Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
Benjamin Curley graduated with honors from the Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics with majors in Political Science and International Relations. He has solid experience in international advocacy, particularly related to publishing and cultural sectors. In addition to work in research and consulting, Benjamin lead educational programmes throughout Latin America. He also enjoys writing short stories. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he looks forward to learning new things every day and to mitigating political and social polarization. Benjamin is from Mexico and Ireland.
Aiden Cyr is an Indigenous leader and international climate advocate from Canada. Aiden was awarded an SOI U.S. Embassy Scholarship and engaged in bilateral dialogue surrounding Arctic foreign policy for two weeks in circumpolar Canada and Greenland. He is a recognized public speaker and helped lead a campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. Aiden attended COP25, met with dignitaries, and advocated for a pragmatic response to climate change. As a Grand Challenges Canada fellow for the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, he helped strategically advance the interests of Indigenous social entrepreneurs. Aiden's passions lie in international systems change for community benefit. Aiden is from Canada.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Jonathan Dason works at Digi Telecommunications, where he worked on providing students with affordable internet access, 5G implementation and co-led the development of a donation platform for COVID-19 frontliners. He also serves as the Vice-President for the United Nations Association Malaysia Youth. Prior, he served directly under the Malaysian Foreign Minister as a Perdana Fellow. He graduated with the Chancellor’s Award and a degree in International Studies. As an undergraduate, he was elected to lead the Malaysian Students Global Alliance, an umbrella body that represents Malaysian students across 16 countries. His long-term goal is to strengthen Malaysia’s institutions and relationships. Jonathan is from Malaysia.
Melody Dodoo is an Amherst College graduate. She earned a degree in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought with a Certificate in International Relations. While at Amherst, her passion for international relations and global cooperation led her to work for the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE). There, she refined her dedication to the international human rights of women in developing nations, which informed her work with the Fair Justice Initiative. She hopes to study international human rights law and learn more about how global legal structures interact at the macro and micro levels. Melody is from the United States and Ghana.
University of Virginia
Lisette Dubow is a fourth-year Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia studying Public Policy, Chinese, and Middle Eastern studies. At the University of Virginia, Lisette has worked as a research assistant and served in leadership positions with the undergraduate Moot Court team and Peer Health Education, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy habits. Prior to graduating, Lisette interned with the Government Accountability Office. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Lisette wants to deepen her understanding of public health initiatives through a global lens and enhance her Mandarin Chinese skills. Lisette is from the United States of America.
Corbin Duncan studies Political Economy of Development at Harvard for a Bachelor of Arts in Government (Honours). He worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretary-General, the Australian Labor Party, and as a consultant in Australia and the U.K. Corbin is working to publish research on propaganda and political advertising. Corbin was the campaign manager of Harvard Forward. He has contributed to the Sydney Morning Herald, The New Statesman, and was an editor at Harvard Political Review. Raised in a coal mining community, he hopes to effect justice for marginalised communities. He is also an avid ocean swimmer. Corbin is from Australia.
Katherine (Katie) Dykstra is a senior in the Computer Science department at Princeton University. She previously served as the Director of Human Capital for Business Today, an organization that connects undergraduate students with influential business executives internationally. She further brought this mission to life as the Director of Technology for the International Conference. Despite business-based extracurriculars, experience in investing, and a technical background, Katie’s undergraduate exploratory journey led to her interest in Chinese politics, language, and culture, with her passions amalgamating at the intersection of business, ethics, public policy, and technology. Katie is from the United States.
Jessica (Jess) Edelson is a Robertson Scholar at Duke University, studying Political Science, Visual and Media Studies, and Information Science. Her interests lie at the intersection of technology, security, and geopolitics. On-campus, Jess led the Duke Cyber program and team, researched engineering ethics and data privacy, and writes about technology policy for the Duke Chronicle. She is a representative to the Duke Board of Trustees and has also held positions as a civic designer and a Nokia 5G/Digital Fellow. Having lived in Jerusalem, she is keen to explore US-China-Middle East relations in cyberspace. Jess is from the United States.
Emilly Fan will graduate from Harvard University in 2022 with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy and minors in English and Chinese. Her impact around sustainability has spanned the globe in her work with the Natural Resources Defense Council, IKEA, the United Nations Development Programme, and most recently, the New Zealand government in developing emissions reduction policies. Emilly is passionate about addressing climate change through promoting cross-sector decarbonisation and energy education. On campus, she was the President of the Harvard Undergraduate Clean Energy Group and directed the MIT Energy Conference. Emilly is from New Zealand.
John Ferguson was admitted to Harvard as a junior and will graduate with a bachelor’s in Government and a master’s in Regional Studies—East Asia in four years. He led Harvard’s undergraduate foreign policy group to build the world’s largest high school foreign policy conference, Harvard’s largest undergraduate-led research program, and now—the Harvard-Tsinghua Dialogue, summits on every continent, and an interdisciplinary forum convening all Harvard schools. John’s master’s capstone project is advised by Ambassador Nicholas Burns. He has been recognized by multiple U.S. Secretaries of State, including Henry Kissinger. A half-Chinese/half-American from the U.S., He aspires to pioneer U.S.-China techno-diplomacy. John is from the United States.
London School of Economics and Political Science
Yuming Fu will graduate from the London School of Economics with a bachelor's degree in Economics. As an exchange student at Sciences Po Paris, Yuming dove into humanities and developed his interest in development studies and Chinese philosophy. With a passion for education and social enterprise, he co-founded a non-profit organization aimed at promoting education equality back in 2015. Yuming is also passionate about the intersection between technology development and economics trends and has interned at Bytedance for Strategy & Investment. In the long term, he aspires to gain deeper insight into the Chinese economy and start a consultancy firm for social enterprises and non-profit groups. Outside of the classroom and office, Yuming was a martial arts instructor, teaching Yongchun. Yuming is from China.
Michael Gallo graduated summa cum laude with Honors in Biochemistry and a minor in Public Health from Moravian College. He served as Campus Director for the inaugural class of the United Nations Academic Impact Millennium Fellowship. Michael began his professional career at the United Nations University (UNU) Institute in Macau, conducting interdisciplinary research on technology, labor migration, and public health. He worked for UNU Centre for Policy Research to create a global knowledge platform of data and policy solutions towards achieving SDG Target 8.7 and has been a consultant for technology-oriented social enterprises. Michael is from the United States.
Yale University, Harvard University
William (Will) Ge is a medical student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology program, currently training to become a geriatrics and palliative care physician. During medical school, he co-founded a reminiscence therapy app to connect socially-isolated elderly with their loved ones, winning first prize at an international competition by the UN and World Bank to promote social inclusion. He is the co-author of eight peer-reviewed articles on genomics, immuno-oncology, and bioinformatics in journals such as Nature Biotechnology and Cell. He graduated PBK from Yale with dual degrees in Sociology and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. Will is from the United States.
Maya Guzdar is a senior at Stanford University majoring in International Relations and minoring in Human Rights. She has helped found an initiative to reform the U.S. international development space, Unlock Aid. She has been published in Foreign Policy and The New York Times advocating for policy reform and increased diversity within the national security space. Maya is a co-founder of the non-profit Piedmont for Oakland Schools (POPS), an organization that advances educational equity within her community. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Maya plans to explore the intersection of American domestic politics in shaping U.S. security policy toward China. Maya is from the United States.
University College London
ádám Halkó is a senior master’s student reading Neuroscience at University College London and was named one of Hungary’s top 50 talents in 2021. For his technological developments, he was awarded the prestigious Szent-Gy?rgyi Medallion by the Nobel Laureates Bert Sakmann and Sir Timothy Hunt. He is the co-founder of an innovative, premium wine brand, Vinny Blake. He was the board member of the U.K.’s leading student-led scientific society and the Vice-President of the Future: Hungary. Working on the foundation of the China-EU Hungarian Innovation Center, he actively contributes to its goal of strengthening bilateral technological cooperation. ádám is from Hungary.
Claremont McKenna College
Stz-Tsung (Stone) Han graduated from Claremont McKenna College with double degree in the field of Philosophy and Music. Stone has studied different kinds of performance art and has served as a director, scriptwriter, acting coach, and actor. He often innovates upon the original material, using his performance art skills as well as his composition, singing, and musicology studies experience. Stone believes that new media has great potential in becoming the source of expansion for philosophy. Stone is also an active member in the Boy Scout community. Stone received both the “Arrow of Light” and “Eagle Scout Award," two of the highest honors in Boy Scout of America. Stone is from Taiwan, China.
Shaheer (Shawn) Haq serves as a China analyst for the U.S. government, where he has personally authored many briefings for the President and Secretary of Defense. Shawn previously worked for now-Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2016 Senate campaign and in her Senate office. He was a national debate champion in college and has taught congressional debate at Stanford University. He has also lectured at the U.S. Army War College. Shawn plans to pursue a career in foreign policy to help shape the U.S.-China relationship. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and East Asian Studies. Shawn is from the United States.
Duke Kunshan University
Wanying He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Data Science at Duke Kunshan University. As an active researcher in the intersection of data science, global health, education policy, and beyond, she founded the Knowledge Network Lab with work in PLOS One. A full scholarship recipient, Wanying gave the convocation speech on behalf of the university’s inaugural class. She co-led the Duke China-U.S. Summit and founded the largest cross-campus student organization, Konnect Students Across Campuses. Wanying worked in the Interdisciplinary Strategy Department and served on the Diversity and Inclusion Board. Wanying was also a Health Futures fellow at Access Health International working on public health development in China. Wanying is from China.
Peking University, The University of Hong Kong
Qinyu Hu graduated from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University and obtained the bachelor degree in Management. Then he majored in Finance at the Business School of Hong Kong University with a master's degree in Economics. During Qinyu's presidency of the Peking University Student Union, he successfully held the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit and joined in the effort with the Student Union to help Wuhan recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, he won the title of National Level of Athletes and was selected to serve on the National Youth Team of China and as captain of the Peking University Soccer Team. He holds the record of scoring the most goals in the history of Peking University Cup. Qinyu is from China.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sihao Huang started Aphelion Orbitals, a spacecraft systems company, before studying Physics and Electrical Engineering with a minor in Political Science at MIT. After working on the design of superconducting quantum processors, he shifted his focus to applying concepts from statistical physics to understand polarization and representation in electoral systems. Sihao founded the MIT Political Review, the school's first undergraduate political journal, and currently performs research on Chinese foreign policy. He hopes to further our understanding of political and social phenomena using insights from complex systems science. Sihao grew up in China and Singapore. Sihao is from the United States.