National University of Mongolia
Khishigjargal (Khishi) Enkhbayar is a Foreign Relations Officer at a political party in Mongolia, overseeing cooperation with political parties and international organizations in Asia and Europe. She is also a consultant for the Centre for Tutorial Teaching, piloting international education programs in Mongolia. She founded the United Nations Association of Mongolia and is currently engaged in United Nations programs for youth as part of the co-design team of the UNDPPA/UNESCO Futures dialogues. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Khishi was part of the live music band "Sushiyin'' and has led numerous Deep Dives to Mongolia since 2017.
Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley
Kim Chang is a graduate of both the University of California, Berkeley (bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering) and Stanford University (master's degree in Management Science & Engineering). She currently works in Engineering Program Management at Apple where she manages the development of iPhone hardware systems. Kim has previously worked at Nest/Google, Boeing, and GE in Engineering and Supply Chain roles. While at Stanford, Kim was a DFJ Entrepreneurial Leadership/Threshold Ventures Fellow and served as the inaugural lead TA for Hacking for Defense, a class applying entrepreneurial problem solving to government challenges.
Kofi Gunu is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he is reading for a DPhil in International Relations. His research focuses on the financial statecraft of sub-Saharan African governments. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars in 2018, Kofi worked in the Vice President's office in Ghana as a National Service Fellow. He also had a short-lived consulting career with the Accra-based Africa Foresight Group. Kofi holds a B.A. in Political Science with highest honours from Augustana University.
Trinity College Dublin
Lara is a member of the International Strategy and Economics Unit at ComReg, the Irish communications regulator, and BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. Prior to this, she was based in Luxembourg at the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the EU institution for public finance, where she co-authored a review of EU-China policy. Previous positions include Investor Relations at Blackstone in London and consulting at Accenture. Lara was awarded a first class honors degree in Economics and Business from Trinity College Dublin. She has toured with Druid theatre company and holds a Diploma for Speech and Drama.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lisa Ho is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a major in Computer Science and Mathematical Economics. She plans to develop an international network of researchers dedicated to improving education, using economics and machine learning together to devise intelligent policy. Lisa has taught students in Oklahoma City and Boston, ran MIT’s Educational Studies Program (which annually teaches over 3000 students), developed engineering education software for Google, and examined principal management practices as a researcher for the Harvard Economics Department. Lisa is from the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States.
Lorem graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Upon graduation, he launched an agri-business startup in Kenya, which seeks to integrate small-scale farmers into the regional agricultural value chains through contract farming. In June 2016, he moved to South Sudan where he took up a job with a local radio station to teach financial literacy on a radio show. Lorem plans to return to South Sudan to contribute to development.
London School of Economics, University of Cambridge
Lukas Paul Schmelter grew up in the Middle East and South Asia before returning to Europe for his university studies. He graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a bachelor's degree in Government and History, and is currently completing a master's degree in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. Parallel to his studies, he led large-scale student conferences, worked for a political think-tank focused on European integration, and completed internships in the German Bundestag, the German Foreign Ministry and the European Parliament. He hopes to use the Schwarzman Scholars program as an opportunity to build his leadership potential and prepare him for a career in public service.
Madeline Bauer is a second-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she is a Global Law Scholar. Madeline graduated from Yale College in 2017 with a B.A. in History. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars in 2018, Madeline worked at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Madeline also has a passion for government and public service; she has worked at the Department of Justice in the Office of Foreign Litigation, at the U.S. State Department in the East Asia Pacific Bureau, and in the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Madeline Seibert is a climate and waste planning consultant based in the Bay Area, California helping local governments and organizations progress towards ambitious, equity-centered sustainability goals. She crafts strategic plans by bringing diverse communities together for conversations about building decarbonization, food rescue, used motor oil recycling, and more. Before her current role, she conducted research for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing, several Boston-area nonprofits, and the United Nations. She is a 2016 Northeastern University graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in International Affairs
Marc Chen is a data-oriented professional with experience in government, economic consulting, and academic settings. He is experienced in R, Python, economic research, and community organizing.
United States Military Academy at West Point
Mark McGinnis will serve as an Aviator in the United States Army. He studied Management with an Environmental Engineering track at the United States Military Academy. Mark is interested in understanding global economics and the impact it plays on foreign relations in the East. While at USMA, he served as the President of the Domestic Affair Forum where he enhanced cadets’ understanding of domestic politics and government by allowing cadets to discuss important issues with various government leaders. Mark also served as chair of the Personal Finance club where he educated his members with the knowledge to make sound personal finance decisions and prepare them to help their soldiers address their own financial decisions. After reflecting on these experiences, he will serve his nation in uniform first before running for public office someday.
University of Southern California
Matthew Prusak graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. After graduation, he worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company's Southeast Asia and Middle East offices, where he focused on finance, technology, and social impact projects. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, he received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
University of Delaware
Matt Rojas graduated from the University of Delaware as a Eugene du Pont Scholar with degrees in Economics and Public Policy. At UD, Matt founded a nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness find jobs and served as Student Body President. Following his year in Beijing, Matt joined McKinsey & Company and advised senior business and government leaders across the U.S. and the Middle East. He now works at PayPal as a member of its Global Strategy team, driving growth and innovation across the enterprise to shape the future of digital payments around the world.
Max Goldberg is a JD student at Yale Law School. His academic and practice interests include criminal procedure, freedom of expression, and military law. He spent last summer working at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, focusing on complex frauds and cybercrime. Before law school, Max worked at Dalberg Advisors; his projects included designing a governmental development finance organization for the Indo-Pacific region and structuring a corporate program to diversify economic activity around an open-pit copper mine. As a member of the second cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, Max studied the evolution of China's intellectual property courts, wrote about the country's state-owned nuclear energy companies, and went on a road trip through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. He speaks English, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. Max graduated summa cum laude from Yale College with a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Melody studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her vision is to innovate in the space of robotics, working internationally. As an undergraduate, Melody did research in robotics, developing a gel robotic fingertip and building an instrumentation robot for people with prosthetics. She has been an active tinkerer, building her own electric scooter, and setting up a makerspace for her dormitory. For Melody, Schwarzman Scholars was an opportunity to build connections with Chinese businesses and to enhance her leadership and business skills.
University of Delaware
Micah Petersen graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Mandarin, and a master's degree in Geography. He ranked in the top ten percent of Army ROTC Cadets nationally, commissioned as an Infantry Officer, and is a graduate of Ranger School. Micah is the founder of Reviresco, Inc., a nonprofit which works to bridge the civilian-military divide. He is a triathlete, has run across the United States four times, completed a master's thesis on Sino-African race relations, and is currently a captain in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Miranda is a public health policy, communication, and marketing leader with experience working in nonprofits, government, and the private sector. She currently serves as the VP of Marketing at Curative, a leading U.S. COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution company. She is also a Venture Partner at Pappas Capital, investing in life sciences and next-generation technology in Asia. She joined Curative following roles with Johnson & Johnson's innovation incubator, JLABS @ Shanghai, and US-China affairs in the company's Beijing office. Miranda is based in Austin, TX, USA and speaks English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
New York University
Mohammed Omar was part of NYU Abu Dhabi’s first cohort, double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. He also has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NYU and an MBA from the University of Oxford. During his time in college, Mohammed was elected student body president twice, appointed co-president of NYUAD’s Engineering Honors Society, published his research in Material Science journals and filed multiple patents with the USPTO. Given his interest in the rapidly growing region of the Middle East, Mohammed joined The Boston Consulting Group in Dubai post-MBA.