William TG Millerread bio
Will TG Miller was originally born in the United States, but grew up mostly in the UK. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, his dissertation revolved around issues of historical consciousness and the impact of collective memory on the national consciousness and ideology of Japan in the postwar period. Will TG's interests lie in comparative studies of motivational structures such as ideology, religion, culture, and civilization. His intended area of study at the Yenching Academy is Politics and International Relations, through which he hopes to examine the influence of culture and national narratives on China's foreign policy and relations with other states. Will TG has a longstanding interest in China, which is compounded by its nature as the home to a diverse range of ethnic, religious, and cultural groups and denominations. A long-term interest of his is the compatibility of Chinese foreign policy within an international system that is increasingly characterized by a degree of populism and strongman-ism. Will TG's research and writing is heavily interdisciplinary in nature, and while rooted in specific fields such as Asian or Middle-Eastern Studies, he draws heavily on fields such as psychology and philosophy of the psychoanalytic tradition. He is concurrently writing several books of this nature on a number of topics.
Christos Mourdoukoutasread bio
Christos Mourdoukoutas is from Kalamata, a small town in South Greece. He graduated first in his BA program in International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus. During his studies, he was predominantly interested in the foreign policy followed by Great Powers and in international political economy. He co-authored the papers “News Portrayals of Cynicism: The State System in the News about WikiLeaks” and “Major Factors in the Greek Economy’s Competitiveness” given at conferences in Greece. He was also a member of the Turkish & Eurasian Studies Lab and became increasingly interested in researching relations between China and the Caucasus region states. His analysis “China- Caucasus Relations: Beijing’s Efforts to Penetrate into a Peripheral Subsystem” was published in the Laboratory’s Eurasian Studies Journal. Christos’ main area of interest is Chinese foreign policy. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge on the political, military and economic means Beijing is willing to use to change the international status quo as a Great Power.
Jessica Reillyread bio
Jessica graduated with first class honours from Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, where she was also elected President of her Student Union. After completion of her first degree, she worked as a strategy consultant before beginning a postgraduate course in Chinese studies at SOAS University in London. Her current thesis investigates the influence of corporates in the pharmaceutical industry on the Chinese domestic health market. Jessica grew up between the U.S., the UK and Singapore. Her numerous internships, including with the British Foreign Office’s Chevening Scholarship, inspired her interest in diplomacy and cross-cultural communication. At the Yenching Academy, Jessica is pursuing Politics and International Relations as her research area. She hopes to focus further on the role of transnational corporations in the global policy environment, and more specifically on Anglo-Chinese bilateral ties.
Sebastian Johannes Reilread bio
Sebastian Reil, who was born and raised in Germany, is currently finishing a Master’s degree in International Economics and Business as well as an Honour’s Master’s degree in Leadership at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. His two long-term passions are the rise of Asia and innovation. After High School, Sebastian worked for one year in a development assistance project in Vietnam. He did his undergraduate studies in economics at Heidelberg University specializing in economic development and growth. During this time, he also spent one semester at National Taiwan University in Taipei studying Chinese language and East Asian economic development. Besides his studies, he gained extensive work experience in the innovation economy from a startup, corporate and public sector perspective. He worked, amongst other things, on innovation strategy at the start-up unit of the German industrial giant Siemens and graduated from an open innovation accelerator where he was developing smart traffic solutions for the city of Tel Aviv. In his free time, he contributes to the NGO Refugee Cities which aims to expand the options for displaced people by promoting special status settlements. At Yenching Academy Sebastian wants to deepen his understanding of China and the Chinese language as well as study the economic development of China and China’s emerging role as an innovator with the aim to become a connector between Chinese and Western innovation.
Teresa Romero Sánchez-Herreroread bio
Teresa Romero Sánchez-Herrero, from Spain, is a Fine Arts graduate from the University Complutense of Madrid. After her graduation in 2014 she worked for over two years at Veremonte, an investment company based in London whose aim is to create and promote sustainability projects around the globe. In her role as Head of Communications and Image Teresa participated in the enterprise FIA Formula E Championship and in the development of QEV, both projects dedicated to the promotion of electric vehicles on a worldwide scale with a special focus on China. During this time, she pursued higher studies in Professional Photography, and in Business Management through the British Open University. Having received a bilingual education in English and Spanish, Teresa is an avid language learner, proficient in French and currently studying Mandarin Chinese, including a short-term course at the Shanghai International Studies University in 2016. She is also passionate about social justice, and particularly about sustainability, gender issues, and the development of education. As a voluntary worker for the Spanish Association Against Cancer Teresa has carried out many didactic initiatives, most notably an English language learning program for adults in need of labor insertion, and an equivalent one for children. At the Yenching Academy she plans to explore the economic, social and artistic aspects of the Chinese culture while pursuing Economics and Management as her research area, with the aim of contributing to communication and understanding in the business relations between China and the West.
Theresa Stubhanread bio
Theresa Stubhan is a German national who is currently studying for a BA in Chinese Studies and BSc in International Business Administration at Eberhard Karls Universit?t Tübingen in Germany. Her interest in China originates in childhood. She grew up between Germany and China which has led her to feel at home in both cultures. In the course of her undergraduate studies, she also spent one year in Beijing studying Chinese language at Peking University and interning for the Austrian Embassy where she assisted with the preparation and coordination of the visit of the Austrian Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister. Theresa has been working as a research assistant at the China Centre Tübingen (CCT) since its opening in April 2016. CCT is an institute at the university dedicated both to research and to promoting cultural competence with regard to China and the Chinese diaspora. Her work involves the organization and coordination of events as well as social media management. Theresa′s research interests include social enterprise and current social issues in China as well as international economic cooperation. Her Chinese Studies BA thesis examines the PRC′s new law on foreign NGOs and its impact on NGOs that support disabled persons, drawing on the results of fieldwork she conducted in Beijing in the summer of 2016. At Yenching Academy, Theresa will join the Economics and Management track, her aim being to familiarize herself with the Chinese entrepreneurial landscape and economic institutions.
Francisco Alberto Taianaread bio
Francsico obtained his Bachelor’s degree in History from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, and is currently studying for a MSC in Latin American Studies at Oxford University, with a particular focus on Sino-Argentine relations during the Cold War era. Francisco has a long-standing interest in Chinese imperial and post-imperial history and politics. He is very much interested in recent and current Chinese international relations.
Roswitha Alexandra Trapperead bio
Roswitha was born and raised in Switzerland, where she lived until going on to pursue her undergraduate degree in International Business at Royal Holloway University of London in 2014. For her second year, Roswitha was selected for the study abroad scholarship to continue the full year at Hong Kong University, which greatly awoke her interest for economic and political issues in the region. During her time at HKU, she became a core member of the university's dragonboat team, which brought her to several international competitions in Hong Kong and Heilongjiang. During the summer after her exchange, she remained in Hong Kong for an internship at a local insolvency firm, which also gave her the opportunity to work with an initiative by the World Bank. Moreover, she got to explore Peking University in a joint summer programme with LSE, which strongly awoke her intent to pursue further studies there. Since her return to the UK for the final year of her Bachelor's degree, she has actively kept in touch with Asia both on an off campus, such as with her dissertation on Swiss SME investment in China, or as a research volunteer at the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association. At Yenching Academy, Roswitha will be pursuing Economics and Management as her research area, and is particularly interested in China's One Belt One Road initiative.
Leonardo Volpiniread bio
Leonardo Volpini is 22 years old and from Viterbo, Italy. He graduated cum laude at La Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in International Cooperation and Development, an interdisciplinary program which combines political, cultural and sociological issues. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in International Sciences, China and Global studies at the University of Turin, aiming to deepen his knowledge of Chinese political culture and language. In 2015 he took part in an Erasmus Program in Tampere, Finland, where he focused his academic activity and research on Human Rights. As a European citizen with a strong faith in the EU, he leapt at the opportunity to study at the Yenching Academy, aiming to contribute to a process of mutual understanding and trust building between the EU and China in the wider framework of regional and inter-regional cooperation. Leonardo is also interested in investigating how the OBOR initiative will impact the social structures of the Eurasian continent. Furthermore, he is keen to join the ThinkInChina community in Beijing to constructively engage in public debate in China. Leonardo is a voracious reader of fiction as well as non-fiction books and loves to take long and inspiring walks.