Cathy Chen earned a B.A. in international studies from Leiden University in the Netherlands. At 18, she was awarded membership to Socrates International Honour Society. She studied abroad at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she deepened her knowledge of international law. Following graduation, Cathy assisted in the organization of the first state visit of the Dutch King to China and the largest Dutch trade mission at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Shanghai. During this time, she developed her abilities in bilateral negotiations while engaging in projects that linked Dutch innovations to China’s environmental problems. Cathy then joined the European Parliament in Brussels where she managed sustainability campaigns in organizing the Parliament’s largest event, the European Youth Event, which brought together 7,000 young people to discuss contemporary issues with European policymakers. Most recently, she has focused on public-private partnerships in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York City, paying particular attention to green infrastructure development and capacity building in Africa. Being fluent in Dutch, Mandarin and English, and having studied German, French, Japanese and Korean, Cathy held different teaching positions to further nourish her passion for languages. At Yale, Cathy hopes to study how the relationship between the public and private sector can be enhanced in global sustainable development, with an emphasis on market-driven environmental governance.