University of Alabama at Birmingham
Zahrah Abdulrauf is a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in Cognitive Science with minors in Economics, Media Studies, and Philosophy. Currently a Communications Consultant at the City of Birmingham, she crafted the pitch decks for numerous economic development initiatives, raising over $15 million from investors. She previously served as Executive Creative Director at a Birmingham-based technology startup with over $100,000 monthly recurring revenue. Passionate about expanding economic opportunity throughout the Deep South, her interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurial ecosystems, global interdependence, and public policy.
Queen Mary University of London
Vidette Nyamekyewa Abena Adjorlolo is an aspiring travel entrepreneur who lives by the motto “not all wanderers are lost.” She was born in Ghana, raised in the United Kingdom, educated in the Netherlands, and works for HSBC in Hong Kong. She is a Powerlist Foundation Top 60 Scholar, contributor at the Cross Cultural Center of Human Rights in Beijing, a lecturer at the African Center Hong Kong, and the creator of “The Dynamics Of Black Single Motherhood,” the first audiovisual exhibition to celebrate Black single mothers. Vidette led the delivery of the U.K.’s first commercially viable solution for open banking. Vidette is from the United Kingdom and Ghana.
Maria Ahmed graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and Anthropology/Sociology. She is interested in the intersection between human rights and forced migration. She advocates for people’s fundamental right to asylum. At Lafayette, Maria co-founded Refugee Action, a student organization that advocates for refugee rights and locally resettles refugees. She works for International Rescue Committee, where she previously interned, as Caseworker Assistant to support clients who are rebuilding their lives in New York. In October 2020, she started her work with the Population Service International Anglophone Africa team to support strategic in-country implementation of health programs in South/East Africa.
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Anirudh Suresh graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor"s in Mathematics and a master"s in Computer Science. Anirudh is passionate about artificial intelligence, which he has leveraged through published research in Bayesian learning and model robustness. He promoted intercultural learning as Secretary-General of WorldMUN and through the Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations. Anirudh loves postcolonial literature and basketball, volunteering with an elementary-school basketball-based enrichment program. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Anirudh strove to learn from China"s burgeoning AI industry to develop socially accepted and relevant AI.
London School of Economics and Political Science
Arjun Neil Alim travels and writes for The Evening Standard and Independent, interviewing public figures, writing analysis, and campaigning for charitable causes including refugees, homelessness, and wildlife conservation. He left LSE with a First Class Degree in History and International Relations, the James Joll prize for best dissertation (on Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History”) and Cum Laude Honours from Sciences Po Paris. Arjun speaks four languages and hopes to use a year in Beijing to learn Mandarin and better document and shape China’s role in a new multipolar world. Arjun is a proud British-Indian.
Hunter College, The City University of New York
Hasani Arnold graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a double major in English and Chinese. He studied in Taipei, Nanjing, and Shanghai as a member of the Chinese Flagship Honors Program. Hasani is passionate about LGBT rights and racial equality. He previously served as a board member at ShanghaiPRIDE where he organized pride marches. He has researched and published articles about LGBT and human rights issues in China and currently works in immigration law as a Chinese interpreter. Hasani also owns a photography company. He enjoys classical music, coin collecting, and language learning.
University College London
Diane Audras graduated from University College London, where she earned a first-class undergraduate degree in Statistics, Economics, and Mandarin. At 18 years old, she co-founded the student-led nonprofit Passport For Education. She wishes to combine her expertise in data analysis with her interest in social equality to ensure that development policy is informed by scientific evidence. Diane is an active member of the MUN circuit and served as Core Lecturer for the Harvard Association For U.S.-China Relations. She worked on a strategy development project for Depop and also gained experience in the sector of market research with IFOP. Diane is from France.
Tecnológico de Monterrey, National University of Singapore
Eleni Ayala Ojeda holds a bachelor"s in International Relations from the Monterrey Technological Institute and a master’s in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore. She was awarded a APEC Scholarship for her studies in Singapore and has lived and studied in the U.S., France, South Korea, and Russia. A public servant for the Ministry of Public Administration and the Ministry of Tourism, Eleni has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. and for UNHCR Malaysia. Through Schwarzman Scholars, Eleni expects to learn from the Chinese experience of implementing trust-building policies that promote ethical and sustainable business practices through digitalization. Eleni is from Mexico.
University of Florida
Richard (Matt) Barocas is an honors student at the University of Florida, where he is completing degrees in History and Political Science. Matt served as president of his campus’s College Democrats chapter, a student government senator, and an intern in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he plans to research 21st century Chinese diplomatic styles in preparation for a career as a political officer in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Nazarbayev University, IMT Atlantique, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Daniyar Batyrov earned a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Nazarbayev University and a double master’s in Energy and Environment from an Erasmus Mundus program. He is co-founder of Oasis Almaty, a social project that improves his hometown environment. As a Dubai Business Associate, Daniyar worked at Emirates airline’s Environmental Affairs Department, where he developed and led a project to reduce emissions in the aviation industry. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Daniyar intends to deepen his professional network and knowledge of China, to be ready to implement sustainability projects across Central Asia through the Belt and Road Initiative.
Jamie founded and lead the expansion of Crimson Education from an idea into a global company with more than 300 full time staff, 2500 mentors, raising more than $60 MM USD from leading global investors and supporting more than 1000 students to reach their university goals. Jamie, through Crimson, aspires to build the world"s modern high school education system leveraging streamed, global classrooms and leading technology and then to serve New Zealand in government. Jamie has been selected in the Forbes 30u30, as a Rhodes Scholar, and is one of the youngest ever Stanford Graduate School of Business alumni.
University College London
Patrik Birkle is an Associate at Boston Consulting Group in Zurich where he specializes in digitization and technology to help the world’s leading organizations. Before joining BCG, he founded a virtual reality startup where he completed projects in Mexico, Haiti, the United States, and Europe. As an avid triathlete and Ironman triathlon finisher, Patrik is passionate about leveraging technology to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Through Schwarzman Scholars, he wants to forge close relationships with China’s technology and public policy sectors to identify scalable solutions to promote physical activity. Patrik is from Germany.
New York University
Taylah Bland is a senior graduating in 2021 from New York University Shanghai with a Bachelor of Social Science in Comparative Law. At New York University, she was the Student Body President and also served as the Global Vice Chair where she supported students at over 15 global sites. She studied in New York and London to broaden her understanding of global operations and analyze comparative jurisdictions of law. As a Schwarzman Scholar, she wishes to expand her studies of international law, integrating government and public policy to become a lawyer and enter Australian politics. Taylah is from Australia.
Montana State University
Taylor Blossom is a 5th year senior at Montana State University studying Chemical Engineering and Economics. He served two terms as Student Body President, focusing on increasing student civic participation and securing state funding for higher education. Taylor has worked in data analytics for several political campaigns and coordinated his university’s voter registration program for the 2020 election. Taylor hopes to explore how relations with China can improve election security in the 21st century. Taylor is a fourth generation Montanan.
University of St. Andrews
Tennyson Brown-Wolf is a senior honours student at the University of St. Andrews, studying Economics and specializing in International Development. His undergraduate research includes leading a team of analysts in modeling regional housing markets and making policy recommendations to the Scottish government. He advocates for rethinking the goals, terms, and strategies of financial progress in the Global South. A United States Senate Scholar, Tennyson has worked extensively in American politics, including as the youngest campaign manager in Colorado and as a policy analyst for the leading lobby firm BHFS in Washington, D.C.
Montana State University
Katherine Budeski is a recent graduate of Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and minors in Political Science, Hispanic Studies, and Global Health. In college, Katherine was a research assistant in a biochemistry lab, worked as a victim’s advocate, and founded a crisis-housing program. Since graduating, Katherine has been working at an international security organization in Washington, D.C. focusing on global health security. Katherine intends to pursue a career in global health diplomacy fighting for data-driven global health policy solutions that are interdisciplinary and equitable.
Suraj Bulchand is a data scientist with LinkedIn"s Economic Policy team. He analyzes global entrepreneurial networks and ecosystems of high-growth firms to recommend labor market solutions to policymakers around the world. Suraj graduated from Stanford University with M.S. and B.S. degrees in Management Science and Engineering. He led Stanford’s largest student-run management consulting organization as an undergraduate, and has headed teaching teams in graduate engineering and MBA classes. Through Schwarzman Scholars, he hopes to explore Chinese perspectives on how governments can use big data to design effective public policy. Suraj has Malaysian-Indian heritage.
Southern Methodist University
Jared Burleson is a senior at Southern Methodist University pursuing double majors in Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Chinese. He is interested in studying the relationship between public policy officials and the physics community. He plans to observe how Chinese physicists are working with the government on new collider physics experiments. Jared plans to work as a research physicist and utilize an understanding of public policy to advocate for collider physics experiments and government funding. Jared has previously conducted research with the ATLAS Experiment at CERN and with the EIC at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Yuhao (Henry) Cao graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science. Henry is passionate about connecting China to the world through the power of capital. He is currently an investor at PAG, one of Asia’s largest private equity investment firms. Prior to PAG, he worked in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in New York and Hong Kong, with a focus on merger and acquisition. Besides investing, Henry is passionate about public service and has interned at the World Bank and Guangdong Provincial Government. Henry has also served as a Torch Bearer for the Asian Olympics as a representative of students in Guangdong.
Luise Castlunger graduated from Bocconi University with a degree in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication. She grew up in the Dolomite region of Italy where she observed the impacts of tourism at a young age. Luise speaks five languages, led several social entrepreneurship projects, directed the Italian branch of Global Brigades, and founded LuYou, a hospitality consultancy that connects Alpine regions with China’s tourism market. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Luise will study the relationship between technology, tourism policy, and the regenerative futures of cultural interactions between Europe and China. Luise is from Italy and Germany.