University of Cambridge
Luke Cavanaugh founded LCAP Consulting and is preparing for a career in diplomacy by taking on executive positions at various think tanks. In addition to his work at LCAP, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Pan-European Student Think Tank (EST) of several hundred members. He has prior experience as Global Development Lead at Polygeia Health Thinktank and Head of Conference at the UK’s oldest student think tank, The Wilberforce Society. In defining strategy with Polygeia and the EST, Luke has also worked closely with teams in Asia and looks forward to building these networks further at Tsinghua University.
Ariana Chaivaranon studied Visual and Environmental Studies and the History of Art at Harvard. Her educational work dethrones hegemonic narratives in museums, including the National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and Frick Collection. During COVID-19, she spearheaded cross-divisional anti-racist initiatives at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, winning board approval for the institution’s first Equity Team and Land Acknowledgement. Ariana creates art that intersects with activism, through collaborations with Rirkrit Tirivanija, Tania Bruguera, and Lee Mingwei. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Ariana will investigate how global museums respond to appeals to remake culture. Ariana is from the United States of America and Thailand.
University of California, Berkeley
Gurchit Chatha graduated with highest honors from University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and concentration in Quantitative Methods. He’s interested in operations-driven technology and manages Supply Growth at Bellhop, the fastest growing moving company in the United States. Gurchit's experience draws from both politics and business, with past organizations including Iris Concise Consulting, the Brookings Institution, TATA Steel, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s passionate about problem solving and hopes to spend his Schwarzman year exploring Chinese technological innovation in the wake of rapid urbanization and power transition theory. Gurchit a first generation Indian-American from the United States of America.
Tecnológico de Monterrey, University of Oxford
Laura Angelica Chavez-Varela recently finished a Master's of Science in Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. She previously evaluated governance and peace-building initiatives within the United Nations Development Programme covering China, Brazil, and Egypt. She later joined the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs where she developed an outreach initiative for the Mexican community living in the northeast U.S. Keen to harness technological development to increase public sector delivery, as a Schwarzman Scholar, Laura aims to explore China’s innovation-driven interventions and guide policymaking to meet future social and economic needs. Laura is a Mexican-American from the United States of America.
Minerva Schools at KGI
Xiao Chen will graduate from Minerva Schools in 2021, majoring in cognitive science and business. Her experiences revolved around her passion in mental health and education. Xiao co-founded TIDE, a student-led initiative focusing on mental health problems in China. She also worked with NGOs in South Korea promoting mental well-being. Xiao participated in multiple research projects regarding child development, employee burnout, and discharge interventions in the United States, Argentina and China. Her goal is to rethink and bring change to education through innovation and global collaboration, and to find solutions for mental health in education. Xiao is from China.
Yuexuan (Chen) Chen is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Biology with a Journalism Certificate at Duke University. She is a science/environmental journalist with articles published in outlets such as Medscape Medical News, The Plain Dealer and The Third Pole. She is an Associate with Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism Network and the former Health/Science Editor at the Duke Chronicle through the spring COVID-19 outbreak. Her career interests lie in public health, infectious disease and communications. With Schwarzman Scholars, she’s excited to explore international public health leadership in a Chinese context.
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Shomy Hasan Chowdhury is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activist, stemming her passion for WASH after losing her mother to diarrhea. Shomy co-founded the global youth-led nonprofit Awareness 360, and serves in leadership positions for several international platforms. Shomy graduated with an economics degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She wants to further her studies in public policy to ultimately bring necessary policy reforms in her country. She has received much recognition for her social work of over a decade, notably the 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award (Gold) from President Barack Obama and the 2019 Princess Diana Legacy Award. Shomy is from Bangladesh.
University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University
Wan Fung Chui is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. As an M.D. candidate in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Wan Fung has conducted AI and pathology research in collaboration with PathAI and leads the HMS chapter of One For The World. He previously worked at Google and studied Computer Science and Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the computer science department citation. Wan Fung is from Hong Kong SAR, China.
Alexander (Alex) Crich graduated from Yale University in 2019 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Science-Mechanical. At Yale, he co-founded Verivas Solutions, a medical device venture developing patent-pending vein graft harvesting technology that promises to make coronary artery bypass graft surgery more accessible and cost-effective. Alex currently works in the neurovascular medical device industry on minimally-invasive stroke and aneurysm therapies. Through Schwarzman Scholars, he hopes to gain deep insight into the Chinese healthcare landscape, complementing his long-term vision of being a global leader in delivering accessible healthcare solutions.
Haotian (Roger) Cui earned his bachelor’s degree at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. He majored in Hotel Administration. During his time at school, Haotian served as President of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Outside of Cornell, he co-founded the Chinese Overseas Student Conference and Providence Academy. After graduation, he returned to Beijing and worked in real estate private equity. At the beginning of 2020, he launched an education company with a focus on helping overseas students transitioning into their roles in China. He believes, with his effort, he can inspire overseas students to contribute to the nation’s future.
Guillaume Dabre is a Resolution Fellow who created GreenFaso, a waste management and environmental protection social venture in Burkina Faso. As a first-generation college student, he completed a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and international relations with the equivalent of summa cum laude from Tamkang University in Taiwan. Fluent in Mandarin, he quickly adapted to the local culture and went on to start Alpha League, a public speaking and Model United Nations student organization. By participating in Schwarzman Scholars, he hopes to foster China-Africa relations while focusing on sustainable growth and policymaking. Guillaume is from Burkina Faso.
Washington and Lee University
Oyumaa Daichinkhuu graduated from Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She has since worked as a senior consultant at EY, supporting clients’ digital transformation journeys across the U.S. and Asia Pacific regions and leading educational initiatives. Oyumaa helped establish EY’s wavespace innovation center in Hong Kong and was awarded as EY’s global mobile solution design competition champion. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Oyumaa hopes to gain a better understanding of the Chinese political and economic institutions spurring entrepreneurship and the viability of these models as accelerants in developing countries. Oyumaa is from Mongolia.
University of Melbourne
Louis Devine graduated with honours in Philosophy and International Relations from the University of Melbourne. His thesis analyzed the strategic implications of China’s military modernization. He sat on the Students’ Council and the University’s Academic Board, advocating for student interests. Previously, he worked for a member of Australia’s Parliament. Currently, he is the National Youth Convenor for the Australian Republic Movement. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to study China’s philosophical tradition. Synthesizing Chinese and Western philosophy can provide a moral framework for peace in the 21st century. He enjoys Chinese martial arts, boxing, and running.
University of Alberta
Sameer Dhar previously built and sold the aging-technology company, Sensassure, to Swedish-based Essity. As part of this journey, Sameer lived out of nursing homes for twelve months and developed an intense passion for elders and solving the problems of social isolation and loneliness. He previously co-founded the nonprofit, SEEDS Society, which has engaged thousands of students and raised millions of dollars towards local poverty relief efforts. He has been named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 and Canada's Next 36 young leaders and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta.
Julius Dodson majored in Economics and Neuroscience while concentrating in public health at Williams College. Julius’ interest in the technological revolution of healthcare began while working in the rare-childhood disease unit at TGen. This interest in digital health has won him funding for a healthtech venture and led him to the life-sciences group at In-Q-Tel. He has interned in both technology and healthcare investment banking at JP Morgan. He is committed to democratizing healthcare through technology, entrepreneurship, and finance. Julius is a captain on the squash team and chair of the Black Student Union.
Ilene E is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Computer Science with minors in Visual Arts and Applied Math. She has cultivated her technical interests by interning at Google and conducting computer graphics research with Princeton University and Pixar. At Princeton, she directed the Student Design Agency into becoming a campus design community, and created animated films that have been screened at festivals across the U.S. She aspires to combine her technical and creative skills into a career in animation, fostering responsible younger generations through socially conscious animated films.
University of Georgia
Zakiyya Ellington will graduate from the University of Georgia with bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Arabic and a master's degree in Business Analytics. Passionate about advancing structural opportunities and equity for underserved communities, she has developed her skills in capability-building through internships at McKinsey & Company and as a teaching assistant in the UGA Honors Program and the Vice President of Professional Activities for her professional fraternity. She hopes to combine bottom-up and top-down approaches to social and economic development for underserved communities in the MENA region to advance their empowerment.
Lehman College, The City University ofNew York
Lamount R. Evanson is an international student at Lehman College, The City University of New York and will earn a bachelor's in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate, he worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant under the Department of Chemistry, and held office as a Senator on the Lehman College Student Government Association. Lamount is an aspiring physician-scientist (M.D.-Ph.D.) and hopes to work on improving LGBTQ+ health care and HIV/AIDS health policy in the Caribbean region. He has interned at the NYC Department of Health and SUNY Upstate Medical University.
University of California, Berkeley
Xinyi (Michelle) Fang graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies. While there, she worked closely with female-led and Asian-led philanthropies such as the Malala Fund and the AAPI Bone Marrow Donor Program. In 2017, she was part of the team that launched the inaugural Future Forum Beijing, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote fundamental science research and innovation. Currently, she splits her time between Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Beijing, where she has had the privilege to work for media industry heavyweights such as Warner Brothers, iQIYI and Beijing Culture. Her passion for film and belief in popular culture as a medium for change led her to pursue an acting and film-making career in Hollywood. Michelle is a black belt in Taekwondo, a violinist, an avid soccer player, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Michelle is from Hong Kong SAR, China.
Carlos Flores graduated summa cum laude from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. As a Honduran‐American, he has always had a passion for global affairs. At Harvard, he was a Davis Projects for Peace recipient, an HIA Fellow and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Since graduating, he has worked with refugees in the Middle East and coordinated sustainable development projects in Central America with Eden Reforestation Projects. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, he is currently learning Mandarin and Turkish. Carlos is from the United States of America and Honduras.