Guest Speakers

An important part of the learning environment at Schwarzman Scholars is an ongoing series of high-profile lectures by distinguished leaders in politics, business, the arts and civil society. These lectures connect Scholars with some of the world's brightest minds and cultural luminaries to challenge their thinking and broaden their perspectives. Distinguished guest lecturers share insights on cutting edge developments in their fields and reflect on their own experience of leadership, complementing the academic studies pursued by Scholars.

  • Adam Brandenburger, J.P. Valles Professor of Management, NYU Stern
  • Alex Gorsky, CEO at Johnson & Johnson
  • Andrei Schleifer, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Andrew Kuritzkes, Executive Vice President of State Street Corporation
  • Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
  • Barbara Kellerman, Professor of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Barry Nalebuff, Professor of Management, Yale School of Management
  • Ben Meng, Former Head of Asset Allocation at CalPERS
  • Beth Keck, Former Senior Director of Women’s Empowerment, Walmart
  • Brian Linden, Owner and Founder of the Linden Centre
  • Brian Rolfes, Partner at McKinsey & Co.
  • Bruce Cumings, Distinguished Service Professor in History, University of Chicago
  • Boris Tadic, Former President of Serbia
  • Byron Spruell, President of League Operations at the National Basketball Associations
  • Carma Elliot, Country Director for the China British Council
  • Chao WANG, Country Director of Save the Children China
  • Chen Ding, CEO of CSOP Asset Management
  • Chen Dongsheng, CEO of Taikang Insurance
  • Chen Hongtu, Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School
  • Chris Martin, Vice President of Global Expansion at MoBike
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • Chung Pen, Assistant Professor of Law, Peking Law School
  • Chung-ying Cheng, Professor of Chinese Philosophy, University of Hawaii
  • Daniel Huttenlocher, Founding Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech
  • Sir Daniel Alexander, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation
  • Sir David King, Former UK Special Representative on Climate Change
  • David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
  • Gen. David Patraeus (Ret.), Chairman of the KKR Global Institute
  • DJ Pandian, Vice President and CIO of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Djoomart Otorbaev, Former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan
  • Donald Donovan, Co-Chair at Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Dong Wu, Head of Johnson & Johnson’s Asia Pacific Innovation Center
  • Duncan Clark, Author, Advisor and Senior Fellow of the London School of Economics
  • Eduardo Araral, Vice Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Elizabeth Knup, China Representative for the Ford Foundation
  • Fang Xinghai, Vice-Chairman, China Securities Regulatory Commission
  • Fareed Zakaria, Host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS
  • Funmi Olonisakin, Professor of Leadership, Peace and Conflict, King's College London
  • Gare Smith, Partner at Foley Hoang
  • Han Liu, Associate Professor of Law, Tsinghua University
  • Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined
  • Howard French, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University School of Journalism
  • Hongjiu Zhang, Partner at Jingtian & Gongcheng
  • Jacob Frenkel, Chairman of JP Morgan Chase
  • Jade Gray, Founder of Gung Ho! Pizza
  • Jake Parker, Vice President of China Operations at the US-China Business Council
  • James Green, Minister Counselor for Trade Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing
  • Jane Shao, Co-Founder and Director of Lumière Pavilions
  • Jeff Towson, Professor of Investment at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
  • Jeff Wong, Chief Innovation Officer at Ernst & Young
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Former Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Jennifer Lake, Legal Advisor and Director of Independent Diplomat
  • Jeorg Wuttke, Former Chief Representative at BASF China
  • Jeremy Daum, Senior Research Scholar in Law and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center, Peking University
  • Jinfang Yang, Vice President at Meituan - Dianping
  • Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • John Allen, President of the Brookings Institution
  • Jonathan Woetzel, MGI Director and Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co
  • Jorge Heine, Ambassador of Chile to the People's Republic of China
  • Joseph Klafter, President of the Tel Aviv University
  • Joseph Nye, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
  • Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society
  • Judith Farqhuar, Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Beijing
  • Ken Choudhary, President for Asia Pacific at Fluor
  • Kishore Mahbubani, Former Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Lawrence Summers, Harvard University, Former US Secretary of the Treasury
  • Linda Wong, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Yihai Group
  • LIU Qiangdong (Richard Liu), Founder of JD.com
  • Madame Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China
  • Michael Von den Schulenberg, Former Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations
  • Lixin Cheng, Global CEO of ZTE Corporation
  • Luke Kang, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of North Asia at Walt Disney
  • Maha Yahya, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center
  • Marjorie Yang, Chairman of Esquel Group
  • Mark Kirk, Senator, United States of America
  • Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies
  • Michael von der Schullberg, Former Head of UN Mission to Sierra Leone
  • Natalie Lichetenstein, Inaugural General Counsel at the Asian Infrastructure Bank
  • Ngaire Woods, Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Nicholas Dirks, Former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Former President of the Republic of Iceland
  • Patricia Ebrey, Williams Family Endowed Professor in History, University of Washington
  • Paul Haenle, Director of the Carnegie –Tsinghua Center
  • Peter Katzenstein, Professor of International Studies, Cornell University
  • Peter Whitby, Founder & CEO of O2 Canada
  • Philip Clart, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Leipzig
  • QI Bin, Executive Vice President of the China Investment Corporation
  • QIN Yaqing, President of China Foreign Affairs University
  • Raja Mohan, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace - India
  • Roli Asthana, Head of the UK Department for International Development in China
  • Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
  • Robert Schiller, Nobel Laureate in Economics
  • Roberta Lipson, Founder and CEO of United Family Healthcare
  • Rosen Plevneliev, Former President of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Scott Stern, David Sarnoff Professor of Management Technology, MIT
  • Shan Jixiang, Curator and Director of the Forbidden City Palace Museum
  • Steven Kelman, Weatherhead Professor of Public Management, Harvard University
  • Strobe Talbott, Former President and Distinguished Fellow at Brookings Institution
  • Tom Carothers, Senior Vice President at the Carnegie Endowment
  • Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Unni Karunakara, Former President of Doctors Without Borders
  • Valdis Zatlers, Former President of Latvia
  • Valerie Belanger, Director for Global Leadership Programs, Yale University
  • Vince Chan, Co-Founder of Creta Ventures
  • Vincent Wenbi Qiu, CEO of Baozun
  • Wei Zhao, Rector of the University of Macau
  • William C. Kirby, Professor of Business, Harvard Business School
  • William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Xiaochuan Wang, CEO of Sogou
  • Xiaoping Yang, President of BP China
  • Yao Ming, Retired Basketball Player
  • Yawei Liu, Director of the China Program at The Carter Center
  • Ying Xin, Director of the Beijing LGBT Center
  • Yinuo Li, China Director of the Gates Foundation
  • Yuhan Wang, International Manager at MoBike
  • Zhang Xin, Co-Founder and CEO of SOHO China
  • Zlatko Lagumdžija, Former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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