Ludovica Meacciread bio
Ludovica Meacci, from Italy, graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Mediation from Sapienza University of Rome, where she focused on Chinese language and culture. During her second undergraduate year, Ludovica was a visiting student at Paris Diderot University on the Erasmus scholarship, where she improved her knowledge of French and Chinese language. Thanks to her stays at Beijing Foreign Studies University and Zhejiang University, Ludovica has also deepened her understanding of Chinese culture and has improved her language skills. After graduating from Sapienza University in 2014, she went to London to read for an MSc in Contemporary China Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she graduated with "Distinction". This experience has equipped her with a well-rounded understanding of contemporary Chinese society, of the functioning of the Chinese state and of the relationship between law, policy and administration. Following her interests in politics and journalism, Ludovica is a contributing writer for Il Caffè Geopolitico, an Italian online magazine, where she publishes articles about Chinese domestic politics. At the Yenching Academy, Ludovica intends to concentrate in Politics and International Relations: her interest is to investigate the growing role of China as an international actor and to analyse the key features of the country's foreign policy at the present stage.
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.
Eduardo Monteiro Baptistaread bio
Eduardo Baptista is a 21-year old history undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge. Before moving to Cambridge in October 2014, Eduardo studied at St. Julian's International School in his country of birth, Portugal. The son of a Portuguese father and South Korean mother, Eduardo always wanted to live and study in East Asia. After studying China's anti-imperialist struggle between 1895 and 1927, he decided to apply to the Yenching Academy to further his studies. Eduardo plans to choose Politics and International Relations as his research area, and to reassess past research on the relations between the Korean Peninsula and the EU by learning about the past, present and future of China's relationship with the West. As an aspiring diplomat, Eduardo will pay particular attention to China's relations with Portugal. Eduardo has a strong interest in the Chinese language. Like many other Korean children, much of Eduardo's Korean was learnt through the use of Chinese characters, and this exposure has led to his desire of becoming fluent in Mandarin. As a fluent speaker of Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Korean, Eduardo is particularly excited to integrate into the multicultural environment of the Yenching Academy.
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.
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.
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.