James Barklamb is a graduate of Monash University, where he studied Law and International Relations, and led research on post-conflict societies. Since graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, James has worked as a consultant, with a focus on policy design and negotiation advice to senior leaders in government. In coming years, he hopes to extend his influence through high-impact projects that support global progress and stability.
Jason Ku Wang is a medical student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology program and a 2020 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. While at Schwarzman Scholars, Jason competed on the Tsinghua dragonboat team. He is the author of 17 scientific articles on medical informatics, structural biology, and machine learning. Jason previously worked on ML research at PathAI, data science at Facebook, and life sciences investing at 5AM Ventures and Roivant Sciences. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford, where he studied Mathematical and Computational Science and cofounded the university's inaugural healthcare hackathon (Health++) which now hosts 300 attendees annually.
|Jingxuan Su is from the class of 2019. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University. After his time at Schwarzman Scholars, he worked as a strategy consultant at IBM and a strategy and project manager at ByteDance. Jingxuan is currently an entrepreneur concentrating on autonomous driving.|
University of Sheffield
Joelle Cheong majored in Politics and Sociology at the University of Sheffield. As an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, she is currently focused on manpower policy planning, with the aim of creating positive work environments for all within the organization. A strong believer in education at every stage of life, she engages deeply in education and mentorship initiatives both within the Armed Forces and externally.
Jonathan Lopez works in TikTok LATAM Strategy at ByteDance 字节跳动 in Beijing. He's also the CEO of Mystic International, a China-LATAM trading (import-export) and consulting company. Jonathan obtained a master's degree in Global Affairs - Business and Economics from Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar, and a bachelor's degree in International Development, Political Science, and Social Entrepreneurship from McGill University. He's studied abroad in The Netherlands and Australia; interned at the UNHCR in Ecuador and Mobvoi 出门问问 in China; and traveled to 60+ countries. Jonathan is from Colombia and Canada.
McGill University, University of Oxford
Born the grandson of war refugees, Jordan grew up with a passion for foreign affairs. He holds a First Class Honors degree from McGill University in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Chevening Scholar. Jordan has served in the Armed Forces Reserve, interned at the Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C., and is currently an Economic Policy Advisor to Canada’s Leader of the Opposition. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Jordan furthered his deep interest in trade, security, and peacekeeping through a Canada-China lens. Hailing from Montreal, Jordan is a proud French-Canadian.
Joseph Kim received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. After graduation, Joseph worked as a software engineer at Opower, a green tech company, and was a fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. He served as the tech lead of his engineering team through the company's acquisition process to Oracle before joining Schwarzman Scholars. Joseph is currently pursuing his M.S./MBA in Engineering and Business at Harvard and pursuing different entrepreneurial ventures.
Building on his experience at Starwood Capital Group (Chief of Staff to Founder / CEO, Barry Sternlicht, + Hotel Acquisitions), Joe has launched a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm focused on self-storage in the Western US. Joe has an MBA from the Stanford GSB and a Master’s of Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar. Additionally, Joe graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Spanish & Portuguese Literature & Culture, focusing on identity narratives in Spanish, German, and Mexican film. Personally, Joe loves traveling, cooking, reading, playing basketball, and exploring.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Joshua, a Chicago south-side native, was interested in Engineering and Chinese from a young age, leading him to graduate from MIT with a Mechanical Engineering degree and Chinese minor. After exploring international politics, governance, and contemporary history at Schwarzman, he moved to Shenzhen, China's "Silicon Valley," to start his career. There, he spent the first one and a half years as a R&D project manager at a boutique consumer electronic design firm. Afterwards, he moved to Apple Shenzhen, where he currently does R&D/NPI for upcoming iPhone camera modules. In his free time, he practices muay thai, plays violin, and does event photography.
Juan Sebastián Munoz studied at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales and graduated from Middlebury College where he majored in Economics and Philosophy. Upon graduation, Juan returned to Colombia, where he worked for Bogota's Deputy Secretary of Education as a Finance Advisor, coordinating the budget execution unit. Juan Sebastián currently works for Grupo Calidra as Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation. At Calidra, he is in charge of accelerating the adoption of emerging technologies and mobilizing the company's innovation program. He is also co-founder of Mentors4u Colombia, a mentorship program for talented college students from underprivileged backgrounds.
Junrong CHEN graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is interested in studying China’s political system and macroeconomic policies. He has conducted research into the impact of local government debts on the land prices in multiple provinces in China. He has acquired first-hand experience on grass-root government entities during an internship in a CPC’s county committee. He has most recently worked as an intern analyst at the head office of China Development Bank.
Justus Uwayesu graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in French. He is interested in the role of education and infrastructure in accelerating the growth of emerging economies. At Harvard, he has served on the Freshmen Council for Service to Society. He was awarded the university's Mack I. Davis Memorial Prize, given to one undergraduate student annually for commitment to diversity and community service. He is an alum of the Cheng Fellowship (SICI) at the Harvard Kennedy School. Justus currently works in Impact Investing at TPG.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kate Scott lives in Chicago and works for Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant. She uses both her degrees in Material Science (MIT '18) and Global Affairs (Schwarzman Scholars '19) to solve clients' problems. She has experience in operations, strategy, and project management across Gold Mining, Healthcare, Technology, and Procurement. Her vision is to found a social enterprise focused on commercializing novel technology to combat the climate crisis. She plans to utilize her broad experience to help clean technology grow and flourish. In her free time, she enjoys competing in Master's rowing in the Lincoln Park Lagoon.
Alabama A&M University, Harvard University
Kevin Ferguson II is a native of Alabama, United States and earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Alabama A&M University, summa cum laude. After pursuing a professional career as an electrical engineer at BP and Chevron Corporation, Mr. Ferguson attended Harvard Business School, where he was elected Student Body President and obtained an MBA. Following Harvard, Kevin was a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, where he studied public policy. He is the founder of the Ferguson & Son Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships, standardized test preparation and STEM education to Alabama students. Today, Kevin works as an e-Mobility Product Manager. In this role, he aids various organizations in electrification planning and positioning themselves for the future of transportation.
Beijing Normal University
Keyang PENG holds a bachelor's degree in Digital Media from Beijing Normal University (BNU) in July 2018. He was the 2017-2018 executive chairman of Beijing Students Federation, working on coordinating youths' activities in innovation and entrepreneurship. During college, he facilitated the establishment of the college innovation and entrepreneurship center through his effort. Keyang has always devoted himself to being an outstanding cultural communicator; he participated in a joint study in MIT's Media Lab, and attended the BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit hosted by the Times in Johannesburg as the representative of Chinese undergraduates.
Kiera Peltz is the CEO of The Coding School, an 501(c)(3) tech education nonprofit dedicated to preparing students for the future of work through computer science education and training. She is also Executive Director of Qubit by Qubit, an initiative aimed at training the future diverse quantum workforce. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a double major in Political Science and Happiness, an interdisciplinary major focused on the science of happy societies, and received an MPhil in Political and Economic Sociology from the University of Cambridge as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar. At Schwarzman Scholars, she concentrated in Economics and Business.
Technische Universiteit Delft
|Kseniya (Xenia) holds BSc and MSc degrees in Architecture and Urbanism from Delft University of Technology. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Kseniya initiated research on urban and social aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) devising planning strategies to embed large-scale infrastructure into the environmental and cultural context. Personally travelling to one of the BRI flagship projects, Khorgos Gateway, Kseniya documented the on-the-ground impact. This assessment resulted in a design collaboration with China's leading urban landscape design firm, Ballistic Architecture Machine, where Kseniya is heading the company's New Silk Road Initiatives and is also in charge of the firms' public relations.|
National Taiwan University
Kuan-I LEE received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at National Taiwan University. Most recently, he served on a renewable energy team in EDF and is working on investment, project finance, and asset management of offshore wind projects, including the first Sino-foreign cooperation of offshore wind farms in China. Before that, he worked for KPMG Taiwan as special assistant in the Chairman and CEO’s office and a researcher on the sustainability advisory team. Additionally, he served for the Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition and Youth Advisory Council to raise awareness, provide suggestions and develop new approaches to relevant socio-political questions.
Shri Ram College of Commerce, Ashoka University
Kushal specialized in technology policy and strategy as a Schwarzman Scholar and is currently managing public policy and nonprofit strategy in the Global Public Policy team of ByteDance. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Kushal set up a policy advisory firm in India and consulted with global and local organizations on management and policy projects. While working with an international nonprofit Kushal also designed interventions that aided the Indian government in creating several thousand jobs. He has experience running social impact projects in twenty-five countries and is also a seasoned columnist, with several publications in leading dailies like the Times of India.
Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University
Lidiia Zhgyr is a Ukrainian Schwarzman Alumna (2019) and holds master's degrees in Global Affairs and International Economics. During her career in the nonprofit and education sector she initiated a new format of anti-corruption conferences in the aftermath of the Euromaidan Revolution, organized voluntary support to the military hospitals in the wake of the war in Donbas, designed and implemented training programs, School of Mayors, for local governance candidates and a Public Procurement Professionalization program for state-owned companies. Currently Lidiia is located in Beijing and works as a Product Manager for KERU education consulting company where she is creating project-based experiences for international schools.