STUDENT LIFE

Over its 20-year legacy of promoting professional and intellectual growth while advancing an international perspective on social sectors, the International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) program at the USC Price School of Public Policy has served as a springboard for many global leaders.

Student Senate of IPPAM 24

Hong-Sheng Hsu (Clark)

Clark currently serves as president of the IPPAM Graduate Student Association and is a part of the IPPAM 24 cohort. While receiving his BS in Maritime Police at Central Police University in Taiwan, he worked as a sergeant/director of training, where he implemented preliminary education training programs for incoming freshman students. After graduating, he went on to serve the Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan as an International Affairs Officer in the northern sector flotilla, going on search and rescue missions and attaining patrol training. When promoted to officer of the patrol section; fleet branch, Clark provided solutions pertinent to maritime casualties and arranged search-and-rescue joint drills with foreign countries. He currently serves as an officer in the intelligence division. Here, Clark collects and analyzes intelligence at sea areas near Taiwan for security purposes, acts as an international contact window for other countries, investigates cross-national crimes, and exchanges intelligence information with law enforcement. Upon completion of the IPPAM program, Clark intends on returning to Taiwan and advancing into future leadership positions. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, working out, and music.

Ting-Huan Ho (Huan Huan)

Huan Huan possesses years of work experience and accolades in media and journalism. She received her Bachelor of Education in Adult and Continuing Education from National Taiwan Normal University and then kicked off her career as a political journalist for TTV News. She went on to become a news anchor for several different segments and an in-depth report special topics journalist. In the 15th Republic of China presidential election, she served as a campaign spokesperson. Afterwards, she worked for the Broadcasting Corporation of China as a host, planner, and producer of radio, Youtube, and podcast for the strip program “Life is Full of Joys,” which covers topics ranging from current affairs to education to art. Joyce also holds experience as a financial journalist with the BCC. Upon completion of the IPPAM program, she hopes to enter the realm of politics and generate public policy change. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Joyce became a professional tarot card reader/lecturer and a certified Advanced Open Water scuba diver.

Fong Chung-Yu (Alan)

Alan joins the IPPAM program with over 11 years of experience in the governmental sector. His journey began as a senior officer in the personnel department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, where he managed the rotation and promotion of high-level diplomats. He became a consular officer at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York City and went on to become a senior consular officer at the United Nations Task Force, where he was responsible for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the United Nations and observing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. This responsibility deepened as he was promoted to executive officer in the International Organizations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his most recent role as section chief of the department, he oversaw Taiwan’s INTERPOL participation, deepened relations with Asia/Pacific Group on money laundering, and revived the Taiwan International Health Action, an inter-ministerial task force founded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health and Welfare. Fong received his BA in Public Finance and BA in Korean Language and Culture at National Chengchi University and his MA in International Relations and World Order at the University of Leicester. Upon completion of the IPPAM program, Fong intends on pursuing his doctorate and making greater contributions to the Ministry.

Hamdan Alkhyeli

Hamdan Alkhyeli joins the IPPAM program with 5 years of experience in civil service and business development. Hamdan served as a senior officer for strategy in My Bill My Everything (MBME), one of the U.A.E.'s largest payment and government services platforms. During his tenure, he joined the Abu Dhabi Police force and worked in the transportation division. At ADP, he was responsible for investigating crimes, potential public health hazards, potential violators of the law, and supervised security and surveillance. At MBME, Hamdan initiated new client relationships, implemented strategic planning goals, and managed governmental partnerships. Hamdan possesses an intricate perspective on the intersection of the public and private sector. He received his BA in Business Studies and Finance from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK. Hamdan is passionate about the history of his culture and enjoys spending time with family. Upon completion of the IPPAM program, Hamdan looks forward to returning to the U.A.E. and developing effective public policy.

Madi Akylbekov

Madi Akylbekov joins the IPPAM program with 6 years of experience as a civil servant in Kazakhstan. At only 22 years of age, he began his career at the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan as senior manager of their international office, having organized events for international visitors and coordinated exchange exhibition programs with various other countries. Shifting further into the governmental sector as senior expert of the Department of Analytical Research, Madi coordinated trips and events to further peace policies between nations and performed data analysis of the interethnic relations of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He then served the Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education at the Ministry of Education and Science, coordinating everything from applicant selection to human resources. Madi received his BS in Philosophy from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and his MS in Philosophy from L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan. In his free time, he takes pleasure in playing soccer and leading the Ministry’s soccer team as captain. Upon completion of the IPPAM program, Madi hopes to apply his newfound leadership skills to better serve his home country in the public sector.

Melissa Sylvia Praast

Having been to more than 25 countries with multiple languages under her belt, Melissa holds a wealth of cultural awareness. She grew up in Ingolstadt, Germany and started off as an executive assistant at Audi AG. She was then promoted to coordinator in the international logistics department, where she was responsible for the execution of projects abroad in Russia and India. After attaining this work experience, she headed to the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, receiving her BA in European Management. Melissa went on to intern for the Embassy of Germany in Moscow, Russia in the Department of Press and Culture. Upon arriving in Southern California, she delved into the marketing and sales realm of luxury apartments when working as a customer support specialist for Equity Residential. Melissa currently serves as an administrative officer for the Consulate General of Austria in Brentwood, CA, assisting in a variety of responsibilities including management, staffing, accounting, and security analysis. Upon completing the IPPAM program, she hopes to work for the United Nations.

Jae-Eun Lee

With years of experience in public tax services and a desire to study public administration, Jae-Eun joins the IPPAM program. She began as an intern in the Budget Division of Gyeonggi Provincial Government, where she learned the ropes of developing performance budget plans and reviewing budget proposals regarding environmental policy. She then became director of the General Affair Division of the National Tax Service in Busan, South Korea. Transferring over to the Seoul branch, she served as director of the Individual Taxation Division, imposing VAT and income taxes to individual taxpayers and generating policies to reduce the amount of tax delinquency. There, she achieved the highest income tax report rates among all offices in Seoul. Jae-Eun then served as deputy director for the Investigation on International Transaction Bureau, where she directed more than 15 tax investigation cases on suspected multinational companies and adjusted for 3.5 million U.S. dollars of corporate and individual income hidden overseas. Now, she acts as deputy director for the Mutual Agreement Procedure Division, leading conferences to resolve international double taxation disputes in partnership with tax authorities from Switzerland, the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan. Jae-Eun received her BS in Business Administration from Yonsei University with a minor in Economics, graduating with Highest Honors. Upon completion of the IPPAM program, Jae-Eun will return to Korea and identify global issues that will help shape new tax policy.