Former WSD-Handa Fellows:
Mr. Nguyen Dinh Sach (VT) is a research fellow at the Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies (IFPSS), Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. He gained his bachelor degree in international relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in 2010. After that, he joined the IFPSS and worked as a researcher until 2014. He participated in a number of research projects about Vietnam international integration and Vietnam foreign policy. In 2014, he was awarded the ADB development scholarship to do his master degree in public policy at the Australian National University. After his graduation, he returned to the IFPSS to resume his work and is working in the fields of Vietnam international integration and non- traditional security issues.
Mr. Andray Abrahamian (USA) is a WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum as well as an Adjunct Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. He is Senior Advisor to Choson Exchange, a non-profit that trains North Koreans in economic policy and entrepreneurship. He was previously Executive Director there and has conducted research on Myanmar for Exera, a risk-management company. Andray publishes extensively and offers expert commentary on Korea and Myanmar, including for US News, Reuters, the New York Times, Washington Post, Lowy Interpreter and 38 North. He has written an upcoming book comparing Myanmar and North Korea. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Ulsan, South Korea.
Mr. Edward Schwarck (UK) was a 2016-2017 WSD Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum. From 2012-2016, he was Research Fellow in Asia Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense and security think tank in the UK. Edward’s interests include regional security in the Asia-Pacific, Chinese foreign and security policy, and elite level politics. Edward lived for over three years in the People’s Republic of China, including one year in Xinjiang, and speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently. He has published in academic journals – most recently on UK-China cooperation on non-combatant evacuation operations – and has delivered oral testimony to the UK Parliament on Britain’s Asia-Pacific security policy.
Mr. Fan Minghao (PRC) was graduated from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, majoring in International Accounting. During his junior year, he worked as an intern in Bertelsmann Foundation North America Office for two months, helping with its research on China and the organization of the 4th Annual Bertelsmann Foundation Financial Conference. After graduation, he spent three years working for three different companies, including Lenovo Co. Ltd.and two start-up companies related to internet industry, focusing on marketing and operational work. His current research interest is in the development of the internet industry in East Asia.
Mr. Jessica J. LEE (USA) is Director of Strategic Partnership at the Impact Center, where she leads business development on the Impact Center’s advisory services in gender inclusive leadership and women’s leadership. Prior to joining the Impact Center, Jessica was a Senior Manager and Chief Philanthropy Officer at The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory group to corporations and organizations with business interests in the Asia-Pacific region founded by Dr. Kurt Campbell. From 2008 to 2013, Jessica was a Professional Staff Member handling the Asia and the Pacific region for then-Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a Senior Legislative Assistant on national security issues at the Office of Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jessica received an A.M. in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College.
Capt. Adam GREER (USA) was a WSD-Handa fellow at Pacific Forum where he worked on East Asian Security, including issues in regional alliances and the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship. He is an active-duty Captain in the United States Air Force and is an instructor pilot with over 1,300 hours in the T-6, T-38, and KC-135 aircraft. In addition to his flying career, Captain Greer speaks Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, and has worked in official capacities in Beijing, Nanjing, Hong Kong, and Chengdu. Captain Greer holds a MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from California State University Dominguez Hills, and is currently a MA candidate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Following his time at the Pacific Forum he will serve as an academic and flight instructor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he earned his BS in Foreign Area Studies in 2008.
Ms. Virginia MARANTIDOU (GRC) was a 2014-15 WSD-Handa fellow at Pacific Forum. She holds an MSc in Asian politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a BA in international and European studies from Panteion University of Athens. She spent one year at Science Po Bordeaux, specializing in political sciences and international relations and one year in China under the Chinese Government Scholarship, studying Mandarin at Hunan Normal University. Her research interests revolve around defense and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region with China as her main focus. Before her fellowship she worked as an editor at the International Relations and Security Network, ISN, Zurich, while previously she communicated with international relations institutes in Greece. Virginia has also worked as a business consultant for Greek firms engaged in the Chinese market.
Mr. John K. WARDEN (USA) was a 2014-15 WSD-Handa fellow at Pacific Forum where he worked on East Asia security issues including US alliances, Japan’s island disputes, extended deterrence, and nonproliferation. He received his MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University, where he also served as a research assistant and editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Security Studies Review. Previously, Mr. Warden worked as a program coordinator and research assistant at the Pacific Forum, contributing to projects on nuclear deterrence, arms control, and US alliances. He served as executive director for working groups on US-Russian arms control and US-China nuclear dynamics, managed a project on forging a consensus on the US nuclear posture, coordinated the US-Japan-ROK Track II Trilateral Dialogue on Nuclear Issues, and twice directed the Nuclear Scholars Initiative, including editing the accompanying journals. Mr. Warden has published articles in Proceedings Magazine, PacNet, Infinity Journal, and The National Interest. He earned his BA in Political Science and History from Northwestern University.
Mr. ZHANG Bo (PRC) was a 2015 WSD-Handa fellow at Pacific Forum Pacific Forum. Zhang Bo is a lecturer in the Department of Military Education at the National University of Defense Technology, China, LTC. His academic interests mainly focus on military history, military thought, and relations between China and the United States, especially their communication and interaction in the Asia-Pacific region. During his 18 years’ service in PLA, he has worked as staff officer, commanding officer, and military instructor. At the same time working in different units, including as a FAO at the Ministry of National Defense of China, has given him understanding of the difference between China’s and other countries’ military systems. Currently, Zhang Bo is finishing research on military communication and cooperation between China and the United States for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, which is sponsored jointly by NUDT of China and Pacific Forum.
> Mr. Peter YEMC (USA) was a 2014 WSD-Handa fellow at Pacific Forum. Previously, he was a policy analyst at the US Department of Defense, covering policy and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. His areas of interest include Asia-Pacific regional security strategies as well as regional bilateral and multilateral relations. Prior to working for the government, Peter worked for Booz Allen Hamilton on national disaster response planning. He holds a BS in international politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
Ms. Erin HOSHIBATA (USA) was a 2014 WSD-Handa fellow and Young Leaders Program intern at Pacific Forum. Erin received her BA in comparative politics from the University of Puget Sound. In addition to her fellowship at Pacific Forum, she concurrently interned with the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC), where she assisted with global education outreach programs for Hawaii's high school students. As an undergraduate, she participated in her university's 2011-2012 Pacific-Rim/Asia Study Travel program, where she traveled to and took courses in seven countries in North and Southeast Asia. She also spent a summer at Tunghai University in Taiwan and one semester with the School of International Training in Yunnan Province, China. Her current research interests include North Korea, comparative political philosophy, and R2P.
Ms. Yujie YANG (PRC) is a Senior Colonel of PLA AF and director of foreign air forces research office in the AFCC. Her research interests include military strategy, national security studies and international military cooperation, and foreign air force operation theories. Yang graduated from the PLA language institute and speaks both Russian and English. She has participated in Sino-ACEAN Dialogue of Senior Defense Officers, China-US-EU Strategic Trialogue, Sino-France Senior Officer Training Course, International and Strategic Symposium in CDS NDU of PLA and other academic activities, both in China and abroad.
Ms. Ellise FUJII (USA) is Director of Development and Public Relations at Pacific Forum and concurrently holds a WSD-Handa Fellowship. Ellise is pursuing an MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. She is writing her master's thesis on fresh water conflicts and is expanding her research interests to include water and food security. She obtained her BA in International Business from the University of Puget Sound and spent one year studying at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Ms. Nicole FORRESTER (AUS) was the Director of the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum and a WSD-Handa Fellowship for her research into the impact of social media on Next Generation attitudes towards international issues. In 2011, Nicole was awarded an Asia Pacific Leadership Fellowship by the East-West Center, Honolulu. Formerly, Nicole was the Senior International and Government Relations Adviser for the Australian Industry Group. At the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, she served as the Acting Director of the United Nations and Commonwealth Section and as Consul for Economic and Political Affairs at the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles. Prior to her diplomatic service, Nicole was an associate lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology.
Mr. Billy TEA (USA) was an Analyst with the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Bureau at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. His research interests include conflict prevention, conflict management, and regional cooperation; Chinese foreign policy in Asia; and security and defense relations among the US, Asia, and Europe. Prior to joining ISIS Malaysia, he was a trainee at the Political Section of the European Union Delegation and at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) in New Delhi, India. Billy graduated from King's College London with an MA in War Studies and a BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Ms. Yanhong XU (PRC) received her BL degree in International Politics from Jinan University, China and her MA in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her academic interest focuses on Sino-US-Japan relationship and the Chinese overseas investment, especially the impact of public opinion and perception on the foreign policy. Her research project at Pacific Forum was the comparative studies between Chinese and Japanese investment policies to Southeast Asia, especially the two countries’ investment in Myanmar and their influences in regional security. Yanhong currently works as an analyst at Blackpeak Group, a risk advisory firm for Asia-Pacific region.
Ms. Gauri KHANDEKAR (BEL) is a researcher at FRIDE's office in Brussels and head of its Asia Programme Agora Asia-Europe. Her research focuses on EU strategic partnerships and EU-Asia relations, as well as EU-India relations. She has previously worked at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the European Commission, the European Parliament and a development and social welfare NGO in India amongst others. Gauri holds two master's degrees in European Studies with distinction from the Institute of Political Sciences in Lille, France and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, of which Khandekar is the first and only Indian graduate.
Mr. Wei LIANG (PRC) is an academic committee member of the Marine Research Center, China Foundation for International Studies (CFIS). Having received his Master's degree of military science from Naval Command College, he joined the Naval Research Institute PLA-N. He has also been a non-resident research fellow at the China Institute for Marine Affairs, State Oceanic Administration. His research interests mainly cover strategic and maritime security issues of East Asia, specializing in maritime security policy.
Ms. Cristin ORR SHIFFER (USA) previously worked as a Program Coordinator at Blue Star Families, a national non-profit that researches and advances policy options in support of military families. Her research centers on the role of women in and around national defense and critical security studies. She will receive an MA in International Studies from Old Dominion University in 2013. Cristin received her BA in Political Science from Santa Clara University.