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. Sharon is from the United States.
University of Georgia
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. Shaun is from the United States.
University of Toronto
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. Shreya is from Canada.
Universidad del Valle de Mexico
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. Sofia is from Mexico.
American University of Rome
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.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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.
London School of Economics and Political Science
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. Stefan is from Austria.
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. Steven is from the United States.
University of Rochester
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. Suman is from Nepal.
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies University
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. Sumati is from India.
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. Tanveer is from the United States.
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.
Tianjin Foreign Studies University
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. Tianshuo is from China.
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.
National University of Singapore
Wei Teck 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.
University of Toronto
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. Weixi is from China.
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
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. Wenqi is from China
Claremont McKenna College
William 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. Will is from the United States.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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.
University of International Business and Economics
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. Xiaowen is from China.