Arlen Agiliga is an honors student at Northeastern University majoring in Finance. As co-founder of Northeastern’s first business club for students of color, he works to promote greater diversity and cultural awareness in business. Arlen has worked at a global investment bank and is passionate about public markets. He believes that Chinese firms will continue to play a pivotal role in the international business landscape. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he plans to spend his time learning about the cultural context informing Chinese business - from laws and regulations to social customs and traditions. Arlen is from the United States.
Amina Ahmad is a Princeton University senior majoring in Public and International Affairs. She is driven by a passion for human rights, inclusion, and diversity. She spent the past summer interning at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and on campus, she serves as a Residential College Adviser and a fellow for Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding. She also is the winner of the van de Velde Award for outstanding research. After her year in Beijing, she plans to return to the US to work as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company. Amina is from Pakistan.
University of Toronto Mississauga, McMaster University
Habon Ali is a systems thinker who has been recognized as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2021). She holds an MSc in Global Health from McMaster University and graduated as valedictorian from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelors of Science. Habon advised PM Justin Trudeau for over two years while creating Canada"s first National Youth Policy. She furthered social innovation projects at MaRS Discovery District and Grand Challenges Canada. Currently, Habon works with the Future of Canada project, which provides seed funding to catalyze research that explores the possibilities for Canada in the next decade. Habon is from Canada.
Salma Anguiano is a senior at Whitman College where she is pursuing a bachelor"s degree in Politics and Chinese Language with a concentration in Global Studies. She was raised in Hermiston, Oregon and is the daughter of immigrants. Salma is the founder of Protejiendo Nuestras Raíces and has worked on public policy initiatives to address hazardous working conditions in the U.S. and inequities within the workers" compensation system, as well as advocating for undocumented and migrant workers. She currently serves as the first Latina student body president and an intern at the Whitman College Office of Admissions. Salma is from the United States.
Liam Arnade-Colwill is a special education teacher at a Title I school in Hawaii. Prior to earning his teaching license, he spent a year teaching English in Taiwan on a Fulbright Scholarship. Liam graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in history. As an undergraduate, he interned at the Obama White House, co-founded a mentorship program for refugees living in New Haven, and worked at a nonprofit that trains family childcare providers. He hopes to channel his interests in social justice, education, and international affairs into a career in public service. Liam is from the United States.
University of Texas at Austin
Alma (Isabel) Ayala is an Asian Studies and Government major at the University of Texas at Austin. Her passions lie in East Asian international engagement, focusing on participation in multilateral alliances and international organizations. With a mission to increase U.S. engagement in Asia, she has interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the State Department, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the East-West Center in Washington. Isabel, to help her fellow Texans, has also worked in both chambers of the Texas Legislature and dedicates her time to increasing civic engagement through voter mobilization. Isabel is from the United States.
Fatima Jinnah Medical University
Dr. Nishwa Azeem graduated from Fatima Jinnah Medical University in 2019. She has been working in global and international health and is deeply interested in working for health systems of low middle income countries through appropriate cultural community centred global health governance. She was elected as the Director of Public Health for IFMSA. Her community projects and innovation designs on health have won international awards by FAIMER, WHO and Johns Hopkins. Nishwa believes that China in key aspects is a role model for LMIC"s economies, which are inextricably related to their healthcare systems and public policies. Nishwa is from Pakistan.
James Bedford graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s in Stem Cell Biology and Education before joining Boston Consulting Group’s social impact and education practice. He has previous Singapore and Shanghai-based work experience in business and venture philanthropy and, as an undergrad, became the first student to design and teach a full course at Harvard. James is the founder or co-leader of multiple education initiatives at Foundations, HEIs, and BCG – often focused on first-generation low-income student affairs – and a passionate teacher, mentor, and dancer. Before landing in America for university, James grew up on a 44’ sailing boat in Southwest England. James is from the United Kingdom.
University of Virginia
Christopher Benos is a law student at the University of Virginia, where he also received a B.A. in Government and French, with Honors, as a Jefferson Scholar. During law school, Christopher worked at the Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center and at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Before law school, he worked as a teacher and pianist, directing a music youth mentorship program and recording two albums. After the Schwarzman Program, Christopher will clerk on the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and pursue a career in law and politics. Christopher is from the United States.
O.P. Jindal Global University
Shivakshi Bhattacharya is a rights activist and an educator who graduated from O.P Jindal Global University with a bachelors in law. At the age of 19, she founded a global youth non-profit organisation that advocated for equity of education by combatting child sexual abuse and strengthening sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) that is today known as The Laali Project. Her vision is to build young changemakers from marginalised communities globally in the movement of SRHR. She is an advisor to multiple non-profits and has been much recognised as a changemaker notably by KidsRights, Netherlands. Shivakshi is from India.
Jasper Boers is a senior at Yale studying Ethics, Politics & Economics. He is interested in the postwar history of American grand strategy and political economy. On campus he leads the Buckley Program, the largest student organization on campus and the university"s primary forum for policy discussion. Jasper is also in the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and has pursued his interest in foreign policy-making through an internship in political risk and experience as an RA for a former diplomat. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he is eager to learn more about the intersection of Chinese foreign and domestic policy. Jasper is from the United States and the Netherlands.
University of California, Berkeley
Zeliang Cai graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in three years with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Passionate about using financial investment to promote social welfare, he helped redesign an investment portfolio at a welfare foundation in China and received the 2020 Project Hope Outstanding Contribution Award. As an undergraduate, Zeliang also served as research team captain for UC Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, targeting topics like trade, social security funding, and infrastructure investments. Additionally, Zeliang was the portfolio manager of a student start-up that supports college entrepreneurs, which has more than $1 million assets and over 70 members from different universities across the world. Zeliang is from China.
Daniel Charlton is passionate about designing international health systems that can withstand shocks ranging from pandemics to civil wars. Daniel manages a $223 million portfolio of health system strengthening projects for JSI, which has turned policy aspirations into operational impact in 107 countries. He builds organizational coalitions across the public and private sectors and negotiates agreements with donors ranging from USAID to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Daniel completed a Princeton in Africa Fellowship at BIPAI Eswatini, led an HIV Project-for-Peace in Tanzania, analyzed public policy in the EU, and studied Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology at Whitman College. Daniel is from the United States.
Michael Chen is a senior at Brown University pursuing a double concentration in Economics and International Relations (with honors). He is an Italian-born-Chinese, and a polyglot speaking five different languages, three at the native level. Michael has worked at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy (Carnegie Endowment), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and Metis Strategy. At Brown, Michael serves as the Co-President of TEDxBrownU and the President of the Brown Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), with a track record of exceptional leadership. Michael plans on using Schwarzman to become a leader at the intersection between policy and business. Michael is from Italy.
Darren Chen is currently a private equity associate at American Industrial Partners where he evaluates buyout opportunities and leads the firm"s 3D printing initiative ADDMAN. Previously, he worked in the Global M&A Group at J.P. Morgan from 2018 through 2020. Outside of work, he leads the Chinese Finance Society, volunteers at China Institute"s NGLC, and participates as an active alumni interviewer. He graduated with a B.S.E in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College. Darren is a United States citizen and split his time growing up between the U.S. and Shanghai. Darren is from the United States.
Chayla Cherry is a Spelman College senior studying Computer Science and minoring in Asian Studies. She is passionate about how international relations intersects with cybersecurity. She explored these interests at organizations including the U.S. Department of Energy, Nationwide Insurance, and Citi. Chayla’s life mission is to open doors for historically marginalized people in technology. On campus, she is president of the Event Envoys, HCASC (QuizBowl) team captain, and Chinese Culture Club event chair. She"s a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computing Society and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a a Dewitt Dean’s Scholar. Chayla is from the United States.
University of Melbourne
Tsz Kwan (Wendy) Chiu graduated from the University of Melbourne with bachelor degrees in Economics and Media. She studied and worked in China, Australia, and New Zealand. With a deep understanding of both the East and the West, Wendy is devoted to promoting Chinese traditional cultures in her work. She works with China Red Sandalwood Museum in bringing unique woodcarving craftsmanship to many continents across the world. She is the co-founder of a charity organization called “Tan Xiang Shu Wu," which is known to be an active NGO in campaigns supporting children with limited access to education in rural China. Wendy is from Hong Kong SAR, China.
Amani Core received his bachelor’s degree in Chinese & Philosophy from Middlebury College. He has studied extensively in China as a recipient of the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship and the Hanban Confucius Institute Scholarship. Leveraging his experience in education at Phillips Academy, management consulting at the Albright Stonebridge Group, and global policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he strives to reimagine the U.S.-China relationship through programming and community engagement. He hopes to one day author a children’s book about a young black boy’s travel to China. Amani is from the United States.
New York University
Herbert Crowther is a senior at NYU Abu Dhabi, majoring in Political Science with minors in Chinese and Economics. Herbert is passionate about the global energy transition and has analyzed the political implications of the energy transition at organizations including the U.S. State Department and the Eurasia Group. Going forward, Herbert wants to help policymakers design equitable transitions away from fossil-fuels in vulnerable areas. Herbert speaks Chinese and Spanish and in Abu Dhabi was the President of the NYUAD Debate Union and the NYUAD Catholic Community. Herbert is from the American city where LeBron James previously played basketball (not Miami). Herbert is from the United States.
Li Cui works as a bilingual journalist with Xinhua News Agency, reporting on local news in Zhejiang Province. She has covered thousands of stories on China and conducted extensive fieldwork in Chinese rural areas. Her advice on China-U.S. relations, COVID-19, and land misuses were adopted and implemented by top national policy-makers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in International Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University. She has also conducted field research in the U.S., India, Bangladesh, France, and South Korea. She is willing to share her local experiences and use her media expertise to help bridge the gap between imagination and reality. Li is from China.