Program Leadership

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Stephen A. Schwarzman, Founder and Chairman

Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman founded the Schwarzman Scholars program in order to give the most talented future leaders the power to change the course of history. An active philanthropist, Mr. Schwarzman has personally donated $100 million to this effort and is leading a campaign to raise $300 million more to fully endow the program—the single largest charitable effort in China's history coming from largely international donors.

In both business and education, Mr. Schwarzman has dedicated his career to developing transformative solutions to some of the world’s great challenges. His charitable giving has included anchor support for the New York Public Library, the establishment of the Schwarzman Center at Yale University, and sponsoring educational opportunity for talented children. His vision in designing Schwarzman Scholars was to create change at a global scale.

Dr. Lan XUE is a Cheung Kong Chair Distinguished Professor and Dean of School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. His teaching and research interests include STI policy, crisis management, and global governance. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. His is a member of the National Committee for Strategic Consultation and Comprehensive Review, a member of United Nations University Council, and a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (UNSDSN). He is a recipient of the Fudan Distinguished Contribution Award for Management Science.

Amy Stursberg

Executive Director

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Amy Stursberg is the Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, CEO of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation and Interim Executive Director of the Schwarzman Scholars Program. In her work with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Ms. Stursberg has created and overseen the Blackstone’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, bringing four innovative programs to twenty states and four countries. As CEO of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation and Interim Executive Director of the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Ms. Stursberg has helped to launch Schwarzman Scholars, a new fellowship program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In her role, she has helped to raise over $400mm to endow the scholarship program, has overseen the selection of the inaugural class of scholars and the creation of a new Robert A.M. Stern building on Tsinghua’s campus. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2008, Ms. Stursberg served on the transition team for Governor Eliot Spitzer. From 2006-08, Ms. Stursberg managed the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s $90 million program in cultural and in community grants in Lower Manhattan. Previously, Ms. Stursberg served as the final Director of the September 11th Fund. There, she helped to manage the $500 million fund to support communities, individuals and organizations impacted by the events of 09/11. Prior to that role, she held various positions at the Office of Management and Budget at the Office of the Mayor in the City of New York, as well as at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Ms. Stursberg received her BA with honors from the University of Michigan and her Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently, she serves on the Partnership for New York’s Innovation Council and on the Board of Directors for the Tectonic Theater Company; formerly, she served on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

DAVID Q. PAN

Executive Dean

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David Qingzhong Pan is Executive Dean of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University, overseeing the program’s daily operations and responsible for organizing an innovative course to encourage active engagement between students and industry leaders. As an entrepreneur, David worked in the IT industry as an Engineer, Director of R&D, CEO and Chairman, and was granted various awards for technological innovation in China. Returning to academia in 2004, David served as Director of the Development Office of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (SEM), where he was also in charge of activities of the School’s Advisory Board, and taught courses and conducted research in managerial economics, corporate governance, and Chinese economic history. David received his BE in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, ME in Economics and PhD in Finance from Tsinghua University, and his MS in Engineering Economic Systems at Stanford University.

Qian Xiaojun

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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Qian Xiaojun is a full professor at the Department of Leadership and Organization Management and a vice chairperson of the Degree Review Committee in the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. She is a member of the 12th CPPCC Beijing Municipal Committee. She was the Director of Planning and Quality Assurance Office of Tsinghua SEM (2006-2013), the director of MBA Programs of the school (2001-2006) and the assistant dean responsible for academic degrees (2006-2009). She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1992, M.S. in mathematics in 1988 from Purdue University, Indiana, USA, and B.S. in applied mathematics from Tsinghua University in 1982. Her research interests focus on Managerial Communication, Corporate Communication and Cross-Cultural Communication, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibilities, Sustainability, Management Education, Business School Accreditation. Professor Qian teaches Managerial Communication (MBA and Executive Education), Data, Model and Decisions (MBA), Ethics and Social Responsibility (MBA) at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. Professor Qian has been the project leader or key researcher for several research projects, such as “Study on Evaluation Methods for Commercial Application of New Technology” funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, “Recycling Economy Model and Policy of Small Towns in Beijing” funded by Beijing Science and Technology Commission, “Curriculum Development and Management of Executive MBA Program for China”: A Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award Project, etc. Her publications include Econometric models and economic forecasts (translator), Guide to Managerial Communication (8th ed., co-translator), Guide to Managerial Persuasion and Influence (proofreader as well as several peer-reviewed journal papers. Her awards include “University Educational Achievement Award for Outstanding Practice in MBA Admission (2nd class, group award (3)) (2006)”, “National Educational Achievement Award for Educational Model and Practice of “Local Root and Global Reach” (2nd class, group award (3)) (2005)”, “Best Performer of the Year, Tsinghua University (2003)”, “Outstanding Teaching Award, Tsinghua University (1998/2000/2002/2003)”, “1st Prize for Outstanding Education Program (team prize), Tsinghua University”, etc. Professor Qian has been Sloan International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, USA in 1997 and 2001. She serves on a number of academic organizations, such as “Member of Academic Committee for MBA Textbook Series Development, Wuhan University of Technology Press”, “Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Emerald Chinese Management Studies”, “Member of Editorial Review Board, Graziadio Business Report (Online Journal), Pepperdine University, California USA”, “Person-in-charge for the faculty development and course promotion of MBA course ‘Managerial Communication’ appointed by the National MBA Advisory Committee, organize annual national ‘Managerial Communication’ seminar”, “member of Standing Committee of the Statistical Society of Beijing”, etc. She also serves on the Standing Committee of Beijing Haidian District People's Political Consultative Conference.

ROBERT GARRIS

Director of Global Admissions and Strategic Initiatives

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Robert Garris, Director of Global Admissions and Strategic Initiatives for Schwarzman Scholars, has built innovative international programs at universities and foundations for more than fifteen years. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, he served in senior leadership roles at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference and Research Center as Managing Director; Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as Senior Associate Dean, where he worked on all academic and administrative matters for the School and was responsible for coordinating the university’s efforts to open a Columbia Global Center in Beijing and leading efforts to build a global network of partner institutions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America; and at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Garris received his Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina, where he specialized in immigration and urban policy.

Melanie Koenderman

Associate Dean, Student Life

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Melanie Koenderman, Schwarzman Scholars Associate Dean for Student Life, has spent over twenty years blending her interests in education, student development, and internationalization into a varied career. For the nine years prior to joining the Schwarzman Scholars program for its inaugural year, Melanie helped to launch Canada’s first independent liberal arts and sciences university, Quest University Canada in British Columbia, as the founding Dean of Students and Vice-President. She previously brought her interest in education to her time spent as a Canadian diplomat, working on foreign student policies and programs with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and representing Canada during postings to embassies in India, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. She previously managed student residences, international student services, and English language programs at various universities and secondary schools in Canada and abroad. Melanie studied literature at McMaster University, earned a teaching degree at the University of Ottawa, and completed a Master of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Joan Kaufman

Senior Director for Academic Programs

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Joan Kaufman, Sc.D., is the Senior Director for Academic Programs at Schwarzman Scholars and Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (since 2003). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on both China and global health policy, she was the Director of Columbia University’s Global Center for East Asia (Beijing) from 2012-2016 and Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was previously Adjunct Professor of Global Health Policy at Tsinghua University’s Research Center for Public Health. She taught and was based at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government from 2002-2010 where she founded and directed the AIDS Public Policy Project and was a faculty affiliate of Harvard’s Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations. From 2003-2012 she was also based at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management as a Distinguished Scientist and Senior Lecturer and as the Associate Director of the Master Program in Health Policy and Management. She was a Radcliffe fellow in residence at Harvard from 2001-2002. She has lived and worked in China for 15 years since 1980 for the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and Columbia University. She received a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, and holds an M.A. and M.S. (UC Berkeley) and B.A. (Trinity College) cum laude in Chinese Studies. She has consulted for many organizations and has published on global health policy, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, reproductive health, population, emerging infectious diseases, and civil society with a focus on China.

Debby Goldberg

Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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Debby Goldberg is the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Schwarzman Scholars. In her fundraising role, she works closely with Founding Trustee Stephen A. Schwarzman to identify, cultivate and seek support from donors in order to build an endowment that will sustain the program in perpetuity. To date, the program has raised over $575 million dollars from a global cohort of donors. In addition to direct fundraising responsibilities, Debby created and leads the stewardship effort to engage donors in the life of the program. She also leads outreach and education efforts with Alumni to ensure they maintain their connection to China and to each other. Debby has 25 years of senior management, fundraising and marketing experience in the not-for-profit and political sectors, focusing on institutional fundraising, organizational development and strategic communications. Most recently, she was Vice President for Development at ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom focused on investigative reporting. Debby received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

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