Zinser, Sophie

Research Assistant

  • Sophie Zinser
    Casa Silva Mendes, Estrada do Engenheiro Trigo No 4, Macau SAR, China

    Research Interests

    • China-Middle East Relations
    • Migration and Development
    • Modern Slavery
    • Technology for Policy Solutions


    • Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Masters of Management in Global Affairs
    • Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts in College of Letters and French Studies

    Biographical Statement

    Sophie is a Research Assistant with the Migrant Technology Team at the United Nations University Institute in Macau. She graduated from Wesleyan University, where she co-founded the Wesleyan Refugee Project, the largest student group on campus. Committed to supporting disenfranchised populations, Sophie has worked in international development management with the International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Team in New York. From 2017-2018 on a Fulbright scholarship to Jordan, she led innovative research on safety risks to rural and refugee women. As the Deputy Director of Syria Direct in Amman, Sophie managed a team of thirty-five and led the media nonprofit’s expansion and long-term strategy. One of 139 scholars accepted to Schwarzman College – the Rhodes of China – at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Sophie wrote her capstone research on the role of foreign funding and influence in China’s environmental movement.

    At UNUMACAU, Sophie will assist Dr Hannah Thinyane in investigating the use of digital technologies to help frontline responders identify potential victims of human trafficking, forced labor, and other forms of labor exploitation.