Meet Our 2022/2023 Board
Our team is entirely youth-led, with committee members from across Europe and Asia united in their commitment to strengthening cross-continental relations and inspired by the opportunities of digital cooperation.
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Koen was born in Taiwan, but grew up in the Netherlands. He is currently wrapping up his MSc in China & Globalisation at King’s College London, and will join the Budgetary Affairs department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 2022 as a Financial Trainee. Having joined STEAR in October 2021 as Secretary-General, a role in which he, among other things, supervised the Cultural Team and the creation of STEAR’s inaugural Social Impact Report, Koen is happy he can serve as one of STEAR’s Co-Presidents for 2022-2023. He hopes to help increase STEAR’s impact, diversity and organizational capacity.
Leonie was born and raised in the Netherlands and is enrolled in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Euroculture in Uppsala (Sweden), Udine (Italy) and is from September on based in Osaka (Japan). She has experience as an editor for a student newspaper and gained managerial experience in the board of Amsterdam’s fifth-largest student association. Having lived in Cambodia for a few months, she has a deep interest in building cultural bridges between Asia and Europe. During her board year, she aspires to contribute to mutual cultural understanding within Eurasia.
Vice President for Strategy & Growth
Konstantin is a dual Master's degree candidate in Public Policy & Management at HEC Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. He has held leadership positions in various youth-led organisations and gained work experience in public sector consulting and development cooperation. Having lived, worked and studied in Germany, Thailand, Singapore and France, he follows developments in Asia-Europe relations with great interest and pursues a purposeful, international career at the intersection of business and politics. After a term as External Affairs Officer, Konstantin now aims to further position STEAR as diverse, inclusive think tank and expand its international footprint and impact as Vice-President for Strategy & Growth.
Vice President for External Affairs
Emilie grew up between the UK and China, attending international school in Suzhou and reading Chinese Studies at Newcastle University. She moved to Hong Kong after graduation to work for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in a number of corporate roles and most recently worked as Assistant Director of Rooms at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai. Currently, Emilie is in Bologna where she is pursuing her Masters degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. At STEAR, Emilie hopes to develop more open and inclusive dialogue in the arena of Europe Asian relations, empowering and engaging young people in the process.
Vice President for Internal Affairs
Yusril recently graduated with distinction from New York University Abu Dhabi where he was majoring in Social Research and Public Policy with minors in Theater, Political Science, and German. He is particularly interested in two areas: the role of transnational cooperation and non-governmental entities in expanding access and opportunity for disadvantaged populations; and the use of applied theater in fostering positive social changes. He wrote his Bachelor Thesis on how the use of Applied Theater elements can foster the refugee integration process in Germany. Yusril also has a growing interest in impact investment and the ways in which the power of capital can be harnessed for social good. Moreover, he has worked for a long time in providing education for underprivileged children through the nation-wide youth social foundation he established when he was just 17. Yusril’s diplomatic career began when he was 16 representing Indonesia at the 2017 International Better Understanding for Better World (BUBW) Conference. Having lived, studied, worked, and conducted research in over 21 countries has fueled his passion to work with a diverse environment in an international setting.
Juliette is an incoming finalist undergraduate at the University of Cambridge reading Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese). After a year abroad in Taipei, Taiwan where she worked at the French Chamber of Commerce and the newspaper The China Times alongside studies at the National Taiwan Normal University, she will return to Cambridge for her fourth year following which she hopes to pursue a career in international politics. With dual French-Australian nationality, she is bilingual (French-English) with Advanced Chinese (HSK 6) and Advanced Spanish (CEFR C2). Passionate about geopolitics and international security, she has thus far focused on regional dynamics in the Indo-Pacific. Research to date has included US-China strategic competition, the Korean nuclear conflict, and the role of middle powers such as Japan and the UK in the multilateral order.
Sakshi is a soon-to-be graduate of a Master’s in Global Affairs at King’s College London. She was born in India and raised in Hong Kong, and as a result, she brings with her an appreciation of the diversity of Asian-ness, which she hopes to highlight in her role as Editor-In-Chief. Having studied law, Sakshi has worked in the United States Congress, non-profit organisations, human rights law firms, and academia. Sakshi has published articles related to intersectionality, gender-based violence in the context of geopolitics and conflict. Her final year dissertation focuses on the foreign policy agency of Asian small states in geo-strategic positions in light of the rapid developments in the Indo-Pacific, building on her keen interest in the changing multilateral order of the region. At STEAR, Sakshi hopes to further the mission of diversity and inclusion and provide a platform for Asian and European youth to shape their futures.
Sandra is a soon-to-be master graduate of East Asian Economy & Society from Vienna University, currently gaining her footing as young professional in the world of Europe-Asia diplomatic relations as Assistant at the Embassy of Japan in Austria. With past experiences (Embassy of Austria in Japan, Europe-Asia Foundation etc.) focusing on (youth) cooperation between the two regions as well, she aspires to continue contributing in strengthening bi-& multilateral cooperation between Europe and Asia. During her studies she has also spent various terms abroad in East Asia, namely at Kobe University in Japan, Yonsei University in South Korea and NCKU in Taiwan. As she is mostly focusing on the role of media, culture, languages and identity in international cooperation in her research, she is especially interested in public relations and cultural diplomacy.
Anna is currently pursuing a dual Masters degree at Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics in European Affairs and Political Economy. She is passionate about fostering Europe-Asia relations and is particularly interested in opportunities for Artificial Intelligence and security cooperation between the two regions. Besides her academic studies, Anna and has gained work experience in the political sphere at both, the national and European level, as well as in the political communications sector. At STEAR, Anna hopes to help contribute to bridging the gap between European and Asian youth and to expand the reach of STEAR’s mission further.
Théo Abramo is pursuing a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics and Politics at the University of California Berkeley and Sciences Po Paris. Besides his academic focus on Europe-Asia relations, global governance, and constitutional law, Théo has published research examining the tripartite relationship between the US, China, and EU in the context of artificial intelligence. Determined to learn how global organizations design and deploy large scale, comprehensive strategies that impact multiple lines of business, Théo worked at Teneo, a global advisory firm who help solve the complex issues of tomorrow. Coupled with his work in Model United Nation, as Conference Director, he is hoping to continue fostering a truly international community that’s passionate about Europe-Asia relations.
Francis is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics. He has a strong academic interest between the relations of Europe and Asia. His particular interest is with China and the European Union. Moreover, he has written a dissertation detailing the nuance between eastern and western legal philosophy to explain the complex relations with the international rule based order. He enjoys learning from different cultures and always open to listen to any exchange related to international relations.
Louise is an incoming master student in Global Politics at the LSe and graduate from King's College London where she was reading International Relations, with a specialisation in East Asia and Foreign Policy. Besides her studies, Louise has held leadership positions in various organisations promoting youth entrepreneurship and cross-cultural understanding She also gained professional experience in a non-profit promoting peace processes in the Middle East and Central Asia and at a social impact consulting firm. She is particularly interested in foreign policy, public international law and business issues in Europe and Asia. After serving one term as a Sponsorship Officer at STEAR, Louise hopes to enable STEAR to grow further and extend its reach to an increasing number of young people, passionate about Europe and Asia.
Truston graduated from the 3 Campus East Asia Programme, studying in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong. Originally from a small town in West Java, Indonesia, Truston is highly passionate in Southeast Asian studies and regional integration. Truston is also an advocate for universal basic income and life member of the Basic Income Earth Network. At STEAR, Truston seeks to keep Southeast Asia well-represented while contributing to greater connections between the youth of both continents.