Chloe Dempseyread bio
Chloe Dempsey received a combined Bachelors of Laws and Arts, alongside a Diploma in Mandarin from the University of Western Australia. During her degree, Chloe spent over two years working and studying in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific under the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan and as a Westpac Scholar. Chloe has experience working in Australia and internationally in both commercial law and non-governmental organisations. She has been heavily involved in both the Australia China Youth Dialogue and the Australia China Youth Association, which connect young Australians and Chinese for the purposes of enhancing the bilateral relationship and future cooperation on regional and global issues. Chloe’s passion for China originated in an initial six-month visit as a volunteer in rural Sichuan in 2012. Chloe is passionate about the intersection between philanthropy, business and social movements.
Eugene Furead bio
Eugene Fu is a final-year undergraduate in Land Economy at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. At the Yenching Academy, he wishes to extend his interdisciplinary education to study the role that legal institutions play in cultivating business-friendly, economically efficient environments. Born in Hong Kong, Eugene is also passionate about learning more about his Chinese heritage: language, culture and society. Eugene is 20, and grew up in Australia, where he studied medical science for a semester at Griffith University before moving to the UK. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career in investment banking in the Asia-Pacific region. He has worked in London, Hong Kong and Brisbane across the financial and governmental sectors.
Wesley Harfieldread bio
Wesley grew up in Auckland, New Zealand where he attended The University of Auckland completing two bachelor degrees simultaneously, majoring in three separate subject areas – Computer Science, Finance, and Economics. After representing The University of Auckland as an undergraduate in an international research conference at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2014, he developed a strong interest in the economic development of China and the Chinese language. Throughout the remainder of his time as an undergraduate and his involvement with numerous New Zealand-China business organisations, he received several government scholarships allowing him opportunities to study at the Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan and Fudan University in Shanghai. While studying at Peking University, he hopes to use his experiences along with his technical and financial knowledge to research China’s rapid advancements in the smartphone-payments economy and how this technology can be used to tackle issues we face in the 21st century.
Ellan Alethia Lincoln-Hyderead bio
Ellan Lincoln-Hyde is a multi-disciplined performing artist, published writer/playwright and research musicologist from Australia. Ellan obtained her Bachelor of Music: Bassoon Performance and a Diploma of Modern Languages in Chinese from The University of Melbourne in 2015. The same year, Ellan was softball captain and a member of the Women’s First XIII crew for Newman College, The University of Melbourne. In 2013, she was an exchange student at Fudan University, Shanghai. She also participated in language exchanges to Nanjing, China and Paris, France. In 2016 her Honors year research thesis on the history of social issues and opera in the mid-twentieth century was awarded a High Distinction. She is currently on a research exchange at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and will complete the requirements for The University of Melbourne’s Master of Musicology in August 2017. Frequently performing as a bassoonist, vocalist and stage actor, Ellan is also an experienced arts administrator and has worked for Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet and the Australian Federal Ministry for the Arts. Being a keen advocate for diplomacy through cultural exchange, in 2012 Ellan founded a charity concert series which raises funds for the Afghan Youth Orchestra, Kabul. At the Yenching Academy Ellan will pursue Literature and Culture as her research area, and aims to explore the history and ongoing impact of China’s relationship with the Western classical tradition.
James Ellison Riseleyread bio
James Riseley is an Australian citizen who studied for his BA in Politics and International Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 2014 to 2017. Much of his undergraduate study was in the history of political thought - a field that Cambridge has pioneered – though during that time he also cultivated interests in global ethics and comparative politics. In his third year, he completed a dissertation on the politics and the broader theoretical significance of Australia’s former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. While at Cambridge, James also engaged in a wide range of activities – from debating, to being the Mental Health and Disabilities’ Officer on his college’s students’ union, to standup – and he hopes to engage broadly with student life in Beijing as well. At the Yenching Academy, James intends to take the Politics and International Relations track. His hope is to acquire a general understanding of contemporary Chinese politics and political economy, but also to work on specific projects related to the history of Chinese political thought and current-day Chinese energy policy and reform. James is looking forward to applying the methods he acquired at Cambridge to the history of Chinese political thought, as well as engaging in dialogue with Chinese practitioners of political thought in order to reflect on how that field of study is approached in a different intellectual and cultural context.