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Noah Gittaread bio
Noah Gitta, a Ugandan American, graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he majored in Public Policy and Law and minored in Chinese Language Studies. His first trip to China was for his study abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai. While there, he interned at Dacheng Law Offices and later worked briefly at their Wall Street office in New York City. After graduation, he taught English to high school students in Shanxi Province as an Ameson Educational Ambassador. He spent the following year in Beijing, as a Mandarin language student at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He concurrently interned at Winchannel —a Chinese data management company and worked on a collaborative project that involved Chinese software developers and Indian distributors of Huawei cellphones. Most recently, Noah has worked on the sales development team for Square, an innovative firm in the mobile payments industry in the U.S. As a Yenching Scholar, Noah explores the legal and regulatory environment encountered by foreign companies entering China and Chinese companies venturing overseas to gain the expertise needed to become a bridge builder between China and its global commercial partners.
Guo Jingyuanread bio
Guo Jingyuan received a bachelor’s degree of Public Administration from Minzu University of China in 2018. She focused on the public administration in Autonomous Region and social enterprises in China, and actively participated in the research group of the index of the Chinese Social Enterprise Authentication. She published her findings about these two subjects in CSSCI journals. Besides her academic work, Jingyuan has also interned in Bain&Co. and Sequoia Capital China. Jingyuan has a pleasant mature attitude towards literally everything. She enjoys learning, working and exchanging knowledge with people from diverse backgrounds. She is especially interested in social innovation in China, and explores this more in the Economics and Management track at Yenching.
Guo Yuanyuanread bio
Born in Wuhan, Guo Yuanyuan majored in French language and literature in Wuhan University. Apart from numerous scholarships for her academic achievements, she was named the Merit Student of her university and the Excellent Undergraduate of China Scholarship Council. As the head of English Street Club, Guo has been engaged in building international platforms for WHUers to bridge the gap of understanding between China and the world. To promote French and Francophone culture in Wuhan, she interned at Alliance Française as well as Business France and organized a range of large events and free cultural activities. During her stay in Algeria and Morocco, she served as an interpreter for China’s Foreign Aid to Africa. It was in France that Guo specialized in the interdisciplinary program “Humanistic and Scientific Culture” where the historical and epistemological approach deepened her understanding and her practice of interdisciplinarity. This is why, at the Yenching Academy, she concentrates on Politics and International Relations, to promote a better understanding of China’s development in comparison with the Francophone countries.
Shriyam Guptaread bio
Shriyam Gupta grew up in Dehri-on-Sone, a small town in Bihar and spent most of his life at a boarding school in Dehradun. He graduated with a degree in B.A (Hons.) History from the University of Delhi. In college, he worked with refugees in Delhi, which built his interest in policy, human rights, and governance. He has assisted Members of Parliament on issues of environment, communalism, and rural development; and spent close to a year mapping compensation processes for human-wildlife conflict across the country. These experiences built his interest in public administration and institutional reform in India. To pursue this, he spent the last two years consulting with government departments and the judiciary, helping them addresses their operational backlogs. He comes to China and Yenching Academy with an interest in learning about its bureaucratic system and government.
Daniel Antonio Guzman Brimanread bio
Daniel Antonio Guzman Briman graduated from National Chengchi University where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Human Resource Management. He also holds an MBA from Taipei University of Technology. In 2013, he was a finalist at the international Chinese Proficiency Contest "CCTV 6th Chinese Bridge" held in Beijing. In 2017, he represented the delegation of Sri Lanka in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held in New York City. Daniel has worked as a Language Specialist and Investment Advisor in several countries and regions; including Russia, Mainland China, Taiwan, Nicaragua and the UAE. Passionate for community development and poverty alleviation, he has supported many social volunteer programs and NGOs throughout his college and high school years. He is fluent in Russian, Chinese, English, Spanish and French. Daniel is 25 years old and from the Russian Federation.
Michael Adu Gyekyeread bio
Michael Adu Gyekye lives in Accra, Ghana, and is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a BA in Political Studies (Economics Minor). Michael is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, UK, and serves on the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN). He has interned in Research and Administration with a host of civil society organizations in Ghana. He regularly contributes articles on current affairs in Africa to several international blogs. At the Yenching Academy, Michael concentrates in Politics and International Relations, focusing on the dynamics, emerging trends and prospects of the growing China-Africa relationship. He is very eager to learn the Chinese language and enhance his knowledge of other aspects of Chinese culture. Michael aspires to become a leading Sino-Africa policy analyst and innovator. He loves to read, write, mentor, plan and organize events, and engage in diverse public speaking activities.
Tshewang Gyeltshenread bio
Tshewang Gyeltshen graduated from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry and has been working in the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan. Besides his experiences as a clinician and administrator in healthcare, he has been involved in depth with volunteer youth organizations within the country and participated in number of international conferences and youth seminars. He has participated in 5th World Youth Congress in Istanbul, 2010; led Bhutanese Delegation to the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2014 and subsequently participated in Baku Global Forum, 2016. He is also among a very few Bhutanese to have received the Golden Youth Award, the only national level youth award given to outstanding youth of Bhutan. At Yenching Academy, Tshewang hopes to broaden his knowledge on leadership, innovation and management. He also hopes to learn more about China, focusing on its large-scale socialistic economy and diplomatic affairs. He is also interested in Chinese Public Policy and hopes to further horizon his knowledge in it. These in turn, he believes, would bridge the gap between ever growing China and Bhutanese views towards its northern neighbor both at political and economic sense. Tshewang is 27 years old and from the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Jacob Grant Hamelread bio
A native of Severna Park, Maryland, Jake Hamel has been interested in China since he began studying martial arts at an early age. Recently, he graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Public Policy and minors in Urban Studies and Chinese Language and Culture. As an undergraduate, Jake focused his research on the intersection of immigration, urban development and real estate, and he has published research on Chinese-American investment immigration policy through UC Berkeley’s Sociology department. During his summers, Jake has studied Mandarin at Beijing Normal University, interned for an environmental consulting NGO in Shanghai, served as an undergrad policy research fellow at the University of Tokyo, and worked for a Washington DC-based real estate developer. At the Yenching Academy, Jake researches the development of China’s housing markets and Chinese overseas real estate investment through the Law and Society concentration.
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.
Olivia Holderread bio
Olivia Holder is 22 years old and lives in Greenville, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Honors, majoring in History with double minors in Chinese and Comparative Literature. She has studied and interned in China twice and was particularly impacted by her work with The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center which assesses and protects the historic integrity of Beijing’s vernacular architecture, the hutong. Olivia has spent her senior year writing an honors thesis, researching the role that architecture and artistic possessions that were created to represent the 'cultural other' played in the self-identification of the Chinese and British empires from the eighteenth century down to the present day. She enjoys cooking, developing her elementary skills on the guqin, engaging others in art education, and drinking tea. While studying History and Archaeology at Yenching Academy, she tries to understand how people both implant meaning in and exact meaning from their built environments. She is particularly interested in realizing the positive impacts that cultural art education and an understanding of our transcultural histories can have on our political landscapes.