YCW’s Global Editorial Team binds our global chapters together through a common platform of analysis and conversation, with the aim of capturing the diversity of perspectives and disciplines represented across our chapter cities. Our editorial content promotes budding voices from within the YCW network, and has been featured on established China thought forums like the Mercator Institute for China Studies (a YCW Partner), The Diplomat and ChinaFile.
In addition to publishing original essays on China from budding voices within our network under the YCW Features series, the team also discusses China-related issues with leading experts, past speakers, and outstanding young professionals for the YCW Interviews series. Our YCW Conversations series invites different stakeholders to weigh in on a pressing issue concerning China, with the aim of capturing a more balanced view.
GLOBAL EDITORIAL TEAM
Joyce Lee is Head Editor of YCW. She completed a joint master’s at the London School of Economics and Peking University, and currently works as a Policy and Operations Director at the Global Wind Energy Council. She previously worked in corporate intelligence and political risk analysis at FTI Consulting, Aegis Advisory and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.
Tom Hoffecker is Deputy Editor for YCW’s editorial team. He previously worked at Teach For China in both Yunnan and the U.S. He currently lives in Washington, DC and works at a strategic international advisory firm. He completed a master’s degree at Georgetown University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.
Sam Bekemans is a digital production journalist with master’s degree in China Studies. Sam lived in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement and spent three years reporting on Hong Kong-China relations for Belgian media. He now lives in London, producing content on China and the environment.
Virgilio Bisio is a Program Assistant at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, where he supports content creation and facilitates public programming. He joined the National Committee in July 2016 after completing a master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Prior to that, he worked as a supervisor at Payton Technology in Shenzhen, China, where he managed a semiconductor production line.
Johanna M. Costigan is a recent graduate of Bard College and is currently pursuing a year-long Writing and Speaking Fellowship at NYU Shanghai. Johanna is interested in journalism, specifically coverage of China’s dynamic and ever-changing relationships with Western nations.
Insa Ewert currently works on development cooperation at the EU Delegation to Indonesia/EU Mission to ASEAN. She was previously a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), completing a PhD on EU-China relations. Insa has also worked with the GIZ in Beijing and in the European Parliament.
Olivia A. Halsall is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, where she achieved a 1st Class Hons bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages (French and Chinese) with Business Management. She spent her exchange year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she was a recipient of a Confucius Language Scholarship. She currently resides in Shanghai, where she works a freelance journalist and full-time English and economics tutor. She writes about contemporary Chinese social phenomenon on her own media project 66hands.com, as well as other publications.
Jacinta Keast is a Research Assistant at China Matters, an Australian public policy think tank. She was previously a Research Intern at the Australian Studies Centre at Peking University and a Country Specialist on Fijian politics for the Global Leadership Project at the University of Texas. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Chinese Studies and International Business at the University of Sydney, Peking University, and the University of Hong Kong and is a Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Scholar.
Dev Lewis is Marketing and Research Manager at Infosys Technologies (China) and a researcher with Digital Asia Hub. He has an International Relations degree from Roger Williams University and has previously studied in Shanghai and Zhengzhou as a recipient of a Confucius Language Scholarship.
Alice Slevison holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, and is the Senior Asia-Pacific Analyst at a London-based political risk firm. She has previously worked for the Australian government in Canberra and at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
Jun Liang Yap is currently an Associate Underwriter in Zurich Insurance’s Credit & Political Risk team in Singapore. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from New York University.