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.
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.
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.
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.
Joost van Deutekomread bio
Joost van Deutekom is completed an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, focusing on Chinese politics and foreign policy. Previously Joost graduated from Radboud University with a degree in Political Science, studied for a year at the Università degli Studi di Siena as an Erasmus student and interned at the Political Department of the Dutch Embassy in London. At the Yenching Academy he is focusing on the domestic sources of Chinese foreign policy and he hopes to further improve his Mandarin.
Max-Sebastian Doviread bio
Max-Sebastian Dovì graduated from graduated from Bocconi University with a degree in Economics, and simultaneously completed a second undergraduate degree in International Relations and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, as well as a graduate diploma in Mathematics from the London School of Economics. Max-Sebastian is a dual German-Italian citizen, growing up in both Genoa and Berlin before moving to Scotland for his studies. Building on his nine-month stay in Beijing and Shanghai as an exchange student, at the Yenching Academy he is interested in pursuing research related to the (International) Political Economy of China. More generally, he is interested in studying the likely development of trade relationships between Europe and China in a time where the two economies are becoming increasingly structurally similar and hence are (ostensibly) entering into greater competition with each other. Concretely, he is presently interested in researching the effects of China’s restructuring its economy along ‘green’ lines and the implications this will have for Sino-European environmental cooperation. He also wishes to take advantage of his stay at the Yenching Academy to improve his Chinese and become familiar with novel paradigmatic approaches to the philosophical issues he studied at St Andrews.
Nikita Ermakovread bio
Nikita Ermakov graduated from the Saint Petersburg University, Russia, where he completed his Master’s degree in Economics. His academic experience includes three years of studying at Ajou University and The Catholic University of Korea, where his classes were held in Korean. At the completion of his time in Korea he received a B.A. from Ajou University. Nikita is interested in sports and has also participated in competitions for his university swimming team. He has studied Chinese before, so he plans to improve his language skills and learn Cantonese. Nikita worked at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Saint Petersburg as a marketing manager. He likes to work with an international team and develop business connections. His main research interests include: international marketing strategies in Asia and foreign direct investments to Hong Kong. At the Yenching Academy, he will continue to focus on investment policies of China and other East Asian countries.