC Center for Corporate Governance, where he has co-published a working paper on gender diversity in Chilean boards, and will also collaborate with the Chilean chapter of Transparency International in the months prior to his arrival in China. As a Yenching Scholar, Felipe will pursue the Economics & Management research area, with a particular interest in learning about the organizational culture of Chinese companies, their regulatory standards, and the ongoing Chinese anti-corruption campaign.
Adrian Bazavanread bio
Adrian Bazavan, from Romania, is passionate about art, politics, history, and their complex connections. He wants to travel the world to build friendships and mutual understanding, and to transform cross-cultural conflict into beneficial cooperation. In 2014 he was named Valedictorian, earning his B.A. in Political Science at the National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration (NSPSPA), Bucharest. He completed his M.A. in Public Policies and European Integration at NSPSPA in 2016. He has studied Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University and at Peking University. Adrian speaks fluent Mandarin and currently works as a translator and representative for a Chinese real estate company investing in Romania. Fluent in English and French, he is currently studying Russian. Adrian has interned with several public and private institutions concerned with governance and policy consultancy, including the Government of Romania. As a national student union leader, Adrian has advocated for students’ rights and negotiated youth policy at all levels. He supports Moldova’s closer ties to Romania and EU integration, and has led many national projects benefiting Moldovan citizens and public administration. As the Project Director of the Romanian League of Students Abroad, Adrian has been a mobilizer of the Romanian-Moldovan community. Adrian’s hobbies include piano, dance and theatre. He also referees football games and participates in academic debate competitions. While studying Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy, Adrian will intern at the Romanian Embassy and pursue his PhD at the Romanian Economy Academy.
Sasha Benincasaread bio
Sasha is a Columbia University graduate who hails from Vero Beach, Florida. During his final year of high school, he participated in a year-long immersion and homestay experience program in Beijing, China, where he attended Beijing No. 2 High School through the School Year Abroad (SYA) program. Upon returning, Sasha chose to pursue a double major in East Asian Studies and Russian Language and Culture. At Columbia University Sasha was active with the Undergraduate Law Review, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Men’s Rugby team. In fall of his senior year of college he was selected to work in Moscow, Russia, for the U.S. Department of State. Sasha has also interned at law firms in South America and Florida and is concentrating in Law and Society while at Yenching Academy. He speaks English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese.