Hi there, I’m Kai Xiang!

I am a political science student with a background in journalism, and pride myself on communicating effectively and thinking critically. I am looking to turn my passion for politics and content creation into an impactful career. Making a difference and effective altruism are the main drivers of my work.

I am eager to contribute my effective communication skills, new media competencies and independent work ethic, which I have demonstrated in past roles in peace and security, journalism and public speaking.

Key Experiences

Currently: I am an undergraduate student of political science at Leiden University. As of April 2020, I have been interning at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – the Hague (ICCT) as a Communications and Research Assistant.

As the Secretary of my programme’s student association, I created my organisation’s first Website and Newsletter.

My past work experience is defined by communicating effectively and thinking critically.

Peace and Security

As the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Intern at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), I contributed to the Network Team in the writing of grant proposals and reports for donors, conducting research and desk reviews, and database entry; supporting the work of the over 200 civil society organisations that comprise GPPAC.

Journalism

As a journalist in Singapore, I created media content and contributed to the social media presence of Yahoo Asia Pacific. Prior to that, I completed my Diploma in filmmaking and journalism, with a focus on content for digital audiences.

Examples of my written works can be found here.

Public Speaking

I am a co-founder and organiser of Leiden University’s Hague Debate Society. In the past, I had the honour of representing my institute and country in international debate tournaments such as the Asian Debate Institute, while serving as Singapore Polytechnic’s Debate Society President.

A list of my debate achievements can be found here.

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What I contribute

Persuasive Content

My background in the media has equipped me with essential skills (interviewing, press statements, social media management), for creating clear, concise and persuasive multimedia content. Check out my portfolio for examples of my work.

Intercultural Understanding

My achievements in debating and my past work experience represent my ability to engage with, reconcile and learn from a wide variety of perspectives and sources. I have used these skills to communicate effectively with my peers; in settings as diverse as China and Sweden.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Improving accessibility and inclusivity has been a cornerstone of my work. I co-founded an english-language magazine for the increasing group of international students in Leiden University. I also co-founded a Debate Society for students in my university’s offshoot campus unable to access debate activities in the main campus.

Knowledge and Expertise

I have an excellent academic record (in both International Relations, and Journalism & Filmmaking). I excel particularly in the subjects of international relations, economics, statistics, research methods and international administration.