Current Student Representatives [2019-2021]

This section is currently being updated to include the information of the newly elected Student Representatives. In the meantime, you can contact Ms. Leah Schrimpf, Mr. Manuel Widmann and Ms. Chelsea Tan on the EcoS Student FB page.

Former Student Representatives [2017-2019]

Katharina Menz

Katharina Menz is a student of East Asian Economy and Society at The University of Vienna and Student Representative of the program. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Economics from The Vienna University of Economics and Business. During her studies, Katharina spent half a year studying abroad at The University of Hong Kong and The Australian National University.

Her academic interests include inequality in East Asia and cross-strait relations between the PRC and Taiwan. This semester, Katharina is writing her Master Thesis as well as continuing her studies in Sinology at the department.

Email: ecos.studentreps[at]

Alejandra Cervantes Nieto

Alejandra Cervantes Nieto was a student assistant at the Department at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and Student Representative for EcoS. She holds a BA in International Relations from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, and an MA Degree on East Asian Economy and Society - EcoS. Alejandra has a five years’ experience working in the public sector as a trade specialist, as well as advising companies with export potential.

She is currently a University (prae-doc) Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society. Her research interests include transnational security threats in East Asia and international cooperation, with a particular focus on comparative drug policy analysis.

Email: alejandra.cervantes.nieto[at]

Former Student Representatives [2015-2017]

Anna Holzmann

Anna Holzmann was Student Assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS) at the University of Vienna. She is an EcoS MA Student, and currently also employed as e-Assistant for Marketing at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). Anna holds a BSc in International Business Administration from WU Wien, and a BA in Sinology from the University of Vienna. In the course of her studies, she spent 1 1/2 years abroad in Australia and China, and gained some work experience in the area of Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Anna's research interests include environmental issues in China, with a special focus on recycling activities and the handling of natural resources, as well as International Relations theories, dynamics of regionalism and resource security concerns in East Asia and the greater Asia-Pacific Region. She is an active member of CHESS, an international research network on China and the Environment in the Social Sciences (

Email: anna.karin.holzmann[at]

Hanna Sand

Hanna Sand was student assistant at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society in the winter term 2014. She is M.A. student of East Asian Economy and Society and holds a B.A. degree in Chinese studies and Theatre, Film and Media Science at the University of Vienna. She has spent one year at the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China studying Chinese Language and Culture and worked as a project manager for companies in China and Germany.

Her academic interests include Cross-Strait relations between the PRC and Taiwan, concepts of mass movements and power as well as concepts of identity creation with special regard to national identities and international institutions, and development of intellectual property rights in East Asia.

Email: hanna.andrea.sand[at]

Daniel Yasin

Daniel Yasin was student assistant and M.A. student at the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society and B.A. student in Chinese Studies at the University of Vienna, where he holds a B.A. in Japanese Studies. He studied Japanese language and society at the Tokyo Metropolitan University in Tokyo, Japan for a year, where he also acted as a lecture assistant.

His academic interests include Migration Patterns and Migrant Workers in North and South East Asia as well as current animosities between China, Japan and the Koreas based on history and current regional politics.

Email:: daniel.yasin[at]