Tecnológico de Monterrey
Karen Michelle Zapata Herrera graduated from the Technological Institute of Monterrey with a bachelor's degree in International Business and a minor in International Cooperation for Development. She has vast experience in the social impact sector having collaborated with several INGOs and civil society organizations including, World Vision, Children International, Hult Prize Foundation, among others, and served as Global Ambassador for Mexico at The Better Tomorrow Movement. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she focused and researched the role of public policies and NGOs in caring for migrant and left-behind children in China, Mexico, and the United States.
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Katherine Pollman graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Economics, a B.A. in Environmental Science, and a minor in Spanish. For four years, she worked as a Research Coordinator for the University of Illinois on a randomized control trial studying a primary education program in Uganda. She managed a multi-cultural team and acted as a liaison between local staff and US-based researchers. She has written and presented papers on mother-tongue instruction, parent involvement in education, and early grade
Keisuke Kamiya grew up in Johannesburg, Shanghai, and Tokyo, and has rich cross-border working experience based out of Asia. He specializes in corporate banking, mezzanine finance, and investment origination, where he has dealt with many renowned multinational corporations. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Keisuke aspired to contribute to the development of emerging industries and energy internationally. He is a practitioner of Japanese traditional archery and a cadet pilot.
University of Tokyo
Keisuke Niwa is an overseas government trainee, studying at the Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance since 2014, taking on several prominent assignments including coordinating the G20 meeting in Japan, supervising Japan's megabanks, developing the Tokyo Interbank Overnight Rate, and reforming Japan's personal income tax system. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he gained a deeper understanding of development strategies such as China's "Reform and Opening-up" and explored ways to make Japan's ailing regional economies more globally competitive.
Kevin Tang graduated from the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University in 2017 and will graduate from the Warren Alpert Medical School in 2022. He has founded multiple university dance companies and served on the executive boards for national organizations, including the American Medical Association and Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. Kevin has conducted independent research on the medical humanities, transparency in healthcare, and simulation technology in medical education. He hopes to bring a patient-centered approach to facilitate Sino-American cross-cultural exchange and medical reform.
Kevin Zheng graduated from Duke University in 2019 with majors in Computer Science and Biology. He's deeply passionate about the intersection of medicine, technology, and business in improving healthcare capabilities for patients from all backgrounds. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, Kevin worked on an AI diagnostics startup, served as an EMT, and published biomedical research in journals such as Science and The Lancet Regional Health - Americas. In the fall of 2021, Kevin will be matriculating to the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) M.D.-Ph.D. program, where he plans to study applications of machine learning in health and drug discovery.
Kyle Rosenblum is a Health Policy and Issues Management specialist with the CDC's Division of Injury Prevention as part of the Presidential Management Fellows program. Through this role, he will be supporting US efforts to address topics like suicide prevention, transportation safety, and traumatic brain injuries. He has previously worked on research and evaluation for RAINN, a national helpline for survivors of sexual abuse in the United States. Kyle graduated from Syracuse University in 2020 with degrees in Psychology and Policy Studies.
Lakshmi Prakash is passionate about leveraging technology as a vehicle for social good. As an undergraduate, she held leadership roles across student government, academia, and philanthropy and developed an appreciation for the power of public-private partnerships. She then worked at McKinsey & Company, where she studied the relationship between capital and global impact across industries. At Schwarzman College, she helped lead the Schwarzman Women's network and sought to better understand China's role in accelerating the fight against climate change and in promoting gender equality. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, running, and hopelessly rooting for the Carolina Panthers.
Berlin Humboldt University
Levent Yer is a Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Scholar, Schwarzman Scholar, and Haniel Scholar. He holds a bachelor´s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Humboldt University Berlin, spending terms abroad at SciencesPo Paris, UC Irvine, and Peking University. After his time as a Schwarzman Scholar, he is pursuing a second master’s degree in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and Balliol College. He co-founded a social initiative for refugees and is a former professional basketball player. Recently, Levent has interned for Amazon and is currently working for a globally leading VC fund. Levent is from Germany and Turkey.
University of Jordan
Lina Abojaradeh identifies as a pioneer of "artivism" – activism through art. Founder of social initiative Archismile, she is using art as a teaching methodology to empower youth in Jordan to gain 21st century skills, having impacted over 15,000 youth. She is alumna of multiple international fellowships for civic leaders, and winner of international awards in filmmaking, writing, and art. Her art raises awareness on issues like colonialism, gender, religious, and racial inequality. She has exhibited and spoken about her work in Ireland, Argentina, Turkey, U.S., Tunisia, and Egypt.
University of Oxford
Liu He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford. Liu is interested in global health and development. While in college, Liu conducted fieldwork in rural Yunnan and Tanzania. He was an outspoken voice on campus, having served as the president of the Oxford China Forum and the Chairperson of the International Student Campaign and led the university-wide campaign against high tuition fees for international students. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, he worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on policy advocacy. Taking on effective philanthropy as his career ambition, he founded the Charity Box, a charity evaluator that finds the most impactful charities to donate to in China.
Maher Latif graduated from Kenyon College with bachelor's degrees in Economics and Modern Languages and Mathematics. At Kenyon, Maher played on the varsity soccer team and co-founded Reinstalling Hope, a nonprofit centered on advancing public school education in Nepal. Before working at the Federal Reserve Board, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. He speaks Arabic and Chinese.
University of Pennsylvania
Malik Abdul Majeed studied Finance and Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. At Schwarzman Scholars, he studied development with a focus on health and social support. He helped found The Global Check-Up, a student-led group focusing on global health issues, and joined Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance to support the COVAX Facility in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines globally. Prior to Schwarzman Scholars, he was an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research where he helped build pro bono initiatives. Malik is passionate about improving public sector governance and aspires to pursue public service in Pakistan.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mariam Dogar majored in Biology and minored in Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She believes that healthcare accessibility and equity can be achieved by utilizing technology and reworking outdated policies. Mariam worked at the World Bank, developing telemedicine policy recommendations for lower middle-income countries. She helped shape pedagogy of MIT's negotiation and leadership classes and co-taught a workshop for MBA students in Malaysia. She has worked in digital healthcare investing abroad and volunteered in refugee programs in Jordan and Greece. She is now studying to be a physician at Harvard Medical School.
Mariem Bchir is the co-founder and CEO of LEAPS Academy, a social enterprise aiming to reform teacher education in Africa one teacher at a time, starting in Tunisia. She is currently a senior at Davidson College pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Educational Studies. She has cultivated a global perspective through her work experience at several countries in some of the most innovative institutions such as African Leadership University. She is passionate about the intersection between entrepreneurship, education, and technology and is looking forward to learning from the Chinese model in education technology.
Mary Liu is a Gilman Scholar and graduated with an Applied Mathematics degree from Columbia University. Following her second year at West Point, Mary dedicated a year in service to rural communities in China and Thailand, where she volunteered as a community organizer, teacher, and website developer. Previous internships with JP Morgan & Chase, Columbia Data Science Institute, and The Earth Institute solidified her interest in the intersection of technology and social impact. After spending one year at Alumni Ventures Group investing in early-stage startups, Mary now works within the Asset Management division at Galaxy Digital in New York.
Mary Wurtz currently works at Catholic Charities of Louisville as the Parish, Schools, and Advocacy Engagement Coordinator, where she engages Catholic communities in social ministry and social justice teaching. She graduated from Bellarmine University in 2020 with her BA in Foreign Languages and International Studies and Theology. In addition to social ministry, Mary specializes in interfaith relations, citizen diplomacy, and global leadership.
University of Cambridge
Matthew Ryan Raja Kumar graduated from the University of Cambridge with a B.A. (Hons) in Economics. His internal drivers lie in education access and decarbonisation. After participating, coaching, and then judging a creative problem-solving competition, he founded an education startup to increase university access in Singapore, then worked for a creative arts provider in Vietnam. On decarbonisation, after proposing recommendations for a carbon tax that was subsequently passed in Singapore's Parliament, he drove the sustainability strategy of 55 ICT companies while at Monitor Deloitte. He also co-founded Cambridge European Horizons and ran Cambridge's largest consulting society. He will join BCG in London.
Max Labaton graduated from Duke University with a major in Public Policy and minors in History and Political Science. He has worked for the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a presidential campaign. At Duke, he served as an editor of the Duke Chronicle, led the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, and conducted research for two books on Cold War history. He is currently pursuing a J.D. at Harvard Law School.
New York University
Michael DeLuca is a graduate of New York University and a 2021 Schwarzman Scholar. As an undergraduate, Michael studied Politics and Mandarin Chinese, researched a thesis on American and Chinese investment in Africa, and led NYU's College Democrats. Michael also completed a semester at NYU Shanghai and a State Department Critical Language Scholarship in Dalian, China. He later worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, assisting in the investigation and prosecution of terrorism and national security matters. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Michael lived in Taiwan and performed research on China's legal system.