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    Benjamin MaUnited States of America

    University of Southern California

    Benjamin (Ben) Ma is a Trustee Scholar and Viterbi Engineering Fellow at the University of Southern California,
    pursuing a dual degree Bachelor/Master of Science in Computer Science. He is an accomplished research scholar and
    has presented his work on music emotion recognition internationally. His novel experiments on characteristic
    enjoyment patterns in music have been covered by global news outlets such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    and the Hindustan Times. He also serves as Captain and Community Outreach Director on the USC Ultimate Frisbee
    team. He hopes to connect the world-leading AI communities of China and the U.S. through music. Ben is from the
    United States of America.
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    Francesca Macchiavello CauviUnited States of America

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Francesca Macchiavello Cauvi is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying computer science and
    economics. She envisions a world where energy is accessible to all and plans to focus on energy development in
    underserved communities. Her interest in development has taken her to South Africa and Brazil while at MIT, serving
    as a Computer Science teacher in Durban and as an intern at a social enterprise in Rio de Janeiro. Francesca has served
    asthe Diversity Chair forMIT's Undergraduate Economics Association, captain of theMIT Women's Volleyball team,
    and a mentor for BigSisters of Massachusetts Bay. Francesca is from the United States of America and Peru.
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    Susana MachadoBrazil

    Universidade Estadual Paulista

    Susana Sakamoto Machado holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from São Paulo State University with
    four years' experience in youth leadership and development in the U.N., Norway, India, the U.K., and China. She is a
    Resolution Fellow and the Founder and President of Acesso, a non-profit focused on offering skill-building
    opportunities for socially or economically vulnerable young people, so they can develop emotional intelligence and
    have access to better job opportunities. Susana aspires to learn best practices on how China engages young people in
    the country's construction while strengthening intercultural understanding. Susana is from Brazil.
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    Tafadzwa MarombedzaZimbabwe

    University of California, Berkeley

    Tafadzwa(Brian) Marombedza is an Emerging Markets Analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York. Previously, he
    interned at Baker Tilly and the United States Embassy in Harare. He is passionate about the African growth story and
    envisions a world where global capital can be redirected to finance capital projects in Africa. He studied Political
    EconomyatUCBerkeleyasaMasterCardScholarandservedasthePresidentoftheOrganizationofAfricanStudents.
    He hopes to build long-lasting relationships in China and understand the drive behind the success of Africa’s largest
    trading partner. Brian is from Zimbabwe.
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    Michael McPhailAustralia

    University of Western Australia

    Michael McPhail is one of Australia's youngest elected government officials, having been electedas Councilor, and
    later Deputy Mayor, of a local government at age 20. Michael's passion lies in improving the sustainability and vitality
    of cities; a passion originated from his studies at the University of Western Australia. He obtained a Bachelor of
    Science (Honours) in Urban and Regional Planning. Following graduation, Michael has pivoted into a promising
    career in marketing management and advisory, currently working as a management consultant with KPMG. At
    Schwarzman Scholars, Michael hopes to explore Chinese urbanization trends and technologies, particularly the
    development of smart cities. Michael is from Australia.
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    Zihao MeiChina

    University College London

    Zihao(Oliver) Meireceived a bachelor’sdegree in statistical sciencefrom the University College London. Heinitiated
    and launched a nationwide charity project aiming to raise legal awareness and improve the campus bullying situation
    for Chinese teenagers. During his university, he servedastheexecutive chief editor ofthe magazine “Chinese Scholars
    in the UK.” to encourage cross-cultural conversations. Zihao is now focused on post-pandemic international relations,
    organizing a Sino-UK forum to facilitate idea exchange and transformation. Zihao also shows a great interest in law
    and public policy. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Zihao hopes to explore law and enhance his understanding of
    globalization so as to make positive contributions. Oliver is from China.
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    Austin Mejia is a senior at Princeton University pursuing an independent concentration in Computer Science and
    Public Policy. Austin served as President of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club,the largest student organization on
    campus while working as a Residential College Advisor. He has worked at Google, Microsoft, and was on the
    executive team of a Gen Z consulting startup. His company, Donera, aims to enable individuals to directly impact the
    climate crisis. As a Harvard TechxSocial Impact Fellow with Distinction, he combines his original research with real-
    world applications to address societal issues. Austin is from the United States of America.
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    Austin Mejia is a senior at Princeton University pursuing an independent concentration in Computer Science and
    Public Policy. Austin served as President of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club,the largest student organization on
    campus while working as a Residential College Advisor. He has worked at Google, Microsoft, and was on the
    executive team of a Gen Z consulting startup. His company, Donera, aims to enable individuals to directly impact the
    climate crisis. As a Harvard TechxSocial Impact Fellow with Distinction, he combines his original research with real-
    world applications to address societal issues. Austin is from the United States of America.
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    Lucio MilaneseItaly

    Imperial College London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Lucio Milanese earned a degree in physics from Imperial College London in 2016, and he is now pursuing a Ph.D. in
    Nuclear Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has authored publications in top scientific
    journals on the science and technology of controlled fusion as a clean and inexhaustible energy source. He served in
    leadership positionsincampus-wide, national and international student organizations andled efforts atMIT todevelop
    the first comprehensive leadership development program for graduate students. He aspires to become a global leader
    at the intersection of science, business, and policy in the emerging fusion energy industry. Lucio is from Italy.
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    Jevon MintoJamaica

    Northern Caribbean University, Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

    Jevon Minto is an Economic Affairs & Public Diplomacy Officer at the Mexican Embassy in Jamaica, where he is
    working to foster stronger bilateral economic ties. He has worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and in
    2017 was named a China and Latin America Young Scholar with the Inter-American Dialogue’s Asia and Latin
    America program. He has publishedthree book chapters on China-Caribbean relations. He holds anM.A. in Economic
    Development & International Cooperation and a B.A. in Communication Studies. Jevon is fluent in Spanish and hopes
    to learn Mandarin and use his experiences to enhance China-Caribbean relations. Jevon is from Jamaica.
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    Jevon MintoJamaica

    Northern Caribbean University, Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

    Jevon Minto is an Economic Affairs & Public Diplomacy Officer at the Mexican Embassy in Jamaica, where he is
    working to foster stronger bilateral economic ties. He has worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and in
    2017 was named a China and Latin America Young Scholar with the Inter-American Dialogue’s Asia and Latin
    America program. He has publishedthree book chapters on China-Caribbean relations. He holds anM.A. in Economic
    Development & International Cooperation and a B.A. in Communication Studies. Jevon is fluent in Spanish and hopes
    to learn Mandarin and use his experiences to enhance China-Caribbean relations. Jevon is from Jamaica.
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    Eri MorimotoJapan

    Brown University

    Eri(Eli) Morimoto is an undergraduate from Brown University, majoring in International Relations. She is a chosen
    young leader advocating for a nuclear-free world at the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons. As News
    Director of WBRU, the first college radio station, she led a student group to create their first longform podcast. She
    has interned with NPR Rhode Island and SupChina and is passionate about women’s issues, technology, and U.S.-
    China relations. Eli plans on using Schwarzman to build her interest in international law and journalism. She is also
    an R&B singer-songwriter. Eli is from Japan.
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    Eric MuellejansCanada

    Ryerson University

    Eric Muellejans is an advocate for health entrepreneurship. He designed, built, and sold his own medical device
    company, which improves post-op femoral circulation. Eric serves on health investment trade missions for Canada.
    Eric is the student chair for the Business-Higher Education Roundtable, advising the Business Council of Canada and
    corporations on work-integrated learning policy. He has been a champion for youth across Canada, aiding Prime
    Minister Trudeau to create the Prime Minister's Youth Advisory Council. Eric will graduate from Ryerson University
    with a degree in Business Technology Management with a specialization in Design Fabrication. Eric is from Canada.
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    Malike NaibiChina

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    Malike Naibiis an entrepreneur and a content creator with a strong social media influence. He graduated from Rutgers
    University with a degree in business management. After returning to China, Malike devoted himself to creating
    educational content through social media. His venture, Lime Education, has attracted millions in investments. His
    platform has provided the tools and resources for hundreds of individuals to create compelling educational content.
    He sees social media as an effective tool to magnify leadership and accessibility to education. His end goal is to
    become the best social media content provider in the education segment in China. Malike is from China.
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    Karuna NandkumarUnited States of America

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Karuna Nandkumarwill graduate from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy with a concentration
    in international security and diplomacy. After working with the U.S. State Department and the National Security and
    International Policy Team at the Center forAmerican Progress, she hopes to address global security threats through
    diplomacy.AtMichigan,KarunaservesaspresidentoftheMichiganForeignPolicyCouncilandfounderofadialogue
    series on policy solutions to racial disparities. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she plans to deepen her understanding
    of China’s foreign policy approach to further future cross-cultural collaboration. Karuna is from the United States of
    America.
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    Alliance NiyigenaNorway

    University of Edinburgh

    Alliance Niyigena works as an electrical engineer at the Spanish Research Council in Barcelona, where she is
    developing battery technology for biosensors. She graduated with a dual master of engineering degree in electrical and
    mechanical engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Alliance led the HYPED Power Team to the international
    Hyperloop competition at Space X. She envisions a world where electricity is accessible for everyone and established
    a start-up developing batteries for hospitals in remote communities. She wishes to apply what she learns from China’s
    energy revolution to alleviate rural areas around the world. Alliance is from Norway.
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    Alliance NiyigenaNorway

    University of Edinburgh

    Alliance Niyigena works as an electrical engineer at the Spanish Research Council in Barcelona, where she is
    developing battery technology for biosensors. She graduated with a dual master of engineering degree in electrical and
    mechanical engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Alliance led the HYPED Power Team to the international
    Hyperloop competition at Space X. She envisions a world where electricity is accessible for everyone and established
    a start-up developing batteries for hospitals in remote communities. She wishes to apply what she learns from China’s
    energy revolution to alleviate rural areas around the world. Alliance is from Norway.
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    Sergio NuhrmannGermany

    IE University

    Sergio Nuhrmannis an undergraduate at IE University in Madrid and a visiting student at Harvard University. His
    defining ambition is to become an entrepreneurial leader one day and drive change in his home country of Angola. At
    the age of 15, he was recruited by a satellite club of Real Madrid to play soccer and used the opportunity to pursue an
    education in Spain. He realized that Africa’s economic future depends onits ability to harness entrepreneurial energies
    from the young and vibrant population. Sergio is from Germany and Angola.
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    Serge-Raymond Nzabandoragraduated from St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford with a bachelor’s degree in
    Economics and Management. He is currently an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse. Prior to that, he co-
    founded a social impact consultancy in Oxford, focused on providing high quality and affordable consulting services
    to organisations focused on social impact around the world. Additionally, he is an alumnus of the Lloyds Banking
    Group scholarship program and acted as a University Access Ambassador at Oxford. He hopes to pursue impact
    investing, particularly in emerging markets. Serge-Raymond is 22 years old and from Rwanda and the United
    Kingdom.
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    Arinze ObiezueNigeria

    African Leadership University

    Arinze Obiezueis a Product Content Strategist at Facebook, a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Princess Diana Award
    for social impact, and an incoming Stanford MBA candidate. He recently graduated as valedictorian of his class at the
    African Leadership University (ALU)with first-class honours in business management. Arinze’s experience interning
    across five industries in Africa, Europe, and North America shaped his global perspective and sharpened his
    multidisciplinary competencies. He passionately studies technology and its impact on business, society, and the global
    economy. At Schwarzman Scholars, Arinze hopes to learn from China’s approach to technological innovation and
    socioeconomic development. Arinze is from Nigeria.
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