Paruyr Abrahamyan is a teacher of Economics and Business Studies at the AOJI International School in Beijing. His areas of teachings include also Political Philosophy and Political History, International Economics, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. His professional experience includes working at the governmental, nongovernmental, private and academic sectors in Europe, India and Latin America. Paruyr has a Bachelor degree in Economics and Management from the University of Lyon 3 and a Master degree from the universities of Padova (Italy), KU Leuven (Belgium), Sorbonne (France) and UCDB (Brazil). His academic research explores the alternative development model proposed by the biggest social leftist movement in Latin America.
Khagendra Acharya, 23, Founder of Oya Opportunities and President of the Asian Science Camp Alumni Association, is passionate about promoting Science and Entrepreneurship in developing countries. He is also a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an alumnus of the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. Khagendra founded Oya Opportunities to empower youth living in different corners of the world, and also founded E-Waste Management Nepal, which recycles the electronic waste products and donates it to the community. With the aim of creating a common platform for youth, Khagendra started Oyaop journey and one year since its establishment, Oyaop is inspiring and connected to more than 700 thousand youth all around the world and spread its branches in 41 different countries.
Tasneem Omar Ava is a social entrepreneur from Bangladesh. Her social startup Synergy Global.co connects marginalized entrepreneurs from the slums of Dhaka to the global market of ethical fashion through an e-commerce platform. Tasneem’s startup has been recognized as one of the top five social startups in the world by HULT Prize Foundation in 2016. Her contributions to achieving SDG-8 as a social entrepreneur has brought her the coveted acknowledgement of being one of the 16 Young Leaders in the world for the European Development Days 2017 by the European Commission, where she was a voice for youth as a high level panelist.
Madhav Datt founded Green the Gene, a small school environmental club in 2004 when he was 8 years old. Since then, he has led and scaled it into the world's largest completely youth-run environmental non-profit, with projects in 62 countries with over 7,000 volunteers from schools and universities. He has initiated and executed several innovative technology and data science driven environmental projects across the world, from recycling 3,000,000+ litres of swimming pool water annually in India; deploying 8,000 bio-sand water filters in Tanzania etc. Madhav is also working as the Global Representative for Children and Youth to the UNEP.
Corinne is a graduate candidate for a double degree Master of Science in International Affairs at PKU and LSE. She obtained her bachelor degree in Chinese studies, Economics and Political Science. She is interested in sustainable supply chain management and governance of global value chains, especially in the textile industry.
Rahfin earned degrees from Southern Methodist University in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and Religious Studies, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar at SMU, Rahfin was the editor-in-chief of the university’s daily newspaper and the sole student trustee on its governing board. At SMU, he was also the founder of a microfinance start-up and presented and published original research in political economy. He currently works at Quona Capital, a growth stage fintech for inclusion VC. As a Truman Scholar, he has previously worked at Grameen Bank, the U.S. Department of State, McKinsey & Company, and FSG, a social impact consultancy. As a Marshall Scholar, Rahfin is currently pursuing an MSc in Corporate Finance at the University of Reading and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford.
Elisabeth Freese is an aspiring environmental health scientist. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2016 and moved to China to work with both Rock Environment and Energy Institute in Beijing, and Green Camel Bell in Lanzhou, where she was exposed to the world of ENGOs in China, and the importance of citizen science. She is now at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum, where she has the opportunity to continue to research issues she is passionate about - namely pollution, citizen science, energy solutions, and people’s health and economic well-being, in the context of the U.S. and China.
Monica Georgieff was born in Bulgaria, raised in Canada and currently is living in the United Kingdom. She is pursuing an MSc degree in Technology Entrepreneurship at the UCL School of Management. Most of her professional life has been spent as the Head of Marketing for Kanbanize, a Lean Process Management tool for teams in SMBs and enterprises. She is a literature major, a pop culture buff and painfully interested in behavioural economics. Ask her about Agile Marketing, project management and how to work more efficiently.
Honorine Goueth is a Yenching scholar at Peking University. Born in France but originally from Cameroon, Honorine gradually took an interest for debating and exploring new ways of bringing more equality, justice and transparency. Since November 2014, she is deeply committed in changing the narratives of the African immigration in Europe since the foundation of Little Africa, a cultural and touristic agency promoting Africa beyond borders. She later has been selected to pursue the Humanity in Action summer program dealing with minorities rights which brought together American, Greek and French students. She also worked at the COP21 assisting the delagation of Cabo Verde, later on Human rights issues for the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations. She looks forward to have stimulating exchanges about sustainability with other delegates, the next challenges around climate change and grassroots projects implemented to tackle them.
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Hailing from Taiwan, Tin Tin is a senior at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where she majors in Geography. She recently spent a year abroad at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where she studied an interdisciplinary program in Future Planet Studies, i.e., Environmental Studies. In the past, she has interned at Lenovo in Shanghai, Business Environment Council in Hong Kong, a social enterprise in Taipei, as well as the sustainability offices of HKU and UvA. In the future, she is interested in pursuing a career related to climate resilience, environment, social and governance (ESG) investing, or sustainability consulting.
Teresa Kennedy is a Yenching Scholar studying for a Master's degree in China Studies at Peking University. Originally from the Boston area of the US, Teresa graduated in 2016 as a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar from the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Anthropology & Peace Studies. During her time at Notre Dame, Teresa focused largely on human rights and indigenous issues within Latin America. In China, she is now expanding this interest by studying the impact of large-scale infrastructure projects on local communities and the environment.
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Renata, from Porto Alegre, Brazil, is an International Relations undergraduate student. She first became engaged with global climate policy through a research project in Australia. Renata attended COP21 with the official delegation of her country, sponsored by the Embassy of France in Brazil, where she advocated for the youth and climate justice. She has spoken at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served as the President of the United Nations Association chapter at Seton Hall University. Renata has worked at the Tinker Institute on International Law and is currently a researcher for the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network International.
Marvin, 24, is affiliated with the Southeast Asia Secretariat of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network of 1,500 cities and metropolises committed to building a sustainable urban future. He manages a portfolio of projects on low carbon development and sustainable energy. He serves the national coordinator for the Philippines for the “Ambitious City Promises”, a regional project which aims to support large cities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to establish ambitious local climate targets and actions. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Economics of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He completed his university degrees at the same university, with a Master's in Political Science majoring in Global Politics and Bachelor’s in majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor degree in Management. He was a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Mobility with Asia at the University of Warsaw and the Joint Master’s Research Programme of the ASEAN University Network and Kyoto University Graduate School of Energy Sciences. He has facilitated various trainings on low carbon planning for cities and is part of the global network of energy experts at the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC).
Xuefei Lei is from Shanghai. She is currently in her senior year at the Central University of Finance and Economics in China, pursuing a science degree with a major in Statistics. During her undergraduate career, she had the opportunity to be an exchange student at UC Berkeley in the United States, where she accomplished several social and economics courses. Afterwards, she had the fortune to work as a research assistant in the China Gazetteer project hosted by Harvard University, with the responsibility of sorting data on Chinese economics history. As an incoming 2018 Yenching Scholar, Xuefei Lei aims to solve unbalanced development in China.
Yangyang is a graduate student from LSE’s Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Climate Change (EECC). Her key research interest area is in green finance, with a particular concentration in impact investment, involving the incorporation of financial markets to achieve long-term, environmental and socially sustainable development.
Jin is a senior student at the School of International Studies of Peking University. She is an active member of the English debate club, and her interest in cultural pluralism and transcultural communication has taken her to cities across Eurasia. She has interned at environmental NGOs and conducted research on climate issues. Her dream is to travel across the world and to make a difference for peace and development.
Juan Lucci, originally from Buenos Aires (Argentina), has more than six years of experience working in the energy and climate sector both in the governmental and non-profit arena. In 2010, he became an advisor to the National Congress of Argentina, serving for five years on both the Natural Resources and International Relations Committees. In 2012, Juan founded a non-profit, Agenda Antártica (www.agendaantartica.org), that aims to work for the environmental preservation of Antarctica and the promotion of scientific research on polar issues. Juan holds a Master’s degree in International Policy from Stanford University where he also concentrated in energy, environment and natural resources. Previously, he earned a BA degree in Political Science at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and a Master’s degree in Economics at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina).
Andrew（毛岸卓）is a senior in Peking University’s School of International Studies. His research interest lies in China’s sustainable outbound investments along the Belt and Road regions. He has experience working with public affairs consultancies locally in Beijing, tracking regulatory changes in China’s environmental policies and analysing their impact on both local and foreign companies in China. While serving as the President of Peking University’s Debate Society, Andrew represented Peking University in various international debate tournaments, and he has also judged and trained in regional debate events.
Ludovica Meacci, from Italy, graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Mediation from Sapienza University of Rome, where she focused on Chinese language and culture. During her second undergraduate year, Ludovica was a visiting student at Paris Diderot University on the Erasmus scholarship, where she improved her knowledge of French and Chinese language. Thanks to her stays at Beijing Foreign Studies University and Zhejiang University, Ludovica has also deepened her understanding of Chinese culture and has improved her language skills. After graduating from Sapienza University in 2014, she went to London to read for an MSc in Contemporary China Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she graduated with "Distinction". This experience has equipped her with a well-rounded understanding of contemporary Chinese society, of the functioning of the Chinese state and of the relationship between law, policy and administration. Following her interests in politics and journalism, Ludovica is a contributing writer for Il Caffè Geopolitico, an Italian online magazine, where she publishes articles about Chinese domestic politics. At the Yenching Academy, Ludovica concentrates on Politics and International Relations: her interest is to investigate the growing role of China as an international actor and to analyse the key features of the country's foreign policy at the present stage.
Danielle is passionate about increasing global access to clean water, and is currently pursuing a Master's of International Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University. Originally from Kansas City, USA, Danielle is an alumna of the University of Arkansas, where she studied civil engineering and Spanish. She has developed water systems in Ecuador's indigenous villages, evaluated rainwater catchment techniques in Vietnam, and researched water purification methods for disaster relief in developing urban areas. After graduating from Tsinghua, Danielle plans to work at the intersections of international development, environmental engineering, and public policy to build a climate-friendly, water secure world.
Hana interns at the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, a Beijing NGO that fights pollution by promoting environmental information disclosure and public participation. The Blue Map app, IPE's key project, has been downloaded more than 3 million times. Hana has studied China's economy and language at universities in France, China and the United Kingdom, and will be graduating from the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po).
Meghan M. Shea is a Pennsylvania native and recent graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in Environmental Systems Engineering. She is interested in ocean systems broadly—how they are changing, how humans interact with and govern them, and how we can best study them. Meghan has conducted oceanographic research throughout the Pacific Ocean, analyzed carbonate chemistry data from a shellfish hatchery near Seattle with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and reported on climate change resiliency in small-island developing states. Currently, she is pursuing an MSc in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
Renard Siew is attached to Group Sustainability of Sime Darby, a multinational conglomerate based in Kuala Lumpur with operations across key growth industry sectors including Plantation, Property, Industrial, Motors, Energy and Utilities as well as Healthcare. He is involved in driving the environmental agenda for the company and seeks for opportunities for various industry sectors to champion the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Taranpreet Singh is a Social Entrepreneur from India and has been associated with the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, Microsoft Accelerator and NASSCOM India. With 5 years of experience in International Startup Ecosystem, his work in Social Entrepreneurship has received several National and International Awards and has been acknowledged by Indian and International media including Indian Express, India Today, the Hindu etc. Currently he is working on Deeproots, a venture dedicated to making Agricultural Vehicles autonomous. Using precision agriculture, the goal of the venture is to produce enough food for everyone aligned with UN SDG 2.
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Pim graduated with a Master of Science from Wageningen University and is now studying Mandarin at Renmin University in Beijing, China. During his studies, Pim worked as a researcher for two think tanks and the UN Sustainable Development Division. He also volunteered for Donghua University’s Model United Nations in Shanghai. Pim cares deeply about bridging the sustainable finance gap in developing countries, and believes that China’s substantial role in the field can be leveraged to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable global economy.
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.
Kotchakorn Voraakhom is the founder and CEO of Porous City Network, a landscape social enterprise working to increase urban resilience in Southeast Asian cities. Kotch's passion is solving urban ecological problems through landscape architectural design. Kotch is founder and lead designer for the award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm Landprocess, focused on improving Thailand's green public space. She has worked on notable projects including a major urban ecological park and innovative public spaces in Bangkok. Kotch is a 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow and 2017 Echoing Green Climate Fellow. She received her master's in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.
Xinxi is the co-founder and former Executive Director of South China Chapter of China Youth Climate Change Network (CYCAN - the first Chinese NGO for youth action on climate change issues). She co-led the Chinese youth delegation team to COP18 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Xinxi graduated from National University of Singapore with Masters in Public Policy. She is working for an international development consulting agency in Hong Kong.
Qingtao Wang (Walter) is a PhD student from the City University of Hong Kong. Before joining the university, he was a researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute and a research assistant at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. His current research interests cover a number of areas including green innovation strategy, value co-creation, big data, and air pollution.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bradley Wo graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, and Society in 2017. He completed a thesis on the impact of design thinking on Indian development from a postcolonial perspective. Stemming from a childhood filled with fond memories of cultural traditions and family dishes, Bradley’s relationship with China goes deeper than simply an academic or professional one. Bradley has spent time in China to assist in the operations of Global Natural History Day, an international science fair collaboration hosted by the Behring Global Education Foundation. Most recently, he has traveled to Brazil, India, and Uganda in the International Honors Program’s Social Entrepreneurship track. At the Yenching Academy, he focuses on Law and Society to better understand how China’s legal frameworks and social structures affect philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. This will, hopefully, give him the means to identify areas of cross-sector collaboration in development and aid.
Erin Wong is a Princeton in Asia Research Fellow for the Environmental Law and Governance Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) China Program. Prior to NRDC, Erin worked at China Water Risk, an environmental NGO in Hong Kong, and the City Atlas Project, a sustainable news publication in New York City. Erin graduated from Barnard College in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Sustainable Development. Outside of work, she coordinates events for the Beijing Energy Network and contributes to the podcast Environment China.
Jingyi is a Master of Public Administration graduate with a deeply rooted passion for energy and sustainability. She grew up by the Yangtze River, where the world’s largest hydroelectricity project was located – this was what opened the door of energy to her. She confirmed her interest in this industry through an internship at the Hong Kong Consumer Council, where she conducted research on the South China electricity market, and went on to study energy policy and environmental management at Texas A&M University. In the U.S., she has interned and worked for state-level energy regulatory agencies. Jingyi aspires to become an energy economist in the future.
Sifan Xue is an undergraduate student at the School of Economics of Fudan University. He has been a special undergraduate at MIT, an exchange student at the National University of Singapore, and a visiting undergraduate at UCSD. He has been a member of several conferences focusing on global cooperation and development, including the Shanghai Forum on “Cooperation Towards Disaster Risk Reduction”, the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), and the Siyuan Leadership program at U.C. Berkeley. With many exchanges of ideas with youths worldwide, he plans to continue his study in economics, focusing on developmental economics and policies.
Neil is the Portfolio Manager at Echoing Green, managing 32 social entrepreneurs and startups tackling climate change. He is a WEF Global Shaper founding the NYC Climate Braintrust, and is a full-time Forbes U30 Contributor. Prior, Neil was a management consultant across four contents with 5+ yrs experience with international development firm - Dalberg and corporate firms - Accenture and KPMG.
Neil graduated with an MBA (Dean's list, Distinction) at Oxford University where he was also the Energy, Environment and Resources Oxford Business Network Chair. He is a contributor for Oxford University, and has a triple degree in Mechatronic Engineering, International Business, and Management from Adelaide and Hong Kong University.