Clara Ma studied Geology & Geophysics and Political Science at Yale University, with concentrations in Climate Science and Chinese Energy and Environmental Policy. She is a U.S. Presidential Scholar and has worked at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she contributed to the development of the Energy Earth System Model. After winning an essay contest to name the Mars rover, Curiosity, she worked with NASA for nearly a decade to promote youth engagement in science and space exploration; she continues this work as the president of Yale Undergraduate Women in STEM. Clara is from the United States.
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. Colleen is from the United States.
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. Cynthia is from Canada.
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. Danny is from the United States.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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 a NYC Urban Fellow in the NYC Mayor’s Office 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. David is from the United States.
University of Melbourne
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. Debpriya is from Bangladesh.
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. Delia is 21 years old and from the United States.
University of Cambridge
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. Dilan is from China.
University of Derby
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 recognised 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. Edward is from Botswana.
University of Cambridge
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. Eleanor is from the United Kingdom.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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.
Australian National University
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. Fangzhou is from China.
University of Southern California
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. Gabrielle is from the United States.
Montana State University
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. Garrett is from the United States.
Illinois Institute of Technhology
George Batah received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2015, graduating with honors. He worked in private equity and actively advocates for various humanitarian causes. George carried out a successful petition to increase the number of refugees admitted by the US and has been invited to the White House. George writes regularly for the Huffington Post and is co-founder of Syrian Youth Empowerment. George’s work has been featured on CNN, Washington Post among other media outlets and he has been invited to speak at Harvard, Univeristy of Chicago, Georgetown, and many other institutions. George is from Syria.
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. Chris is from Haiti.
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.
National University of Singapore
Gulmina 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. Gulmina'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. Gulmina is from Pakistan.
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. Han is from China.