University: Yale-NUS College
Languages: Mandarin, English, Spanish, Hindi
Biography: My name is Bosen Xia and I am an economics student at one of the most diverse schools in the world: Yale-NUS College in Singapore. I am bilingual in English and Mandarin, and also speak a little bit of Spanish and Hindi. I am keen on exploring opportunities within finance or consulting.
Raised in a traditional Chinese family in the historical city of Xi’an, China, I traveled to Singapore alone at the age of 15 seeking an international education, under a full-ride scholarship from the Singapore Government. At school, I was privileged enough to receive funding to attend a Spanish summer school program at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Buenos Aires, and an exchange program at Leiden University in the Netherlands studying economics and humanities. I was the Vice President of the Yale-NUS College Global China Connection, in charge of organising events to raise awareness of the business opportunities in and cultural heritage of China. I served as one of the executive members of the Yale-NUS South Asian Society to promote South Asian cultures. Also, as a ballroom dancing enthusiast, I have won multiple awards at ballroom competitions internationally, and take pleasure in providing peer guidance for the new dancers.
I have gained professional experience in financial services and start-up sector through internship programs at Sofina, a Brussels-based investment firm and GREE Ventures, a Japan-based venture capital firm investing in early stage startups in Southeast Asia and India. In addition, I pursued my passion for the social sector by starting a student organization called “Chingapore,” which helped recently arrived Chinese students better integrate in Singapore. I also launched “Anybody Can Lead,” a leadership training camp in a Chinese school that promoted high academic performance and holistic leadership development.
In the long term, I strive to act as a commercialisation bridge between China and the other regions of the world, and leverage my international background and professional expertise to create global impact in bringing about financial inclusion and educational equalities.