Lijunren Jonathan Zhong, Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2019, graduated from Fudan University with a bachelor’ degree. He is committed in public service: he founded FutureChina NGO which is dedicated to eliminating the unbalanced situation of Chinese educational resources. In addition, FutureChina’s projects were aclnowledged by Chen Baosheng, then Chinese Minister of Education, and Alison Smale, then Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. He is now working for the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission. As a member of the drafting group of Shanghai's 14th Five Year Plan, he has participated in planning the next five years’ development strategy of this global city. He is also serving in a temporary position at the community-based legislative liaison office for the National People's Congress to implement President Xi’s proposal of promoting China's "Whole Process People's Democracy." Besides that, he is studying for his doctorate at the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Shanghai International Studies University
Lin Wang is a Ph.D. student in Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. She studies China's overseas investment and disputes settlements. Lin worked as a journalist reporting on China's foreign policy and global economy at a top Chinese financial newspaper for six years before being selected as a Schwarzman Scholar. Lin published a book on the Belt and Road Initiative in 2017, "Wang Lin's Top Interviews with Global Leaders on the BRI" (the Commercial Press), which was the first of its kind. She also reported in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Uganda, Cameroon, South Africa, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore.
University of the Free State, University of Cape Town
Lindokuhle Ntuli is a lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Private Law and Human Rights as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and will be graduating in April 2018 from the University of Cape Town. Lindokuhle is an active and accomplished leader who has grasped opportunities to develop his leadership skills both locally and globally. He is a Former SRC President, SRC Legal and Constitutional Affairs, and Founder of the UFS Student Court and UFS Moot Court Society (Legal Behemoth). As President, inter alia, he successfully led a fundraising campaign that raised over 1.2 million in rand to fund poor and academically deserving students at the University of the Free State in 2016. He was awarded a Life Time Leadership Award by the University of the Free State, awarded in recognition of his sterling contribution made to the University through different roles in the past three years. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Lindokuhle hopes to maximize the experience, opportunities and networks for the betterment of society.
Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Washington University in St. Louis
Lingyu ZHOU graduated from Southwest University of Political Science and Law majoring in Law with a bachelor's degree and went to Washington University in Saint Louis to pursue a master's degree. After graduation, she served as the chairman assistant in a public company. In October 2015, she founded her own company called Panda Town, working for the overall operation and management of this company. She's created an internet financing platform with nearly 1 million registered users now. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she wants to have a deeper business insight on a global scale.
Lionel Jin graduated from Yale College in 2018, with a B.S./M.S. in Molecular Biology and a double major in Computer Science. He received the Hart Lyman prize, the highest award in the Yale junior class for character and achievement, and was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He was editor-in-chief of the Yale Scientific Magazine and served as Treasurer of European Horizons, a student-led think tank. Lionel is excited about working in tech and building products that will transform the way we live.
Lucienne Oyer is a consultant at McKinsey & Company serving clients in the energy industry. A member of the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2019, Lucy got to explore China through an internship at Genting Resort Secret Garden, a Beijing 2022 Olympics host site, and a research project on the Chinese PPP model for transit development. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Lucy graduated from Stanford University with Honors for her research thesis on the Ghanaian energy market. A Tsinghua Ski Association alumnus, in the winter you can find Lucy on the slopes of the Mountain West.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Lucille Greer is completing a Schwarzman Scholars Fellowship at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. where she researches China's foreign policy in the Middle East. Her research has been published with the Wilson Center's Middle East program, West Point's Modern War Institute, the Middle East Institute, Bourse and Bazaar, The Washington Post, and The Diplomat. She has served with the U.S. Department of State in both Washington, D.C. and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Lucille is an alumna of Tsinghua University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her next position is with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Magzhan Sovetbek will graduate in 2018 with a Civil Engineering major from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan’s leading Western-style research institution. He is ranked among the top five percent of his class and is passionate about the development of wind energy in Kazakhstan. As an undergraduate, Magzhan researched wind technologies’ application in Astana and the Caspian Sea, and presented his projects in the finals of the national contest “Best Young Scientist” and in an international competition in Abu Dhabi. Magzhan was also a lead director in the largest educational debating event hosted in Kazakhstan in 2015. In the long run, Magzhan hopes to shape his country’s energy policy and foster cooperation between Kazakhstan and China in development of renewable energy.
New York University
Mandy Tan serves as Chief of Staff at Space, a premium active lifestyle growth company in Asia. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and education of the intersection of the mind and body. Prior to studying at Schwarzman Scholars, she worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she has led teams of up to 20 peers and worked in a variety of industries, including life sciences and technology. She graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a bachelor's in Economics.
University of Texas at Dallas
Matt studied Mathematics at the University of Texas at Dallas where he was a McDermott Scholar, Truman Scholar, and Udall Scholar. His current pursuits include training for the Olympic Trials in long track speed skating and working to revitalize the sport in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Michael Shin graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Public Policy. Coming from a family of diplomats, he spent time in the U.S., China, and Jordan, which provided him with the opportunity to work in the office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, serve as a Special Forces paratrooper and U.N. peacekeeper in Lebanon, and work at a global investment bank in New York. He is interested in the Middle Eastern-East Asian economic relationship and hopes to leverage his background and Schwarzman Scholars experience to connect promising firms and industries from those regions to cross-border financing and expertise.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Min YANG graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a double major in Public Health and Statistics. At UNC, Min was deeply involved with HIV/AIDS research and recognized by the China Hands Magazine as 25-under-25 future leaders in U.S.-China Relations. After graduation, Min worked as a management consultant in the life science space and launched the biggest bike-share company at the time to the U.S. Min is currently in China helping Chinese innovation in healthcare go global.
University of York
Miro Plueckebaum is from Germany, the United States, and Canada. After gaining professional experiences in finance, consulting, and public policy, he conceptualized and implemented SAP's global approach to AI ethics and public policy. At Tsinghua, his academic work focused on technology policy, ethics, and governance and was awarded the Outstanding Postgraduate Thesis Award. Since graduating, he has been based in Beijing, working with AI researchers and multinational corporations in China, Europe, and APAC to build enterprise intelligence tools. He is currently a Product Manager at ByteDance.
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Harvard University
Namit Choksi was born and raised in Mumbai, India where he graduated with his M.D. He went on to pursue his medical clerkships at Johns Hopkins followed by an M.P.H. from Harvard. While there, he worked with his mentor to launch a world bank acclaimed low-cost medical device in India and also served as a policy fellow in the Indian Government. Namit’s passion lies in investing and growing promising companies that bridge gaps in healthcare access and food security. During his time as a Schwarzman Scholar, he lead the India and emerging economies expansion for NLVC; one of China’s biggest venture capital funds bringing their portfolio companies from the United States and China to India. After graduation, he pursued his postdoctoral research in mucosal immunology and genetics at the MGH. Last year, he served as a front-line physician fighting the SARS-CoV2 pandemic in addition to working alongside the Indian Government strategizing the country’s response to the virus. Currently he leads the India and APAC expansion for “Perfect Day,” a Temasek- and Canada Pension Plan-backed startup that produces animal-free, sustainable dairy. Finally, Namit is also a drummer and a certified DJ.
Universidad Internacional del Ecuador
Nataly currently serves as Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs for the Vice President of Ecuador, focusing on public health and cooperation. Since graduating from Tsinghua University, she ran for the National Assembly and worked for Huawei. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she researched Chinese investment in Ecuador and interned for KPMG China. Nataly holds a bachelor's in Diplomacy and International Relations and has been trained in cross-cultural communication in Portugal, and in Diplomatic Relations and Peace Studies in Norway. She has worked for the International Organization for Migration, the European Union Delegation to Ecuador, and extensively in the private sector.
United States Military Academy at West Point
|Netteange Monaus majored in Sociology and French at the United States Military Academy. Both of her parents were born in Haiti, and she strives to stay connected to this important part of her history by taking mission trips to Haiti. As an officer in the United States Army, Netteange invests in being a mentor for people of color and women in the combat arms environment. She makes every effort to create leaders of character ready to serve their country.|
Newton Davis graduated from Williams College where he double majored in History and Arabic Studies with concentrations in Spanish and African-American Studies. After graduation, he worked as a management consultant at Accenture in the telecommunication, media, and technology practice. Post consulting, he moved to 500 Startups where he has helped create education programs for global venture capital investors. Newton hopes to use the Schwarzman program to further his knowledge about tech innovation and entrepreneurship while building his chops as a venture capital investor. A Truman, Mellon Mays, and QuestBridge scholar, he studied and worked in a number of countries and has spent the last two years living in Mexico City. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is a music lover, political junkie, and closeted urbanist.
University College London, University of Oxford
Nicole Ching graduated in Classics from UCL and read for a MSc in Anthropology at Oxford. Her diverse experience in the arts includes working for Sotheby’s, Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, and writing for ArtAsiaPacific. Influenced by her time working with the Long Museum, Shanghai, Nicole co-founded conference platform Museum 2050 to help explore and unlock the potential of China’s private museums. A strong advocate for arts curriculum in the Chinese education system, Nicole hopes to use her time as a Schwarzman Scholar to initiate more fluid conversation between international art institutions and China. Nicole is 22 years old and from Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
University of Oxford
Noah Lachs is a Senior Policy Advisor in the UK Government. His academic capstone at Schwarzman College focused on state-imposed national cohesion in multi-ethnic societies. Noah is an award-winning essayist and has published multiple articles on current affairs, culture and China. He holds a degree in English Literature from Oxford University where he was President of the Oxford Union, a role in which he hosted Heads of State, CEOs, and leaders of multi-lateral organizations. He enjoys football, bouldering, and playing jazz guitar.
New York University
Nofar Hamrany is a leader within Israel's international innovation ecosystem. She grew up in Israel, before winning a scholarship to United World College USA. Nofar returned to Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces' Foreign Relations Brigade. She then spent half a decade in China – studied economics and Chinese at New York University Shanghai, cofounded the global initiative GoGreen Week, and focused on public policy as a Schwarzman Scholar in Beijing. Since 2019, Nofar has been working at the Israel Innovation Authority on international collaboration strategy and operations, using policy and diplomacy to advance economic growth in Israel.