Renmin University of China
Mengyue Li will graduate from Renmin University of China, where she served as the vice minister of the Youth Volunteers Association. She has demonstrated a strong passion for education policy and people-to-people exchange through experiences at Harvard University, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, the National School of Development at Peking University, Fudan University, and the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding, Peking University. She has also improved people-to-people exchange as the youngest intern at China Center for International People-to-People Exchange, Ministry of Education. At Schwarzman Scholars, Mengyue aspires to systemically research the crux and probable solutions of grassroots education from a policy perspective. Mengyue is from China.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Hong Kong
Xiaoou (Flora) Liao is a manager at Bain＆Company based in Hong Kong, focusing on consumer products and private equity investment. She devoted her time as a board member during COVID-19 to help a local Kenyan social enterprise calibrate a near-term strategy and roadmap to scale up the sustainable impact on female employment and fair trade in East Africa. Flora has a deep passion for the public sector to shape policies and initiatives aiming to alleviate inequality issues in China and other developing countries. Flora is from China.
Isabella Lichen is a Dartmouth College graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chinese Language & Culture and Biology modified with Chemistry. As an undergraduate, she was a captain of the varsity Swimming and Diving Team and the vice president of Alpha Phi International Fraternity. As an aspiring physician, she is passionate about philanthropy, and her long-term goal is to minimize health inequities for vulnerable populations. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she hopes to further her understanding of Chinese affairs to be a leader in global medicine and effectively serve patients who face boundaries to receiving high-quality healthcare. Isabella is from the United States.
Jichen Liu is the founder and CEO of Clear Plate, an AI-based app that rewards people for not wasting food. Launched in 2018, Clear Plate has 5 million users now and is still fast-growing. In light of his enduring commitment to combating food waste, Jichen was endorsed by the UN as China's first Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals. Jichen is also committed to the communication between China and other countries under the theme of SDGs. He has delivered many speeches at meetings organized by UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, ASEAN, and so forth. Jichen is from China.
University of Pennsylvania
Shuxi (Shirley) Liu graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Her passion lies in promoting cross-cultural understanding through commerce. As co-President of the 2018 Penn Wharton China Summit, she launched the US-China Relations panel. Speaking three languages, she interned in financial and consultancy firms in the U.S., France, and China. She currently works at Roland Berger in Boston under Investor Support Group, supporting acquisition diligence globally. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she aspires to study strategies to influence and strengthen the relations between China and the rest of the world through cross-border M&A and oversee operations. Shirley is from China.
University of Notre Dame
Trevor Lwere is a senior studying Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He is a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar, a Kellogg International scholar, and previously served as president of Notre Dame’s African Students Association. Trevor founded the Pan-African Youth Conference as a platform for students to study Africa’s development challenges critically. He is the author of Visions at Dusk, a handbook for African youth to lead change in their communities. He has received grants to research youth political participation and smallholder farming in Africa. Trevor hopes to contribute to economic development in Africa through public service. Trevor is from Uganda.
Anusha Maharjan will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Purbanchal University. She served as vice-president for youth-led NGO ‘We’ for Change, where her work involved educating young females about civic and political rights and enhancing their leadership. She is a radio presenter and a creator of podcast 1:1 ReWind, where she invites youths to be informed about emerging conflicts, civic political movements, and human rights violations. Anusha is a Fulbright undergraduate alumnus and 2021 Princess Diana Award recipient. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she aspires to study the role of women in strengthening governments. Anusha is from Nepal.
University of Texas at Austin
Brendon Mak is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a two-time Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) Scholar and interned at Microsoft and Tesla, developing cloud computing and autopilot hardware. Brendon is interested in applying technical knowledge to global issues across the technology industry, emphasizing a collaborative spirit even in the face of cultural differences. He hopes the Schwarzman Scholars program will maximize his understanding of China and enable invaluable connections leading to a career solving international engineering problems. Brendon is from the United States.
David Marrello is a passionate changemaker. Since graduating from York University with a bachelor's degree in business administration, David has worked in technology investing at CPP Investments and OMERS Growth Equity, becoming OMERS's youngest Associate Director. In these roles, David helped to foster innovation by investing in software companies globally. David is also the co-founder of a nationally-acclaimed non-profit called TechServeTO, which provides technology support to seniors. He is a Top 30 under 30 Changemaker. Through Schwarzman Scholars, David wishes to foster cross-cultural exchanges on technology trends and help close the digital literacy gap globally. David is from Canada.
Nicholas (Nick) Maxwell will graduate in 2022 from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and a Minor in Economics. He has worked in management consulting, public interest law, and drug policy. Nick conducted original research published by Ohio State’s Law School on marijuana access in Ohio and organized a series of record-sealing clinics to provide legal resources to underserved areas. Nick is passionate about addressing the localized social impacts of global trends in distressed communities and hopes to pursue a career in law and government. Nick is from the United States and the Netherlands.
Parsa Mufti is a lawyer and political strategist with experience working in the field of human rights law. Parsa works at the Samruddha Bharat Foundation in New Delhi, which works closely on normative and political issues with various political parties, as well as India's foremost experts, activists. She also curates the Tryst, an independent media platform that strives to shape public discourse and supports numerous Members of Parliament. Parsa intends to pursue a career in politics and governance. Parsa is from India.
University of Zimbabwe
Alistair Mukondiwa is a Medical Doctor and Global Health advocate aiming to pursue a career in health system strengthening. He served as Vice-President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and on the Advisory Board of ‘Youth Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases,’ an initiative amplifying community health activities of young people. He co-founded a non-profit, ‘I Am Zimbabwean,’ working on computer literacy, academic support for teenagers in resource-limited communities. Alistair was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young People by Junior Chamber International (JCI) -Zimbabwe. Upon graduation, he intends to influence bold healthcare reforms in Africa. Alistair is from Zimbabwe.
Jackson State University, Columbia University
Damian Murray is an HBCU Fellow at Columbia University studying Technology Management. In 2019, he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Jackson State University. Through his work with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, he provided HBCU students with over $100,000 in scholarships to study Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Damian is a Venture Capital Fellow in HBCUvc and Black Venture Capital Consortium (BVCC), training to increase the number of people of color check writers in the venture ecosystem. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Damian intends to research how entrepreneurship and investing can create wealth in communities of color and close the wealth gap. Damian is from the United States.
University of Warwick
Trishna Nagrani is currently improving digital connectivity across emerging markets at The International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) and connecting startups with investors at Kaiku, an AI-powered platform she co-founded. Previously, she worked in investment banking at Lazard, researched gender diversity in venture capital, led the first student-run startup incubator in the U.K., and volunteered at the Red Cross. Trishna graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. Aspiring to be a global connector of capital with startups promoting sustainable development through inclusive AI, Trishna aims to explore China’s leadership in AI and development at Schwarzman Scholars. Trishna is from Panama.
University of Sussex
Consolata Wanjiru Ndungu enjoys translating organisational strategies into practical actions. She works with diverse teams across Imperial College London, delivering projects and managing stakeholder relations. She was selected as one of 50 young people to participate in Drivers for Change, contributed to the growth of a social network for black women in London, is a Trustee of a charity, and serves as a member of the Harrow Regeneration Panel. Consolata wants to learn from the Chinese experience of urban development and is committed to the inclusion of diverse voices in policymaking. Consolata is from the United Kingdom and Kenya.
University of Edinburgh
Elvis Tanwie Neba is a Chemical Engineering final year student at the University of Edinburgh on the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program. He was selected in 2021 to represent 96 scholars in Edinburgh on the Scholars Council of representatives from 22 universities across the Mastercard Foundation network. A co-founder of PremierDev, Elvis pioneers and oversees the delivery of software upskilling programs for young Cameroonians. He was featured in the 2021/22 Future Leaders Magazine of the U.K.’s top 150 most outstanding students of African and Afro-Caribbean heritage by Powerful Media. He is passionate about strengthening financing capabilities across Africa. Elvis is from Cameroon.
Xavier University of Louisiana, Hofstra University
Serena Newberry graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana, summa cum laude with English Honors, and co-founded a not-for-profit, Developing Kingdoms In Different Stages, in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. At the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Serena was President of the Black Law Students Association, a fellow with the Freedman Social Justice Institute, and a legal intern representing minors in special immigrant juvenile matters. Her fields of interest are education, public policy, and immigration. She aspires to implement policies that will generate greater educational opportunities for young people in underserved communities. Serena is from the United States.
Mai Ngoc Anh (Anna) Nguyen studies Social Studies, Economics, and International Relations at Wesleyan University. She has been called a "floating vegetable" between the educational systems of Vietnam, China, England, and the United States. Her research and professional interests focus on the relationship between business and education, and the concept of a "bystander effect" instilled by the global educational system. She led Wesleyan's student leadership in Covid-19 contingency planning with the University's senior leadership. She was the first international and first-generation, low-income female student to be elected Wesleyan student government's President in its 200-year history. Anna is from Vietnam.
Aaron Niederman double majored in Engineering Science and Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Combining these interests, he researched Smart Mobility Readiness and data privacy. Beyond academics, Aaron founded the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion position on the Interfraternity Council. He directed systemic change in new member education and disciplinary processes, earning him the “Top 10 Outstanding Senior” honor. After graduation, he organized protests against insufficient funding for community resources in Tennessee. Now, he seeks a career in education philosophy and policy. He is currently teaching at and learning from an indigenous school with Fulbright Taiwan. Aaron is from the United States.
Trinity University of Asia, University of London
Jose Maria (Lloyd) Nunag is at the exciting intersection of leadership, advocacy, research, and policy. He is experienced in spearheading complex, multi-million-dollar, international programs in over twenty nations. He was the youngest delegate of the historic United Nations (UN) High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). With his intervention, the UN signed a political declaration on UHC to make that happen in every country. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he will develop an understanding of China’s UHC, health policies, and artificial intelligence in the hope of becoming the first-ever Filipino and nurse Director-General of the World Health Organisation. Lloyd is from the Philippines.