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Amna Sarwerread bio
Amna Sarwer, born in 1989 in Sialkot, Pakistan, is currently based in Islamabad. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) Economics from the Government College University, Lahore, before completing her M.Phil in Economics at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Islamabad with notable distinctions. Her Master’s thesis, for which she was awarded the prestigious HEC-UNDP research fellowship, was based on regional inequality and quality of life in Pakistan. Sarwer has more than 3 years of experience working with the government, the private sector and nonprofits on humanitarian, economic assistance and social development issues. She led country-wide discussions with parliamentarians and senators to advocate political decentralization and a pluralistic constitution while working at the Pakistan Study Group on Federalism. Currently, she is working with the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform, and with the Mayor of Islamabad on urban planning, governance, sustainable development goals and micro-planning. Sarwer is an active member of Woman Action Forum (WAF) where she advocates for the rights of women and social drop-outs in Pakistan. She has a deep academic interest in the history of socialism in China, and in the public policy and governance aspects of China’s political and planning institutions. At the Yenching Academy, she intends to concentrate in Politics and International Relations.
Julia Eugénie Augustias Calleja Saubierread bio
Julia Saubier, 22, graduated magna cum laude from New York University Abu Dhabi in December 2016 with a major in Social Research & Public Policy and concentrations in Film & New Media Production and Political Science. As an undergraduate student, Julia has studied in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Washington, DC, and pursued internships in Hamburg, Jerusalem, London, and New York. In addition to interning for Wes Anderson's upcoming stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs, Julia has produced several short films, including the world's first interactive live-action narrative short, and a short film set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May. At Yenching Academy, Julia hopes to explore how China's film distribution network and dynamic technological market are creating the frameworks of possibility for the global film industry. She hopes to use her studies in Economics and Management to inform her understanding of how China’s rising demand for film and entertainment can spearhead a global commitment to industry-wide diversity and inclusion best practices. Originally from Manila, Philippines and Lyons, France, Julia is currently based in London, the United Kingdom where she is working for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Shao Xinyuread bio
Majoring in International Politics, Shao Xinyu is one of ten laureates of the Wu Yuzhang Scholarship, the highest honor at the Renmin University of China. During her undergraduate career, she studied at Renmin University, the University of Oxford, and University of California, Davis, obtaining a GPA of 3.95 (out of 4.0) and keeping the 1st place at her school in each semester. Xinyu has participated in several research programs, including research on the New Zealand Green Party with Professor Matthew Shugart from UC Davis, and on American Think Tanks, with the China National School of Administration. She has also published one research article. In addition to her impressive academic records, Xinyu also has a wealth of internship and volunteer experiences. She worked with the California Democratic Party in the USA before the 2016 presidential election, contributing to maintaining Democratic influence in the state. While serving as an event coordinator for the California Public Interest Research Group, she traveled to eight cities to promote marine protection. She also worked for the World Economic Forum, engaging in preparation for the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and the Annual Meeting of New Champions in Dalian, China. At the Yenching Academy, Xinyu plans to continue her studies of Politics and International Relations. She aims be an excellent Chinese diplomat in the future, and will endeavor to promote China’s image and influence in an increasingly internationalized and incorporated world.
She Peijieread bio
She Peijie was born in Wuhan, Hubei province and now lives in Beijing. She majored in German Language and Literature at Beihang University, where she was a member of the Zhixing Liberal Arts Experimental Class, engaging in humanities and social science studies. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded the National Scholarship, Academic Excellence Prize, and Merit Student Award. Peijie has led a research project on General Education, focusing on technical and engineering universities. She spent six months studying at Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany as an exchange student, two weeks of Summer School at Taiwan Chengchi University, two weeks of Winter School in Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, one week each at the Chinese University of Hong Kong the University of Macau as a student representative for cultural exchange. She has worked for the Beihang University Student Union and hosted English Corner. Peijie enjoys arts and sports. She once organized and produced a drama, and has performed in her college’s New Year celebration. At the Yenching Academy, she plans to research Politics and International Relations and endeavor to contribute to cultural exchange between China and Germany.
Shu Mengread bio
Shu Meng is from Nanjing Normal University (NNU) majoring in French Language and Literature. She was awarded the National Scholarship and Outstanding Student of the Year in 2016, as well as many other academic honors from the university. Shu was the head of the Publicity Department of Business Alliance of NNU and the head of the Debating team of Foreign Languages College and led this team to win the championship in the most important debating competition of NNU for the first time. She is particularly passionate about international politics and has attended in many English debating competitions modeled on British Parliamentary System and won many prizes including the First Prize in the 18th “FLTRP CUP” National English Debating Competition for College Students. She has also served as an English volunteer for the 2nd Asian Youth Games, a French volunteer for International Committee for Fair Play during the 2nd Youth Olympic Games (received many distinguished guests like the IOC president) and has worked as the English announcer for the AFC U19 Women’s Football Championship with the presence of the vice-president of Asian Football Association and announced the matches in both English and Chinese of the AFC Champions League. At the Yenching Academy, she is focusing on Public Policy and International Relations research area, and hopes to do more researches on this field, especially about the external policies needed to be proposed by Chinese government when faced with the ever-changing international situation.
Suvina Singalread bio
Suvina Singal was born and raised in Delhi, India. She graduated from Sciences Po, Paris, with a Master’s in International Development, specializing in research methods and global health. She was a recipient of the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship, awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Prior to coming to France, she studied Liberal Arts as a Young India Fellow at Ashoka University, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. Her interests include the political economy of development, gender relations and social change. Her interest in China originated through her academic study of economics and development. In 2016, she spent six months working at UN Women China in Beijing, supporting programs on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Elimination of Violence Against Women. Working and living in China strengthened her desire to engage with the country more deeply. At the Yenching Academy, she plans to focus on law and society in China, and improve her Chinese language skills.
Kenneth Sngread bio
Kenneth Sng, born and raised in Singapore, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in economics and mathematics. In college, Kenneth faced an existential crisis when his classmates couldn’t pronounce his vowel-less last name. He has served as Student Body President at WashU and introduced the second 2016 U.S. Presidential Debate. Apart from student government, he was active with Residential Life, Delta Sigma Pi and Singapore Students’ Association. He is also a recipient of the Weidenbaum Award for Excellence and the Singapore Public Service Commission Scholarship. As a Yenching Scholar, Kenneth looks forward to studying in Beijing and meeting bright young leaders from all over the world. Kenneth aspires to a career in public service and has interned in the St. Louis Mayor’s Office, Singapore Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance.
Aden Sugiantororead bio
Aden Sugiantoro, also known as Axall, is originally from Pulau Halang, a disadvantaged area in Indonesia. He graduated summa cum laude from the Faculty of Law, Esa Unggul University, focusing on Legal Practice in Indonesia. He was awarded a full scholarship and is currently completing his Master’s of Public Policy at the School of Government and Public Policy Indonesia. As the founder of International Future Youth, an organization focusing on social development and youth empowerment in disadvantaged areas, he has been invited to speak at many national and international youth conferences. Learning from his experience growing up in a geographically isolated area with no academic support, he believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to persevere and make a better life for themselves. As a Yenching Scholar, he has chosen Law and Society as his research area, and will research how China’s role in the global economy affects other countries. Aden believes that understanding China’s laws and society is the best way to become an expert in contemporary world issues.
Manuen Catherine Szeread bio
Born in Hong Kong and having lived in Shanghai, Manuen Sze (also known as Catherine) studies Arts and Sciences (BASc) with a focus on Cultures at University College London (UCL). Benefitting from this interdisciplinary education, Manuen has cultivated an inclusive and creative way of thinking, addressing different academic disciplines in most of her coursework. She has participated in many events organized by the Institute for Advanced Study of European Culture (IASEC) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and communicated with renowned scholars all around the world. Her passion for intercultural and cross-disciplinary learning also motivates her to learn multiple languages. She has studied advanced French and Japanese and received an Erasmus Scholarship to study at Sciences Po Paris for one academic year. During her time in Paris, she examined various implications of the nascent Paris Agreement and produced a thesis on climate justice that concerns climate change, globalization, and global citizenship. Apart from her commitment to study global issues, Manuen is particularly interested in exploring Chinese ancient material culture. She has taken courses in Chinese medicine and archaeology of early imperial China, which equipped her with knowledge on essential theories and concepts in the history of Chinese culture. To further her understanding of material culture, she has visited many museums in Europe and interned at the Shanghai Museum in the summer of 2016. At the Yenching Academy, she will concentrate on learning Chinese History and Archaeology. Her ambition is to revitalize Chinese ancient material culture in this global age.
Tang Xiaozhouread bio
Tang Xiaozhou grew up in Jiangsu province, China. She graduated from Wuhan University, where she majored in Russian and Russian literature in the college of Foreign Language and Literature. She was awarded the National Scholarship and other academic honors every academic year. She has participated in an exchange program at Far Eastern Federal University, Russia, which lasted one year. During this experience she found an interest in intercultural communication and got to establish an initial image of what is globalization. She was involved in campus life as the vice-president of Wuhan University English Debate Team. She took part in the Chinese Nationwide English Debate Tournament as a judge and was awarded several other prizes of English debate and speech. Apart from this, as a member of Wuhan University Student Correspondent Group, she conducted interviews with foreign students and wrote featured stories about them. Her internship experience includes working for Greater China headquarter of Unilever in Shanghai, which has drawn for her the outline of transnational enterprise’s work pattern. She was also attracted to student and volunteer work. Her academic interest mainly lies in Russian literature and geopolitics of Eurasia. At the Yenching Academy she will focus on International Relations.