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.
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.
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.
Alessio Wei Chenread bio
Alessio Wei Chen graduated cum laude in Political Science, minoring in Humanistic Studies, from John Cabot University in Rome. He then received an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics, where he specialized in Asia and the Pacific. His research contributes to the debate on the role of regional economic integration, nationalism and the perceptions of identities in Cross-Strait relations. An Italian national of Chinese descent, Alessio has lived in China, Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Previously, he gained professional experience at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United States Embassy in Italy. He has been actively involved in the activities of Associna, the Association of Second Generation Italian-Chinese, promoting linguistic and cultural dialogue between young Italians, Chinese and Sino-Italians. His great ambition is to work for the diplomatic service representing Italian and EU interests in China. Alessio is confident that the concentration in Public Policy and International Relations at the Yenching Academy will provide a solid understanding of China to fulfil his professional aspirations. Alessio is fluent in Italian, Chinese, English, German, French and Spanish and his passion for foreign languages and cultures has also brought him to study Japanese, Arabic and Portuguese. Alessio hopes to explore his cultural heritage while studying in China and exchanging ideas with the Yenching Scholars and academics as well as the larger PKU community in Beijing.
Thøger Kersting Christensenread bio
Thøger Kersting Christensen majored in Asia Studies (China Studies) at the University of Copenhagen, minored in Journalism and Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is currently residing in Beijing. In his B.A. thesis he focused on China’s changing perception of its role in the world as seen through an analysis of CCTV’s international TV channels. He has previously done research on the dynamics and transformations of early Chinese Socialism and ancient Chinese philosophy’s impact on contemporary political theory. While studying his BA, Thøger worked at the Danish think tank on Sino-Danish relations and was a part of the editorial team of the Danish magazine on China. Thøger is an avid music lover, being both a musician and music journalist, and has followed the transformation of China’s diverse music subcultures closely. He is following the Politics and International Relations concentration at the Yenching Academy and is focusing on China’s growing influence – especially from a political-ideological point of view – on international institutions such as the UN.
Madeleine May Clinganread bio
Madeleine, a UK national with both Trinidadian and British heritage, graduated from the University of York where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. During her time as an undergraduate, she founded York Anti-Trafficking Student Group (YATS) with a group of peers, won five consecutive international and national Model United Nations ‘Best Delegate’ Awards for her debating and negotiation skills, and worked as a Policy Advisor in the UK Civil Service. Her interest in China spans back over five years, starting when she first conducted research into modern China’s economic and social reforms. In previous trips to the country, she lived in a small town in Zhejiang province and attended Zhejiang University as a Study China scholar. As a Yenching scholar, she studies the intersection of politics and law in social spheres. Her current research focuses on Chinese social enterprises and the social and environmental safeguards employed on Chinese overseas investment projects.
Pavel Sergeevich Degtiarevread bio
Pavel Degtiarev completed his undergraduate degree at University College London (UCL), where he studied Russian history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He holds dual UK/Russian citizenship and worked at the Moscow office of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in the summer of 2015. At the Yenching Academy, he is pursuing the economics and management concentration of the Master's in China Studies program. He is interested in finance and clean energy investment in the context of China’s economic development over the next five years. Pavel completed a summer analyst program at J.P. Morgan in London before arriving in Beijing.
Coline Deltreilread bio
Coline Deltreil Lacoste was born in France. From September 2013 to June 2015, she studied at Lycée Janson de Sailly in Paris 16, specializing in economics. She graduated with first class honours and proceeded to study European Economics and Policy at the University of Bordeaux Montesquieu. While economics is Coline’s cup of tea, art is her passion. As a sculptor’s daughter, she has always lived in an artistically-enlightened environment. Since childhood, she has developed a keen interest in the arts and a resilient creative streak. She has never considered visiting museums or attending previews, theatre plays and concerts as a drudgery, but rather as a hobby. Her ideal career is to hold a managerial position in an international art rental network, thus understanding and appreciating the stakes of the cultural sector. Coline has developed a keen interest in China since her godfather, who is a French photographer specializing in China and Myanmar, taught her about the Middle Kingdom. She is able to speak a little Chinese, having been taught by a Peking University alumnus who strengthened her love for China and admiration for his alma mater. Joining the Yenching Academy of Peking University in September 2016 was thus an honor and an opportunity to renew her passion for China.
Lidiia Demchenkoread bio
Lidiia Demchenko is a Ukrainian polyglot who knows 6 languages. She majored in Translation Studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and took part in an Erasmus Mundus exchange at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Italy for two semesters. Furthermore, she volunteered for a year in Spain with an EVS programme, helping immigrant minorities to adapt to the local community. Lidiia participated in various projects for intercultural dialogue and human rights promotion as she aspires for a career in the international cooperation sector. Her main field of interest is Gender Studies and Women’s Studies which she aims to research within Yenching Academy. She is one of the active representatives of Ukrainian feminist movement and a fierce human rights advocate. The China Studies’ interdisciplinary approach draws her attention as a tool to encourage dialogue between the East and the West.
Yuliana Dementyevaread bio
Yuliana comes from Russia and has experience living in London and Hong Kong. She has a Bachelor degree with Distinction in International Relations from Moscow State University. Prior to joining the Yenching Academy, she studied for a MSc in China in a Comparative Perspective at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Throughout her studies, Yuliana has been actively involved in academic debate on Chinese foreign policy and economics, particularly energy relations with Russia on which she published several articles. Her current research interests lie in the area of development studies and include China’s quest for domestic innovations and sustainable economic growth. Yuliana’s concentration at the Yenching Academy is Economics and Management and she hopes to conduct extensive field research on development strategies of Chinese major companies such as Huawei, exploring their success and failures in producing functioning innovations. Yuliana is proficient in English and Mandarin, has a passion for astronomy and enjoys visits to observatories during her free time.