Molly Reiner studied international development and Chinese language at Princeton, and has been studying Mandarin for fourteen years. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, Molly worked as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in New York, focusing on private equity due diligence and post-acquisition strategy for PE-owned portfolio companies, particularly in the healthcare space. Molly now works as an Associate on the healthcare team at Apax Partners, a private equity firm co-headquartered in New York and London. She is based in New York City.
Naina Qayyum is the first Schwarzman Scholar from Pakistan. She earned her bachelor's degree in Economics and Global Health from Middlebury College as a Davis UWC Scholar. At Schwarzman College, Naina studied Business and Economics and did her capstone research on China's maternal health policies. She also interned at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Beijing office. Later, she did the Global Health Corps Fellowship in the U.S., worked for FAO in Pakistan, and is currently engaged in the UN Food Systems Summit work at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and leading advocacy efforts for better food systems.
I Naishad Kai-Ren earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Middle East Studies, with highest honors, at Brown University. While in college, he served as Student Director of the Writing Fellows program. He has experience working in an internet startup, Singapore's Embassy in Jakarta, the Office of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Microsoft. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, Naishad returned to Officer Cadet School and trained as an infantry platoon commander. He currently works in Singapore's Ministry of National Development on public housing policy.
India Institute of Science
Nikhil Siddharth Raghava works as a Lead Project Manager at Byju's, the largest edtech company in the world and the most valuable startup in India. Earlier, he worked as a Strategy Associate at ByteDance (TikTok's parent company), and with CNCEC, one of China's largest State Owned Enterprises. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Nikhil was involved with research on water purification membranes and graduated from India's highest-ranked university – Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with a bachelor’s in Materials. He has held several leadership positions and was invited to Harvard University to deliver a TEDx-style talk at HPAIR 2018.
University of Oxford
Ophelia Cai is a Partner at LocalGlobe, a leading European venture capital firm where she invests in crypto and climate startups. Prior to this Ophelia launched new markets at an ecommerce payments startup in Seoul, was an investor at a Beijing based blockchain fund and advised family offices on sustainable investing at BlackRock. At BlackRock, she helped build out the firm's sustainable investment platform and its carbon footprinting methodology. In her spare time, Ophelia is a sake sommelier, and enjoys mentoring students looking to join venture capital. Ophelia graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Management.
Paul Wasserman works for the U.S. Department of State as a Stabilization Advisor. Previously, he was an African Affairs Policy Regional Director at the U.S. Department of Defense. He has also worked at the U.S. African Development Foundation. Previously, Mr. Wasserman worked on great power politics as the Research Associate for Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He received a B.A. with honors in History and a focus on Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. He speaks to varying degrees English, French, Mandarin, and Russian.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Grey studied Finance at Virginia Tech, graduating as an Honors Global Scholar. He founded two successful businesses before college. In his undergraduate career, he was CIO for one of the nation’s largest, student-run, investment funds and held influential roles in the Business Leadership Center and the Corps of Cadets, a senior military academy. He also traveled to Europe and Africa, conducting research and publishing an essay on entrepreneurship within refugee communities. He plans to utilize financial tech to empower developing classes in emerging markets.
Paula Martínez works at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, where she is an advisor in their Security Council team. As a Public Policy concentrator at Schwarzman Scholars, Paula compared the decision-making mechanisms of sub-regional organizations in Asia and Latin America. She also interned at the Embassy of Mexico, where she analyzed partnership opportunities between Mexico and China under the Belt and Road initiative. In her spare time she is an avid runner, Chinese language student, and Latin American dancer. Paula graduated from Brown University in 2017, where she majored in International Relations and History.
Peng ZHOU is ranked amongst the top in his class at Peking University School of Economics. He has focused on researching the rural reform of China, and has participated in over five field surveys in over ten villages in four provinces, interviewing over 600 people. He was appointed Academic Organizer of the China Youth Economic Forum, and also served as the President of the Student Union of the School of Economics and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Students’ Congress.
Preston graduated from Princeton in 2017 (A.B., Near Eastern Studies), Schwarzman Scholars in 2018, and Yale Law School in 2021 (J.D.). Originally from Vancouver, he writes often on Sino-Canadian relations and Canadian foreign policy. His work has appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post, and the Globe and Mail, among other outlets. He previously worked as Policy Advisor to the Honourable Erin O'Toole. Preston will be based out of Toronto from 2021-2022 and then out of Ottawa from 2022-2023.
Quynh-Nhu Le attended Harvard University, where she studied Gender and Development as a Social Studies concentrator. She was Director of a student-run afterschool program for immigrant children, Staff Writer on gender and sexuality for the Harvard Crimson, and President of the Harvard Vietnamese Association. She also interned at Fulbright Economic Teaching Program in Vietnam and in 2016 founded a nonprofit summer camp for Vietnamese youth. She intends to pursue a career in academia studying social change in the Asia-Pacific. Quynh-Nhu was born in Vietnam and is from the United States.
University of Cincinnati
Rachel C. Walker studied music composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, as well as Chinese traditional and contemporary music at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. From 2015-2019 she directed the concert series Cincinnati Soundbox, advocating for living composers while engaging new audiences with classical music. She used her time as a Schwarzman Scholar to better understand public policy and structural contexts in the arts. She now works as a freelance composer in Germany, remaining actively engaged in cross-cultural dialogue with China through commissions and translation projects.
Fordham University, George Mason University
Ran NIU graduated from Fordham University with a master's degree in Global Finance. She was following a number of intergovernmental deliberations in the United Nations Headquarters. Currently, in her 9th year of serving the Harvard College Association for United States-China Relations, Ran has been leading the core content design of the flagship programs that promote transitional dialogue between young leaders of China and the United States. She interned at the United Nations Regional Commissions New York Office, under the Economic and Social Council. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Ran hopes to build incubators that enhance and cultural exchanges between countries.
Rhea Malik is a second year at Harvard Medical School, where she was elected as Student Body Chair to the Dean’s Education Policy Committee. She graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in Regenerative Biology and Health Policy. In Beijing, Rhea worked with the World Health Organization to create implementation strategies for China’s Healthy Cities Initiative. Following Schwarzman Scholars, Rhea served as a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company, where she focused on growth strategy within healthcare. She has established a system of virtual classrooms in rural India and directed Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies, leading her to found a national non-profit for Alzheimer’s care.
Montana State University
Riley Shearer graduated from Montana State University in May 2017 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics, Chemical Engineering, and Biochemistry. He began college interested in biomedical engineering to improve health. He is currently in an M.D./Ph.D. training program at the University of Minnesota where he studies the substance use crisis in the U.S. and policy and clinical interventions to reduce harm.
Virginia Wesleyan College
Robert Alexander McComb graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During his undergraduate studies, Robert held numerous leadership positions in student organizations and founded a local service and social organization. Additionally, he has interned with a NATO partner nonprofit. Robert has cultivated a diverse interdisciplinary perspective and understands the importance of international partnerships. He would like to work to facilitate the exposure of United States students to world cultures in order to cultivate the human capital needed to forge new global partnerships for the future.
United States Naval Academy
Ross graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in History (Honors) and was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. Following Schwarzman Scholars, he attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marines as a rifle platoon commander. In August 2018, he assumed command of the 81mm Mortar Platoon. In his future assignment, Ross will serve as a Series Commander for 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. He is happily married to Sabrina Volpe of Pittsburgh, PA.
New York University
Roxanne Roman is a first generation Filipino-American from a military family. She earned her degree in Social Science from New York University Shanghai as part of the inaugural class. Roxanne served as a founding member of the student government and as Student Body President. She also studied in Abu Dhabi and in Washington D.C. where she interned at the White House. China Hands magazine named her one of 25 Under 25 in U.S.-China relations. Roxanne is passionate about education and student leadership and works to enhance the student experience in schools.
University of Cambridge
Ruby Holmes is a civil servant in the UK government, working on COVID-19 and health security. She has worked in both the private and public sector since graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a double first-class bachelor's degree in Politics and International Studies.