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Benedicte Kinkolo Buandaread bio
Benedicte is a French-Congolese who has been living in Beijing since 2017. Prior to Beijing, she lived and studied in London, New York, Paris, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She holds two Masters degrees, one in international relations and one in economic development from Institut d'Etudes Politiques Paris (Sciences-Po) and Peking University. Benedicte also holds a bachelor degree in International Politics from King’s College London and she is a Comparative East Asian Studies Scholar alumni; having studied at Yonsei, Keio and Hong Kong University. Due to her personal background as a French-Congolese living in East Asia, her academic interests revolve around the complexities of the China-Africa relations. More specifically, at Yenching she researches the image of Africa in China and how this impacts the economic cooperation between the two regions.
Fiona Quimbreread bio
Born and raised in Brittany, France, Fiona Quimbre has also lived in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, and Portugal. She graduated from Sciences Po Bordeaux and Cardiff University with a Joint Degree in Political Sciences, and completed a Master’s in International Relations at Sciences Po Bordeaux. During her studies, Fiona dedicated her dissertation to China’s huaqiao huaren policy and researched China’s African policy. Her interest for foreign affairs led her to work on international events such as the Tour de France and the Olympic Games, but also to intern at the French Foreign Office, the Welsh Government, and in an ambassadorial defence department. There, she developed her passion for security issues focusing on military cooperation in Africa. At the Yenching Academy, Fiona pursues Politics and International Relations as her research area, allowing her to further investigate China’s security strategy in Africa and the scope for cooperation.