Thiago Pinagel Bessimo Barcellosread bio
Thiago Pinagel Barcellos Bessimo studied Social Sciences at the Federal Fluminense University in Rio de Janeiro, and recently received his International Relations degree from the La Salle University of Rio de Janeiro, in Niterói. During his undergraduate studies, he undertook an exchange program at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, and before that, worked as research assistant for a major Brazilian Think-Tank, CEBRI, Brazilian Center for International Relations. As a Yenching Scholar, he is pursuing the Politics and International Relations concentration, as his main interests are understanding China’s relationship with its historical struggles and how it influences today’s politics and international relations in East Asia, especially regarding territorial disputes with its neighbors and conflicting interests in the region.
Felipe Alberto Barrientos Fuentesread bio
Felipe Barrientos Fuentes studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC) in his hometown, Santiago de Chile, obtaining a certificate in International and Comparative Law. Looking to expand his knowledge beyond legal studies, he undertook exchange semesters at Northwestern University in the United States, where he studied political science, and at Technische Universit?t München, Germany, where he studied management. His academic interests include corporate regulation and its role in deterring mismanagement, white-collar crime, and corruption in public companies. He is currently a research assistant at the UC Center for Corporate Governance, where he has co-published a working paper on gender diversity in Chilean boards, and will also collaborate with the Chilean chapter of Transparency International in the months prior to his arrival in China. As a Yenching Scholar, Felipe will pursue the Economics & Management research area, with a particular interest in learning about the organizational culture of Chinese companies, their regulatory standards, and the ongoing Chinese anti-corruption campaign.
Daniel De Oliveira Vasconcelosread bio
Daniel Vasconcelos studied Political Science at the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. He was an academic member of two research groups headed by leading Brazilian professors, for which he studied International Relations Theory, International Law, and Society. His undergraduate thesis on international cooperation issues focused more particularly on the cooperation between Brazil and African states. After graduating, he moved to Canada, where he volunteered to teach Brazilian culture and Portuguese for a university club at Thompson Rivers University. Upon his return to Brazil, he enrolled in a Postgraduate Program in Diplomatic Studies at the International Law Center (Cedin), and wrote his thesis on the domestic sources of Chinese Foreign Policy, analyzing Chinese society, the Chinese political system, and Chinese leadership bios. During this time, he also worked as a teacher for the American School of Belo Horizonte, lecturing on Brazilian history and geography. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to improve his Chinese and broaden his knowledge of China, especially Chinese politics, society and the country’s relations with the rest of the world.
Bruno Kern Duarteread bio
Bruno Kern Duarte studied International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, graduating with a thesis on the Chinese Political System. Bruno worked at the Center for International Studies on Government, in the area of International Security, where he researched Chinese foreign and security policies. During his undergraduate career, he received a scholarship to study Mandarin for a calendar year at the Communication University of China. He then spent time living in Beijing while finishing research for his Master’s in International Strategic Studies at UFRGS. His thesis was about the political challenges of the Chinese economic transition. At the Yenching Academy, Bruno will focus his studies on the political aspects of Chinese economic development.
Agustin Griziaread bio
Agustin Grizia received his Bachelor in International Relations degree at Universidad del Salvador. He is twenty-two years old and is passionate about Chinese history, politics and international relations. Since his studies have been specially focused on East Asia, this last year he started working in a research group about Asia in the Social Sciences Research Institute (IDICSO). As a member of the second cohort of the Yenching Academy of Peking University, Agustin will learn about China and its role in international politics in preparation for a career in the Diplomatic Service of Argentina.
Lívia Machado Costaread bio
Raised in the Brazilian Amazon Region, Lívia Machado Costa studied International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) where, driven by her persistent curiosity, she found herself studying more than the traditional curriculum and frequenting classes of urbanism, gender and sexuality, and photography. Her interest in China flourished when she received a scholarship to study Mandarin at the Communication University of China. While in Beijing, Lívia had a deep understanding about how culturally rich, socially complex, innovative and politically challenging this country is. She traveled to many provinces, from the northern province of Inner Mongolia to the southern province of Yunnan, in the city of Jing Hong. On her return to Brazil, she wrote an undergraduate thesis about Brazil and China’s action in Angola and Mozambique in the 21st Century. As Lívia started connecting the dots, her socio-economic origins, the international position of her country as a developing one with a South voice and her experiences in China, she decided to choose Politics and International Relations as her research area at the Yenching Academy. Her aims are to enhance the cooperation between Brazil and China through education and to be a shaper of her community. Lívia believes that imagination is a key element to change the world.
Lucila San Martínread bio
Lucila San Martín wants the world to get along better. That's why at the age of 16 she started volunteering for the Anne Frank House, an institution that promotes intercultural and interreligious dialogue and non-violence. To further this calling, she studied Communications at Universidad de San Andrés in her hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied abroad as a Presidential Scholar on Semester at Sea, a ship-based program that takes students through Asia and Africa while taking relevant classes. She's an alumni of Global Changemakers and the G(irls)20 Summit. Her topic of undergraduate research is the role humor and joking play in communication. She hopes Yenching Academy will give her the tools to become an effective ally in mediating cross-cultural relations.
Laís Bueno Sachsread bio
Laís Bueno Sachs studied International Relations at the University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil. During her undergraduate course, she undertook an exchange program at Shanghai Fudan University, where she expanded her understanding of Chinese Foreign Policy, BRICS, and the New Development Bank created by this group. She also wrote several analyses about international conjuncture, especially about BRICS, China, Latin America and International Political Economy. Her undergraduate thesis was focused on Automotive Industries in Brazil and in Mexico and their impacts on these domestic economies. During her last semester at UnB, she worked as an intern at the Brazilian Government's Foreign Trade Chamber, where she could participate in the government’s policy making process related to imports and exports. She is particularly interested in Chinese Foreign Policy, Sino-South America Relations, Mercosur (Mercado Común del Sur), Chinese culture, International Negotiation, International Political Economy, and Foreign Trade. Her intended field of studies at the Yenching Academy is International Relations and Foreign Trade.
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.