University Of California, Berkeley
Jieying Shi graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Economics and Geography. Currently, she works at ADB Ventures, the VC arm of the Asian Development Bank. Jieying supports ADB Ventures’ investments, fund raising and investor relations. Jieying is passionate about disruptive technology and aspires to be among the catalysts that will bring society economic, social, and environmental values.
University College London
Jina Lim graduated in June 2019 from the Arts and Sciences (BASc) program, University College London, an exciting interdisciplinary degree that enabled pursuit of several fields in sciences, humanities, and foreign language. With wide-ranging interests, Jina has been a research consultant for CHIRP Maritime and the future-looking company DH Ready. She is also an active Muay Thai fighter. Jina is a Captain with the Republic of Singapore Navy and recipient of The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Scholarship, aspiring to contribute to the SAF and wider public service by understanding the world through diverse lenses.
Tecnológico De Monterrey
|Joel Gastelum studied International Relations at Monterrey Tech. In addition to being a Schwarzman Scholar, he was awarded the Selider Scholarship for Socially Responsible Leaders in Mexico and the Santander Scholarship for an academic program in Spain. Joel has experience in Sustainability and CSR in the financial sector in Mexico, and in the chemical industry, as Sustainable Development Coordinator for Latin America at Linde. Currently, he works in Sustainable Development at Xignux, an international Corporation in the Energy and Food industries. Joel is a regular columnist in El Norte, one of Mexico's most important newspapers, and a member of its editorial board.|
|John Beadle was a BP Fellow of Schwarzman Scholars. His graduate thesis received Tsinghua University's Outstanding Thesis Award. John is a graduate of Harvard College. At Harvard, he also served as President & CEO of Black Diamond Capital Investors, one of the largest student-run hedge funds in the U.S.. John spent five years in infrastructure finance and investment for PBBC and John Laing Group, where he focused on primary investments in North American infrastructure and renewable energy projects and federal tax reform to support private investment in public infrastructure. He also worked in investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. John is currently an investment professional for Asia Pacific Land, a global private investment firm that invests a no-mandate pool of internal capital across real estate, private equity, renewable energy, and venture capital transactions. John concurrently serves as Managing Partner of Aegis Ventures, a NY-based startup studio that originates, launches, and scales early-stage companies in AI and healthtech.|
University Of Pennsylvania
|Johnathan D. Chen was a 2020 Tsinghua Graduate Student of the Year. His thesis on future modes of education was named a Schwarzman College Outstanding Capstone report. He spent his time in Beijing, deepening his understanding of Eastern & Western technology, politics, and philosophy. After graduating from Schwarzman Scholars, Johnathan joined Tesla as a battery engineer, focusing on projects based out of Shanghai and Palo Alto.|
Imperial College London
|Jordan Abdi is a physician with an academic background in medicine and neuroscience. As an undergraduate, Jordan co-founded the London Forum for Science and Policy, a science policy think-tank that has produced policy papers in partnership with London City Hall and the European Commission. Jordan is also an entrepreneur, and in the past eight years, he has founded and managed two businesses in healthcare and education. He is currently the Strategy and Business Development Lead at Holmusk, a startup building the largest Real-World Evidence platform in mental health and chronic diseases.|
Westminster College, Missouri
Joseph Opoku is a Senior Associate at mPharma, a pan-African healthcare technology company. Joseph previously worked as a Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., to advance the U.S.-Africa business relationship. He founded Youth Impact Workshop and the Zongo Innovation Lab for Girls to empower young people across Ghana with the skills to create social change. He holds a B.A. from Westminster College in Missouri, where he graduated as an Outstanding Graduating Senior. Joseph is an alumnus of the African Leadership Academy and a Resolution Project Fellow.
Hunter College, The City University Of New York
|Joy Nuga, born and raised in the South Bronx by Nigerian immigrants, is an Associate at The D. E. Shaw Group. As an undergraduate, Joy was also the recipient of the 2016 PPIA Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduating, Joy worked as a Senior Risk Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. These academic and professional experiences pertain to Joy's growing subject matter expertise in the nexus of technology, geoeconomics, and strategic investing. As a Board Trustee for Hunter College, Joy is also passionate about the advancement of women of color in technology and financial services roles.|
University Of Ghana
Joyce Danso holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana (UG) and is currently pursuing her master’s in International Affairs at UG. Joyce is the founder of the Agenda Project and is a Resolution Project Fellow. She aspires to serve as a UN youth envoy and consultant in youth-related issues to empower young people to make informed decision about their future and translate such knowledge into addressing the socio economic challenges facing Africa. She hopes that by studying public policy she will provide sustainable solutions to address concerns of young people.
University Of Oxford
Julian is a scientist working to accelerate the clean energy transition. Graduating from Oxford with a degree in Chemistry, he started out as a research scientist investigating novel perovskite photovoltaics and invented a patented technique for improving solar cell efficiencies. He then joined Drax, the UK’s largest renewable energy company, using AI to create a smart, digital energy grid. Most recently, Julian has started working in AgTech, helping society adapt to the threat posed by climate change by facilitating efficient and nutritious indoor farming.
University Of California, Berkeley
Justin Kong is a health advocate with a University of California, Berkeley degree in Public Health and extensive professional experience. He has held leadership roles at a healthcare consulting firm, in the United Nations' Medical Services Division, and in student government as Executive Vice President. Now working on a regional malaria elimination program for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, Justin engages private sector providers in Southeast Asia in partnership with national governments. He hopes to expand healthcare accessibility in emerging economies by strengthening health systems and leading discussions on universal healthcare coverage.
|Kabir Gandhi was a China Oceanwide Fellow at Schwarzman Scholars, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with an A.B. in Applied Mathematics. He previously worked at Amazon in operations finance and PJT Partners in investment banking. Kabir spent his year in China exploring the country’s Fintech ecosystem, conducting a comparative study of mobile payments technology in China and India, and earning Tsinghua University’s Outstanding Thesis Award. Currently, Kabir serves as an investment professional for Asia Pacific Land (APL), a global private equity firm that invests a no-mandate pool of capital in real estate, private equity, and renewable energy transactions.|
|Kai is an Analyst at Primary and is a native of The Bronx. Kai focuses on investing in enterprise technology across all industries. Previously Kai has program-managed the Blackstone Launchpad in partnership with Techstars and Future Founders; interned at Alphabet’s independent growth fund CapitalG; founded an incubator at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar; and, founded an entrepreneurship program at Williams College. Most recently, he was a Financial Rotational Program Analyst at Microsoft, where he aided in maintaining financial models related to Microsoft’s carbon tax revenues, carbon offset portfolio, and venture capital arm (M12).|
Kathia is a development professional with over five years of experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business. She is a Development Manager at Global Changemakers, a Swiss-based NGO, currently leading its expansion in Latin America and supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs working in sustainable development projects. Her experience and activism have made her collaborate with different international and civil society organizations as well as the private sector. Kathia has been an External Youth Expert at the I-CoDI Challenge by the UN International Telecommunications Union, where she developed innovative solutions to youth challenges, Online Moderator at UNESCO MGIEP, leading a series of discussions on Education and the Environment, Mentor at UNMGCY, and a speaker at major international events. As a former finance professional working in the banking sector, Kathia is committed to mobilize capital for social impact. She always seeks to be a bridge between opportunities and talents to empower the next generation of leaders, especially youth and women from vulnerable communities.
Katrina Northrop graduated with honors from Brown University in 2019, where she majored in Development Studies, focusing on China. At Brown, she was the managing editor of the College Hill Independent and a member of an investigative journalism team working on the issue of elder abuse in Rhode Island, which resulted in a series of articles published over nine days on the Providence Journal’s front page. Before her senior year, she worked at the Beijing bureau of the New York Times, conducting research and interviews for reporters as well as publishing her own articles. She is passionate about the role of journalists in cross-cultural dialogue and hopes to be a foreign correspondent in China. Katrina was the captain of Brown’s Varsity Squash team and is from Brooklyn, New York.
United States Military Academy At West Point
|Kevin Colton graduated from the United States Military Academy with a major in Economics and a minor in Cyber Security. Interested in U.S. foreign relations, he spent two years as a service volunteer in Japan, represented West Point at the International Cadet Conference in Japan, and participated in the joint West Point-Yale Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative in Israel. His capstone focused on China’s arms exports as a tool of diplomacy. Kevin is a U.S. Army Officer and plans to pursue a diplomatic career for the United States.|
While studying at Tsinghua, Kiran traveled to twelve provinces and to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, participated as a rapporteur at a dialogue between US and Chinese tech leaders, and advised a home sharing company on how to increase its penetration in the burgeoning Chinese market. He is currently finishing up his graduate degree in cyber risk at the University of Cambridge.
King’S College London, University Of Cambridge
Prior to becoming a Schwarzman Scholar, Konrad worked at Fidelity International in London as a member of the internal consulting team leading strategy, M&A, and corporate development projects. Following the Schwarzman Scholarship he joined Allianz X to focus on growth equity investments within financial services, where he's responsible for sourcing, evaluation and execution of investment opportunities. Konrad holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Business Management from King’s College London. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. In his free time, Konrad pursues his passion for alpinism by climbing around the World.
Kings College London
|Laura Darnley holds a BA in Political Economy from King's College London. She is committed to public service and has worked extensively in youth empowerment and inclusion. She contributed to the Government's Review of Youth Justice and has worked with international companies to provide career development workshops for severely disadvantaged young adults. Laura also trained as an Officer Cadet with the British Army where she captained her corps' taekwondo team and medaled in international competitions. An adventure enthusiast, in 2017 Laura drove from London to Mongolia raising $10,000 for charity.|
University Of Oxford
Linda Sarfo-Gyamfi graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Human Sciences. At university, she was the President of Polygeia, a global health think tank, as well as Oxford Women in Business. These experiences taught her the importance of leading with humility. She is currently one of the youngest Partner Managers at the Facebook EMEA headquarters. She has previous work experience at Thomson Reuters, The Boston Consulting Group and the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she hopes to learn more about innovation in China.