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Alexandre Nicolas Gascoinread bio
Alexandre Gascoin was born in Paris, France. From 2012 to 2014, he followed an interdisciplinary course at the Lycée Fénelon in Paris 06, specializing in Philosophy. He majored in Philosophy at the Université Paris-X with honors. In 2014, he joined the Philosophy Department of the Lyons école Normale Supérieure (E.N.S.). Being convinced of the importance of collaborative knowledge, his first Master’s thesis brought together the study of the contemporary philosophy of language and French literature. Choosing to focus his work on today’s issues, Alexandre is currently working on contemporary Western political philosophy, and more precisely, on the concepts prevalent in current tensions and debates, such as “identity” and “multiculturalism.” This is why he chose to work on the fascinating work of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor for his second Master’s thesis. Alexandre's keen interest in Chinese culture began in high school, where he started to learn Mandarin. In 2011, he traveled to Beijing to live with a Chinese family for three weeks, experiencing Chinese customs firsthand. His growing interest in philosophy led him to study classical Chinese philosophy, and more recently, contemporary political Chinese thinkers such as Zhou Lian and Zhao Tingyang. At the Yenching Academy, he aims to develop a critical approach to Western political tradition through the study of contemporary and classical Chinese philosophical concepts.
Honorine Goueth-M'Bele Ekineread bio
Honorine Goueth, born in France but originally from Cameroon, is a graduate student who has obtained a dual degree in Spanish and Latin-American Studies and History from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After a one-year Erasmus program at the University of Barcelona, Honorine conducted research on Euro-Latin-American partnerships and the subsequent impact of Europe’s renewed interest in emerging economies throughout the world. She has professional experience in the fields of diplomacy, higher education, and entrepreneurship. Honorine worked for the Bolivian and American Ambassadors to the French Republic, the delegation of Cabo Verde during the COP 21, the United Nations and for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a recipient of the Lantos - Humanity in Action Congressional fellowship at Washington DC, one of her missions is providing support on legislative work to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos at the U.S. House of Representatives. Honorine has held strategic positions in International Relations Offices of Pierre & Marie and Paris-Sorbonne Universities. Since November 2014, she has assisted the director of Little Africa, a cultural and tourist agency promoting Africa beyond borders. As a Yenching scholar, Honorine wants to deepen her knowledge in the sustainable ways of building a trilateral cooperation between China, France, and the African continent.
Alexander David Hornungread bio
Alexander Hornung received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with honors in the field of Banking and Capital Markets Law, and a Master’s in Business for Legal Professionals. He received his qualification to practice law in 2017 after graduating from the EBS University of Business and Law. He attended American, Canadian, French, and Chinese schools, and spent a semester abroad at Peking University Graduate School of Transnational Law. He is fluent in several European languages and in Mandarin. He is interested in international relations, global business and transnational law, which he practiced during his internship with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In 2016 he co-founded a start-up aiming to combat ticket scalping at European stadiums and its resultant security loopholes. At the Yenching Academy, Alexander will focus on China’s approach to international affairs and how these may relate to business strategies and legal regulations between China and Western countries.
Montijn Huismanread bio
Montijn Huisman is from Assen, a small town in the north of the Netherlands. He is currently studying for a graduate degree in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he focusses on the political economy of finance, trade and business. Before coming to London, he received his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Groningen. As part of this undergraduate degree, he spent a year studying as an Erasmus Mundus scholar at Peking University. Montijn subsequently conducted research on agricultural policy in Tanzania and worked as a trainee at the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia, Brunei, and ASEAN. He subsequently returned to Beijing to pursue an internship at the economic section of the Dutch Embassy to China, where he conducted research on China’s rising debt. In London, he works part-time for a Member of the House of Commons. He is also an active member of the Dutch Labour Party. Montijn is particularly interested in the effects of international economic dynamics on China’s development and plans to study this subject further at the Yenching Academy. His other interests include Chinese cinema, literature, writing, skiing, motorcycles, and traveling.
Maria Agnieszka Jaroszread bio
Maria Agnieszka Jarosz, born and raised in Poland, studied at Bart?omiej Nowodworski High School nr 1 in Krakow in the years 2011-2014, where she majored in Polish, History, Latin and Ancient Greek. In 2014 she won a laureate title at XXXII Polish Latin Language and Ancient Culture Contest. She is to graduate from Jagiellonian University in Krakow in July 2017, majoring in Sinology, with her undergraduate dissertation focusing on Zhao Shuli, a rural Chinese fiction writer. Maria was granted the Jagiellonian University President’s Scholarship for Best Students in 2015. Since 2015 she has held the position of vice-president of the Jagiellonian University Sinology Students Research Circle, where she organized a number of academic and social events. During her studies at Jagiellonian University she was able to pass HSK 4 in 2016. Maria is most interested in the twentieth century Chinese literature, especially the literature after The Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art, so at the Yenching Academy she intends to study Literature and Culture. In the future she hopes to focus on the specifics of literary translation, due to her love of both the Polish and Chinese language, as well as literature itself.
Paulina Kanarekread bio
Paulina, a native of Cracow, Poland spent the last 5 years in the United Kingdom, where she completed her degree in Chinese and Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She continued her education at postgraduate level at the University of Oxford, where she pursued MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies program. Her thesis was focused on Sino-Polish relations in light of recent developments in both bilateral terms and in the broader context of the EU relationship with China. Paulina is particularly interested in relations between China and Europe, as well as the role of the New Silk Road in the PRC’s cooperation with Central and Eastern European states. Paulina has experience working in the field of Sino-European relations, which she gained as an intern in the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing and the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Shanghai. She is fluent in five languages including Mandarin, which she mastered while spending a year as an exchange student at Beijing Normal University. At the Yenching Academy she will pursue the Politics and International Relations research area, which will allow her to develop her interest in the One Belt One Road Initiative and its influence on trade and investment with the European Union.
Nita Josephine Killianread bio
Nita Killian is an Irish, first class honours graduate of both Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s Master’s of Accounting, and University College Dublin’s (UCD) Bachelor of Commerce International with Chinese. Throughout her university studies she has attained the prestigious UCD Ad Astra Academic scholarship, was awarded the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business Student of the Year 2016 and was a recipient of the Bachelor of Commerce (International) Graduate Scholarship. Introduced to China via her undergraduate studies, Nita possesses a keen interest in Chinese language and culture. She has studied in both Renmin University in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai. In 2015 Nita won the Chinese Bridge Competition for college students in Dublin and went on to represent Ireland in the finals in Changsha, appearing on Chinese national television. Nita is an accomplished pianist, having studied piano from the age of seven. She has competed in various competitions, winning the Feis Ceoil Esposito Cup in 2012 and has attained diplomas in piano teaching and performance. Nita is currently employed in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ dynamic aircraft leasing department in Dublin’s financial district. She is concurrently pursuing professional qualifications in Irish taxation and accountancy. At the Yenching Academy, Nita desires to broaden her understanding of the Chinese commercial market, with a particular focus on economics and management, thereby advancing her business knowledge and satiating her passion for China.
Anastasia Kimread bio
Anastasia Kim was born in Kyrgyzstan and currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. In 2012 she was one of two students chosen from Russia to be awarded a 5 year full scholarship from the Korean government. Anastasia studied English Interpretation and Translation along with Business Administration at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, where she received Certificates of Outstanding Academic Achievement for four consecutive years. During the past four years she has been an active member of several international student organizations, including the Global Student Association and International Alumni Association; volunteered in an orphanage; and organized a fundraising event for typhoon victims in the Philippines. She speaks Russian, English, Korean and French. Anastasia’s goal is to become a competent international manager in the creative and innovative industries. She intends to help South Korea and China’s creative and innovative industries go global.
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.
Anastasiia Matrosread bio
Anastasiia Matros graduated with distinction from St. Petersburg State University in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in BRICS Studies at St. Petersburg State University. She was an exchange student at Peking University during the 2015 and 2017 spring semesters. She has interned at the Governor’s office in the Leningrad Region Government, and at the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg. She was actively involved in volunteer work at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. Anastasiia is interested in multifaceted research on China’s internal and external policies, and in examining China’s information security and activities in international information space. Anastasiia’s Bachelor’s thesis was titled “China in the Global Information Space: Foreign Policy Aspect.” She will pursue the Politics and International Relations research area at the Yenching Academy. Her hobbies include intellectual games such as the popular Russian “What? Where? When?”