• Michael ThorburnCanada

    Simon Fraser University

    Michael Thorburn is a lawyer and public policy researcher. He holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a bachelor's from Simon Fraser University. As a lawyer, Michael represents unionized workers and advises labour organizations. As a researcher, Michael works with The Road Home Research & Analysis, a nonprofit focused on connecting underrepresented communities with academic, business, and public sector institutions on national legal and policy issues.

  • Midia Shikh HassanCanada

    University of Ottawa

    Midia Shikh Hassan is a double alumna from the University of Ottawa. She studied Health Sciences, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering. She is co-founder and CEO of Dextra Innovations that provides 3D printed prosthetics to refugees and people living in poverty, as well as training in Makerspace technologies. Previously, she managed programs and projects in higher education to speed the commercialization of deep technology and engineering ventures. Midia was awarded the 2018 Queen's Young Leader Award, the 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award, and the 2019 CBC Trailblazers for her leadership and social impact. She is also a Global Shaper.

  • Narmin AliyevaAzerbaijan

    Baku State University

    Nana Aliyeva graduated with an LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, BSU where she restructured the traditional Students' Organisation to create a more agile platform for students during her term as vice-chairperson. In 2017, she became the first person from Azerbaijan to be elected as Secretary General of ELSA – the largest young lawyers' association in the world. After completing her term in Belgium, Nana managed multiple government projects in Azerbaijan in the fields of youth, agriculture as well as in the UK in defense and security. To nurture her creativity, in 2019 Nana created a signature cafe in Baku.

  • Nathan Levit received his undergraduate degree in 2020 from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he also earned certificates in American Studies, History and the Practice of Diplomacy, and Journalism. He was a part of the fifth cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. He now works in government and public policy. In his free time, you can find him reading long-form articles, watching sports or talking about his beloved home state of Oklahoma.

  • Nicolas (Nic) Wicaksono is a Somaliland/Somalia-based research officer at Consilient, where he focuses on producing rigorous, data-driven evaluations of development and humanitarian projects in conflict-settings in East Africa. He had previously worked with Indonesian parole and probation officers, religious counsellors, social workers, and NGOs to promote the social reintegration of ISIS and al-Qaeda members. His research on conflict resolution, collective trauma, and identity has been published or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals, including the Asian Studies Review. He holds a bachelor's in Global Affairs and Sociology from Yale University and a master's in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University.

  • Nina JeffsNew Zealand

    University of Cambridge

    Nina Jeffs graduated as a Girdlers' Scholar with a double first-class degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, she led environmental reforms as College Student Union President, worked with the City Council to resolve homelessness, and led a team to facilitate community-led sustainable sanitation in Tanzania. She has interned at the UN Human Rights Council and UN Women. Her experience volunteering to help schools in Vanuatu immediately post-cyclone triggered her interest in the nexus of climate change and human rights, in which she aims to focus her career.

  • Ning BaoChina

    Georgetown University

    Ning Bao graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Political Economy and a minor in Business Administration. Having lived in China, Jordan, the United States, and the United Kingdom, Ning has become interested in international relations and global political economy. Beyond her professional interests, Ning is a musician who initiated music outreach programs to raise donations for refugees in Jordan and disadvantaged children in China. She also published a book documenting her experiences in Jordan to share thoughts on social issues and bridge cultural differences.

  • Ozan Beran Akturan Turkey

    University of Chicago

    Ozan Beran Akturan studied Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago with additional Public Policy and Business coursework. On campus, he pioneered activities raising awareness for the Kurdish culture and think-tank groups strategizing about the future of European Union in a multipolar world-order. He co-chaired Chicago Health Solutions, designing public health interventions to tackle well-being disparities affecting the underserved communities of Chicago. He also helped develop gene therapies for rare diseases at Mayo Clinic and ShanghaiTech and accelerated the commercialization of similar therapeutics working at non-profit incubators and venture philanthropy funds.

  • Pascual Cortes-Monroy Edwards graduated from Amherst College with a major in Political Science. During his academic career, he spent a year at the London School of Economics focusing on foreign policy and contributed to research on the economic impact of democratization at The Brookings Institution. Today, Pascual works for Bain & Company’s London office and is currently on ‘externship’ working for Odd Industries, a computer vision startup that uses artificial intelligence for good. At Odd Industries, he is leading the launch of Chile’s first commercial satellite aimed at preventing wildfires and monitoring climate change.

  • Patrick Xu graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Statistics and a minor in Computer Science. He is currently a Data Science Manager on Facebook’s Health team, where he aims to solve global health issues surrounding blood donation shortages, health misinformation, and more. At Harvard, Patrick founded the Asian Mental Health Initiative and conducted research in Nepal to understand how data can improve disaster relief. He is interested in understanding how China’s unprecedented adoption of technology can lead to powerful social good products, especially in the health space.


  • Paulina ChoBrazil

    Universidade de São Paulo

    Paulina Cho graduated from Schwarzman Scholars in 2021 and is currently working at Systemiq, co-creating solutions that can transform economic systems to hit the UN SDGs. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Paulina's interest in sustainable materials led her to open the first bio-art lab in Brazil, where creative minds can explore different materials and raise awareness about the importance of preserving biodiversity. Besides, she started a book publisher in Brazil to make feminist essays and fiction more accessible. Paulina holds a bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Sáo Paulo and used to work as a tax lawyer.

  • Phillip McGloin recently completed a Henry Luce Fellowship in Xiamen China where he worked for Anta Sports in their overseas marketing department. Among many other highlights, he led Anta’s multi-million dollar pitch to #1 overall NBA draft pick Zion Williamson. Phillip graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Economics and Political Science and double minors in Finance and Chinese while he played for Vanderbilt’s basketball team. He believes in the unifying power of sports and wants to use sports to promote cross-cultural cooperation.

  • Pratima GargIndia

    Lady Shri Ram College for Women

    Pratima Garg has rich experience in development consulting and policy. She has lead statewide initiatives in India to bring about systemic changes in the education system and helped build an education startup focused on early education. Previously, she was selected for the prestigious Indian Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship. As a LAMP Fellow, she designed parliamentary interventions to hold the executive branch accountable and her research drove data-backed debates and decisions. She also founded an organization to drive effective waste management in India. Pratima holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.

  • Cara(Qinghong) LiChina

    Peking University

    Qinghong (Cara) Li graduated from Peking University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. She has worked at Goldman Sachs, Sequoia China and GGV. In the future, she will continue to work in finance and technology industries.

  • Ravi Veriah JacquesUnited Kingdom

    Stanford University

    Ravi Veriah Jacques will graduate from Stanford University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in History. As an undergraduate, he founded The Stanford Sphere, a publication with 20 writers that sought to enrich and broaden campus discourse primarily from a progressive standpoint. He has worked at the think tank European Council on Foreign Relations in London alongside the Shanghai-based online publication Guancha. Beyond writing and politics, Ravi has also interned in finance at D.E. in New York and is a talented violinist. Ravi has English and Malaysian-Indian heritage.

  • Shanti Kumar is a Technical Officer at BRAC, one of the world's largest NGOs. She studied International Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University, where she was the Executive Director of Cornell Abroad Ambassadors and a Resident Advisor. She has studied and worked in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Gabon, Guatemala, India, Madagascar, and Trinidad and Tobago. Shanti has facilitated strategic planning processes with policymakers and led trainings on utilizing telecommunications technology for rural farmers. She currently provides technical assistance to governments seeking to improve their social protection and poverty alleviation programs in partnership with entities such as the World Bank and UN. Her writing has been published in The New York Times.

  • Sandy AlkoutamiUnited States of America

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Sandy Alkoutami is a student at Harvard Law School. Before studying at Schwarzman Scholars, she was a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Middle East Program, and a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan. A Syrian-American and native Arabic speaker, Sandy has published research on U.S. foreign policy, conflict, and security in MENA. While a Schwarzman Scholar, Sandy focused on global governance theories and pathways for conflict management in Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Sandy was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Economics and Public Policy degrees.

  • Sara Surani studied Social Studies and Global Health at Harvard University. She is a co-founder of a health education program in South Texas focused on educating over 20,000 young children about healthy living. Sara served as one of eight Senior Class Marshals, spearheaded mental health initiatives, designed Zika programming in Nicaragua, researched with a development network in Tanzania, worked with business entrepreneurship at Ashoka, and was granted a Fulbright. She is working in remote communities in the Amazon jungle and helping start the first public holistic education school in Peru. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Sara is excited to explore China’s expanding role in global health development and policy.

  • Sarah El-MenawiEgypt

    Cairo University

    Sarah El-Menawi worked as an economic researcher at Egypt's Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, in charge of the German, British, and Irish portfolios. She was leading an NGO that targets youth empowerment through informal education and development projects. In 2017, she became North Africa’s Representative for Erasmus Mundus Association. Sarah has a double-degree master's in European Studies and Russian Studies. She is a professional basketball player and won the Dr. Anne Ferguson Basketball Award. Sarah aims to pursue a career in diplomacy by studying Foreign Policy and International Relations. She speaks Arabic, English, French, and Russian.

  • Sarah McMillianUnited States of America

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Sarah McMillian lives by the motto "leave a place better than you found it." As a mechanical engineering student at MIT, Sarah was awarded the Albert G. Hill Prize for improving the quality of life for minority students. She has since worked to create more sustainable, equitable cities using new technology: conducting research as a Fulbright Fellow in Bahrain, launching India’s first biodegradable sanitary pad brand, and developing real-time air and water quality monitoring systems in NYC. At Schwarzman College, Sarah chaired the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board to promote equal opportunity in admissions.

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