DIRECTORY OF ALL SCHOLARS

Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare its graduates to build stronger relationships between China and a rapidly changing world and to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century. This directory includes program Graduates, Scholars currently enrolled at the College and the incoming class of Schwarzman Scholars.

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Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi (2021)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi is a senior at MIT studying Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science. She envisions a world where quality healthcare is accessible to all, and plans to focus on health in developing countries with an emphasis on innovative digital tools. Her interest in development has taken her to South Africa and Colombia while at MIT. Adedoyin has served as a director of a free summer camp for children affected by a parent’s cancer, advisor to the President of MIT, EMT on the MIT Ambulance, and Black Students’ Union secretary.

Aizhan Omirzak (2021)

Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Aizhan Omirzak will graduate with Honors from the Nazarbayev University with a double degree in Economics and Political Science and International Relations in 2020. During her undergraduate studies, she has been the president of the Model United Nations society. She has previously interned at various international organizations in Kazakhstan, including UNICEF and the European Project in Kazakhstan. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in international development organization, focusing on Asian regional development. By participating in the Schwarzman Scholars program, Aizhan hopes to expand her knowledge about opportunities and challenges associated with deepening Asian integration.

Albert Li (2021)

Taiwan, China

National Taiwan University

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Cheng-hsuan (Albert) Li earned a bachelor's degree in Political Theory from National Taiwan University and previously served as a secretary in Taichung City Government. He has public participation experience through internships with a political party, local government, and central legislation, and has organized election campaigns in central legislator, mayoral, and presidential elections. Enlightened by his work in a business incubator, his ambition is to introduce technology and organizational innovation into politics. He recently coordinated an online to offline system for tour guidance at the 2018 World Flora Exposition in Taichung. Albert is from from Taiwan, China.

Alexander Scharrer (2021)

Austria

City, University of London

Finance,Technology

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Alexander Scharrer graduated with first-class honours from Cass Business School in London and was selected as one of the Top 10 Economics and Finance students in the United Kingdom. He has held several roles in investment banking and spent the past three years working for Goldman Sachs. Alexander completed his civilian service at the Austrian Red Cross and volunteered for humanitarian projects. Passionate about ethical technology, he represented his university at European Tech conferences and aspires to become a leader in the field of beneficial Artificial Intelligence. Through the Schwarzman Scholarship he hopes to build long-lasting connections in China and help facilitate discussions on AI ethics.

Alioune Fall (2021)

Senegal

New York University

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Alioune Fall is the Program Manager of the African Leadership University’s Center for Leadership and a U.K. Higher Education Academy Fellow. He was a Leadership Faculty Member at ALU for the two years following his graduation from NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) with honors in Economics. At NYUAD, Alioune co-founded and co-chaired the African Studies Symposium Series, and was Founding Head of Curriculum Design for the Boys Education Network leadership program. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Alioune plans to further explore ways to best equip global changemakers as they take on twenty-first century challenges.

Amara Majeed (2021)

United States of America

Brown University

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Amara Majeed is a Brown University graduate and founder of both The Hijab Project and The Muslim Youth Network. Much of her time has been in policymaking spheres with the Department of Education, United Nations, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Witness Against Torture. After an incident of being falsely identified, Majeed is interested in producing research assessing the viability of state use of facial recognition technology in counterterror efforts. She has been named by BBC as one of the Most Inspiring Women of the Year and featured on Good Morning America’s “Powerful Women” series.

Ameer Ibrahim (2021)

United Kingdom

University of Edinburgh,University of Glasgow

Education,Entrepreneurship

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Ameer Ibrahim is a master’s student at The University of Edinburgh pursuing an M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He completed his undergraduate at The University of Glasgow in Accountancy and Finance. Following graduation from Glasgow, he worked within the financial sector at PwC further developing his business acumen. His accolades include Student President at Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council. He has extensive work and leadership experience overseas in China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, and across Europe. Ameer has professional experience within corporate governance, which he strives to develop in his future career. Ameer is from Scotland, United Kingdom.

András Volom (2021)

Hungary

King's College London

Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy

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András Volom is the founder of Visegrad for Sustainability (V4SDG), a non-profit strengthening partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals in Central Eastern Europe. An advocate for future generations, he served as the first Youth Delegate of Hungary to the UN, the EU Youth Delegate to G7, and a Young Representative at the Council of Europe. Currently, he is the Curator of Global Shapers in Budapest, a community initiated by the World Economic Forum. András has graduated from King’s College London with distinction in International Relations, examining connections between identity politics and international cooperation.

Andrew Howard (2021)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Andrew Howard will graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in Economics and concentrations in Finance and Statistics. He serves as President of the Wharton Dean’s Advisory Board, Director for the International Affairs Association, and a scholar for the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative. Andrew is passionate about the intersection of public policy, technology, and finance, which he has pursued through internships with Goldman Sachs, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and the Securities & Exchange Commission. He hopes to use his experience as a Schwarzman Scholar to build a global network of innovative entrepreneurs.

Anirudh Suresh (2021)

United States of America

Harvard University

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Anirudh Suresh will graduate from Harvard University with a bachelor's in Mathematics and master's in Computer Science. Anirudh is passionate about artificial intelligence, which he has leveraged through published research in Bayesian learning and internships in quantitative finance. He promotes intercultural learning as Secretary-General of WorldMUN and through the Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations. Anirudh loves postcolonial literature and basketball, even volunteering with an elementary-school basketball-based enrichment program. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Anirudh aims to learn from China’s burgeoning AI industry to develop socially accepted and relevant AI.

Anneke Maxi Petho-Schramm (2021)

Germany

London School of Economics and Political Science

Consulting,Technology

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Anneke Maxi Pethö-Schramm is currently a McKinsey Global Institute fellow in San Francisco, researching technology and innovation. As a consultant with McKinsey, she most recently served as a junior engagement manager for the digital transformation of public services for a European government. Maxi headed the German delegation to the 2017 G7 Youth Summit, where she negotiated recommendations on innovation with her counterparts from across the world. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a first-class honors degree in Management. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Maxi plans to explore China’s technological advancement and innovation ecosystem.

Anqi Xu (2021)

China

New York University,Stanford University

Arts and Culture,Communications

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Anqi Xu is a graduate student from Stanford University at the Center of East Asian Studies. While studying at Stanford, she is the Editorial Director of Arts and Director of Art Projects at Huasheng Media, overseeing ten company titles, including the China editions of Wallpaper, the New York Times T Magazine, and WSJ Magazine. Prior to Stanford, Anqi graduated summa cum laude from the Departments of Art History and Comparative Literature at New York University. She served as Project Manager at the artist Cai Guo-Qiang's studio in New York before joining Stanford and Huasheng Media. Her professional experiences also include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie’s, and Asia Society.

Aviv Nesher (2021)

Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Business,Environment/Climate

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Aviv Nesher is a sustainable & circular fashion consultant. Her work revolves around integrating sustainable practices within the fashion industry, and policy development that generates sustainable impact. She works at the intersections of environmental action, trend analysis, and capacity-building while emphasizing justice and equity. Aviv currently advises start-ups, established brands and trade organizations interested in improving their sourcing, manufacturing, and labor practices. Aviv’s goal is to help build resilient businesses, while minimizing their environmental impact. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a United World College alumna, and a Huayu Scholarship recipient.

Ayano Sasaki (2021)

Japan

Kyushu University

Foreign Policy,Law

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Ayano Sasaki studied Law at Kyushu University. She spent a year studying abroad at the University of Hong Kong on a Bai Xian scholarship, where she studied social science focusing on China studies. She has worked for relationships between Japan, the United States, and Korea through serving as vice-chair of 70th Japan and America Student Conference and a leader of delegation of JENESYS JAPAN-KOREA Youth Exchange Program. She also attended One Young World 2019 as a representative of Japan. She was awarded by the president of Kyushu University for her leadership experiences.

Bianca Carpinelli (2021)

Argentina

Universidad de San Andres

Energy,Foreign Policy

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Bianca Carpinelli studied International Relations at San Andrés University in Buenos Aires. She was an advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Nuclear Energy in Argentina in International Affairs working on nuclear civil projects, bilateral relations and active articulation with international organizations. Bianca served as the Argentinean delegate at the Nuclear Suppliers Group dealing with nuclear materials export control. In 2019 she was awarded a scholarship to specialize in non-proliferation, disarmament and nuclear security. Currently, she is leading the Next Generation Forum that will work in light of the 2020 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Caitlene Hillman (2021)

Australia

Griffith University

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Caitlene Hillman studied Economics and Finance at Griffith University as an Honours College Scholar. Recognized by the Australian Financial Review as a Top 100 Future Scholar and a former recipient of an Asia Futures Fellowship, Caitlene also served as co-founder and Vice President of the Griffith Economics Student Society, and Vice President of the Griffith University Commerce Society. She also volunteers as a tutor for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mentors high school students in the Youth Leaders of Positive Change program that is centred on embracing diversity and multiculturalism. She plans to gain the skill-set requisite to create innovative policy and commercial solutions to improve social welfare and drive socioeconomic development.

Charles Berman (2021)

United States of America

Duke University

Arts and Culture,Communications

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Charlie Berman will graduate from Duke University with a degree in Visual Media Studies and Chinese. His interests in visual arts, technology, and culture led him to attend film school and produce documentaries in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He helped bridge the gap between Eastern and Western cultures while working at Relay, a video startup in Shanghai, to create works for some of China's largest companies. He explored the other end of this relationship in San Francisco as a China Campaign Strategist and Creative Intern at Indiegogo. At Duke, Charlie is the Director of Media for Duke Sport Clubs and president of the table tennis team.

Christopher Carpenter (2021)

United States of America

University of Southern California

Arts and Culture,Communications

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Christopher Carpenter graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California where he earned B.A. degrees in Film & Television Production and Cognitive Science. He has consulted with and produced media for organizations in Japan, Kenya, India, and other nations, measuring impact to inform policy. Christopher produced and directed “The Happiness Diaries,” a documentary series exploring the Government of Delhi’s Happiness Curriculum initiative. Christopher held the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, the Global East Asia Fellowship for Study in China, and has led service trips to Thailand.

Christopher Li (2021)

United States of America

Harvard University

Foreign Policy,Technology

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Christopher Li graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Chris is currently a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he works with Graham Allison and Secretary Ash Carter on Chinese foreign policy, Asia-Pacific security, and technology. At Harvard, Chris conducted research in a stem cell lab and was special assistant for life sciences strategy in the Office of the Provost. He is a graduate of the Hertog War Studies Program at the Institute for the Study of War. Chris is from the United States.

Christopher Vassallo (2021)

United States of America

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Chris Vassallo will graduate from Harvard University with an A.B. in History and minor in Economics. At Harvard, he is the undergraduate research affiliate for the Applied History Project and a teaching fellow for Intermediate Macroeconomics. He was editorial intern for Foreign Affairs, where his work was published by the Council on Foreign Relations. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Chris hopes to explore Chinese perspectives on US foreign policy to help navigate the rise of China. In his spare time, he loves to golf, read the New Yorker, and support the Yankees.

Clara Ma (2021)

United States of America

University of Cambridge,Yale University

Environment/Climate,Technology

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Clara Ma graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in geophysics and from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Public Policy. Clara joined Schwarzman Scholars after working as a research fellow in climate science at the U.S. Department of Energy and as an analyst at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Her academic interests include Sino-U.S. climate and energy diplomacy, Arctic geopolitics and climate change, and the integration of renewable energy into electricity systems, particularly in China and India. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and studying foreign languages.

Colleen O’Connor (2021)

United States of America

Dartmouth College

Business,Entrepreneurship

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Colleen O’Connor is a tri-lingual social entrepreneur passionate about creating social change through the private sector. Colleen graduated as Salutatorian and Class Marshal of Dartmouth College, where she studied Chinese, Economics, and Human-Centered Design and led Women in Business and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network. She has spent the past three years promoting entrepreneurship as a vehicle for female empowerment in South America and East Asia and was named the 2018 Undergraduate Catalyst for Change by the American Association of University Women. Professionally, Colleen works in business strategy consulting at EY-Parthenon and formerly worked with startups and nonprofits in Japan, China, Mexico, and Peru.

Cynthia Liao (2021)

Canada

Western University

Energy,Health/Healthcare

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Liang (Cynthia) Liao is passionate about health and energy access in developing countries. At Clinton Health Access Initiative, she partnered with medical device companies and governments across Asia and Africa to develop and scale pneumonia diagnostics and oxygen therapy. Previously, she helped launch a $300M solar investment fund at General Electric. Cynthia is merging her passions by pioneering the first solar lease for hospitals in Uganda. Cynthia graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University, where she received the Ivey Merit Award for exemplary student leadership and consulted for an Indian solar company. Cynthia has been named as Canada’s Next 36.

Danny Li (2021)

United States of America

Dartmouth College

Consulting,Foreign Policy

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Danny Li is an Analyst at the Asia Group where he leads the production of The Daily Asia, a publication providing insights on Asia’s most critical developments for U.S. government and private-sector clients. Danny worked at the American Enterprise Institute where he supported research efforts on Asian military and economic policy such as the U.S. Southeast Asia Strategy and North Korea denuclearization issues. A recent graduate from Dartmouth College, Danny served as Senior Class President and oversaw the $1.1 million student activities budget. On campus, Danny founded two student organizations and led four others. During his senior year, he served as a U.S.-China Fellow with Georgetown University.

David Ross (2021)

Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Entrepreneurship,Law

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David Ross is an immigrant to Israel and active in social entrepreneurship. He studied at an international school before serving as an officer in the International Branch of the IDF. While studying law at the Hebrew University, he provided legal aid in international investment law through the tradelab legal clinic. As CEO of Brera Centre for Legal Aid, he served 1,000s of people from disadvantaged communities. He co-founded the Armoured Corps Fund, a community supporting veteran officers. David is eager to learn from China to develop culturally-informed, multi-faceted strategies for strengthening society in the Middle East. David is from Israel and the United Kingdom.

David Schafer (2021)

United States of America

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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David Schafer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a self-designed major in Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights. At U-M, David served as Student Body President, representing 44,000 students and spearheading the creation of a scholarship to support club leadership for students with demonstrated financial need. He has worked in healthcare as an NYC Urban Fellow in the New York City Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access and at Evolent Health. As a Schwarzman Scholar, David aims to study the Chinese healthcare system and utilize this knowledge in a future policy role.

Debpriya Das (2021)

Bangladesh

University of Melbourne

Education,Science

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Debpriya Das is a recent graduate with first-class honours in Neuroscience, 2015 champion of Bangladesh Biology Olympiad, and a Rabindra Sangeet singer. After becoming a biology teacher at a renowned school in Dhaka at the age of 19, she founded Bioland, an institute for high school biology, which revolutionized biology pedagogy in the community while achieving incredible results from its students. As a Schwarzman Scholar she wishes to expand the organization by collaborating with universities at home and abroad to improve education and research in biosciences.

Delia Friel (2021)

United States of America

Dartmouth College

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Delia Friel will graduate from Dartmouth College in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in Spanish. Delia has a wide variety of experience across the healthcare industry serving in public, private, and academic sectors. Delia has served as an advisor to both international and local organizations dedicated to gender equality and helping young girls develop their confidence and leadership skills.

Dilan Yang (2021)

China

University of Cambridge

Consulting,Entrepreneurship

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Dilan Yang will graduate from University of Cambridge majoring Economics in 2019. She is an Emmanuel College Smith Senior Scholar and Keith Davis Prize taker. Dilan has been serving in the leadership team of a global student-led organisation that empowers social enterprises in developing countries. At university, she has also co-founded and co-presidented Cam+, an idea exchange platform that encourages cross-cultural discussions on Chinese issues. Upon joining Schwarzman, Dilan hopes to explore social entrepreneurship and impact consulting in China, and understand how to best present the Chinese narratives to the world.

Edward Johnson (2021)

Botswana

University of Derby

Business,Science

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Edward Johnson holds a B.A. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Derby. He currently works as an investment banker and runs a commercial farming enterprise in his home country. Edward is an award winning leader recognized for his work in finance and agriculture, working with both farmers and large institutions to unlock the social and economic potential of this critical sector in Africa. He is committed to exploring a seamless intersection between finance and agriculture.

Eleanor Olcott (2021)

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

Business,Communications

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Eleanor Olcott graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in Politics and Sociology. At university, she founded the Cambridge Women in Business Society and served as its first president. She works a China Policy Analyst at the financial research firm TS Lombard, where her work focuses on Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy. She is a regular TV news commentator on these topics, as well as a nationally published journalist.

Esder Chong (2021)

South Korea

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Esder Chong is a senior at Rutgers University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She is the founder of RU Dreamers, a Rutgers student organization that advocates for undocumented, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Temporary Protected Status students' access to higher education on the institutional and state level. Outside of academics and immigrant rights activism, she enjoys running competitively and playing the drums. Esder is from South Korea.

Fangzhou Jiang (2021)

China

Australian National University,Stanford University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Fangzhou Jiang graduated from the Australian National University as an International University Scholar with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce in 2017. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Fangzhou completed high school in New Zealand and in 2013, became the first and only international student in the history of New Zealand to be named a Premier Scholar, receiving the highest academic honor in the country from Prime Minister Sir John Key. He is co-founder and senior vice president of Crimson Education, an EdTech startup with over 250 full-time employees and operations in more than 20 countries. In 2017, he was named New Zealand Student Entrepreneur of the Year by The Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Gabrielle Roberts (2021)

United States of America

University of Southern California

Media,Technology

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Gabrielle Roberts studied Film & Television Production and Computer Science from the University of Southern California. She founded the nonprofit, Code Your Chances, and runs coding camps for young girls internationally. At USC, she served on the executive board of Code the Change, a tech-consulting organization for nonprofits. Gabrielle studied machine learning through Oxford and Stanford University and is presenting her published Machine Learning research project at MIT’s 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) conference. She has worked with Oscar-winning filmmakers, screened her films globally, and currently works for Los Angeles startup, Brud.

Garrett Leach (2021)

United States of America

Montana State University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Garrett Leach is an analyst at BlackRock and a graduate of Montana State University. In his junior year at MSU, Garrett served as Student Body President, focusing on expanding resources available to registered student organizations and securing additional funding for higher education from the state legislature. As a Schwarzman Scholar he plans to explore how cooperation with China can position Montana to be less reliant on natural resource extraction and more competitive in the global economy. A native Montanan, Garrett enjoys spending his spare time camping, fly fishing, and reading.

George Batah (2021)

Syria

Illinois Institute of Technhology

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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George Batah received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2015, graduating with honors. He works as a consultant at Deloitte and he is a Summit Fellow, and a Blossom Hill Fellow. George carried out a successful petition to increase the number of refugees admitted by the US which resulted in the historic increase of the refugee program in 2015. George is co-founder and the Executive Director of Syrian Youth Empowerment that has placed hundreds of students at top universities around the world and secured $18 Million in scholarships. George’s work has been featured on CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post among other media outlets. George is from Syria.

Geraldy Francois (2021)

Haiti

Manchester University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Geraldy (Chris) Francois is a senior at Manchester University pursuing a Bachelor of Science with honors in Peace Studies and a minor in French. Chris is the co-founder of the Delice Dental Health Initiative, a non-profit organization for under-served communities in Haiti. At Manchester, Chris is president of the International Association, Sunrise Manchester University, and the Amnesty International chapter. Academically, Chris has also researched immigration policies for stateless populations in the Dominican Republic. Chris is passionate about addressing healthcare disparities and one day hopes to work on Haitian public policy.

Grace Amponsah (2021)

Ghana

Ashesi University

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Grace Amponsah holds a degree in Business Administration from Ashesi University. She currently runs an NGO focused on unleashing the potential of adolescent girls in Ghana through mentorship, scholarship and entrepreneurship. Grace is a 2015 Dalai Lama Fellow, a 2016 Byron Fellow, a 2019 Ashesi Venture Incubator Fellow, and a 2019 MiLEAD Fellow. With a desire to eradicate poverty and gender inequality on the African continent, Grace aspires to work with UN Women while scaling her NGO internationally to address such issues on a global level. Grace is from Ghana.

Han Yu (2021)

China

Shandong University

Arts and Culture,Education

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Han Yu will graduate from Shandong University with a master’s degree in Ancient Chinese Literature. She doubled majored in International Education and Globalization at the University of Bath. Focusing on Chinese traditional culture, she participated in the National Social Science Fund Major Project. Han previously served as the Executive President of All-China Students’ Federation, director of the Specialized Working Committee of Corporation and Exchange, and a supervisor of School Youth League New Media Operations Center. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Han hopes gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese traditional ideology and internationalization of higher education, and aspires to promote Chinese cultural inclusion.

Harold Agblonon (2021)

Benin,United States of America

Columbia University

Business,Consulting

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Harold Agblonon is a consultant at Deloitte where he advises Fortune 500 clients and is the skills lead for the Tri-State consultant community. Having graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from Columbia University, Harold studied economic policies in China, Africa, and Chile. Upon graduation, Harold became an investment banker in New York and Tokyo, where he witnessed the rapid development of the Asian economy. Harold established the African Advancement Network, a non-profit that provides professional and academic support to African students in the West, and continues to facilitate operations today.

Hatim Hussain (2021)

India

Gujarat National Law University

Finance,Law

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Hatim Hussain is a final year law student pursuing a Dual Bachelor in Law and Commerce (Hons.) from Gujarat National Law University, along with professional degrees in finance and accountancy. He has authored multiple influential studies in cryptoassets and RegTech sectors while at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Alternative Finance. Funded by the Gujarat state government, his startup provides financial services regulatory intelligence to governments and FinTech firms. He has fostered a passion for social justice, particularly in disability laws and efforts in ensuring eradication of poverty and inequality through the use of emerging technologies. He hopes to promote digital financial inclusion in India by learning from Chinese law, finance, and technology models. Hatim is from India.

Henrique Sosa (2021)

Venezuela

University of Virginia

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Henrique Sosa graduated from the University of Virginia where he majored in Economics, Foreign Affairs, and minored in Statistics. After graduation, Henrique worked as Public Sector Consultant for McKinsey & Company’s Latin America office for almost three years. After McKinsey, Henrique joined the Presidency of Colombia, where he currently helps drive the implementation of the government's economic integration strategy of the Venezuelan migrants in the country. Henrique’s passion is the design and implementation of public policies in Latin America, and he aspires to be a positive change agent in Venezuela’s reconstruction.

Ho Wing Yu (2021)

Hong Kong SAR, China

Chinese University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,University of Hong Kong,University of Oxford

Foreign Policy,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Ho Wing (Lawrence) Yu is completing a D.Phil. in Experimental Psychology from Christ Church, Oxford and heading a cross-cultural mental health research project funded by Wellcome Trust. After being officially titled “Hong Kong Scholar,” he received the “Global Study Award” by the British Council. Lawrence also co-founded “Future City Summit” to foster public-private partnerships for young institutional leaders mainly in the Asia-Pacific region. As a local and international public affairs enthusiast, he was elected the founding President of Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme Scholars Association. Lawrence aspires to become a future leader in developing human-centric, evidence-based public policies by understanding contemporary China’s policy development. Lawrence is from Hong Kong SAR, China.

Huw Hutchison (2021)

Australia,United States of America

University of Melbourne

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Huw Hutchison completed his undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Indonesian Studies at The University of Melbourne. He spent extensive time abroad during his studies, including as a Cheung Kong Asian Endeavour Scholar at The University of Hong Kong. Upon graduation, Huw served as CEO of the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation, a regional NGO focused on engaging young people with public policy. Huw currently works at the Australian Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, where he serves as a foreign policy advisor. He aspires to support Australia’s future strengthened engagement with the Asia-Pacific region.

Irina Liu (2021)

United States of America

Columbia University,Sciences Po

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Irina Liu earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Columbia University and another in Political Science at Sciences Po Paris. She is currently a fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), where she supports the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is a lead on China-related science policy research and co-founded a China discussion group at STPI. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. At Sciences Po Paris, Irina was the Co-President of Science Po Environnement.

Jaffly Chen (2021)

Australia

University of New England Australia

Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Jaffly Chen is a medical doctor and founder of LyfVR, a social enterprise bringing new life to nursing homes through virtual reality. Working with Australian Digital Health Agency, Jaffly is also busy consulting the federal government on how technology can be used to better serve Australia’s most disadvantaged. He has won national hackathons, pitch competitions, and worked for the WHO in health systems and health policy. Jaffly has also chaired several national and international student advocacy groups and committees. In 2019, he was selected for the MIT/Harvard Innovation Bootcamp, and as a Westpac Future Leaders Scholar.

Jana Tian (2021)

Slovenia

Imperial College London

Education,Entrepreneurship

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Jana Tian graduated from Imperial London with a First-class Honours in her master’s degree of Chemical Engineering. Today, she’s the youngest R&D Manager within her division in Unilever. She was awarded the “R&D HERO of 2019” for pioneering agile innovation; launching sustainable products in months through big data analytics and building an ecosystem of Chinese partnerships for the World. Jana believes in education equality, she has volunteered in Tanzania delivering STEM education, in Borneo developing rural-educational-centres and she’s an Ambassador for Steppingstones teaching Chinese migrant children English. Jana is a second-generation Slovenian-Chinese and brings with her the best of East and West.

Jessica Quaye (2021)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Jessica Quaye is a senior at MIT studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. At MIT, she has advocated for her peers as President of the African Students’ Association. She has also served in the Undergraduate Association and Undergraduate Student Advisory Group. Jessica is interested in the intersection between business, technology and human interactions. She has sharpened her technical and business management skills through internships at Google, Microsoft and Bain & Company. At Schwarzman, she hopes to deepen her understanding of public policy and make invaluable connections. Jessica is from the United States and Ghana.

Jessica Wang (2021)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Jessica Wang graduated from MIT with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science & Engineering, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction. She’s currently a senior software engineer and technical lead at Figma; her experience is in tech startups in Silicon Valley in the AI, security, and consumer product spaces. In the past, she’s also built software at Facebook and Uber, and worked as an interaction designer at a multimedia design firm. During her master’s, she researched digital systems for fake news, misinformation, and online sociopolitical divides; in the past, she’s also done research on cybersecurity and decentralized systems with MIT CSAIL. Jessica is interested in the potential of human-centric design in building tech for good and shaping technology policy.

Jiaoyi Huang (2021)

China

Nanjing University

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Jiaoyi Huang will graduate from Nanjing University (NJU) in 2020, studying Chinese Literature and Linguistics. She also studied public policy and economics at Sciences Po in Paris, France. Committed to promoting global citizenship education in her community, she served as President of NJU Model UN Association. Jiaoyi has also researched sex education for young girls in rural China and engaged in poverty alleviation programs while working at China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation. Her experiences have motivated her to learn from her fellow Schwarzman Scholars and become a contributor to the development of NGOs in the context of China. Jiaoyi is from China.

Jiaqiao Xiang (2021)

China

New York University

Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy

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Jiaqiao Xiang (Frank) is a senior at New York University Shanghai, where he founded its TEDx club. Frank has received scholarships to study at Tel Aviv University in Israel and Duke-Kunshan University, as well as Semester at Sea which brought him to 11 countries on four continents. He studied at NYU Abu Dhabi and researched environmental policy as an intern at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. In 2019, China Hands Magazine named him one of the 25-under-25 Future Leaders in US-China Relations. He is also a fellow of Georgetown University Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues.

John Rindone (2021)

United States of America

Georgetown University

Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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John Rindone is a senior at Georgetown University majoring in International Economics and minoring in Chinese. While at Georgetown, John has worked at the U.S. State Department, where he researched Chinese soft power, and at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he provides World Trade Organization litigation support. In 2015, John received the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship. While studying in Hangzhou last spring, John also wrote a Chinese-language thesis on the Sino-American “trade war.” As a Schwarzman Scholar, John hopes to learn more about the Chinese market and China's economic policy.

Johnathan Lovett (2021)

United States of America

Brown University,University of California, Los Angeles

Environment/Climate,Technology

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Johnathan Lovett graduated from Brown University with a master’s degree in Engineering Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, and from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in English, concentrating in poetry with coursework in physics. He is the founder of an environmental startup, an IoT water pollutant detection platform, which was a finalist in the 2018 Rhode Island Business Competition. He has conducted hyperlocal air quality research for RAND Corporation, written food criticism for the Providence Journal, taught English in Kunming, and worked as a research assistant for a Brown Physics professor before joining their company, SPSY.L. Johnathan is from the United States.

Jorge Luis Filio Flores (2021)

Mexico

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Jorge Filio is CEO of Blue Spots Group, a crowdfunding platform for projects related to the 2030 Development Agenda and its 17 Goals. Jorge graduated in December 2019 with a B.S. in Sustainable Development Engineering. His research in energy and environment-related policies has been recognized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as well as by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A driver for collaboration, in 2017 Jorge led a Congress between Mexico's two biggest universities and served as president of the student association.

Juliana Lawrence (2021)

United States of America

California State University, Los Angeles,Yale University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Juliana Lawrence is a medical student at Yale School of Medicine. She attended college at age 13 through the Early Entrance Program and graduated magna cum laude at age 18 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. Juliana is currently a research fellow at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation studying how governments develop health recommendations. She is interested in international health policy and hopes to utilize her medical background to develop collaborations between China and the United States.

Jullian Duran (2021)

United States of America

Harvard University

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Jullian Duran graduated from Harvard in 2018 and rejected a top consulting job to return to Ecuador—a place his family left 20 years ago. Within a year, he built a nonprofit that has taught debate to 5000+ students from privileged, inner-city, rural, and indigenous communities. During that time, he also designed a behavioral experiment to study corruption, taught liberal arts, and published his thesis on education. At Harvard, Jullian studied economics, ran a million-dollar laundry company, started and oversaw a million-dollar investment fund, and interned in consulting and a hedge fund. Jullian is from the United States.

Junan Zhang (2021)

China

New York University

Government,Media

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Owen Zhang will graduate from New York University Shanghai in May 2020. He served as the President of NYU Shanghai Model United Nations Conference and the President of Undergraduate Social Sciences Research Journal. As a Global Leadership Scholar and an alumnus of the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange, Owen has lived and studied in Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, and Washington DC, where he conducted research on transnational urban identity and comparative political institutions. His passion for global communications led him to a press internship at the United States Congress and further strengthens his aspiration to facilitate cross border communication through media as a Schwarzman Scholar. Owen is from Shanghai, China.

Junior Beauclaire Choumkwa Mbanya (2021)

Cameroon

University of Rochester

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Beauclaire Junior is a senior at the University of Rochester majoring in Chemical Engineering. During his undergraduate years, Beauclaire was recognized as one of the 2017 Student Leaders at the Teach For All Global Conference. As a winner of the 2019 Davis Project for Peace, Beauclaire designed and implemented the "Togetherness for Peace" project aimed at supporting displaced women from crisis affected regions and providing alternatives to violent offenders in Cameroon. Beauclaire is passionate about addressing the infrastructure and development challenges in Africa. He speaks French and English.

Kangrong Zhang (2021)

China

Harvard University

Business,Government

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Kangrong (Allison) Zhang will graduate from Harvard in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Math and History. Allison is President of Harvard College China Forum, the largest North American student-run China conference and, as board member of the Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations, directed China Thinks Big, China’s premier high school research and innovation competition. She serves as a board member of Harvard Student Agencies, the world’s largest student-run business. At Schwarzman College, Allison hopes to examine the Chinese business-government relationship and apply those insights to a career in business/social enterprise management. Allison grew up in Beijing and California.

Karabelo Maloi (2021)

Lesotho

University of the Free State,University of Warwick

Environment/Climate,Technology

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Karabelo Maloi graduated from the University of the Free State in South Africa, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with specialization in Investment Management and Banking. He is the Founder of Qholotsa Youth Organization, which is youth-led NGO which pioneers community outreach initiatives in the areas of poverty alleviation and education in Lesotho. He is a One Young World Ambassador and a Hansen Fellow. He is an MSc Candidate at the University of Warwick in the UK, and intends on pioneering climate smart technology solutions to agribusinesses in Africa, and the world.

Karen Michelle Zapata Herrera (2021)

Mexico

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Karen Michelle Zapata Herrera graduated from Technological Institute of Monterrey with a bachelor's degree in International Business and a Minor in International Cooperation for Development. She has experience in over 5 international NGOs, including World Vision, Children International, Hult Prize Foundation, TECHO, among others, and serves as Global Ambassador for Mexico at The Better Tomorrow Movement. Daughter of a once migrant mother, she is passionate about migration issues and aspires to learn about China’s experience regarding public policy to develop solutions related to the protection of migrant children in Mexico and around the globe. Michelle is from Mexico.

Katherine Pollman (2021)

United States of America

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Katherine Pollman graduated Cum Laude from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Economics, a B.A. in Environmental Science, and a minor in Spanish. For three years since graduation, she has been living and working in rural Uganda as a Research Coordinator for the University of Illinois on a randomized control trial studying a primary education program. She manages a multi-cultural team and acts as a liaison between local staff and US-based researchers. She writes and presents papers on mother-tongue instruction, parent involvement in education, and early grade literacy.

Keisuke Kamiya (2021)

Japan

Waseda University

Business,Finance

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Keisuke Kamiya grew up in Johannesburg and Shanghai and works as a banker at Mizuho Bank, based in Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City. He began his career as the bank’s relationship manager for a global carmaker, then joined the team planning Mizuho's overseas strategy, especially for China and North America. In Ho Chi Minh City, he led the origination of cross-border investment and was a member of the Japanese public-private initiative to develop urban cities overseas. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Keisuke aims to build the foundation to become a connection among the global investment community. He has practiced Japanese traditional archery for ten years and is a cadet pilot.

Keisuke Niwa (2021)

Japan

University of Tokyo

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Keisuke Niwa is an overseas government trainee, studying at the Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance since 2014, taking on several prominent assignments, including coordinating the G20 meeting in Japan, supervising Japan’s megabanks, developing the Tokyo Interbank Overnight Rate, and reforming Japan’s personal income tax system. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to gain a deeper understanding of development strategies such as China’s “Reform and Opening-up” and find new ways to make Japan’s ailing regional economies more globally competitive.

Kevin Tang (2021)

United States of America

Brown University

Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Kevin Tang graduated from the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University in 2017. Currently in his third year at the Warren Alpert Medical School, he has founded multiple university dance companies and served on the executive boards for national organizations including the American Medical Association and Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. Kevin has conducted independent research on the medical humanities, transparency in healthcare, and simulation technology in medical education. He hopes to bring a patient-centered approach in facilitating Sino-American cross-cultural exchange and medical reform. Kevin is from the United States.

Kevin Zheng (2021)

United States of America

Duke University

Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Kevin Zheng graduated from Duke University in 2019 with majors in Computer Science and Biology. He’s deeply passionate about the intersection of medicine, technology, and business in improving healthcare access for patients from underserved settings. He co-founded Optiml, a startup dedicated to using artificial intelligence to detect diseases like Alzheimer’s via retinal imaging. At Duke, Kevin served as an EMT, published research on the biochemistry of “smart drugs,” and conducted clinical informatics research. Kevin aspires to be a leader in health artificial intelligence, committed to global collaboration and equitable technologies.

Kyle Rosenblum (2021)

United States of America

Syracuse University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Kyle Rosenblum will graduate from Syracuse University with degrees in Policy Studies and Psychology and minors in Spanish and Information Technology. He was elected vice president of SU’s student body, serves on the Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence, and was chosen as the 2020 Class Marshal for his graduating class at Commencement. Kyle will pursue a career focused on developing and promoting international substance abuse policy. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to gain insight and skills to effectively advocate for international collaboration in addressing substance abuse.

Lakshmi Prakash (2021)

United States of America

Stanford University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Lakshmi Prakash graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Management Science and Engineering and a minor in Chinese. In college, she held a number of leadership roles across student government, academia, and philanthropy. She is currently at McKinsey & Company where she studies the relationship between capital and global impact across industries. She is passionate about problem solving and hopes to spend her Schwarzman year understanding how to make effective use of capital to promote large-scale transportation reform. In her spare time, she is an avid yogi, hiker, and souffle-maker.

Levent Yer (2021)

Germany

Berlin Humboldt University

Business,Government

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Levent Yer is a Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and former Civil-Academy scholar. He currently studies for a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology at Humboldt-University including semesters at SciencesPo Paris, UC Irvine, and summer-school in Beijing. He is a co-leader of Germany’s most influential student consultancy, a co-founder of a social project for refugees, and a former captain and player of the youth and professional basketball teams in Germany. He aims to work in a leadership position at the intersection between Chinese and European businesses following internships at foundations, start-ups, the German parliament and in strategy consulting for EY Parthenon. Levent is from Germany and Turkey.

Lina Abojaradeh (2021)

Jordan

University of Jordan

Arts and Culture,Communications

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Lina Abojaradeh identifies as a pioneer of "artivism" - activism through art. Founder of social initiative Archismile, she is using art as a teaching methodology to empower youth in Jordan to gain 21st century skills, having impacted over 7000 youth. She is alumni of multiple international fellowships for civic leaders, and winner of international awards in filmmaking, writing and art. Her art raises awareness on issues like colonialism, gender, religious and racial inequality. She has exhibited and spoken about her work in Ireland, Argentina, Turkey, U.S., Tunisia, and Egypt. Lina is from Jordan.

Liu He (2021)

China

University of Oxford

Entrepreneurship,Public/Social Policy

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Liu He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford. With an avid interest in social entrepreneurship, Liu has conducted fieldwork and development consultation for villages in Yunnan and Tanzania. As an outspoken advocate, he served as the President of the Oxford China Forum, the Chairperson of the International Student Campaign, the Deputy Editor of the Oxford Forum Journal, a researcher for the think-tank OxPolicy, and led the university-wide campaign against high tuition fees for international students. Prior to joining Schwarzman College, Liu will be working as a strategy officer for the Gates Foundation.

Maher Latif (2021)

United States of America

Kenyon College

Economics/Economic Policy,Education

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Maher Latif graduated from Kenyon College with bachelor's degrees in Economics and Modern Languages and a minor in Mathematics. At Kenyon, Maher played on the varsity soccer team and co-founded Reinstalling Hope, a non-profit centered on advancing public school education in Nepal. Before working at the Federal Reserve Board, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. A passionate educator and aspiring economist, Maher plans to study the impacts of China's push to integrate technology into classrooms. He speaks Arabic and Mandarin.

Malik Abdul Majeed (2021)

Pakistan

University of Pennsylvania

Economics/Economic Policy,Law

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Malik Abdul Majeed studied Finance and Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. There, he was an active member of the Pakistani community and organized the first Penn Pakistan Conference. Malik’s interests lie at the intersection of economics and law and how the two interact to promote development. Previously, he worked on a randomized control trial with the Center of Economic Research in Pakistan and as an Investment Banking Analyst at UBS. He currently works at Cornerstone Research, where he is active in building the firm's pro bono initiatives.

Mariam Dogar (2021)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Mariam Dogar majored in Biology and minored in Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She believes that healthcare accessibility and equity can be achieved by utilizing technology and reworking outdated policies. Mariam worked at the World Bank, developing telemedicine policy recommendations for lower middle-income countries. She has years of experience on the teaching team of MIT’s negotiation and leadership classes, where she shaped pedagogy and co-taught a workshop for MBA students in Malaysia. She has worked in digital healthcare investing abroad and volunteered in refugee programs in Jordan and Greece.

Mariem Bchir (2021)

Tunisia

Davidson College

Education,Entrepreneurship

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Mariem Bchir is the co-founder and CEO of LEAPS Academy, a social enterprise aiming to reform teacher education in Africa one teacher at a time, starting in Tunisia. She is currently a senior at Davidson College pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Educational Studies. She has cultivated a global perspective through her work experience at several countries in some of the most innovative institutions such as African Leadership University. She is passionate about the intersection between entrepreneurship, education, and technology and is looking forward to learning from the Chinese model in education technology.

Mary Liu (2021)

United States of America

Columbia University

Economics/Economic Policy,Technology

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Mary Liu is a Gilman Scholar and studied Applied Mathematics at Columbia University. Following her second year at West Point, Mary dedicated a year in service to rural communities in China and Thailand where she volunteered as a community organizer, teacher, and website developer. Previous internships with JP Morgan & Chase, Columbia Data Science Institute, and The Earth Institute solidified her interest in the intersection of technology and social impact. She currently works in the Office of Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) and is passionate about increasing economic opportunity in rural communities.

Mary Wurtz (2021)

United States of America

Bellarmine University

Media,Public/Social Policy

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Mary Wurtz is a senior at Bellarmine University studying Foreign Languages and International Studies and Theology. Mary is completing her undergraduate thesis on the dissemination of foreign media in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and as a Schwarzman Scholar, she intends to study the future of China's relationship with North Korea. Mary has held several internships in Louisville's nonprofit sector working in international education and migration services. In 2019, Mary delivered a TedX talk titled "A Second Soul: Love as the World's Lingua Franca." She has also been named an Emerging Global Leader by Global Ties U.S..

Matthew Ryan Raja Kumar (2021)

Singapore

University of Cambridge

Education,Finance

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Matthew Ryan Raja Kumar will graduate from the University of Cambridge with a BA (Hons) in Economics. Matthew is a World Champion and Singapore’s youngest head judge in a theatre problem-solving competition, founded an education startup at 18, co-founded Cambridge University European Horizons, and leads Cambridge’s largest consulting society. He wrote recommendations for Singapore’s first carbon tax subsequently passed in parliament, and drove the sustainability policies of 55 ICT companies while interning at Monitor Deloitte UK. Through Schwarzman, he hopes to catalyse innovative China-ASEAN public-private partnerships in education and green financing.

Max Labaton (2021)

United States of America

Duke University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Max Labaton will graduate from Duke University with a major in Public Policy and minors in History and Political Science. He has worked for the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a presidential campaign. Interested in foreign policy and conflict resolution, he has conducted research for two books on Cold War history and is writing an honors thesis on the Colombian peace process. On campus, Max leads the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and is an editor of The Duke Chronicle. He hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy and national security policy.

Michael DeLuca (2021)

United States of America

New York University

Government,Law

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Michael DeLuca works at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He assists in the investigation and prosecution of terrorism and national security matters, including three terrorist attacks in New York City. As an undergraduate, he studied Politics and Mandarin Chinese, researched a thesis on American and Chinese investment in Africa, and led New York University’s College Democrats. He completed a semester at NYU Shanghai and a State Department Critical Language Scholarship in Dalian. He intends to become a lawyer focused on strengthening the rule of law in developing countries. Michael is from the United States.

Michael Thorburn (2021)

Canada

Simon Fraser University,York University

Law,Technology

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Michael Thorburn is a lawyer and community organizer. He holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a bachelor's from Simon Fraser University. As a lawyer, Michael represents unionized workers and advises labour organizations. As a community organizer, Michael volunteers with the Citizen Empowerment Project—a not-for-profit focused on engaging underrepresented communities on national legal and policy issues. At law school Michael was elected Managing Editor of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal. In addition to learning about China, Michael aims to study the intersection of technology and labour as a Schwarzman Scholar. Michael is from Canada.

Midia Shikh Hassan (2021)

Canada

University of Ottawa

Entrepreneurship,Health/Healthcare

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Midia Shikh Hassan is a double alumna from the University of Ottawa. She studied Health Sciences, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. She is co-founder and CEO of Dextra that provides 3D printed prosthetics to refugees and people living in poverty as well as training in Makerspace technologies. She is currently the manager of MakerLaunch Program that is designed to accelerate the commercialization of deep technology by engineering students. Midia was awarded the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award, the 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award and the 2019 CBC Trailblazers. She is also a Global Shaper.

Mina Khattak (2021)

Pakistan

National University of Singapore,University of Oxford

Business,Consulting

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Mina Khattak was the first female consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Karachi office where she presented insights and recommendations to CEOs and board members of private and public institutions. A Master of Business Administration graduate and University of Oxford scholar, she was captain of the basketball team, member of the Women in Business Society, and debater at the Oxford Union. Mina's MBA summer internship brought her to Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she worked as an Investment Banking Associate on live buy-side and sell-side transactions.

Narmin Aliyeva (2021)

Azerbaijan

Baku State University

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Narmin Aliyeva graduated with a L.L.B. from the Faculty of Law, Baku State University, where she restructured the traditional Student Youth Organisation to create a more agile platform for students during her term as vice-chairperson. In 2017, she was elected as Secretary General of the European Law Students' Association, the largest young lawyers’ association in the world, and moved to Belgium. Returning to her home country, Narmin continued her career as a lead specialist in international cooperation at the Youth Foundation. Being passionate about global impact of agriculture, she is currently coordinating youth employment in agriculture project of UNFAO, while running a Lawyers’ Society in Azerbaijan.

Nathan Levit (2021)

United States of America

Princeton University

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Nathan Levit is a student in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, earning certificates in American Studies, History and the Practice of Diplomacy, and Journalism. He combines these fields to explore how a changing global landscape impacts low-income communities. Proudly born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nathan was motivated by his strong sense of civic pride to spend most of his past summers working in state and local politics. He focuses on early-stage social interventions to tackle the inherent inequalities of birth.

Nicolas Wicaksono (2021)

Indonesia

Yale University

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Nicolas (Nic) Wicaksono is a fellow at Search for Common Ground, where he researches the effectiveness of grassroots peacebuilding in West Africa and Southeast Asia. He earned his bachelor’s in Global Affairs and Sociology from Yale University, where his capstone project culminated in briefing the US Army Special Forces’ Africa group on human rights-sensitive stabilization strategies. He has also interned at the Department of Justice’s violence reduction program in New Haven and conducted field research on the Indonesian genocide. He is eager to explore how China could improve international humanitarian aid and conflict resolution.

Nina Jeffs (2021)

New Zealand

University of Cambridge

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Nina Jeffs graduated with a double first-class degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, she led environmental reforms as College Student Union President, worked with the City Council to resolve homelessness, and led a team to facilitate community-led sustainable sanitation in Tanzania. She has interned at the UN Human Rights Council and UN Women. Her experience volunteering to help schools in Vanuatu immediately post-cyclone triggered her interest in the nexus of climate change and human rights, in which she aims to focus her career.

Ning Bao (2021)

China

Georgetown University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Ning Bao will graduate from Georgetown University with a degree in Political Economy and a minor in Business Administration. Having lived in China, Jordan, the United States, and the United Kingdom, Ning has become interested in international relations and global political economy, especially China-Middle East economic relationships. Beyond her professional interests, Ning is a musician who initiated music outreach programs to raise donations for refugees in Jordan and disadvantaged children in China. She also published a book documenting her experiences in Jordan to share thoughts on social issues and bridge cultural differences. Ning is from China.

Ozan Beran Akturan (2021)

Turkey

University of Chicago

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Ozan Beran Akturan studied Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago with additional Public Policy and Business coursework. On campus, he pioneered activities raising awareness for the Kurdish culture and think-tank groups strategizing about the future of European Union in a multipolar world-order. He co-chaired Chicago Health Solutions, designing public health interventions to tackle well-being disparities affecting the underserved communities of Chicago. He also helped develop gene therapies for rare diseases at Mayo Clinic and ShanghaiTech and accelerated the commercialization of similar therapeutics working at non-profit incubators and venture philanthropy funds. Ozan is from Turkey.

Pascual Cortes-Monroy Edwards (2021)

Chile

Amherst College

Economics/Economic Policy,Technology

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Pascual Cortes-Monroy Edwards graduated from Amherst College with a major in Political Science. During his academic career, he spent a year at the London School of Economics focusing on foreign policy and contributed to research on the economic impact of democratization at The Brookings Institution. Today, Pascual works for Bain & Company’s London office and is currently on ‘externship’ working for Odd Industries, a computer vision startup that uses artificial intelligence for good. At Odd Industries, he is leading the launch of Chile’s first commercial satellite aimed at preventing wildfires and monitoring climate change. Pascual is from Chile.

Patrick Xu (2021)

United States of America

Harvard University

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Patrick Xu graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science. He is currently a Data Science Manager on Facebook’s Health team, where he aims to solve global health issues surrounding blood donation shortages, health misinformation, and more. At Harvard, Patrick founded the Asian Mental Health Initiative and conducted research in Nepal to understand how data can improve disaster relief. He is interested in understanding how China’s unprecedented adoption of technology can lead to powerful social good products, especially in the health space.

Paulina Cho (2021)

Brazil

Universidade de São Paulo

Law,Technology

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Paulina Cho graduated from the University of São Paulo with a bachelor’s degree in Law. As Chief Business Officer for Liter of Light Brazil, a non-profit organization, she developed a profitable and sustainable business model to improve funding. She works at Stocche Forbes where she manages projects to increase teams’ efficiency and to lead the organization into the digital transformation of Brazil’s legal industry. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Paulina wants to strengthen collaboration between China and Brazil in support of scaling up tech organizations devoted to the development of communities and the environment that surrounds them.

Phillip McGloin (2021)

United States of America

Vanderbilt University

Arts and Culture,Economics/Economic Policy

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Phillip McGloin recently completed a Henry Luce Fellowship in Xiamen China where he worked for Anta Sports in their overseas marketing department. Among many other highlights, he led Anta’s multi-million dollar pitch to #1 overall NBA draft pick Zion Williamson. Phillip graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Economics and Political Science and double minors in Finance and Chinese while he played for Vanderbilt’s basketball team. He believes in the unifying power of sports and wants to use sports to promote cross-cultural cooperation.

Pratima Garg (2021)

India

Lady Shriram College for Women

Education,Government

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Pratima Garg is leading statewide initiatives in India to bring about systemic changes in the education system. Previously, she was selected for the prestigious Indian Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship. As a LAMP Fellow, she designed parliamentary interventions to hold the executive branch accountable and her research drove data-backed debates and decisions of the central government. She also founded an organization to drive effective waste management in India. Pratima holds a Bachelors in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. Going forward, she wish

Qinghong Li (2021)

China

Peking University

Finance,Technology

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Cara Li will graduate from Peking University with a bachelor's degree in Finance. An investment intern at GGV Capital in the IoT group, she works on emerging technology and global enterprise-facing companies. She worked for Avenue Capital focused on distressed debt investment, and has researched China’s debt problem and the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) reform. As an exchange student at NYU Stern School of Business, she was inspired by a founding partner of JANA Partners. Cara believes that China will benefit from more efficient debt and equity financing systems, and the SOE reform through activist investing and emerging technology is key to achieving this goal. Cara has practiced Chinese calligraphy for 17 years with pieces of her work collected by galleries.

Ravi Veriah Jacques (2021)

United Kingdom

Stanford University

Communications,Foreign Policy

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Ravi Veriah Jacques will graduate from Stanford University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in History. As an undergraduate, he founded The Stanford Sphere, a publication with 20 writers that sought to enrich and broaden campus discourse primarily from a progressive standpoint. He has worked at the think tank European Council on Foreign Relations in London alongside the Shanghai-based online publication Guancha. Beyond writing and politics, Ravi has also interned in finance at D. E. in New York and is a talented violinist. Ravi has English and Malaysian-Indian heritage.

Saara Kumar (2021)

United States of America

Cornell University

Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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Shanti Kumar is a Program Associate at Trickle Up, a poverty alleviation NGO. She studied International Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University, where she was Executive Director of Cornell Abroad Ambassadors and a Resident Advisor. She has studied and worked in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Gabon, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, and Trinidad and Tobago. Shanti has facilitated strategic planning processes with policy makers and led trainings on utilizing telecommunications technology for rural farmers. She currently designs partnerships between governments, the World Bank, and the United Nations. She has been published in The New York Times.

Sandy Alkoutami (2021)

United States of America

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Sandy Alkoutami is a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Middle East Program. A native Arabic speaker, Sandy researched forced displacement in the U.S., drafted U.S.-Middle East North African (MENA) legislation on Capitol Hill, and implemented refugee resettlement programs as a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she will study China’s role in post-conflict repatriation and reconstruction in the MENA region. Sandy was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Public Policy.

Sara Surani (2021)

United States of America

Harvard University

Entrepreneurship,Health/Healthcare

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Sara Surani studied Social Studies and Global Health at Harvard University. She is a co-founder of a health education program in South Texas focused on educating over 20,000 young children about healthy living. Sara served as one of eight Senior Class Marshals, spearheaded mental health initiatives, designed Zika programming in Nicaragua, researched with a development network in Tanzania, worked with business entrepreneurship at Ashoka, and was granted a Fulbright. She is working in remote communities in the Amazon jungle and helping start the first public holistic education school in Peru. Through Schwarzman, Sara is excited to explore China’s expanding role in global health development and policy.

Sarah El-Menawi (2021)

Egypt

Cairo University,University of Glasgow

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Sarah El-Menawi worked as an economic researcher at Egypt's Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, in charge of the German, British and Irish portfolios. She was leading an NGO that targets youth empowerment through informal education and development projects. In 2017, she became North Africa’s Representative for Erasmus Mundus Association. Sarah has a double-degree master's in European Studies and Russian Studies. She is a professional basketball player and won the Dr. Anne Ferguson Basketball Award. Sarah aims to pursue a career in diplomacy by studying foreign policy and international relations. She speaks Arabic, English, French, and Russian.

Sarah McMillian (2021)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Business,Technology

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Sarah McMillian lives by the motto "leave a place better than you found it." As a mechanical engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sarah was awarded the Albert G. Hill Prize for improving the quality of life for minority students. She then worked internationally to increase the adoption of sustainable technologies: first, in Bahrain as a Fulbright Fellow, and later in India to launch the country’s first biodegradable sanitary pad brand. Currently, Sarah leads business development for an Internet of Things startup in New York City.

Sharon Chen (2021)

Stanford University

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Sharon Chen is a research scientist at Carbon, a 3D printing startup in the Silicon Valley, California, where she designed the material for one of the first instances of 3D printing used in mass production. Previously, she conducted research in tissue engineering while studying materials science at Stanford University. With her expertise in plastics and biomaterials, along with her experience living in China for six years, Sharon aims to find solutions for sustainability at the intersection of technology and international policy.

Shaun Kleber (2021)

United States of America

University of Georgia

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Shaun Kleber graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with bachelor degrees in International Affairs, Political Science, and Economics. After graduation, he spent two years with McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst before transitioning to work with City Year, an AmeriCorps program, through which he served as a Student Success Coach in Detroit and is now a Team Leader in Boston. He will later be attending Harvard Law School, after which he will pursue a career in education policy and public education administration.

Shreya Nayak (2021)

Canada

University of Toronto

Business,Consulting

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Shreya Nayak is an entrepreneur, a management consultant, and a community leader. After graduating from Trinity College at University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, she built her own international trade acceleration and consulting services firm. Shreya’s community service and philanthropy in North America and India, as well as innovative consulting projects with Facebook, Google, and Accenture, lead her to be awarded prestigious recognitions, such as Toronto’s Mayoral Protégé, British Council’s Global Future Leader, Youth President at Asia Pacific Foundation, and Board member at Trinity College.

Sofía Gómez Cortés (2021)

Mexico

Universidad del Valle de Mexico

Business,Foreign Policy

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Sofía Gómez Cortés will graduate from Valley of Mexico University in June 2020 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Tourism Management and serves as the Class of 2020 President in the student council. Sofia has helped facilitate over a 100 international volunteering and entrepreneurial experiences through her involvement with AIESEC UNAM. She is an intern at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Mexico, where she has expanded the presence of the company through alliances with universities. She hopes to enter the international public service and foster tourism relations and engagement between China and Mexico.

Solal Kapelian (2021)

France

American University of Rome,Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Government,Technology

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Solal Kapelian graduated with honours from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations where he pursued a Master in Governance and Global Affairs. He lead a French Student Association which developed understanding and lasting projects between France and Russia under the Dialogue de Trianon framework. Solal worked as a Research Associate at The Future Society on the topic of the Governance of Artificial Intelligence. Currently, he develops his social-tech platform to strengthen the resilience of fragile communities. Solal is from France and Israel.

Songzhi Huang (2021)

China

Bocconi University,Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,University of Southern California

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Songzhi (Richard) Huang will graduate from the World Bachelor in Business program, a triple-degree undergraduate business program jointly offered by the University of Southern California, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Bocconi University. During his undergraduate studies, he represented his universities in business case competitions and student consulting projects in Asia, North America, South America, and Europe. Songzhi has a passion for understanding how communities and businesses evolve under different city infrastructure development schemes. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Songzhi aspires to explore the topic of sustainable growth for companies and cities through the lenses of business. Songzhi is from China.

Stefan Bogensberger (2021)

Austria

London School of Economics and Political Science,University of Cambridge

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Stefan Bogensberger is a graduate student at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. During his undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics, he was awarded the Sir Robert Worcester Prize for his academic performance and elected President of the United Nations society. He is interested in shaping relations between China and Europe along economic and political axes. Stefan has completed internships in the international banking sector and led United Nations Youth Initiatives that seek to advance sustainable development. He enjoys powder skiing, visiting UNESCO Heritage Sites and reading Russian literature.

Steven Soto (2021)

United States of America

Duke University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Steven Soto is fascinated by the intersection of politics, technology, and design. After graduating from Duke University with a bachelor's in Public Policy, Steven joined Venture for America to learn how technology and entrepreneurship catalyze social good. As a civic technologist, he wants to use purposeful technology and empathetic design to strengthen democracies around the globe. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Steven lived in Oxford, England, Cape Town, South Africa, Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC. Steven is the first person in his family to go to college and once swam with hungry sharks.

Suman Kumar (2021)

Nepal

University of Rochester

Entrepreneurship,Public/Social Policy

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Suman Kumar began working as a machinist and welder at an early age. After the Nepal earthquake, he collaborated with non-profits on disaster response and prevention projects that involved designing and manufacturing machines, building 5,365 shelters for over 26,000 earthquake victims. He founded a social venture to rebuild schools destroyed by the earthquake using earthquake-resistant technology and has built two additional schools for over 150 students who had limited access to education. He has been invited to speak at international conferences, including European Development Days in Brussels, One Young World in Bogota, and HPAIR at Harvard University. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester.

Sumati Joshi (2021)

India

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies University

Entrepreneurship,Public/Social Policy

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Sumati Joshi is a Resolution Fellow and the co-founder of a social venture aimed at eliminating the stigma associated with women’s reproductive health in India. Previously, she worked as a Rewards Consultant at Aon and interned with Ernst & Young. Sumati is a recipient of the most prestigious accolade a young person can receive for their social action or humanitarian work, The Diana Award. She is an Alibaba Global Dreamer, UNLEASH Talent, and HPAIR Scholar. She has been a delegate at the United Nations Model UN Youth Summit and ECOSOC Youth Forum.

Tanveer Singh (2021)

United States of America

Columbia University

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Tanveer Singh is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University with a bachelor's in Financial Economics and Political Science. Currently with McKinsey & Company, he serves private, public, and non-profit organizations on corporate finance and strategy. At Columbia, Tanveer co-founded the Columbia Private Equity Group. He also served as a leader of Columbia University Sewa (a Sikhism-inspired social change organization), the Columbia China Law Business Association, and the Columbia Consulting Club. Tanveer interned at Accion East and KKR and researched economic policy with Professor Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Capital.

Taslim Tavarez Garcia (2021)

United States of America

Pace University

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Taslim Tavarez is a Paralegal at the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP). Before joining IRP, Taslim interned at the American Immigration Council and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). Through the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, she interned at Aidha, a Singaporean non-profit that provides financial literacy courses to migrant domestic workers. A former DACA recipient herself, at Pace University she founded ABRIR, an organization that provides college application workshops for undocumented high school students. She hopes to learn how trends in economic development and urbanization are shaping immigration policy in China. Taslim is from the Dominican Republic and the United States.

Tianshuo Li (2021)

China

Tianjin Foreign Studies University,University College London

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Tianshuo Li graduated with International Economics and Politics dual master’s degrees from University College London and Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She currently works at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization Moscow office, focusing on BRICS countries’ innovation and participation of global value chains. Tianshuo’s passion lies in the emerging market’s position upgrade in the Global Value Chain and political/economic dynamics in emerging market cooperation groups. Interested in comparative research on collaboration between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, Tianshuo aspires to share Chinese experience with other emerging markets and build mutual cultural understanding between China and other nations.

Tomas Alvarez Belon (2021)

Spain

Georgetown University

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Tomás Álvarez Belón graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.Sc. in Science, Technology & International Affairs. At Georgetown, he served as CEO of a consulting nonprofit, organized an immersion trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, and researched the E.U.-Turkey Readmission Agreement. Ultimately, Tomás received the university-wide McTighe Award for scholarship and service. A survivor of the 2004 tsunami, Tomás has spoken at the United Nations on disaster preparedness. At Bain & Company, he has gained an advanced analytical toolset, which he intends to use to develop innovative, ethical technologies with the power to transform immigration systems. Tomás is from Spain.

Wei Teck Victor Yeo (2021)

Singapore

National University of Singapore

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Victor Yeo will graduate from the National University of Singapore with a bachelor’s degree in Computing in May 2020. He is a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. In 2017, he founded JioToGo, a mobile application to encourage ride-sharing, and won the NUS Innovation & Practicuum Award, emerging as one of the top 8 trending applications in Singapore. He studied Entrepreneurship and Blockchain at Stanford University, where his team emerged as the champion of the Minerva Hackathon. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to understand China's entrepreneurial scene, and work with leaders to enhance innovations around the world. Victor is from Singapore.

Weixi Jin (2021)

China

University of Toronto

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Weixi Jin graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Arts. During his time in Canada, he was active in several organizations, mainly as the Director of External Relations. He currently works for the Research Institute of Information Technology at Tsinghua University as a research assistant, conducting an industry-university research collaboration in the field of telecommunications. He is interested in public policy, and has conducted internships in several branches of a Chinese municipal government to provide insight into a public policy study.

Wenqi Xiang (2021)

China

Huazhong University of Science and Technology,Stanford University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Wenqi Xiang graduated with her master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University after graduating from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Biomedical Engineering. Before returning to China she worked as a software engineer at Oracle. At Oracle, she primarily focused on database and cloud engineering. She also has industry experience in product management and venture capital. Wenqi is passionate about using technology and entrepreneurship to solve real-world problems. In 2017, she participated in Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Ignite Program where she co-founded an impact focused startup helping people gain stable employment in the hospitality sector.

William Cullen (2021)

United States of America

Claremont McKenna College

Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate

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Will Cullen graduated cum laude with honors from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Environment, Economics, and Politics. On campus, Will worked as a student manager at a student-led environmental research center. He wrote his 200+ page thesis on renewable energy policy in India and is currently a Fellow at the World Resources Institute in Delhi. He has worked in the U.S. Senate, a technology startup in Silicon Valley, and a solar company in Delhi. At Schwarzman College, Will hopes to foster cooperation between India, China, and the US on sustainable development.

Xiaowen Han (2021)

China

Columbia University,University of International Business and Economics

Communications,Education

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Xiaowen Han works for the Department of Global Communications at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Arts in International Educational Development in 2018 and obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of International Business and Economics in 2016. Xiaowen discovered her passion in international education by working at several educational institutions including Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, New York University, and the New York Public Library. In the future, she hopes to enhance cross-cultural communication and global citizenship education so that more young people, especially those from disadvantaged populations, can become the change-makers.

Yadong Li (2021)

China

Tsinghua University

Business,Communications

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Yadong Li graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication. He interned as a reporter in the African Bureau of the Xinhua News Agency in Nairobi and later joined McKinsey’s Nigeria team for a research project titled “Dance of the Lions and Dragons: Chinese Enterprises in Africa,” where he interviewed more than 300 Chinese companies investing in Africa and completed his manuscript, Advantages of Backwardness: Chinese Enterprises in Africa. These publications about Africa’s prospects have inspired Chinese investors to venture into Africa with investment to spur growth. He was honored as Tsinghua University’s “Student of the Year in 2017,” and worked for the Startimes Group in Ghana after graduation.

Yangeng Jiang (2021)

China

Bowdoin College

Business,Education

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Yangeng (Jerry) Jiang recently graduated from Bowdoin College, majoring in Economics and Education. As a 4-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American, Yangeng was the captain of the Bowdoin men’s tennis team. He is the first Chinese person to win both the NCAA National Doubles Championship and the NCAA Team Championship, which is Bowdoin’s first-ever men’s national title. Before joining Schwarzman Scholars, Yangeng will work at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as the assistant tennis coach and sports game manager. Yangeng hopes to apply his knowledge and student-athlete experience to promote globalization and cultural exchange between China and the rest of the world through sports.

Yicheng Li (2021)

China

University of Sydney

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Yicheng Li graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor's degree in Social Science. His interest is to find solutions to education inequality in China's rural areas. He previously organized several teaching volunteer programs in Sichuan Province. Yicheng attended leadership camps such as Youth Co-lab, and won a top prize at the Young Successor program. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Yicheng hopes to learn public policy from experts and seek potential partnerships to work on anti-poverty goals.

Yunjie Lai (2021)

China

Duke University

Business,Technology

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Yunjie Lai graduated from Duke University with majors in Economics and International Comparative Studies (ICS) with concentration in China and East Asia. She was invited to give the valedictory remarks in 2019’s ICS graduation speech. In 2014, she co-founded a cultural self-media platform, Insight China, and serves as the chief editor for North America. Selected in the first batch of Sequoia Scholars, Yunjie serves the international business unit in a Chinese AI company where she continues her passion to connect Chinese AI solutions with global partners. Yunjie is also a Secondary National Athlete of Rhythmic Gymnastics trained since the age of 6.

Yusheng Zhang (2021)

United States of America

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Consulting,Entrepreneurship

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Yusheng Zhang is passionate about fostering global entrepreneurship. He joined Ernst & Young as a consultant after interning with the Global Entrepreneurship Network and a Fortune 50 company. He double majored in Business Administration and Global Studies and minored in Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated as a GLOBE Scholar, with Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors and Distinction. At UNC, Yusheng founded 180 Degrees Consulting, served as President of the Carolina International Relations Association, and co-organized the 2018 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. Yusheng was born in China and is from the United States.

Zane Zovak (2021)

United States of America

Baylor University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Zane Zovak graduated from Baylor University majoring in International Studies within the Baylor Interdiciplinary Core (BIC) honors program. He supplemented his studies with minors in political science and Chinese in addition to extracurricular involvement as VP of the Triathlon team and as Co-Secretary General of Baylor Model United Nations. He has since been a John Jay Fellow as well as a policy intern at the California Policy Center. Currently, he is a research assistant at the Wilson Center researching post-Cold War DPRK as well as a national security intern at AEI. Zane has dual citizenship from Australia and the United States.

Zeena Nisar (2021)

United States of America

University of Colorado Boulder

Government,Technology

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Zeena Nisar graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology. Zeena is passionate about space research and conducted bioastronautics research with BioServe Space Technologies. Her research has led her to Germany for the 2018 International Astronautical Congress and Singapore for the 2018 UN Space Generation Workshop. Zeena is currently in Kyrgyzstan on a Fulbright Scholarship teaching and working with the Satellite Girls program to launch the country’s first satellite. She is passionate about contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through space technologies.

Zeyu Duan (2021)

China

University of Oxford

Foreign Policy,Law

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Zeyu Duan obtained a Master’s degree in Law with Distinction from the University of Oxford where he was a COSF Scholar. He received his undergraduate education in Xiamen University (XMU), where he was a member of the Siyuan Program. In his junior year, Zeyu was funded by the China Scholarship Council to study law at Maastricht University for one year. Zeyu led numerous research projects, which involved fieldwork in China and Southeast Asia. He was also a Board Member of the XMU Student Associations’ Federation. Before joining Schwarzman Scholars, Zeyu worked in a top law firm in China. He is also active in providing training and advice to young law students involved in international law moot court competitions. With profound interest in safeguarding globalization with international law, Zeyu hopes to acquire deeper knowledge on China’s role in the world economy at Schwarzman.

Zhaoning Liu (2021)

China

College of William and Mary

Business,Consulting

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Zhaoning (Johnson) Liu earned his bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary in Government. Johnson interned at the Russian International Affairs Council and has held internships with various media outlets such as CGTN America and CollegeDaily. For the last year he worked as an Investment Associate at Venture Gurukool, an Indian Venture Capital attracting Chinese investment into India. This experience inspired him to become an entrepreneur and start Brive Consulting to help Chinese companies go overseas. His firm offers consulting services on political risks, legal affairs, business cultures, and is a connected community of over 2000 members in 7 international hubs.

Zinan Chen (2021)

China

University of Pennsylvania,University of Washington

Education,Entrepreneurship

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Zinan Chen will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with an M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Economy and minored in International Studies from the University of Washington. Zinan founded her first nonprofit organization in 2009. She dedicated a decade to promoting education quality, gender equality, and environmental awareness in underprivileged villages in China, Vietnam, and Kenya. In 2017, Zinan co-founded UniWill Ventures in Silicon Valley. She currently serves as General Partner and leads impact investing into early-stage tech startups. Zinan believes in an inclusive economy where technological advancement should benefit all.

Zixin Wang (2021)

China

New York University

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Zixin (Harry) Wang will graduate from New York University Shanghai in 2020 with a double major in Economics and Data Science. He was awarded the Baogang Excellent Student Award and NYU President’s Service Award for his commitment to social service and international development. Zixin led the first service-learning course about rural education, founded NYU’s Shanghai social impact exchange, and conducted development economics research in Ghana. He was a youth representative at the World Bank Youth Summit and had internship experiences in both American and Chinese educational NGOs. With a global perspective on addressing development challenges, Zixin aspires to be a policy researcher for international organizations.

Abdelrahman Mohamed (2020)

Egypt

Cairo University

Public/Social Policy

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Abdelrahman Mohamed worked as a research associate with the aim of increasing cancer patient survival rates at the children’s cancer hospital in Egypt. With three other partners, he cofounded "Leadership Factory" to make the concept of leadership development accessible among youth. He has delivered more than 10,000 hours of formal and informal training for youth in different settings, across 73 countries and territories, aimed at improving youth empowerment and leadership development. Abdelrahman served as Global President for AIESEC, a youth-led organization striving to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential by activating leadership in youth through learning from practical experiences in challenging environments. In that role, he facilitated more than 41,000 volunteering and professional experiences with a youth base of more than 49,000 members from 126 countries and territories. He continues to seek opportunities to practice and develop skills in the domain of sustainable development, youth empowerment, and community mobilization.

Abdijabar Mohamed (2020)

Kenya

Middlebury College

Business,Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Abdijabar (Abbi) Mohamed will graduate from Middlebury College in February 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. At Middlebury, he was a Social Entrepreneurship fellow, played rugby, and launched a peace-building/coding literacy program in Kenya. He interned with Morgan Stanley’s NYC office as a Summer Technology Analyst, studied abroad at Mauritius’s African Leadership University (ALU) and Oxford University, independently studied Algorithms at Harvard’s John A. Paulson SEAS, studied as a pre-MBA candidate at Tuck School of Business and developed Artificial Intelligence algorithms for satellite-images classification. He is a keen follower of the deepening Sino-Horn of Africa relations in its various manifestations. As a native Horn of African, he aspires to develop bridges for collaboration conflict prevention and resolution between China and the Horn of Africa.

Abdourahamane Diallo (2020)

Guinea

Baruch College, The City University of New York

Business,Finance

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Abdourahamane Diallo is a senior at Baruch College working on his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Abdourahamane founded the Guinean Students Association of United States to empower the Guinean community. He is currently the Executive Secretary and the Director of Education of the African Advisory Council of the Bronx (AAC). Prior, Abdourahamane interned at the United States Department of Commerce as an International Trade Specialist, Blackrock Inc. as a Quantitative Risk Analyst, and JP Morgan as Investment Banking Risk Analyst. After graduation, Abdourahamane will join JP Morgan as Investment Banking Risk Analyst.

Abraham Cass (2020)

United States of America

Pomona College

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Abraham (Abe) Cass is an incoming associate consultant in Bain & Company's Seattle office. Prior to Bain & Company, Abe managed product and engineering for LiveRamp's Data Ethics team, developing company policy on data governance and ensuring the regulatory compliance of its products and offerings. Abe graduated with honors from Pomona College in 2014, where he studied chemistry and politics and led the Pomona Student Union and Food Recovery Network.

Adedotun Adejare (2020)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

Business,Finance

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Adedotun (Dotun) Adejare graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Business Analytics. He served as President of the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association and a writer for the Wharton International Business Review. Dotun has previously worked in Hong Kong for a cross-border payments company and at leading investment banks and consulting firms in United States. In addition, Dotun serves on the board of Rebound Liberia, a NGO dedicated to education, leadership and athletic empowerment for Liberian women.

Aishwarya Gupta (2020)

India

University of Delhi

Health/Healthcare,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Aishwarya Gupta graduated in 2016 with an Honors Degree in Political Science. She is currently pursuing her L.L.B. from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, where she established the first Mental Health Cell to provide a support system to post-graduate students. She is determined to bring legislative and policy changes on subjects of gender, mental health, rights of the LGBTIQ+ communities, and other minority rights. A trained Para Legal Volunteer, Aishwarya is also an avid writer and currently reviews books for the Hindustan Times. At 18, she was the youngest person to be a part of Tehelka, a national investigative journalism magazine, earning over fifty published works.

Aleksandr Zhuravlev (2020)

Russia

National Research University Higher School of Economics,Sciences Po

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Aleksandr Zhuravlev studied Political Science at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow and Economics and Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris. After his studies, Aleksandr is planning to work in public sector, dealing with the economic development of Russia. Aleksandr spent a year in Dubai, working at the Department of Economic Development and Smart Dubai, where he worked on a project aiming to increase the happiness of Dubai citizens. He also worked at McKinsey as a summer intern. He believes that close ties with China are indispensable for the future growth of the Russian economy.

Alexander MacKay (2020)

Canada

New York University

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Alexander MacKay will graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in the Environment. His interest in combatting climate change led him to Greenland to conduct research at the fastest receding glacier in the world and to develop scientific aerial surveying equipment with Lockheed Martin. He has also tackled water access issues in India’s largest informal settlement to improve public toilet sanitation. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Alexander hopes to gain insight into implementing sustainable solutions to water issues in the developing world. Alexander is 22 years old and is from PEI, Canada.

Alice Huang (2020)

United States of America

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Business,Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Alice Huang studied Economics and Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She served as Executive Director of Students for Students International, a non-profit that supports educational initiatives for girls in Tanzania, and taught English in Kolkata on a Fulbright Scholarship. Besides international development and cross-cultural communication, Alice is passionate about applying economics to business solutions and currently works at NERA Economic Consulting. Eventually, Alice hopes to promote a collaborative aid agenda between China, the U.S., and other global leaders.

Amanda Morrison (2020)

United States of America

Princeton University

Arts and Culture,Public/Social Policy

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Amanda Morrison is a senior at Princeton, majoring in International Affairs and Public Policy and minoring in East Asian studies and film production. A U.S. Presidential Scholar, Amanda has studied Mandarin at a language intensive in Beijing and worked at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute in New York City, focusing on gender discrimination and censorship. She worked as an executive assistant to film producers in Los Angeles and is president of Princeton’s visual journalism organization as well as a managing editor for the Business Today magazine. Alongside her written thesis, Amanda is currently directing and producing a documentary about Chinese feminism.

Andrew Chang (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Andrew Chang studied Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard University. He worked at the Broad Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center conducting lab research on chromatin biology. Growing up in Taiwan, China, and then the U.S. has guided his interest in international relations and oriented his career towards global health. He has worked as the chief executive of a registered 501(c)(3) global nonprofit, a teacher in the slums of Peru, a volunteer with an LGBTQ+ center in Taiwan, and a health advocate with Partners in Health in rural Mexico. Andrew is a current student at Harvard Medical School and hopes to work with vulnerable children in the developing world. Andrew is from Taiwan and the United States.

Ankita Satpathy (2020)

United States of America

University of Virginia

Foreign Policy,Government

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Ankita Satpathy is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, where she studies foreign affairs and government through the Politics Honors program. She has a minor in history and is primarily interested in issues of diplomacy and development. At UVA, Ankita serves as the Honor Committee’s Vice Chair for Hearings, a Resident Advisor, and a Politics Research Assistant. Ankita has interned for the U.S. Department of State, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, and the Legal Aid Justice Center of Central Virginia. She is excited to continue her study of foreign policy and U.S-China relations at Tsinghua University.

Arnaaz Ameer (2020)

India

Gujarat National Law University

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Arnaaz Ameer is a lawyer from India with experience working with policymakers, Supreme Court advocates, and civil society activists. From 2018-2019, she worked as a legislative assistant to a Member of the Indian Parliament. Arnaaz was also a legal advisor to Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Aandolan’s nationwide campaign that successfully litigated for criminalizing the Islamic practice of triple talaaq, a form of divorce detrimental to the Constitutional rights of married women. At law school, she received a gold medal for outstanding academic performance, founded the Gender and Sexuality Forum, and organized the first queer film festival across all National Law Universities in India. She also heads the India Chapter of Project Darya, a non-profit registered in the US dedicated to exploring Islamic feminism through the experiences of women standing at the intersection of religion, culture and politics.

Asami Takahashi (2020)

Japan

Osaka University,University of Tokyo

Public/Social Policy

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Asami Takahashi pursued her first Master’s degree in Public Policy at The University of Tokyo, where she was a selected student in Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management. She has diverse experiences in private and public sectors, including American Council on Germany in New York, U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, and extensive participation in programs such as APEC Voices of the Future, and Japan, China, ROK Trilateral Youth Summit. She received the Presidential Award for Extracurricular Activities and the Human Sciences Award as the top graduate from Osaka University in 2017.

Atoka Jo (2020)

Japan

New York University

Public/Social Policy

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Atoka Jo studied Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi. She spent each semester studying abroad in Argentina and Ghana, and interned at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York. She co-directed a leadership development organization for girls in the UAE. As a member of the Masayoshi Son Foundation, she received a scholarship to conduct research in Costa Rica, investigating the correlation between education, poverty, and happiness. She aspires to work at the United Nations and create her own NPO in the future.

Aviv Harkov (2020)

Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Aviv Harkov immigrated to Israel as a teenager and founded a youth group for immigrants while in high school. She served as the Deputy Commander for Strategic Relations with Asia, Africa, and Latin America in the Israeli Navy’s Department of Strategic Affairs. After her service, she worked in Hong Kong for a year, founding a youth group and teaching at the Jewish school. Her cookbook, A Taste of Torah, was published by Gefen Publishing House. She completed a dual degree in Business Administration and Asian Studies, and studied Mandarin at Hebrew University. Aviv is the co-head of business development at fresh.fund.

Axel Larsson (2020)

Sweden

University of Cambridge

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Axel Larsson works for Elastic assisting Nordic companies in making their data usable in real-time and at scale for search, observability and security use cases. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Axel was the head of an organization supporting Nordic Startups and Scale-ups’ venture into China and their Nordic expansion. He wrote his thesis on China’s global media expansion and soft power. Before Schwarzman Scholars, Axel graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations. At Cambridge he was awarded the 2018 Schmidt Prize for his essay on whether economic sanctions are an effective way to make states comply with international Human Rights law.

Beixi Li (2020)

China

Central South University,University of Rochester

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Beixi Li graduated from the University of Rochester with a Master’s degree in Public Health. She obtained her medical degree from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University in 2015. Beixi is a licensed Preventive Medicine Doctor in China. She worked as a physician in Xuhui Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for two years, responding to foodborne diseases and public health emergencies. During her study in the United States, Beixi interned in the Center for Tobacco-Free Finger Lakes funded by NYSDOH. She spent time helping people to learn the health hazards of tobacco and e-cigarettes, especially teens and adolescents. Beixi hopes to improve and strengthen policies regulating tobacco and e-cigarettes worldwide. She believes preventive medicine and public health is the most important way to save the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the world.

Bita Ghassemi (2020)

United States of America

University of Texas at Austin

Arts and Culture,Economics/Economic Policy

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Bita Ghassemi graduated as the 2018 Outstanding Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film and a minor in German. As an advocate for diversity in front of and behind the camera, she has directed Farsi-language short films that have premiered at a multitude of festivals around the world. Other projects she has worked on include award-winning narrative short films, documentaries, music videos, branded content, campaign videos and commercials. She is the founder of PILLARBOXED, a video production company based in Austin, TX with a mission to diversify Hollywood narratives and create visually compelling, universal stories that strike a balance between entertaining audiences, finding truth in humanity, and delivering meaningful societal messages.

Carlos Rodriguez (2020)

United States of America

University of Texas at Dallas

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Carlos Rodriguez is a Global Business and Marketing double major at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is passionate about nuclear nonproliferation issues and plans to dedicate his career to reducing nuclear threats through multilateral diplomacy. Originally from Puerto Rico, he has interned with the United Nations Information Center, the U.S. Department of State, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. Carlos is a Boy Scout who enjoys hiking, camping, and outdoor adventures.

Che Huang (2020)

China

New York University

Arts and Culture,Communications

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Che (Sophie) Huang is a graduate of New York University, with a major in Hotel and Tourism Management and a minor in Web Programming and Application. Her interest in finding solutions to bridge cultures, especially between China and the rest of the world, led her to Schwarzman Scholars. Upon finishing her challenging yet amazing year at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, She joined ByteDance’s Global Business Solutions Division, aiming to help ByteDance’s global expansion with the knowledge and perspectives she gained from Schwarzman Scholars. Sophie is from Shenzhen, China.

Christopher Sperrazza (2020)

United States of America

Hunter College, The City University of New York

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Christopher Sperrazza is a senior at Hunter College where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in Human Rights. With a passion for public service, Christopher has worked in various capacities in the New York City non-profit sector, and held public office as a member of his Community Board. His policy focus is in poverty reduction, specializing in homelessness and shelter reform. As a Schwarzman Scholar he hopes to study China’s poverty reduction policy employed both domestically and internationally, and bring back innovative policy solutions to his home nation.

Christopher Yeh (2020)

United States of America

Stanford University

Environment/Climate,Technology

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Christopher Yeh has made it his personal mission to use machine learning for social good and especially to help solve environmental challenges. At Stanford University, where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science, he served as president of Code the Change, leading student teams to work pro bono with nonprofits on software projects. He also published papers with the Stanford Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence Lab based on his work implementing computer vision algorithms to create high-resolution maps of poverty in developing countries. During his year at Schwarzman College, he led the Schwarzman Sustainability Club and studied the impact of machine learning on reducing costs associated with integrating solar energy into the grid in China. He looks forward to continuing his passion for computational sustainability research during his PhD studies at Caltech. Outside of academics, Chris is an avid cellist, pianist, volleyball player, and hobbyist chef.

Chubing Li (2020)

China

Peking University

Communications,Education

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Chubing Li graduated from Peking University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She currently leads international development and serves as COO of Golden Feather New Energy Technology, a Chinese startup focusing on R&D, production and sales of next generation batteries. During her time at Schwarzman Scholars, she conducted research on Green Belt and Road Initiative and worked as a strategy intern at BP China. Chubing has also facilitated the inaugural Plug and Play China x Schwarzman College Global Innovation Solution Program. She will continue her studies at Stanford with a focus on new energy and sustainable development.

Chynara Erkulova (2020)

Kyrgyzstan

KIMEP University

Business,Technology

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Chynara Erkulova graduated from KIMEP University, a leading business school in Central Asia, with a BSc in Business Administration and Accounting. At KIMEP, Chynara led a Consulting Club where she gathered the top 10% of the university business students. A US-CAEF scholarship recipient, she spent a semester in Singapore followed by an internship at Teach for Malaysia. Chynara is currently working at Sky Mobile (Beeline trademark), the largest telecommunications services provider in Kyrgyzstan. At Beeline, Chynara managed a number of projects, including the very first Global Digithon (hackathon). The event took place in Armenia and involved VEON subsidiaries from 12 countries.

Conor McGlynn (2020)

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin,University of Cambridge

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Conor McGlynn is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge, where he studied Philosophy and Economics. Prior to becoming a Schwarzman Scholar he worked for three years in EU policy in Brussels. His work focuses on the intersection of policy, technology and ethics. He is an incoming Schwarzman Scholars Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C., where he will research the politics of international standard-setting for emerging technologies.

Conor O’Meara (2020)

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Conor O’Meara graduated from Trinity College Dublin as Business Student of the Year in 2016, with a first-class honors BA in Economics and Business. He now works for a technology start-up focused on data analytics and behavioral science in New York and London. An avid entrepreneur, he co-founded a social enterprise to improve food distribution for refugees during the European Refugee Crisis, and previously interned in the US Senate. An opera singer and performer, he trained in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music. He is interested in behavioral economics, technology, and economic policy.

Daniel Ming Zhong Ng (2020)

Singapore

National University of Singapore,Yale-NUS College

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Daniel Ng is a Singaporean lawyer at Clifford Chance. At Schwarzman Scholars, Daniel served as Treasurer in the Student Association, worked with three amazing Latino Scholars to develop Tus Holdings' internationalization strategy into Portuguese-speaking countries, and was involved in the Schwarzman Scholars Christian community. After graduating, Daniel co-founded JustShip.sg, a start-up providing hassle-free, end-to-end international shipping in Singapore. Daniel graduated from Yale-NUS College and the National University of Singapore, where he was involved in military justice, youth mentorship, leadership training, and ASEAN-related research. He serves as a Captain in the Singapore Armed Forces' Reserves and still volunteers regularly with the Boys' Brigade, whose volunteers started this once-troubled youth on an incredible leadership journey.

Darren Touch (2020)

Canada

University of British Columbia,University of Ottawa

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Darren Touch is the son of war refugees from Cambodia and is passionate about driving inclusive change through evidence-based, people-focused public policy. He brings experience in strategy, policy and project management from working in the public, private and non-governmental sectors in Canada, Cambodia, and China. He is currently a Schwarzman Fellow with the Canada Institute and Kissinger Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington D.C., and is a Policy Lead at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa. He completed graduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Public Policy and undergraduate studies in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa, where he attended as a TD Scholar for Community Leadership.

David Morency (2020)

United States of America

Lehigh University

Business,Finance

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David Morency is a President’s Scholar at Lehigh University studying Finance, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mandarin. At Lehigh, David was recognized as the Class of 2018 Convocation Speaker and a Donald E. Flinchbaugh Memorial Scholar for Innovation Leadership. He is a published researcher on topics including cryptocurrency regulation and historical U.S.-China education exchange. David has previously worked internationally in early-stage venture capital and investment banking roles. He aspires to further support entrepreneurial companies through international transactions and expansion strategies by understanding the intersection of entrepreneurship and finance in China.

Devshi Mehrotra (2020)

United States of America

University of Chicago

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Devshi Mehrotra is fourth-year student at the University of Chicago, where she is currently pursuing a joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science. Over the course of her college experience, she has completed engineering and research internships at Peking University, Facebook, Google Brain, Microsoft Research, and DeepMind. She is also deeply invested in political and civic engagement on campus, serving as Senior Chair of the Institute of Politics and Director of the computer science outreach organization compileHer. She ultimately hopes to merge her interests in artificial intelligence research and public policy to help build a more equitable society.

Dominic Feroze (2020)

United Kingdom

London School of Economics and Political Science,University of Oxford

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Technology

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Dominic Feroze is an LSE and Oxford graduate currently working as an Associate in the Deal Advisory team at KPMG in London. He spent the past year in China as a Policy Advisor with the British Chamber of Commerce in China working on post-Brexit, UK-China relations. While at Oxford, his research specialized in China-India economic relations; a topic he would like to continue to explore further at Schwarzman College. He is passionate about technology and community projects to tackle poverty and founded “Code Your Chance” to tackle this issue. He has previous work experience with the TATA Group in Mumbai and JP Morgan in London.

Dunola Oladapo (2020)

United Kingdom

Royal Holloway University of London

Business,Finance

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Dunola Oladapo is an FX Operations Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She was the 2017 UK ambassador to the G[irls]20 Summit, after which she founded a post-summit initiative to empower girls in her local community called, Luton Lights. She sits on the #iWill Fund Leadership Board where she influences how investment is allocated to increase UK youth social action by 2020. She served as the UK ‘production, innovation and digitalization’ delegate to the 2017 Youth G7 summit and then the Young European Leadership delegation to the 2017 MISK Global Forum. She is a Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador.

Eduardo Batista (2020)

Brazil

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Business,Consulting

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Eduardo Batista graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.B.A in Business Administration, focusing on Finance and Strategy, and with B.A. in Cognitive Sciences, focusing on artificial intelligence and decision-making. While in College, Eduardo worked with the Boston Consulting Group, Parliament of Canada, Government of Brazil, and with the U.S. Congress, as a Carson Scholar. He wrote a thesis on humor and social movements, in partnership with National Geographic, and later researched on entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. Eduardo aspires to combine his learnings at Schwarzman College, as well as in the private and public sectors, to develop creative solutions for society’s global problems. Eduardo is from Brazil and Lithuania.

Elliot David (2020)

United States of America

Hunter College, The City University of New York

Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy

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Elliot David was born and raised in New York. After completing high school, Elliot joined the IDF, where he served as a Sergeant in the Paratroopers 101st Battalion. Elliot was selected out of 600 paratroopers to receive the Brigade’s Commendation for Excellence, and also received a campaign ribbon for his role as a point squad leader during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Following his service, Elliot studied at Hunter College as a Macaulay Honors, Presidential Achievement, and Leon Cooperman Scholar. Elliot also wrote two Honors Theses, focusing on counterinsurgency strategy and distributed generation microfinancing strategies, respectively. As an avid international affairs and sustainability enthusiast, Elliot has studied China’s role in combatting climate change as a Schwarzman Scholar. Elliot works on solutions to international conflicts and promoting global environmental sustainability.

Elliot Ji (2020)

United States of America

Emory University

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Elliot Ji graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Emory University in May 2019. Having completed his undergraduate degree and a year of graduate political science courses in three years, Elliot is interested in China’s internet regulation and legal institutions and has conducted in-depth research while completing a research fellowship and internships at Tencent, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution’s China Center, the Emory Center for Law and Social Science, and the Carter Center China Program. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Elliot studied the intersection between academic political science research and policymaking.

Elsa Alvarado (2020)

United States of America

Middlebury College

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Elsa Alvarado is a recent graduate of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University where she received her Master's degree in Global Affairs, with a specialty in US-China relations. She is currently working on the Joe Biden presidential campaign as part of the Vetting Team. Elsa is also a graduate of Middlebury College where she majored in Political Science. The daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants, she is a leader for the Hispanic community through her partnerships and impactful volunteer work with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Elsa was the recipient of the U.S. State Department Gilman Scholarship to study abroad at Sciences Po in Paris. She has worked for the U.S. State Department, NYC Mayor's Office, and Public Defender Service of D.C. She has also received awards from the Reach the World Foundation, Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, Carolina Rice, and Coca Cola. Elsa is from Queens, New York.

Emily Venturi (2020)

Italy

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Economics/Economic Policy,Law

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Emily Venturi works for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Passionate about innovative approaches to refugee protection, Emily has worked in impact-investing for refugee integration in Armenia, researched migration’s role in EU development policy in Senegal, and taught an undergraduate seminar in comparative legal studies in the United States. Emily believes that a deeper understanding of China’s global role will strengthen cooperation and solutions in forced displacement crises. She studied Political Science and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar and Davis Scholar.

Esham Macauley (2020)

United States of America

Princeton University

Foreign Policy

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Esham Macauley is a Senior at Princeton University concentrating in Politics with certificates in East Asian and African Studies. While at Princeton, Esham acted as Co-President of the Black Men’s Student Association and second president and co-founder of the China Social Impact Project. After working at an investment bank and writing his junior paper on Nigerian perceptions of Chinese involvement in Africa, he became further interested in engaging in business in these two regions. Esham is 21 years old and was raised in the United States, but has roots in West Africa, the Middle East, and Scandinavia.

Eva Gould (2020)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Eva Gould is an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. She received a B.S. in Economics and Chinese from the United States Military Academy at West Point. There, Eva held multiple undergraduate leadership positions, most notably as the operations officer for over 1,100 cadets. Eva wrote her undergraduate thesis on the effectiveness of economic development programs in conflict areas and, as a Schwarzman Scholar, researched China’s economic and political roles in conflict areas. Inspired by her work as a refugee aid volunteer in northern France, Eva hopes to combine her leadership skills from the Army and economics education to work towards stability and reconstruction in post-conflict societies.

Fangzhou Xu (2020)

China

University College London

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy

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Fangzhou Xu graduated from University College London with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He currently serves as China Business Development Advisor at DUBAL Holding LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Investment Corporation of Dubai), originating strategic investment opportunities in the industrials, mining, and energy sectors.

Farid Nemri (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Farid Nemri is the Managing Editor of the International Public Management Journal, and works with faculty on negotiation and organization studies at Harvard Kennedy School. He studied Psychology at Harvard University, where he co-led North America’s largest Arab conference and the first MENA-focused hackathon. He was a Research Assistant at the Schacter Memory Lab, a Venture Lead at Harvard Launch Lab, and a STEAM Researcher at the Institute of Politics. Farid recently published “Formidable Vulnerability,” a poetry collection on human resilience. Originally from Amman, Jordan, Farid is 24 years old and from the United States.

Felipe Ignacio Flores Guajardo (2020)

Chile

Harvard University

Health/Healthcare

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Felipe Flores will graduate from Harvard University in May 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a secondary in Physics. During his undergraduate studies, Felipe has done Breast Cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, working toward a senior honors thesis. He enjoys being a math course assistant, a manager at the campus pub, and spending his winters as an interpreter and surgical assistant for the Operation Walk - Freedom to Move medical mission in the Dominican Republic. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Felipe hopes to gain insight into public policy regarding the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biomedical industries to improve regulation and research practices.

FNU Abiha (2020)

Pakistan

University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Abiha founded Sync City for the development of youth and women and to promote cultural understanding to change the world one step at a time. She has researched the role of female directors on boards in third sector Pakistan and has worked with the world's largest interest-free micro-finance program since 2016. At a 2018 Lean-In Conference at Stanford, Abiha served as a regional leader representing more than 1200 female leaders and in the company of COO Sheryl Sandberg. Abiha also worked as Library and Information Services Adviser at the British Council, promoting the Kectil book 'Females in Society', and assisting in the mentorship of 715 youth from 52 developing countries at Kectil. Abiha is 23 years old and from Pakistan.

Guanhua Feng (2020)

China

Georgia Institute of Technology,Tongji University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Guanhua (Roger) Feng is the Founding and Managing Partner of Sky Spring Capital in Beijing. His funds focus on HKEX IPO investments, convertible bond and cross-border merger and acquisition investments. Roger was born in the Shandong Province of China. Completing his degrees from both China and the U.S., he has absorbed mixed cultures and cultivated interdisciplinary knowledge of science, engineering, and finance. He has broad interest in social activities and sports, especially tennis and soccer. Roger started his career as a private equity analyst in CDH Investments, where he made important contributions to several transactions. Then he was invited to lead the mergers and acquisitions division in New Hope Group and had successfully closed several cross-border acquisitions and greenfield investments. Roger's current business has already supported almost 20 companies listed in HKEX and created outstanding returns for investors.

Guanzhi Li (2020)

China

Beijing Language and Culture University,Columbia University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Li Guanzhi was a Schwarzman Scholar and a Friedman Family Fellow at Tsinghua University. He earned a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance at Beijing Language and Culture University. Guanzhi is passionate about tech entrepreneurship. Upon completion of Schwarzman Scholars, Guanzhi will join a tech-focused VC fund. His long-term career goal is to become an impactful entrepreneur.

Haoyang Yu (2020)

China

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Business,Finance

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Haoyang Yu graduated from Rutgers University with a Master of Science in Computer Engineering, focusing on Internet of Things, and publishing two IEEE articles. Before enrolling at Rutgers, he received a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China majoring in Optoelectronics. Haoyang began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he focused on finding the big data and cloud technology to reshape the in-house data strategy. He then moved to the OTC derivatives post-trading automation group, where he designed and developed the strategic trading compression platform, which reduced trillions of dollars of notional value and saved millions in capital per cycle for the firm. Currently, Haoyang leads a trading data project. Besides his passion for FinTech, he also cares about Education and hopes to become an entrepreneur who can make financial services more inclusive and spread FinTech knowledge.

Harnidh Kaur (2020)

India

Lady Shriram College for Women,St. Xavier's College

Arts and Culture,Public/Social Policy

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Harnidh Kaur is currently leading user growth and enablement initiatives at a seed stage startup in India. Previously, she apprenticed as a venture capital investor with Blume Ventures. As a policy analyst, she worked on urban sanitation, helping drive the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation WASH grant through India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation, Dasra. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and her Bachelor’s degree in History from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She is a published author, poet, and columnist. Her latest book, Twentyish, will release in 2020.

Hector Fuentes (2020)

Venezuela

Central University of Venezuela,University of Oxford

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Hector Fuentes is a political activist and a human rights defender from Venezuela. He received a law degree from the Central University of Venezuela (2013). He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree of Public Policy at the University of Oxford. Before his time at Oxford, Hector worked as co-director of the Legal Department of the political party Voluntad Popular and as a Legal Advisor to the National Assembly of Venezuela. He is interested in Chinese foreign policy toward Latin America and the transformations in international trade rules promoted by China.

Himakeerth Tammineedi (2020)

United States of America

Carnegie Mellon University

Economics/Economic Policy,Technology

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Himakeerth (Hima) Tammineedi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University. Hima was a machine learning and AI researcher working on natural language processing and computer vision in both academia and in industry on autonomous vehicles and global demand forecasting systems. In addition, he is an entrepreneur with past work including creating a novel autonomous agricultural drone for small farms and developing educational technology used by underprivileged students around the world. His current aim is to increase the world’s logistics industry by 10x. His time as a Schwarzman Scholar was spent learning more about mass transportation, China’s efficient policy-making, and understanding China’s startup ecosystem.

Hinako Hirasa (2020)

Japan

Keio University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Hinako Hirasa is a researcher at Mitsubishi Corporation, based in Tokyo. Her work focuses on the geopolitics and macroeconomics of China and Asia, and the impact on Japanese trading companies’ business. She has worked in Beijing, Shanghai, and Washington D.C. as a global researcher for Mitsubishi. Earlier, she earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Keio University in 2014, and minored in U.S. Regional Studies. During college, she studied at Brown University as an exchange student and majored in International Relations. Upon completion of the Schwarzman Scholars program, she intends to promote business cooperation between Japan and China.

Isabela Christo (2020)

Brazil

Ibmec (Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais)

Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy

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Isabela Christo is currently a strategic advisor at Minas Gerais State Government (Brazil), where she is working to put in practice her Capstone research by attracting Chinese investment to the state through the creation of a Special Economic Zone. Before her time at Schwarzman Scholars, she founded Soul Kombucha, the first kombucha company in her home state. She has also worked with the Brazilian Government at its Mission to the United Nations in New York and with different renowned non-profits in the United States. Isabela is a Georgetown University Alumna of the Global Competitiveness Leadership program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Ibmec and was an active leader in student organizations.

Isabella Colocci (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Isabella Colocci will graduate from Harvard University in May 2019 with a degree in Integrative Biology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. While at Harvard, she has conducted original research on microbial ecology and access to care for people living with HIV in India. She was also co-President of the Harvard Pops Orchestra and played club Ultimate Frisbee. As a Schwarzman Scholar she is interested in exploring health policy and the intersection of health and climate change. Isabella is 22 years old and from the United Kingdom.

Jacinta Keast (2020)

Australia

University of Sydney

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Jacinta Keast graduated from the University of Sydney with majors in International Business, Chinese Studies, and Asian Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked at China Matters, an Australian public policy initiative that brought together Australian government policy-makers, CEOs, and politicians to improve Australia-China relations. Her reporting and international affairs analysis has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, ChinaFile and East Asia Forum, among others. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and is a Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Scholar.

Jack Lewy (2020)

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Jack Lewy graduated top of his year from Cambridge University, with a degree in Politics and International Relations. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, he worked as a speechwriter and researcher to a Government Minister, working closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group for the prevention of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity.

Jennifer Almodovar Jimenez (2020)

United States of America

Brandeis University

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Jennifer Almodovar Jimenez recently graduated from Brandeis University with majors in Politics and International Relations and minors in Philosophy and Legal Studies. She also studied international criminal law at The Hague, and politics at the London School of Economics. At Brandeis, she fostered her passion for social justice and public service by advocating for Haitian cholera victims, conducting wrongful convictions research, and interning at the Massachusetts State House, U.S. Senate, and the U.K. Parliament. As a way to honor her immigrant roots, Jennifer hopes to pursue a career in law and policy focusing on immigration and labor. She is currently a paralegal helping reunite migrant families. Jennifer is 23 years old and from the United States.

Jesper Ke (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University

Public/Social Policy

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Jesper Ke is currently a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated in 2019 from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. As an undergraduate, he founded a free English program for Boston immigrants and served on the board of a $3 million student-led nonprofit. After graduating, Jesper worked at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on opioid policy and COVID-19 response.

Jesse Marks (2020)

United States of America

Florida State University,University of Cambridge

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Jesse Marks is a foreign affairs analyst and policy adviser on US policy in the Middle East. He is an international relations scholar on China-Middle East relations, international humanitarian policy, and global governance. He previously worked as a Boren scholar at UNHCR, Fulbright fellow at the Jordan Center for Strategic Studies, and a Scoville fellow at the Stimson Center. Jesse holds a master’s in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College), and a BA in Middle East Studies from Florida State University.

Jiangcheng Zhu (2020)

China

Peking University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Jiangcheng Zhu graduated from Peking University with a double major in Philosophy and Economics. During his undergraduate studies, he was an exchange student at the University of California and worked as a research assistant at Harvard University. Jiangcheng values exposure to both the public and private sectors and has completed internships at the Development Research Center of the State Council, Elevation China Capital, and Tesla. As an excellent tennis player, Jiangcheng won the men’s single’s championship at the Beijing Collegiate Tennis Tournament and led Peking University’s tennis team to the first men’s and women’s dual team championship victory. Aiming to lead in the future development of China, Jiangcheng is avidly exploring a wide range of academic and professional fields.

Jiayu Zeng (2020)

China

Nankai University

Education,Finance

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Jiayu Zeng is a senior at Nankai University, majoring in financial management. She has received national scholarships and has conducted academic research in multiple disciplines. She joined an archaeology club to introduce ancient Chinese culture to the world. As the chairman of a student association that focuses its work on supporting children with autism, she holds online seminars and arranges volunteers to promote social attention on autism. She also puts much effort into improving mental health resources. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Jiayu aspires to learn more about Chinese society and enhance her capabilities within a global context.

Jieying Shi (2020)

China

University of California, Berkeley

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Jieying Shi graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Economics and Geography. Currently, she works at Zhonghe Capital covering cross-border mergers and acquisitions and product strategies with a focus on exchangeable bonds and private placements. She also plays a key role in US dollar fundraising; she has led and compiled fund strategy and terms, and built close relationships with endowment funds and sovereign funds, including IFC and Brunei’s Retirement Fund. Jieying is passionate about green technology and aspires to be among the catalysts that will bring value in economic, social and environmental disciplines. She has also worked at Glencore and Airbnb.

Jina Jia Xuan Lim (2020)

Singapore

University College London

Public/Social Policy

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Jina Lim will graduate in June 2019 from the Arts and Sciences (BASc) Program, University College London, an exciting interdisciplinary degree that enabled pursuit of several fields in sciences, humanities, and foreign language. Jina’s wide-ranging interests extend beyond academia. She served twice as President and as an active fighter of the UCL Muay Thai Club, she has done ad-hoc volunteering, and was a research consultant for CHIRP Maritime. Jina is a Lieutenant with the Republic of Singapore Navy and a recipient of The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Scholarship, aspiring to contribute to the SAF and wider public service by understanding the world through diverse lenses. Jina is 21 years old and from Singapore.

Joel Gastelum (2020)

Mexico

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Joel Gastelum studied International Relations and Public Law at the Monterrey Institute of Technology. He was awarded the Selider Scholarship for Socially Responsible Leaders in Mexico and the Santander Scholarship for an international exchange program in Spain. After graduation, Joel spent three years working in the Retirement and Pension Management Industry in Mexico, at InverCap, where he was a member of the team that opened the Corporate Social Responsibility department. After this, he worked at Linde, the world’s largest industrial gas company, as Sustainable Development Coordinator for Latin America. He has also been a regular Op-ed guest columnist in El Norte (one of Mexico’s most important newspapers) for 10 years as well as a member of its editorial board. Joel is an environmental activist and has given many talks on Sustainable Development and Climate Change. He graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2020.

John Beadle (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University

Finance,Government

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John Beadle was a BP Fellow of Schwarzman Scholars. His graduate thesis received Tsinghua University’s Outstanding Thesis Award. John is a graduate of Harvard College. At Harvard, he also served as President & CEO of Black Diamond Capital Investors, one of the largest student-run hedge funds in the US. John spent five years in infrastructure finance and investment for PBBC and John Laing Group, where he focused on promoting federal tax legislation to catalyze private investment in infrastructure assets and bidding for and investing in infrastructure and renewable energy projects. He also worked in investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Currently, John serves as an investment professional for Asia Pacific Land, a global private investment firm that invests a no-mandate pool of internal capital in real estate, private equity, and renewable energy transactions, and also leads a New York-based startup studio that originates and invests in early-stage companies.

Johnathan Chen (2020)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

Environment/Climate,Technology

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Johnathan D. Chen was a 2020 Tsinghua Graduate Student of the Year. His thesis on future modalities of education was named a Schwarzman College Outstanding Capstone report. He spent his time in Beijing discovering how Eastern and Western political ideology filter into cultural differences in daily life, in addition to continuing his undergraduate focus in energy, AI, and semiconductors. After completing Schwarzman Scholars, Johnathan joined Tesla as a battery mechanical engineer, focusing on projects based out of Shanghai and Palo Alto.

Jordan Abdi (2020)

United Kingdom

Imperial College London

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Jordan Abdi is a physician with an academic background in medicine and neuroscience. As an undergraduate, Jordan co-founded the London Forum for Science and Policy, a science policy think-tank that has produced policy papers in partnership with London City Hall and the European Commission. Jordan is also an entrepreneur, and in the past 5 years he has founded and managed two businesses in healthcare and education. He is currently the Strategy and Business Development Lead at Holmusk, a start-up building the largest Real-World Evidence platform in mental health and chronic diseases.

Joseph Opoku (2020)

Ghana

Westminster College, Missouri

Education,Entrepreneurship

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Joseph Opoku is a fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. where he focuses on U.S.-Africa business relations. Joseph holds a BA in Transnational Studies and Social Entrepreneurship from Westminster College. He is passionate about youth development and founded Youth Impact Workshop and the Nima Innovation Lab for Girls to empower young people across Ghana. Both enterprises focus on creating avenues for young people to design, prototype, and implement human-centered solutions to pressing social problems. He also advises the MasterCard Foundation in Canada on secondary education issues in Africa.

Joy Nuga (2020)

United States of America

Hunter College, The City University of New York

Finance,Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Joy Nuga, born and raised in the South Bronx by Nigerian immigrant parents, is a 2017 alumna of Hunter College - Macaulay Honors College where she graduated with a degree in Economics and completed minors in Mathematics and German. As an undergraduate student, Joy was the recipient of the 2016 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University, was named a 2017 Franklin Williams Scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a 2017 Carnegie Council Student Research Finalist. After graduating, Joy worked as a Senior Risk Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. In 2019, she was awarded a TIME 100 Rising Star Honoree and named one of China Hands Magazine’s “25 Under 25 US-China Future Leaders." These honors pertain to her growing subject matter expertise in the nexus of technology, geoeconomics, and strategic investing.

Joyce Danso (2020)

Ghana

University of Ghana

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Joyce Danso holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana (UG) and is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Affairs at UG. Joyce is the founder of the Agenda Project and is a Resolution Project Fellow. She aspires to serve as the UN youth envoy and a consultant in youth-related issues to empower young people to make informed decision about their future and translate such knowledge into addressing the socio economic challenges facing Africa. She hopes that by studying public policy she will provide sustainable solutions to address concerns of young people. Joyce is 26 years old and from Ghana.

Julian Godding (2020)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

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Julian Godding graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in Chemistry. His work focuses on new energy technologies, starting as a research scientist at Oxford where he investigated novel perovskite photovoltaics with Professor Henry Snaith. His research aimed to elucidate the mechanism for oxidative passivation and led to the invention of a patented processing technique to increase solar cell efficiencies. Julian then joined Drax, the largest generator of renewable electricity in the UK. Here, he led an artificial intelligence team to build new businesses that harnessed the development of smart energy grids. At Schwarzman Scholars, Julian explored China’s complex energy system with its specific challenges for decarbonisation. His research with Professor Zhang Xiliang examined the use of green hydrogen to decarbonise steel. Going forward, Julian hopes to continue his efforts in using new energy technologies to bring an end to the fossil fuel era.

Justin Kong (2020)

United States of America

University of California, Berkeley

Consulting,Health/Healthcare

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Justin Kong is a health advocate with a University of California, Berkeley degree in Public Health and extensive professional experience. He has held leadership roles at a healthcare consulting firm, in the United Nations’ Medical Services Division, and in student government as Executive Vice President. Now working on a regional malaria elimination program for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, Justin engages private sector providers in Southeast Asia in partnership with national governments. He hopes to expand healthcare accessibility in emerging economies by strengthening health systems and leading discussions on universal healthcare coverage.

Kabir Gandhi (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University

Business,Finance

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Kabir Gandhi was a China Oceanwide Fellow of Schwarzman Scholars, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with an A.B. in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Classics. He previously worked at Amazon as an operations financial analyst, and more recently at a global investment bank in the M&A advisory group. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Kabir spent his year exploring China’s fintech ecosystem, conducting a comparative study of mobile payments technology in China and India. Over the next few years, he hopes to develop further his passion for entrepreneurship and investing in emerging economies, prior to enrolling at Harvard Business School as part of their 2+2 deferred admission program.

Kai Cash (2020)

United States of America

Williams College

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Kai Cash is a Financial Rotational Analyst at Microsoft with half a decade of successful experience working with founders and investors to build start-up ecosystems. Kai specializes in strategic thinking, cross discipline/sector collaboration, and project-management. A strong believer in the power of human centered design, Kai regularly leverages design thinking to assist teammates and clients with big idea generation and problem-solving. Prior to Microsoft, Kai developed analytical skills at J-PAL in India, technical skills through engineering work at Williams College, business acumen at CapitalG in San Francisco, and an understanding of cross sector collaboration at the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Kathia Salazar (2020)

Nicaragua

Keiser University

Business,Finance

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Kathia Salazar graduated magna cum laude from Keiser University, where she studied Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Economics and International Business. She has over three years of experience working in the nonprofit and private organization industry. Kathia is Corporate Credit Risk Analyst at BAC Credomatic, Alumni at Global Changemakers and was delegate at Yenching Global Symposium 2018, Yenching Academy of Peking University's flagship event. She served as President for AIESEC, one of the largest youth-led organizations and was awarded Women Leaders of America's membership by Fundación Ciencias de la Documentación from Spain and the Organization of American States.

Katrina Northrop (2020)

United States of America

Brown University

Communications,Public/Social Policy

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Katrina Northrop will graduate with honors from Brown University in 2019, where she majors in Development Studies, focusing on China. At Brown, she was the managing editor of the College Hill Independent and a member of an investigative journalism team working on the issue of elder abuse in Rhode Island, which resulted in a series of articles published over nine days on the Providence Journal’s front page. Before her senior year, she worked at the Beijing bureau of the New York Times, conducting research and interviews for reporters as well as publishing her own articles. She is passionate about the role of journalists in cross-cultural dialogue, and hopes to be a foreign correspondent in China. Katrina was the captain of Brown’s Varsity Squash team and is from Brooklyn, New York.

Kevin Colton (2020)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Kevin Colton graduated from the United States Military Academy with a major in Economics and a minor in Cyber Security. Interested in U.S. foreign relations, he spent two years as a service volunteer in Japan, represented West Point at the International Cadet Conference in Japan, and participated in the joint West Point-Yale Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative in Israel. His capstone focused on China’s arms exports as a tool of diplomacy. Kevin is a U.S. Army Officer and plans to pursue a diplomatic career for the United States.

Kiran Sridhar (2020)

United States of America

Stanford University

Economics/Economic Policy,Technology

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Kiran Sridhar is a 2019 graduate of Stanford University, majoring in economics. He is the Executive Director of Waste No Food, an organization that has donated five million meals to the hungry. He has held positions as a business intelligence intern for HackerOne, and as a research assistant for the Hoover Institution and several high profile professors at Stanford, including Secretary Condoleeza Rice and Secretary William Perry. He also serves as a member of the Stanford President’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility. He hopes that being in Beijing will provide a window into the Chinese perspective on cybersecurity, augmenting his time at Apple working on Chinese technology policy and position him to help develop norms for cyberspace.

Konrad Wolkowski (2020)

Poland

King's College London,University of Cambridge

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Konrad Wolkowski graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s degree in Development Studies, where he specialized in development economics and finance. Parallel to his studies, he founded a successful careers program aimed at attracting Polish students from world-leading universities back to Poland. Prior to becoming a Schwarzman Scholar he worked in London as a strategy analyst at Fidelity International. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to build a strong understanding of the Chinese public-private partnership with the long-term goal of shaping that cooperation in the European setting. In his free time, Konrad does mountain climbing across the globe.

Laura Darnley (2020)

United Kingdom

King's College London

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Laura Darnley holds BA in Political Economy from King’s College London. She is committed to public service and has worked extensively in youth empowerment and inclusion. She contributed to the Government’s Review of Youth Justice and has worked with international companies to provide career development workshops for severely disadvantaged young adults. Laura also trained as an Officer Cadet with the British Army where she captained her corps’ taekwondo team and medaled in international competitions. An adventure enthusiast, in 2017 Laura drove from London to Mongolia raising $10,000 for charity.

Linda Sarfo-Gyamfi (2020)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Business,Consulting

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Linda Sarfo-Gyamfi graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Human Sciences. At university, she was the President of Polygeia, a global health think tank, as well as Oxford Women in Business. These experiences taught her the importance of leading with humility. She is currently one of the youngest Partner Managers at the Facebook EMEA headquarters. She has previous work experience at Thomson Reuters, the Boston Consulting Group and the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Through the Schwarzman Scholarship, she hopes to learn more about innovation in China.

Lucas Coronel (2020)

Germany

University of Mannheim,University of Munich

Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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Lucas Coronel is an economist who holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mannheim, a master’s degree from the University of Munich, and a master’s degree from Tsinghua University. In his home region, he held several positions within the ruling German party, achieving improvements in education policy and infrastructure. He also campaigned for stronger youth political participation and more intercultural tolerance in challenging times for his home country. Visiting stays at Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley increased his passion for promoting international business and economic cooperation. During his time as a Schwarzman Scholar, he further developed his leadership skills for a career devoted to these goals and became knowledgeable about China’s thriving technology sector. Lucas is from Germany and Paraguay.

Melissa Diamond (2020)

United States of America

University of Bradford,University of Richmond

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Melissa Diamond founded and scaled A Global Voice for Autism, an award-winning organization that equips conflict-affected communities to include children with developmental disabilities. She is an experienced project manager with experience at the International Organization for Migration in Egypt, The Melissa Network in Greece and an interpretation agency in Minnesota. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Bradford, where she was a Rotary Peace Fellow, a master’s in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, and a bachelor’s from the University of Richmond. Melissa is an internationally-recognized speaker and has presented in 44 countries, including at the United Nations.

Melissa Li (2020)

Canada

Harvard University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Melissa Li will graduate from Harvard in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology and Global Health & Health Policy. Melissa serves as president of the Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations, collaborating internationally to run five annual education conferences in the U.S. and China. She has also directed North America’s largest student-run China forum, chaired committees on global health and human rights for Harvard Model United Nations, and led initiatives providing social services to underserved patients across Boston. At Schwarzman College, Melissa hopes to study challenges and reforms in the Chinese healthcare system, taking her insights to graduate studies in medicine and a future career in global health and public policy. Melissa is 21 years old and from Canada and the United States.

Michael Shum (2020)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Michael Shum majored in Computer Science and Engineering for his Bachelor's degree and concentrated in Artificial Intelligence for his Master's degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He grew up in Beijing before moving to Seattle at age 11. At MIT, Michael conducted research on reinforcement learning before working at a self-driving car startup, and now researches deep learning and dialogue at Salesforce in addition to working on his NLP startup. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Michael hopes to explore how leaders in policy can work together with technologists to change society for the better.

Mohamed Ramy (2020)

Egypt

Amherst College

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Mohamed Ramy is a native of Cairo focused on understanding how inclusive policies can resolve the divisive inequalities present in healthcare. He learned of brain and behavioral science at Amherst College, and undertook a Thomas J. Watson fellowship to explore the concepts of “healing” and “home” among the refugee communities in six countries. As such, Ramy hopes to help implement culturally-informed, cross-disciplinary health strategies in Egypt, learning from China’s attempts to provide universal healthcare to 1.3 billion citizens. He currently acts as the Strategy & Partnerships Lead at Generations for Health to empower youth to speak on global health challenges.

Mussab Ali (2020)

United States of America

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Education,Government

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Mussab Ali is a Phi Beta Kappa, dual major in biology and economics at Rutgers-Newark University entering his senior year. Mussab was elected onto his school board in Jersey City as the youngest and first Muslim elected official in Jersey City history. In this position, he also serves as the chair of the Student Equity Committee. In this role, he has fought for student voice, better school lunch, reforms in dress code, recycling and much more. Mussab was also appointed to the Immigration Affairs Commission in Jersey City in 2017 and elected as vice chair by his peers. Mussab is 21 years old and from the United States.

Neil Jain (2020)

United States of America

Stanford University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Neil Jain is passionate about leveraging technology to provide solutions for communities where governments have previously failed. He studies at Stanford University, working towards a BS in Science, Technology, and Society. While at Stanford, Neil worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence for Peter Diamandis, developing strategy and growing companies focusing on moonshot objectives from mining asteroids to human longevity. He led the rebuilding of the Kairos Society in the United States, recruiting fellows who are focused on solving real world problems through entrepreneurship from schools around the country. Neil is 22 years old and from Seattle, Washington in the United States.

Nicholas Pellitta (2020)

United States of America

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Nicholas (Nick) Pellitta graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2019 with majors in Political Science and Economics. On campus, Nick co-founded an after-school program for elementary school students and served as the first president of the Honors College. He has interned for numerous elected officials at the state and federal level. Nick is currently pursuing a J.D. at Yale Law School.

Norman Mugisha (2020)

Rwanda

EARTH University

Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship

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Norman Mugisha is the founder of Young African Business Booster (YABB) which is a non-profit organization based in Rwanda that helps rural youth across Sub-Saharan Africa to overcome poverty and avoid unemployment by equipping them with the required skills and financial support to create their own agribusinesses. Norman is a graduate of EARTH University, Costa Rica with a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship in Agriculture Sciences. Norman served as the student president at EARTH University. Norman has experience in sustainable agriculture, rural development and Business Startups. Norman is passionate about poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Oluwafikayo Akeredolu (2020)

Nigeria

University of Durham

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Fikayo Akeredolu runs marathons and writes for various literary publications. She graduated from Durham University with 1st class honors and went on to work at Bloomberg. She was country manager for Nigeria and Cameroon before she left and joined the 4th cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. After graduating from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, she joined Stears as the Head of Growth. She also creates the Say_Wine podcast for millennials who like to drink wine and discuss social change.

On-Man Chan (2020)

Hong Kong SAR, China

University of Washington

Consulting,Technology

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Henry Chan is a Schwarzman Scholar from the 4th cohort. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, he was a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he focused on innovation and strategic initiatives for clients. In addition to his client facing work, he worked in Deloitte's Global Consulting CEO Office reporting directly to the Chief of Staff, and was selected to be a research fellow at Deloitte's Silicon Valley based think tank, Center for the Edge, to study the Future of Work. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Henry is interested in the development of China's Greater Bay Area and in applying emerging technology (Ai, 5G, Biotech, etc.) in impactful ways throughout various industry verticals.

Opeyemi Awe (2020)

United States of America

Grinnell College

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Opeyemi Awe is a Federal Analyst at Deloitte Consulting. She was selected as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow which allowed her to travel the world engaging with global entrepreneurs and development officials. During her undergraduate career at Grinnell College, Opeyemi served as the Student Body President and Vice President for Student Affairs. She was awarded the Senior Alumni Award and profiled by MSNBC as a ‘Woman of 2014.’ Opeyemi interned at the State Department’s Office of Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Opeyemi hopes to return to Nigeria and enact sustainable economic policies. Opeyemi is 25 years old and is from Nigeria and the United States.

Pablo Ducru (2020)

France

Ecole Polytechnique,Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Energy,Environment/Climate,Technology

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Pablo Ducru is a Franco-Mexican PhD candidate in Nuclear Science and Computational Engineering at MIT. He is interested in nuclear as a carbon-free power-source for industry in a future electricity mix challenged by intermittency and pricing difficulties. Passionate about bringing advances in algorithms and artificial intelligence out in the physical world to impact our fundamentals of energy, agriculture, health and environment, Pablo hopes to build ventures in China with his fellow Schwarzman Scholars to address these strategic sectors. Prior to MIT, Pablo attended École Polytechnique, interning at Solvay on Chinese environmental regulation, and was a navigation officer in the French Navy.

Paul Greenbaum (2020)

United States of America

Princeton University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Paul (P.J.) Greenbaum is a senior at Princeton University, concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in the History and Practice of Diplomacy and African Studies. On campus, he is a varsity water polo player and heavily involved with Princeton's Center for International Security Studies and Naval ROTC programs. Upon graduation from the Schwarzman Scholars program, P.J. will serve a minimum of five years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer or Naval Intelligence Officer.

Pedro Robledo (2020)

Argentina

University of Buenos Aires

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Pedro Robledo studied Law at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has more than 6 years of experience in team management, design, and implementation of public policies. In 2015, he was appointed Undersecretary of Youth under the National Ministry of Social Development where he leads a team of 550 agents working on issues including sexual health, youth employment and entrepreneurship, and vulnerable community-based organization strengthening. In 2018, the Undersecretariat became the National Youth Institute where he currently serves as Executive Director. Between 2016 and 2018, Pedro was President of the Youth Chapter of PRO political party.

Priscilla Guo (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University,University of Oxford

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Priscilla Guo graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Technology, Policy, and Society with a secondary in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As a Clarendon Scholar, she studied artificial intelligence, algorithms, and policy at Oxford University, pursuing a Master’s of Social Science of the Internet. While serving as a representative on NYC Youth Board, Priscilla has worked in both technology and public policy roles at Facebook, Microsoft, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She aspires to use her expertise to shape technology policy for global communities.

Qiang Ha (2020)

China

University of Cambridge

Education,Technology

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Qiang Ha graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor's in Mathematics. His ambition is to create a virtual learning assistant that uses big data and robotics technology to help workers excel in the competition against intelligent machines. Qiang has been eagerly acquiring knowledge and solving practical problems, using machine learning algorithms to make predictions and proving optimality of a widely-used statistical learning algorithm. He is passionate about social changes, raising money for under-privileged children, and helping social enterprises. Schwarzman Scholars provides an excellent platform for Qiang to accomplish his ambition. In his free time, he is an enthusiastic basketball player.

Rebekah Ninan (2020)

United States of America

Princeton University

Law,Public/Social Policy

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Rebekah Ninan is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Politics and South Asian Studies. Rebekah was the President of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society, the country’s oldest collegiate political union, expanding its focus on activism and civic engagement. She also serves as a Residential College Advisor. She has explored her interest in international law as a Liman fellow and in research on wartime sexual violence. She has interned for UNICEF, the State Department’s Pakistan desk, the State Department’s Bureau of Refugees, and non-profits like Legacies of War and ACLU-Tennessee.

Richard DeKold (2020)

United States of America

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

Foreign Policy

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Richard DeKold is an Army Cadet at The Citadel where he majors in International Politics and Intelligence and Security Studies. Richard reformed the leadership development program at the Citadel as one of its top Cadet Commanders and pioneered interfaith dialogues on LGBT inclusion. He has interned for the Institute for the Study of War’s Afghanistan Project in D.C. and analyzed the security of Chinese investments in Qatar for the Pudong Institute in Shanghai. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Richard plans to serve as an Infantry Officer and identify areas for Sino-American security cooperation.

Ryan Morris (2020)

United States of America

Pennsylvania State University, Berks

Business,Entrepreneurship,Health/Healthcare

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Ryan Morris graduated from Schwarzman College in 2020. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Pennsylvania State University. Ryan is an entrepreneur who founded a language interpretation management company that seeks primarily to serve the medical community in eastern Pennsylvania, USA. He was also accepted into a global Catholic mission based in Brazil which serves communities in Africa, Europe, Australia, and South America. His interests include facets of healthcare, technology, U.S.-China relations, and global policy.

Samuel Curtis (2020)

United States of America

Whitman College

Foreign Policy

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Samuel Curtis is a researcher and policy analyst focused on inequities and risks of emergent AI/ML and biotechnological tools from a global perspective. His interests span biometric surveillance, media manipulation, and gene drive technology. His Schwarzman College Capstone report on China’s facial recognition technology during the COVID-19 pandemic received an Outstanding Capstone Award from Schwarzman College and contributed to a Beijing Academy of AI publication. His past employment includes designing cancer therapeutics in a Seattle biotech, teaching English in Central Asia, and conducting research on North Korea’s nuclear program with the former Economic Advisor to the President of Kazakhstan. Recently, he led a team of Schwarzman Scholars in launching Ahead of the Curve, a panel series that invites prominent academics and practitioners to discuss the social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sangya Gyawali (2020)

United States of America

University of Pittsburgh

Finance,Technology

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Sangya Gyawali graduated with a Bachelor’s in Economics and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Lead Analyst at the Bank of New York Mellon and the co-founder of BeamData, a social tech venture that builds technology to provide relevant data insights to governments and businesses. She seeks to strengthen Chinese-American collaboration to improve financial and social inclusion for mutual business and technological advancement. She is a data fellow at a MIT think tank and serves on the Board of Directors for a local business and investment incubator. Sangya is 24 years old, a Nepalese-American, and from the United States.

Seyoung Lee (2020)

South Korea

Yale University

Economics/Economic Policy,Technology

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Seyoung Lee graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. At Yale, she founded Open Doors, an organization helping undocumented students to access higher education. After graduating, she worked as the Program Manager of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator, scouting promising startups in Asia. Currently, she works as an Analyst at Sagamore Investments in Hong Kong, investing in Chinese startups in the FinTech and AI sectors. Seyoung is passionate about how technology enables financial inclusion. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, she hopes to dive deeper into the Chinese startup ecosystem and research the applicability of Chinese startup business models in emerging economies.

Shanshan He (2020)

China

Renmin University of China

Education,Health/Healthcare

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Shanshan He graduated from Renmin University of China with a degree in English Language and Literature. Shanshan is a young activist who represents young people on the Standing Council of China Family Planning Association, promoting youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and rights in China. With extensive experience working with International Planned Parenthood Federation as the Governing Council Member, Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing as one of the Youth Network Members, and Dance4life Foundation as a trainer, Shanshan has devoted herself to exploring a different approach to SRHR challenges. She now leads China Youth Network (CYN), a first-ever youth volunteer organization that undertakes peer education on SRH and advocates for SRH and rights for young people (aged 10 to 24) in China. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Shanshan aspires to improve young people’s health and wellbeing, especially in SRH.

Shubhojit Ghose (2020)

India

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy

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Shubhojit Ghose graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Shubhojit is a part of the Strategy team of ReNew Power, India’s largest renewable energy company, working to accelerate India’s energy transition. Previously, he worked at Selco, where his research documented grassroots innovations in India, and at the headquarters of Philips, where he worked on the calculation of the company’s carbon footprint. At Erasmus, he worked at the Erasmus Trustfunds, an endowment fund in the Netherlands, and served as the chairman of Erasmus School of Economics’ student council. Shubhojit is passionate about sustainability, the energy transition and using technology to scale education access.

Sophie Zinser (2020)

United States of America

Wesleyan University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Sophie Zinser 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. Last year 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 currently manages a team of thirty-five and leads the media nonprofit’s expansion into Yemen and Iraq. At Schwarzman College, Sophie will study China’s growing influence in foreign aid.

Suet Yung Tang (2020)

Hong Kong SAR, China

The University of Hong Kong

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Suet Yung (Alice) Tang will receive a dual Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Administration and Geography from The University of Hong Kong in 2019. She has visited more than 20 cities in Mainland China and other countries to conduct social studies, cultural exchange, and volunteer teaching programs. Previously, she interned at UNICEF Hong Kong SAR, China and with the British Red Cross, where she assisted with the inclusion and integration strategy for refugees and asylum seekers. She has also organized volunteer projects in Nepal. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Alice is excited to enhance her leadership skills and understanding about China’s development policy and how intergovernmental coordination could help tackle global poverty. Alice is 20 years old and from Hong Kong SAR, China.

Swapnil Agrawal (2020)

United States of America

University of Georgia

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Swapnil Agrawal is a senior at the University of Georgia where he is pursuing degrees in International Affairs and Economics. He is interested in reshaping international institutions to improve their credibility and influence. During his undergraduate career, Swapnil facilitated US-EU economic integration projects through the Georgia Department of Economic Development in Munich and assisted the Legal Resources Centre with human rights litigation in Johannesburg. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to gain a Chinese perspective on international law and develop public policy skills before attending Harvard Law School.

Tayler Ulmer (2020)

United States of America

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,Spelman College

Public/Social Policy

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Tayler Ulmer is a proud south side-Chicagoan. As a cultural anthropologist, she is a facilitator, listener, co-creator, observer, interpreter and cultural broker. Her work relies on her ability to connect international development's most influential implications to cultural practices--especially those that impact girls--and effectively document the exchanges that these two spheres of influence may have. She is committed to identifying the varying cross-sections of international development, education, and cultural literacy. Prior to becoming a Schwarzman Scholar, she has worked with organizations such as More Than Me, a school network in Liberia, as well as the World Bank, British Parliament, the Royal African Society, and Harvard University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College and earned a Master’s degree in the Social Anthropology of Development from the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, U.K. Her efforts have been recognized and she is the recipient of the prestigious Marshall and Truman scholarships.

Taylor Wong (2020)

United States of America

Cornell University

Finance,Foreign Policy

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Taylor Wong graduated with honors from Cornell University with Bachelor’s degrees in History and Spanish, as well as minors in East Asian, Latin American, and Asian American Studies. She is the founder of Cornell’s Association for International Human Rights, and has worked for Goldman Sachs, regulating the derivative and equity sales desks, and at WeWork in the real estate strategy group. She is passionate about issues pertaining to the global Chinese diaspora and wrote her undergraduate thesis about the Chinese Cuban experience. Taylor is a former Division I athlete, wellness aspirant, and baked goods aficionado.

Temuulen Maidar (2020)

Mongolia

National University of Mongolia

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Temuulen Maidar attended the National University of Mongolia on a full government scholarship and graduated with first-class honors. He holds undergraduate degrees in Diplomacy and Accounting. Temuulen currently works as a fund management analyst at the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Mongolia. He served as a youth advisor during the 2016 Mongolian parliamentary elections directing youth outreach initiatives to increase voter participation. Temuulen hopes to strengthen bilateral relations between China and Mongolia perhaps by incorporating Chinese technology into the Mongolian market. He loves to travel and serve as a tour guide for visitors to his country.

Theodore Breyer (2020)

United States of America

Harvard University

Finance,Technology

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Theodore (Ted) Breyer graduated from Harvard University with a focus on History and East Asian studies. Ted worked at a blockchain company in Beijing, Circle Financial, before founding a blockchain research group at Harvard and a bootstrapped venture fund: Breyer Labs. Ted currently manages, through Breyer Labs and Breyer Capital, a diverse portfolio of companies from the US, China, and Africa. The funds invest in technology and social impact companies.

Thiago Chang Ho Felipe (2020)

Brazil

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Consulting,Public/Social Policy

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Thiago Chang Ho Felipe holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. He worked at Bain & Company for four years, developing projects in South America focused on education, transportation, and mining. Thiago has experience working in the public sector of Ethiopia, where he managed nationwide transformation projects in agriculture, and he also worked at human rights and education NGOs in Laos and Zimbabwe. Thiago joined TechnoServe after graduating from Schwarzman Scholars in 2020, where he provides business solutions for smallholder farmers to help alleviate poverty in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia.

Toshin Sequeira (2020)

India

Singapore Management University

Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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Toshin Sequeira will graduate from Singapore Management University in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Public Policy, and Public Management. He has represented both India and Singapore at international leadership events. During his term as the President of the Student Council, he and his team were recognized by the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office for their exemplary work in promoting integration of different cultures and nationalities. Toshin was subsequently conferred with the President’s Award for his service to the University and the nation of Singapore. He aspires to play a leading role in championing international development by serving in intergovernmental organizations. Toshin is 21 years old and is from India and Singapore.

Toure Owen (2020)

United States of America

University of California, Berkeley

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Toure Owen is a 2016 graduate of the University of California Berkeley where he majored in Political Science. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Toure was supporting Small and Medium Size business development for Sub-Saharan Africa. After a year at Schwarzman College, Toure will pursue his MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Toure is 25 years old and from the United States.

Varun Sharma (2020)

United States of America

University of Virginia

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Varun Sharma is a consultant in Mastercard’s Data & Services division, where he focuses on statistics and business experimentation. While at Schwarzman Scholars, he conducted research on impact investing in China, taught Latin dance classes, and played on the men’s basketball and soccer teams. Varun graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2019 with a double major in Commerce and Economics. Outside of the classroom, he served as an advocate in student misconduct trials and the founder of HooThinks, an organization that provided consulting services to student groups.

Veronica Chua (2020)

United States of America

Georgia Institute of Technology

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Veronica Chua is a Woodruff Scholar and Emory/Georgia Tech dual degree student studying Mathematics, Economics, and Industrial Engineering. She learned how to create end-to-end supply chain value by interning at Bank of America, Nestlé USA, The Home Depot, and Roark Capital Group. Her most fulfilling work was spearheading Emory’s first-ever guidebook for the dual degree program, paving the way for the next generation of students. Veronica aspires to develop the infrastructure for small businesses to enter the global marketplace by advancing partnerships between American and Chinese logistics providers. Veronica is 23 years old and from the United States.

Viraj Patel (2020)

United States of America

United States Naval Academy

Foreign Policy,Technology

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Viraj Patel graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 2019 with a degree in Mathematics. At the Naval Academy, Viraj held several leadership positions, leading a company of 150 students his senior year. He currently serves as a naval aviator in the American military, and throughout his career, he wants to be a liaison between the United States and China to promote cooperation and understanding. Viraj is from small town Thomasville, Georgia in the United States.

Weixun Hu (2020)

China

Tianjin Normal University,University College London

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Weixun Hu graduated from the United Nations Young Professional Programme (YPP) in 2019 and will be joining UN ESCAP in Bangkok as a Social Affairs Officer. Weixun aspires to seek developmental solutions to tackle poverty and income disparity, whilst contributing his part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to his Schwarzman Scholars studies, Weixun earned his master's degree from University College London, and worked in UN DESA in New York, European Parliament in Brussels as well as UN FAO in Rome. During his study, Weixun completed his master's thesis in econometric research studying whether China can escape the Middle Income Trap.

Wenchao Yu (2020)

China

East China University

Finance,Law

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Wenchao Yu is CEO of Bright Summit Asset Management, a China-based fund of funds (FOF). He designed and launched the first security fund to be approved by the Asset Management Association of China in 2014. Prior to founding Bright Summit, Wenchao was a partner at Lingwang Asset Management (a hedge fund with RMB 2 billion in Assets Under Management), a senior PM at Yaozhi Asset Management, and a lawyer who participated in Sino-US real estate merger and acquisition deals. He holds an LLB from East China University of Political Science and Law, and has a BAR License.

William Haynes (2020)

United States of America

Dartmouth College,University of Virginia

Law,Public/Social Policy

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William (Campbell) Haynes is a student at the University of Virginia School of Law. At UVA, Campbell serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review, and has served in leadership positions in the American Constitution Society, the Minority Rights Coalition, and the Virginia Law Democrats. Before law school, Campbell spent two years working on statewide operational problems and policy issues as a Governor’s Management Fellow for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Campbell graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government in 2014. At Dartmouth, he earned the Fowler Family Prize for his commitment to political and civic engagement.

Wookjae Jung (2020)

South Korea

Georgetown University,Seoul National University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Wookjae Jung graduated from the Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy. After graduating, he served as a Korean Air Force interpreting officer in the Office of the Defense Minister. In his position, he worked to strengthen multilateral cooperation on North Korea and transnational security issues, engaging foreign defense ministers and multilateral bodies. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to develop leadership skills to promote global integration and cooperation to solve complex challenges. In his free time, he likes to make cocktails and dance salsa.

Xuanhao Zhang (2020)

China

Peking University

Business

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Xuanhao Zhang graduated from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. He is currently working at the Communist Youth League Committee of Peking University as Director of the Publicity and Investigation Department. At school, he served as vice president of the student union at Peking University, deputy secretary of the Communist Youth League Committee at Guanghua, and party secretary in his branch. He was supervised by renowned economist Li Yining and completed systematic research on the New-Type Urbanization in China. As a music lover, he won the first prize for Bel Canto Solo in the 2015 Chinese Vocal International Competition. He is dedicated to enhancing social fairness and the well-being of mankind.

Yan Aung (2020)

Myanmar (Burma)

Swinburne University of Technology

Business,Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Yan Aung graduated from the Swinburne University of Technology with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He has worked in market research and small business marketing and is currently leading a digital marketing agency. As a business technologist, he has transformed these companies with more efficient operating models. When he is not working, he co-manages Google Business Group Yangon and teaches digital marketing at local communities. He studied at Schwarzman College focusing on the intersections of technology and the public sector. He is currently working as a public sector consultant focusing on tech policies in the South East Asia Region.

Yi Jun Mock (2020)

Singapore

London School of Economics and Political Science

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Yi Jun Mock graduated in 2019 from The London School of Economics with First Class Honours in a BSc. in Politics and International Relations. Passionate about sustainable development, he served as a Project Leader with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth. He was also Co-Founder and President of Advisory, a nonprofit helping young Singaporeans make informed career decisions. As a Public Service Commission (Foreign Service) scholarship recipient, he will serve in Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs upon graduation. Yi Jun is a Queen's Young Leader, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Climate Reality Leader and Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Yingjie Fan (2020)

China

Dalian University of Foreign Languages,University of Birmingham

Business,Finance

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Yingjie Fan graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Master's Degree in International Money and Banking. He worked as a project manager at Bank of China (BOC) International in Hong Kong SAR, China. At BOC international, Yingjie priced and evaluated IPO projects. He led a team to explore target companies' strength with specific consideration for the environment in the local stock market. He also led a team of business professionals on a rural revitalization project in Sichuan in 2016. Yingjie is currently at China Resources Capital Management Limited in Hong Kong SAR, China as Senior Vice President. Upon completion of Schwarzman Scholars, Yingjie hopes to continue his devotion to minimizing the regional development gap and to fighting poverty.

Yogaish Khastgir (2020)

United States of America

United States Naval Academy

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Yogaish Khastgir is a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 2019. He will graduate in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a minor in Spanish. He shares his passion for STEM by teaching modules for kids in local schools, and enjoys spending time honing his Spanish working with local Hispanic youth. Upon completion of his studies, he will begin training to serve as a naval aviator.

Yuan Zhang (2020)

China

Tsinghua University

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Yuan Zhang will graduate from Tsinghua University with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and a General Education Certificate of Excellence in liberal arts from Xinya College. She won the National Scholarship twice and the Tsinghua University Academic Excellence Award three times. She has presented research on the history of architecture at top academic conferences and presented a design project at Politecnico di Milano. Yuan has served as the student coordinator of Xinya College for two years. She was also selected as Tsinghua University's delegate to the global south cultural exchange program in India, in which she presented her research on slums at Jindal Global University.

Yuxuan Chen (2020)

China

University of Oxford

Entrepreneurship

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Jeremy Chen, prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, was vice president in charge of international business at a Beijing-based internet unicorn company. Jeremy also worked in Deutsche Bank's Hong Kong investment banking division for four years. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics. After Schwarzman Scholars, he is keen to further explore start-up and investment opportunities.

Zachary Tan (2020)

New Zealand

University of Queensland,University of Sydney

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Zachary Tan is a medical doctor and Chief Strategy Officer at CancerAid, a leading digital health startup. At CancerAid, he is responsible for commercialisation, product, and evidence generation strategies. He previously practiced at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, where he worked towards ophthalmology specialist training and developed an artificial intelligence algorithm to screen pediatric eye disease. He remains an active academic, publishing in digital health and epidemiology. Zachary was previously President of his medical school student body and held leadership roles in the Australian Medical Association. He is ultimately passionate about the intersection of clinical medicine, digital health and policy, to improve the healthcare outcomes of patients broadly.

Zainab Abiza (2020)

Morocco

Washington and Lee University

Economics/Economic Policy,Education

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Zainab Abiza is a senior at Washington and Lee University majoring in Economics and Global Politics, with a minor in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. Through the Davis Projects for Peace, Zainab designed and implemented a project aimed at increasing educational attainment for rural girls in Morocco. She is currently working on expanding this program domestically and starting her own NGO to improve educational outcomes for girls globally. Zainab is Princeton PPIA alumna and has conducted research on counter-terrorism. She is fluent in Arabic, French and English. Zainab is 22 years old and from Morocco.

Zanele Mahlangu (2020)

South Africa

University of Pretoria

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Zanele Mahlangu holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Pretoria. She is a published research author, having published research material on water purification in the Italian Chemical Engineering Journal. Zanele is currently a Business Analyst at First National Bank where she focuses on the implementation of digital banking solutions. Zanele is passionate about the development of Africa and has pursued multiple development initiatives through organizations like Enactus. Having been a finalist for the McKinsey Next Generation Women Leader award, she hopes to further deepen her leadership capabilities through the Schwarzman Scholars program. Zanele is 23 years old and from South Africa.

Zequn Zhao (2020)

China

Sun Yat-Sen University

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy

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Zequn Zhao graduated in 2018 from Sun Yat-Sen University with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Meteorology, focusing on pollution control and environmental regulation mechanisms. In 2017, he was named Outstanding Student Leader in Guangdong. Zequn previously served as the Executive President of the All-China Students’ Federation, President of the Guangdong Provincial Students’ Federation, as well as President of the Students' Union of Sun Yat-Sen University. In his position, he worked for the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and served as the Director of the Academic and Technology Innovation Committee, which gave him a strong interest in public/economic policy. Currently, he is a member of standing committee of Guangdong Youth Federation, and is in charge of public service. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, Zequn hopes to obtain an advanced global perspective in solving Chinese issues and enhance his internationalized vision.

Zetong Jia (2020)

China

New York University

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Zetong (Jack) Jia will graduate in May 2019 from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Sociology with honors. Growing up in Zimbabwe, China, and the United States, Zetong acquired a multicultural perspective and became passionate about global development and international relations. Zetong has worked in Liberia following the civil conflict to empower Liberian youth through community development projects and entrepreneurship training. He also worked with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to evaluate member states’ progress towards the Sendai Framework and developing national disaster risk reduction strategies. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Zetong hopes to gain a more profound knowledge of China’s growing overseas involvement. His goal is to one day become engaged in the realm of policy and diplomacy among China, the U.S., and African nations to forge new paths for conflict resolution.

Zheng Dai (2020)

China

Peking University

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Zheng Dai graduated from Peking University majoring in Financial Mathematics and Philosophy in 2019. He is passionate about education and social innovation. He is the founder of THILLIANT – Mini Gap Academy, a social enterprise aiming at implementing Design Thinking to transform education process and helping to build students’ core competencies. Stanford University named him a University Innovation Fellow for his efforts in promoting the culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Peking University. He designed and lectured for Peking University’s ID Bootcamp (Mini Gap Year), Tsinghua University’s D.novation Series and many other project-based learning courses.

Zhiquan Zeng (2020)

China

Barnard College

Arts and Culture,Economics/Economic Policy

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Zhiquan Zeng studies Economics and Mathematics and Film Studies at Barnard College and is particularly interested in cross-national economics and Hong Kong cinema. She is a National Secondary Level badminton player, the president of the Columbia Badminton Club, and the co-lead of Redefine Academy. With her team, she built a women's empowerment academy and volunteered her time to facilitate the program for two consecutive summers. Zhiquan believes cinema is the best instrument to make positive social impact and the best language for different cultures to communicate. In the future, Zhiquan wants to explore ways to produce and deliver better Chinese cinema content to the world.

Zhiyuan Liu (2020)

China

Drexel University

Communications,Entrepreneurship

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Zhiyuan Liu graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. Enthusiastic about cross-cultural communication through business activities, Zhiyuan is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded Informatree LLC. and MUSII Tea Ltd. in the US and China respectively, providing mobile phone products for cultural enterprises. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, he hopes to enhance his critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, and global leadership to help connect rising China with the ever-evolving world. In the future, he wants to create more products that can meet people’s needs and transmit Chinese culture. Zhiyuan is 28 years old and from China.

Zhongyuan Zeng (2020)

China

Emory University,University of Pennsylvania

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Zhongyuan Zeng will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a Master’s degree in City Planning. Previously, she studied at Emory University with a triple major in Political Science, Marketing, and International Business. Her background in social science and business converged in her experiences serving underprivileged groups including migrant workers, homeless populations, and female inmates. She has also interned in a Village Committee in Beijing and conducted research on urban village renewal schemes. At Penn, she founded Urban China Collective, a global network of scholars and professionals exploring more inclusive, sustainable urban governance strategies. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she aspires to study public policies germane to urbanization and social inclusion in a global context. Zhongyuan is 24 years old and from Beijing, China.

Zhou Yu (2020)

China

Tsinghua University

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Zhou Yu graduated from Tsinghua University with a dual degree in English and Business Administration. At Tsinghua, he won the National Scholarship, the Outstanding Graduate, and the Excellent Student Leader award. Currently, Zhou studies in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, focusing on environmental governance. Zhou shows great interest in international affairs, especially in refugee settlement. During an exchange at Heidelberg University, he initiated mutual understanding between refugees and Germans. Upon return to China, he also led a group to offer a refugee marketplace design plan, which became the only Chinese finalist in the marketplace competition among 342 proposals. With the mastery of five languages, Zhou hopes to become an international public servant in the future.

Adaya Sturkey (2019)

United States of America

Hampton University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Adaya Sturkey graduated from Hampton University in 2018 where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Adaya is the co-founder of Flourish Mentoring Program, a non-profit organization for young girls in her hometown. She hopes to pursue a degree in medicine and healthcare administration. Adaya’s research interest is in ethnic and geographical healthcare disparities and health care access. In addition to her research experience, Adaya also values exposure to non-STEM fields and has completed internships in both business and politics. She aspires to use this diverse background to help reform the United States healthcare system.

Adeline Suwana (2019)

Indonesia

Universitas Indonesia

Business,Environment/Climate

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Adeline Suwana is a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) candidate at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to business school, Adeline worked in private equity advisory on technology and real estate sectors in China and the United States, in early stage venture capital in Southeast Asia, and in shrimp recirculating aquaculture system production in Indonesia. She has also founded a non-profit dedicated to environmental conservation efforts and climate awareness in young people.

Agnes Leong (2019)

Singapore

University of Birmingham

Government,Law

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Agnes Leong is a serving officer with the Singapore Police Force, under the Ministry of Home Affairs. She graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham (UK) in Business Management. As a Senior Investigation Officer in the Major Crime Division of the Criminal Investigation Department, her professional experience revolves around homicide, kidnapping and firearm cases. She is also an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the President, serving the country's highest office on international missions. Upon graduation from the Schwarzman Scholars program, she will return to serve the Public Service with newfound experiences, aiming to prevent, deter and detect crime through enhanced international police cooperation.

Alana Murphy (2019)

United States of America

Pomona College

Entrepreneurship,Public/Social Policy

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Alana Murphy graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis.  She has worked with the U.S Department of State, completed a Fulbright Research Grant in the Philippines, and currently works with the International Organization for Migration in Ecuador. Alana has also spent significant time assisting resettled refugees in the United States, and in the future hopes to work towards improving and strengthening U.S. refugee and immigration policies. By participating in the Schwarzman Scholars program, Alana hopes to better appreciate how China influences transnational migration and global development. 

Alex Kamath (2019)

United States of America

Harvard University,New York University

Foreign Policy,Law

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Alex Kamath graduated cum laude with a writing prize in private international law from the JD program at Harvard Law School. He works for a major international law firm in New York focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration matters. Prior to his Harvard Law School and Schwarzman Scholars degrees, he received a master's in Transnational Business Law taught in Spanish from IE Law School in Madrid, earned a BA, summa cum laude, from New York University in politics, and completed a Fulbright research fellowship at the University of Toronto. During law school, Alex won the ELSA WTO Moot Court competition, received best-oralist awards in various international law competitions, and completed international law related independent studies. He aspires to bridge international investment and commercial law issues between the United States, Latin America, and Asia.

Alice Dawkins (2019)

Australia

Australian National University

Media,Public/Social Policy

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Alice Dawkins has completed honours theses in Asian Studies and Law. At university, she founded two online journals aimed at connecting emerging scholars, and bridging knowledge communities across the Asia-Pacific. She has been an elected student representative at both the campus and national level. She's taken advanced Chinese courses at Peking University, and conducted interview research in Burmese. She has volunteered at the UNHCR in Malaysia, and wrote a prize-winning thesis reconsidering the historical record of Sino-Burma postwar migration. She enjoys Burmese boxing, and has previously been an internationally-ranked equestrian competitor, and performed as a junior piano student at her state's Conservatorium. Alice is 23 years old and from Australia.

Amy Kramer (2019)

United States of America

Duke University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Amy Kramer is currently working for the U.S. Department of Defense as part of the inaugural class of McCain Strategic Defense Fellows. Amy is passionate about studying the strategic national security benefits of gender equality and minority inclusion. She wrote her Schwarzman Scholars Capstone project on the positive impact of Chinese female peacekeepers and previously researched the role of women’s empowerment in conflict resolution by interviewing female military and government leaders across four continents. In 2017, Amy worked at the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox to help develop a new Army ROTC diversity strategy. Amy graduated from Duke University as a Robertson Scholar with highest honors in Public Policy and Political Science. Amy previously worked in the Duke Office of Government Relations and also served a two-year term on the Duke Board of Trustees.

An-Chi DAI (2019)

Taiwan, China

Cornell University

Business,Public/Social Policy

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An-Chi DAI graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in Applied Economics and Management. She also spent a semester traveling across 4 continents and 12 countries with Semester at Sea which shaped her passion and desire to integrate culture and diversity in a business setting. Angela works at Blackrock based in Hong Kong advising a diverse range of pension funds, insurance companies, and family offices across Asia. Her performance at the firm was awarded an Early Career Female Sponsorship in 2017. She is also opening a food and lifestyle marketplace that aims to create a platform for the local creative and arts community within her hometown of Taichung. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, An-Chi hopes to explore the entrepreneurship landscape in Beijing and further enhance her leadership skills in order to effectively lead and manage her own businesses.

Andi WANG (2019)

China

Yale University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Andi WANG hails from Beijing, China. He graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a firm believer in harnessing the power of rigorous economic theories and econometric tools to promote social welfare. During college, he interned as a loan officer at CFPA Microfinance, China's largest microfinance NPO, and studied the theories of microfinance in school. After college, he worked as a research associate at the finance unit of Harvard Business School. His current research interests include pension design and asset pricing.

Andrew Lim (2019)

Canada

Northwestern University

Entrepreneurship,Finance

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Andrew Lim is currently serving as Chief Financial Officer of Gushcloud International, an entertainment group focused on influencer marketing and management with 200 staff across 11 countries.

Andrew Wrigley (2019)

Australia

Australian National University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Andrew Wrigley graduated from the Australian National University with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Computer Science. He was an Australian New Colombo Plan Scholar in Singapore and has published research in artificial intelligence. Andrew is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship, and as a Schwarzman Scholar aspires to further his knowledge of China to improve a mutual understanding of contemporary issues around business and technology. Andrew is 28 years old and from Australia.

Anh Vu Vincent Nguyen (2019)

Vietnam

University of New South Wales

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Anh Vu Vincent Nguyen received higher education in Australia and spent the early stage of his career away from his hometown of Vietnam. Before becoming a Schwarzman Scholar, Anh worked for a well-established financial institution in Sydney. Anh Vu Vincent has achieved a great deal in the not-for-profit space, serving on management committees of charities and professional associations in both Australia and Vietnam. He is the founder of a publication platform for Vietnamese to express their voice, share their knowledge and tell their stories. He also founded Vietnam Centre, an organization with a mission to promote Vietnam to the world. In his home country, he serves as a Central Committee Member of Vietnam Youth Federation. He wants to promote a mutual understanding and economic partnership between Vietnam and China.

Anthony Wang (2019)

Canada

New York University

Environment/Climate,Finance

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Anthony Wang is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business, with a dual concentration in Finance and Management. After graduating Stern, Anthony has worked at J.P. Morgan as an Analyst in the Investment Bank, focused on the Healthcare and Consumer industries. Upon completion of Schwarzman Scholars, Anthony hopes to pursue a career in the merging bond market in China, with an interest in green financing and promoting greater environmental sustainability. Anthony has a passion of traveling, having grown up in 3 different continents (Asia, Europe and North America).

Arjun Kapur (2019)

United States of America

Harvard University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Arjun Kapur is Chief of Staff to BlackRock's Global Chief Investment Strategist. Prior to joining BlackRock, Arjun worked as a researcher at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he analyzed U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy under Professor Graham Allison and coordinated the Center's Applied History Project. He also contributed reporting on the U.S.-China trade war under the Financial Times’ Beijing Bureau Chief, and completed internships at CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, the Hartford Investment Management Company, and the Connecticut Governor's office. He has written for the Financial Times, the Hartford Courant, The National Interest, The Diplomat, Harvard's Belfer Center, and the Harvard Political Review. Hailing from Simsbury, Connecticut, Arjun graduated with an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, and earned a Master of Management Science in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, where he was a Schwarzman Scholar.

Aron Rimanyi (2019)

United States of America

Duke University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Aron Rimanyi graduated from Duke University in 2018, where he studied Political Science and Economics as an Angier B. Duke Scholar. On campus, Aron helped lead the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and the Alexander Hamilton Society. With a wide range of interests, Aron has published articles on medieval history, led a staff ride to Grenada, and assisted the Hungarian government on a variety of international initiatives. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars in 2019, Aron stayed an additional year in Beijing to continue research with his advisor and study Mandarin at BLCU. Beginning in September 2020, he will work at the McKinsey office in Budapest. Aron is from Hungary and the United States.

Ashish Inani (2019)

India

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Business,Technology

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Ashish Inani is a Schwarzman Scholar from India. He is currently working in the financial services industry in Singapore. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Ashish’s concentration was Economics and Business. During his time in Beijing, he explored the city’s entrepreneurial and tech scene and worked with the largest PE fund, investing in Indian startups and making connections with local founders. Ashish previously graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in Aerospace Engineering, and worked at Toyo Corporation, Japan.

Benjamin Chi (2019)

United States of America

Southern Methodist University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Benjamin Chi is currently a second-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. During medical school, Ben is designing and running a course on studying pandemics through a humanities perspective and interned at a hedge fund as a COVID-19 research intern. Ben graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2018, where he studied Biochemistry and Health and Society. During college, he worked as a policy advocate, investments analyst, and medical researcher. Ben is interested in the intersection between healthcare and finance. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and brewing coffee.

Benjamin Hook (2019)

United States of America

United States Air Force Academy

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Benjamin Hook is a member of the Class of 2018 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon graduation, he will hold a Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering. Ben is fascinated with China’s culture and hopes to further his understanding of how China will impact future global affairs, especially in the space environment. At the Academy, Ben has held numerous leadership positions while also serving as a glider instructor pilot and nationally competitive aerobatic pilot. Following the Schwarzman Scholars program, Ben will serve his nation as an Air Force officer and military pilot.

Bor Hung Chong (2019)

Malaysia

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Energy,Entrepreneurship

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Bor Hung Chong is a graduate from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he completed a dual degree in Computer Engineering and Business Management. He previously volunteered at the Boao Forum for Asia, working alongside world leaders including Bill Gates and Elon Musk. He is working on a startup in the solar industry and is leading the development of solar projects in Malaysia. With a passion for sustainable energy, Bor Hung hopes to drive the transformation of mankind into a zero carbon society.

Bozhong XUE (2019)

China

Northwestern University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Bozhong XUE graduated in 2012 from Northwestern University with a double major in Civil Engineering and Sociology, plus a minor in Transportation and Logistics. He returned to Beijing and started his career in the two largest state-owned financial companies: Citic Group and Everbright Group. With hands-on experience in the working field, Bozhong started his own company in 2015 and is now focusing on Chinese real-estate market through M&A funds and REITS. He possesses the ambition to facilitate a more cohesive and consensual Sino-American relationship. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, Bozhong hopes to gain a holistic perspective about the world especially the United States. Bozhong is 28 years old and from China.

Bradley Jardine (2019)

United Kingdom

University of Glasgow

Media,Technology

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Bradley Jardine is a journalist from Scotland and for the past three years has worked across the former Soviet Union, from the Caspian Sea to the Baltic States. After graduating from a master's program in Eurasian Studies at the University of Glasgow, he moved to the Czech Republic, where he interned with RFE/RL’s Turkmen news service. Bradley later arrived in Russia as a reporter and editor for The Moscow Times, writing stories on topics such as the far right, disinformation, criminal networks and terrorism. Bradley is interested in digital media and its impact on journalism. He hopes to study Business and Economics in order to better understand China’s expanding digital economy.

Bradley Torpey (2019)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Economics/Economic Policy,Law

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Bradley Torpey is a cadet at the United States Military Academy, where he studies Economics. He serves as the Cadet-in-Charge of the Sandhurst Infantry Skills Competition, which assembles over fifty international military academies and ROTC programs to compete in a rigorous competition testing physical fitness and military skills. He is a four-year member of West Point’s Model United Nations team, studying and debating international policy. He also learned first-hand the ramifications of banking regulatory reforms as an intern at Deutsche Bank. He intends to study public policy and law to advocate for human rights at home and abroad. Brad is 21 years old and from the United States.

Brett Daley (2019)

United States of America

Northeastern University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Brett Daley will graduate from Northeastern University in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he currently conducts research on artificial intelligence and robotics. He has interned at multiple high-technology companies including SpaceX, Tesla, Flextronics, and AMD. Brett is interested in entrepreneurship and its ability to accelerate technological progress. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Brett hopes to develop his leadership skills and better understand how artificial intelligence can promote global prosperity.

Bridget Barker (2019)

Australia

University of Melbourne

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Bridget Barker holds a BA in Australian Indigenous Studies from The University of Melbourne. Bridget is passionate about diversity and inclusion and working with not-for-profit, government and corporate stakeholders to promote social inclusion, particularly through sports and recreation. Bridget has significant experience coaching young women in sports, and has various working experiences including management consulting in South East Asia, and as a manager in the sports administration industry in Australia. Bridget has designed, led and implemented various gender equality initiatives across Australia and South East Asia to empower women and girls in workplaces and in the community.

Capucine Cogné (2019)

France

London School of Economics and Political Science

Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship

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Capucine Cogné currently works for Swire Properties in Chengdu. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, she read International History at LSE. As an undergraduate, she co-founded the Alternative Careers Society, which seeks to expand awareness of job prospects outside the “typical LSE paths.” She also co-led European Student Startups (ESS), the first pan-European student startup competition and seed investment platform. At Schwarzman Scholars, Capucine continued pursuing her interest in the startup ecosystem through internships, and wrote her thesis on multinational companies’ China-based R&D. Alongside her work, Capucine is a contributor at TechNode and the co-founder of a community-based women’s network in Hong Kong.

Charles Krumholz (2019)

United States of America

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Charles Krumholz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2018 with highest honors in Economics and a secondary in Government. As a painter, Charlie applies his artistic perspective to his passions for economics and investing. Having deferred enrollment for Harvard’s JD-MBA dual degree program, Charlie has worked as research assistant for Professor Lawrence Summers and as a member on founder Ray Dalio’s personal team at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. He served as a Class Gift Marshal, president of Harvard’s oldest investment club, and student guide at the Harvard Art Museums. He wrote his senior thesis on the relationship between Chinese fiscal policy centralization and provincial real estate markets. Charlie is 23 years old and from South Florida in the United States.

Christopher Yuan (2019)

United States of America

Stanford University

Government,Technology

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Christopher Yuan graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2019 and is currently an engineering manager at Tesla, building software systems that optimize manufacturing processes and enable data-driven product refinements. His Schwarzman Scholars thesis, titled “Juiced Up: A Comparative Analysis of China’s Electric Vehicle Incentive Policy”, was recognized as a 2019 Outstanding Capstone. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Christopher graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, where he led BASES, Stanford’s largest entrepreneurship-focused student organization. Christopher is from North Carolina and enjoys hiking, rock-climbing, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Chun Po Chiu CHOY (2019)

Hong Kong SAR, China

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Chun Po Chiu (Angelica) Choy is a 2018-2019 Schwarzman Scholar and an entrepreneur from Hong Kong. After obtaining her BBA in International Business Management & Marketing from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014, she founded her wellness company, launching two brands SPAWAWA (Baby Spa) and SPAMAMA (Mother Spa) in Hong Kong, aspired to revolutionize the maternity industry. During her time at Schwarzman College, she interned at Blackpeak (a risk advisory firm) and volunteered at Committee 100 (a US non-profit organization). She was also the host for the annual deep dive to Hong Kong and the Schwarzwomen conference in Beijing. In 2019, she was invited to speak at George H.W. Bush Conference on the US-Sino relationship. Since graduation, she has been proactively seeking opportunities in hospitality real estate, while working as a business development specialist at a local developer.

Claire Colberg (2019)

United States of America

Stanford University

Foreign Policy,Technology

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Claire Colberg graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in International Relations and Honors in International Security Studies. Claire began her career at McKinsey, where she worked for four years first as a Business Analyst, then as the Deputy Chief of Staff to McKinsey's Global Managing Partner, and finally as an Engagement Manager. During her time in China, Claire visited (almost) every province, worked on platform technology strategy at Didi, and wrote a capstone on Chinese science fiction. Claire is now a Product Manager at Faire, an online marketplace for small businesses and independent brands to buy and sell wholesale online.

Clarinda Blais (2019)

United States of America

Boston University

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Clarinda Blais is currently a program officer at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, where she primarily works on the organization’s subnational initiatives. Ms. Blais graduated from Boston University in 2017, where she studied Philosophy and Mandarin Chinese. Having grown up in a small town in central New York, Clarinda is motivated to connect others in areas like the one she grew up in to parts of the United States and the world she has had the privilege to experience. She hopes to pursue a career in film as she believes firmly its accessibility and ability to connect even the most unlikely of people. In her spare time, Clarinda is an aspiring New Yorker and very mediocre runner.

Colin Lopez (2019)

United States of America

West Virginia University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Colin Lopez is currently a Fulbright Researcher in Amman, Jordan working with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to evaluate refugee healthcare access in the country. Previously, Colin was Project Coordinator for WVHEALTHLINK, an online atlas designed to inventory and visualize primary healthcare access in West Virginia. An advanced Arabic speaker, Lopez also studied in Jordan and Morocco on the Boren Scholarship and Critical Language Scholarship. Colin graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at West Virginia University in 2017 with a degree in International Studies with an Emphasis on International Business. Colin is 25 years old and is from Canada and the United States.

Colleen Ryan (2019)

United States of America

University of Tennessee, Knoxville,University of York

Foreign Policy,Law

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Colleen Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee and is currently studying post-war recovery at the University of York on a Fulbright grant. With interests in conflict-sensitive development and justice sector reform, she has conducted fieldwork in Uganda and Kosovo. She completed two undergraduate theses examining prison reform in Uganda's post-conflict transition and exploring alternative justice mechanisms for sexual violence adjudication on U.S. college campuses. She has been active in advocacy around sexual violence prevention and sex education access in her home state of Tennessee.

Cristina Parajon (2019)

Nicaragua

Harvard University

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Cristina Parajon grew up in both urban and rural Nicaragua, and saw the stark inequity of opportunities for people living in rural communities. This experience shaped her passion for democracy and aspiration to work with private and public sectors to improve gender, health, educational, and economic equity for vulnerable populations. At Harvard, she studied Sociology and Government to further her understanding of participatory processes, served as the president of HACIA Democracy, the world's largest model OAS (Organization of American States) Conference, and published award-winning research on adolescent pregnancy in Nicaragua. As a Schwarzman Scholar she wrote on Central America’s relationship to Chinese mainland and Taiwan and won a fellowship to study Chinese at National Taiwan University. Currently, she works in management consulting in New York.

Daniel Kilimnik (2019)

United States of America

Stanford University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Daniel Kilimnik is a Business Analyst with the management consultancy, McKinsey & Company, in New York, where he has served a range of media, manufacturing, and financial services clients. He graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a degree in Economics and History. Passionate about foreign policy, Daniel wrote an undergraduate honors thesis on the evolving role of the armed forces in German security policy. Daniel is 23 years old and is from Germany and the United States.

Deborah Tien (2019)

United States of America

Wellesley College,Wellesley University

Public/Social Policy

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Deborah Tien graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Astrophysics in 2012. Armed with a passion for creative justice and a deep belief that it should not just be the 'elite' who solve the hard problems, she has spent the past few years living and working in Arusha, Tanzania, leading a small, grassroots social innovation makerspace & outreach programs, focused on creating a world with more local solutions to local challenges. Her ecosystem approach has led to developing local & international partnerships and sparked many interesting conversations.

Duy Danny Nguyen (2019)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Duy Danny Nguyen is a recent graduate of the United States Military Academy who majored in American Politics. Originally from Oklahoma, he is the son of Vietnamese refugees who came to the United States following the fall of Saigon, and is dedicated to helping the refugees of today. He has done extensive research into American refugee policy, with his thesis analyzing the variation in outcomes between asylum and refugee policy processes. Danny hopes that by studying public policy in China, he can gain the tools necessary to be a policy leader and change refugee policy for the better.

Edwin Saucedo (2019)

United States of America

University of Southern California

Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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Edwin Saucedo is a first generation college graduate from the University of Southern California where he attained a B.S. in Public Policy and master’s in Public Administration. During his time at USC, Edwin served as Student Body President, representing over 18,000 undergraduates. He went on to work in the California State Legislature, helping enact legislative solutions to homelessness and advocating for Tenant Rights and Student Athletes. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Edwin worked to develop knowledge and expertise in international business. His thesis received College recognition for exploring the role sub-national governments can play to attract foreign direct investment. Today, Edwin works for Delta Air Lines, overseeing performance, expansion, and partnerships across the Transatlantic region. In the future, he hopes to serve marginalized communities by fostering trade and investment in underserved areas.

Elizabeth Hardister (2019)

United States of America

University of Georgia

Foreign Policy,Health/Healthcare

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Elizabeth Hardister graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2019. She works as a desk officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Global Health, supporting CDC global health security initiatives to strengthen partner countries’ capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Before attending Schwarzman Scholars, she graduated from the University of Georgia where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a Master of Public Health in Disaster Management. Elizabeth is from Atlanta, GA.

Elizabeth Maio (2019)

United States of America

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Environment/Climate,Technology

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Elizabeth Maio is a water and wastewater engineer working professionally in NY designing water treatment systems to provide clean water and sanitation to communities across the NE. She has been a leader for new municipal wastewater disinfection technologies working with equipment manufacturers and regulators to evaluate and pilot test new technologies. She is an active member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), leading talks in her field on water and wastewater treatment. She also co-developed a Professionals Network for environmental professionals and has lead talks on effective communication and career development. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Elizabeth hopes to gain an understanding of how China regulates and manages its water resources and apply these technologies and methodologies globally to improve water quality. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Engineering.

Enoch WONG (2019)

Hong Kong SAR, China

University of Warwick

Business,Education

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Enoch WONG currently works for the PRC’s Ministry of Education Research Center for Online Education and the Tsinghua University Office of Lifelong Education Administration. He studied in the UK for ten years and has worked in seven countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa. He received a full scholarship and graduated from the University of Warwick with BSc. MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, and Economics). After a brief tenure at McKinsey’s London office and then working at the world’s largest youth leadership non-for-profit and world’s largest private education company as their Head of B2B Marketing for Asia and coordinating academic research with Harvard, Cambridge and Peking University, he continued to pursue his passion and co-founded three educational start-ups. As a result, he was selected to represent China at the UN Youth Forum, and as a Global Shaper and on the Advisory Council Steering Committee by the World Economic Forum (Davos).

Eric TSE (2019)

Hong Kong SAR, China

University of Pennsylvania

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Graduated with a Finance degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Eric S Y TSE is currently the CEO of Liepin America, one of the most elite human resources platforms in the U.S. and the largest elite human resources platform in China. Born in Seattle, he attended primary school in Beijing, secondary school in Hong Kong, and university in the States. The constant travel allowed him to adapt to various cultures, and these experiences have shaped him into the person he is today. He founded the Penn Wharton China Summit during his freshmen year at Wharton, and this summit has become the largest student-organized summit in the States. 1500 students from 35 states and over 84 cities visited Philadelphia for this summit in April 2017. He, then, founded the China Summit Foundation, a recognized NGO with the 501(c)(3) status towards the end of 2016 to help charities, forums, educational and cultural initiatives by International students from different schools. By the end of his junior year, Eric joined Liepin in hopes to help International students with their career back in China and served as the CEO of Liepin America upon his graduation in December 2017. He looks forward to excel further in his studies by joining the Schwarzman Scholars program.

Fangdi PAN (2019)

China

Middlebury College,University of Wisconsin-Madison

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Fangdi PAN graduated from Middlebury Institute of International Studies (formerly known as the Monterey Institute of International Studies) with a MA degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. Prior to MIIS, she received her BA from University of Wisconsin Madison in Economics and International Studies. During her time in MIIS, she developed deep interest and passion in nuclear energy development and its policy planning. Upon graduation, she was nominated and awarded the opportunity to work at the Safeguards Department of International Atomic Energy Agency. Currently she works for a consulting company where she focuses primarily on the impact of energy and infrastructure development. Fangdi wishes to further her passion in energy and security and hopes to create meaningful and impactful dialogue in energy security between China and the rest of the world.

Fay Pauly (2019)

United States of America

Rice University

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy

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Fay Pauly graduated summa cum laude from Rice University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at Rice, Fay was a BP and Capital One Scholar and worked closely with the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Fay worked for Anadarko Petroleum as both a production and facilities engineer in Utah and is now a management consultant with Oliver Wyman in their Singapore office. Fay aspires to combine her technical field knowledge with an understanding of how to mobilize private sector action in addressing climate change, and she is interested in further exploring this intersection particularly in the Asia region.

Fei PENG (2019)

China

New York University,Pennsylvania State University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Fei PENG holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Technology from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA degree from New York University Stern School of Business. He is currently working as a healthcare compliance consultant at IQVIA in New York, his primary focus is regulations in Global Healthcare Transparency. Previously, Fei was part of the 2-year IT leadership program at GE Capital where he worked on 4 rotational job assignments on top GE IT initiatives. After that he worked as an IT Project Manager at GE from 2014 to 2016. Fei is passionate about healthcare and he aspires to be among the catalysts that will accelerate the Chinese Healthcare Reform process in the future.

Gabrielle Pierre (2019)

Jamaica

University of Georgia

Environment/Climate

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Gabrielle Pierre will graduate from the University of Georgia in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master's in Environmental Planning and Design. Passionate about cities, she has done urban redevelopment and city planning work in Panama, Turkey, the United States, and Costa Rica. Long term, she is building an international city planning consulting career, focused specifically on emerging economies and developing countries. Actively pursuing this goal, she spent Summer 2017 building her consulting toolkit working at McKinsey and Company as a Business Analyst. She is excited to learn more about city growth, development, and public policy in China.

Gian Marco Brizzolara (2019)

Germany

Bocconi University,WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Business,Entrepreneurship

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Marco Brizzolara is originally from Germany and studied business at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He obtained a double degree in International Management at Bocconi University and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad on several scholarships, including the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Deutschlandstiftung Integration. Upon graduation, Marco began his career in Chinese tech first working as a Senior Manager at Horizon Robotics, the world's largest AI chip startup and now in the Monetization Strategy Team of Bytedance, the world's largest startup. In addition, he is running chinatechblog.org, a blog covering technology in China. He acts as the Chairman of the German-Chinese AI Association in Beijing.

Han WU (2019)

China

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,University of California, Los Angeles

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Han WU graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master's degree in Structural Engineering focusing on High Performance Structures. Prior to enrolling at MIT, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering and minoring in Accounting. Currently, he works at Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong (one of the worldwide leading engineering consulting firms) as a structural engineer and the chairman of Young Engineer’s Group. Besides tackling challenging design problems, he also plays a key role in researching and implementing industry leading design tools as well as conducting training sessions. Upon completion of Schwarzman Scholars, Han hopes to pursue a career where he can combine his experience and knowledge in design and business development. Han is 24 years old and from China.

Hanfei Zhang (2019)

China

Tsinghua University

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Hanfei ZHANG is a National Defense Student of Tsinghua University. He received his double bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Law at Tsinghua University in 2016, and is currently a postgraduate student in the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua. Hanfei was the Captain of the 7th Committee of National Defense Students of Tsinghua (2016-2017). His research focuses on military news press, and he aspires to contribute to the construction of China military news and communication system in the future. He has been to Hunan, Guizhou, Gansu and other areas in China to conduct social studies and provide volunteer teaching, as well as been to U.S., Korea and Singapore as an exchange student. Hanfei is 24 years old and from China.

Heather Evans (2019)

Canada

Queen's University

Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship

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Heather Evans supports efforts in technology diplomacy as the Director of Frontier Technology Research for Asia Society. While a Schwarzman Scholar, Heather sang in the acapella choir and attended (nearly) every College event. Previously, Heather launched two startup companies and served as a Senior Advisor in advanced technology strategy for the Ontario Government. She is a Queen’s University Commerce graduate, and an alumni of Canada’s national entrepreneurship program, the Next36. Heather remains curious to broaden her understanding of the world, and reflects fondly on her experience at Tsinghua.

Heba Kassem (2019)

Egypt

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Heba Kassem, Harvard Class of 2017, studied Economics with a secondary field in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her academic interests span sociopolitical crises in the Middle East and economic development in Asia. Heba has worked in disaster relief management and education with One Foundation in Shanghai and Maru-a-Pula in Gaborone, respectively. Moved by the plight of the international refugee crisis, she is spending her postgraduate year working with NGOs in Greece and Turkey on Harvard’s Pforzheimer Public Service Fellowship. She hopes to continue studying economics and international policy at Schwarzman College. Heba is half-Egyptian and half-Chinese. She speaks Arabic, Chinese, English, and French.

Henry Aspegren (2019)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Government,Technology

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Henry Aspegren is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering degree in Artificial Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a bachelor’s in Computer Science from MIT and received a First from Cambridge University and a Full Blue in Ice Hockey while studying on exchange. Henry interned with the electronic trading team at Goldman Sachs in New York and London. His interests in markets and technology led him to design a block chain-based system for agricultural financing in Latin America. Henry aspires to develop public policy for addressing the new challenges and opportunities created by technology.

Hugo Wood (2019)

Panama

Tulane University,Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua

Foreign Policy,Government

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Hugo Wood is a lawyer, social entrepreneur, and public policy and international affairs specialist. He served as Policy Advisor and Chief Speechwriter to the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama and is the founder of the largest debate tournament in the history of his country. Passionate about policy design and implementation, he was awarded a fellowship to analyze international development best practices at the Kennedy School of Government and recently finished an MPP from the LSE. His ambition is to build bridges between China and Latin America, contribute to the development of behavioral sciences in the region and craft public-private partnerships focused on The New Reset.

Imane el Morabit (2019)

Netherlands

Universiteit Leiden

Consulting,Energy

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Imane el Morabit is graduating from Leiden University College The Hague with an honours bachelors degree in Governance, Economics and Development. During her years as an undergraduate, she has put her energy in GameChangers Academy and founded the project UniPrep, which prepares youngsters with lower socio-economic backgrounds for a successful academic and professional career. Imane has been rewarded by McKinsey & Company with the Next Generation Women Leaders Award 2017 and is passionate about renewable energy and the transition to a sustainable world. She speaks Dutch, Moroccan Berber, English, French, and has been learning Arabic and Mandarin. Imane is 20 years old and is from Morocco and the Netherlands. 

Isabel Zhang Zhang (2019)

Spain

University of Bath

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Isabel Zhang Zhang is the Associate Director of Investor Relations and Strategic Analysis at Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar energy companies. She is passionate about solving climate and environmental issues from a business and investment lens, and is particularly excited about the potential of solar energy. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, she worked as an Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs in London and as an Investment Analyst at the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. Isabel is fluent in Spanish, Mandarin and English.

Ishan Anand (2019)

United States of America

University of Cincinnati

Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Ishan Anand graduated in 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Ishan aspires to be a physician in the future, with a vision to develop a platform to provide high-quality, standardized, open-source healthcare to patients across the globe. In college, Ishan had the opportunity to work at a pharmacogenomics start-up, publish from various research labs, and design surgical instruments at a multinational medical device company. He helped create and served as president of EnableUC, a non-profit, open-source, prosthetic and assistive device incubator that 3-D prints devices for local and international patients – at no cost to the patient. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Ishan hopes to leverage his experiences to foster multilateral health-tech initiatives. Ishan is from Canada and the United States.

Jack Brake (2019)

United States of America

University of Virginia

Foreign Policy,Government

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John Brake is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he is also a Marshall Scholar. His research focuses on the political reasons for voluntary compliance with international law, particularly in the realms of arms control, US-China relations, and climate change. At Cambridge, he supervises undergraduate courses in ‘International Organizations’ and ‘US Foreign Policy’; he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the partner journal to the Historical Section of the International Studies Association. Before arriving in Cambridge, John studied at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, and at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 2018 with highest distinction, as a double-major in Politics and Spanish Literature and a Jefferson Scholar.

Jacqueline Cox (2019)

United States of America

Vanderbilt University

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Jacqueline Cox is a portfolio financial analyst at U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation. At Schwarzman Scholars, she completed her thesis on Chinese regional development strategy with the aim of identifying global urban development best practices. Her concentration was Economics and Business. Prior to attending Schwarzman College, she received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. There, she majored in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban Policy and Development and minor in Chinese Language and Cultural Studies. She also served as student body president of Vanderbilt from 2017-2018. Jacqueline was born in St. Louis, MO, USA. She is a board member of Rise Community Development, a non-profit affordable housing development company, and serves as chair of the young professional's board. She is passionate about shaping healthy communities through community-centered real estate and development.

Jada Hawkins (2019)

United States of America

Barnard College

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Jada Hawkins completed the first year of her MBA at Harvard Business School, before electing to postpone the remainder of her degree through the global pandemic. Instead, Jada will return to FinTech as a Product Manager. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Jada obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Barnard College of Columbia University. While at Barnard Jada co-founded the Athena Digital Design Agency, which educates women in coding, without the academic pressures, and employs them for their skills. Post-graduation Jada has worked as a Product Manager at Goldman Sachs focused on their foreign exchange and commodities execution platform.

Jae Hyun Lee (2019)

South Korea

Harvard University

Business,Entrepreneurship

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Jae Hyun Lee will graduate from Harvard University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a secondary in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Jae Hyun co-founded a non-profit to provide educational opportunities to high-potential orphaned high school students in Burundi, worked in Korea’s National Assembly, and has served in the Korean army as an intelligence specialist and squad leader. He hopes to create impactful lifestyle brands inspired by traditions around the world, and has spent time at Hermès, a fashion startup, and a social impact lifestyle business.

Jake Miller-Randle (2019)

Australia

University of Melbourne

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Jake Miller-Randle is currently working at the Boston Consulting Group, in their public sector and social impact practice areas. Prior to his year at Schwarzman College, Jake led an education non-profit and volunteered for a microfinance organization. He aspires to use his passion for human centered design and technology to ensure people remain at the center of policy and product innovation.

James Barklamb (2019)

Australia

Monash University

Foreign Policy,Government

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James Barklamb will graduate from Monash University in 2018. Selected in 2016 as one of two inaugural New Colombo Plan scholars for Myanmar, his studies focus on political participation and governance structures in democracies in transition. He has held positions with the Global Public Policy Institute, the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, and the International Organization for Migration and Rwanda's Commission for the Fight Against Genocide. He hopes to use these experiences to pursue work that engages emerging powers in global governance initiatives that support regional peace and security.

Jason Wang (2019)

United States of America

Stanford University

Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Jason Ku Wang is a medical student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology program and a 2020 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Jason concentrated in Public Policy and competed on the Tsinghua University dragonboat team. He is the author of over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on medical informatics, structural biology, and machine learning in journals such as Nature and Journal of Biomedical Informatics. During and before medical school, Jason worked on machine learning research at PathAI, data engineering at Facebook and Tableau, and business development at Roivant Sciences. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford, where he studied Mathematical and Computational Science and co-founded the university’s inaugural healthcare hackathon (Health++) which now hosts 300 attendees annually.

Jingxuan SU (2019)

China

Tsinghua University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Jingxuan Su is from the class of 2019. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University. After his time at Schwarzman Scholars, he worked as a strategy consultant at IBM. Jingxuan is now working at ByteDance on strategy and project management.

Joelle Cheong (2019)

Singapore

University of Sheffield

Education,Foreign Policy

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Joelle Cheong will graduate in June 2018 from the University of Sheffield with a double major in Politics and Sociology. She is a Lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), and commissioned as a Tank Armour Officer, ranking top 10% in her cohort (Sword of Merit). She is also the recipient of the SAF Merit Scholarship (Women). Joelle’s belief in empowering youths and passion in engaging youths in current affairs has led her to play integral roles in various initiatives. She has been heavily involved in the planning of the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Forum, the 1st ASEAN Youth Convention in 2009, and writes regularly for the ASEAN Economic Forum (an online platform aimed at educating youths on contemporary issues in ASEAN). She is also launching several new initiatives to enhance youth engagement in politics and social issues in Singapore. In the future, she hopes to further her career in the public service, leveraging on the knowledge and experiences gained about China and the world from the Schwarzman Scholars Programme.

Jonathan Lopez (2019)

Colombia

McGill University

Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy

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Jonathan Lopez graduated from McGill University with a joint honours in International Development and Political Science and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Passionate about international relations and entrepreneurship, Jonathan pursued academic exchange programs in the Netherlands and Australia and co-founded Moniversity to offer accessible financial knowledge to university students in Montreal. Prior to becoming a Schwarzman Scholar, he interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ecuador and became a Queen Elizabeth Scholar to work with Monash University in improving the primary health care system for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Jonathan is 24 years old and from Canada and Colombia.

Jordan-Nicolas Matte (2019)

Canada

McGill University,University of Oxford

Public/Social Policy

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Born the grandson of war refugees, Jordan-Nicolas Matte, grew up with a passion for the field of peacekeeping. He holds a First Class Honors degree from McGill University in Political Science and is currently a Chevening Scholar at the University of Oxford, completing a Master in Public Policy. Jordan has served in the Armed Forces, worked in the Parliament of Canada and interned at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Through the Schwarzman Scholar program, Jordan hopes to bridge Chinese and Canadian efforts to reform United Nations peacekeeping, focusing on conflict prevention through social and economic development. Jordan is 25 years old and is from Romania and Canada.

Joseph Kim (2019)

United States of America

Yale University

Business,Energy

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Joseph Kim received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. During his time as an undergrad, Joseph conducted research on bulk metallic glass, worked on North Korean issues during a gap year abroad, and won the senior department prize for his project on on-demand energy consumption visualization. After graduation, Joseph worked as the lead software engineer at Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Joseph became more interested in automation, the future of work, and the labor market. Joseph is currently pursuing his MS/MBA in Engineering and Business at Harvard.

Joseph Tobin (2019)

United States of America

Princeton University

Business,Entrepreneurship

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Joseph Tobin graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Spanish & Portuguese Literature & Culture, focusing on immigration and identity narratives in Spanish, German, and Mexican film.  Joe is an Associate on Starwood Capital Group’s Hotel Acquisitions team, primarily focused on opportunities in the Americas.  During his time in China, Joe plans to delve deeply into the Chinese hospitality and tourism industries.  In the future, Joe wants to foster cross-cultural hospitality partnerships between China and the United States of America. 

Joshua Woodard (2019)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Foreign Policy,Technology

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Joshua Woodard is a senior at MIT, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. During his university tenure, he has acted as co-president of a residential group, advisor to the President of MIT, and co-founded a summer program that received $20,000 in funding during its first year. In his spare time, he practiced jazz violin and managed his own campus photography business. Joshua hopes that, during his tenure at Tsinghua University, he will maximize his understanding of foreign policy, increase his Mandarin proficiency, and make invaluable connections that will lead to a career in foreign diplomacy. Joshua is 22 years old and from the United States.

Juan Sebastián Muñoz (2019)

Colombia

Middlebury College

Education,Entrepreneurship

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Juan Sebastián Muñoz studied at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales and graduated from Middlebury College where he majored in Economics and Philosophy. Upon graduation, Juan returned to Colombia where he worked for Bogota’s Deputy Secretary of Education as a Finance Advisor, coordinating the budget execution unit. Juan Sebastián joined Grupo Calidra in 2018 and after completing his master’s degree as a Schwarzman Scholar he was appointed Director of Innovation and Business Transformation. At Calidra he leads a team to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies and supports the development of new business models. He is also co-founder of Mentors4u Colombia, a mentorship program for talented college students from underprivileged backgrounds.

Junrong CHEN (2019)

China

Yale University

Business,Foreign Policy

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Junrong CHEN graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is interested in studying China’s political system and macroeconomic policies. He has conducted research into the impact of local government debts on the land prices in multiple provinces in China. He has acquired first-hand experience on grass-root government entities during an internship in a CPC’s county committee. He has most recently worked as an intern analyst at the head office of China Development Bank.

Justus Uwayesu (2019)

Rwanda

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy,Education

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Justus Uwayesu is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Harvard University with a minor in French. He is interested in the role of education and infrastructure in accelerating the growth of emerging economies. Justus founded Seven United, a youth-run non-profit in Rwanda with the dual mission of providing children from low-income families with access to quality education and of empowering young people to be servant-leaders in their communities. Justus recently created a U.S.-based branch of this organization for which he is the Board Director. At Harvard, he has served on the Freshmen Council for Service to Society and has participated in numerous volunteer projects. He was awarded the university’s Mack I. Davis Memorial Prize, given to one undergraduate student annually for commitment to diversity and community service, and has been nominated for The IDEA Award from IDEA4Africa. He is a 2016 Cheng Fellow in the Social Innovation + Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School. Justus believes that education is a fundamental human right and an opportunity that everyone should be granted. In his free time, he enjoys photography and fishing.

Katheryn Scott (2019)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Media,Technology

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Katheryn Scott majored in Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She envisions a world where people can work to understand differing perspectives. She hopes to start a social enterprise focused on improving the communication of science to the public. She has participated in research projects in both Singapore and the United Kingdom. She has held teaching positions at MIT as both a chemistry and physics teaching assistant. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Katheryn hopes to improve her understanding of global perspectives and improve her business skills.

Kevin Ferguson II (2019)

United States of America

Alabama A&M University,Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Kevin Ferguson II is a native of Alabama, United States and earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Alabama A&M University, summa cum laude. After pursuing a professional career as an electrical engineer at BP and Chevron Corporation, Mr. Ferguson attended Harvard Business School, where he was elected Student Body President and obtained an MBA. Following Harvard, Kevin was a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, where he studied public policy. He is the founder of the Ferguson & Son Foundation, a non-profit that provides scholarships, standardized test preparation and S.T.E.M education to Alabama students. Today, Kevin works as an e-Mobility Product Manager. In this role, he aids various organizations in electrification planning and positioning themselves for the future of transportation.

Keyang PENG (2019)

China

Beijing Normal University

Business,Foreign Policy

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Keyang PENG will receive a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media from Beijing Normal University (BNU) in July 2018. He is currently the executive chairman of Beijing Federation of University Societies and the vice chairman of BNU student union, working on coordinating youths’ activities in innovation and entrepreneurship. During college, he facilitated the establishment of the college innovation and entrepreneurship center through his effort. Keyang has always been devoting himself to be an outstanding cultural communicator, he participated in a joint study in MITs’ Media Lab, and attended the ‘BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit’ hosted by the Times in Johannesburg as the representative of Chinese undergraduates.

Kiera Peltz (2019)

United States of America

Brown University

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Kiera Peltz is the CEO of codeConnects, an international tech education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring computer science education is accessible, supportive, and empowering for K-12 students around the globe. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a double major in Political Science and Happiness, an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the science of happiness, and received an MPhil in Political and Economic Sociology from the University of Cambridge as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar. At Schwarzman Scholars, she concentrated in Economics and Business, conducted research on WeChat’s impact on employees’ happiness and worked for Tus-Happiness Science and Technology Lab. She is actively involved in politics and happiness research, previously working at the White House, Secretary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) and the Royal Government of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Commission.

Kseniya Otmakhova (2019)

Russia

Technische Universiteit Delft

Arts and Culture,Foreign Policy

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Kseniya (Xenia) Otmakhova holds BSc and MSc degrees in Design of the Built Environment and Urban Studies from Delft University of Technology. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Kseniya initiated research on urban and social aspects of the BRI devising planning and design strategies to embed this kind of large-scale infrastructure project into their local environmental and cultural context. Personally travelling to one of the BRI flagship projects, Khorgos Gateway, early 2018, Kseniya investigated and documented the on-the-ground impact of the BRI. Today this research takes the form of a design collaboration with one of China’s leading urban landscape design firms, Ballistic Architecture Machine, at which Kseniya is heading the company’s New Silk Road Initiatives unit and is also in charge of the firms’ public relations.

Kuan-I LEE (2019)

Taiwan, China

National Taiwan University

Business,Public/Social Policy

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Kuan-I LEE received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at National Taiwan University. Most recently, he served on a renewable energy team in EDF and is working on investment, project finance, and asset management of offshore wind projects, including the first Sino-foreign cooperation of offshore wind farms in China. Before that, he worked for KPMG Taiwan as special assistant in the Chairman and CEO’s office and a researcher on the sustainability advisory team. Additionally, he served for the Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition and Youth Advisory Council to raise awareness, provide suggestions and develop new approaches to relevant socio-political questions.

Kushal Prakash (2019)

India

Ashoka University,Shri Ram College of Commerce

Consulting,Government

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Kushal Prakash specialized in technology policy and innovation management as a Schwarzman Scholar, and is currently managing public policy, platform safety and non-profit strategy for ByteDance India. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Kushal set up a policy advisory firm in India and consulted with more than thirteen organizations on management and policy related projects. By working with an international non-profit, Kushal also designed interventions that aided the Indian government in creating several thousand jobs. He has experience running social impact projects in twenty-five countries, and is also a seasoned columnist with editorials published in newspapers like the Times of India, Global Times, and Financial Express, among others.

Lidiia Zhgyr (2019)

Ukraine

Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Lidiia Zhgyr is a graduate of Kyiv National Economic University with a masters in International Economics, where her interests were focused on marketing of non-governmental organizations. She is a European Youth Parliament Alumna and took a term as a Board Member of its Ukrainian branch in 2014. As Vice President of the organization, she initiated a new format of anti-corruption conferences to support active youth in the aftermath of the Euromaidan Revolution. At the same time she served as a paramedic at the Revolution and organized voluntary support to the military hospitals during the conflict in the East of Ukraine. Currently Lidiia is a Project Manager at Kyiv School of Economics running a number of educational programs in Procurement Management as an element of Public Procurement Reform in Ukraine. During her time at Tsinghua University, she will focus on the adaptation of successful education models to the ongoing Ukrainian education reform.

Lijunren ZHONG (2019)

China

Fudan University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Lijunren ZHONG graduated from Fudan University, Shanghai. He is the founder and leader of an NGO called FutureChina. He is dedicated to promoting balanced development of educational resources in China in order to expose students in remote areas to quality educational services, information and opportunities. To achieve that, he sent thousands of experience-sharing manuals to students for free, published a charity book called Here We Set Off as editor-in-chief, organized a charity winter camp and attracted social capital to invest his NGO to build an online charity class. He also expressed his idea of balancing educational resources to the world when he served as representative of the United Nations Economical and Social Council and drafter of 2017 APEC Youth Declaration. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Lijunren expects to build friendship, cooperation and mutual trust with youth from all over the world to face up to future challenges.

Lin WANG (2019)

China

Shanghai International Studies University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Lin Wang is an incoming Ph.D. student from the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM), Tsinghua University. She will study China's external economic relations and related governance issues. Lin worked as a journalist reporting on China's foreign policy and overseas investments in a top-tier Chinese financial newspaper for six years before enrolling at Schwarzman Scholars. She was also a research fellow of CBN Research Institute and BRI 100 Research Institute. Lin has published a book called "Wang Lin's Top Interviews with Global Leaders on Belt and Road" (May 2017, the Commercial Press). She reported on dozens of political and economic events, including the G20 Hangzhou Summit, the Belt and Road Summit, Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and many bilateral state visits. Lin has also conducted field research in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, Cameroon, South Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Lindokuhle Ntuli (2019)

South Africa

University of Cape Town,University of the Free State

Business,Law

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Lindokuhle Ntuli is a lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Private Law and Human Rights as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and will be graduating in April 2018 from the University of Cape Town. Lindokuhle is an active and accomplished leader who has grasped opportunities to develop his leadership skills both locally and globally. He is a Former SRC President, SRC Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and Founder of the UFS Student Court and UFS Moot Court Society (Legal Behemoth). As President, inter alia, he successfully led a fundraising campaign that raised over 1.2 million in rand to fund poor and academically deserving students at the University of the Free State in 2016. He was awarded a Life Time Leadership Award by the University of the Free State, awarded in recognition of his sterling contribution made to the University through different roles in the past three years. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Lindokuhle hopes to maximize the experience, opportunities and networks for the betterment of society.

Lingyu ZHOU (2019)

China

Southwest University of Political Science and Law,Washington University in St. Louis

Business,Foreign Policy

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Lingyu ZHOU graduated from Southwest University of Political Science and Law majoring in law with a bachelor's degree and went to Washington University in Saint Louis to pursue a master's degree. After graduation, she served as the chairman assistant in a public company. In October 2015, she founded her own company called Panda Town, working for the overall operation and management of this company. She's created an internet financing platform with nearly 1 million registered users now. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she wants to have a deeper business insight on a global scale.

Lionel Jin (2019)

Singapore

Yale University

Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Lionel Jin will graduate from Yale College in 2018, with a B.S./M.S. in Molecular Biology and a double major in Computer Science. He received the Hart Lyman prize, the highest award in the Yale junior class for character and achievement and was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He was editor-in-chief of the Yale Scientific Magazine, and served as Treasurer of European Horizons, a student-led think tank. Lionel is excited about working in tech and building products that will transform the way we live.

Lucienne Oyer (2019)

United States of America

Stanford University

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy

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Lucienne Oyer is a senior majoring in Economics at Stanford University. She is completing an honors thesis on Chinese overseas infrastructure development, and conducted fieldwork for the project in Ghana. The past two summers, Lucy worked in infrastructure investment banking at Goldman Sachs, and for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. On campus, she administers over 80 policy fellowships as Vice Chair of Stanford in Government and is a member of Stanford’s competitive Debate Society. Lucy hopes to use her time at Schwarzman to deepen her knowledge of Chinese international economic engagement in preparation for a career in business and economic policy-making.

Lucille Greer (2019)

United States of America

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Foreign Policy,Government

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Lucille Greer will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee as a double-major in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Lucy co-founded and served as the Vice President of the Feminist Alliance, a student organization for feminist activism. As a Baker Scholar at UT’s Baker Center for Public Policy, her research examined American intervention policy in the Syrian Civil War. Lucy interned with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and Saudi Arabia and aspires to a career in diplomacy. She was a 2017 Boren Scholar and studied intensive Arabic and regional politics in Amman, Jordan.

Magzhan Sovetbek (2019)

Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University

Energy,Public/Social Policy

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Magzhan Sovetbek will graduate in 2018 with a Civil Engineering major from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan’s leading Western-style research institution. He is ranked among the top 5 percent of his class and is passionate about the development of wind energy in Kazakhstan. As an undergraduate, Magzhan researched wind technologies’ application in Astana and the Caspian Sea, and presented his projects in the finals of the national contest “Best Young Scientist” and in an international competition in Abu Dhabi. Magzhan was also a lead director in the largest educational debating event hosted in Kazakhstan in 2015. In the long run, Magzhan hopes to shape his country’s energy policy and foster cooperation between Kazakhstan and China in development of renewable energy.

Mandy Tan (2019)

United States of America

New York University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Mandy Tan is a Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where she has led teams of up to 20 peers and worked in a variety of industries including life sciences and technology. She graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a bachelors in Economics and thesis comparing Chinese stocks listed on Chinese vs. American stock exchanges. She was Treasurer of Student Government and Co-Director of the Women’s Mentorship Program, and led her cross-university team to win the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research award. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she hopes to further her passion in developing organizational strategies for global expansions.

Matthew Salm (2019)

United States of America

University of Texas at Dallas

Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate

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Matthew Salm studies mathematics as a McDermott Scholar at the University of Texas at Dallas. He plans to pursue a PhD in economics and work on climate policy issues. A Truman Scholar and Udall Scholar, Matt has researched environmental conservation in Bhutan and interned with environmental economics teams at the World Bank and US Environmental Protection Agency. At UT Dallas, he founded the chapter of Food Recovery Network, worked as a teaching assistant for an honors physics course, and served as president of the school’s Sustainability Club. Matt also enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and doing pretty much anything outdoors.

Michael Shin (2019)

South Korea

Princeton University

Business,Finance

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Michael Shin is a senior at Princeton University majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Coming from a family of diplomats, he grew up mostly in the United States, China, and Jordan; this has provided him with the opportunity to work in the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, serve as a South Korean Special Forces paratrooper and United Nations peacekeeper in Lebanon, and work at a global investment bank in New York. He is interested in the Middle Eastern-East Asian economic relationship, and hopes to leverage his background and Schwarzman experience to connect promising firms and industries from those regions to cross-border financing and expertise.

Min YANG (2019)

China

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Min YANG graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a double major in Public Health and Statistics. At UNC, Min was deeply involved with HIV / AIDS research in Southern China, studied global health policy at WHO, and served as the deputy director of the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. He was recognized by the China Hands Magazine as 25-under-25 future leaders in US-China Relations. After graduation, Min joined CBPartners as a consultant, providing strategic guidance to biotech companies. In 2017, Min joined ofo, the pioneer of dock less bike share, as one of their first employees to help ofo enter U.S. markets. Min is 25 years old and from China.

Miro Plueckebaum (2019)

Germany

University of York

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Miro Plueckebaum is from Germany, the United States and Canada. In his academic work he has focused on technology policy, ethics and governance and was awarded the Outstanding Postgraduate Thesis Award at Tsinghua University. After professional experiences in finance, consulting and public policy, he worked at SAP where he conceptualized and implemented the company’s global approach to AI ethics and public policy. In preparation for working on global technology policy in the future, Miro is currently delving into the product side, working with AI researchers and multinational corporations in Beijing and Berlin to build enterprise intelligence tools.

Namit Choksi (2019)

India

Harvard University,Maharashtra University of Health Sciences

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Namit Choksi was born and raised in Mumbai, India where he graduated with his MD. He went on to pursue his medical clerkships at Johns Hopkins followed by an MPH from Harvard. While there, he worked with his mentor to launch a world bank acclaimed low-cost medical device in India and also served as a policy fellow in the Indian Government. After graduation, he pursued his postdoctoral research in mucosal immunology and genetics at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His primary interest lies in identifying, investing and growing promising companies that would bridge gaps in healthcare access. During his time at Schwarzman Scholars, Namit lead the India expansion efforts for NLVC, one of China’s biggest and most renowned funds, bringing affordable, cutting-edge healthcare portfolio companies from China and the United States to India. Currently, he’s on the frontlines fighting SARS-CoV2 as a physician and also working with the government strategizing India’s response to the virus. Namit is also a drummer and a certified DJ.

Nataly Mora (2019)

Ecuador

Universidad Internacional del Ecuador

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Nataly Mora holds a bachelor's in Diplomacy and International Relations from the International University of Ecuador. Her diverse background has brought her to Lisbon, Portugal where she underwent the Cross-cultural Communication and Negotiation Program and conducted research on comparative policy. In 2017, she accepted a full-scholarship at the University of Oslo with the Peace Research Institute in Norway, where she was trained in diplomatic relations. She has also consulted for the International Organization for Migrations, worked for the National Elections Council, the European Union Delegation to Ecuador, and worked extensively in the private sector. Additionally, she served as president of her local Rotaract International Club, and led a global fund-raising campaign to provide housing for families affected by the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador.

Netteange Monaus (2019)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Netteange Monaus majored in Sociology and French at the United States Military Academy. Both of her parents were born in Haiti, and she strives to stay connected to this important part of her history by taking mission trips to Haiti. As an officer in the United States Army, Netteange invests in being a mentor for people of color and women in the combat arms environment. She makes every effort to create leaders of character ready to serve their country.

Newton Davis (2019)

United States of America

Williams College

Entrepreneurship,Finance

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Newton Davis graduated from Williams College where he double majored in History and Arabic Studies with concentrations in Spanish and African-American Studies. After graduation, he worked as a management consultant at Accenture in the telecommunication, media, and technology practice. Post consulting, he moved to 500 Startups where he has helped create education programs for global venture capital investors. Newton hopes to use the Schwarzman program to further his knowledge about tech innovation and entrepreneurship while building his chops as a venture capital investor. A Truman, Mellon Mays, and QuestBridge scholar, he studied and worked in a number of countries and has spent the last 2 years living in Mexico City. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is a music lover, political junkie, and closeted urbanist.

Nicole Ching (2019)

United Kingdom

University College London,University of Oxford

Arts and Culture,Education

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Nicole Ching graduated in Classics from UCL and read for a MSc in Anthropology at Oxford. Her diverse experience in the arts includes working for Sotheby’s, Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, and writing for ArtAsiaPacific. Influenced by her time working with the Long Museum, Shanghai, Nicole co-founded conference platform Museum 2050 to help explore and unlock the potential of China’s private museums. A strong advocate for arts curriculum in the Chinese education system, Nicole hopes to use her time as a Schwarzman Scholar to initiate more fluid conversation between international art institutions and China. Nicole is 22 years old and from Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Noah Lachs (2019)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Communications,Foreign Policy

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Noah Lachs graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2019. He is currently an analyst in a cross-governmental role based in the UK Home Office. At Schwarzman Scholars, Noah’s dissertation focused on states’ attempts to impose national identities on ethnic minorities. He also consulted the Beijing Winter Olympic Committee on their communications, and created audiobooks for Chinese students learning English. He holds a degree in English Literature from Oxford University where he was President of the Oxford Union, a role in which he hosted Heads of State, CEOs, and leaders of multi-lateral organizations. Noah has published multiple articles and enjoys football, rock climbing, and playing jazz guitar.

Nofar Hamrany (2019)

Israel

New York University

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Nofar Hamrany is a leader within Israel’s international innovation ecosystem. She grew up in Israel, before winning a scholarship to the United World College in New Mexico. After finishing her studies in the US, Nofar returned to Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces’ Foreign Relations Brigade, working on maintaining the Israel-Egypt peace agreement. She then spent half a decade in China, where she studied economics and Chinese at New York University Shanghai, co-founded the global initiative GoGreen Week, and focused on public policy as a Schwarzman Scholar in Beijing. Since leaving China in 2019, Nofar has been working as an International Collaboration Manager at the Israel Innovation Authority, using policy and diplomacy to advance economic growth in Israel.

Olayemi Anifowose-Eso (2019)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Business,Foreign Policy

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Olayemi Anifowose-Eso currently works at the Open Society Foundations within the Soros Economic Development Fund in London. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, she completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. As a student, she held the role of careers representative at St Hugh’s College where she sought to improve alumni - student connections. At Schwarzman Scholars she worked with Kente & Silk, a social enterprise aimed at changing the status-quo of Africa-China relations, and led the efforts for their second ever start-up competition for African entrepreneurs in China. In a similar vein, she wrote her thesis on the effectiveness of Nigerian policy to Chinese FDI. Olayemi is from Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Oleksandr Guzenko (2019)

Ukraine

Sumy State University

Communications,Government

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Oleksandr Guzenko is a consultant in strategic communications, government relations and public affairs at Ukraine's CFC Consulting Company. He currently leads a team of professionals to streamline communications at the Parliament of Ukraine. He also launched an initiative that fosters independent multimedia journalism in Ukraine. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Sumy State University. Oleksandr has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper.

Philip Callan (2019)

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Philip Callan worked as a Permanent Trade Representative for the Irish Government in Toronto, Canada before moving to China. While there, he worked with Government and the private sector to increase exports for Irish Technology, Engineering and Medical Sciences companies in Canada. He studied Economics at Trinity College Dublin and SciencesPo Paris. While in college, Philip worked in Business Development for AB InBev in London. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Philip researched the development of professional sport, particularly football, in post Reform and Opening China. He now works in Business Development at DocuSign across EMEA but is interested in moving into something more China related in the near future.

Pu YAN (2019)

China

Simon Fraser University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Pu YAN is an undergraduate student from Simon Fraser University, who majored in Economics. His ambition lays in solving China’s rural development problems, thus pushing many stagnant rural regions to break through the poverty trap. Throughout many researches he’s done in the past years around rural BTH areas under the concentration of stay-behind children, he holds his wish unswervingly, and confidently. He will be studying Economic & Business in the Schwarzman program, and he is looking forward to making acquaintances and being helpful to every other scholar. He is planning to utilize his knowledge to serve a better understanding of China to other students, therefore, making contributions to the Schwarzman society. Pu is 24 years old and from China.

Rachel Zuckerman (2019)

United States of America

University of Iowa

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Rachel Zuckerman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with degrees in Political Science and Journalism, as well as a certificate in Cultural Competence. She represented over 24,000 of her peers as Student Body President and led the UI Student Government to make progress on issues including diversity and inclusion, food and housing security, mental health, and civic engagement. As an undergraduate, Rachel conducted research on parental leave policies at Big Ten institutions and argued for more generous paid leave for university staff. Raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, she aims to strengthen the emerging relationship between Detroit and China.

Ramsey Fahs (2019)

United States of America

Harvard University

Arts and Culture,Public/Social Policy

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Ramsey Fahs graduated from Harvard College in 2018 with a degree in History and Literature. In college, Ramsey served as a reporter and editor for The Harvard Crimson and participated in Harvard’s Bach Society Orchestra. Since graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, Ramsey has worked at McKinsey & Company in Washington DC.

Rawan Galaidos (2019)

United States of America

University of California, Los Angeles

Entrepreneurship,Public/Social Policy

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As a daughter of Eritrean immigrants who fled the country due to poor social and economic conditions, Rawan Galaidos was determined to alleviate some of the harsh realities facing African communities. To exercise this passion, she started a social enterprise called The Ubuntu Project (www.theubuntuproj.com). In addition, Rawan is a Princeton in Africa fellow serving as Chief of Staff at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. Prior to that, she worked as a management consultant for two years, graduated from UCLA Class of 2015 as magna cum laude, and participated in business programs at UC Berkeley and Yale. Rawan is 23 years old and from the United States.

Rebecca Singer (2019)

Canada

Princeton University

Finance,Public/Social Policy

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Rebecca Singer will graduate from Princeton University in June 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Music. A fervent musician, she is also passionate about using social finance to serve marginalized populations. Rebecca spent two months living in India working with a social innovation incubator, where she learned about social challenges and innovative solutions. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Rebecca hopes to deepen her understanding of Asia’s role in the rise of impact investing.

Reid Magdanz (2019)

United States of America

Yale University

Energy,Public/Social Policy

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Reid Magdanz attended Yale University, focusing his studies on natural resource policy and management. After graduation, he worked with hydropower development projects as a Luce Scholar in Vientiane, Laos. Reid then interned for the Obama White House before returning to Alaska, where he has spent most of the last five years staffing a member of the Alaska House of Representatives. Reid cares about the challenges rural people face in a global economy, indigenous language revitalization, transitioning to renewable energy, and promoting humility-based, fact-oriented politics.

Riyanka Ganguly (2019)

United States of America

Duke University

Business,Health/Healthcare

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Riyanka Ganguly is a passionate activist for equity and justice and will serve as Student Body President for Duke University for the 2017-2018 school year. She will graduate in 2018 with a degree in Political Science, and is dedicating her life to service through politics both domestically and globally. She has worked at the intersection of global health and business at the United States Agency for International Development and hopes to continue to advance the field of international development through innovation and business minded principles.

Ross Jaggers (2019)

United Kingdom

University of Warwick,University of York

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Ross Jaggers graduated from the University of Warwick with a Doctorate in Chemistry (PhD) in 2017, following a master’s in Chemistry at the University of York where he spent a year working at the Dutch life sciences company DSM. He is currently working at the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, as a Programme Manager in the Research & Innovation team. He has a particular interest and focus on sustainability and climate change mitigation, and is working to enable innovation in these areas. Ross' broader motivation is to accelerate the transition of science and technological innovation from lab to market, to help tackle society’s global challenges. He is a strong advocate for a transition from a linear to a circular economy. During his time in scientific research, Ross designed and developed new functional biopolymers and materials. He is a strong believer of open and accessible science, working to advance research and innovation in academia, industry and government.

Roy Segal (2019)

Israel

Columbia University

Business,Entrepreneurship

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Roy Segal graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a double major in Economics and East Asian Studies, having completed his undergraduate degree in three years. During his time at Columbia, Roy served as the Israeli co-president of the China-Israel Connection, a student-led organization that aims to strengthen Sino-Israeli relations on campus and provides devoted, promising students with internship opportunities in Tel Aviv, Beijing, Shanghai, and New York City. Roy also studied abroad with Columbia Summer Program in Beijing, China to hone his Chinese language ability, and with Harvard Summer Program in Kyoto, Japan and Korean University International Summer Campus in Seoul, South Korea to deepen his understanding of East Asia. Before moving to New York City, he served in Unit 8200 of the Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Corps.

Ruby Wang (2019)

United Kingdom

University College London,University of Cambridge

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Dr. Ruby Wang is a UK-trained Medical Doctor with over ten years of experience within and around the healthcare space, having completed Medical School with an intercalated Master’s in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and University College London and practised in Medicine and Surgery in Oxford and London. Ruby is passionate about the intersection of Health Policy and Health Technology in order to improve healthcare services, systems and therefore patient care. She is the China Head of Programme Delivery of Health and Life Sciences, for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, at the British Embassy in Beijing. She currently also sits on the Digital Health Council for the UK Royal Society of Medicine. She has worked as Medical Advisor for AliHealth at Alibaba, and as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Holmusk, a post-series-A Mental Health Technology company. Ruby is a 2019 alumna of Schwarzman Scholars.

Sarah Mortell (2019)

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

Government,Technology

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Sarah Mortell is Director of Forum at Web Summit. She hired and leads the team behind a meeting of 1,000 select world-leaders in Lisbon. Previously, she interned for Fleishman-Hillard in Washington D.C. Sarah graduated from Trinity College, Dublin – where she served as the fifth female president of the oldest debating society in the world – with a B.A. in Economics and Politics. Sarah has addressed the Portuguese-US Chamber of Commerce in New York and the Annual Diplomatic Congress of Portugal on the future of technology and governance.

Sathish Raghuraman (2019)

India

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Foreign Policy,Technology

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Sathish Raghuraman pursued his bachelors and masters’ degree in Computer Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was one of the ten Huawei Maitree scholars from India who studied in China. He is a capable technologist who has completed internships at MIT and Microsoft. His experiences as a regionally recognized debater and adjudicator led him to find his calling in international studies and world politics. Sathish aspires to head the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he wants to harness Sino-Indian synergies to tackle global challenges.

Seth Kolker (2019)

United States of America

Rhode Island College,Yale University

Education,Public/Social Policy

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Seth Kolker graduated from Yale and taught math for three years at a low-income public high school in Rhode Island, where he founded a course on "How to Change the World." During his year in China, he focused on understanding Chinese education and citizenship. He holds a Master’s in Education and is currently a Stanford JD/MBA candidate on a Knight-Hennessy Scholarship. He aspires to upgrade the American educational system by revitalizing school districts, boosting institutional capacity for innovation in education, and transforming social policy.

Shantanu Banerjee (2019)

United States of America

University of Texas at Austin

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Shantanu Banerjee graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he majored in Economics and Government. He is currently at JP Morgan Chase Institute; the bank’s public policy think tank. Prior to his time in China, Shantanu spent two years at the fixed-income desk of the U.S. Federal Reserve. While in college, Shantanu spent a summer completing the world’s longest charity bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska to raise money for cancer research. Shantanu grew up in Austin and currently resides in New York.

Shefali Jain (2019)

United States of America

Princeton University

Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship

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Shefali Jain currently works as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company. At Schwarzman Scholars, Shefali concentrated in International Studies and her capstone analyzed multilateral approaches to conflict resolution in the South China Sea. Prior to attending Schwarzman Scholars, she worked in Ulaanbaatar as an analyst at Mongolia International Capital Corporation, one of Mongolia’s longest-operating financial advisory firms. Shefali is interested in exploring ways to effectively utilize technology and public-private partnerships to develop emerging economies. Shefali received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2017.

Shuyang LU (2019)

China

Zhejiang University

Business,Foreign Policy

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LU Shuyang currently works at China Oil & Foodstuffs Corporation in Beijing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science and two master’s degrees in Management. Shuyang is passionate about agriculture and international organizations. She was invited to attend the 2019 UN Economic and Social Council Youth Forum and interned in the UN World Food Program. Previously, she served as the Executive President of All-China Students’ Federation, Vice President of Zhejiang Youth Federation, President of Zhejiang Provincial Students’ Federation as well as President of Student’s Union of Zhejiang University. During her tenure, she worked for the Central Committee of the Communist Young League.

Sietse Goffard (2019)

United States of America

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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Sietse Goffard is currently a Thomas Upham Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and works as a policy advisor on affordable housing issues for the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, he worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) leading research projects on racial discrimination in housing and lending. His economic research has been published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and Brookings Institution, and featured in the New York Times and Newsweek. In addition, Sietse is an avid public transportation advocate and served on the advisory council of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), America's second largest public transit system. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude in Economics from Harvard University, where he served as class president and co-led a citizenship mentoring program for elderly Chinese immigrants. Sietse is from the United States but grew up in France for much of his childhood.

Siyu LEI (2019)

China

University of Missouri

Business,Foreign Policy

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After two years working in the development and digital communication sectors in Yangon, Myanmar, Siyu LEI is propelled to focus on the emerging countries in the world, and how information in the age of technology changes the lives of the poor. Siyu graduated with Journalism and Economics dual degrees, and has since marinated her experience working for established media outlets like NPR and Dow Jones with what she sees and does daily in Southeast Asia and beyond. When she's not reading and researching about developing countries, she's working on the Mandarin feminism podcast she founded, which has mounted more than 10,000 subscribers and 500,000 downloads.

Sveto Muhammad Ishoq (2019)

Afghanistan

American University of Afghanistan

Business,Entrepreneurship

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Sveto Muhammad Ishoq lives in Kabul, studying Business Administration with a major in Accounting at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) on a full scholarship award from the United States Embassy. Sveto is a women's rights activist shown through her writings for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and the Anna May Project. She co-founded the University Success Club and has held many leadership roles at AUAF. She volunteers as a program support person and a team leader for Everywoman Everywhere project, where she works on an International Treaty on Violence against Women. She is fluent in Dari, Russian, English, and Tajik. Sveto is passionate about empowering women through economic independence.

Tanay Jaeel (2019)

United States of America

University of California, Berkeley

Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Tanay Jaeel graduated from Berkeley where he majored in Business Administration. During his time there, he went deep into social impact initiatives through his coursework and extracurricular, including projects for the California State Government, rural districts in South India, and various nonprofits. After graduation, Tanay worked in Product Strategy at LinkedIn, building out the platform’s job seeking experience to help millions of members find their next career opportunity. His interest in Asia and China sparked during a 6-month rotation with LinkedIn in Singapore where he focused on driving consumer, product, and monetization growth in the region. Tanay is joining the Schwarzman Scholars program to study how the tech industry and public sector can partner to create and scale technology for social good.

Tang TANG (2019)

China

Renmin University of China

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Tang TANG will graduate in June 2018 from Renmin University of China with a bachelor's degree in both Finance and Applied Mathematics. During his undergraduate studies, Tang demonstrated a passion on development issues in rural area of China. He has lead a team sponsored by the Minister of Education to research on implementation of medical insurance, as well as on economic and social effects of e-Health technique promotion in rural areas of Sichuan and Guizhou provinces. He is interested on corporate finance and responsible investment, which he had explored during his exchange semester at the University of Hong Kong and internship with MSCI ESG research team. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Tang aspires to gain a better understanding on both legal and financing issues of corporate development and responsible investment, especially in underdeveloped areas.

Tomas Luksic (2019)

Chile

Columbia University

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy

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Tomas Luksic is a senior studying Economics at Columbia University. He is part of the leadership board for the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT) at Columbia University. Tomas first visited China in 2014, where he was enrolled at Beijing Language and Culture University. Since then, he has worked for Freeport-McMoRan and McKinsey & Company. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Tomas hopes to develop a deeper understanding of: Sino-Latin American relations, sustainable development, technology & innovation, and education. Tomas is 22 years old and from the United Kingdom and Chile.

Trevor Wrobleski (2019)

United States of America

Johns Hopkins University

Government,Health/Healthcare

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Trevor Wrobleski is a Johns Hopkins University graduate, having studied Neuroscience and Public Health with a concentration in Quantitative Risk Assessment. His work has spanned the scope of health strategy and operations, with areas including HIV in Ghana, tuberculosis in India, injuries in Jamaica, and cancer in Rwanda. He has also quantified the risks to individuals and populations presented by chemical and biological hazards. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Trevor studied exchange mechanisms for non-priceable goods and applied this research to kidney exchanges in China. Trevor is dedicated to creating a healthier and more prosperous world.

William Drexel (2019)

United States of America

University of Cambridge,Yale University

Foreign Policy,Government

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William Drexel graduated from Yale University in 2016, and is currently a master's student at the University of Cambridge. He studies the intellectual history of political religion, and has conducted research across Israel, Palestine, and India. Devoted to the rights of the displaced, Bill served as president of the Yale Refugee Project, and has worked in emergency search and rescue operations in Mediterranean and Aegean migration crises. Bill hopes to examine the complexities of governance, society and religion in China, and eventually aims to work in diplomacy.

Willie Thompson (2019)

United States of America

Morehouse College

Arts and Culture,Education

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Willie J. Thompson was born in Selma, AL, and grew up in Griffin, GA. After graduating summa cum laude / Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse, Willie worked as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Taichung, Taiwan with the Fulbright Program. For his contributions in the classroom and community, he was acknowledged as ETA of the year. Upon finishing his service as an ETA, Willie worked as an Associate Consultant for The Bridgespan Group. Willie took a leave of absence from Bridgespan to join the third cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, where he played on the Schwarzman College basketball team and researched the meaning of heroism among Chinese students. Willie has since returned to The Bridgespan Group where he works on impact investing, philanthropic prizes (e.g., Chicago Prize), and workforce development. In his spare time, Willie can be found playing percussion, engaging in boisterous banter with friends, and honing his craft as a storyteller.

Wina Huang (2019)

Canada

Columbia University

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Wina Huang graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a Bachelor in Economics-Mathematics and a special concentration in Business Management. Previously, she was a Royal Canadian Army Cadet for six years and led the national shooting program. She also worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group in New York. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, Wina served as a Senior Scholar and as a corporate finance and strategy manager at an AI processor company, where she spearheaded global fundraising initiatives. Wina currently works with the General Manager of VMware China on strategy and business development.

Yajun YANG (2019)

China

Renmin University of China

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Yajun YANG was ranked top 1 in her grade at Renmin University (RUC), School of Philosophy, rewarded by Baosteel Scholarship, National Scholarship, First Prize Scholarship, and Excellent Student Award. Majoring in Ethics and minoring in Economics, she developed a comprehensive dimension with a multi-background. She was appointed President of Student Union of School of Philosophy and Minister of Press in New Media Center of Propaganda Department of RUC. She also participated in 4 field surveys in rural or minority areas in Jiangsu, Shandong, Hebei and Yunnan Province and participated in 2 volunteering programs. Also, she served as Assistant in China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and Institute for Global Industry (igi) of Tsinghua University. Yajun is 21 years old and from China.

You LU (2019)

China

Tsinghua University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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You LU is now a Ph.D. candidate in hydrology and water resources management, holding a Bachelor in Hydraulic Engineering and a second degree in Economics from Tsinghua. His research focuses on the feedbacks between water and human society, as well as the international rivers issues. You was a student counselor at Tsinghua, and established a student association for international organizations and global governance as the co-founder and first president. He visited international organizations in Manila, Geneva and Vienna as a student representative of Tsinghua delegations, and invited several officials of international organizations to give lectures to students in China.

Youjin Lee (2019)

South Korea

Yonsei University

Communications,Environment/Climate

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Youjin Lee studied Science, Technology, and Policy at Yonsei University. She has researched bioethics in synthetic biology and public communications as a journalist. Through her entrepreneurial experiences, she believes in the power of science and technology literacy and is looking for a career in global cooperation in the biological field. Youjin is the Asia winner of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization Youth Competition and of the Talent Award of Korea. She is currently working at POSCO as a supply chain manager.

Yue WU (2019)

China

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Yue WU graduated with first class honors and an academic achievement award from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology with a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Finance. She won HKSAR Government Scholarship in 2014 as the only mainland business student and won HK championship of CFA Global Research Competition in 2016. After graduation, she worked in an international investment bank in Hong Kong and focused on M&A advisory in energy and technology sectors. Yue has keen passion in finance. She wants to devote her attention to domestic and global economic and financial system reform, with an aim to build a transparent and efficient system which benefits businesses and people. She wants to build her knowledge and leadership skills under a global context in Schwarzman College and contribute to the bounding of Schwarzman's community with her attainment in Chinese traditional culture. Yue is 23 years old and from China.

Zezhou CAI (2019)

China

Georgetown University,Tsinghua University

Business,Foreign Policy

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Zezhou CAI graduated from Tsinghua University School of Law as valedictorian at the 2016 university-wide commencement ceremony. She is now a master's student in public policy at Georgetown University, as a Fulbright Fellowship grantee. Her policy interest is in poverty and the political economy of developing countries. During university, Zezhou conducted three large-scale fieldwork research projects across five provinces in China, focusing on rural development and urbanization. At Georgetown, she interned at the World Resources Institute for its flagship report on services enjoyed by the underserved population in cities of the global south. Zezhou also holds several leadership positions, such as the President of the Student Government of Tsinghua University School of Law and the Senior Online Editor of the Georgetown Public Policy Review. At Schwarzman, Zezhou wants to learn more about China’s development policy and see how it communicates with the rest of the world.

Zheming LIU (2019)

China

Tsinghua University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Zheming Liu graduated from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University and majored in Global Communication and Global Affairs. Zheming currently works in the CITIC Group, focusing on the global business of CITIC and risk management of financing, interest, FX, liquidity, commodity and more.

Abdullah Almiqasbi (2018)

Libya

University of Nottingham

Foreign Policy,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Abdullah Almiqasbi grew up in Benghazi, Libya, and moved to China at the age of 18 to complete a degree in International Business with Communication Studies at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China. Upon completing his Schwarzman Scholars journey, Abdullah moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to start a career in Management Consulting with a focus on IT and Tech projects. Following his passion toward public service and as an independent consultant, Abdullah finds himself involved in various projects geared toward social good in Libya.

Adam Tyndall (2018)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Communications,Public/Social Policy

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Adam Tyndall read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford where he specialised in the political history of the United Kingdom and China. As an undergraduate he co-founded the China-Britain Youth Association to develop understanding and engagement between young people in those two countries. He has worked in communications and policy roles for the Shadow Infrastructure Minister and for major transport projects – latterly the campaign to expand Heathrow Airport. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to develop his ability to shape public policy debates.

Alexander Kremer (2018)

Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Entrepreneurship,Finance,Technology

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Alexander Kremer came to Schwarzman Scholars with a degree in International Business from Berlin School of Economics and Law/Copenhagen Business School and prior work experience as an analyst at IBM (Germany/China) and junior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company (Europe). During his time at Schwarzman Scholars, he co-founded the Schwarzman Starters Tech & Entrepreneurship society and focused his thesis research on the internationalization of Chinese technology companies. Since graduation, he has been working at the leading Chinese internet company JD.com as a Director in Beijing and privately investing in start-up companies globally. Alexander originally is from Hamburg, Germany.

Alistair Kitchen (2018)

Australia

University of Sydney

Foreign Policy,Government,Media

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Alistair graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature. He helped author Out On the Fields, a ground-breaking report into homophobia in the sporting environment, and launched the Good Lad Initiative - a program that delivers workshops on masculinity and consent - in Australia. Before that, he led initiatives that increased access to university to students from underrepresented backgrounds. He hopes to use these experiences in social ventures to find new ways of making societies more equitable and compassionate.

Alix de Monts (2018)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy,Technology

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Alix de Monts is a Masters student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she also received a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering. Passionate about addressing the pressing geopolitical and technical challenges of the energy sector, Alix has had a range of international energy experiences: She’s built and raced the MIT Solar Car across Australia, interned with ExxonMobil in Texas, ENGIE in France, and Tesla in California. Her research, developing techno-economic models of the electricity grid to advise governments on policy decisions and market design, has brought her to Saudi Arabia and China. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she hopes to build partnerships and policies for driving global energy transitions. Alix is 25 years old and from the United States and France.

Aly Madhavji (2018)

Canada

INSEAD,University of Toronto

Business,Consulting,Finance

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Aly Madhavji 穆亚霖 is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. Aly holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto where he served as a Governor. He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books as part of the Succeed Series. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).

Amos Wittenberg (2018)

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

Finance,Media

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Mossy studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge, where he helped set up and run the Cambridge Globalist, a student-led current affairs magazine. After graduating he spent four months as a British Council scholar in Beijing studying Chinese language, and now works as a financial journalist. He hopes that developing an understanding of China—its history, language, culture and politics—will inform a career in journalism.

Anatol Klass (2018)

United States of America

Harvard University

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Anatol Klass began a PhD program in Chinese history at UC Berkeley after his year in Beijing. He also holds an A.B. in History and East Asian Studies from Harvard. His research focuses on the history of Chinese foreign affairs and China’s place in the international system during the twentieth century. He hopes to illuminate how Chinese participation helped shape various iterations of global governance and, in turn, how said participation influenced the development of the modern Chinese state.

Andrew Ertl (2018)

United States of America

Columbia University

Foreign Policy,Government,Law

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Andrew Ertl graduated from Columbia University in May 2017 with a degree in History and a specialization in Modern Military Studies. Before enrolling at Columbia University, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 2008. After deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, Andrew was selected for the Marine Corps’ embassy security program and spent his last three years in Tbilisi, Beijing, and Budapest. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Andrew is researching how public opinion influences military policy and vice versa including interactions between civilians and military personnel. Andrew is 28 years old, was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is from the United States.

Anita Liu (2018)

Canada

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Health/Healthcare,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Anita Liu majored in Computer Science and Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a minor in Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She dreams of a world in which children are cared for and guided to achieve their full potential. She has worked in multiple policy internships in child care research and advocacy. At MIT, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit dedicated to dual athletic-academic mentorship for under resourced Boston high schoolers. She will be studying at Harvard Law School after the Schwarzman Scholars program.

Anne Gavin (2018)

United States of America

Macalester College

Business,Consulting,Environment/Climate

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Anne Gavin graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, minor in Political Science and concentrations in Human Rights & Humanitarianism and Community & Global Health. While in college, she co-founded MacHOPE: Helping Open Peaceful Exchange to personalize the peace process between American and Iraqi students. In 2013, she conducted comparative research on participatory development models in six countries and in 2014, published research on Dutch refugee law. Anne spent ten months traveling along the EU portions of the Balkan Route, responding to the European refugee crisis and researching innovative avenues to improve humanitarian responses. S

Anushka Prasad (2018)

United States of America

New York University

Consulting,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Anushka Prasad is a dual degree MBA/M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship candidate at The Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She is currently an MBA Associate on the venture capital team at Fosun RZ Capital investing in India and Southeast Asia. Before Wharton, Anushka was the Founding Director of the China India Foundation (CIF), a non-profit she helped found aimed at building the infrastructure for exchange between China and India in education, public policy, and business. Anushka also helped build Ashoka University, India's first liberal arts university. She led strategic initiatives for the Chairman of the Board, building Ashoka's governance structures, government relations, research capabilities, women's leadership, and India's first archive focusing on contemporary India. Anushka is from the United States and India.

Ashlie Koehn (2018)

United States of America

University of Kansas

Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy

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Ashlie is a University of Kansas Economics and International Studies graduate with a minor in Environmental Studies. Prior to and throughout her undergraduate career, Ashlie served as a staff sergeant and intelligence analyst in the Kansas Air National Guard. A Truman, Udall, Boren, and Gilman scholar, she studied abroad three times, including a year studying Russian and economics in the Kyrgyz Republic. Ashlie is passionate about the intersection of climate change and international trade and finance, fueling her aspirations to be an environmental economist. She currently works as an Economist at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Ben Lyons (2018)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Communications

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Ben Lyons graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor's degree in History. He worked as Senior Communications Manager at Virgin Media and an Associate Director at FleishmanHillard Fishburn. He founded a not-for-profit for fair internships, helping to double the proportion of interns that are paid in the United Kingdom. He developed a global project with The Guardian on millennials. He also researched political engagement in the United States, and interned at the Center for American Progress. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, a PRWeek 30 under 30, and is a Churchill Fellow.

Benjamin Dowdle (2018)

New Zealand

University of Auckland

Entrepreneurship,Environment/Climate

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Ben Dowdle lives and works in London as Regional Product Operations Manager for one of Europe's largest ride hailing companies. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Ben studied the public policy implications of autonomous transport on ride hailing platforms. Originally from New Zealand, he studied Commercial Law, Economics and Politics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Ben was a social and environmental entrepreneur, founding and leading a campaign for the mandatory labelling of palm oil across Australia and New Zealand called 'Unmask Palm Oil'. This work led to being named a semi-finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year and the Regeneration Trust Young Change Maker of the Year.

Bethany Russell (2018)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Foreign Policy

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Bethany Russell is a recently graduated from the United States Military Academy with a double major in International Relations and Chinese. She intends to serve as a military liaison between the United States and China, pursuing increased understanding and improved relations between the two countries. Bethany studied abroad at Peking University while at the Academy. She also worked with the Institute for Defense Analyses to find better ways to increase and utilize the cultural understanding of soldiers and led efforts at the Academy to increase cross-cultural competence.

Bo Seo (2018)

Australia

Harvard University

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Bo Seo is a journalist, most recently for the Australian Financial Review. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He worked for the Australian Human Rights Commission, an Australian Prime Minister, and a Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He is a two-time world champion debater and former coach of the Australian and Harvard teams. He edited a literary anthology by the Korean diaspora and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He misses his friends from Schwarzman Scholars, especially M and N. He is writing a book on disagreement.

Bob Wu (2018)

Australia

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Bob Wu graduated from Harvard College where he majored in Economics. Following graduation, he joined the Australian Public Service, where he was a founding member of the Behavioral Economics Team of Australia (BETA), the unit dedicated to advising policy makers based on insights from psychology and economics. While at Harvard, Bob was a Class Marshal and a leader of the World Model United Nations Conference (WoldMUN), the largest and most diverse international collegiate conference of its kind. Bob works at the Boston Consulting Group, where he is focused in the public sector and social impact practice areas. Bob is originally from Sydney, Australia.

Brian Drout (2018)

United States of America

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Business,Government

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Brian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Wisconsin, he led a service learning trip to the Dominican Republic and worked summers as a canoe guide in northern Minnesota. He has been published for both creative writing and academic research. Brian has most recently worked as a consultant for New Oriental Overseas, the largest education firm in China. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin and is an avid marathoner.

Brian Young (2018)

Taiwan, China

National Tsing Hua University

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Brian studied Quantitative Finance at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He first worked at IBM Taiwan, then discovered his passion in edtech (education technology) and worked at two edtech startups. In the future, he hopes to use edtech to provide high-quality education for everyone at an affordable cost. As a curious person at heart, he loves backpacking and has visited 60+ cities abroad. Brian is 27 years old and from Taiwan, China.

Caiwei HUANG (2018)

China

Emory University

Public/Social Policy

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Caiwei HUANG will graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Emory University in May 2017. She has developed her broad interest in the political economy in China through research fellowships at the Carter Center China Program, and Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Caiwei is passionate about China’s low-carbon development in the energy sector and has led the Emory delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and Marrakesh. At Schwarzman College, she is eager to explore national and local solutions to low-carbon energy system transition.

Chang ZHAO (2018)

China

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public/Social Policy

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Chang ZHAO graduated with honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and currently works as a Global Academic Fellow at NYU Shanghai where she conducts research and teaches undergraduate students. An aspiring anthropologist who wants to combine ethnographic research and policymaking, Chang has carried out fieldwork on urban renewal projects and cultural heritage preservation, and has presented her results at multiple academic conferences in the United States. During her time at UNC, Chang was a member of the Order of the Grail-Valkyrie, and also held the Joint Senate Critic position of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, the UNC literary and debate society, as the first-ever Chinese student.

Charles Vitry (2018)

France

University of Cambridge

Business,Consulting,Finance

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Charles Vitry graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and has attended MIT on exchange. He aspires to unlock digital opportunities in industry, and before joining Schwarzman Scholars implemented a 30% supplier lead time reduction model at Amazon Spain and launched factory production control systems in Apple’s Soft Goods factories in China. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, Charles joined Bain & Company, based in their London office, where his work focuses on enterprise technology. Charles speaks Business Chinese and Fluent Spanish.

Chien SHENG (2018)

Taiwan, China

Tsinghua University

Business

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Chien SHENG holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an international MBA degree from the Tsinghua-MIT program. He has worked in several fields including engineering, fund management and marketing. In 2014, he started his own 3D printing business. His passion and enthusiasm for business operations has motivated him to learn and understand the global market and he hopes to continue to expand his knowledge at Schwarzman College. Chien is 26 years old and from Taiwan, China.

Chrystal Thomas (2018)

United States of America

Carnegie Mellon University

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Chrystal Thomas is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, where she majored in biological sciences. She is both an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. Chrystal is the founder of Colors@CMU, an organization that promotes open and honest racial dialogue amongst the Carnegie Mellon community. In the long-term, she hopes to bridge underserved communities and governmental representatives in the realm of public health on both a domestic and international scale.

Clayton Garner (2018)

United States of America

Stanford University

Foreign Policy,Media,Technology

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Clay Garner currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Technology Policy Advisor to the Mayor of San Jose, California. He previously worked at Google and graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in East Asian Studies. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Clay wrote a thesis on rural elderly care in Jiangxi Province and performed in the student rock band “Sushiyin”. He is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish.

Collin Parker (2018)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Business,Finance

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Collin Parker is a program manager within Facebook’s Global Operations organization, driving accountability for the platform’s content and ensuring positive experiences for users. Prior to Facebook, he served in the US Army as an Aviation Officer, supporting the Aviation Center of Excellence command team and reporting units. At Schwarzman Scholars, Collin focused his research on Sino-American military relations and issues of mutual security. Collin is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, where he was named the top cadet in the Behavioral Sciences & Leadership department and coordinated an annual conference on American foreign policy. Originally from Indiana, Collin now resides in Austin, Texas.

Daniel Concha Zegarra (2018)

Peru

Universidad del Pacifico

Business,Government,Technology

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Daniel Alejandro Concha Zegarra works as Product Manager at Tencent, the largest gaming company and world’s 5th most valuable firm, in the Supercell’s $8.6 post-acquisition department. Before joining the mobile games industry, he worked in DiDi, the largest ride-hailing company, and Kuaishou, the second largest short-video app, while in Beijing. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Daniel worked for 3 years at the Government of Peru as supervisor in the banking regulation division. Daniel has held leadership positions in organizations ranging from micro-entrepreneurs advisory to university governmental affairs. One of his most rewarding challenges was launching mobile apps in new markets. Currently, Daniel is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School.

Danielle Neighbour (2018)

United States of America

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Danielle Neighbour is a civil engineering major and Spanish minor at the University of Arkansas. A Truman Scholar, Danielle is passionate about increasing global access to clean water. She has developed water systems in Ecuador's indigenous villages, evaluated rainwater catchment techniques in Vietnam, and researched water purification methods for disaster relief in developing urban areas. Her interest in fluid dynamics also includes research on the viscosity of liquids on icy moons. Danielle holds leadership positions with Arkansas’ chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi Epsilon.

David Harris (2018)

United States of America

Northwestern University

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy,Public/Social Policy

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David Harris is a graduate of the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering where he studied industrial engineering and management science. Previously, he worked at the Department of Energy in the United States Embassy of Beijing and sang on China Central Television. Currently, David is a consultant with McKinsey & Company in South East Asia where he focuses on due diligence and corporate growth strategies for companies around the world. Through Schwarzman Scholars, he plans to learn how to help companies and societies prosper in an increasingly globalized world. He speaks both Spanish and Chinese, and he has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

David Robertson (2018)

United States of America

Duke University

Foreign Policy,Government,Law

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David Robertson is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in public policy studies. At university, he was involved in student government and helping coordinate the off-campus diversity retreat. David is interested in learning how to build better cities, which has led him around the world to work in India studying road design, Brazil working in favelas, and Kenya at the United Nations Habitat program. David’s vision for the Schwarzman scholars program is to build a community of leaders ready to reshape the world’s urban future. He is 23 years old and from the United States.

Don Stanley Dalisay (2018)

Philippines

United States Military Academy at West Point

Economics/Economic Policy

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Don Stanley Dalisay is studying Economics, Operations Research, and Grand Strategy at the United States Military Academy.He is also a licensed medical technologist and holds a degree in Public Health from the University of the Philippines Manila where he captained its debate team. DS developed a passion for government while leading youth development projects as a municipal legislator in Tingloy, Batangas. This passion, combined with his eclectic interests, inspired him to enter the Philippine Military Academy- becoming president and top of his class. He is currently an adjunct research consultant at the World Bank and hopes to join the Philippine Scout Rangers after the Schwarzman program.

Edison Huynh (2018)

United Kingdom

University College London,University of Oxford

Education,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Edison Huynh graduated from the University of Oxford with first class honors and a Geography degree. He taught as a science teacher before being elected Teach First President representing thousands of teachers working to close the education inequality gap across the United Kingdom. Edison has worked in education practice, policy, and research fields spanning government, thinktanks, schools, and research placements in Canada, India, Australia and New Zealand. His interests include Sino-British relations, EdTech, social mobility, and mental wellbeing. Edison is from London, United Kingdom.

Eleanor Freund (2018)

United States of America

University of California, Berkeley

Foreign Policy,Government

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Eleanor Freund earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, with highest honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She studied Chinese at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing and was a Junior Fellow in China Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Since 2015 she has been a research assistant at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, working on United States foreign policy and security issues, particularly United States-China relations. In 2015, China Hands magazine named her one of “25 Under 25: Rising Stars in U.S.-China Relations.”

Emery Real Bird (2018)

United States of America

Princeton University

Public/Social Policy

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Emery Ted Real Bird is currently a Senior at Princeton University in the politics department, and is also pursuing a certificate in East Asian studies. He is half N'dee (Apache) and half Apsáalooke (Crow) from Arizona and Montana, respectively. As a child of two nations, Emery maintains a strong identification with his heritage. He is the President and Founder of Natives at Princeton--the only undergraduate American Indian organization focused on fostering dialogue and action on Native and Indigenous issues at Princeton. He hopes to help study and craft American Indian and ethnic minority public policy and governance capacity building around financial capacity, economic development, and water resource stewardship while respecting cultural boundaries.

Erick Coser (2018)

Brazil

Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo

Business,Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Erick Coser (郭子瑞) is a Brazilian tech entrepreneur solving public security issues as co-founder and CEO of Gabriel. He was a founding team member of startups in Brazil and in the Philippines, as well as international expansion lead for German and Chinese startups, including unicorns Mobike (摩拜单车) and Rocket Internet. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV-SP) and a Master of Science in Management degree from Tsinghua University (清华大学) as a Masa Son Fellow of Schwarzman Scholars (苏世民书院).

Filippos Lekkas (2018)

Greece

Yale University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Fil Lekkas works to support the capabilities of European government through technological innovation. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Fil researched Chinese industrial policy towards autonomous vehicles and volunteered as an adjudicator in the Beijing-area university debate circuit. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Fil studied Politics and Economics at Yale University and the Free University of Berlin, where he was a Fox Fellow, and worked at the European Commission, BCG, and Synpraxis, a Athens-based policy research collective he founded. Fil is a citizen of Germany and Greece.

Frederick Sutton (2018)

United States of America

United States Naval Academy

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Erik is a proud Minnesotan who graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Quantitative Economics from the United States Naval Academy and commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in May 2017. Following graduation, Erik had the opportunity to intern at the Pentagon in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations through the Truman Scholarship Summer Institute program. At the Naval Academy, Erik was involved with the STEM Center and Midshipmen Action Group organizations and participated in intramural athletics. He also interned at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he supported research on an offshore port development project. Erik is interested in learning more about China and its economic and military relationships with the United States, and hopes to improve his language skills and cultural understanding while studying in Beijing. Following his time at Tsinghua, Erik will serve in the United States Navy as a submarine warfare officer. Erik is 24 years old and from the United States.

Greer Roberts (2018)

United States of America

Howard University

Business,Consulting

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Greer Roberts graduated from Howard University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in International Business and a concentration in Management. After graduating as a Schwarzman Scholar, she worked with a management consulting firm where she used her event planning, data analytics, and organization skills to help clients find solutions for their business challenges. Greer currently works as the founding School Operations Manager at KIPP Soul Academy, a new middle school opening in Atlanta, Georgia. In the future, Greer hopes to provide solutions for those who are underrepresented and overlooked, specifically people experiencing homelessness, by leveraging her keen ability to strengthen organizational operations.

Halimo Hassen (2018)

United States of America

Dartmouth College

Business,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Halimo Hassen was a member of the class of 2017 at Dartmouth College. She possesses a passion for education that has led her to spearhead multiple community initiatives and serve as a community organizer. In the future, Halimo hopes to further engage in education, policy work and research throughout her career.

Hannah Elten (2018)

Germany

Sciences Po,University of Sydney

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate

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Hannah graduated cum laude from a Dual Degree Program in International Relations, Political Economy and Asian Studies between Sciences Po Paris and the University of Sydney. Passionate about International Affairs and Sustainable Development, she has worked on Corporate Social Responsibility in the mobility sector with a consulting firm in Hanover, and the strengthening of civil society in Tunisia after the Arab Spring with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Hoping to become a diplomat, she spent the last year at the German Mission to the United Nations as well as the European Union Delegation to Cambodia. She is a former Youth Ambassador for Oxfam Australia and current Regional Director for South and East Asia at the Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations.

Hongyi CAO (2018)

China

Renmin University of China

Economics/Economic Policy

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Hongyi CAO received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Renmin University of China, majoring in Taxation and minoring in Finance. She has studied at Cornell University and Taiwan Chengchi University and has done research in financial inclusion related to rural housing loans in Southern China. Hongyi is 22 years old and from China.

Hoon Ik Chang (2018)

South Korea

Brown University,Seoul National University

Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy,Technology

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Hoonik Chang is a graduate of Brown University. At Brown, he pursued a dual concentration in Computer Science and Visual Arts. As an officer in the Republic of Korea Air Force, he served the nation’s top military leadership as an interpreting officer. Most recently, he worked at the Office of the Minister, serving the Korean Minister of National Defense. In this capacity, he spearheaded the ministry’s diplomatic efforts in engaging with defense ministers around the world to curb North Korean aggression. In the process, Hoonik has witnessed how leadership is channeled to promote multilateral cooperation. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to develop the global perspective and core leadership skills necessary to navigate through some of the most complex issues of the 21st century.

Iris Blom (2018)

Netherlands

Universiteit van Amsterdam

Energy,Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy

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Iris Blom graduated in July 2017 from The University of Amsterdam with a Bachelor of Science in Medicine. After organizing international exchanges for two years locally, Iris was elected to become a national exchange coordinator last year. Within this function cooperated with 122 countries to exchange students, with the ultimate goal of improving global health. Right now, she coordinates these exchange on a global level. Iris plans to take on a role in the global governing of healthcare in the future, connecting China’s fast developments with the rest of the world.

Jack Huebner (2018)

Canada

University of Southern California

Health/Healthcare,Media,Public/Social Policy

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Jack Huebner is a medical student at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he is a captain of the rugby team and conducts research in the Office of NYP’s Chief of Patient Safety on medication error. While at Schwarzman Scholars, he worked at the WHO on HIV self-testing implementation and wrote his thesis on China-Africa health policy in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. At University of Southern California, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and studied human biology & French. His current research examines modifiable factors in neonatal mortality in hospitals across francophone and anglophone Africa. He hopes to innovate health system organization as a physician.

Jacko Walz (2018)

United States of America

New York University

Foreign Policy

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Jacko Walz is a graduate and member of the inaugural class of New York University Shanghai. Jacko has spent three years in China, where he founded an American football team, worked at a tech startup, and conquered intensive Mandarin study at Princeton in Beijing. Experiences like these, buttressed by semesters spent in Florence and London have informed his profound interest in international relations and understanding distinct societies and cultures. After Schwarzman Scholars, Jacko hopes to leverage his global education by pursuing a career in political risk consulting.

Jacob Cannon (2018)

United States of America

Princeton University

Public/Social Policy

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Jacob Cannon graduated as a Schwarzman Scholar in 2018, afterwards going on to work in international strategy at DiDi Chuxing, China’s largest ride sharing platform, before returning to the United States. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, where he conducted research on China, focusing on US-China relations, China’s rule-of-law, and China’s foreign investment in Israel. During undergraduate, he was actively involved in student government, worked to improve Princeton’s policies related to diversity, inclusion, and equity, and played varsity football. Jacob was a White House intern under the Obama Administration in 2016. He is also proficient in spoken and written Mandarin.

Janet Eom (2018)

United States of America

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy,Government

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Janet Eom graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies. She is a Research Associate, and the former Research Manager, at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins SAIS. At Harvard, Janet was Chief of Copy Board of the Harvard International Review, recruiting heads of state, policymakers, and academics to write on international affairs. Previously, Janet worked in the Office of the President in Rwanda on various strategy and policy aspects of promoting and implementing Chinese investment. She aspires to cultivate the United States-China-Africa relationship to create new opportunities for economic development.

JeeSoo Lee (2018)

South Korea

The University of Hong Kong

Business,Communications,Consulting

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JeeSoo Lee studied at the University of Hong Kong, with concentrations in Psychology and Business Design and Innovation. Passionate for social justice and public speaking, she has debated competitively in English since 2008. She was the champion of numerous international tournaments including the 2015 Canton Intervarsity Tournament and 2015 Macau Asian Parliamentary Debate Open. Through her work with Eureka Consulting Group, she provided pro bono consulting services to start ups and non-profit organizations in Hong Kong. She was awarded the Best Consultant before serving as the Managing Director. JeeSoo is 23 years old and is from the Republic of Korea.

Jialing JIANG (2018)

China

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Economics/Economic Policy

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Jialing JIANG studied Economics and Philosophy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She founded the UNC International Ambassadors program and the first Chinese Cultural Month on campus. She also researched Africa-China relations at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Besides promoting multicultural awareness, Jialing is also passionate about social entrepreneurship. She has conducted site visits and provided improvement coaching for 16 nonprofits in 8 cities. Eventually, Jialing hopes to be an agent for intercultural relations and international development by starting a social venture.

Jing SU (2018)

China

China Agricultural University,Purdue University

Finance

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Jing SU graduated with distinction from Purdue University and China Agricultural University with a joint Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a concentration in Finance. Jing served as a Resident Assistant at Purdue, supporting both domestic and international students, and served as Vice President of Alpha Kappa Psi. She currently works in the Risk Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. At Schwarzman College, she aspires to amplify her leadership and business skills as both a humanitarian and an entrepreneur to improve and empower the education of youth in developing regions.

Jingwen SUN (2018)

China

National University of Singapore

Business

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Jingwen SUN will graduate in May 2017 from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree in Computing and Business. She is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. She has worked with venture capital funds in Israel and China and also worked with Accenture and Analysys Mason as an analyst intern. Jingwen is excited to join the Schwarzman Scholars program to learn more about leadership within a global context.

Joey Wilson (2018)

United States of America

Clemson University

Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy,Health/Healthcare

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Joey Wilson earned a B.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University in 2017, graduating with honors. He was Clemson’s Student Body President, served on the It’s On Us NSAB, and was named an Astronaut Scholar. At Tsinghua University, Joey hosted the International Students' and Scholars' Gala Night and found the best spots in Beijing for eating hotpot with friends. After Schwarzman Scholars, Joey attended Cambridge University as a member of St. John's College where he completed an MPhil in Medical Science (Oncology) and earned a Half-Blue as part of the Cambridge Pythons American Football team. Currently, Joey works as a consultant for EY-Parthenon in Munich, Germany with a focus on life science strategy. Long-term, Joey hopes to bridge his passions of science, business, and policy through the design of affordable medical interventions.

Jonathan Padilla (2018)

United States of America

Harvard University,University of Oxford

Government

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Jonathan Padilla is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a degree in Government. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree of Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. Prior to his time at Oxford, Jonathan worked in local, state, and national politics including in the White House and for former California Controller Steve Westly. Outside of work, he is passionate about his involvement with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and its mission to train the next generation of Latino leaders. He hopes to pursue elected office in the not so distant future.

Jordan Kronen (2018)

United States of America

Pacific University

Education,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Jordan Kronen graduated summa cum laude from Pacific University with a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Government and co-founded the College Democrats of Oregon. He interned in Washington, D.C. with the Democratic National Committee and for United States Senator Jeff Merkley. In Thailand, he externed for Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative. He performed in numerous theatre productions as an international thespian and played American football on Pacific's inaugural team. As a Fulbright Scholar, he taught English in Malaysia and aspires to reform education policy pertaining to the United States and China while strengthening intercultural understanding and exchange. Jordan is 24 years old and from the United States.

Jordan Metoyer (2018)

United States of America

University of Texas at Austin

Economics/Economic Policy,Government,Technology

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Jordan Metoyer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Texas at Austin where she double majored in Economics and Urban Studies. A Truman Scholar, Jordan most recently served in the Obama Administration as Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and as a Staff Assistant in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs as a liaison to local elected officials. Previously, she served in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. In college, Jordan founded her university's City Relations Task Force, and filmed a documentary on suburban poverty.

Julian Keeley (2018)

United States of America

Duke University

Business,Consulting,Finance

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Julian Keeley studies Economics with a Philosophy, Politics and Economics concentration at Duke University. On campus, Julian is a leading voice on political and economic issues, serving as Chair of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council. He worked as an intern in the House Budget Committee for Chairman Paul Ryan and as an Economic Policy intern at AEI. Julian also founded Cambodian Collegium, a program dedicated to ensuring Khmer students receive the necessary financial and community support to pursue university studies. After Schwarzman Scholars, he plans to complete a PhD in Economics and work for a multilateral organization that promotes inclusive, sustainable global growth.

Junyan CHEN (2018)

China

London School of Economics and Political Science,Tsinghua University

Foreign Policy

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Chen Junyan holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Tsinghua University and a Master’s degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics. As a representative of China in the Y20 Summit in 2015, Junyan advocated the significance of education in spreading ideas of peace and inclusiveness. During her study at LSE, she focused on migrants, minorities and marginalized groups in Europe. In the future, Junyan aspires to research policy innovation in security management, and China-EU cooperation on counter-terrorism and migration problems. Junyan is 24 years old and from China.

Justin Bryant (2018)

United States of America

Duke University

Government,Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Justin Bryant is a third-year J.D. candidate at Stanford Law School. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, an LL.M in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional- Europe (CIPP-E). Justin works at the intersection of law, policy, and technology in a global context. In 2019, he worked with ALT Advisory in Johannesburg to build Data Protection Africa, an online portal that makes the data protection laws of African countries accessible and provides resources to activists. In college, he interned at Microsoft in Beijing and San Francisco on projects concerning cybersecurity, government relations, and civic uses of technology. He has also worked as a cyberlaw fellow at a Vault 50 law firm, interned with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, and cocreated a digital policymaking initiative at a DC-based international trade nonprofit.

Kayla Chen (2018)

United States of America

Harvard University

Foreign Policy,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Kayla Chen graduated from Harvard University in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Government. There she directed a leadership program for high school students and taught in an inner city community in Boston. After college she spent a year teaching in Yilan City in Taiwan on a Fulbright. She is interested in learning more about China's perceptions of civil society and human rights. She aspires to link resources and conversations between East and West on human rights, international law and civil society to combat global issues of inequality.

Kevin Bassney (2018)

United States of America

Cornell University

Consulting,Foreign Policy,Government

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Kevin Bassney graduated from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, in January 2013. A Fulbright Scholar, he graduated from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law in 2014, with a degree in European Integration. A graduate of United States Army Ranger School, Kevin has served as an Infantry Officer in the US Army since 2013 and has held a variety of leadership positions. He is pursuing a Schwarzman Scholarship in order to better understand the role of China in the 21st century. He is 27 years old and grew up in Reno, Nevada.

Kevin Wong (2018)

Canada

Princeton University

Public/Social Policy

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Kevin Wong is policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, where he studied as a Davis Scholar. Previously, Kevin has worked for McKinsey & Company, Atlantic Media, the Future of Humanity Institute, and as a freelance writer. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and others.

Khishigjargal Enkhbayar (2018)

Mongolia

National University of Mongolia

Entrepreneurship,Media,Public/Social Policy

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Khishigjargal (Khishi) Enkhbayar is a Foreign Relations Officer at a political party in Mongolia, overseeing cooperation with political parties and international organizations in Asia and Europe. She is actively engaged in United Nations programs for youth as part of the Steering committee for a youth disarmament workshop with UNDPPA/UNODA and as a Regional Focal Point for SDG 16 at the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. Khishi is excited to bring people together through her regional and national networks to create more impactful social change. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Khishi was part of the live music band ‘Sushiyin’ and has led 2.8 Deep Dives to Mongolia since 2017. She graduated from the National University of Mongolia in 2015 with a BA in International Journalism.

Kim Chang (2018)

United States of America

Stanford University,University of California, Berkeley

Business,Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Kim Chang is a graduate of both the University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering) and Stanford University (Master's degree in Management Science & Engineering). She currently works in Global Supply Management at Nest Labs where she establishes and manages relationships between American technical teams and Asia based mechanical suppliers. Kim has previously worked at Apple, Boeing, and GE. While in graduate school, Kim was a DFJ Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow and served as the inaugural lead TA for Hacking for Defense, a class applying entrepreneurial problem solving to government challenges.

Kofi Gunu (2018)

Ghana

Augustana University

Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy

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Kofi Gunu is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he is reading for an MPhil in International Relations. His research focuses on Sino-African trade and investment relations, particularly around facilitating sustainable industrialisation for mineral-rich African economies. Kofi previously worked in the Office of the Vice President of Ghana as a National Service Fellow, supporting the Ghanaian government on a US$2 billion resource-financed infrastructure project with China. He also served on the Asia Technical Committee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to working in government, Kofi interned with both the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and with U.S. Senator Mike Rounds in Washington D.C. He has also worked with Accra-based Africa Foresight Group. Kofi received a BA in Political Science from Augustana University and was a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, where he received a Master’s degree in Global Affairs & Public Policy.

Kwok Wai Christopher NG (2018)

Hong Kong SAR, China

London School of Economics and Political Science

Foreign Policy

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Chris studied International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science graduating with honors. He interned at the Delegation of European Union to China and organized volunteer projects in Burkina Faso, India and mainland China. These experiences drove him to explore innovative strategies to increase the effectiveness of development work. Chris is 24 years old and from Hong Kong, China.

Lara Connaughton (2018)

Ireland

Trinity College Dublin

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Lara Connaughton graduated as the first Irish Schwarzman Scholar in 2018 and joined Blackstone’s London office as an Investment Relations Business Development Analyst. She subsequently joined the Irish Cabinet of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) in Luxembourg, the EU institution responsible for accountability and transparency in public finance. Her work as a research analyst focuses on Cohesion Policy and on the EU’s response to China’s investment strategy in Europe. Previously she held positions at Accenture, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and EY. Lara holds a first class honours degree in Economics and Business from Trinity College Dublin, where she was head of the Business and Economics society. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Lara was Chair of the student government and organized an Improv/Poetry group for Scholars. She has toured with the internationally renowned Druid theatre company and was awarded a Diploma of Associate (Teaching) from the Irish Board of Speech and Drama.

Lisa Ho (2018)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Lisa Ho is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a major in computer science and mathematical economics. She plans to develop an international network of researchers dedicated to improving education, using economics and machine learning together to devise intelligent policy. Lisa has taught students in Oklahoma City and Boston, ran MIT’s Educational Studies Program (which annually teaches over 3000 students), developed engineering education software for Google, and examined principal management practices as a researcher for the Harvard Economics Department. Lisa is 21 years old and from the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States.

Lorem Aminathia (2018)

South Sudan

Yale University

Business,Entrepreneurship

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Lorem graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Upon graduation, he launched an agri-business startup in Kenya, which seeks to integrate small-scale farmers into the regional agricultural value chains through contract farming. In June 2016, he moved to South Sudan where he took up a job with a local radio station to teach financial literacy on a radio show. Lorem plans to return to South Sudan to contribute to development.

Lukas Schmelter (2018)

Germany

London School of Economics and Political Science,University of Cambridge

Foreign Policy,Government

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Lukas Paul Schmelter grew up in the Middle East and South Asia before returning to Europe for his university studies. He graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a Bachelor's degree in Government and History, and is currently completing a Master's degree in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. Parallel to his studies, he led large-scale student conferences, worked for a political think-tank focused on European integration, and completed internships in the German Bundestag, the German Foreign Ministry and the European Parliament. He hopes to use the Schwarzman Scholars program as an opportunity to build his leadership potential and prepare him for a career in public service.

Madeline Bauer (2018)

United States of America

Yale University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy,Law

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Madeline Bauer is currently a first-year law student at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is a Global Law Scholar and her legal studies focus on international and transnational law. Madeline graduated from Yale College in 2017 with a B.A. in History and a concentration in Politics, Law and Government. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars in 2018, Madeline was named the Schwarzman Scholars Fellow at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She later took on the role of program officer and was responsible for a number of the Committee’s flagship programs, including CHINA Town Hall and the U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium. Madeline also has a passion for government and public service; she has worked at the U.S. State Department in the East Asia Pacific Bureau and in the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Madeline Seibert (2018)

United States of America

Northeastern University

Energy,Environment/Climate,Health/Healthcare

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Madeline Seibert is a December 2016 graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. Madeline has led several community projects focused on engaging communities around pressing environmental issues. She has conducted research at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing and at the United Nations on international energy policies, food supply systems, and the environmental impacts of global disarmament. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she is excited to continue her development as an interdisciplinary environmental leader addressing global resource challenges.

Marc Chen (2018)

United States of America

Vanderbilt University

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate

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Marc Chen is a data-oriented professional with experience in government, economic consulting, and academic settings. He is experienced in R, Python, economic research, and community organizing.

Mark McGinnis (2018)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Environment/Climate

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Mark McGinnis will serve as an Aviator in the United States Army. He studied Management with an Environmental Engineering track at the United States Military Academy. Mark is interested in understanding global economics and the impact it plays on foreign relations in the East. While at USMA, he served as the President of the Domestic Affair Forum where he enhanced cadets’ understanding of domestic politics and government by allowing cadets to discuss important issues with various government leaders. Mark also served as chair of the Personal Finance club where he educated his members with the knowledge to make sound personal finance decisions and prepare them to help their soldiers address their own financial decisions. After reflecting on these experiences, he will serve his nation in uniform first before running for public office someday. Mark is 23 years old and from the United States.

Matthew Prusak (2018)

United States of America

University of Southern California

Business,Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Matthew Prusak graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. After graduation, he worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company's Southeast Asia and Middle East offices, where he focused on finance, technology, and social impact projects. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Matthew Rojas (2018)

United States of America

University of Delaware

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy

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Matt Rojas will graduate from the University of Delaware as a double major in Economics and Public Policy, with minors in Political Science and Religious Studies. At UD, Matt founded a nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness find jobs, which has now expanded to several universities across the United States. Matt also serves as Student Body President and once ran 2,000 miles across the United States to raise $20,000 for veterans. He hopes to pursue a career as a United States Marine Corps officer and create strong United States China military cooperation.

Max Goldberg (2018)

United States of America

Yale University

Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate,Law

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Max Goldberg is a JD student at Yale Law School. His academic and practice interests include criminal procedure, freedom of expression, and military law. He spent last summer working at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, focusing on complex frauds and cybercrime. Before law school, Max worked at Dalberg Advisors; his projects included designing a governmental development finance organization for the Indo-Pacific region and structuring a corporate program to diversify economic activity around an open-pit copper mine. As a member of the second cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, Max studied the evolution of China's intellectual property courts, wrote about the country's state-owned nuclear energy companies, and went on a road trip through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. He speaks English, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. Max graduated summa cum laude from Yale College with a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics.

Melody Liu (2018)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Entrepreneurship,Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Melody studied mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her vision is to innovate in the space of robotics, working internationally. As an undergraduate, Melody has done research in robotics, developing a gel robotic fingertip and building an instrumentation robot for people with prosthetics. She has been an active tinkerer, building her own electric scooter, and setting up a makerspace for her dormitory. For Melody, Schwarzman Scholars is an opportunity to build connections with Chinese businesses and to enhance her leadership and business skills. Melody is 22 years old and from the United States.

Micah Petersen (2018)

United States of America

University of Delaware

Business,Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy

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Micah Petersen graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Mandarin, and a master's degree in Geography. He ranked in the top 10 percent of Army ROTC Cadets nationally, commissioned as an Infantry Officer, and is a graduate of Ranger School. Petersen is the founder of Reviresco, Inc., a non-profit which works to bridge the civilian-military divide. He is a triathlete, has run across the United States four times, completed a master’s thesis on Sino-African race relations, and is currently the Aide-de-Camp to a one star general.

Miranda Gottlieb (2018)

United States of America

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Health/Healthcare,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Miranda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors degree in political science and Hispanic studies. President of Pi Sigma Alpha, she promoted civic education and voter engagement on campus. Her field of study is focused on drug policy, which led her to research opportunities in South America. Miranda has interned with the Drug Policy Alliance, both the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and has worked for the State of Florida on opioid overdose prevention. She hopes to serve within the United Nations to reform drug policy and promote health and human rights.

Mohammed Omar (2018)

South Africa

New York University

Business,Consulting,Energy

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Mohammed Omar was part of NYU Abu Dhabi’s first cohort, double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. He also has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NYU and an MBA from the University of Oxford. During his time in college, Mohammed was elected student body president twice, appointed co-president of NYUAD’s Engineering Honors Society, published his research in Material Science journals and filed multiple patents with the USPTO. Given his interest in the rapidly growing region of the Middle East, Mohammed joined the Boston Consulting Group in Dubai post-MBA.

Mollie Saltskog (2018)

Sweden

Yale-NUS College

Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy,Government

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Mollie Saltskog graduated as part of the inaugural class of Yale-NUS College, majoring in Global Affairs. While at school, Mollie actively contributed to building a new learning community- she founded three student organizations and developed the freshmen counselor role. Mollie's specific interests in counterterrorism and geopolitics have led her to pursue a career in International Security and she recently interned at The Soufan Group. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Mollie aims to develop the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to lead change in international counterterrorism efforts.

Molly Reiner (2018)

United States of America

Princeton University

Foreign Policy

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Molly Reiner studied international development and Chinese language at Princeton, and has been studying Mandarin for ten years. She is particularly interested in the intersection of diplomacy and business in China, a topic she explored as a reporter for the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei and an intern at The Harbour Group, a PR firm that represents Chinese firms acquiring American companies. At Princeton, Molly was the editor-in-chief of American Foreign Policy Magazine, Princeton's student-run foreign affairs publication. She hopes to use her Chinese language skills and international experience to work in the private and public sectors.

Naina Qayyum (2018)

Pakistan

Middlebury College

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship,Health/Healthcare

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Naina Qayyum graduated in May 2015 from Middlebury College with a Bachelors degree in Economics and Global Health. She is also a United World College scholar. During her time at college, Naina was the co-president of the Muslim Student Association and organized a program on diversity in Muslim identity, for which she received an innovation award. After college, Naina returned to Pakistan to work in the development sector. She worked for a local NGO, a private local consulting firm, and at an international consulting firm on a countrywide monitoring and evaluation project. Naina is interested in policy research and has already published a paper with a professor and her senior thesis on polio eradication in Pakistan. She runs design-thinking workshops for youth in Pakistan and is interested to expand her passion for impact design in the future.

Naishad Kai-ren I (2018)

Singapore

Brown University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy,Government

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I Naishad Kai-ren earned a Bachelors degree in History and Middle East Studies, with highest honors, at Brown University. While in college, he served as Student Director of the Writing Fellows program and President of the History Departmental Undergraduate Group. He has experience working in an internet start-up, Singapore’s Embassy in Jakarta, the Office of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Microsoft. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, Naishad hopes to cultivate a better understanding of China and foster lasting ties across countries and cultures. He will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces and is a President’s Scholar.

Nikhil Siddharth Raghava (2018)

India

India Institute of Science

Energy,Entrepreneurship,Environment/Climate

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Nikhil Siddharth will graduate in June 2017 from India's highest ranked research institute, The Indian Institute Of Science, with a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science. He is very passionate about the water scarcity and sustainability problem in developing countries, and has worked on multiple research projects in order to come up with new water purification technologies. Through the Schwarzman Scholars Program, he hopes to gain deep insights about China that will help him realize his goal of solving the pressing challenges of the 21st Century.

Ophelia Cai (2018)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Business,Finance,Media

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Ophelia Cai is an investor at LocalGlobe, a leading European venture capital firm where she covers sustainability, edtech and fintech. Prior to this Ophelia launched new markets at an ecommerce payments startup in Seoul, was an investor at a Beijing based blockchain fund and advised family offices on sustainable investing at BlackRock. At BlackRock, she helped build out the firm’s sustainable investment platform and its carbon footprinting methodology. In her spare time, Ophelia is a sake sommelier, and enjoys mentoring students looking to join venture capital. Ophelia graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management.

Paul Wasserman (2018)

United States of America

Yale University

Business,Foreign Policy,Law

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Paul Wasserman works for the U.S. Department of State as a Stabilization Advisor. Previously, he was a African Affairs Policy Regional Director at the U.S. Department of Defense. He has also worked at the U.S. African Development Foundation, where he led the design and implementation of an innovative blended finance model in Senegal. Previously, Mr. Wasserman worked on great power politics as the Research Associate for Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received a B.A. with honors in History and a focus on Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. He speaks to varying degrees English, French, Mandarin, and Russian and has previously lived in both China and Russia.

Paul Weissend (2018)

United States of America

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Finance

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Grey studied Finance at Virginia Tech, graduating as an Honors Global Scholar. He founded two successful businesses before college. In his undergraduate career, he was CIO for one of the nation’s largest, student-run, investment funds and held influential roles in the Business Leadership Center and the Corps of Cadets, a senior military academy. He also traveled to Europe and Africa, conducting research and publishing an essay on entrepreneurship within refugee communities. He plans to utilize financial tech to empower developing classes in emerging markets.

Paula Martinez Gutierrez (2018)

Mexico

Brown University

Government,Public/Social Policy

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Paula Martínez works at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, where she is an advisor in their Security Council team. As a Public Policy concentrator at Schwarzman Scholars, Paula compared the decision-making mechanisms of subregional organizations in Asia and Latin America. She also interned at the Embassy of Mexico, where she analyzed partnership opportunities between Mexico and China under the Belt and Road initiative. In her spare time she is an avid runner, Chinese language student, and Latin American dancer. Paula graduated from Brown University in 2017, where she majored in International Relations and History.

Peng ZHOU (2018)

China

Peking University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Peng ZHOU is ranked amongst the top in his class at Peking University School of Economics. He has focused on researching rural reform of China, and has participated in over 5 field surveys in over 10 villages in 4 provinces, interviewing over 600 people. He was appointed Academic Organizer of the China Youth Economic Forum, and also served as the President of the Student Union of the School of Economics and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Students’ Congress.

Preston Lim (2018)

Canada

Princeton University

Foreign Policy,Government,Law

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Preston will graduate in June 2017 from Princeton University with a major in Near Eastern Studies and a minor in History and the Practice of Diplomacy. He has a passion for languages and travel; he speaks Turkish, French, and Chinese and has studied and worked around the world, from Istanbul to Hong Kong. At Princeton, Preston served as President of the Princeton University Orchestra, as Editor-in-Chief of the Princeton Historical Review, and as Chargé D’Affaires of the Princeton Model United Nations Conference. He hopes to examine China’s One Belt One Road Policy, focusing on Chinese investment in Central Asia. Preston is 21 years old and from Canada.

Quynh-Nhu Le (2018)

United States of America

Harvard University

Public/Social Policy

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Quynh-Nhu Le will graduate in 2017 from Harvard University, where she studies gender and development as a Social Studies concentrator. She was Director of a student-run afterschool program for immigrant children, Staff Writer on gender and sexuality for the Harvard Crimson, and President of the Harvard Vietnamese Association. She also interned at Fulbright Economic Teaching Program in Vietnam and in 2016 founded a nonprofit summer camp for Vietnamese youth. She intends to pursue a career in academia studying social change in the Asia-Pacific. Quynh-Nhu is 22 years old, was born in Vietnam and is from the United States.

Rachel Walker (2018)

United States of America

University of Cincinnati

Arts and Culture,Entrepreneurship

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Rachel C. Walker graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2016, and studied Chinese traditional and contemporary music at the China Conservatory in Beijing. As a composer and the Co-Founder of Cincinnati Soundbox, she advocates for living composers from across the United States and engages new audiences with classical music. She plans to use the Schwarzman Scholars program to better understand public policy in order to implement greater cultural dialogue between China and the United States.

Ran NIU (2018)

China

Fordham University,George Mason University

Finance

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Ran NIU graduated from Fordham University with a Master’s degree Global Finance. She was responsible for following a number of intergovernmental processes and deliberations in the United Nations Headquarters. Currently in her 5th year of serving Harvard College Association for United States-China Relation (HAUSCR), Ran has been leading the core content design of the flagship programs that promote transitional dialogue between young leaders of China and the United States. As She interned at the United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO), under the Economic and Social Council. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Ran hopes to build business incubators that enhance business and cultural exchanges between countries.

Rhea Malik (2018)

United States of America

Harvard University

Public/Social Policy

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Rhea Malik is a second year at Harvard Medical School, where she was elected as Student Body Chair to the Dean’s Education Policy Committee. She graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in Regenerative Biology and Health Policy. In Beijing, Rhea worked with the World Health Organization to create implementation strategies for China’s Healthy Cities Initiative. Following Schwarzman Scholars, Rhea served as a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company, where she focused on growth strategy within healthcare. She has established a system of virtual classrooms in rural India and directed Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies, leading her to found a national non-profit for Alzheimer’s care.

Riley Shearer (2018)

United States of America

Montana State University

Economics/Economic Policy,Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Riley Shearer will graduate from Montana State University in May 2017 with Bachelor of Science degrees in economics, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. He began college interested in biomedical engineering to improve health. After helping to develop a novel MRI contrast agent, he realized that through health economics research he could have a greater impact by addressing health inequalities around the world. As a Schwarzman Scholar he is excited to engage with fellow students and communities in China. Eventually he would like to work in international health policy.

Robert McComb (2018)

United States of America

Virginia Wesleyan College

Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Robert Alexander McComb graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During his undergraduate studies, Robert held numerous leadership positions in student organizations and founded a local service and social organization. Additionally, he has interned with a NATO partner non-profit. Robert has cultivated a diverse interdisciplinary perspective and understands the importance of international partnerships. He would like to work to facilitate the exposure of United States students to world cultures in order to cultivate the human capital needed to forge new global partnerships for the future. Robert is 21 years old and from the United States.

Ross Gilchriest (2018)

United States of America

United States Naval Academy

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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Ross Weldon Gilchriest will be graduating from the United States Naval Academy in May 2017 with a degree in History. He is a four-year member of the varsity Sprint Football team, and also participates in the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, the Jewish Midshipman Club, and The Profession--a student-run publication. Upon graduation, he plans to commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, intent on serving as an Infantry Officer. Ross is 21 years old, proudly claims the small town of Silsbee, Texas as his home and is from the United States.

Roxanne Roman (2018)

United States of America

New York University

Consulting,Foreign Policy,Law

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Roxanne Roman is a first generation Filipino-American from a military family. She earned her Social Science degree at New York University Shanghai with the university's inaugural class. Roxanne served as a founding member of student government and as Student Body President. She has studied in Abu Dhabi volunteering for the Filipino Women’s Safe House and in Washington D.C. interning at the White House. China Hands magazine named her one of 25 Under 25 in U.S.-China relations. Roxanne is passionate about empowering women for global leadership.

Ruby Holmes (2018)

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

Foreign Policy,Government

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Ruby Holmes graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a double first class Bachelor's degree in politics and international studies. She is an internationally recognized debater and public speaking coach and organized a women’s public speaking association while at Cambridge. In the future, she hopes to use these skills to pursue a career in foreign policy in government or at a think tank.

Samuel Maron (2018)

United States of America

Princeton University

Entrepreneurship,Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Sam Maron studied neuroscience at Princeton University and used his thesis to build a novel data-based regulatory standard for neurostimulation technology. His international education began before college with a year in Jerusalem taking language and international relations classes through Oxford. Accepted to attend medical school as a sophomore, he worked in healthcare and entrepreneurship on three continents. On campus, Sam co-founded a camp for children affected by cancer. Through Schwarzman Scholars, he is delving into the unique opportunities and challenges of Chinese healthcare and business.

Sin-Yun LI (2018)

Taiwan, China

National Tsing Hua University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Sin Yun LI received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Master’s degree in Technology Management from National Tsing Hua University and was awarded the 2014 Excellent Youth Award. With rich academic and internship experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, Sin Yun aims to pursue a concentration in Economics and Business at Schwarzman College to help her become a top professional consultant. Sin Yun is 23 years old and from Taiwan, China.

Sophia Lugo (2018)

United States of America

Harvard University

Business,Consulting,Law

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Sophia Lugo graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors from Harvard University, with a degree in History and Science and minor in Global Health and Health Policy. There, she received, among others, the Thomas Hoopes and Ernst Kitzinger Prizes for outstanding scholarly work in her field, intellectual integrity, and love of the arts. With professional experience at the Beijing Genomics Institute, the Boston Consulting Group, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she hopes to combine her background in the natural sciences, biotechnology, intercultural negotiation, and social impact to influence more equitable, responsive, democratized production of knowledge and technological advancement. Sophia is from Mexico and the United States.

Stacey-Ann Pearson (2018)

Jamaica

Lafayette College

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship

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Stacey-Ann Pearson graduated Sigma Xi from Lafayette College with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, and an Economics minor. At Lafayette, she conducted research in renewable energy, cofounded an LGBT safe haven, won several social activism awards, and was a liaison to the Board of Trustees. A Richard B. Fisher Scholar and Risk Analyst at Morgan Stanley, she serves as Board Director and Development Chair of a youth development non-profit, Life Coach at Ali Forney Homeless Center, and Mentor at Big Brother Big Sister. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she will develop an understanding of Chinese business and national culture, to become a leader in China-Jamaica investment relations.

Stephanie Jackson (2018)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Consulting,Education,Foreign Policy

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Stephanie Jackson graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelors degree in Experimental Psychology, specializing in cognitive neurobiology, and has published research in the European Journal of Neuroscience. She is currently the Director for the Beijing Women’s Network, where she oversees a community of 3000+ women, providing events and resources to support their professional development. In her previous work for the British Council in Beijing, Stephanie founded the Generation UK: China Network. This Network aims to connect 20,000 British nationals with experience in China by 2020 to support student skills development and employability. During the Schwarzman Scholarship, Stephanie plans to focus on international education policy and implementation, building on her experience in China, Nicaragua and Myanmar in this field. Stephanie is 24 years old, speaks five languages, and is from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Susan Webster (2018)

United States of America

University of Florida

Business,Foreign Policy,Law

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Susan Webster graduated from the University of Florida with a Master in Science and Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on Chinese language and literature. As Student Body President, Susan represented 52,000 students, managed a $21 million dollar budget and served as a voting member of the highest governing body of the University of Florida, the UF Board of Trustees.

Teng WANG (2018)

China

Peking University

Law

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Teng WANG graduated in 2017 from Peking University School of Transnational Law with a dual degree Common Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) and China Law Juris Master. He received his Bachelors degree in English Literature from Xiamen University in 2011. He was an associate (lawyer) with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in its Amsterdam office. He served as editor-in-chief of the Peking University Transnational Law Review, received the National Scholarship for graduate students, passed the Chinese Bar and interned at King & Wood Mallesons Beijing office. He is interested in reforming the judicial system and improving social justice in China.

Timothy McLaughlin (2018)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Government

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Timothy McLaughlin is a recent graduate of the United States Military Academy, with a major in American Politics and a minor in Grand Strategy. He is the Cadet-in-Charge of the Academy's Sandhurst Military Competition, which brings together approximately fifty Academy and International teams to test physical fitness and military skills. Tim served as a fellow at the Center for Study of Presidency and Congress, was a student leader at the Student Conference for United States Affairs, and served as an intern at the White House National Security Council.

Tonatiuh Lievano Beltran (2018)

Mexico

Harvard University,Yale University

Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship,Law

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Tonatiuh studied Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Economics at Harvard, where he developed medical devices, was a student government representative, and worked on water sanitation and poverty reduction. Following graduation, he was a Michael C. Rockefeller memorial fellow in Brazil and Mozambique, studied Development Economics, worked on a presidential campaign, and volunteered at a Greek refugee camp. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and hopes to study the ways in which Chinese cities are confronting their policy challenges. Tonatiuh is 26 years old and from the United States and Mexico.

Wilfried Buiron (2018)

France

University of Warwick

Consulting,Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy

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Wilfried Buiron graduated from the University of Warwick in June 2017 with a Bachelors degree in International Management. Passionate about entrepreneurship, he has experience working in startups from Paris to Beijing and speaks fluent French, English and Mandarin. His ambition is to become a future global role model in the world of entrepreneurship. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Wilfried plans to deepen his knowledge of China with a view to further connecting the country to the rest of the world through business.

Xing MA (2018)

China

Renmin University of China

Media

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Ma Xing (Musa) graduated from Renmin University of China with a Bachelors degree in Journalism. He grew up in Xinjiang, and studied/worked in Europe, the United States and Middle East. While at university, he supervised volunteers for the Youth Ambassador Program for Minorities and organized more than ten cultural inheritance summer camps in Western China, and co-founded a social startup aiming to preserve the heritage and traditions of Chinese minority groups. Musa has been recognized as a United States-China Dialogue Young Scholar of Asia Society and a Young Change Maker by British Council. Through Schwarzman Scholars Program, Musa expects to cultivate his leadership potential in cultural undertaking. Ma Xing is 23 years old and from China.

Xinghan WANG (2018)

China

Tsinghua University

Technology

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Xinghan WANG received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2016, where he ranked amongst the top in his class. His area of focus has been the sustainable development of China’s industry, and he wants to promote more reform and cooperation in the future. He has also been a member of Tsinghua’s Red Cross Society.

Xinrong LU (2018)

China

Cornell University

Public/Social Policy

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Xinrong LU received her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in May 2016, majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations and minoring in Business and East Asian Studies. Xinrong is passionate about education equality and has spent her time at Cornell exploring means of elevating low-income workers' working and living conditions. She has previously interned at the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and is currently working at a global investment bank in Hong Kong. Through the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Xinrong hopes to combine her experiences in business and international development, and work as a social entrepreneur to further explore ways of engaging the private sector in education and vocational training provision. Xinrong is 24 years old and from China.

Xizi JIA (2018)

China

Fudan University

Business

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JIA Xizi is a Ph.D. candidate at Fudan University, majoring in organization behavior. She developed her passion for youth development through her various international activities. Standing out of over 3,000 contestants, she was selected as the youth delegate representing China in the 2015 Philippines APEC meeting. In 2014, she was awarded the Most Valuable Participant in China-United States Youth Leadership Symposium, the highest honor during the event. During her studies at Fudan, she served as the Student Union President in the Management School as well as the Postgraduate Students Association. Xizi is 27 years old and from Beijing, China.

Yamini Bhandari (2018)

United States of America

Cornell University

Finance,Government,Law

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Yamini Bhandari received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, majoring in Industrial & Labor Relations and minoring in Business, Law & Society and Inequality Studies. She was elected as the undergraduate student-elected trustee on Cornell’s Board of Trustees and served on the committee that found the current President of Cornell. She also worked at J.P. Morgan as an Energy Investment Banking Summer Analyst. Yamini is passionate about international labor relations and hopes to one day serve as the US Secretary of State.

Yaoqing NI (2018)

China

Harbin Institute of Technology

Technology

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Yaoqing NI holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Information Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). He received the National Scholarship, holds several patents, and won the champion of the National Youth Science Innovation Contest. Yaoqing served as the vice president of Student Union at HIT, and President of the Student Union of Electronics and Information at the Engineering School. Over the past few years, Yaoqing has traveled to several rural areas of China for volunteer teaching activities, and won the second prize of the National Social Practice for his work.

Ye YUAN (2018)

China

Northwestern University

Economics/Economic Policy

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YE YUAN (Richard)graduated in 2011 from Northwestern University with a double major in Economics and Mathematics. and he received the Kellogg Certificate for Undergraduate Students. Richard worked at BlackRock and Bosera Asset Management as a portfolio manager in fixed income where he focused on credit investing and Multi-asset investing. Upon completion of Schwarzman Scholarship program, Richard hopes to pursue a career in the finance industry and help the Chinese investors invest in foreign assets.

Yiwei XU (2018)

China

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Environment/Climate

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YiWei XU graduated with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2016. After witnessing severe environmental issues in China, he found himself dedicated to the renewable energy sector, aiming to improve energy efficiency and to build a quality living environment for China. He is excited to enhance his social and leadership skills as a Schwarzman Scholar. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in the sustainability field.

Yuanchen YANG (2018)

China

Tsinghua University

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Yuanchen YANG graduated from Tsinghua University with a double degree in English and Economics. In 2014, she won Tsinghua’s Top Scholarship which is awarded annually to only 10 undergraduates. She is now a young economist with the China Finance 40 Forum. In the future, she hopes to work towards designing financial regulatory policies to advance international financial cooperation. She has learned several languages and traveled to over 40 countries.

Yue WU (2018)

China

National University of Singapore

Business

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Yue WU holds an honors degree in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore. While at NUS, she served as a student ambassador, led the peer advisory committee of the International Relations Office, received the Dean’s Honor List award and participated in an exchange scholarship. Yue has most recently worked as an investment analyst to support the underwriting, due diligence and execution of domestic and international private equity investments for real estate funds with over USD 3 billion of available capital to invest. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Yue hopes to cultivate her leadership potential and build lasting partnerships.

Zahra Baitie (2018)

Ghana

Yale University

Public/Social Policy

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Zahra Baitie was born in the United Kingdom, brought up in Ghana, rooted in her Arab Heritage, and educated in Ghana, the United States, and China. She considers herself a globally minded citizen with a pan-African spirit. She studied Global Affairs at Yale University with a focus on East Asia and African Studies and is passionate about the development of emerging countries. Most recently, she worked as a Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors where she worked on agricultural transformation, youth employment, investment facilitation and public policy strategies for emerging countries. Determined to catalyze transformative growth on the African continent and fluent in Mandarin, she hopes to positively shape Sino-Africa affairs and hopes the Schwarzman Scholars Program can help her further realize her career aspirations.

Zheng GUO (2018)

China

Tsinghua University,University of Cambridge

Technology

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Zheng GUO is a Ph.D. candidate in Power Engineering at Tsinghua University. He received his Master’s degree in Nuclear Energy from the University of Cambridge and Bachelor’s degree in Energy and Power Systems from Tsinghua University. His research focuses on energy systems modelling, and the development of sustainable and clean energy. Zheng has published several original research papers in international journals and is a student counselor at Tsinghua University. He interned with local government in a state-level poverty-stricken county in China and volunteered in Kenya as a teacher. Zheng is 27 years old and from China.

Zihao ZHANG (2018)

China

Emory University

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Zihao ZHANG graduated with the highest honor from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He double majored in Finance and Mathematics & Economics. He is a recipient of the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts’ Award and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon. Zihao founded the first bilingual student newspaper in Atlanta and served as the president of the Emory Media Council, a university-wide governing body of 15 media organizations. Zihao is now working as a consulting analyst in human capital and benefits at Willis Towers Watson in Atlanta. He aspires to contribute to the strategic growth of small business in China.

Zijian JIA (2018)

China

Fudan University

Consulting,Finance

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Zijian JIA graduated from Fudan University majoring in financial management. He received the National Scholarship for three consecutive years and the China 100 Youth Elite award for most potential. He is a member of the Association of Information Systems and has participated in national academic research projects focusing on P2P lending. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Zijian hopes to gain a better understanding of information systems in public sectors. Zijian is 22 years old and from China.

Ziye WANG (2018)

China

Tsinghua University

Technology

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Ziye WANG is a PhD candidate in the Department of Engineering Physics at Tsinghua University. She is dedicated to enhancing global security with research focusing on millimeter wave imaging for human security inspection and filed two patents related to human security inspection systems. Ziye serves as the director of the Volunteer Service and Guidance Center of the Communist Youth League at Tsinghua University.

Aaron Goldstein (2017)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

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Aaron Goldstein is joining Blackstone as an Analyst in their Real Estate Group. While at Schwarzman College, Aaron’s concentration was Economics and Business. He was a member of the Schwarzman Scholars’ Basketball team. During his time in Beijing, he explored the city’s entrepreneurial scene, making connections with local tech founders. Aaron previously graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Risk Management and Finance.

Addison McLamb (2017)

United States of America

Wake Forest University

Government

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Addison McLamb is the oldest of four brothers from rural North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2016 with generous awards and accomplishments. Six months after his Schwarzman Scholars graduation, Addison combat-deployed to Iraq, and is now stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. He enjoys reading books and picking songs, usually good stuff from Cash, Kris, or Waylon.

Akshay Shah (2017)

India

Columbia University

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Government

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Akshay Shah leads business development for RK Group, his family enterprise based out of Bangalore India that is one of India’s leading e-commerce aggregators, processing an annual GMV of over USD 1 Billion. At RK Group, Akshay is responsible for the exchange business, e-commerce wholesaling and the lending division. RK Group has over 180 employees across its various business lines. Akshay graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked at McKinsey & Company in New York for 2 years. He was a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, China where he completed his Master’s degree.

Alex Parra (2017)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Technology

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Alex Parra is a recent graduate majoring in Chemical Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He was president of Tau Beta Pi, an honor engineering society, where he led tutoring and STEM-outreach events for younger students. Alex also conducted independent research and spent time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is interested in reforming high school education, particularly within the realm of science and engineering. He hopes to study Education Public Policy and generate a dialogue between China and the United States to produce more informed, better-taught high school students and future leaders.

Alexander Ho Young Chan (2017)

Hong Kong SAR, China

The University of Hong Kong

Consulting,Finance,Public/Social Policy

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Alexander Chan has a fond interest in the role of entrepreneurship and investments in driving social impact. He currently works for The Mills Fabrica doing VC investments, incubation support and government/policy related affairs. Prior to joining Fabrica, Alexander worked in consulting and private equity focusing on consumer and TMT investments. He was previously part of Bain & Company’s Private Equity Group in Greater China and was with Hillhouse Capital’s Outbound PE team. Alexander previously worked with the UK Cabinet Office focused on social impact investments. Alexander graduated from Oxford University (MPP) and University of Hong Kong (BEng).

Alexander Springer (2017)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Entrepreneurship,Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Alex Springer is an inaugural member of the Schwarzman Scholars and graduated in 2017 with a concentration in International Studies. While at Schwarzman College, Alex co-founded the outdoors club and participated in races around China in trail running, triathlon and adventure racing. He has extensive experience creating healthcare technologies for the developing world. After Schwarzman College, he will work at Delta Air Lines for two years in a rotational role to gain corporate and management experience. Alex graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Management.

Alibek Nurkesh (2017)

Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy

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Alibek is joining the Lenovo Future Leaders Program at Lenovo as one of 25 globally-selected fellows of the first batch. His initial assignment will be in Beijing. While at Schwarzman College, Alibek co-organized the first Global Solution Festival, a social innovation competition that gave Schwarzman Scholars and other students a chance to explore a solution to a problem that faces our world. Being the only Schwarzman Scholar from Central Asia, he also initiated the Silk Road Discussion Group of the Global Affairs Club. Alibek graduated with BA in Economics from Nazarbayev University, a new institution in Kazakhstan designed to prepare the next generation of intellectual elite of the country.

Alina Luk (2017)

United States of America

Stanford University

Technology

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Alina Luk is joining Facebook as a Product Manager. Alina's concentration was Business and Economics in Schwarzman College. Alina hosted the first Schwarzman Career Panel. The panel she hosted was on Entrepreneurship, with panelists who were venture capitalists, angel investors, and entrepreneurs. Alina was invited to be an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at ZhenFund (the world's largest angel fund). At Schwarzman, she co-founded her fourth venture INKA (American Style Beef Jerky for the Chinese market) with another scholar Tomas. Alina competed in the rock climbing team and placed 2nd in the university. Alina graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and Society.

Anastasya Lloyd-Damnjanovic (2017)

United States of America

Princeton University

Foreign Policy

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Anastasya Lloyd-Damnjanovic graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a major in Politics. At Princeton, Anastasya served as News Editor of The Daily Princetonian and as a head fellow at the Writing Center. A recipient of the Daniel M. Sachs '60 Graduating Scholarship, Anastasya pursued a Masters degree in Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Oxford with a focus on Russian-Iranian relations. She has spent her summers interning for the federal government, including the Department of State. She is passionate about international politics and hopes to become a diplomat.

Andrew Schoen (2017)

United States of America

Cornell University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Andrew Schoen is a Principal at NEA, the largest venture capital firm in the US, and is a co-founder of the firms’ NYC office. Andrew is a Board Director of CCP Games, Qadium, and IONQ, and is involved in NEA’s investments in Code42, Curalate, Duolingo, Pocket, ThreatQuotient, and TrackMaven. Prior to NEA, Andrew was an Analyst at Blackstone in New York. In addition, Andrew co-founded Flicstart, a digital media company that was acquired in 2015. Andrew received his MS from Tsinghua as a Schwarzman Scholar and his BA from Cornell University. Andrew serves on the Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship at Cornell, and is a Board Member of the National Udall Scholarship Association focusing on issues related to environmental sustainability.

Angela Chen (2017)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

Economics/Economic Policy,Health/Healthcare

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Angela Chen recently graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania studying economics with a concentration in Health Care Management. Elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, an academic honor society, and a Joseph Wharton Scholar, Angela has jointly led the creation of a public health initiative in West Philadelphia while also conducting research on hospital charity care. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Angela looks forward to studying healthcare challenges within China from medical and economic perspectives. Eventually, equipped with knowledge acquired through graduate medical and business studies, Angela hopes to tackle health inequity on a global scale.

Annabeth Gellman (2017)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Technology

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Annabeth Gellman graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2017. She currently works in financial services in New York after having completed her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While at Schwarzman College, Annabeth was a student life representative on the Schwarzman College Student Government, planned the Schwarzman College Ball and fenced for the Tsinghua University Fencing Team. She also enjoyed playing on the Schwarzman College soccer and basketball teams. Prior to participating in the program, Annabeth worked as a technology consultant in London and New York and graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Anurag Chandran (2017)

India

University of Missouri-Columbia

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Anurag Ram Chandran is a consultant at Dalberg Global Advisors based in Mumbai, India. Previously, he served as the Founder and Executive Director at Impact On The Ground Foundation (IOTG), where he led the organization’s fundraising and programmatic efforts in reducing education inequality in rural, tribal India. Anurag also hosts and produces Millennial Musings with Anurag, a fast-growing podcast focused on issues affecting millennials around the world. Anurag is an inaugural Schwarzman Scholar who received a Masters in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University and prior to that, graduated from the University of Missouri with honors in Political Science and Economics.

Arthur Yi Chieh Kao (2017)

Taiwan, China

Shanghai Jiaotong University

Technology

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Arthur Kao is an Industrial Engineering major from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Arthur aspires to promote the transformation of manufacturing industries through LEAN Thinking. He has optimized several production lines of major corporations, and as the President of the Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship Association at his university, he hosted the Mechanical Innovative Contest and Competition for Engineering Challenges.

Atticus DeProspo (2017)

United States of America

Cornell University

Government,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Atticus DeProspo received his B.S. degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, graduating with honors. He was a member of the Cornell Varsity Men's Soccer Team for four years, helping them win an Ivy League Title. Previously, he worked in Florida and Washington D.C. as an intern for Senator Marco Rubio. Atticus also interned at the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Sotomayor. Atticus was a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Atticus was selected as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar, where he graduated with an M.Phil. degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. Currently, Atticus is pursuing a J.D. at The University of Alabama School of Law. He will serve as a law clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Belinda McEniery (2017)

Australia

University of Queensland

Economics/Economic Policy,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Belinda McEniery has focused her career on health policy and expenditure. She is currently based in Canberra and works as an Adviser to the Minister for Health. Previously, she worked in medical devices doing hospital efficiency projects and in pharmaceutical health economics at Johnson & Johnson. She started her career in the public service at Queensland Treasury, focusing on public health policy and commercial infrastructure. Outside of work, she is a keen runner and performs improvisational theatre. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Belinda studied Public Policy and was the Treasurer of the Student Government. She completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland, where she researched healthcare expenditure in her Honours year.

Benjamin Harris (2017)

United States of America

University of Virginia

Environment/Climate,Foreign Policy,Government

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Benjamin Harris graduated in May 2016 from the University of Virginia, double-majoring in Physics and Political & Social Thought with a focus on international. Reared in Appalachia, Ben became a Jefferson Scholar, Raven Society member, and President of the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a third-year, he has researched casualty sensitivity, the nuclear taboo, and violence’s effect on social norms. He hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy or academia, perhaps both. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he anticipates gaining insight into China’s perspective on the intersection between military and diplomatic policy.

Blaise Buma (2017)

Cameroon

Washington and Lee University

Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship,Finance

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Blaise Buma is from Cameroon. He is a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Blaise attended Washington and Lee University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and worked for Goldman Sachs. He currently works as an investment professional for CrossBoundary LLC.

Bonnie Lei (2017)

United States of America

Harvard University

Entrepreneurship,Environment/Climate,Health/Healthcare

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Bonnie Lei is a founding member and Head of Global Strategic Partnerships for Microsoft’s AI for Earth program, a five-year, $50 million cross-company effort to deliver technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges. In this role, she leverages her experiences working as a conservation biologist (from helping initiate the marine program for Wildlife Conservation Society in Myanmar to researching climate adaptation of endangered penguins in South Africa) to identify and foster innovations with maximum potential for positive environmental impact. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Bonnie conducted a practical training project with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative and wrote her thesis on corporate sustainability strategies in China. She also co-founded the Schwarzman College environment group Schwarzman Treehuggers. Previously, Bonnie graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology.

Cameron Hickert (2017)

United States of America

University of Denver

Energy,Foreign Policy,Government

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Cameron Hickert studied Physics and International Studies at the University of Denver before concentrating in International Affairs at Schwarzman Scholars. While in Beijing, he co-managed the College’s 新民评论 academic journal alongside Kyle Hutzler and Anurag Chandran. Cameron currently works at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, focusing on cybersecurity and China’s artificial intelligence initiatives, while simultaneously pursing a graduate degree in Computational Science and Engineering at Harvard University. In 2018 Mr. Hickert was named one of “5 Under 25: Leaders in US-China relations” by Yale’s China Hands magazine.

Carlos Gonzalez Sierra (2017)

Dominican Republic

Amherst College

Business,Consulting,Law

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Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez, a member of the inaugural cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, is now a JD/MPP candidate at Harvard Law School. Carlos previously worked as a congressional staffer, policy advocate, and nonprofit executive. He also served in state and local government boards in Pennsylvania. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Carlos co-founded the Tsinghua Latin American Students Association, wrote for the Schwarzman College Journal, coordinated the first annual symposium, and interned at the Commercial Development Office of the Dominican Republic. Carlos also promoted Sino-Latin American exchange through dance, performing at cultural festivals throughout Beijing. He was featured in A Billionaire’s Bet, a CNBC documentary on the Schwarzman Scholars experience.

Chardaye Bueckert (2017)

Canada

Simon Fraser University

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate

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Chardaye Bueckert is joining Deloitte’s Public Sector Transformation Team in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She will remain involved in the non-profit sector advocating for democratic reform in Canada. While at Schwarzman College, Chardaye concentrated in Public Policy and researched the relationship between food waste and food security in China. She was involved in the Political Professionals Association and helped edit the weekly newsletter to Mr. Schwarzman. Chardaye has experience in government, student leadership, political advocacy, and debate. She completed her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in 2015, studying political science and law.

Cheng Huang (2017)

China

Tsinghua University

Finance,Law

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Huang Cheng graduated from Tsinghua University with a major in Accounting and minor in Law. She was awarded the Principal Scholarship given to only the top-10 undergraduates each year. Being selected as valedictorian, she delivered the farewell statement at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony of Tsinghua University on behalf of her class. Interested in education, she spent a year at a rural high school in Qinghai Province, northwestern China as a volunteer teacher. After graduating from Schwarzman College, she will continue her PhD education in organizational behavior in School of Economic and Management at Tsinghua University.

Chi Zhang (2017)

China

Peking University

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance,Law

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David Chi ZHANG will continue to pursue his PhD in Finance at Tsinghua University. He is likely to keep in touch with subsequent Schwarzman Scholars through Teaching Assistant Programs. David joined the field of Public Policy during his study at Schwarzman College. He was the organizer and lecturer of the Seminar Series on Chinese Communist Party and Chinese Politics. He is expected to get his PhD degree by 2020. David graduated from Peking University with a dual Bachelor degree in Economics and Science in 2015.

Christian Føhrby (2017)

Denmark

Harvard University,London School of Economics and Political Science

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Christian Føhrby is interested in performing arts, cosmopolitan education, and Chinese-Western relations. He has written, directed, and performed in many music and theater projects, and believes art and pop culture can help create the global civic consciousness needed for a green and peaceful 21st century. Before studying at Schwarzman College, Christian received an A.B. degree in Government from Harvard University and a Master of Science degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has previously worked in climate change policy, primary and secondary school teaching, public sector management consulting, and business journalism. Christian currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Chuang Zhao (2017)

China

Jilin University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Finance,Law

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Chuang Zhao is a graduate of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University. He is deeply interested in innovation and entrepreneurial economy, social organization and youth diplomacy. He previously led many community projects in Jilin province. Representing China, Chuang has attended various international student leadership summits including the Y20 summit, Student Leadership Innovation Experience camp and the Asia Europe Foundation Young Leaders summit. He also served as the President of Student Union of Jilin University and was President of the China Alliance of Campus International Societies. He aspires to advance social progress through the power of innovation and institutional changes. Chuang is 24 years old and from Mainland China.

Claus Kao-Chu Soong (2017)

Taiwan, China

National Cheng-Chi University

Consulting,Foreign Policy,Law

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Soong Kao-Chu holds an LL.B. from National Chengchi University, Taipei, and has studied at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), University of London, and Johns Hopkins University. He served as a research assistant in government research projects, and is interested in international relations, public international law, and political theories. He has volunteered with immigrants around the world and closely observed the influence of international systems on local community and individuals.

Corey Meyer (2017)

United States of America

New York University

Economics/Economic Policy,Foreign Policy,Law

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Corey Meyer is continuing his legal studies at Yale Law School where he hopes to remain engaged with the pressing issues of our global age. He graduated in 2015 from New York University Abu Dhabi, where he was a two-time Vice President of Student Government, among other things. He remains ever grateful for the remarkable Schwarzman Scholars experience and looks forward to a career in law before pursuing a role in government.

Cristopher Uglea (2017)

Romania

Universitatea Bucuresti

Foreign Policy,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Cristopher Uglea has a degree in History from the University of Bucharest. After a year in China as a Schwarzman Scholar, he pursued intensive Mandarin language training in Beijing before moving to Hong Kong for a career in business intelligence. He is now specializing in open source research, with a focus on commercial data, social media and cyber intelligence.

Danai Mavunga (2017)

Zimbabwe

University of Zimbabwe

Education,Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Danai Mavunga enjoys building institutions and projects from the ground up. She has spent the past 3 years building talent acquisition, stakeholder management, and financial aid teams and driving process efficiency across the organization. She led the implementation of the inaugural Mandela Centennial & Mastercard Foundation Scholars programs at ALU. Danai co-authored “The Next Big Level” which is used as part of the training and development program for a youth organization in Zimbabwe, then completed her MBA from Wits Business School. She is currently the Director of Strategic Operations at ALU - a university that is training 3 million leaders from the African continent.

Daniel Glenn (2017)

United States of America

United States Naval Academy

Foreign Policy,Government

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Daniel Glenn served in the United States military for 10 years, studying international relations at the United States Naval Academy before earning a Master degree in Government from the University of Maryland. As a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Special Operations) Officer, Daniel deployed twice in two major campaigns, leading teams called upon to defuse IEDs, dive in search of underwater explosives, and dismantle chemical weapons. Daniel founded two philanthropic efforts in his spare time, and once broke a Guinness World Record for running a mile in an 80-lb bomb suit in 8 minutes and 30 seconds. Following Schwarzman Scholars, he intends to move into the private sector before pursuing his desire to serve as an honest broker in the Senate.

Daniel Goldstern (2017)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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At Schwarzman College, Dan Goldstern concentrated in Economics & Business and tried unavailingly to improve his Chinese. In his scant spare time, helped found a Schwarzman Scholar-run school in Nepal, haphazardly planned the Class of 2017 Time Capsule, and organized several ski trips around Beijing and to Kazakhstan. Prior to the year in Beijing, Dan worked on large-scale real estate investment and development projects around the world, while employed at Silverstein Properties in NYC. He began his career in investment banking at Citi. Dan once studied political science and economics at the University of Pennsylvania and he originally hails from Brooklyn, New York.

David Benger (2017)

United States of America

Brandeis University

Foreign Policy,Government,Law

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David Benger is an associate researcher at Harvard Law School. He has worked at the NY District Attorney’s Office, the International Criminal Court, and the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal in Cambodia. In addition to his legal work, he co-directed an Emmy-nominated short documentary on Veterans and the Criminal Justice System, and serves on the board of an international social justice NGO. His opinions have been published by the Boston Globe, NY Daily News, Lawfare, Opinio Juris, and The UChicago Booth Business. David graduated from Harvard Law School; Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University; and Brandeis University (with majors in Politics & Russian Studies) summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Ella Cheng (2017)

United States of America

Princeton University

Consulting,Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Ella Cheng is a native New Yorker who is exploring ways to bridge the private and public sectors, and bring impact, innovation and tech to old-school institutions (e.g., government) and emerging markets both in the US and abroad. She is a Product Manager and Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey, where she is building B2B products and has advised federal government, consumer and pharma clients on strategy, operations, organization and digital. She also worked and lived in Dhaka as Chief of Staff of Pathao, a super-app in Bangladesh. On the side, she has advised emerging market start-ups and volunteered for NYC mentorship programs. While at Schwarzman Scholars, she was a Student Government Representative and member of the Mission & Values Task Force and Schwarzman Choir. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Ella graduated from Princeton where she majored in Public & International Affairs and served as the Student Government President.

Emma Campbell-Mohn (2017)

United States of America

Duke University

Foreign Policy,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Emma Campbell-Mohn is a recent graduate who studied political science as well as Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She previously served as the Defense Intern for the Subcommittee Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and was a summer intern at the American Enterprise Institute. At Duke, Emma was Co-Chair of the American Grand Strategy Program and President of the Duke Alexander Hamilton Society. She is an avid writer, contributing to The Diplomat, Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies, and Columbia Journal of Politics & Society, and hopes to pursue a career in Asia-Pacific security policy.

Enkhmend Gereltogtokh (2017)

Mongolia

University of Chicago

Economics/Economic Policy

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Enkhmend Gereltogtokh is a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, focusing on financial services and commercial aviation. He began his consulting career shortly after his year in Beijing at Schwarzman College. In the long run, Enkhmend aspires to help firms in his native Mongolia and other developing markets grow and compete globally. During his year at Schwarzman College, Enkhmend enjoyed traveling around China and learning Chinese. Enkhmend completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he majored in Economics & Environmental Studies. He was born in Ulaanbaatar and grew up in New York City.

Hayden Rodenkirchen (2017)

Canada

University of Toronto

Foreign Policy

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Hayden Rodenkirchen was a Loran Scholar at Trinity College in the University of Toronto studying international relations. He led the Salterrae newspaper and the Undergraduate Journal of Political Science. Hayden has worked for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs in Vietnam, in Toronto’s financial services sector, and at Grand Challenges Canada – a not-for-profit organization, where he helped build partnerships between international funders of development innovation. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Hayden hopes to develop the perspective and leadership skills necessary to contribute to policy on evolving issues in international relations, from trade and climate governance to development innovation.

Henry Pit Kai Keung (2017)

Hong Kong SAR, China

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Business,Consulting,Government

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Henry Keung was in the inaugural cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. He served at the Student Government and led the Scholar Task Force on Mission & Values while at the College. With support from the College, Henry and two other Scholars organized the inaugural "Hong Kong Deep Dive," where 40+ Scholars went on a study tour in Hong Kong to meet with distinguished leaders across sectors to better understand the city's role in China's development. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Henry served at the HKSAR Government in its flagship Administrative Officer program for high potential civil service leaders. Outside of work, Henry is a boy scout leader, and served as the Hong Kong Manager of Enactus to promote social innovation. Henry graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a double degree in Global Business and China Studies.

Hongyu Zhao (2017)

China

Tsinghua University

Technology

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Zhao Hongyu, is a PhD Candidate in Biology Engineering at Tsinghua University. He is dedicated to using technology to protect the environment. As CEO of BluePHA, the world's first multi-type biological plastic company, he uses an innovative technology to reduce the cost of biodegradable plastic. He has worked with Alon incubator in Israel, Globe Venture Capital in London and LG in Korea and has been recognized by China’s top leadership for his environmental responsibility. Hongyu is 26 years old and from Mainland China.

Isabel Scher (2017)

United States of America

Rice University

Business

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Isabel Scher recently graduated from Rice University where she studied political science. After graduating from the Schwarzman Scholars program, she will work with McKinsey & Company as a business analyst. Her experience as a Schwarzman Scholar will enhance her understanding of China’s political and business environment to effectively consult with multinational companies in today’s interconnected global economy. Currently, Isabel is working with Enable, a virtual community foundation, to design and execute a model for evaluating 3D printed prosthetic hands for recipients with upper limb differences.

Italo Ribeiro Alves (2017)

Brazil

Quinnipiac University

Business,Government,Public/Social Policy

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Italo Alves is the Co-Founder at TODXS, a social startup that promotes LGBT+ inclusion in Brazil through innovation, education and business. He currently is dedicating himself to running for political office in his home state of Ceará, Brazil. He is one of the national leaders of the Acredito movement – an initiative for the renovation of political leadership in the country. Italo is also a Global Shaper from the World Economic Forum. Prior to attending Schwarzman College, Italo worked at Deloitte, Ashoka and the Lemann Foundation. He also studied international business and finance at Quinnipiac University.

Jacob Gaba (2017)

United States of America

Dartmouth College

Entrepreneurship,Media,Technology

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Jacob Gaba studied Computer Science and Digital Arts at Dartmouth College. He is co-founder of Symbiotic Studios, a video production company with over one million views on YouTube. Jake has filmed virtual-reality videos for NASA, Kickstarter videos for entrepreneurs, and a viral video of himself dancing across China that appeared on Good Morning America, Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. Outside of filmmaking, Jake has served as VP of Marketing for College Pulse, worked as a WPP Fellow, photographed portraits for heads of state, coded for Microsoft, musical directed for Dartmouth’s Sing Dynasty a cappella group, and competed on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Jake is currently pursuing his MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

James Rizzo (2017)

United States of America

University of California, Davis

Business,Consulting,Law

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James Rizzo graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Political Science. He is particularly interested in the ways in which new technologies impact trends in public policy and governance. At Intuit Inc., he led a $2.5 million project in support of a payments technology migration initiative. He aims to begin his career in the public sector practice of a global consultancy with the ultimate goal of becoming a White House policy advisor. He is also an instrument rated private pilot and an avid mountain biker.

Jasmin Stadler (2017)

Switzerland

University College London

Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy

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Jasmin Stadler is a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars. Previously, she studied Mandarin at Tsinghua University for two semesters, whereupon she read for an undergraduate degree in politics, economics and data science at the University College London and Sciences Po, Paris. While at Schwarzman College, she took on chasing after forwards in the THU interdepartmental basketball competition, and is now working on student experience for the Kiran School in Nepal alongside her brilliant fellow '17 scholars. For the next two years, Jasmin will pursue a masters in comparative government at Oxford University, where she will focus on digital government and quantitative social science techniques.

Jason Heo (2017)

United States of America

Swarthmore College

Entrepreneurship,Public/Social Policy,Technology

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Jason Heo serves as Manager of Innovation and Policy at Emerson Collective, a social change organization focused on education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives. He graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2017 with a concentration in Economics and Business, and wrote his thesis on Chinese land acquisitions in Africa. Jason has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College, where he was Co-President of the student body. He is broadly interested in food security, social innovation, and politics.

Jesse Caemmerer (2017)

United States of America

Santa Clara University

Consulting,Foreign Policy,Government

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Jesse Caemmerer graduated with a Bachelor degree in Politics and International Relations from Santa Clara University. He won a Rotary Global Scholarship to complete a Master degree in Strategic Studies from Nanyang Technological University, graduating top of his class. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he will study China’s foreign policy process to prepare for an academic career in Sino-United States military-security relations. Jesse works as a Research Analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, focusing on irregular warfare and Asia-Pacific security. He co-founded the Dili Education Club in Timor-Leste, and is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Young Leaders Program.

Jessica Hocken (2017)

United States of America

Arizona State University

Public/Social Policy

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Jessica Hocken will start her accounting career as a consultant with Deloitte in New York. She will be working in their Accounting & Reporting Transformations practice where she will conduct accounting research for M&A transactions. As a newbie to New York City, she is excited to engage in the Schwarzman Alumni Network and help build a strong NYC community. If you are ever visiting Arizona (her home state), she has plenty of advice and tips for you!

Jie Deng (2017)

China

Nankai University

Public/Social Policy

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Deng Jie received dual degrees in Chemistry and Applied Psychology from Nankai University and has studied at the University of California Berkeley. She has demonstrated a passion for social governance within a transitional society, cross-cultural cooperation, and the application of big-data modeling to public policy making. Her research focuses on subjective wellbeing, and has been presented and published in several psychology conferences and journals. Jie has assisted in the inclusive education of special needs children and served as the coordinator for the disabled children art festival and the baseball team at a high school in Sichuan Province.

Jintian Li (2017)

China

University of Rochester

Business

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Prior to joining the inaugural cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, Jintian "Jay" Li worked for the HQ of the National Basketball Association in New York for 4 years, focusing on international business development and investor relations. Jay is also a part-time consultant for Hony Capital's sports & media investment team. After Schwarzman Scholars, he will join the Chinese Basketball Association as the President's Special Assistant.

John Randolph Thornton (2017)

United States of America

Harvard University

Foreign Policy,Government,Media

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J.R. Thornton graduated from Harvard University in 2014. His first novel, Beautiful Country, loosely inspired by time he spent in Beijing as a teenager, was a best-seller on its release in China and is due to be published worldwide by Harper Collins in April 2016. J.R. was an internationally-ranked junior tennis player, later competing for the Harvard team and on the men’s professional tour. In the long run J.R. plans to enter public service and hopes to become a leader in the development of a positive US-China relationship. Born in London and a current resident of Florida, J.R. is 26 years old and from the United States.

Jonathan Jeffrey (2017)

United States of America

Harvard University

Communications,Foreign Policy,Media,Public/Social Policy

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Jonathan Jeffrey is a member of the first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, having graduated from Tsinghua University in 2017. He is currently the Associate Business Lead to the CEO of Activision Blizzard, the largest interactive entertainment company in the United States. He was previously an Associate at The Asia Group in Washington, DC and a Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School for Ambassador Nicholas Burns. While living in Beijing, Jonathan worked at the National Basketball Association’s China headquarters. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in History. Jonathan is from Sonoma County, California.

Jordan Shapiro (2017)

United States of America

Stanford University

Entrepreneurship,Health/Healthcare,Technology

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Jordan Shapiro is a venture capital investor at NEA, where he invests in consumer and enterprise technology companies in the US, China, and elsewhere. Jordan sits on the boards of Sprout Social (NASDAQ: SPT), CATALOG, Catalytic, Element3 Health, Neural Magic, Raise, and Upskill. In addition, he has worked closely with NEA’s investments in Onshape (acq. PTC), VividCortex (acq. SolarWinds), Beyond Identity, Tempus, Tuya, and Zuoyebang, among others. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, he graduated Tau Beta Pi with an MS in Management Science & Engineering and a BS in Bioengineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow, class president, and convocation speaker. At Stanford, Jordan also served as co-founder/president of BIOME, the first student-organized bio-maker environment on a university campus, and as chief of staff for the joint undergraduate and graduate student government.

Jordyn Turner (2017)

United States of America

Dartmouth College

Government

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Jordyn Turner graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a degree in Asian & Middle-Eastern Studies and Government. After her year in Beijing as a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, Jordyn joined the Washington, D.C. office of management consulting firm Bain & Company where she developed and implemented strategic solutions for clients in a variety of sectors ranging from healthcare to education, as well as conducting PE diligences as part of Bain’s Private Equity Group. In January 2020, Jordyn began a 7-month externship from Bain, as a Consultant in the Business Innovation Unit of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). While with WFP, Jordyn coordinated the production of an organization-wide efficiency study and helped drive efforts to build the organization’s Knowledge Management capabilities, among other projects. Jordyn is now an incoming MBA candidate in Harvard Business School’s Class of 2022.  

Jose Miguel Luna (2017)

Mexico

Georgetown University

Economics/Economic Policy

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José Miguel Luna graduated from Georgetown University with a major in International Economics and Development. At Georgetown he was the founder of the Mexican Student Association and the general manager of an on-campus student-run business. Before Schwarzman, Jose worked as a product developer at Locus Analytics, a data analytics start up. As a Schwarzman Scholar, José focused on Chinese participation in the development of Mexico’s special economic zones, a partnership which he proposed and is currently coordinating. He now works at Delta Airlines as a Global Strategy Associate, helping the airline expand in the Latin American and East Asian markets.

Joseph Broderick (2017)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Health/Healthcare,Public/Social Policy

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Joseph Broderick graduated from the United States Military Academy. He captained West Point’s national championship boxing team and lead Cadets Against Sexual Harassment and Assault, an organization working to eliminate harassment and assault in the military. He forged a commitment to global health issues through work with the developmentally disabled in Mongolia and with world leaders in global medicine at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Conference in Guam. This commitment is highlighted by his novel research on bacterial antibiotic resistance, and Joe hopes to continue to serve the world’s people through a career in global public health.

Joseph Dinkel (2017)

United States of America

United States Naval Academy

Law

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Joseph Adam Dinkel graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2016; he is currently ranked in the top of his class. On military orders in China, Joseph currently spends his mornings honing his Mandarin and his nights working at Capital Associates Law Firm. Joseph has led at the brigade, platoon and boat-crew level; still, he remains most humbled by the Navy’s selection to send him to the Basic Underwater Demolition SEALs. Following his studies as a Schwarzman Scholar, Joseph hopes to serve alongside the Navy’s most elite Special Warfare sailors—SEALs. Joseph is 22 years old, was born in Cambridge, England and grew up on foreign shores before his family settled down in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Julian Busch (2017)

Germany

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Julian Busch graduated from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management with a Bachelor´s degree in Business Administration. He has already gained professional experience in several countries and industries. Before relocating to Beijing, Julian worked for J.P. Morgan in London, which he will rejoin after his studies. In the future, Julian wants to work in a leadership position at the interface between Chinese and Western financial markets. Julian also has strong interest in politics, enjoys travelling and is a passionate chef.

Juliana Batista (2017)

United States of America

Cornell University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Law

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Juliana Batista received her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, majoring in Industrial & Labor Relations and minoring in Economics and Business. As the elected Student Assembly President, Juliana actively advocated to reform sexual assault and financial aid policies. Juliana spearheaded the annual International AIDS Awareness Week at Cornell. She has interned with Deutsche Bank Asset & Wealth Management serving global clients. Schwarzman Scholars will provide a transformative platform for her to launch into international investing for female economic empowerment. Juliana aspires to serve at the World Bank and engage in development endeavors. In her spare time she is an avid kitesurfer, cyclist, and contemporary dancer.

Kaidi Zhang (2017)

China

Nankai University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Zhang Kaidi received a double Bachelor degree in Arts and Economics from Nankai University in 2015. He was the Chairman of Tianjin Students’ Federation and Executive Chairman of Nankai Students’ Union. As a gold medal winner of China College Students’ Entrepreneurship Competition and Tianjin Challenge Cup Competition, Kaidi is passionate about the role startups can play in improving society leading him to found two startups in technology. Kaidi is 22 years old and from Mainland China.

Kay Teo (2017)

Japan

Yale University

Entrepreneurship

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Kay Teo is a Japanese-English bilingual with global professional experience across the United States, Asia, Europe and a passion for the food industry. She is a former restaurant entrepreneur, an F&B focused McKinsey consultant, and cross-functional operator for a private equity firm’s restaurant franchise group. After graduating from Yale with a degree in Neuroscience, she lived in NYC and Southeast Asia for several years, before returning to Japan. She now resides in Tokyo.

Kelsey Jamieson (2017)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Energy,Environment/Climate,Technology

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Kelsey Jamieson is a chemical engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology interested in energy policy and the role of US-China relations in the sector. She ultimately hopes to be U.S. Secretary of Energy, acting as a bridge between science and policy. With research experience involving nano-scale heat transfer, thin-film fabrication, and high-efficiency catalysis, Kelsey has published work in four scientific journals with labs at MIT and in France. A key member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Kelsey led the 2015 AIChE Northeast Regional Conference for over 300 students. Kelsey was a teaching assistant for MIT’s Transport Processes and president of her dormitory house. She is a cross-country runner, professional harpist, and avid swing-dancer.

Kes Rittenberg (2017)

United States of America

New York University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Kes Rittenberg currently works at Coatue Management, where he focuses on fintech investment opportunities. He was previously an associate at Blackstone. Kes graduated from NYU, where he studied Economics and Chinese and was a Yan Bin Fellow at Schwarzman Scholars. He is passionate about US-China relations and seeks to contribute to improving the relationship.

Kumiko Mita (2017)

Japan

Keio University

Foreign Policy,Government

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Kumiko Mita studied Political Science and minored in Chinese Security at Keio University. She spent a year studying abroad at Brown University on scholarship, where she studied international security. She has previously worked in the newsroom of Bloomberg, and interned at the Japan Institute of International Affairs as a researcher. She aspires to become a researcher at an influential think tank, and hopes to shape future foreign policy and contribute to regional confidence building measures. For her, Schwarzman Scholars is an opportunity to cultivate personal relationships and deepen her understanding of China.

Kyle Hutzler (2017)

United States of America

Yale University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Kyle Hutzler graduated from Yale in 2014 with a BA in Economics and was managing editor of China Hands magazine. He is a senior associate at McKinsey & Company, based in its Washington office where he focuses primarily on transformational public sector and healthcare work. Kyle has been passionate about the Unites States-China relationship since interning at the United States International Trade Commission in high school. He is delighted to return to China as a Schwarzman Scholar and aspires to a career in public service.

Larry Han (2017)

United States of America

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Economics/Economic Policy,Energy,Health/Healthcare

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Larry Han is a PhD candidate in Biostatistics at Harvard University. He develops novel statistical methods in clinical trial and electronic health record settings, with applications in cardiovascular and infectious diseases. As a member of the inaugural cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, Larry co-founded Xinmin Pinglun, the official journal of Schwarzman College and was awarded Tsinghua University’s Outstanding Thesis Award for his research on China’s modern healthcare reforms. Larry holds an AM in Biostatistics from Harvard University, an MPhil in Operations Research from Cambridge University, and a BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a native of Raleigh, NC.

Lejon Chua (2017)

Singapore

Imperial College London

Business,Consulting,Entrepreneurship

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Lejon Chua is a Regional Director with Enterprise Singapore, connecting and grooming tech firms between China and thirteen other nations for global expansion. At Imperial College (IC), he was the first Southeast Asian in forty years to be elected Head of Student Government, integrating 3,600 students from diverse backgrounds into a dynamic & collaborative body. At IC Alumni Association’s 40th anniversary, he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus alongside Singapore’s President. In 2017, he pioneered the Singapore Deep Dive, a yearly travel seminar for Scholars to interact with twenty-five senior leaders such as Singapore’s Prime Minister. His experiences includes co-founding a hub in China to drive cross-border innovation of i4.0 solutions, optimizing ExxonMobil’s chemical plant for a $300k/year cost reduction, devising a novel IP-valuation method with China’s largest FOF, and commanding an armor platoon. His long-term aspiration is to help Singapore’s steering committee shape policies & elevate relationships with her trading partners to the next pinnacle.

Leyla Sudbury (2017)

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

Business,Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Leyla Sudbury is a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. She primarily works in the public sector (crisis response) or on projects linked to manufacturing engineering (new product feasibility, sustainability). In her free time, she enjoys long-distance train travel. Leyla is from Manchester (England) and is based in New York (USA).

Lucas Briger (2017)

United States of America

Princeton University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Lucas Briger graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History, focusing on economic development and international relations. Lucas works in sustainable energy across power project and technology development. He has a leadership role in hydroelectric and biomass projects in West-Central Africa and commercialization efforts for new nuclear and marine technologies. His goal is to broaden clean energy availability and affordability in helping to alleviate global poverty and climate change. In the future, Lucas wants to join the U.S. public sector and dedicate himself to government service.

Luis Checa (2017)

Peru

Universidad de Piura

Business

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Luis Felipe Checa is a tech entrepreneur and angel investor. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars in 2017, he explored the tech landscape in China and decided to launch his own fintech start-up to democratize financial services in Peru. He also has served as a consultant for international tech companies that want to access the Latin American market (edtech, fintech and social media). Luis is currently the Head of BI & Operations at Mercado Libre (Andean Division), the largest e-commerce and fintech company in Latin America that seeks to democratize trade and financial services in that region.

Marguerite Wedeman (2017)

United States of America

George Washington University

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Marguerite Wedeman graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University, where she majored in International Affairs and Chinese language. A United States Department of State Critical Language Scholar, Marguerite’s senior thesis examined Chinese discourse on non-traditional security and illuminated challenges to and areas for Sino-American collaboration. After Schwarzman Scholars, Marguerite joined the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations as the first Schwarzman Scholar Fellow. She is currently the Senior Director for Government Affairs at the Partnership for New York City, where she monitors the impact of federal policy on the city and oversees the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. Marguerite enjoys discussing American politics and foreign policy, was a Nebraska delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and enjoys running, biking, and cooking in her free time.

Max Song (2017)

United States of America

Brown University

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Environment/Climate

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Max Song studied machine learning and diplomacy at Brown University. He is interested in expanding intercultural empathy through the latest technological tools. In his free time, he’s co-published a book on data science, used data science to save a big company, started the One Salon—an intellectual, emotional and experiential gathering devoted to human awakening in fourteen cities around the world. He is excited to return to Beijing, and continue his interest in global economics and politics at Tsinghua as a Schwarzman Scholar. Max is 24 years old and grew up in Beijing, Shanghai and Chicago.

Maximillian Seunik (2017)

Canada

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Max Seunik is an Investment Manager at Grand Challenges Canada where he directs capital to scaling health innovations in low- and middle-income countries. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Young Diplomats of Canada, a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, and advisor to Century Initiative. He has worked in the Rwandan Ministry of Health and led randomized control trials on political accountability in Uganda. Max holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

Mingyuan Hu (2017)

China

Nankai University

Public/Social Policy

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Hu Mingyuan graduated with a Bachelor degree from the sociology department of Nankai University. He focuses on the study of the development model of new rural urbanization, and has conducted investigative research on the topic in various Chinese provinces. His experience working as an intern in county government helped him develop an in-depth understanding of social transformation taking place in China’s rural communities. Mingyuan was the president of the Student Union of Nankai University, and is currently working in Southwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region as a volunteer teacher. Mingyuan is 23 years old and from Mainland China.

Mostafa Allam (2017)

Egypt

University of Virginia

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Entrepreneurship

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Mostafa Allam graduated from the University of Virginia with a triple major in Systems Engineering, Economics, and Middle Eastern Studies before completing his Master degree at London Business School. He then joined Strategy& where he worked on strategy projects for multinational corporations and government institutions. After three years in consulting, Mostafa completed his MBA at INSEAD in Singapore. While doing his MBA, he participated in the launch of Circles.Life, Singapore’s fourth telecom operator. Mostafa is also a writer and has authored two novels. He returned to Strategy& in 2017 after the Schwarzman Scholars Program.

Natasha Rachman (2017)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Economics/Economic Policy

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Natasha Rachman is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she studied politics, philosophy and economics receiving the Gibbs Prize for Politics, and graduating second in a class of 249. She has debated for the English national team and was a finalist at both the World and European Universities Debating Championships. After graduating she worked as a researcher for members of the UK’s House of Lords. She is particularly interested in what determines the success of international regimes, and hopes to eventually work on related problems in a professional context.

Nina Russell (2017)

United States of America

Yale University

Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy,Health/Healthcare

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Nina Russell is a legislative staffer in the United States Congress. Russell was a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, graduating from Tsinghua University in 2017 with a master’s in Global Affairs, concentration in Economics and Business. Her thesis examined foreign direct investment in the Chinese healthcare market. Russell co-founded and was the first president of Schwarzman Women, and played flute in the Tsinghua University Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Russell worked in strategy and operations at Deloitte's federal consulting practice and as a health policy fellow at New America. Russell graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2015, B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Noah Elbot (2017)

United States of America

Brown University

Energy,Environment/Climate,Finance

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Noah Elbot graduated from Brown University in 2014, where he double majored in East Asian Studies and Economics. During college, he conducted research on rainforest ecosystems in Yunnan Province with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong researching comparative East Asian growth models for his economics capstone. Following graduation, Noah volunteered at a vocational high school in northwest China before starting his current work developing green financial products for XacBank in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He seeks to create private sector solutions towards resource and energy sustainability in Asia's emerging markets.

Oi Lam Tam (2017)

Macau SAR, China

Renmin University of China

Business,Economics/Economic Policy

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Oi Lam (Aileen) Tam currently works for the Blackstone Hong Kong office. While at Schwarzman Scholars, she founded the Women's Conference and was elected as the academic representative of the Student Government. During her time in Beijing, she was an intern at Ernst and Young for their cross border merger and acquisition research projects. She was also an Ambassador and Research Associate for Zhen Fund. Prior to joining Schwarzman College, Aileen had various professional working experiences in the public sector and media industry. She worked for the Executive Council and the Higher Education Bureau of the Macau government. Aileen served as a columnist for multiple local newspapers and magazines for many years. She has covered the Beijing Olympics Games and Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Aileen received her B.A. in Journalism from Renmin University of China and was one of the national nominees of the China College Student of the Year and a torchbearer for the Beijing Olympics.

Pauline Kastermans (2017)

Netherlands

Amsterdam University College

Public/Social Policy

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Pauline Kastermans (The Netherlands) graduated with an MSc in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management in 2016, and ran for European Parliament as one of the youngest candidates in 2014. She spent a semester as an MBA exchange student at PKU before arriving at the Schwarzman College. At the College her concentration was International Studies. She was involved with several initiatives encouraging young people to become politically active.

Rahim Mawji (2017)

Kenya

Harvard University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Rahim Mawji graduated from Harvard College where he majored in Applied Mathematics and minored in Sociology. He is currently working with education and energy initiatives in West and East Africa. While at Harvard, he served as president of the African Students Association, interned in financial services in New York, studied with mystics in Indonesia, researched at a leadership academy in South Africa, worked with an energy developer in Ghana, and taught in China. He aspires to help develop and deploy talent and capacity in Africa, and to build educational and economic bridges between Africa, the East, and the West. Rahim is 23 years old and from Kenya and Tanzania.

Regina Parker (2017)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Foreign Policy,Government,Health/Healthcare

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Regina Parker graduated from the United States Military Academy with a double-major in Mechanical Engineering and American Politics before earning a Masters Degree in Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University. Regina is an active Young Leader with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and enjoys writing; she has published five editorials and one book chapter during her year in China. In the fall of 2017, Regina will enroll at Harvard Medical School before serving as a US Army physician. Her broader career goals are to enhance US-China relations through medical diplomacy and defense policy.

Richard Altieri (2017)

United States of America

Amherst College

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Richard Altieri recently graduated from Amherst College and is currently pursuing a Watson Fellowship in cross-cultural humor. His fellowship involves performing and studying stand-up comedy in English, Spanish, and Chinese. In college, by teaching English abroad in China and researching policy, Richard developed a passion for education. Looking forward, Richard intends to explore how education policy can facilitate deeper cultural understanding between the United States, Latin America, and China. In the long term, he aspires to start a consultancy that develops education policy at the broadest levels, promoting artistic, social, and historical understanding between nations.

Ross Tan (2017)

Australia

Australian National University

Business

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Ross Tan received a Bachelor of Asian Studies with First-Class Honors from Australia National University, for which he received the 2014 Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award, and is now also completing Honors in his Law degree. He is passionate about sustainable consumerism, international education and cultural exchange. Ross is the co-founder of Australian Natural, China’s first specialist importer of Australian organic wines and fine foods, and recently founded a new non-profit, Orient Abroad, offering on-the-ground support to Australians students in Asia.

Rosy Yung Yung Yang (2017)

Hong Kong SAR, China

Princeton University

Public/Social Policy

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Rosy Yang graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She was among the top Princeton students elected to Phi Beta Kappa, won the Woodrow Wilson School’s R. W. van de Velde Award, attained a perfect score in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, and was named one of Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Teens. She currently conducts policy research in the Chief Executive’s Office of the Hong Kong Government. A long-time public affairs enthusiast, Rosy was a member of the Hong Kong International Debate Team and the Princeton Debate Panel. She served as Director of News and Culture at Princeton’s radio station WPRB, interned in government offices and NGOs, and volunteered with the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Rugsit Kanan (2017)

Thailand

Harvard University

Business,Entrepreneurship,Finance

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Rugsit Kanan studied sociology and economics at Harvard College where he is one of nine Thai students. On campus, Rugsit was President of the Harvard Association for US-China Relations (HAUSCR) promoting transnational dialogue between young leaders of China and the United States through three annual conferences. Following Schwarzman Scholars, Rugsit will join Lazard Asset Management in New York. Long-term, Rugsit hopes to connect Thai businesses and scholars with opportunities in both the United States and China. In his free time, Rugsit composes poetry in English, Thai, and Mandarin and plays chess for the Thailand national team.

Ruobing Zhou (2017)

China

Tsinghua University

Business,Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Zhou Ruobing (Robin) graduated from Tsinghua University in 2010 with a major in Mechanical Engineering. With six years’ working experience prior to the program, he worked as a developing project manager at Robert Bosch China and successfully led team launching multiple products worldwide. Certified as a PMP® (Project Management Professional) and NPDP® (New Product Development Professional), Robin continues his career as a senior product engineering manager at Shanghai, Bosch China headquarters after graduating from Schwarzman Scholars. Being passionate about business, technology and innovation, Robin aspires to be a business leader in manufacturing industry and envisions contributing to China's manufacturing transformation.

Ryan Marschang (2017)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

Business,Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Ryan Marschang is joining Blackstone Energy Partners after graduating from Schwarzman Scholars in 2017. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, he worked as a reservoir engineer at ExxonMobil on one of the world’s largest energy developments to date in Kazakhstan. Ryan Marschang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics as a member of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. Ryan has prior experience working in early stage venture capital through helping found the Dorm Room Fund in 2012. He also co-founded a building integrated photovoltaic company in 2011. Ryan was born in Colorado, USA and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Rza Aliyev (2017)

Azerbaijan

The Academy of Public Administration Under the President of Azerbaijan

Business,Energy,Finance

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Rza Aliyev holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Master’s degree in Diplomacy from the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Economics. Starting in diplomacy, he worked at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Atlantic Council, and was a United Nations Youth Ambassador. In 2012 he became a private banker in Andorra. He is a Deputy Secretary General of Nizami Ganjavi International Center, an organization of more than eighty heads of state. He speaks English, Azerbaijani, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and learning Mandarin. Rza is 28 years old, from Baku, Azerbaijan and lives in Andorra.

Samuel Hsiao (2017)

Taiwan, China

National Cheng-Chi University

Entrepreneurship,Foreign Policy,Media

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Samuel Hsiao graduated from National Chengchi University in 2014 with a BA in Diplomacy. He has been active in international relations, including hosting the HPAIR Asia Conference in 2012. During his time at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, his research was focused on Chinese Foreign Aid policy in international development and he finished his internship at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He previously worked for the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) and helped lead operations and strategy for two rising start-ups as they expanded business across South(east) Asia and Greater China. Samuel currently resides in Singapore and is passionate about connecting communities in the social innovation field.

Sara Sudetic (2017)

United States of America

King's College London

Media,Public/Social Policy

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Sara Sudetic was raised in Belgrade during the Yugoslav wars and has extensive field and policy experience working on conflict and human rights. She currently works for Mines Advisory Group, leading programmes to reduce the risk of landmine accidents in Myanmar’s conflict-affected ethnic regions. She was previously based on the Thai-Myanmar border where she managed human rights reporting for the Karen Human Rights Group. Prior to that, Sara worked as a foreign policy legislative fellow in the United States Congress, and as a journalist and communications consultant in Europe and Asia. Sara holds a master’s in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University as part of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, a master’s in Nationalism Studies and Minority Rights from Central European University, and a bachelor’s in War Studies and History from King’s College London. During her time at Tsinghua University, Sara was involved in the women’s intramural basketball team and Schwarzman Women.

Savitri Restrepo Alvarez (2017)

Colombia

Wellesley College

Business,Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Savitri Restrepo is a Sustainability Consultant at ELEVATE, a leading global risk and sustainability solutions consultancy headquartered in Hong Kong. She leads programs on modern slavery, forced labor, ethical recruitment and worker wellbeing. Previously, Savitri worked in fashion and supply chain sustainability at Esquel Group, one of the world’s largest textile and apparel manufacturers. She has a background in public policy, international development including market-driven social enterprises, corporate strategy and human/labor rights. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Savitri’s concentration was Public Policy. She helped create the Schwarzman Latino Association and was part of the women’s soccer and basketball teams. Savitri graduated from Wellesley College and is an Albright and Mckinsey NGWL Scholar.

Servet Bayimli (2017)

United States of America

Amherst College

Government,Law,Media

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Servet’s interests in innovation, food & beverage, and entrepreneurship have led him down multiple paths following his graduation from Schwarzman Scholars. He is a Global Management Trainee at AB InBev’s ZX Ventures Group, a global incubator and venture capital team focused on disrupting the food & beverage space. There, he’s working on category development and new-to-world innovations - even launching his own brand! Additionally, he’s Director of Admission for the Latin American Leadership Academy, a non-profit cultivating the next generation of Latin American leaders and an Echoing Green partner. Servet loves building and developing young organizations and can geek out hard about food, fermentation, and travel. Reach out to him anytime! Servet is 24 years old and from the United States of America and Turkey.

Shan Quan Chande (2017)

Tanzania

London School of Economics and Political Science

Business,Entrepreneurship,Finance

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Shan Quan Chande attained a Bachelor of Science Management degree from London School of Economics before interning at Barclays Global Corporates and working as a Management Consultant at KPMG in London. Shan founded an agricultural company in Tanzania with a view to working with rural Tanzanians in farming. By partnering with leading corporations, and working in the Venture Capital and Private Equity space, Shan hopes to make a real impact in cross border trade and investments from China and elsewhere, into Africa. He speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Russian and Swahili. Shan is 23 years old, is from Tanzania, and is of Chinese and Indian descent.

Shijun Li (2017)

China

Xi'an Jiaotong University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Li Shijun earned a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University and served as the vice chairman of the Tsinghua Graduate student association. He previously organized multiple projects focused on economic development and ecological protection in the countryside of China. He is also determined to serve the local community of China, and has proposed a lot of creative and constructive steps to improve the life of the local people. Shijun is 28 years old and from Mainland China.

Shoumo Zhang (2017)

China

Jilin University

Business,Entrepreneurship,Technology

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Zhang Shoumo is a Ph.D. candidate at Tsinghua University. He worked with Tsinghua University’s high tech transfer platform at the XIN center and was the General Secretary of the Graduate League Association at Tsinghua University’s School of Aerospace. As the co-founder and CEO of Dynamics Memory Co. Ltd., he led his team from China and Israel to apply superlubricity technology into data storage, which will potentially increase the capacity of current hard disk drives by ten to fifteen times. He also started SpectroPhon China to explore personal health and sports applications of wearable chemical sensors in the nation.

Stephanie Burrell (2017)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Stephanie Burrell is a Global Leadership Fellow and Practice Lead at the World Economic Forum. At the Forum, she combines strategy, community and product expertise to lead Digital Membership. Prior to being a Schwarzman Scholar, Stephanie worked as a Technology Consultant at Accenture and in Strategic Communications at the Cabinet Office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford alongside her master’s degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University. She is passionate about sustainability and social mobility and currently serves as an Alumni Board Member of the Sutton Trust.

Surya Karki (2017)

Nepal

College of the Atlantic

Business,Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Surya Karki is currently leading a team of 12 people with the United World Schools Nepal as its Founder Country Director. He recently finished constructing 12 schools and is in Nepal working to get to 35 schools by 2020. In addition, Surya is working on starting another venture in Nepal. Surya has been recognized by the Prince of Wales in 2014 as one of the 7 youngest sustainable living entrepreneurs and was recently listed as one of 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs. He is a partner at Rouhana and Karki LLC and has a Masters Degree from Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar.

Tara Subba (2017)

Indonesia

Durham University

Public/Social Policy

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Tara Subba recently graduated from Durham University, where she read Politics and Philosophy. Tara worked closely with Durham Amnesty International and founded the St. Mary’s College Freedom Association. Her involvement in promoting infrastructural reconstruction and initiating cross-border humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal has become a catalyst for sustainable development in emerging countries and in their integration into the global community. Tara aims to hold a ministerial position in the Indonesian government or to work with the United Nations.

Theodore Cohan (2017)

United States of America

Williams College

Environment/Climate,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Teddy Cohan graduated from Columbia Law School in 2020 and from Williams College in 2016. He will be joining Weil, Gotshal & Manges as an associate in the Business Finance & Restructuring group in the fall. At Schwarzman Scholars, Teddy served as one of the leaders of the Mission and Values task force, created a pub quiz, and played on the basketball team.

Tomas Fuentes Benitez (2017)

Argentina

Universidad de San Andres

Economics/Economic Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Tomas Fuentes Benitez is a business lawyer turned entrepreneur. In Argentina, he was a Partner at Fuentes Benitez & Spinelli and Advisor to one of his country’s most important ports. During his time as a Schwarzman Scholar, he founded Stokes释多卡, China’s first all-natural beef jerky startup, disrupting a US$5B market. Today, its products have become category best-sellers and are sold in supermarkets across China. This has led to Stokes being funded by top investors. Given his experience doing business in China, Tomas also serves as the Investment Advisor for Argentina’s Embassy in Beijing.

Torre Lavelle (2017)

United States of America

University of Georgia

Environment/Climate,Public/Social Policy

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Torre Lavelle is studying Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at the University of Oxford. While at Schwarzman College, Torre’s concentration was Public Policy. She helped lead the Schwarzman-Rhodes Symposium, a weeklong program designed to foster collaboration between the two programs and further each program’s respective missions. Torre was also a member of the basketball team and served on the ball committee. She graduated with a degree in ecology from the University of Georgia.

Tyler Ross (2017)

United States of America

University of Chicago

Economics/Economic Policy,Law,Public/Social Policy

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Tyler Ross graduated in 2016 from the University of Chicago with degrees in Economics and Public Policy. He is excited to return to Beijing where he spent the summer of 2014 researching environmental public policy. At the University of Chicago, he founded the Moot Court Team and helped to develop and launch the Chicago Peace Corps. Tyler plans to study China's economic and political models for lessons about fighting poverty in the United States. He intends to seek a position in government or at a national nonprofit with a focus on anti-poverty or labor policy.

Tyler Rudolph (2017)

United States of America

Princeton University

Business,Consulting,Economics/Economic Policy

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Tyler Rudolph studied Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. His education began in India, where he spent 10 months participating in the Princeton Bridge Year Program. Since returning to the United States, he has thrown himself into a curriculum centered on technology and emerging markets. This background has vaulted him into opportunities from leading an NGO in Sierra Leone, to working at a global investment bank. He is very interested in Asian innovation and plans to delve deeply into Chinese entrepreneurship while a Schwarzman Scholar.

Wei Chi Wang (2017)

Taiwan, China

National Tsing Hua University

Economics/Economic Policy,Finance

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Wei Chi Wang studied economics at National Tsinghua University, Taiwan. She is interested in achieving financial inclusion by leveraging technology, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Being in leadership positions in the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences and TEDx at her university has given her valuable experiences in project management and conflict resolution. Wei Chi was awarded a one-year scholarship as an exchange student at Leiden University in the Netherlands. A licensed and experienced scuba diver, she is also concerned about environmental conservation and ecology.

Weijie Tan (2017)

China

Peking University

Economics/Economic Policy

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Weijie Tan studied Government and Economics at Peking University where he was the Vice Minister and Deputy Secretary-General for student government and the Communist Youth League Committee. He has served as the Chinese student delegate for several international conferences in the United States, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing, and was a member of the Global Youth Leadership Program. He has worked on a number of volunteer projects in Cambodia, Singapore, Beijing and Sichuan, and is also a national athlete in Orienteering. Weijie wants to work in the public sector. Weijie is 22 years old and from JIangyou, China.

Zachary Kay (2017)

United States of America

Georgetown University

Foreign Policy,Public/Social Policy

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Zachary Kay graduated in May 2016 from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in International Political Economy. Throughout his time at Georgetown, Zachary worked on coauthoring a database on government intervention in financial crises alongside economists at the Federal Reserve Board. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to learn about China’s growing role in global financial markets and the possibilities for the increased integration of the Chinese and American economies.

Zhe Wang (2017)

China

Tsinghua University

Technology

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Zhe (Walter) Wang, Ph.D., is a Computational Project Scientist in the Building Technology & Urban System Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. His research focuses on using advanced control and machine learning techniques to enhance building performance. Before working at LBNL, Zhe worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Berkeley on wearable personal comfort devices, and as an Energy Consultant with World Bank on Urban Scale Building Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in China. Zhe received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2017, and his M.Phil. in Energy Technologies from University of Cambridge in 2014. Zhe was a member of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars and was invited to give a speech on the High-level Consultation on U.S.-China People to People Exchange, chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Yandong Liu and United States Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016.

Zhong Chu (2017)

China

Tsinghua University

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Chu Zhong is now a PhD candidate in Finance, and she also holds a Bachelor in Management Information Science as well as a Second Degree in Law from Tsinghua University. She served as Vice President of the Student Union of Tsinghua University and President of the PBC School of Finance. Having participated in several national academic research projects on household finance and “Fin-tech,” she acquired deep insight into the frontier of Chinese financial market studies.

Aaron Goldstein (2017)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

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Aaron Goldstein is joining Blackstone as an Analyst in their Real Estate Group. While at Schwarzman College, Aaron’s concentration was Economics and Business. He was a member of the Schwarzman Scholars’ Basketball team. During his time in Beijing, he explored the city’s entrepreneurial scene, making connections with local tech founders. Aaron previously graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Risk Management and Finance.

Abdelrahman Mohamed (2020)

Egypt

Cairo University

Public/Social Policy

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Abdelrahman Mohamed worked as a research associate with the aim of increasing cancer patient survival rates at the children’s cancer hospital in Egypt. With three other partners, he cofounded "Leadership Factory" to make the concept of leadership development accessible among youth. He has delivered more than 10,000 hours of formal and informal training for youth in different settings, across 73 countries and territories, aimed at improving youth empowerment and leadership development. Abdelrahman served as Global President for AIESEC, a youth-led organization striving to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential by activating leadership in youth through learning from practical experiences in challenging environments. In that role, he facilitated more than 41,000 volunteering and professional experiences with a youth base of more than 49,000 members from 126 countries and territories. He continues to seek opportunities to practice and develop skills in the domain of sustainable development, youth empowerment, and community mobilization.

Abdijabar Mohamed (2020)

Kenya

Middlebury College

Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology

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Abdijabar (Abbi) Mohamed will graduate from Middlebury College in February 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. At Middlebury, he was a Social Entrepreneurship fellow, played rugby, and launched a peace-building/coding literacy program in Kenya. He interned with Morgan Stanley’s NYC office as a Summer Technology Analyst, studied abroad at Mauritius’s African Leadership University (ALU) and Oxford University, independently studied Algorithms at Harvard’s John A. Paulson SEAS, studied as a pre-MBA candidate at Tuck School of Business and developed Artificial Intelligence algorithms for satellite-images classification. He is a keen follower of the deepening Sino-Horn of Africa relations in its various manifestations. As a native Horn of African, he aspires to develop bridges for collaboration conflict prevention and resolution between China and the Horn of Africa.

Abdourahamane Diallo (2020)

Guinea

Baruch College, The City University of New York

Business, Finance

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Abdourahamane Diallo is a senior at Baruch College working on his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Abdourahamane founded the Guinean Students Association of United States to empower the Guinean community. He is currently the Executive Secretary and the Director of Education of the African Advisory Council of the Bronx (AAC). Prior, Abdourahamane interned at the United States Department of Commerce as an International Trade Specialist, Blackrock Inc. as a Quantitative Risk Analyst, and JP Morgan as Investment Banking Risk Analyst. After graduation, Abdourahamane will join JP Morgan as Investment Banking Risk Analyst.

Abdullah Almiqasbi (2018)

Libya

University of Nottingham

Foreign Policy, Government, Public/Social Policy

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Abdullah Almiqasbi grew up in Benghazi, Libya, and moved to China at the age of 18 to complete a degree in International Business with Communication Studies at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China. Upon completing his Schwarzman Scholars journey, Abdullah moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to start a career in Management Consulting with a focus on IT and Tech projects. Following his passion toward public service and as an independent consultant, Abdullah finds himself involved in various projects geared toward social good in Libya.

Abraham Cass (2020)

United States of America

Pomona College

Public/Social Policy, Technology

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Abraham (Abe) Cass is an incoming associate consultant in Bain & Company's Seattle office. Prior to Bain & Company, Abe managed product and engineering for LiveRamp's Data Ethics team, developing company policy on data governance and ensuring the regulatory compliance of its products and offerings. Abe graduated with honors from Pomona College in 2014, where he studied chemistry and politics and led the Pomona Student Union and Food Recovery Network.

Adam Tyndall (2018)

United Kingdom

University of Oxford

Communications, Public/Social Policy

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Adam Tyndall read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford where he specialised in the political history of the United Kingdom and China. As an undergraduate he co-founded the China-Britain Youth Association to develop understanding and engagement between young people in those two countries. He has worked in communications and policy roles for the Shadow Infrastructure Minister and for major transport projects – latterly the campaign to expand Heathrow Airport. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to develop his ability to shape public policy debates.

Adaya Sturkey (2019)

United States of America

Hampton University

Health/Healthcare, Public/Social Policy

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Adaya Sturkey graduated from Hampton University in 2018 where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Adaya is the co-founder of Flourish Mentoring Program, a non-profit organization for young girls in her hometown. She hopes to pursue a degree in medicine and healthcare administration. Adaya’s research interest is in ethnic and geographical healthcare disparities and health care access. In addition to her research experience, Adaya also values exposure to non-STEM fields and has completed internships in both business and politics. She aspires to use this diverse background to help reform the United States healthcare system.

Addison McLamb (2017)

United States of America

Wake Forest University

Government

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Addison McLamb is the oldest of four brothers from rural North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2016 with generous awards and accomplishments. Six months after his Schwarzman Scholars graduation, Addison combat-deployed to Iraq, and is now stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. He enjoys reading books and picking songs, usually good stuff from Cash, Kris, or Waylon.

Adedotun Adejare (2020)

United States of America

University of Pennsylvania

Business, Finance

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Adedotun (Dotun) Adejare graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Business Analytics. He served as President of the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association and a writer for the Wharton International Business Review. Dotun has previously worked in Hong Kong for a cross-border payments company and at leading investment banks and consulting firms in United States. In addition, Dotun serves on the board of Rebound Liberia, a NGO dedicated to education, leadership and athletic empowerment for Liberian women.

Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi (2021)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Health/Healthcare, Technology

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Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi is a senior at MIT studying Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science. She envisions a world where quality healthcare is accessible to all, and plans to focus on health in developing countries with an emphasis on innovative digital tools. Her interest in development has taken her to South Africa and Colombia while at MIT. Adedoyin has served as a director of a free summer camp for children affected by a parent’s cancer, advisor to the President of MIT, EMT on the MIT Ambulance, and Black Students’ Union secretary.

Adeline Suwana (2019)

Indonesia

Universitas Indonesia

Business, Environment/Climate

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Adeline Suwana is a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) candidate at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to business school, Adeline worked in private equity advisory on technology and real estate sectors in China and the United States, in early stage venture capital in Southeast Asia, and in shrimp recirculating aquaculture system production in Indonesia. She has also founded a non-profit dedicated to environmental conservation efforts and climate awareness in young people.

Agnes Leong (2019)

Singapore

University of Birmingham

Government, Law

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Agnes Leong is a serving officer with the Singapore Police Force, under the Ministry of Home Affairs. She graduated with honors from the University of Birmingham (UK) in Business Management. As a Senior Investigation Officer in the Major Crime Division of the Criminal Investigation Department, her professional experience revolves around homicide, kidnapping and firearm cases. She is also an Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the President, serving the country's highest office on international missions. Upon graduation from the Schwarzman Scholars program, she will return to serve the Public Service with newfound experiences, aiming to prevent, deter and detect crime through enhanced international police cooperation.

Aishwarya Gupta (2020)

India

University of Delhi

Health/Healthcare, Law, Public/Social Policy

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Aishwarya Gupta graduated in 2016 with an Honors Degree in Political Science. She is currently pursuing her L.L.B. from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, where she established the first Mental Health Cell to provide a support system to post-graduate students. She is determined to bring legislative and policy changes on subjects of gender, mental health, rights of the LGBTIQ+ communities, and other minority rights. A trained Para Legal Volunteer, Aishwarya is also an avid writer and currently reviews books for the Hindustan Times. At 18, she was the youngest person to be a part of Tehelka, a national investigative journalism magazine, earning over fifty published works.

Aizhan Omirzak (2021)

Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University

Economics/Economic Policy, Foreign Policy

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Aizhan Omirzak will graduate with Honors from the Nazarbayev University with a double degree in Economics and Political Science and International Relations in 2020. During her undergraduate studies, she has been the president of the Model United Nations society. She has previously interned at various international organizations in Kazakhstan, including UNICEF and the European Project in Kazakhstan. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in international development organization, focusing on Asian regional development. By participating in the Schwarzman Scholars program, Aizhan hopes to expand her knowledge about opportunities and challenges associated with deepening Asian integration.

Akshay Shah (2017)

India

Columbia University

Consulting, Economics/Economic Policy, Government

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Akshay Shah leads business development for RK Group, his family enterprise based out of Bangalore India that is one of India’s leading e-commerce aggregators, processing an annual GMV of over USD 1 Billion. At RK Group, Akshay is responsible for the exchange business, e-commerce wholesaling and the lending division. RK Group has over 180 employees across its various business lines. Akshay graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked at McKinsey & Company in New York for 2 years. He was a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, China where he completed his Master’s degree.

Alana Murphy (2019)

United States of America

Pomona College

Entrepreneurship, Public/Social Policy

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Alana Murphy graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis.  She has worked with the U.S Department of State, completed a Fulbright Research Grant in the Philippines, and currently works with the International Organization for Migration in Ecuador. Alana has also spent significant time assisting resettled refugees in the United States, and in the future hopes to work towards improving and strengthening U.S. refugee and immigration policies. By participating in the Schwarzman Scholars program, Alana hopes to better appreciate how China influences transnational migration and global development. 

Albert Li (2021)

Taiwan, China

National Taiwan University

Public/Social Policy, Technology

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Cheng-hsuan (Albert) Li earned a bachelor's degree in Political Theory from National Taiwan University and previously served as a secretary in Taichung City Government. He has public participation experience through internships with a political party, local government, and central legislation, and has organized election campaigns in central legislator, mayoral, and presidential elections. Enlightened by his work in a business incubator, his ambition is to introduce technology and organizational innovation into politics. He recently coordinated an online to offline system for tour guidance at the 2018 World Flora Exposition in Taichung. Albert is from from Taiwan, China.

Aleksandr Zhuravlev (2020)

Russia

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Sciences Po

Consulting, Economics/Economic Policy

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Aleksandr Zhuravlev studied Political Science at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow and Economics and Public Policy at Sciences Po Paris. After his studies, Aleksandr is planning to work in public sector, dealing with the economic development of Russia. Aleksandr spent a year in Dubai, working at the Department of Economic Development and Smart Dubai, where he worked on a project aiming to increase the happiness of Dubai citizens. He also worked at McKinsey as a summer intern. He believes that close ties with China are indispensable for the future growth of the Russian economy.

Alex Kamath (2019)

United States of America

Harvard University, New York University

Foreign Policy, Law

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Alex Kamath graduated cum laude with a writing prize in private international law from the JD program at Harvard Law School. He works for a major international law firm in New York focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration matters. Prior to his Harvard Law School and Schwarzman Scholars degrees, he received a master's in Transnational Business Law taught in Spanish from IE Law School in Madrid, earned a BA, summa cum laude, from New York University in politics, and completed a Fulbright research fellowship at the University of Toronto. During law school, Alex won the ELSA WTO Moot Court competition, received best-oralist awards in various international law competitions, and completed international law related independent studies. He aspires to bridge international investment and commercial law issues between the United States, Latin America, and Asia.

Alex Parra (2017)

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

Technology

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Alex Parra is a recent graduate majoring in Chemical Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He was president of Tau Beta Pi, an honor engineering society, where he led tutoring and STEM-outreach events for younger students. Alex also conducted independent research and spent time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is interested in reforming high school education, particularly within the realm of science and engineering. He hopes to study Education Public Policy and generate a dialogue between China and the United States to produce more informed, better-taught high school students and future leaders.

Alexander Ho Young Chan (2017)

Hong Kong SAR, China

The University of Hong Kong

Consulting, Finance, Public/Social Policy

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Alexander Chan has a fond interest in the role of entrepreneurship and investments in driving social impact. He currently works for The Mills Fabrica doing VC investments, incubation support and government/policy related affairs. Prior to joining Fabrica, Alexander worked in consulting and private equity focusing on consumer and TMT investments. He was previously part of Bain & Company’s Private Equity Group in Greater China and was with Hillhouse Capital’s Outbound PE team. Alexander previously worked with the UK Cabinet Office focused on social impact investments. Alexander graduated from Oxford University (MPP) and University of Hong Kong (BEng).

Alexander Kremer (2018)

Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Technology

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Alexander Kremer came to Schwarzman Scholars with a degree in International Business from Berlin School of Economics and Law/Copenhagen Business School and prior work experience as an analyst at IBM (Germany/China) and junior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company (Europe). During his time at Schwarzman Scholars, he co-founded the Schwarzman Starters Tech & Entrepreneurship society and focused his thesis research on the internationalization of Chinese technology companies. Since graduation, he has been working at the leading Chinese internet company JD.com as a Director in Beijing and privately investing in start-up companies globally. Alexander originally is from Hamburg, Germany.

Alexander MacKay (2020)

Canada

New York University

Environment/Climate, Public/Social Policy

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Alexander MacKay will graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in the Environment. His interest in combatting climate change led him to Greenland to conduct research at the fastest receding glacier in the world and to develop scientific aerial surveying equipment with Lockheed Martin. He has also tackled water access issues in India’s largest informal settlement to improve public toilet sanitation. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Alexander hopes to gain insight into implementing sustainable solutions to water issues in the developing world. Alexander is 22 years old and is from PEI, Canada.

Alexander Scharrer (2021)

Austria

City, University of London

Finance, Technology

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Alexander Scharrer graduated with first-class honours from Cass Business School in London and was selected as one of the Top 10 Economics and Finance students in the United Kingdom. He has held several roles in investment banking and spent the past three years working for Goldman Sachs. Alexander completed his civilian service at the Austrian Red Cross and volunteered for humanitarian projects. Passionate about ethical technology, he represented his university at European Tech conferences and aspires to become a leader in the field of beneficial Artificial Intelligence. Through the Schwarzman Scholarship he hopes to build long-lasting connections in China and help facilitate discussions on AI ethics.

Alexander Springer (2017)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Entrepreneurship, Health/Healthcare, Technology

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Alex Springer is an inaugural member of the Schwarzman Scholars and graduated in 2017 with a concentration in International Studies. While at Schwarzman College, Alex co-founded the outdoors club and participated in races around China in trail running, triathlon and adventure racing. He has extensive experience creating healthcare technologies for the developing world. After Schwarzman College, he will work at Delta Air Lines for two years in a rotational role to gain corporate and management experience. Alex graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Management.

Alibek Nurkesh (2017)

Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University

Economics/Economic Policy, Energy

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Alibek is joining the Lenovo Future Leaders Program at Lenovo as one of 25 globally-selected fellows of the first batch. His initial assignment will be in Beijing. While at Schwarzman College, Alibek co-organized the first Global Solution Festival, a social innovation competition that gave Schwarzman Scholars and other students a chance to explore a solution to a problem that faces our world. Being the only Schwarzman Scholar from Central Asia, he also initiated the Silk Road Discussion Group of the Global Affairs Club. Alibek graduated with BA in Economics from Nazarbayev University, a new institution in Kazakhstan designed to prepare the next generation of intellectual elite of the country.

Alice Dawkins (2019)

Australia

Australian National University

Media, Public/Social Policy

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Alice Dawkins has completed honours theses in Asian Studies and Law. At university, she founded two online journals aimed at connecting emerging scholars, and bridging knowledge communities across the Asia-Pacific. She has been an elected student representative at both the campus and national level. She's taken advanced Chinese courses at Peking University, and conducted interview research in Burmese. She has volunteered at the UNHCR in Malaysia, and wrote a prize-winning thesis reconsidering the historical record of Sino-Burma postwar migration. She enjoys Burmese boxing, and has previously been an internationally-ranked equestrian competitor, and performed as a junior piano student at her state's Conservatorium. Alice is 23 years old and from Australia.

Alice Huang (2020)

United States of America

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Business, Consulting, Economics/Economic Policy

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Alice Huang studied Economics and Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. She served as Executive Director of Students for Students International, a non-profit that supports educational initiatives for girls in Tanzania, and taught English in Kolkata on a Fulbright Scholarship. Besides international development and cross-cultural communication, Alice is passionate about applying economics to business solutions and currently works at NERA Economic Consulting. Eventually, Alice hopes to promote a collaborative aid agenda between China, the U.S., and other global leaders.

Alina Luk (2017)

United States of America

Stanford University

Technology

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Alina Luk is joining Facebook as a Product Manager. Alina's concentration was Business and Economics in Schwarzman College. Alina hosted the first Schwarzman Career Panel. The panel she hosted was on Entrepreneurship, with panelists who were venture capitalists, angel investors, and entrepreneurs. Alina was invited to be an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at ZhenFund (the world's largest angel fund). At Schwarzman, she co-founded her fourth venture INKA (American Style Beef Jerky for the Chinese market) with another scholar Tomas. Alina competed in the rock climbing team and placed 2nd in the university. Alina graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and Society.

Alioune Fall (2021)

Senegal

New York University

Education, Public/Social Policy

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Alioune Fall is the Program Manager of the African Leadership University’s Center for Leadership and a U.K. Higher Education Academy Fellow. He was a Leadership Faculty Member at ALU for the two years following his graduation from NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) with honors in Economics. At NYUAD, Alioune co-founded and co-chaired the African Studies Symposium Series, and was Founding Head of Curriculum Design for the Boys Education Network leadership program. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Alioune plans to further explore ways to best equip global changemakers as they take on twenty-first century challenges.

Alistair Kitchen (2018)

Australia

University of Sydney

Foreign Policy, Government, Media

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Alistair graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature. He helped author Out On the Fields, a ground-breaking report into homophobia in the sporting environment, and launched the Good Lad Initiative - a program that delivers workshops on masculinity and consent - in Australia. Before that, he led initiatives that increased access to university to students from underrepresented backgrounds. He hopes to use these experiences in social ventures to find new ways of making societies more equitable and compassionate.

Alix de Monts (2018)

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Economics/Economic Policy, Energy, Technology

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Alix de Monts is a Masters student at