Lorena M. James is a senior at Davidson College studying Environmental Social Science and Chinese Studies. She is the founder of two green ventures, Z Spools and 4ever Curly. Z Spools works to provide eco-friendly 3D printing filament made out of an invasive shell species in the Great Lakes. 4ever Curly curates zero waste hair care products for the African diaspora. As the President of Davidson’s Pre-Business Society, she promotes entrepreneurship as a tool for experiential learning and global citizenship. She is passionate about the intersection of social entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and the circular economy.
Dabin (Elaine) Jeon graduated with distinction from Amherst College, majoring in Economics. She lives in Singapore, where she is a management consultant at Oliver Wyman and has worked across Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Elaine is passionate about building healthier cities, with health at the forefront of every urban policy decision and multisectoral collaboration to drive sustainable change. <span class="author-2770281835 font-size-medium unseen-change">This vision is grounded in her healthcare work for public sector clients as Oliver Wyman’s social impact program manager for the Asia Pacific and </span><span class="author-2770281835 b font-size-medium unseen-change">her</span><span class="author-2770281835 font-size-medium unseen-change"> experience living in rapidly growing cities including Seoul, Seattle, Singapore, and Bangkok.</span>
Sophie Jiang will graduate from Northwestern University with a double major in Radio/TV/Film and Asian Languages & Cultures. She has volunteered and studied abroad in Taipei, Beijing, and Prague. Sophie is passionate about the global film, music, and entertainment industries and hopes to become a transnational liaison for future co-productions between China and the United States. She has worked at the forefront of the East-West music industry during her time at 5A LABEL. Additionally, she has created visual content for artists at Top Dawg Entertainment.
Trent Kannegieter will graduate from Yale University where he studies History and Human Rights. His research interests revolve around constraining transnational forces like global industry and new technologies that undermine state sovereignty. Trent’s research on how multinational oil corporations’ residential camps shaped Venezuela’s education system and elite culture led him to create an oral histories database with interviews from oil camp alumni to promote future research. He is involved with the Multidisciplinary Academic Program for Human Rights and the Brady-Johnson Program on Grand Strategy. In the future, Trent hopes to help broker international compacts to address threats like transnational technology.
University of Delhi, University of Oxford
Vanshica is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and has been with the United Nations. She holds a bachelor's in History Honours from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, followed by a master's in Global and Imperial History from the University of Oxford on a full scholarship. As a trained historian, her area of specialization lies at the intersection of history, technology, and society. She has been selected for several global congregations, including Summer Davos and the G8 & G20 Youth Summit. Vanshica writes for various platforms, including the World Economic Forum Agenda Blog and Financial Express.
African Leadership University
Melissa Kariuki is a gender equality advocate, marketer, and entrepreneur whose ultimate ambition is to drive change in Africa. She currently works in Product Marketing at Google, supporting small business growth in Africa. Before Google, Melissa graduated with a First Class Honours in Business Management from the African Leadership University. She also completed ten internships across four continents at Bain & Company, H&M, and the Gates Foundation. She is committed to deepening her understanding of global affairs and public policy to build unique solutions to improve Africa. Melissa is from Kenya and South Africa.
City College, City University of New York, London School of Economics
Joshua (Josh) Kemp graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York with a bachelor’s in International Relations. He then relocated to Shanghai and scaled a small education startup into the largest speech and debate organization in Asia as its HR Director. Josh is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Gender (Sexuality) at the London School of Economics. Having previously worked at the intersection of HR and politics in Washington D.C. on presidential administration transitions, he is passionate about how diagnosing fault lines at this critical intersection empowers broader public policy success.
Roda Kesete is a senior at Emory University, double majoring in Political Science and Spanish. After her studies, she plans to work in the public sector focusing on the intersection between politics and economics in driving diplomacy. She has worked at the State Department in the Office of Population, Refugees, and Migration and in the Global Affairs Division of the Economics Bureau for Embassy Beijing. Roda is also extensively involved in state government, interning with the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and co-founding an Atlanta-based initiative to support refugees.
CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies
Haris is a graduate from CUNY Baccalaureate (City College) where he studied Politics, Diplomacy, and Law. Haris was the Chairperson of CUNY Student Senate and Student Trustee, representing over 270,000 students. He successfully lobbied for higher education and immigrant rights in Albany, organizing students to pass statewide NY Dream Act and restore budget cuts. Haris began his career as Urban Fellow to the Deputy Mayor for Operations and now works as Queens Borough Liaison for NYC Comptroller Stringer. He hopes to advocate for justice in his public service career. Haris is a first-generation Pakistani immigrant.<strong> </strong>
New York University
Matea Kocevska graduated with Honors in Economics and Finance from New York University Abu Dhabi. Matea was active in Student Government and the Debate Union, establishing the first UAE-wide high school debate program. She has completed several internships in business development, consulting, and venture capital across Dubai and New York. She is currently a Research Assistant at NYUAD in the field of business strategy. Matea aspires to lead a business with a social impact in the field of education and ultimately enter politics.
Arjun Sai Krishnan will graduate in 2021 from Princeton University, majoring in Computer Science with minors in Linguistics, Quantitative and Computational Biology, and Applied and Computational Mathematics. At Princeton, Arjun founded and led the Sunda Rainforest Project, was President of Princeton South Asian Theatrics, and did independent research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and South Asian and Mesoamerican writing systems. Arjun speaks English, Tamil, Hindi, Spanish, Kannada, Indonesian, and Sanskrit, and is interested in the intersection of technology, policy, and conservation. Arjun is from India and Singapore.
Hunter College, The City University of New York, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Margarita (Margo) Labkovich is a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine. She is interested in leveraging technological advancements for global health impact. She is a co-founder of Retina Technologies Inc. and a senior fellow at Humanity in Action, during which she organized a health education project in her home country, Belarus. Her interest in innovative healthcare solutions was inspired by experiences at Peer Health Exchange and Small World Initiative nonprofits and her clinical work with Project Healthcare. She wants to advance global health through both medical and entrepreneurial perspectives.
King's College London
Fuk Leong (Jack) Lam graduated from King’s College London with a first class in History and International Relations on a Hong Kong Scholarship. His research interest lies in Chinese ethnography and Sino-Western relations and is determined to pursue a career in government and policy. Jack worked with the British Consulate, HSBC, a private equity firm, an NGO for special needs, the Administrative Service, and the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, SAR. Jack was raised in Changzhou, Jiangsu and Hong Kong, SAR. Jack is from Hong Kong, SAR, China.
Loyola University Chicago
Trevaughn Latimer graduated from Loyola University Chicago with honors in Economics. Trevaughn held various leadership positions on and off-campus, including co-founding a nonprofit supporting youth shelters in Vietnam. He was awarded Loyola’s Emerging Leader Award for his campus involvement. Trevaughn currently leads economic development initiatives in low-income neighborhoods in St. Louis and is the youngest appointee to a government board advising the County Executive on Coronavirus Relief Fund spending. Desiring to pursue a career in development economics, Trevaughn hopes to study economic development and poverty alleviation policy in rural China.
Molly Leavens graduated from Harvard College with a self-designed major in food and the environment and minors in Spanish and studio art. She completed her senior thesis on corporate sustainability in the chocolate industry with fieldwork across seven countries and three continents. She was a National Udall Scholar, has consulted for multinational food companies, and was the youngest representative at Al Gore’s inaugural Climate Underground summit. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Molly hopes to learn more about China’s unique agricultural history and policies before beginning a career in global food supply chain management. Molly is from the United States of America.
Alexander (Alex) Li graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University, where he studied Electrical and Computer Engineering. Alex founded GreenClub, a nonprofit that uses technology to help students go carbon neutral, and was awarded Organization of the Year by Cornell. He has researched digital agriculture in Kenya and developed pollution monitoring tools with Cornell’s Energy and the Environment Lab. Alex served as campus President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and currently works at McKinsey in San Francisco. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to build connections between China and the U.S. that accelerate the world’s pace of decarbonization.
Miranda Li is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Philosophy and Computer Science. She currently works at The Boston Consulting Group in social impact, serving the private, public, and social sectors on developmental and environmental issues. She was a leader of the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs and Community Impact, is a certified Wilderness First Responder and leads hiking and caving trips. Upon joining Schwarzman Scholars, she hopes to explore cross-sectoral and international collaboration on environmental sustainability, environmental justice, and economic development.
Peking University, Waseda University
Jin Young Lim is part of the core team of Wisdom 2.0 Japan. He graduated as the valedictorian of Waseda University in 2018 with a dual-degree from Peking University, majoring in Education and International Politics. Jin went on to co-found Vira Life Academy, a social enterprise that promotes geo-tourism, and Spawo Foundation, an NGO that develops rural education and sustainability in the Himalayas. He is also a martial artist, yoga teacher, and content creator. He has started a podcast and YouTube channel to cultivate “Eco Flow” - environmental stewardship and flow states - in our lives.
New York University
Zhengyuan (Alex) Liu will graduate from New York University Shanghai in 2021, with a double degree in Economics and Data Science. Zhengyuan was awarded by then Vice Premier Yandong Liu the Chinese Youth Science and Technology Innovation Award. Serving as a group leader of a Chinese delegation, he participated in an international fair held by JST in Japan. Zhengyuan aspires to facilitate the integration of innovation and economic policies to achieve a balanced development. Zhengyuan led research regarding China’s industrial internet at Tencent Research Institute; organized a nation-wide futures simulation trading contest; and initiated conversation around poverty alleviation during his internship at county government.
Zhiyuan Ma graduated with a bachelor’s degree double majoring in both Political Science and Economics from Emory University. Zhiyuan was the first international student to be elected as president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Emory University. Before serving as president of SGA, Zhiyuan served as vice president of Emory Oxford College. In addition to student government, Zhiyuan also interned at the Carter Center China Program, Emory’s Center for Law and Social Sciences, as well as Cox Enterprise. Since graduation, Zhiyuan has been working for a consulting firm. At Schwarzman College, Zhiyuan is interested in learning about globalization as well as overseas expansion of Chinese companies.