University of Nottingham
Abdullah grew up in Benghazi, Libya, and moved to China at the age of 18 to complete a degree in International Business Management where he served as the first foreign Students' Union President at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China. Upon completing his Schwarzman Scholars journey, Abdullah moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to start a career in Management Consulting with a focus on IT and tech projects. Currently, Abdullah works as a Manager in a biotech company developing differentiated antibody products for Cancer treatment. Abdullah is based in Copenhagen.
Berlin School of Economics and Law
Alexander Kremer came to Schwarzman Scholars with a degree in International Business from the Berlin School of Economics and Law/Copenhagen Business School and prior work experience as an analyst at IBM (Germany/China) and junior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company (Europe). During his time at Schwarzman Scholars, he co-founded the Schwarzman Starters Tech & Entrepreneurship society and focused his thesis research on the internationalization of Chinese technology companies. Since graduation, he has been working at the leading Chinese internet company JD.com as a Director in Beijing and privately investing in start-up companies globally. Alexander originally is from Hamburg, Germany.
University of Sydney
Alistair is a writer and campaigner with an interest in movement building and social change. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Alistair graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature. He helped author Out On the Fields, a ground-breaking report into homophobia in the sporting environment, and launched the Good Lad Initiative – a program that delivers workshops on masculinity and consent – in Australia. Since graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, Alistair has worked with social ventures, startups, and in progressive politics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alix de Monts is currently a consultant with McKinsey & Company based in London. She advises clients across the energy sector on topics related to decarbonization, energy transition strategy, and advanced analytics. Her passion for addressing the pressing geopolitical and technical challenges of the energy sector has brought her around the world. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Alix built and raced the MIT solar gas across Australia, analyzed power and gas markets with ExxonMobil in Texas, efficiency and smart homes with ENGIE in France, and battery storage with Tesla in California. Alix also holds an MSc and BSc from MIT.
Insead, University of Toronto
Aly Madhavji 穆亚霖 is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. Aly holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto where he served as a Governor. He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books as part of the Succeed Series. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).
University of Cambridge
Mossy works on decarbonization and grid stability at Palantir Technologies. Before moving into tech he worked as a financial journalist for KYC360. His Schwarzman Scholars thesis on fake news in Chinese social media served as the linking point between these two careers.
Anatol Klass began a PhD program in Chinese history at UC Berkeley after his year in Beijing. He also holds an A.B. in History and East Asian Studies from Harvard. His research focuses on the history of Chinese foreign affairs and China's place in the international system during the twentieth century. He hopes to illuminate how Chinese participation helped shape various iterations of global governance and, in turn, how said participation influenced the development of the modern Chinese state.
Andrew Ertl graduated from Columbia University in May 2017 with a degree in History and a specialization in Modern Military Studies. Before enrolling at Columbia University, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 2008. After deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, Andrew was selected for the Marine Corps' embassy security program and spent his last three years in Tbilisi, Beijing, and Budapest. Following his time as a Schwarzman Scholar, Andrew graduated from the University of Oxford. He presently works in government.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anita Liu majored in Computer Science and Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a minor in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She dreams of a world in which children are cared for and guided to achieve their full potential. She has worked in multiple policy internships in child care research and advocacy. At MIT, she was the Executive Director of a nonprofit dedicated to dual athletic-academic mentorship for under-resourced Boston high schoolers. She will be studying at Harvard Law School after Schwarzman Scholars.
Anne Gavin graduated from Macalester College with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology, minor in Political Science, and concentrations in Human Rights & Humanitarianism and Community & Global Health. In college, she co-founded MacHOPE: Helping Open Peaceful Exchange, to personalize the peace process between American and Iraqi students. In 2013, she conducted comparative research on participatory development models in six countries, and in 2014, published research on Dutch refugee law. Anne spent ten months traveling along the EU portions of the Balkan Route, responding to the European refugee crisis and researching innovative avenues to improve humanitarian responses.
New York University
Anushka Prasad is a dual degree MBA/M.S.Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship candidate at The Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She is currently an MBA Associate on the venture capital team at Fosun RZ Capital investing in India and Southeast Asia. Before Wharton, Anushka was the Founding Director of the China India Foundation (CIF), a non-profit she helped found aimed at building the infrastructure for exchange between China and India in education, public policy, and business. Anushka also helped build Ashoka University, India's first liberal arts university. She led strategic initiatives for the Chairman of the Board, building Ashoka's governance structures, government relations, research capabilities, women's leadership, and India's first archive focusing on contemporary India. Anushka is from the United States and India.
University of Kansas
Ashlie is a University of Kansas Economics and International Studies graduate with a minor in Environmental Studies. Prior to and throughout her undergraduate career, Ashlie served as a staff sergeant and intelligence analyst in the Kansas Air National Guard. A Truman, Udall, Boren, and Gilman scholar, she studied abroad three times, including a year studying Russian, and Economics in the Kyrgyz Republic.
University of Auckland
Ben Dowdle lives in London working as Product Operations Manager for one of Europe's largest ride hailing companies. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Ben studied the public policy implications of autonomous vehicles on ride hailing platforms. Originally from New Zealand, he studied Commercial Law, Economics and Politics at the University of Auckland while also working as an environmental campaigner, founding a campaign for the mandatory labelling of palm oil across Australia and New Zealand called 'Unmask Palm Oil'. This work led to being named semi-finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year and Regeneration Trust Young Change Maker of the Year.
United States Military Academy at West Point
Bethany Russell is a recently graduated from the United States Military Academy with a double major in International Relations and Chinese. She intends to serve as a military liaison between the United States and China, pursuing increased understanding and improved relations between the two countries. Bethany studied abroad at Peking University while at the Academy. She also worked with the Institute for Defense Analyses to find better ways to increase and utilize the cultural understanding of soldiers and led efforts at the Academy to increase cross-cultural competence.
Bo Seo is a student at Harvard Law School and a journalist, most recently for the Australian Financial Review. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He is a two-time world champion debater and former coach of the Australian and Harvard teams. He edited a literary anthology by the Korean diaspora and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He misses his friends from Schwarzman Scholars, especially M and N. His book on debate and disagreement will be published in 2022.
Bob Wu graduated from Harvard College where he majored in Economics. Following graduation, he joined the Australian Public Service, where he was a founding member of the Behavioral Economics Team of Australia (BETA), the unit dedicated to advising policy makers based on insights from psychology and economics. While at Harvard, Bob was a Class Marshal and a leader of the World Model United Nations Conference. Bob works at the Boston Consulting Group where he is a project leader based in Boston. He is originally from Sydney, Australia.
University of Wisconsim-Madison
Brian is currently Assistant General Manager at The Hutong, China’s most sought-after experiential learning company. At The Hutong, Brian strengthens priority processes to help the business scale while protecting its unique company culture. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Brian studied the political economy of Chinese infrastructure investment in South America and worked with the Paulson Institute to advise the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission on forming trans-boundary river management institutions. In addition to organizational management, experiential learning, and sustainable development, Brian is passionate about running, outdoor adventure, and meaningful cultural exchange. Brian speaks English, Mandarin, Spanish, and is studying Cantonese.
National Tsing Hua University
Brian hopes to build a future where everyone can receive high-quality education at an affordable cost. He is currently a product owner at McKinsey China Academy, and has worked in multiple edtech startups in Beijing, Shanghai, and San Francisco. Prior to working in edtech, he was a consultant at IBM Taiwan, and had graduated from National Tsinghua University with a B.S. in Quantitative Finance. His biggest interests include backpacking, biking, learning on Youtube, and jogging with his four-legged fitness coach (aka his dog) - Sugoudan.
Caiwei HUANG will graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Political Science from Emory University in May 2017. She has developed her broad interest in the political economy in China through research fellowships at the Carter Center China Program, and Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Caiwei is passionate about China’s low-carbon development in the energy sector and has led the Emory delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and Marrakesh. At Schwarzman College, she is eager to explore national and local solutions to low-carbon energy system transition.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chang ZHAO graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and currently works as a management consultant at McKinsey. Chang is excited to observe the business world through the anthropologist's lens, and hopes to solve more social problems with professional toolkits. During her time at UNC, Chang was a member of the Order of the Grail-Valkyrie, and also held the Joint Senate Critic position of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, the UNC literary and debate society, as the first-ever Chinese student.