Clara Ma graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics and is completing a Ph.D. in Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research focuses on policy instruments enabling the low-carbon energy system transformations of China and India.
Colleen O'Connor is a tri-lingual social entrepreneur passionate about creating positive change through the private sector. Colleen graduated Salutatorian and Class Marshal of Dartmouth College in 2019 where she studied Chinese, Economics, and Human-Centered Design. She spent the past three years promoting entrepreneurship as a vehicle for female empowerment in South America and East Asia and was named the 2018 Undergraduate Catalyst for Change by the American Association of University Women. Professionally, Colleen works in business strategy consulting and formerly worked with startups and nonprofits in Japan, China, Mexico, and Peru. She also dabbles in nonfiction writing and amateur axe-throwing.
Cynthia Liao is currently a Fellow at Chatham House. She is passionate about sustainable development, particularly health and energy access in developing countries. At Clinton Health Access Initiative, she partnered with medical device companies and governments across Asia and Africa to develop and scale diagnostics and oxygen therapy in response to COVID-19. Prior, she helped launch a $300M solar investment fund at General Electric. Cynthia graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western University, where she received the Ivey Merit Award for exemplary student leadership and consulted for an Indian solar company.
Danny is the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. At ASPI, Danny applies his deep Asia regional and functional expertise to support the China team and ASPI President Kevin Rudd in analyzing the latest developments in U.S.-Asia relations. Danny can also recite to you the history of ice cream diplomacy in the U.S.-China relationship. Outside of work, Danny enjoys playing soccer and daydreaming about opening an ice cream truck upon retirement. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Danny served as Senior Class President and oversaw the $1.1 million student activities budget.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
David Ross is an immigrant to Israel. He studied at an international school before serving as an officer in the International Branch of the IDF. While studying law at the Hebrew University, he provided legal aid through the tradelab legal clinic and as CEO of Brera Centre. He co-founded the Armoured Corps Fund, a community supporting veteran officers. David is eager to learn from China to develop culturally-informed, multi-faceted strategies for strengthening society in the Middle East. He is currently completing a legal apprenticeship with the State Attorney in Israel. David is from Israel and the United Kingdom.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
David Schafer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a self-designed major in Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights. David served as student body president, representing 44,000 students and spearheading the creation of a scholarship to support club leadership for students with demonstrated financial need. He has worked in healthcare as an NYC Urban Fellow in the New York City Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access and at Evolent Health. As a Schwarzman Scholar, David studied the Chinese healthcare system, with a special focus on advanced care planning and palliative care. Presently, David is pursuing a law degree at Stanford Law School.
University of Melbourne
Debpriya Das is a first-class honors graduate in Neuroscience, 2015 Champion of Bangladesh Biology Olympiad, and a Rabindra Sangeet singer. After becoming a biology teacher at a renowned school in Dhaka at age 19, she founded Bioland, an institute for high school biology, which revolutionized biology pedagogy in the community while achieving incredible results from its students. Currently, she is pursuing an MBA at Northeastern University with a focus in Healthcare Management, hoping to enter the realm of healthcare with her vast experience in teaching biosciences. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she learned about Global Public Health and cultivated invaluable professional network.
Delia graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2021, where she focused her studies on Chinese healthcare reform. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, she received her B.A. from Dartmouth College in biomedical engineering and a minor in Spanish. Delia has a wide variety of experience across the healthcare industry, serving in public, private, and academic sectors. Delia has served as an advisor to both international and local organizations dedicated to gender equality and helping young girls develop their confidence and leadership skills. Delia hopes to work at the intersection of healthcare, gender equality, and innovation.
University of Cambridge
Dilan Yang will graduate from University of Cambridge majoring Economics in 2019. She is an Emmanuel College Smith Senior Scholar and Keith Davis Prize taker. Dilan has been serving in the leadership team of a global student-led organisation that empowers social enterprises in developing countries. At university, she has also co-founded and co-presidented Cam+, an idea exchange platform that encourages cross-cultural discussions on Chinese issues. Upon joining Schwarzman, Dilan hopes to explore social entrepreneurship and impact consulting in China, and understand how to best present the Chinese narratives to the world.
University of Derby
Edward Johnson holds a B.A. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Derby. He currently works as an investment banker and runs a commercial farming enterprise in his home country. Edward is an award winning leader recognized for his work in finance and agriculture, working with both farmers and large institutions to unlock the social and economic potential of this critical sector in Africa. He is committed to exploring a seamless intersection between finance and agriculture.
University of Cambridge
Eleanor Olcott graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in Politics and Sociology. At university, she founded the Cambridge Women in Business Society and served as its first president. She worked as a China Policy Analyst at the financial research firm TS Lombard, writing about Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy. She will be starting as China Correspondent for the Financial Times in September 2021.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Esder Chong graduated Rutgers University-Newark, where she founded RU Dreamers, a student organization that advocates for undocumented, DACA, TPS, DED and immigrant students' access to higher education. Committed to immigrant rights activism through institutional and state policy advocacy, she led efforts to make financial, legal, and academic resources more available to students at Rutgers and in New Jersey. She serves on the advisory committee of the Presidents Alliance for Higher Education and Immigration and hopes to pursue a career in (im)migration and education policy.
Australian National University
Fangzhou graduated from the Australian National University (B.S. and B.Com.) and subsequently Stanford University (M.S.). Fangzhou completed high school in New Zealand and in 2013, became the first and only international student in the history of New Zealand to be named a Premier Scholar, receiving the highest academic honor in the country from former Prime Minister Sir John Key. He is cofounder and senior vice president of Crimson Education, an edech startup with over 450 full-time employees and operations in more than 20 countries. In 2017, he was named New Zealand Student Entrepreneur of the Year by The Entrepreneurs' Organization.
University of Southern California
Gabrielle Roberts studied Film & Television Production and Computer Science at the University of Southern California. She founded the nonprofit, Code Your Chances, which runs introductory creatively-focused computer science workshops for young girls internationally and has launched two free applications. Gabrielle studied Machine Learning at Oxford University and has published her research through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She has been a speaker at conferences worldwide presenting her work in virtual production. Gabrielle has worked with Oscar-winning filmmakers, screened her films globally, and most recently was a real-time engineer for Los Angeles tech startup, Brud.
Montana State University
Garrett Leach is an analyst at Next Frontier Capital in Bozeman, MT. Born and raised in Missoula, Montana, Garrett completed his undergraduate degree at Montana State University. He served as Student Body President during his junior year at MSU. After graduating in 2018, he moved to Princeton, NJ, and spent two years working at BlackRock. In 2020, Garrett joined Schwarzman Scholars, graduating in June of 2021. Outside of work, Garrett can be found backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, golfing, and cooking.
Illinois Institute of Technhology
George Batah is a Strategy Consultant focused on the Payments industry, a Schwarzman Scholar, and the Co-founder and Executive Director of Syrian Youth Empowerment. George sits on the Visiting Committee for Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Met museum and he currently advises Apple TV on one of its original shows and advises MasterCard China on strategy. George is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, Summit Fellow, and Blossom Hill Fellow. Previously, George worked as a consultant at Deloitte covering a wide variety of financial institutions clients with a focus on the payments industry.
Francois is the co-founder of the Delice Dental Health Initiative, a nonprofit organization that has served thousands in under-served communities in Haiti’s capital area and beyond. Additionally, Francois serves as an Ambassador for Peace with the Universal Peace Federation, a nonprofit in consultative status with ECOSOC at the United Nations. Francois is passionate about addressing healthcare disparities and one day hopes to work on Haitian public policy.
Grace Amponsah holds a degree in Business Administration from Ashesi University. She currently runs an NGO, Bowney Initiative, which focuses on unleashing the potential of adolescent girls in Ghana through mentorship, scholarship, and entrepreneurship so as to eradicate poverty and bridge the gender inequality gap. Through her leadership and work at Bowney, Grace was awarded the Dalai Lama Fellowship in 2015, the MiLEAD Fellowship in 2019 as one of the 26 most outstanding young women leaders in Africa, the Compassionate Leadership Fellow in 2019 set to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Empowered to Educate Fellowship in 2020. With a desire to work towards equality on the African continent and in the world, Grace aspires to work with UN Women while scaling her NGO internationally to address such issues on a global level.
National University of Singapore
Mina Khattak was the first female consultant in McKinsey & Company's Karachi office where she focused on problems across healthcare, finance, and education digitization and accessibility. A University of Oxford scholar and MBA holder, she was captain of the basketball team and debater at the Oxford Union. Mina's MBA summer internship brought her to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she worked as an Investment Banking Associate on live buy and sell side transactions. Mina is now a Director of Blockchain & Digital Assets at a Fortune 500 payment company working to bridge the gap between traditional and digital economies.
Han Yu will graduate from Shandong University with a master's degree in Ancient Chinese Literature. She doubled majored in International Education and Globalization at the University of Bath. Focusing on Chinese traditional culture, she participated in the National Social Science Fund Major Project. Han previously served as the Executive President of All-China Students' Federation, director of the Specialized Working Committee of Corporation and Exchange, and a supervisor of School Youth League New Media Operations Center. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Han hopes gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese traditional ideology and internationalization of higher education, and aspires to promote Chinese cultural inclusion.