2018 Scholars

Chosen for one of the most selective postgraduate programs in the world, Scholars will receive a fully funded scholarship to study at the new Schwarzman College at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare its graduates to build stronger relationships between China and a rapidly changing world and to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century.

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Abdullah Almiqasbi

Libya

University of Nottingham

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Born in Benghazi, Libya, Abdullah opened his first business in solar energy with no capital at the age of 19. As the civil war broke in 2011, he was determined to contribute to the re-birth of his country. This decision brought him to the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, to study business with Communication Studies. At UNNC, he became the first foreign president of the student union, where he is currently running Integration, a university funded project aiming to foster an inclusive campus life for both domestic and international students. Almiqasbi is now seeking a career in international affairs and diplomacy. He is 22 years old and from Libya.

Alexander Kremer

Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law

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Alexander Kremer graduated from Berlin School of Economics and Law with a Bachelor's degree in International Business, while employed with IBM in Germany and China. Currently he is a junior project manager with McKinsey & Company in their Business Technology Office. Prior to attending university, he used to be a semi-professional console video game player. While at university, he supported the university’s cross-cultural mentoring program, helping students to connect through an online platform. In the future, he hopes to start his own business in the space of social/technology. Alexander is 26 years old and from Hamburg, Germany.

Alistair Kitchen

Australia

University of Sydney

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Alistair graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature. He helped author Out On the Fields, a ground-breaking report into homophobia in the sporting environment, and launched the Good Lad Initiative - a program that delivers workshops on masculinity and consent - in Australia. Before that, he led initiatives that increased access to university to students from underrepresented backgrounds. He hopes to use these experiences in social ventures to find new ways of making societies more equitable and compassionate. Alistair is 25 years old and from Australia.

Alix de Monts

United States of America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Alix de Monts is a Master's student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she also received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Passionate about addressing the pressing geopolitical and technical challenges of the energy sector, Alix has had a wide range of international leadership experiences. She’s raced the MIT solar-car across Australia, and interned with ExxonMobil in Houston, TX, and ENGIE in Paris, France. Her research, developing techno-economic models of the electricity grid to advise governments on policy decisions and market design, has brought her to Saudi Arabia and China. Through Schwarzman Scholars, she hopes to build partnerships and policies for driving global energy transitions. Alix is 25 years old and from the United States and France.

Aly Madhavji

Canada

INSEAD, University of Toronto

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Aly Madhavji is an MBA candidate at INSEAD and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing 3 books as part of the "Your Guide to" Series. Aly continues to energize and develop tens of thousands of generation Z and millennials through motivational speaking and mentorship globally. Aly served as a Governor of the University of Toronto where he was a member of the Executive Committee and Academic Board of the institution. He's been featured in The Medium and The Varsity newspapers, the Ismaili Magazine, Mississauga Magazine, and University of Toronto Press. Aly is 26 years old and from Canada.

Amos Wittenberg

United Kingdom

University of Cambridge

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Mossy studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge, where he helped set up and run the Cambridge Globalist, a student-led current affairs magazine. After graduating he spent four months as a British Council scholar in Beijing studying Chinese language, and now works as a financial journalist. He hopes that developing an understanding of China—its history, language, culture and politics—will inform a career in journalism. Mossy is 23 years old and from the United Kingdom.

Anatol Klass

United States of America

Harvard University

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Anatol Klass is a senior at Harvard University pursuing a joint concentration in History and East Asian Studies. He has conducted research in archives from Cambridge to Shanghai to Beijing to Taipei, publishing several articles and presenting research at graduate student conferences. In addition to his academic pursuits, he is an active member of the Ultimate Frisbee team at Harvard, as well as the hiking community and the International Relations Council. Anatol is 21 years old, grew up in New York City and is from the United States.

Andrew Ertl

United States of America

Columbia University

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Andrew Ertl will graduate from Columbia University in May 2017 with a degree in History and a specialization in Modern Military Studies. In January 2008, he joined the United States Marine Corps. After deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, Andrew was selected for the elite Marine embassy program and spent his last three years in Tbilisi, Beijing, and Budapest. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Andrew looks forward to researching the intersection of public opinion and military deployments abroad as well as the interaction between civilians and military personnel. Andrew is 28 years old, was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is from the United States.

Anita Liu

Canada

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Anita Liu majored in Computer Science and Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a minor in Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She dreams of a world in which children are cared for and guided to achieve their full potential. She has participated in multiple policy internships in child care, and she is the Executive Director of a non-profit dedicated to dual athletic-academic mentorship for under resourced Boston high schoolers. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Anita hopes to develop both leadership skills and a refined understanding of policy. Anita is 18 years old and from the United States.

Anne Gavin

United States of America

Macalester College

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Anne Gavin graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, minor in Political Science and concentrations in Human Rights & Humanitarianism and Community & Global Health. While in college, she co-founded MacHOPE: Helping Open Peaceful Exchange to personalize the peace process between American and Iraqi students. In 2013, she conducted comparative research on participatory development models in six countries and in 2014, published research on Dutch refugee law. Anne spent ten months traveling along the EU portions of the Balkan Route, responding to the European refugee crisis and researching innovative avenues to improve humanitarian responses. She is 23 years old and from the United States.

Anushka Prasad

United States of America

New York University

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Anushka Prasad graduated from New York University with Honors in Economics. After working in strategy consulting at a Swiss financial services company in New York, she moved to New Delhi to help build India's first Liberal Arts University, Ashoka University. At Ashoka, Anushka works with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees on strategic initiatives building Ashoka's governance structures, government relations, university policy, research capabilities, women's leadership and India's first archive focusing on contemporary India. At Schwarzman College, she hopes to learn from China's major reforms in education to eventually lead education and research institution-building across Asia. Anushka is 26 years old and from the United States.

Ashlie Koehn

United States of America

University of Kansas

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Ashlie is a University of Kansas Economics and International Studies graduate with a minor in Environmental Studies. Prior to and throughout her undergraduate career, Ashlie served as a staff sergeant and intelligence analyst in the Kansas Air National Guard. A Truman, Udall, Boren, and Gilman scholar, she studied abroad three times, including a year studying Russian and economics in the Kyrgyz Republic. Ashlie is passionate about the intersection of climate change and international trade and finance, fueling her aspirations to be an environmental economist. She currently works as an Economist at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Ashlie is 26 years old and is from the United States.

Benjamin Dowdle

New Zealand

University of Auckland

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Ben will graduate in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree of Commerce and Arts at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Ben is a social and environmental entrepreneur, founding and leading a campaign for the mandatory labelling of palm oil across Australia and New Zealand called 'Unmask Palm Oil'. He has been named a semi-finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year and the Regeneration Trust Young Change maker of the Year. Through the Schwarzman Scholars program, Ben hopes to build his understanding of China and the public policy challenges that we face. Ben is 22 years old and from Auckland, New Zealand.

Bethany Russell

United States of America

United States Military Academy at West Point

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Bethany Russell is a recently graduated from the United States Military Academy with a double major in International Relations and Chinese. She intends to serve as a military liaison between the United States and China, pursuing increased understanding and improved relations between the two countries. Bethany studied abroad at Peking University while at the Academy. She also worked with the Institute for Defense Analyses to find better ways to increase and utilize the cultural understanding of soldiers and led efforts at the Academy to increase cross-cultural competence. Bethany is 21 years old and from the United States.

Bo Seo

Australia

Harvard University

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Bo Seo will graduate from Harvard University in 2017. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, his studies focus on political theory and literature. He has held positions with the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a former Australian Prime Minister and a former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He won both the World Universities and the World Schools Debating Championships and is currently National Coach for Australia. He edited an anthology of diasporic writings on North Korea and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He hopes to pursue a career in Australian politics. Bo is 22 years old and from Australia.

Bob Wu

Australia

Harvard University

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Bob Wu graduated from Harvard College where he majored in Economics. He is a founding member of the Behavioral Economics Team of Australia (BETA), where he set up a government unit dedicated to advising policy makers based on the insights from psychology and economics. While at Harvard, Bob was a Class Marshal and led the World Model United Nations Conference, the largest and most diverse international collegiate conference of its kind. He also served as a liaison and research assistant to the Hon. Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia. He aspires to apply the insights from behavioral economics to global economic policy, especially to address the challenges of retirement savings and the social protection of labor. Bob is 23 years old and from Australia.

Brian Drout

United States of America

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Brian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Wisconsin, he led a service learning trip to the Dominican Republic and worked summers as a canoe guide in northern Minnesota. He has been published for both creative writing and academic research. Brian has most recently worked as a consultant for New Oriental Overseas, the largest education firm in China. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin and is an avid marathoner. Brian is 24 years old and from the United States.

Brian YOUNG

Taiwan, China

National Tsing Hua University

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Brian studied Quantitative Finance at National Tsing Hua University. He worked at EdSurge (an EdTech startup in Silicon Valley) and IBM Taiwan. Most recently, Brian founded an education technology startup called The Future of Learning (FoL) to promote coding education in Taiwan. In the future, he hopes to use education technology to provide high-quality education for everyone at an affordable cost. Brian is 27 years old and from Taiwan, China.

Caiwei HUANG

China

Emory University

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Caiwei HUANG will graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Emory University in May 2017. She has developed her broad interest in the political economy in China through research fellowships at the Carter Center China Program, and Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Caiwei is passionate about China’s low-carbon development in the energy sector and has led the Emory delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and Marrakesh. At Schwarzman College, she is eager to explore national and local solutions to low-carbon energy system transition. Caiwei is 23 years old, from China.

Chang ZHAO

China

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Chang ZHAO graduated with honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and currently works as a Global Academic Fellow at NYU Shanghai where she conducts research and teaches undergraduate students. An aspiring anthropologist who wants to combine ethnographic research and policymaking, Chang has carried out fieldwork on urban renewal projects and cultural heritage preservation, and has presented her results at multiple academic conferences in the United States. During her time at UNC, Chang was a member of the Order of the Grail-Valkyrie, and also held the Joint Senate Critic position of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, the UNC literary and debate society, as the first-ever Chinese student. Chang is 25 years old and from China.