University of Groningen
Onno de Wal is an undergraduate International Relations student at the University of Groningen. While there, he has been vice-chair of the University Council, president of his debating society, and secretary of the administrative board tasked with financing all student organisations. He is passionate about global economic and monetary relations and the rise of China. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Onno wants to deepen his understanding of China's political system and culture and use this knowledge to help improve economic and trade relations between the West and China. Onno is from the Netherlands.
Govt Women's College Parade
Pallavi Sareen graduated from Govt College for Women, Parade. She is a journalist covering development in the peripheries of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Her passion lies in sharing stories of gender justice, human rights, and conflict. At the age of 20, she founded “The Straight Line”, a digital media organization covering developmental issues impacting residents of conflict zones. She has received UNESCO/Public Media Alliance/Media Action Nepal Fellowship and contributed towards framing Code of Conduct for Conflict reporting in South Asia. She was part of the first cohort of Niche Media Entrepreneurs by Craig Newmark School of Journalism. Pallavi is from India.
African Leadership University
Patrick Karekezi is a graduating Global Challenges student at the African Leadership University. Having worked in the domains of research, policy advocacy, and youth development, he launched the Youth Spotlight Program— a youth-led initiative equipping a million young people with entrepreneurial skills and mindsets by 2035. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Patrick seeks to explore China’s economic policies and frameworks that have made it an economic powerhouse. He hopes to use the learnings to transform his program into a youth-led research and policy lab that can incubate alternative solutions and policies to Africa’s governance and development challenges. Patrick is from Rwanda.
Paul Ritt is a graduate student at the Technical University Munich studying Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology with a focus on artificial intelligence. He is also working at the Siemens Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab, where he focuses on executing purposeful AI projects. He has organized multiple events on the future of AI and related technologies with stakeholders from industry, government, and civil society. Paul´s goal is to work at the forefront of the AI industry, collaborating with Western as well as Chinese companies to bring innovative and meaningful AI projects to a global market. Paul is from Austria.
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Philipp Herzog earned a bachelor's degree in International Business at Wissenschaftliche Hochschul fur Unternehmensfuhrung (WHU), Germany, and is pursuing a master's in Strategy and International Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. While having worked and studied in Ecuador, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S., he has always been passionate about leading positive societal change through education. Besides supporting an NGO fighting poverty, he organized tutorials, won prizes in global university competitions, and established a mentoring program that enhances opportunities for underprivileged students in rural South Africa. Through Schwarzman, he aims to better understand China’s technological achievements to leverage education for societal progress. Philipp comes from Germany.
Pirawat (Putt) Punyagupta is a senior at Yale University majoring in History and South Asian Studies. His research interests include the legal, political, and cultural pluralisms of post-colonial Southern Asia, Indo-Persian cultural history, and religion in South India. He holds proficiency in ten languages and is particularly interested in developing his understanding of China's contemporary and historical influences on its southern neighbors. Outside the classroom, he is the president of the Yale Russian Chorus, assists other undergraduates as a writing tutor, and debates with the Yale Political Union. Putt is from the United States.
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
Pragyan Agarwal is currently pursuing an Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Cambridge as a Pratibha M. Singh Cambridge Trust Scholar. Before this, Pragyan worked with the Government of India as an international trade lawyer and advised the governement on bilateral and multilateral trade issues. He was one of the youngest members of India’s negotiating team for various ongoing and completed trade agreements of India, including with the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, European Union, and Canada. Pragyan has presented and published his research on International Economic Law at various global institutions. Pragyan is from India.
Qingjie (Bob) Zeng is a Master in Management candidate at HEC Paris and current works in strategy consulting for development projects in emerging markets. Previously at the Mexico-China Center, he led a cross-border platform promoting talent exchange, startup acceleration, and international trade. Through the Princeton in Latin America Fellowship, he joined Endeavor to promote high-impact entrepreneurship in the region. A graduate of Pomona College in International Relations, he interned at the UN in Panama, volunteered in El Salvador, and studied abroad in Argentina. He is an avid dancer and helped organize the first intercollegiate social dance competition in France. He also speaks six languages. Bob is from China.
New York University
Qiyuan Shengni is a senior at New York University Stern studying Finance, Management, and Data Science. He has interned with multiple financial institutions in both China and the U.S., most recently at Goldman Sachs New York office in the summer of 2022. His aspiration is to build a better world with better risk-managed financial services. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Qiyuan hopes to update and deepen his understanding of the overall Chinese business landscape, especially China's capital market and its regulatory policies, and find new ways to improve the interconnectivity and complementarity between the Chinese and U.S. financial sectors. Qiyuan is from China.
Rachel Ding graduated from Emory University with a double major in Finance and Political Science. Rachel served as Student Body President at both Emory University and Emory’s Oxford College, where she spearheaded a successful campus-wide equity initiative for free menstrual products. She has worked at the intersection of public-private sector strategies to create mutually-beneficial improvements for vulnerable populations through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rachel hopes to further explore China’s emerging leadership in global impact investing. She aspires to advance social and economic outcomes for women and promote multilateral efforts in international development. Rachel is from the United States.
Raghav Rasal is a senior at Duke University majoring in Economics with minors in Chinese and Statistics. At Duke, Raghav is the co-president of the Economics Student Union, helping expose overlooked areas of economics to underclassmen. Raghav has interned in the field of risk at Deloitte and Goldman Sachs and hopes to one day guide emerging Indian companies in navigating geopolitical risks to successfully enter Chinese and other foreign markets. Raghav has grown up in Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE and speaks five languages, three of which are at the native level. Raghav is from India.
Ramón Orraca is majoring in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering with a deep passion for technology; this has led him to co-found two profitable companies. As a student, he has been ranked highest of his class in high school, college, and winner of multiple competitions. During the Mexican presidential elections of 2018, he helped the winning party (MORENA), and from there, he found success in business doing what he loves the most: technological innovation. In the future, he hopes to keep on building tech-driven projects that help boost living standards and mitigate our environmental impact. Ramón is from Mexico.
Rory Madigan is a venture capital associate at Crane Partners. At Crane, he leads their healthcare startup investment strategy. Previously, he was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan. He graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with a degree in Political Science. At Columbia, he was a member of the Division 1 men's soccer team. He also represented Ireland at the European Lacrosse Championships. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he is eager to learn about Chinese private markets, healthcare innovation, and remote patient monitoring technology. He hopes to build and invest in preventative healthcare startups. Rory is from the United States.
Ruby Scanlon graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied International Relations and Legal Studies as a Posse First Generation Leadership Scholar. During college, Ruby worked at the State Department's International Organizations Bureau, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the RAND Corporation. She currently serves as an International Antitrust Specialist at the Department of Justice, where she coordinates legal action on global commercial matters. She is a national mock trial and debate champion. Ruby hopes to use her improved understanding of China to foster U.S.-Sino collaboration in international law. Ruby is from the United States and the United Kingdom.
University of International Business and Economics
After she graduated from University of Durham in finance, Ruli (Carrie) Bai has been working as a financial analyst in a Chinese state-owned enterprise in the energy industry. She has served in four subsidiaries in various provinces of China in less than two years. During the period, she initiated projects aiming at creating opportunities for financial staff to be more involved in the business decision-making processes. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the global business environment and major breakthroughs in energy industry to bring greater inspiration and innovation to the industry, and ultimately become an executive leader in the long term. Carrie is from China.
University of Virginia
Ryan Buscaglia studied Political & Social Thought and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia where he competed in Varsity Track and Field. His interest in technology and innovation began as a student entrepreneur in Hacking for Defense. He is currently an Endless Frontier Fellow with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) where he works on wide ranging science and tech policy issues. Prior to FAS, Ryan helped 50+ venture-backed technology companies and university researchers plan federal go-to-market strategies. Through Schwarzman Scholars, he hopes to gain insight into China’s innovation economy and entrepreneur ecosystems. Ryan is from the United States.
Ryan Kueh studies Politics, Philosophy, Economics and History at Yale-NUS College, and is a strong believer in multi-disciplinary application. His previous experiences include public policy, energy consulting, and political consulting. He recently was on the trading floor at J.P. Morgan. Ryan also has a keen interest in Chinese foreign policy and food culture, and has published in journals on themes of China’s energy strategy and Roman food culture. He was previously a volunteer consultant, providing advisory services to other social organisations in Singapore, and is currently initiating a project to preserve Singapore’s hawker culture. Ryan is from Singapore.
Saki Shibata graduated from Waseda University majoring in Commerce. After graduation, she worked as a relationship manager at Mizuho Bank in Japan. As a financial advisor for small- and medium-sized (SMEs) companies, she has led her branch in providing loans to more than 15 companies struggling to keep staff and their businesses going amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Saki aspires to deepen understanding of China and its influence on other emerging countries. She will support overseas business expansion by Japanese SMEs using her studies. Saki enjoys playing flute and watching Korean dramas. Saki is from Japan.
Jacobs University Bremen
Samata Shrestha graduated with B.A. in International Relations from Jacobs University, Germany. She published a book, Reflection, at the age of 13 and she has been recognized as “Nepal’s Top 7 Young Poets,” “Top 7 Glocal Teen Hero,” and "Summit Woman: 30 Under 30". She is a co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Silk Innovation, a leading information technology company based in Nepal that accelerates digitalization for businesses and startups. Her passion for business and marketing is reflected in her work and she has helped hundreds of clients worldwide to achieve their goals in branding and marketing. Samata is from Nepal.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sara V. Fernandez will graduate in 2023 with a bachelor of science in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with minors in both Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Chinese. As a Latinx researcher in Conformable Decoders, Sara developed innovative medical devices, which yielded high-impact publications. At MIT, Sara is committed to international student outreach, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, and peer mentorship both academically and as a Varsity Tennis team captain. Sara is passionate about enriching her study of Chinese language and culture at Schwarzman Scholars to leverage China’s economies-of-scale for increasing healthcare accessibility in Latin America. Sara is from the United States.