Che (Sophie) Huang will graduate from New York University (NYU) in 2019, majoring in Hotel and Tourism Management with a concentration in Event Management and a minor in Web Programming and Application. Her interest in finding solutions to bridge cultures, especially between China and the rest of the world, leads to her focus in event management. She sees events as a shared experience among attendees and a tool to provide common topics to start conversations among people from different cultures and backgrounds. She is the current president of the NYU Chinese Students and Scholars Association and a Resident Assistant in one of the NYU Residence Halls. These positions and the diverse students she works with provide growth in understanding of both Chinese and Western cultures. As a Scholar, Sophie is looking to learn from her fellow scholars and continuously find solutions in connecting people and cultures. Sophie is 22 years old and from Shenzhen, China.
Stanfohunter College, The City University Of New Yorkrd University
Christopher Sperrazza is a senior at Hunter College where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minor in Human Rights. With a passion for public service, Christopher has worked in various capacities in the New York City non profit sector, and held public office as a member of his Community Board. His policy focus is in poverty reduction, specializing in homelessness and shelter reform. As a Schwarzman Scholar he hopes to study China’s poverty reduction policy employed both domestically and internationally, and bring back innovative policy solutions to his home nation. Christopher is 21 years old and from the United States.
Christopher (Chris) Yeh is a Master’s degree student studying Computer Science at Stanford University with a focus on artificial intelligence. As president of Code the Change, he led student teams to work with nonprofits on complex software projects for social good. He also performs research in Stanford’s Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence lab, where he implements computer vision algorithms to create high-resolution maps of poverty in developing countries. At Schwarzman College, he hopes to learn how to work with government and industry leaders to leverage artificial intelligence for tackling environmental challenges. Chris is 21 years old and from the United States.
Chubing Li graduated with distinction from Peking University in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. She also studied Classics and Greek tragedy at Durham University (UK) as a visiting student. Chubing is committed to promoting cross-cultural communication and education equality. As a product management intern at Microsoft Research Asia, she independently designed 25 bilingual courses for an online learning app. To establish long term communication platforms for young scholars, she co-founded the inaugural China-Middle East Youth Dialogue at Peking University. As a research assistant at the Institute of Economics of Education, she wrote case studies on education innovation that were later included in government policy recommendations. She is also a tennis and fencing enthusiast. Chubing is 22 years old and from China.
Chynara Erkulova graduated from KIMEP University, a leading business school in Central Asia, with a BSc in Business Administration and Accounting. At KIMEP, Chynara led a Consulting Club where she gathered the top 10% of the university business students. A US-CAEF scholarship recipient, she spent a semester in Singapore followed by an internship at Teach for Malaysia. Chynara is currently working at Sky Mobile (Beeline trademark), the largest telecommunications services provider in Kyrgyzstan. At Beeline, Chynara managed a number of projects, including the very first Global Digithon (hackathon). The event took place in Armenia and involved VEON subsidiaries from 12 countries. Chynara is 24 years old and from Kyrgyzstan.
Conor McGlynn is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge, where he studied philosophy and economics. His focus is on how philosophy can inform and improve public policymaking. For the last two years he has worked on EU affairs in Brussels, learning about transnational governance and working on the regulation of cutting edge biotechnologies. He is also a Director at a social justice start-up that promotes access to justice in developing countries,conducting projects for the UN and NGOs. He hopes to pursue a career in international politics. Conor is 25 years old and from Ireland.
Conor O’Meara graduated from Trinity College Dublin as Business Student of the Year in 2016, with a first-class honors BA in Economics and Business. He now works for a technology start-up focused on data analytics and behavioral science in New York and London. An avid entrepreneur, he co-founded a social enterprise to improve food distribution for refugees during the European Refugee Crisis, and previously interned in the US Senate. An opera singer and performer, he trained in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music. He is interested in behavioral economics, technology, and economic policy. Conor is 24 years old and from Ireland.
Daniel Ng is a final-year student pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Yale-NUS College and LL.B. from the National University of Singapore. He holds the rank of Captain in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and is a Reservist Company Commander in an Infantry Battalion. Daniel’s accolades from his active military service include the Sword of Merit (top 10% in Officer Cadet School) and an unprecedented Letter of Commendation to his platoon for its exemplary performance. Fascinated with the concept of systemic justice, Daniel has been involved in military justice, youth mentorship and educational equity. In university, he co-founded a pro-bono criminal law education program and a social enterprise connecting youths with mentors in a structured manner. For his social impact work, Daniel was awarded the Yale-NUS Emerging Young Leaders Award – awarded to only one person per cohort. Daniel seeks to continue pursuing systemic justice where it is most needed as an international lawyer. Upon graduation from the Schwarzman Scholars program, Daniel will train to be a solicitor with Clifford Chance Asia. Daniel is 25 years old and from Singapore.
University Of British Columbia, University Of Ottawa
Darren Touch is the son of war refugees from Cambodia and developed a unique perspective about the importance of evidence-based, people-focused public policy. He is a graduate from the University of Ottawa in Political Science and Public Administration, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. Darren is a TD Scholar for Community Leadership, and has been a student representative at both universities. To support Cambodia’s development, Darren is keen on returning to Cambodia and supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia’s advancement on key policy issues such as Chinese investment in Cambodia and the education system. Darren is 23 years old and from Canada.
David Morency is a President’s Scholar at Lehigh University studying Finance, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mandarin. At Lehigh, David was recognized as the Class of 2018 Convocation Speaker and a Donald E. Flinchbaugh Memorial Scholar for Innovation Leadership. He is a published researcher on topics including cryptocurrency regulation and historical U.S.-China education exchange. David has previously worked internationally in early-stage venture capital and investment banking roles. He aspires to further support entrepreneurial companies through international transactions and expansion strategies by understanding the intersection of entrepreneurship and finance in China. David is 22 years old and from the United States.
Devshi Mehrotra is fourth-year student at the University of Chicago, where she is currently pursuing a joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science. Over the course of her college experience, she has completed engineering and research internships at Peking University, Facebook, Google Brain, Microsoft Research, and DeepMind. She is also deeply invested in political and civic engagement on campus, serving as Senior Chair of the Institute of Politics and Director of the computer science outreach organization compileHer. She ultimately hopes to merge her interests in artificial intelligence research and public policy to help build a more equitable society. Devshi is 21 years old and from the United States.
London School Of Economics And Political Science, University Of Oxford
Dominic Feroze is an LSE and Oxford graduate currently working as an Associate in the Deal Advisory team at KPMG in London. He spent the past year in China as a Policy Advisor with the British Chamber of Commerce in China working on post-Brexit, UK-China relations. While at Oxford, his research specialized in China-India economic relations; a topic he would like to continue to explore further at Schwarzman College. He is passionate about technology and community projects to tackle poverty and founded “Code Your Chance” to tackle this issue. He has previous work experience with the TATA Group in Mumbai and JP Morgan in London. Dominic 24 years old and from the United Kingdom.
Dunola Oladapo is an FX Operations Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She was the 2017 UK ambassador to the G[irls]20 Summit, after which she founded a post-summit initiative to empower girls in her local community called, Luton Lights. She sits on the #iWill Fund Leadership Board where she influences how investment is allocated to increase UK youth social action by 2020. She served as the UK ‘production, innovation and digitalization’ delegate to the 2017 Youth G7 summit and then the Young European Leadership delegation to the 2017 MISK Global Forum. She is a Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador. Dunola is 23 years old and from the United Kingdom.
Eduardo Batista is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Business and Cognitive Science. Coming from Brazil, he is the first international intern in the Boston Consulting Group’s Detroit office. On campus, he is the youngest-ever President of a 15 year-old consulting organization called Michigan Emissary Group. He advises the Vice-President for Student Life on policy decisions that impact the campus, such as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative. He also advises more than 85 residents each year as a Residential Advisor at South Quadrangle Residence Hall. He has previously worked in the Parliament of Canada, in the Government of Ceara in Brazil, and in Washington D.C. as a Carson Scholar. Eduardo is 22 years old and from Brazil and Lithuania.
Elliot David will graduate in May from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College CUNY, where he studies Political Science and Economics as a Cooperman Scholar. Before attending Hunter, Elliot was a Sergeant in the IDF Paratroopers, and is the cofounder and President of the Hunter Club, VIEW, which seeks to promote nuanced dialogue about the Israeli Palestinian Conflict on campus. Elliot hopes to play a significant role in developing solutions to international conflicts and promoting global environmental sustainability. Elliot is 24 years old and from the United States.
Elliot Ji will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Quantitative Science from Emory University in May 2019. He has been interested in China’s internet regulation and legal institutions and has conducted in-depth research while doing research fellowship and internship at the Brookings Institution’s China Center, Emory’s Center for Law and Social Sciences, and the Carter Center China Program. He is one of the two recipients of Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Dean’s Achievement Scholarship in 2017. At Schwarzman College, Elliot is eager to investigate China’s government transparency and legal reform initiatives by doing fieldwork in China. Elliot is 21 years old, from Plainsboro, New Jersey in the United States.
Elsa Alvarado is a recent graduate of Middlebury College where she majored in Political Science with an emphasis in Foreign Policy and a minor in French. She is currently a Litigation Assistant for Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. The daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants, she is a transformative leader for the Hispanic community through her partnerships and impactful volunteer work with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Elsa was the recipient of the U.S. State Department Gilman Scholarship to study abroad at Sciences Po in Paris and has worked for the U.S. State Department, NYC Mayor's Office, and Public Defender Service of D.C. She hopes to pursue a career in international law. Elsa is 22 years old and from Queens, New York in the United States.
Emily Venturi works for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Passionate about innovative approaches to refugee protection, Emily has worked in impact-investing for refugee integration in Armenia, researched migration’s role in EU development policy in Senegal, and taught an undergraduate seminar in comparative legal studies in the United States. Emily believes that a deeper understanding of China’s global role will strengthen cooperation and solutions in forced displacement crises. She studied Political Science and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar and Davis Scholar. Emily is 23 years old and from Italy.
Esham Macauley is a senior at Princeton University concentrating in Politics with certificates in East Asian and African Studies. While at Princeton, Esham acted as Co-President of the Black Men’s Student Association and second president and co-founder of the China Social Impact Project. After working at an investment bank and writing his junior paper on Nigerian perceptions of Chinese involvement in Africa, he became further interested in engaging in business in these two regions. Esham is 21 years old and was raised in the United States, but has roots in West Africa, the Middle East, and Scandinavia.
Eva Gould studies Economics and Chinese at the United States Military Academy at West Point. From volunteering as an English tutor during her semester in Taiwan, to experience with refugee aid in northern France, Eva focused her undergraduate career on building up organizations to help others. At West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience, Eva oversaw the discipline and welfare of over 1,100 cadets and high school students. Now, she plans training and operations for over 1,200 cadets. Eva hopes to join the Infantry and combine the leadership skills from the Army and economics education to reconstruct post conflict societies. Eva is 21 years old and from the United States.