Junior policy associates 2014

Semester 2, 2014 intake

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson is completing an undergraduate degree in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He has a strong interest in Australia’s future in the Asia-Pacific century, and is passionate about a multiple array of issues in international relations.

With a long-held enthusiasm for Spanish and Latin America, Sam’s interest in China first began when he entered the China Studies Centre essay competition in 2012. This venture led to a trip around China during the 2013 summer break, where he forged a long-lasting affinity with the Chinese culture, people and food.

In winter 2014, he was a participant in the inaugural USSC study program to Shanghai, where he studied Chinese foreign policy and Sino-US relations at Fudan University. The principal objective of the trip was to survey the Sino-US bilateral relationship from the perspective of China, and it was here that Samuel was captivated by the energetic, fast-paced vibe of the exciting city that is Shanghai.

Samuel is currently an executive member of the Sydney University Chapter of the Australia-China Youth Association.

Max Kiefel

Max Fiefel

Max Kiefel is completing his honours year in a Bachelor of International and Global Studies with majors in Government and International Relations and History. Max has previously interned at the Lowy Institute and is currently the Online Director at the Sydney Globalist. Along with his studies these positions have led Max to develop a keen interest in China's history and political processes. In particular he is interested in the historical development of the modern Chinese state as well as Chinese foreign policy.

Alexandra Meek

Alexandra Meek

Alexandra is an undergraduate at the University of Sydney completing the Bachelor Commerce (Liberal Studies) with majors in Finance and Economics, and she is planning to complete Honours in Finance in 2015. As part of her degree Alexandra has also been studying Mandarin and spent a month each at both Peking University and Fudan University. After spending some time in China studying and travelling she has come to a deeper understanding of China, and believes an understanding of Australia-China relations and Chinese culture will be an increasingly valuable tool within an Australian business context in the future. Alexandra has completed multiple internships within the financial services industry and envisions herself working within the finance industry in China in the future.

Francesca Roberts

Francesca Roberts

Francesca's engagement with China began when she was told by her good friend at the University that it was "the land of opportunity". Following this she began working as a British Council Teacher, in the city of Chongqing from 2012, where she developed a great interest in the language, (local dialects and standardised Chinese) and the culture and history, particularly of the Southwest region. Further she undertook a year's study at Chongqing Normal University, attaining a qualification at upper intermediate level in Chinese language proficiency (HSK4).

Building upon her BA Hons International Development and International Relations, she pursued her interest in economics and trade by starting an internship with the British Chamber of Commerce Southwest China. As she progressed to Events Manager and then Interim Office manager, she established relationships and worked with Fortune 500 companies, the British Consulate General, and the Chinese government among others.

Since moving to Sydney in April 2014 she has been active in local associations that promote a connection between Australia and China including her current role as Social Media and Newsletter manager for ACYA.

Haimin Huang (黄海旻)

Haimin

Haimin’s passion for all things China was sparked from his appreciation of modern Chinese history and observing its ramifications on the nation’s political and socioeconomic character, domestic and global alike. His particular areas of interest include Chinese unification, Cross-Strait relations and China’s place in the post-Soviet world. Being of Chinese heritage, Haimin also hopes to foster in young Chinese Australians a greater sense of identity and understanding of their background.

On a broader note, Haimin seeks to experience the diversity of life, having being recently involved with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and AIESEC Australia with the intention to go on exchange to the National University of Singapore in the near future. Haimin currently studies a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

Minna Zhang

Minna Zhang

Minna graduated with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Hons) at the University of Sydney majoring in Government and International Relations, and Asian Studies. Her thesis concerned China’s changing attitude towards Taiwan’s presidential elections. During her degree, she spent a semester abroad in Hong Kong where she studied Mandarin and subjects on Chinese politics and its economy. Minna also participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Forum at the Asia Pacific Model United Nations 2011, was previously a member of the Australia-China Youth Association, and volunteered at the Chinese Cultural Days 2013.

Semester one, 2014 intake

Piero Craney

Piero Craney

Piero is in his second year of studying a combined degree in Law and International Studies at University of New South Wales (UNSW), majoring in Asian Studies, with a focus on China. Piero is particularly interested in the development and evolution of commercial law in China, and the emergence of tort law in the country. His interest has prompted him to go on exchange next year to Fudan University in Shanghai to learn Mandarin. Living on campus at UNSW International House, Piero is constantly exposed to different cultures and languages. His exposure has fostered his passion for inter-cultural dialogue and he is currently working on a project that will hopefully facilitate language-exchange at a primary, secondary and tertiary schooling level. He also represents youth on numerous government bodies, such the NSW Youth Advisory Council, and the NSW Road Safety Advisory Group; however he envisions a career in commercial law. At the end of his undergraduate degree he wishes to undertake further tertiary study in China with the intention of moving to Hong Kong to work in corporate and commercial law.

Sinead Ferris

Sinead Ferris

Sinead Ferris holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Sydney with majors in International Relations, French Studies, and Psychology. Sinead is one of the editors of Emerging Scholars, the youth journal of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Her current research interests focus on the relationships between the ASEAN states and the great powers in the Pacific. She speaks French and is learning Indonesian.

Sam Hall

Sam Hall

Sam is a young Sydneysider with deep interest in China and Chinese culture. Having worked, studied and travelled in China throughout the course of his undergraduate degree, the Chinese language has become an important framework through which he has come to expand his worldview and sense of self-identity. Being of half Chinese and half Anglo-Australian heritage, the process of intercultural communication and its associated rewards have become a point of fascination for Sam, chiefly in the contexts of post-1911 Chinese literature, Chinese hip-hop and more recently, translation. Having been with the China Studies Centre since mid-2013, Sam has enjoyed working on the variety of events and projects that continue to expand his horizons. Sam will complete his undergraduate degree at The University of Sydney at the end of 2014 and graduate with majors in Chinese, Economics and Quantitative Analysis.

Noel Kwon

Noel Kwon

Noel Kwon is an undergraduate student studying a combined degree of Arts and Law at the University of New South Wales with a minor in International Relations. She attends Model United Nations Conferences regularly, directing at both Asia Pacific Model United Nations 2012 and Sydney Model United Nations Conference in 2013. She had the pleasure of meeting His Excellency UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon on one of these occasions in Incheon, Korea in 2011. She currently writes for the Typewriter.org, a global publication on international affairs, providing a local perspective regarding the regions she writes, including the Asia Pacific Region. Having a particular interest in China and its pivotal role in the dynamics of Asia, she completed her exchange year at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo on a Government Scholarship for International Students and also completed Business Law Summer School in Shanghai. Noel also has a particular passion for human rights and social justice, with her major in Development Studies Major and this has also contributed to her interest in China, with a volunteer teaching trip in rural China providing great insight into urban/rural disparity. Noel continues to study China in world politics and finds it extremely enjoyable.

Klaus H. Raditio (陈科)

Klaus

Klaus H. Raditio (陈 科) is a 2014 Junior Policy Associate of the China Studies Centre. He is currently undertaking a doctoral study at the Centre for International Security Studies, the University of Sydney.

Klaus completed his Master of Law in International Relations at Tsinghua University, Beijing and his undergraduate in Chemical Engineering at University of Surabaya, Indonesia. His interests lie in China's South China Sea Policy, China's Policy in the Southeast Asia, Sino-US relations and non-traditional security issues.

In addition, he also serves at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and has participated in Sino-Indonesian intergovernmental meetings and ASEAN regional fora.

In his spare time, Klaus enjoys good food, movie, writing blogs and playing piano (poorly).

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas is interested in Australia and its future, with a current focus on Australia-China international relations, incentive structures in Chinese centre-periphery bureaucracy, and popular media discourse. He is a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, writing an Honours thesis towards the completion of an Arts/Law degree at the University of Western Australia, where he is a Fogarty Scholar.

Neil has served for three years as the National Publications Director of the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA), founding the AustraliaBites and ChinaBites cultural newsletters, and the bilingual and peer-reviewed ACYA Journal of Australia-China Affairs, co-published with the China Studies Centre. He has had articles on Australia-Asia relations published by The Australian, The Drum, and The China Story.

Neil reads Chinese and has studied at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies and been a Chinese Government Scholar at Zhejiang University and Renmin University of China. He was a panellist at the 2013 Peking University Conference ‘Australia’s China/China’s Australia: Past, Present & Future’, delegate to the 2013 ANU Asia Pacific Week, and Business & Trade Coordinator for the 2013 Australia-China Youth Dialogue.

Neil is also an intern at the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and research officer for the ANU Australian Centre on China in the World, and has previous experience with Danwei Media, China International Publishing Group, and Geoff Raby & Associates.