University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
John Petrie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. At school, he was the Business Director of the Michigan Solar Car team, where he led ten people and raised $1.2 million in 12 months. Today, John works for Bain & Company, where he is a Class Captain in his fifty person cohort. Later this month, he will start ‘externing’ at Impossible Foods, helping with their nationwide retail roll-out. As a Schwarzman Scholar, John hopes to deepen his understanding of China’s sustainable food market.
University of Pennsylvania
Cristina Pogorevici will graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's in Economics and concentrations in Business Analytics and Management (entrepreneurship & innovation track). She serves as the president of Wharton Council, is a member of the Junior-Senior Advisory Board, and is a Penn World Scholar. Her interests in entrepreneurship and development have taken her to Hong Kong, Uganda, Moldova, and Ukraine in her time at Wharton. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she hopes to gain the skill-set required to drive socioeconomic development by leveling global access to entrepreneurship.
Bard College, Syracuse University
Mallie Prytherch lives the fast-paced life of an American election staffer as the campaign manager for a U.S. Congressional race. She’s previously served as a high school economics teacher, a socioeconomic researcher in rural Sichuan, and a campaign cybersecurity specialist. She has a bachelor’s in Mathematics from Bard College and, in 2019, completed her master’s in Public Administration as a Thompson Scholar at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. After graduation, she hopes to influence global policy as part of the federal government.
Mikaela Rabb is a Senior Policy Associate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, where she supports policymakers to implement effective policies to promote gender equality. She currently manages a multimillion-dollar research fund to enhance women’s economic agency. She studied Global Affairs and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. She also served as Vice President of the Yale International Relations Association and an inaugural First-Year Counselor for a new residential college. Dedicated to empowering marginalized communities, she teaches New Haven high school students to think critically about our world.
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Henry (Harris) Rahman will graduate from SOAS University of London with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and Economics. He was the 2020 UK Grand Prize winner of the Chinese Bridge Competition, aiming to promote cultural ties between the UK and China. Harris has set up a community organization to connect food surplus from Central London restaurants and cafes to local homeless rough-sleepers. He aspires to make environmental sustainability more accessible and to promote the transmission of its operational knowledge to the younger generation of consumers and future leaders.
Karthik Ramesh is a senior at Princeton University, majoring in Economics. At Princeton, Karthik served as President of the Interclub Council, leading Princeton’s eleven eating clubs and managing the transformation of the clubs to a virtual environment. Karthik has interned for McKinsey and in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.K. House of Commons, where he has focused on economic policy. He aspires to marry his interest in public affairs with a passion for development policy. Karthik is from the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
New York University
Otelo Reggy-Beane is a senior at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) studying social research and public policy with minors in urbanization and African studies. A 2020 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, Otelo approaches affordable housing as a racial justice issue. He is committed to public service and has interned with the Governor of New York’s Tenant Protection Unit and for U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01). At NYUAD, he advocates for equity, inclusion, and belonging as the president of Africa Global and the Global Affairs Committee Chair on Student Council. Otelo is from the United States of America.
Caleb Ren will graduate with honors in statistics and computer science from Harvard College in 2021. Caleb is President of the Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations, providing educational experiences for 15,000+ Chinese high schoolers through five annual conferences, including the largest student-run research competition in Asia. Caleb's passions lie at the intersection of technology and education. Through Schwarzman Scholars, he hopes to examine technology as a means to increase educational access. In his free time, Caleb volunteers as a music teacher for Boston-area youth, teaches classes on data visualization, backpacks, and plays piano. Caleb is from the United States of America.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Julien C. Rosenbloom is a senior at Rutgers University studying political science. He directs his student government’s COVID-19 Task Force, leads social sector work as Managing Director of Rutgers Consulting Group, and has published social policy research. Professionally, Julien has led JUV Consulting as a Senior Partner and has held internships with Rutgers’ Office of Federal Relations, New Jersey’s Treasury Department, and several government affairs and consulting firms. Julien’s interests are in economic inequality and public policy. He is eager to understand China’s impact on American policy outcomes. Julien is from the United States of America.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Philip Ruffini graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied Business and Computer Science. While in college, Philip served as Director of Partnerships for 180 Degrees Consulting and started, then sold, his business First-Rate Suppliers. Following graduation, Philip worked as a Product Manager for Microsoft on an early stage IoT platform while independently launching HackingPM. Philip is the first investor and advisor for Y Combinator backed LendTable. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Philip hopes to study how culture and government policy have enabled China to grow its startup ecosystem.
University of Pennsylvania
Paulina Ruta is a senior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in finance and behavioral economics with a minor in Spanish. She serves as CEO of Global Platinum Securities, an international, intercollegiate student-run hedge fund. She spent the most recent summer at PJT Partners in their Restructuring Division and is currently working for Asia Pacific Land focused on infrastructure investing. She is passionate about increasing collaboration between U.S. and Chinese business leaders, as she hopes this will transcend the sheer financial transactions and help shape foreign policy.
King's College London
Aloïs Savanne graduated top of his class in philosophy, politics, and economics at King’s College London, where he headed the largest student association. He interned in diplomacy and investment banking, focusing on the technology sector. Currently, Aloïs works within Salesforce’s strategy and analytics team and is vice president of a French non-profit promoting mental and physical well-being in underserved communities. He hopes to dive into the Chinese technology eco-system before starting as a tech investor. Ultimately, he aspires to drive the economy’s digital transformation while ensuring that technology is harnessed ethically. Aloïs is from France and Germany.
University of Chicago
William (Will) Seaton grew up in a small town as an avid traveler and triathlete working farm and service-industry jobs. He left his hometown to attend the University of Chicago, studying Economics and Creative Writing, with minors focused in Music and Computer Science. Upon graduating, he worked at Bridgewater Associates, where he helped drive the company’s transition from a founder-led boutique to a partner-led institution. He was head of Bridgewater’s LGBTQ Network. In his spare time, he started a nonprofit in his hometown, headed Bridgewater’s rock climbing club, and wrote a novel.
Harry Seavey graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a B.A. in global affairs. In college, he founded Y2Y New Haven, an organization dedicated to building one of the United States’ first student-run youth homeless shelters, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Review of International Studies, and advised United States Indo-Pacific Command on countering violent extremism in Southeast Asia. He spent last year in Berlin as a Congress-Bundestag Scholar and interned for a pan-European political party. He plans to pursue a career in international development and is proficient in German, French, and Dutch. Harry is from the United States of America.
University of Ghana
Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Ghana, where he was actively involved in speech and debate and served as the President of the Debate Society. Utilizing this experience, Jeremiah has worked with the Institute for Public Discourse, Elite Journey UK, and Talkmaze to teach critical thinking and communication to hundreds of kids around the world. Jeremiah strongly believes in the power of effective discourse in the promotion of healthy democracies and international partnerships. At Schwarzman, Jeremiah hopes to acquire the knowledge, skills, and network to advance global peace and progress.
Tony Shu is a senior at Harvard University studying a special concentration in urban studies. He is the co-founder of Breaktime, a non-profit social enterprise that aims to end chronic young adult homelessness. Breaktime operates Boston’s first transitional employment program for young adults experiencing homelessness. Tony envisions a world where stable housing is a human right and aims to study and innovate in the housing field from the angles of social entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and public policy. Tony has been named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of 2020.
University of Cambridge
Muhammad Saad Siddiqui will graduate from the University of Cambridge with a bachelor's in Politics and Anthropology. Saad has led across research, charitable and artistic fields, founding one nonprofit, setting up two student-led think-tanks, and producing ten acclaimed plays in the last three years. He has provided consulting services to the Singaporean government, regional businesses and corporate donors, maximizing impact through art, results-driven philanthropy, and development policy. Saad has published on a range of topics from multilateral lending and EU-ASEAN trade to foreign policy, and is currently focused on Myanmar-China relations at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Eduarda Silva is a Psychology undergraduate at the Federal University of Pernambuco. Along with her studies, she worked as a Human Resources and Research and Development consultant, helping businesses grow with a focus on sustainability and healthy work environments. In the public sector, Eduarda worked at Itapissuma’s Health Secretary, assisting in Primary Healthcare and creating protocols for innovative psycho-educational policies. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she aims to understand the strategies in healthcare coverage that led China to reach 95% of its 1.3 billion population, and also build global exchanges on public healthcare practices.
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Peking University
Igor Patrick Silva is an international journalist with a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais and a master's degree in Chinese Studies from the Yenching Academy of Peking University. He has worked for major media venues in Brazil (CBN, Estadão, O Globo), authored columns on foreign affairs for HuffPost Brazil, HuffPost Mexico, and The Diplomat, and acted as a special correspondent for RIA Novosti. In 2019, he was selected as one of the 5th cohort scholars at Yenching Academy, where his research focused on the Chinese State-owned media and the China "Going Out" strategy. Igor Patrick is from Brazil.
National University of Singapore
Zhi Min Sim served for two years as a paratrooper in the Singapore Armed Forces as a conscripted soldier where his work involved the planning and leading of company-level movement of men and equipment behind enemy lines. Beginning his career designing unmanned systems for commercial and military applications, he went on to establish Yonah, a company dedicated to developing and deploying drone infrastructure to solve logistics problems in some of the most remote areas around the world. In this role, he worked directly with key governmental leaders in South East Asia, guiding policy and formulating strategies for the implementation of these new technologies.