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    Samuel Curtis graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology. Following a Princeton in Asia Fellowship in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he served as the research and communications assistant to Dr. Chan Young Bang, former Economic Advisor to President Nazarbayev, to draft a policy recommendation for the denuclearization and economic modernization of North Korea. In this role, Samuel corresponded with high-ranking North Korean, South Korean, U.S., Chinese, and Kazakhstani officials, and assisted with the establishment of the DPRK Strategic Research Center at KIMEP University. He is fascinated by global security and the science behind WMDs. Samuel is 24 years old and from the United States.
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    SANGYA GYAWALIUnited States Of America

    University Of Pittsburgh

    Sangya Gyawali graduated with a Bachelor’s in Economics and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Lead Analyst at the Bank of New York Mellon and the co-founder of BeamData, a social tech venture that builds technology to provide relevant data insights to governments and businesses. She seeks to strengthen Chinese-American collaboration to improve financial and social inclusion for mutual business and technological advancement. She is a data fellow at a MIT think tank and serves on the Board of Directors for a local business and investment incubator. Sangya is 24 years old, a Nepalese American, and from the United States.
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    SEYOUNG LEESouth Korea

    Yale University

    Seyoung Lee graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. At Yale, she founded Open Doors, an organization helping undocumented students to access higher education. After graduating, she worked as the Program Manager of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator, scouting promising startups in Asia. Currently, she works as an Analyst at Sagamore Investments in Hong Kong, investing in Chinese startups in the FinTech and AI sectors. Seyoung is passionate about how technology enables financial inclusion. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, she hopes to dive deeper into the Chinese startup ecosystem and research the applicability of Chinese startup business models in emerging economies. Seyoung is 24 years old and from South Korea.
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    SHANSHAN HEChina

    Renmin University Of China

    Shanshan He graduated from Renmin University of China with a degree in English Language and Literature. Shanshan is a young activist who represents young people on the Standing Council of China Family Planning Association, promoting youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and rights in China. With extensive experience working with International Planned Parenthood Federation as the Governing Council Member, Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing as one of the Youth Network Members, and Dance4life Foundation as a trainer, Shanshan has devoted herself to exploring a different approach to SRHR challenges. She now leads China Youth Network (CYN), a first-ever youth volunteer organization that undertakes peer education on SRH and advocates for SRH and rights for young people (aged 10 to 24) in China. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Shanshan aspires to improve young people’s health and wellbeing, especially in SRH. Shanshan is 22 years old and from China.
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    SHUBHOJIT GHOSEIndia

    Erasmus University Rotterdam

    Shubhojit Ghose graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Previously, he worked at Selco, where his research documented grassroots innovations in India, and at the headquarters of Royal Philips, where he calculated 60% of the company’s carbon footprint. At Erasmus, he worked as a research assistant at the Erasmus Trustfunds, the largest university endowment fund in the Netherlands, and served as the chairman of Erasmus School of Economics’ student council. He is passionate about sustainability, energy transition, technology, and education access for the underprivileged. Shubhojit is 21 years old and from India.
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    Sophie Zinser graduated from Wesleyan University, where she co-founded the Wesleyan Refugee Project, the largest student group on campus. Committed to supporting disenfranchised populations, Sophie has worked in international development management with the International Rescue Committee's Emergency Team in New York. Last year on a Fulbright scholarship to Jordan, she led innovative research on safety risks to rural and refugee women. As the Deputy Director of Syria Direct in Amman, Sophie currently manages a team of thirty-five and leads the media nonprofit’s expansion into Yemen and Iraq. At 27Schwarzman College, Sophie will study China’s growing influence in foreign aid. Sophie is 24 years old and from the United States.
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    SUET YUNG TANGHong Kong Sar, China

    The University Of Hong Kong

    Suet Yung (Alice) Tang will receive a dual Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Public Administration and Geography from The University of Hong Kong in 2019. She has visited more than 20 cities in Mainland China and other countries to conduct social studies, cultural exchange, and volunteer teaching programs. Previously, she interned at UNICEF Hong Kong SAR, China and with the British Red Cross, where she assisted with the inclusion and integration strategy for refugees and asylum seekers. She has also organized volunteer projects in Nepal. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Alice is excited to enhance her leadership skills and understanding about China’s development policy and how intergovernmental coordination could help tackle global poverty. Alice is 20 years old and from Hong Kong SAR, China.
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    Swapnil Agrawal is a senior at the University of Georgia where he is pursuing degrees in International Affairs and Economics. He is interested in reshaping international institutions to improve their credibility and influence. During his undergraduate career, Swapnil facilitated US-EU economic integration projects through the Georgia Department of Economic Development in Munich and assisted the Legal Resources Centre with human rights litigation in Johannesburg. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to gain a Chinese perspective on international law and develop public policy skills before attending Harvard Law School. Swapnil is 21 years old and from the United States of America.
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    TAYLER ULMERUnited States Of America

    School Of Oriental And African Studies, University Of London, Spelman College

    Tayler Ulmer is a proud south side-Chicagoan. As a cultural anthropologist, she is a facilitator, listener, co-creator, observer, interpreter and cultural broker. Her work relies on her ability to connect international development's most influential implications to cultural practices--especially those that impact girls--and effectively document the exchanges that these two spheres of influence may have. She is committed to identifying the varying cross-sections of international development, education, and cultural literacy. Prior to becoming a Schwarzman Scholar, she has worked with organizations such as More Than Me, a school network in Liberia, as well as the World Bank, British Parliament, the Royal African Society, and Harvard University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Spelman College and earned a Master’s degree in the Social Anthropology of Development from the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, U.K. Her efforts have been recognized and she is the recipient of the prestigious Marshall and Truman scholarships. Tayler is 25 years old and from the United States.
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    Taylor Wong graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor’s degrees in History and Spanish, as well as minors in East Asian, Latin American, and Asian American Studies. She is the founder of Cornell’s Association for International Human Rights, and has worked for Goldman Sachs, regulating the derivative and equity sales desks, and at WeWork in the real estate 28strategy group. She is passionate about the intersection of Chinese and Latin American culture and wrote her undergraduate thesis about the Chinese Cuban experience. Taylor is fluent in English and Spanish and is a fifth-generation Chinese American. Taylor is 25 years old and from the United States.
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    TEMUULEN MAIDARMongolia

    National University Of Mongolia

    Temuulen Maidar attended the National University of Mongolia on a full government scholarship and graduated with first class honors. He holds undergraduate degrees in Diplomacy and Accounting. Temuulen currently works as a fund management analyst at the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Mongolia. He served as a youth advisor during the 2016 Mongolian parliamentary elections directing youth outreach initiatives to increase voter participation. Temuulen hopes to strengthen bilateral relations between China and Mongolia perhaps by incorporating Chinese technology into the Mongolian market. He loves to travel and serve as a tour guide for visitors to his country. Temuulen is 25 years old and from Mongolia.
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    Theodore (Ted) Breyer will graduate from Harvard University in May 2019 with a focus on History and East Asian studies. Ted worked at a blockchain company in Beijing, Circle Financial, before founding a blockchain research group at Harvard and a blockchain venture fund: Breyer Labs. Ted currently manages, through Breyer Labs, a diverse portfolio of companies from the US, China, South Korea, and Africa. The fund has invested in some of the best performing companies in the space, including the world’s largest blockchain company: Bitmain (14 billion-dollar valuation). Ted is 21 years old and from the United States.
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    THIAGO CHANG HO FELIPEBrazil

    Federal University Of Minas Gerais

    Thiago Chang Ho Felipe is a management consultant, who holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. After graduating, he joined Bain & Company, where he has developed projects in Brazil focused on education, transportation, and mining. He also led social impact and recruiting initiatives at Bain South America. During a six-monthexternship, Thiago worked in the public sector of Ethiopia, managing nationwide transformation projects in agriculture. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Thiago wants to strengthen his understanding of public policy in developing countries, and combine this with his management consultant background to work as a public sector leader in his country. Thiago is 27 years old and from Brazil.
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    TOSHIN SEQUEIRAIndia

    Singapore Management University

    Toshin Sequeira will graduate from Singapore Management University in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics,Public Policy, and Public Management. He has represented both India and Singapore at international leadership events. During his term as the President of the Student Council, he and his team were recognized by the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office for their exemplary work in promoting integration of different cultures and nationalities. Toshin was subsequently conferred with 29the President’s Award for his service to the University and the nation of Singapore. He aspires to play a leading role in championing international development by serving in intergovernmental organizations. Toshin is 21 years old and is from India and Singapore.
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    TOURE OWENUnited States Of America

    University Of California, Berkeley

    Toure Owen is a 2016 graduate of the University of California Berkeley where he majored in Political Science. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Toure was supporting Small and Medium Size business development for Sub-Saharan Africa. After a year at Schwarzman College, Toure will pursue his MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Toure is 25 years old and from the United States.
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    VARUN SHARMAUnited States Of America

    University Of Virginia

    Varun Sharma will graduate from the University of Virginia in May 2019 with a double major in Commerce and International Economics. A Jefferson Scholar, Varun served as the Senior Counselor for the University Judiciary Committee, a teaching assistant in the Department of Economics, and the co-founder of HooThinks, an organization that provides strategic and operational consulting services to student groups. As an undergraduate, he completed internships at the U.S. Department of Justice and Ernst & Young. In his spare time, he enjoys dancing salsa, running, and listening to Bollywood music. Varun is 21 years old and from the United States.
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    VERONICA CHUAUnited States Of America

    Georgia Institute Of Technology

    Veronica Chua is a Woodruff Scholar and Emory/Georgia Tech dual degree student studying Mathematics, Economics, and Industrial Engineering. She learned how to create end-to-end supply chain value by interning at Bank of America, Nestlé USA, The Home Depot, and Roark Capital Group. Her most fulfilling work was spearheading Emory’s first-ever guidebook for the dual degree program, paving the way for the next generation of students. Veronica aspires to develop the infrastructure for small businesses to enter the global marketplace by advancing partnerships between American and Chinese logistics providers. Veronica is 23 years old and from the United States.
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    VIRAJ PATELUnited States Of America

    United States Naval Academy

    Viraj Patel will be a 2019 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Applied Mathematics. He intends to become a naval aviator, and throughout his career, serve as a liaison between the United States and China to promote mutual understanding. At the Academy, Viraj has held several leadership positions, proudly leading the 15th Company during his senior year. In his summers, he has interned at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, helped train the incoming class of freshmen in Annapolis, and studied abroad in Hangzhou, China. Viraj is 22 years old and is from small town Thomasville, Georgia, in the United States.
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    WEIXUN HUChina

    Tianjin Normal University, University College London

    Weixun Hu graduated with dual Master’s degrees from University College London and Jagiellonian University in Krakow in Economics and European Studies. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tianjin Normal University. He has taught in rural Tanzania and was selected as an English broadcaster for the 6th East Asian Games in Tianjin. He was a Robert Schuman Trainee at the European Union in Brussels and an economic affairs intern at United Nations Headquarters. He works at the Office of Chief Statistician of UN FAO in Rome. Weixun’s passion for and understanding of economic and social transition in newly-acceded EU member states has evolved through his work in Europe and encouraged his comparative research on China and Eastern Europe's economic and development policies. Weixun aspires to share China’s economic success with other transitional economies, whilst exploring what China can learn from the experience of other emerging markets. Weixun is 26 years old and from China.
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    WENCHAO YUChina

    East China University

    Wenchao Yu is CEO of Bright Summit Asset Management, a China-based fund of funds (FOF). He designed and launched the first security fund to be approved by the Asset Management Association of China in 2014. Prior to founding Bright Summit, Wenchao was a partner at Lingwang Asset Management (a hedge fund with RMB 2 billion in Assets Under Management), a senior PM at Yaozhi Asset Management, and a lawyer who participated in Sino-US real estate merger and acquisition deals.  He holds an LLB from East China University of Political Science and Law, and has a BAR License. Wenchao is 26 years old and from China.
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