Italia Messina


Temple University, College of Liberal Arts, 2021

Major: Political Science, Global Studies

Minor: Economics, French

Language: English (fluent), French (Intermediate: 4 years of experience)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Social Media Management and Graphic Design (Canva, Adobe Creative Cloud, GoogleSuite, HootSuite, WordPress)


Italia is a Junior at Temple University studying Political Science and Global Studies with a concentration in the Global Economy and minors in Economics and French. She is interested in the intersections of economics, human rights, and development and plans to continue her studies of the political economy and public policy. At Temple University, Italia is the Director of Academic Affairs for Temple Student Government and an Associate Editor for Temple University History and Social Sciences Association’s undergraduate peer-reviewed research journal. She also works for the Temple University Political Science Department in digital content creation and social media. Italia plans to study abroad in France to further her French language skills in the fall of 2020.

Eleanor Shemtov

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University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences,

2022 Major: Design and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Language: English (fluent), French (fluent), Mandarin (basic)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel), Adobe Suite (Proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator), Website Design


Eleanor Shemtov is a Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania planning to double major in Design and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). Her experiences as a dual-citizen of the United States and France, along with her Middle Eastern heritage, have influenced her interests in international politics and business, as well as in conflicts taking place in the Middle East. She is fluent in English and French and is looking forward to continuing her study of Mandarin and to begin the study of a new language. In the Summer of 2019, Eleanor was an intern at Zadig & Voltaire, in the Digital Marketing, E-Commerce, and Graphic Design departments. She primarily created and edited graphic design deliverables for marketing campaigns and potential retail store design and layout, as well as assisted with sending emails to customers and email analysis through Google Analytics. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is a board member of Wharton Europe and is a Photo Editor for 34th Street Magazine. She is also involved as a project leader in Creative by MUSE, an advertising agency that pitches and produces visual promotional content for real-world clients.

William Huang

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Rutgers University, Honors College, School of Business Class of 2021

Major: Finance, Marketing, and Management

Minor: Political Science

Language: Chinese Traditional & Simplified (Native), English (Native), Taiwanese (Proficient)

Certifications: Bloomberg Market Concepts: Economic Indicators, Currencies, Fixed Income, & Equities

Computer Proficiency: M Suite (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel), G Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides), iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), Intermediate HTML


William is a Junior from Taiwan studying Finance, Marketing, Management, and Political Science in the Honors College of Rutgers University. Being appointed to chair a Model United Nations committee at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, and having interned at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia, along with Bo Min Fa Global Investments in Taiwan, William is fluent in Chinese in both Simplified and Traditional, fluent in Taiwanese, and fluent in English. A member of the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics, a recipient of the International Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship, and listed on consecutive Dean’s Lists throughout his academic career, William serves as the research assistant to Dr. Kim Jung Yeung at the Rutgers School of Business exploring his research interests in mergers and acquisitions, international IPO management, and democratic erosion on its impacts to market stability. At his University, William is involved as the President of the Political Science Society, the Secretary of the Economics Society, the General Assemblies Officer of the Student Finance Association, and the Rutgers Ambassador of the Office of International Students and Global Programs. At the University of Pennsylvania, William is a research intern on the G20 and T20 team to help provide data and statistics, talking points, and analysis on global issues for Dr. Jim Mcgann’s presentation at global conferences including the Italian Institute for International Political Studies Forum 2019 on the Future of Multilateralism.

Leo Gearin

Major: International Relations and Diplomatic History

Language: English (fluent), French (intermediate)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, basic Excel)

Leo Gearin is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Relations and Diplomatic History and pursuing a certificate in French Language. Leo concentrates his studies in war and conflict, finding particular interest in the multi-directionality of civilian violence and the efficacy of resulting peace initiatives. Leo is also dedicated to conflict risk analysis, having completed coursework evaluating historical patterns leading to conflict. In pursuit of these interests, Leo interned at the University of Pennsylvania Cultural Heritage Center during the summer of 2019. As a research intern for the Conflict Culture Research Network, Leo systematically documented the destruction of heritage sites during conflict to analyze heritage destruction as a tool of war, ethnic cleansing, and genocide. He focused his research on the Bosnian War (1992-1995) and examined the relationship between heritage destruction, expulsion, and post-war refugee return. Leo hopes to advance his involvement in conflict risk analysis and policy in the future. At Penn, Leo works as a peer tutor at the Marks Family Writing Center and serves an executive editor for the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal. He is also a research intern for the California Indian Terminated Tribes Project.

Victoria Price

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University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice, 2020

Degree: Master of Science in Social Policy

Language: English (native), French (conversationally fluent), Hindi (basic)

Computer Skills: R-Language, Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress


Victoria Price is pursuing a Master of Science in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Her main area of interest is education policy, specifically the dismantling of the school-to-prison pipeline. She is a student representative for the MSSP Governance Committee which makes key decisions about the program’s admissions process, curriculum, and academic events. Before attending Penn, Victoria was Associate Editor of Kosmos Journal, a digital magazine for which she edited content, designed layout, wrote articles, managed social media, and organized conferences. Simultaneously, she was a freelance production assistant for Immediacy Learning, where she wrote scripts and managed the pre-production process for a project of educational videos for Encyclopedia Britannica. Victoria received her BA in Sociology from Tufts University in 2017. She is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour training in Dharamsala, India, and she has been teaching in the Philadelphia area ever since.

Stephanie Tan

Stephanie Tan is currently a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Last year, Stephanie was part of the Russia Team of Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, where she researched the connections between Russian Think Tanks and the Russian Federation. This past summer, Stephanie interned as a Private Equity Analyst at Public Pension Capital, where she was able to analyze market trends with a new perspective coming from TTCSP. She hopes to further her knowledge of international development and global economic health during her time in the TTCSP internship program.

Konrad Koenig

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University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, 2021

Major: Finance and Business Economics & Public Policy

Language: German (fluent), English (fluent), Mandarin (intermediate: HSK Level 4, 8 years of experience)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)


Konrad Koenig is a Junior in the Wharton School studying Finance and Business Economics & Public Policy. His studies focus on the relationship between the government and private businesses as well as the impact of public policy on global financial markets. Born and raised in Germany, Konrad has also spent three years working for a commodities trading firm in China and Hong Kong before attending Penn. In the Summer of 2019, Konrad worked as a Summer Associate for Boston Consulting Group's Principal Investors and Private Equity group in Munich, Germany. At BCG, Konrad conducted research on European market segments and evaluated their attractiveness for investment. In 2018, Konrad interned at PwC's asset management practice, conducting risk assessment for investment funds according to EU regulatio

An Ngo

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Drexel University,

Lebow College of Business, 2023

Major(s): Marketing, Business Analytics

Minor(s): Photography, Video Production

Language: Vietnamese (fluent), English (fluent)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Adobe


An Ngo, a sophomore at Drexel University studying Marketing and Business Analysis. His main areas of study are about creative art and business, analyzing data numbers. He was born and raised in a city called Hanoi, Vietnam. His favorite thing to do is taking photos of the city and people. Since he was a small kid, he has always loved photography since his father is an artist. An’s mother is a businesswoman who inspired him to be in the business field. In high school, He was the producer of a 4500-person concert, the president of a photography club and he used to work as a part-time photographer. He loves traveling and exploring new things and new places around the world. His goals in life are to experience as much as he can because he can use that knowledge to inspire other people. An took part in a social project called The Human Library with the aim to address people's prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet in 2017. 2018, he started his journey in the US. America is very special to him because he’ll have a chance to spend his next 5 years in an amazing environment. An was in the executive board and photographer of the Vietnamese Student Association. 2019, he is the director of creative design in Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders to help the young professionals grow their careers and network.

Abdul Basit

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MS Economics, Drexel University, 2020


Basit is a graduate student at Drexel University's Lebow College of Business, majoring in Economics. Before joining Drexel, Basit was working as an intern at BDO India LLP with their valuations team. Being the only intern, he was responsible for multiple tasks including data collection, financial ratio analysis, and for writing final draft reports. After developing an interest for financial markets, Basit appeared for the CFA Program examinations and was one of the youngest people to clear the exams in three consecutive attempts, at the age of 22. Basit also worked as a Teaching Assistant at Drexel from April-June 2019 where he assisted two professors with more than 200 students and 3 courses. He was invited to appear as a guest speaker for one of these classes where he gave a presentation on “India from a business perspective” He is now interning as a Deputy Project Lead- Global Think Tank Summit(2019) at the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program(TTCSP) at University of Pennsylvania .

Levi Cooper

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University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2020

Major: French and Francophone Studies, Political Science

Minor: Africana Studies Language: English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (elementary: 2 semesters of Swahili instruction with intent to continue)

Computer skills: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, basic Excel)

Levi Cooper is a Senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying French and Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies. His areas of focus are politics in Western Europe and West Africa, as well as French literature. Studying both French and Political Science, he is drawn to current African geopolitics, and is excited to expand his reach towards East Africa with his study of Swahili. In the summer of 2019, Levi was an intern at Continental Realty Corporation, an owner-operator in Baltimore, Maryland with commercial and multifamily portfolios across the southeast United States. There, he focused on both leasing and acquisition of potential assets for both portfolios. In 2018, Levi worked in property-management for an international real estate company, Newmark Knight Frank, and was based in Pennsylvania. He spent Fall 2018 studying in Lyon, France at Sciences Po. At the University of Pennsylvania, Levi is the president of Pi Delta Phi, the Penn chapter of the National French Honor Society, and is chair of the A Capella Council, which supervises Penn’s 14 A capella groups. He is also on the board of the Performing Arts Council at Penn.

Yunxin Wang

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Yunxin Wang, also goes by Karen Wang, is a first-year graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Master of Science in Social Policy and Data Analytics, which is a two-year STEM-designated program. She finished her undergraduate study in China majoring in International Politics and Economics while minoring in Finance. Her passion for international affairs has inspired her to intern at international organizations, including Greenpeace East Asia and American Chamber for Commerce in China. In 2017, Yunxin became one of five young leaders selected from top Chinese universities for Georgetown University Initiative for US-China Dialogue on Global Issues. Under the guidance of former Senior Director at National Security Council, she published for essays and had academic interchanges with experts from NSC, Brookings Institution, Department of State, and People’s Congress. Yunxin was also the Vice President of the English Debate Society at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she led teams in domestic and international debate competitions in 5 countries and achieved the honor of Semi-finalist in 2019 World University Debate Championships (WUDC) EFL category. Aiming to apply data analysis in policy development, she is now studying data analytics in the context of financial policy.

Ziyin Geng

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University of Pennsylvania, 2021 (Expected)

Major: Data Analytics & Social Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)

Certificate: Organizational Leadership in Social Work, Wharton & SP2

Certificate: Advanced Scientific Computing, Penn Institute for Computational Science

Undergraduate: Tsinghua University, China, 2019

Major: English, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Minor: Finance, People's Bank of China School of Finance

Language: Chinese Mandarin (native), English (proficient; GRE 335/340), French (6 years part-time study, conversational)

Computer Skills: C, Python; Bloomberg; MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word); SPSS, Stata, R; SQL, Access


Ziyin Geng, also known as Viola amongst her peers, is a first-year graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and am now working on a Master of Science degree in Social Policy and Data Analytics from the School of Social Policy & Practice. She graduated from Tsinghua University in China in 2019 majoring in English and Finance. Given that the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has set poverty eradication as an overarching goal, she feels obliged to make a greater impact on international sustainable development challenges especially for people struggling with poverty. She is fluent in Mandarin and English and has rich experience in studying and researching around the Asia-Pacific region, e.g. China (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan), Australia; Russia, The Korean Peninsula, Kazakhstan, Thailand, etc.) In 2016, she conducted field research on poverty relief in the Shangri-La region in China and submitted a resultant policy recommendation suggesting that “Cash Plus” social assistance programs be piloted by supplementing government subsidies with microcredit for the financially inaccessible. In another behavioral economics research on aspiration failure, she observed that direct financial support may foster laziness and therefore advised that participatory approaches be implemented to encourage the impoverished to break the cycle of poverty. With her finance and policy background, she also had the opportunity to engage in various analytical projects including one equity research internship that focused on the media and internet industry, as well as another market research of the green finance and circular economy industry at the World Economic Forum. At the same time, she is also excited about delivering data-driven solutions and deliverables that address world development challenges. In practical settings, she has thus combined her data analysis skills and business knowledge for both private and public sector organizations. At Accenture, she helped develop a quantitative coaching toolkit for a leading global automotive group to monitor its after-sales performance. In the public sector, she has initiated and participated in big-data research on the evaluation of local Chinese governments’ fiscal transparency as well as on China’s Artificial Intelligence policy, responsible for web scraping, data analysis, and visualization, reports writing, etc., in both cases.

Ziyu (Zoe) Zhao

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University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice, 2020

Major: Social Policy Language: Mandarin (fluent), English (fluent), French (intermediate, 6 years of learning experience), Japanese (beginner), German (beginner)

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, R, SQL, Video Studio, Python (currently learning), Java (currently learning)


Ziyu Zhao, also known as Zoe amongst her friends, is doing her first year at the University of Pennsylvania as a candidate for Master of Science in Social Policy. With an undergraduate background majoring in English Literature and Linguistics and minoring in International Economics and Politics, she chose economic policy and global NGO cooperation as her main areas of study at Penn. Her travelling, studying and working abroad experiences in Asian and Western cultures shaped her open-mindedness and her interest in addressing global issues through international cooperation. Ziyu interned as an analyst and researcher in different financial sectors such as Bank of China, Deloitte and Kaiyuan Securities in China in 2018 and 2019.

Yerin Yoon

Yerin Yoon is a first-year MPA (Master of Public Administration) candidate at the Fels Institute of Government. She is particularly interested in studying education policy in economically developing states, and hopes to work for a think tank or intergovernmental organization upon graduating in August of 2020. Yerin lived in Thailand for 11 years before attending college, and her time in Southeast Asia has influenced her love for travel and new cultural experiences. She hopes to continue moving from country to country every few years in order to gain further global insight and to feel challenged in new environments. In the summer of 2018, Yerin interned at the Boston Consulting Group in Korea working on a project at the intersection between EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and construction) and the petrochemical industry. In 2017, she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Deals Advisory intern, conducting research in a wide variety of industries ranging from frozen dessert goods to national defense. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is the Director of Communications for LPSGov (Liberal and Professional Studies Student Government), where she represents the LPS body to the larger graduate school community.

Tiffany Xinxu Zhou

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University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2021

Major: Philosophy, Politics, & Economics

Minor: Architecture, Legal Studies and English Language: English (fluent), Mandarin (native) Computer Skills: Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office, Graphic Design, Rhino

Tiffany Xinxu Zhou is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics & Economics with minors in Architecture, Legal Studies and History. Her main areas of study are in International Law and Politics. Her experiences growing up in China and studying in the United States cultivated her passions for international law, particularly in foreign relations and human rights. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and plans to continue her study of Italian. In the Summer of 2019, Tiffany was the intern for China Renaissance K2 Ventures, where she researched the TMT industry and extrapolated market information for investment analysis. She is also working for CDI Global as a junior research analyst. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is the Vice President of Urban China Collective, where she hosts annual conference on the comparative urban development studies between China and the United States with other colleagues. She is also the Vice President of Wharton China Association.

Sean Finnegan

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Temple University, College of Liberal Arts, 2020

Major: Political Science, Chinese Language: Mandarin (Intermediate)
Computer Skills: R-Language, QGIS, Microsoft Office


Sean Finnegan is a Senior at Temple University double majoring in Political Science and Chinese. His main areas of study include International Relations and Public Policy, with supplemental coursework in Geographic Information Systems. His interest lies in China’s role in global governance and cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan. He plans to continue to study and improve his Mandarin Chinese language abilities beyond graduation. In the Summer of 2019, Sean was an intern for the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. There he cleaned and analyzed data for the organization’s PolicyHub initiative. He also worked on compiling and analyzing data on Philadelphia’s immigrant population for the Economy League’s annual Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. In the Spring of 2018, he interned at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office assisting paralegals in the Post-Conviction Relief Act Unit. At Temple, he is currently a study abroad ambassador. He will graduate from Temple in the Spring of 2020.

Natasha Porter

Bryn Mawr College, 2020

Major: Political Science

Language: Spanish (Intermediate)


Natasha Porter is a Senior at Bryn Mawr College studying Political Science with concentrations in International Relations, Public Policy, and Women and Gender Studies. Her experiences as an international student shaped her interests in International Political Economy and International Cooperation. In the Summer of 2019, Natasha interned at PennEnvironment where she researched state-level policy and implementation with specific concentrations on waterway management, water decontamination, and emissions reduction. She is also a research assistant for her Professor where such conducts research on gender-based violence and feminist activism in Southern Africa. At Bryn Mawr College, Natasha serves as part of the Student Government Executive Board, and volunteers with Bryn Mawr’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program where she helps file the taxes of students and people in the local community.