Peking University, Johns Hopkins University
Yida Xiao completed his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating on American Foreign Policy and International Economics. He received a bachelor‘s degree in Arabic Language and Literature from Peking University where he was a Chun-Tsung Scholar. Yida has developed broad interests in exploring China’s emerging ties with the Middle East. He co-founded China-Arabia Multicultural Exchange Link (CAMEL) program and co-headed the inaugural China-Middle East Youth Dialogue Forum. Yida also helped a Beijing-based unicorn company to enter the Middle East market, and researched for the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, D.C.
Mingqi Xie graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and International Relations. Her research field during graduate study is computational political communication, focused on the interaction between armed conflict, weapon proliferation and international communication in the digital era. She interned at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, where she drafted the first “Hypersonic Weapons Global Awareness” online education program. Her previous experiences include the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, South Centre (Geneva), CGTN, CISS, Seoul National University, Daimler and World Peace Forum. She also works as Forum Alpbach Network Ambassador China. With her language capabilities in English, Korean, and French, Mingqi devotes great effort to youth engagement and cross-cultural communication, specially focusing on peace and security issues in Northeast Asia.
Renmin University of China, Harvard University
Xiaoheng (Sally) Xu graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2014 with a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology and earned her bachelor’s degree from Renmin University of China. After graduation, Sally joined Country Garden, the largest real estate company in China through the Future Leaders management trainee program and was responsible for overseas recruitment and branding. In 2015, she switched to the educational side and joined Bright Scholar Education Group (BEDU) as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. During her spare time, Sally has devoted herself to volunteer work: she has followed the mission of HGSE by "learning to change the world” herself. Whether in the Republic of Moldova, India, or rural areas of China, you can always find her helping kids from underprivileged families.
Kexuan (Pearl) Xu will graduate with an LL.B. degree from Fudan University in 2021. At Fudan, she served as President of the Law School Student Union and received national scholarships. With passion for education and social entrepreneurship, Kexuan co-founded an education start-up, Edvisor, and served as a partner of Project Guangyuan, an education NGO aiming to eliminate digital divide for poor students during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. Kexuan wrote her dissertation on prisoner education at the University of Cambridge and continued this research in Shanghai. As an exchange Juris Doctor (JD) student at Columbia University, she worked on K-12 education investment programs and legal clinics in New York. She also interned at ByteDance for EdTech strategy. At Schwarzman College, Kexuan aspires to explore effective models to build education equity through law and business.
Hehao (Bob) Xu graduated from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and minor in East Asian Studies. Hehao served as the co-captain of the Bates men’s ice hockey team. In his senior year, Hehao organized the first international collegiate ice hockey tournament in Chinese history. After graduation, he was recruited by the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Game Organizing Committee. Before joining Schwarzman Scholars, he will work as a full-time ice hockey sport assistant in the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. Hehao hopes to create a professional ice hockey league in China.
University of Chicago
After graduating with a bachelor's in economics with general honors from the University of Chicago, Sheng (Kristina) Yu worked at the investment banking and capital markets division at Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. She was an executive board member at Credit Suisse HK charity committee and received Credit Suisse CEO Leadership Award in 2017. Currently, Kristina works as an Assistant General Manager at Evergrande New Energy Automotive Group, responsible for overseas subsidiaries related business. Meanwhile, she assumes leadership roles as the Secretary Board of Directors at Protean Electrics and e-Traction. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she hopes to deepen her understanding of China’s economic policy and business environment, bring greater value to the company, and strive to become an executive leader in the technology industry in the longer-term.
Ryan Zhang will graduate in 2021 from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in Social Studies and Minors in Data Science and Chinese. He has worked at the U.K. Foreign Office, the Congressional Research Service, and alongside Nobel-winning economists at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab. As Chair of Harvard’s Public Policy Program, he authored research briefs for the U.S. Congress, the Executive Director of the Peace Corps, and UNAIDS. Ryan is passionate about promoting economic opportunity among underprivileged communities and hopes to pursue a career in elected politics. Ryan is from the United States of America and Canada.
University of California, Berkeley
Alexander Zhao is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley who aims to apply his experience in machine learning and data visualization to expand the scope of journalism to tell data-driven stories in technology and economics. As a student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Alexander published research on biased algorithms and recommender systems and currently serves as an editor for the data projects team at the University of California, Berkeley's student newspaper. Alexander hopes to improve our ability to assess fairness in algorithms through his experiences in graduate school.
University of Chicago
Jason W. Zhou is an aspiring strategist and analyst on U.S.-China relations. Jason is the Evans Hanson Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), where he has co-written reports on ISIS and Syrian diplomacy and briefed military audiences. Jason also works at the intersection of intelligence and technology, incorporating new technology tools into ISW’s workflows. Jason participated in the 2018 Hertog War Studies Program and has taken additional advanced courses on Russian hybrid warfare and Clausewitz. Jason graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Public Policy in 2018.
New York University
Weichen Zhu graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2015 with a major in Economics and minors in Computer Science and Film. With a passion for business, investment and entrepreneurship in the media and education space, he had professional experience in management consulting, education and filmmaking. He worked as a management consultant for DIFC and Jumeirah Group in Dubai. During college, he served as the Chief Intercultural Ambassador. His hobbies include reading, writing and boxing. Having lived and worked in China, the U.S., UAE and Netherlands, Weichen looks forward to sharing his background and experience and learning from the diverse community of Schwarzman Scholars.
Xinlei (Courtney) Zhu graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and minor in Global Health Studies. She leads the venture acceleration team at MATTER, a global healthcare innovation hub, and oversees a growing portfolio of 225+ early-stage digital health and life sciences startups in scaling their businesses. Prior to MATTER, she interned at the United Nations, working on strategic coordination of procurement and financing for international development projects. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Courtney aims to study China’s emerging role in global health development, innovation and policy.