Timothy Abel

Timothy Abel

St Andrew's College, Grahamstown, 2014 

Current place of residence: Grahamstown  

University: Rhodes University 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Economics (Honours) (2013) 

Other Information:  Timothy completed his degree this year, having majored with distinction both in Economics and Instrumental Music Studies.  He won the Dean of Students Leadership Award 2013, for leadership, extraordinary extramural achievement and involvement in community engagement. At present Timothy is working as a consultant researcher on the 2013 National Arts Festival Economic Impact Report.  Music plays an essential role in his life.  He was awarded National Colours for Music earlier this year, won the Charles Bryars Organ Scholarship in 2012 and has played viola with the National Youth Orchestra since 2011 and with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010.  He serves as President of Masincedane Society, a community engagement enterprise which runs soup kitchens, skills workshops and two community gardens. Longer-term Timothy sees himself pursuing an academic career which contributes to broadening the understanding of the mechanisms of economic development.

Benjamin Abraham

Benjamin Abraham

New Zealand, 2014 

Current place of residence: Dunedin, New Zealand 

University: University of Otago 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts in Politics (Hons) (2013)  

Other Information:  Ben completes his BA this year, with a major in Politics and a Minor in Spanish Language. Passionate about sustainable development, Ben has worked extensively with P3 Foundation (a New Zealand youth-led development organisation), and is the Founding Regional Director for Otago.  With P3, he has attended international conferences on humanitarian and human rights issues and has come face to face with the realities of extreme poverty in Peru.  Ben is writing his dissertation on peacebuilding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is researching and writing a publication which is designed to be a resource for NGOs on organizational resilience. Ben loves sports, especially basketball and team sports of various kinds.  He also practises Taekwondo.  Fuelled by the twin challenges of eradicating poverty and protecting the environment, long-term Ben hopes to contribute to driving international co-operation towards sustainable development policy.

Aliyyah Ahad

Aliyyah Ahad

Bermuda, 2014

Current place of residence: Sandys, Bermuda

University: University of Toronto

Current/Recent Course:  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology (2012)

Other InformationAliyyah graduated with high distinction in Political Science and Sociology in 2012. After graduating she embarked on a twelve-month internship with the Bermuda Government Cabinet Office. She was subsequently hired as a Consultant for the Human Rights Commission and presently works at the Office of the Ombudsman - an organisation which investigates complaints about the administrative actions of Public Authorities. She serves as a board member for Bermuda’s Emerging Professionals, the Youth Division of the Chamber of Commerce, organising events focusing on professional development. Aliyyah is passionate about debating, having represented Bermuda at international tournaments, and presently serves on the board of the Bermuda Debate Society. It is Aliyyah’s interests in human rights, immigration and public policy that have encouraged her to pursue law and to use this training for the benefit of Bermuda.

 

Joshua A. Aiken

Joshua A. Aiken

Missouri, 2014

Current place of residence: Eugene, OR

University: Washington University, St. Louis

Other Information: Joshua A. Aiken, Eugene, Oregon, is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis where he majors in American culture studies and political science.  His senior thesis is on critical race theory analysis of post-racial mythologies.  His passion is to help marginalized people through human rights advocacy.  He served as speaker of the student senate and as undergraduate representative of the University Board of Trustees.  He did work on ethnic conflict at Queen’s University in Belfast, and in Berlin.  Joshua is also very active in the arts, writing and performing in plays that lead audiences through issues of race, class and identify.  Some of his poetry has been published, and he has also been active in political campaigns. 

Paul Amayo

Paul Amayo

 Kenya, 2014 

Current place of residence: Cape Town 

University: University of Cape Town 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Mechatronics (2013) 

Other Information:  Paul is in the final year of his BSc (Eng) in Mechatronics at UCT, and has been chosen recently as one of the Mandela Rhodes Scholars 2014. Paul believes that fully autonomous systems hold the key to solving some of Africa's most pressing problems - for example, the removal of the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria which has destroyed the livelihoods of local fisherman.  Paul won the Engineering and built environment Faculty Scholarship in 2012. He tutors and mentors students in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCT and, during his vacations, Paul has undertaken research in the Control Laboratory at UCT and within the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Nairobi. He is a member of Engineers without Borders, bringing technology to less privileged areas and, for relaxation, Paul is a keen rugby player. Paul hopes to continue his studies in the field of robotics. Longer-term, through a combination of business venture and academia, his goal is to establish the first robotics research laboratory in Kenya.

Seham Areff

Seham Areff

South Africa at large, 2014.

Current place of residence: Durban

University: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Laws (2013)

Other Information: Seham completed her law degree from UKZN this year with distinction. In 2012, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and Legal Studies. An avid debater since high-school, Seham has competed in numerous domestic and international debating competitions. More recently, she represented her University at the All Africa Moot Competition in Cape Town which focused on human rights law on the African continent which is a particular area of academic interest for her. Before taking her place at Oxford next year she will be clerking at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Longer-term, Seham hopes to contribute to isolating the legal and political mechanisms to successful post-conflict state-building with a specific focus on constitution-drafting in developing countries.

Fredah Banda

Fredah Banda

 Zambia, 2014 

Current place of residence: Lusaka, Zambia 

University: University of Zambia 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (2012)  

Other Information:  Fredah completed her BSc last year, and won the Prize for Best Overall Third Year Student in the School of Natural Sciences. She is also the first woman to graduate with Distinction from that course.  Since completing her degree, Fredah has spent 6 months in Germany as a Business Intelligence Management intern for Mercedes Benz (DAIMLER) and she works currently  as a software consultant for PROGNOZ, developing software that helps government agencies and companies use data effectively as part of their decision-making process. Whilst at UNZA, Fredah volunteered with IMPACT, visiting remote locations to serve local residents, helped translate Google into ichiBemba and volunteered at the E-Leaning Conference. For relaxation, Fredah cooks, reads novels, travels and, in addition to her current fluency in four languages, is hoping to add another five. In the long-term, Fredah is passionate about returning to Zambia and hopes to become a specialist, and teacher, in High Performance Computing Systems which she sees as essential to Zambia's successful development.

Andrew Barnes

Andrew Barnes

Queensland, 2014 

Current place of residence: Brisbane  

University: University of Queensland 

Current/recent course:  PhD, University of Queensland Business School (current) / Bachelor of Business Management (2011), and of Economics (2009)

Other Information:  Andrew is currently reading for a PhD in the University of Queensland Business School, writing on Improving diversity revealed through relational structures.  Aside from his academic work Andrew is founder and CEO of GO1, a Web Design and Development agency which employs over 50 staff. Andrew also serves on the boards of two not-for-profit organisations where he contributes in a strategy-development role.  For relaxation, Andrew plays soccer – outdoors and indoors – and runs.  Longer-term Andrew hopes to work in the junction between education and technology, providing greater access and better quality of education to both developed and developing countries.

Helen Baxendale

Helen Baxendale

Australia at large, 2014

Current place of residence: Canberra

University: University of Melbourne /Australian National University

Current/recent course: Graduate Diploma of Education (2013)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (Honours) (2011)

Other Information:  Helen finished her Graduate Diploma of Education this November with a high distinction average, having previously gained a Bachelor of Philosophy with first class honours and the university medal in political science. In 2009 Helen completed a short-course in foreign policy decision making at Yale University and in 2010 she interned in the United States Senate.  Between 2007 and 2011 Helen worked as a researcher and policy adviser to the Hon Tony Abbott MP in the Australian Parliament.  More recently, she has taught history and legal studies at a Canberra high school, and tutored in American politics at the Australian National University.  For relaxation, Helen enjoys cricket, soccer and tennis and is the current captain of the Australian National University women's cricket team.  In the long term, Helen wishes to exert an influence on social and education policy in Australia and obtain a leadership position in the education sphere.

Evan B. Behrle

Evan B. Behrle

Pennsylvania, 2014

Current place of residence: Oxford, PA

University:  University of Virginia

Other Information: Evan B. Behrle, Oxford, is a senior at the University of Virginia where he majors in government-foreign affairs.  A Jefferson Scholar, he is chair of the Honor Committee of the University, the University’s student-run organization that adjudicates cases on lying, stealing and cheating.  He is also president of an all-male sexual assault peer advocacy group that helps assault survivors and attempts to prevent sexual assault from occurring.  He also won the university prize considered the highest award for rising fourth-year students.  His interests are to create social change through community-oriented social policy. 

Isabel E.E. Beshar

Isabel E.E. Beshar

New York, 2014

Current place of residence: Rye, NY

University: Yale University

Other Information: Isabel E.E. Beshar, Rye, is a senior at Yale with a double major in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and in history of science and medicine.  Isabel has done extensive research and fieldwork relating to her interest in chronic disease in less developed countries.  She has worked as a medical volunteer or research coordinator in Panama and Ecuador, and has award-winning and published research in diabetes.  She is also president of the Yale Public Health Coalition and a frequent contributor of health-related editorials to the Yale Daily News. 

Subhashish Bhadra

Subhashish Bhadra

 India, 2014 

Current place of residence: Kolkata 

University: St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi 

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Economics (2012) 

Other Information:  Subhashish completed his degree last year, winning the BD Gupta Economics Prize and ranked amongst the highest scorers in his school-leaving exam and the Common Admission Test (CAT).  This year he is working for McKinsey and Co on a research project exploring inclusive growth in India. The experience has fuelled his passion for economics and deepened his knowledge of India's social problems. Whilst at St Stephen's, Subhashish founded Absolute Interview which gives advice and assistance to students, irrespective of background, helping to give them an equal chance of admissions and jobs through CV-restructuring and interview guidance. For relaxation, Subhashish writes - novels, short stories and poetry - and enjoys public speaking. Longer-term, through the academic study of economics, Subhashish aspires to design and implement new welfare policies in India.

Drew A. Birrenkott

Drew A. Birrenkott

Wisconsin, 2014

Current place of residence: McFarland, WI  

University: University of Wisconsin

Other Information: Drew A. Birrenkott, McFarland, is a senior at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he majors in biomedical engineering, biochemistry and political science.  A Goldwater Scholar, he is working to design a rugged, inexpensive, battery-powered infant cardio-respiratory monitor for use in developing countries, and is writing a thesis on comparative U.S.-European healthcare policy.  With Engineers Without Borders, he has worked in Kenya on an irrigation project and is now developing a water project for Tanzania.  He has also done research on ventricular hypertrophy in Madison, and on bacteria-induced diarrhea in India.  He is also an active volunteer with dementia patients and a peer mentor. 

Martin-Immanuel Bittner

Martin-Immanuel Bittner

Germany, 2014

Current place of residence: Freiburg

University: University of Freiburg

Current/recent course: Medicine (2014)

Other information: Martin is a medical student in his final year.  He has undertaken clinical and research placements in several European countries, Australia, and Japan, with the host institutions including the University of Oxford and the World Health Organization. He completed his medical doctoral thesis project in public health and also did research in radiation oncology.  Martin has published extensively in both fields, has presented at various national and international conferences, earned several travel grants and scholarships and is a peer-reviewer for two recognised public health journals. Amongst others, he is a member of Mensa and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology. He co-founded a student-run consultancy, serves as an ambassador for the equal opportunities programme of the German National Academic Foundation and is active in promoting smoking prevention in schools. For relaxation, Martin enjoys sailing, skiing, hiking and golf; he is interested in arts and architecture as well as history and languages. In the long term, Martin aspires to be a research physician, building bridges between laboratory research and clinical medicine.

Donald Mayfield Brown

Donald Mayfield Brown

Mississippi, 2014

Current place of residence: Vicksburg, MS

University: Mississippi State University

Other Information: Donald Mayfield Brown, Vicksburg, is a senior at Mississippi State University where he majors in English and philosophy.  He also has studied English literature at Christ Church College, Oxford.  His senior thesis focuses on Ralph Ellison and argues how politically radical novelists were forced to mute their political ideas to become visible and respected.  Field is the founder of MSU’s creative arts journal and vice president of its philosophy and religion club. He has been elected to six national honor societies and participated on a Mellon fellowship at Stanford.  He has also served as a youth counselor and tutor and has been a community activist in Mississippi and Iowa, and has spoken at many national and state conferences on topics in English, philosophy, religion and race. 

Elizabeth H. Byrne

Elizabeth H. Byrne

Massachusetts, 2014

Current place of residence: Cambridge, MA

University: Harvard University

Other Information: Elizabeth H. Byrne, Cambridge, is a Harvard senior majoring in human developmental and regenerative biology.  She has done extensive research and clinical work at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Ragon Institute and the Broad Labs, as well as at the Center for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa.  Elizabeth has published in Science, Nature and Cell, and been a leader at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and on the Harvard Science Review.  She is also an avid field hockey player and ran the Boston Marathon to raise money in support of pediatric oncology. 

Kylie de Chastelain

Kylie de Chastelain

Maritimes, 2014

Current place of residence: Sackville

University: Mount Allison University

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies and Sociology

Other Information: Kylie is completing the Honours year of her BA in Canadian Studies, with a double major in Sociology. She has a deep interest in First Nations issues in northern Canada and issues related to aboriginal peoples internationally. In her time at Mount Allison, Kylie has been very involved in the University Choral Society, Global Brigades, and the Mount Allison Students’ Union, where she served a term as Vice-President Academic Affairs. Through Global Brigades, Kylie has volunteered in Honduras, and will travel there again this winter with the Microfinance Brigade. She has also spent time in the Northwest Territories with Aboriginal elders. Kylie is currently an intern in both Academic Support Services and the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison. A member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance, Kylie enjoys highland dancing, skiing and debating. In the long term, Kylie envisages a career path in diplomacy and politics.

 

Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette

Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette

Quebec, 2014

Current place of residence: Montreal

University: Université de Montréal

Current Courses:  Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy  (2012) / Master of  Arts in Philosophy (2013)

Other Information:

Quebec, 2014

Current place of residence: Montreal

University: Université de Montréal

Current Courses:  Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy  (2012) / Master of  Arts in Philosophy (2013)

Other Information: Simon-Pierre completed his MA in Philosophy earlier this year and is working currently as a research assistant for the Ethics Research Centre at Montreal University. Over the course of his university career he won a Canada Millennium Scholarship, and  the Joseph-Armand Bombardier, the Fonds de Recherche Societé et Culture du Québec  and JA De-Sèves Master's scholarships. Interested in politics and active in student government, Simon Pierre has also long been involved in teaching, with a particular interest in working with the disadvantaged.  He enjoys playing the piano, debating and singing in two high level choirs. In the long term, Simon-Pierre wishes to influence and improve the institutions of society either through teaching, writing or politics.

Dylan Collins

Dylan Collins

British Columbia, 2014

Current place of residence: Victoria, British Columbia

University: University of Victoria

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Dylan is currently reading for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and is passionate about improving health equity and harm reduction. Last year he partook in the Complex Humanitarian Emergency Leadership Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a current board member of AIDS Vancouver Island and has worked with the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Foundation for Sustainable Development, and KPMG’s management consulting practice.  For relaxation Dylan enjoys cycling, sailing, Bhangra and is excited about rowing. In the long term, Dylan aspires to be able to inform and influence public policy regarding health especially along the lines of harm reduction.

Matthew Davey

Matthew Davey

South African College School, Newlands, 2014 

Current place of residence: Johannesburg  

University: University of Cape Town 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (2012) 

Other Information:  Matthew graduated last year with First Class Honours, winning the Aurecon Gold Award and the Cape Town Corporation medal  for the best academic achievement in civil engineering, and was awarded the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Prize for his work on wind turbine support structures.  Since then, Matthew has worked as a civil/environmental engineer, for water management projects on mines in South Africa, focusing on the reinstatement of rivers over previously mined land. He served as vice-chairperson of the UCT Mountain and Ski Club and was involved in Siyenyuka, the club's outreach programme.  He has organised Habitat for Humanity builds and established a food redistribution scheme at his school.  Matthew is a keen sportsman and in 2011 his mountaineering team won the UCT Sports Performance of the Year award for their expedition to the Indian Himalaya. For relaxation, he plays soccer and enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and trail running. In the long-term, he is committed to improving water access, security and resource management in Southern Africa.

Alexander J. Diaz

Alexander J. Diaz

New Jersey, 2014

Current place of residence: North Bergen, NJ

University: Harvard University

Other Information: Alexander J. Diaz, North Bergen, is a senior at Harvard majoring in psychology.  Alex has focused his studies and research on the cognitive mechanisms that underlie unconscious race, ethnic and gender bias, and has worked with leading law enforcement authorities to use psychological research to achieve less biased trials.  He has also been active in the Harvard Kennedy School Latino Leadership Institute and in many programs in disadvantaged Latino communities, especially in his home town of Union City, New Jersey, but also in New York City’s lower east side.  He plays club basketball and managed Harvard’s varsity basketball team. 

Nicholas Dowdall

Nicholas Dowdall

Diocesan College, Rondebosch,  2014 

Current place of residence: Cape Town  

University: University of Cape Town 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, Economics and Spanish (2013) 

Other Information:  Nicholas completes his BSc this November, having spent his second year at UCT at Boston College on a Heritage Exchange Scholarship.  Prior to UCT, Nicholas won a bursary to study Spanish at the University of Buenos Aires. Over the last two years Nicholas has attended two major summits in the role of project leader and delegate – the Desmond Tutu Youth Peace Summit and the Brightest Young Minds Summit.  He served as Orientation Leader for Foreign Exchange Students and as Vice-Chair for the UCT Habitat for Humanity Committee. Nicholas is a Black Belt in Kyokushin Karate, won both the Western Province and South African National Junior titles and represented South Africa twice in the World Championships.  For recreation, Nicholas plays tennis and golf, and sings with a capella groups. Longer-term, Nicholas hopes to contribute to solving the social problems in South Africa, working in the interface between academia and NGOs.

Samuel Forbes

Samuel Forbes

Australia, 2014 

Current place of residence: South Hobart, Tasmania

University: University of Tasmania / Nanjing Normal University (NNU)

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Chinese (2009) / Master in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (2013)

Other Information: In the course of completing his BA and MA (and a Certificate of Languages), Sam spent a total of five years studying abroad, four in China (under a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council) and one in Japan (under the Japan Student Services Scholarship). As a result he is fluent in Mandarin and Japanese.  He is also proficient in French and Latin and has conversational Cantonese.  Whilst at NNU, Sam served as Course Co-ordinator and Associate Lecturer in conversational English at the Faculty of National Education, taught English at the Experimental High School, created Nanjing's first ever Australian Rules football team and played cello for the Festival Orchestra of Nanjing. He enjoyed delivering concerts to underprivileged areas to promote values such as team work, commitment and communication through music. Longer-term Sam aspires make a contribution both to academic research on first and second language acquisition and development, and to influencing policy in favour of mainstream foreign language education and acquisition in Australia.

Suzanna M. Fritzberg

Suzanna M. Fritzberg

Washington, 2014

Current place of residence: Lake Forest Park, WA

University: Yale University

Other Information: Suzanna M. Fritzberg, Lake Forest Park, is a Yale senior majoring in women’s, gender and sexuality studies.  She has designed her coursework to develop multi-disciplinary academic understanding of social justice, and is writing her senior thesis on the normative role of the state in citizen welfare.  Suzanna has worked as a poverty policy research intern at the Roosevelt Institute and as an intern for the public defender’s office in New Orleans.  She has also been active with the Yale Women’s Center organizing events to increase the awareness of domestic violence, as a stage manager and producer for the Yale Dramatic Association, as a writing tutor, and in grassroots politics. 

 Aravind Ganesh

Aravind Ganesh

Prairies, 2014

Current place of residence: Calgary 

University: University of Calgary

Current/recent course:  Doctor of Medicine (2012) / FRCP(C) in Neurology (Current)

Other Information : Aravind completed two years of study in the University of Calgary Bachelor of Science program (Biological Sciences) before transferring to the university’s three year MD program which he completed last year. He currently serves as a second-year resident-physician with the Clinical Neurosciences Department in Calgary. He has published extensively on multiple sclerosis, neuropsychiatric disorders, stroke, and the history of neuroscience, and is passionate about medical education. He has also undertaken a wide range of voluntary and advocacy projects focussed on alleviating injustice and disparity, including health services for the homeless, long-term care reform, anti-bullying education, and Aboriginal representation in medicine. For a change of pace and relaxation, Aravind performs stand-up comedy and enjoys playing cricket and soccer, as well as pursuing Indian classical music, painting and cartooning. Ultimately, Aravind aspires to be a clinician-scientist, exploring strategies to optimize prevention and healthcare delivery for burgeoning neurological conditions like stroke and dementia. 

Calla Glavin

Calla Glavin

Michigan, 2014

Current place of residence: Birmingham, MI

University: United States Military Academy

Other Information: Calla Glavin, Birmingham, is a senior at the United States Military Academy where she majors in mathematical sciences.  Calla is Cadet Brigade Headquarters Company Commander, founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Past in Review student newspaper, and president of the society of women engineers.  She is also goalkeeper for the Army women’s lacrosse team, and a Big Brother Big Sister mentor.  As a student researcher at the disease biophysics group at Harvard University she has developed a mathematical model for a novel method of nanofiber formation for use in wound healing, and at the Los Alamos National Laboratories she worked on algal biofuels. 

Samuel M. Greene

Samuel M. Greene

Wisconsin, 2014

Current place of residence: Spring Green, WI

University: University of Chicago

Other Information: Samuel M. Greene, Spring Green, is a senior at the University of Chicago who will graduate with a B.Sc. in chemistry and an M.Sc. in physical chemistry.  A Goldwater Scholar and junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, he has conducted research demonstrating the feasibility of a new material able to catalyze a chemical reaction to convert organic material to biofuel.  He has also done research relating to ice-encapsulated methane, and for the U.S. Department of Energy relating to uncertainties in quantities of radioactive materials.  Sam is deeply interested in developing innovative renewal energy technology as well as inspiring others to reduce emissions.  He has lifelong interest in Zen Buddhism and leads Zen training. 

Aurora C. Griffin

Aurora C. Griffin

California - South, 2014

Current place of residence: Westlake Village, CA

University: Harvard University

Other Information: Aurora C. Griffin, Westlake Village, is a senior at Harvard where she majors in classics.  She combines interests in western ethical thought, Christian theology and bioethics with her desire to build a society more conscious about the way it develops and uses biotechnologies.  She is president of the Harvard Catholic Student Association, founded and led a group for female Catholic fellowship, and founded a fellowship for Christian pre-medical students to volunteer for cancer hospital ministry work.  She has spent a term at Oxford studying philosophy and a summer studying bioethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome.  Before college, she was an internationally competitive show jumper, winning individual and team gold medals. 

Heerden Herman

Heerden Herman

Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch, 2014 

Current place of residence: Stellenbosch 

University: University of Stellenbosch 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Commerce in Investment Management (2013) 

Other Information:  Heerden completes his Bachelor of Commerce in December this year.  Sport has played a huge part in Heerden’s life in recent years as a professional swimmer with the National Swim team.  Junior World Champion in 2008, over the last couple of years he participated  in the Commonwealth Games, World Student Games, All-Africa Games, World Championships and in 2012 he represented South Africa at the London Olympic Games.  After reaching the pinnacle of his swimming career, Heerden now seeks a more balanced approach to sport.  His latest sporting passion is mountain biking where he can simultaneously enjoy the sport and the beautiful environment.  Heerden mentors younger swimmers, and teaches on a Computer Literacy Program which he initiated at the Vlaeberg Community Center for High School learners.  Longer-term Heerden envisages a career in private equity and venture capital, with a focus on Southern Africa.

Robert Hortle

Robert Hortle

 Australia at large, 2014.

Current place of residence:  Hobart, Tasmania

University: University of Tasmania

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations and Indonesian 

Other Information:  Robert has just completed his BA (Hons) in International Relations and Indonesian and is extremely passionate about ending poverty. He is currently working as the Hobart Coordinator for The Big Issue's Community Street Soccer Program, which promotes social inclusion through sport.  Robert has recently stepped down after two and a half years as Tasmanian Director of Oaktree, Australia's first and largest entirely youth- and volunteer-run development organisation.  For relaxation, Robert plays for the Tasmania University Cricket Club, is a goalkeeper with Taroona FC, and attempts to coax music out of guitars, banjos, and saxophones.  In the long term, Robert aspires to combine theory and practical experience to shape ideas about tackling global poverty.

Timar Jackson

Timar Jackson

Jamaica, 2014 

Current place of residence: Kingston, Jamaica 

University: University of the West Indies 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science (2012) 

Other Information:  Timar completed his degree in Actuarial Science last year. He is currently working for Sagicor Life Jamaica as an Actuarial Analyst and sitting Actuarial exams to become an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. Timar received the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in Academics in 2012, and won the Merville Campbell Prize (for best mathematics student) in his first and second year of university. During his studies, Timar served as Treasurer for the Students' Union, President for the Vice Chancellor's Ambassador Corps and Executive member of his University Hall’s fundraising and endowment committee to raise funds for the activities of it's 800 students. He also joined the University’s Academic Support Unit to assist other students struggling with numeric subjects. For relaxation, Timar enjoys swimming, dub poetry and listening to music. In the long term, Timar expects to be working in Jamaica's financial sector contributing, through research and policy-making, to its national development.

Kristijan Jovanoski

Kristijan Jovanoski

Victoria, 2014 

Current place of residence: Melbourne

University: University of Melbourne 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of  Biomedicine (2012) / Master of Philosophy in Quantum Physics (current)

Other Information:  Kristijan Jovanoski fast-tracked a Bachelor of Biomedicine in neuroscience at the University of Melbourne in two years instead of the standard three, followed by an Honours year in biochemistry and currently an MPhil in quantum physics. He is the Founder and Chair of the Melbourne University Health Initiative, a registered charity empowering people to tackle local and international health issues through eight long-term programs. Kristijan has also volunteered extensively at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Museum, facilitated a community-based health program in rural India, and led the team that won the inaugural University of Melbourne Global Health Case Competition. For relaxation Kristijan enjoys endurance sports, reading classical literature, and playing the piano. In the long-term, Kristijan hopes to work on tackling the underlying causes of neurodegenerative diseases worldwide.

Amba Kak

Amba Kak

India, 2014 

Current place of residence: New Delhi 

University: The WB National University of Juridical Sciences 

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (2013) 

Other Information:  Amba completed her BA, LLB (Hons) earlier this year. She is particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on issues of surveillance, privacy, communications regulation and intellectual property. In her final year at university she won the Google Policy Fellowship – to work with the Center for Internet & Society in Bangalore – awarded annually to one student from India interested in internet and technology policy. At university Amba served as Editor of the NUJS Law Review. She has published in legal journals, and her article is forthcoming in an edited volume on the Unique Identity project (UID) in India. She is currently working for the National Campaign for People's Right to Information, where she co-ordinates the legal cell. Amba envisages a career communicating ideas about the law to policy makers and the wider publics. She is an accomplished debater and enjoys kick-boxing.

Arnold Kaluba

Arnold Kaluba

Zambia, 2014

Current place of residence: Lusaka, Zambia 

University: University of Zambia

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Laws (2012) 

Other Information:  Arnold completed his LLB degree last year and has recently qualified as an Advocate of the High Court for Zambia (AHCZ) and a member of the Zambian bar. He is currently working as a lawyer at a leading corporate law firm in Zambia, in Banking and Finance, Corporate Advisory, and Tax and Litigation Departments. Last year, Arnold was awarded the UNZA Student Leadership Award for exemplary student service. He served as President of the University of Zambia School of Law Student Association,  and as Chair of the UNZA Student Catholic Community Group, in which roles he worked on programmes to bring positive behavioural change for vulnerable youth and to promote the role of entrepreneurship in eradicating poverty in Zambia. For relaxation, Arnold enjoys dancing, singing, playing football and cooking. He is keenly interested in the intersection of law, economics and finance and, in particular, in the role of effective financial regulation both for corporate success and the raising of living standards. In the longer-term, Arnold hopes to continue in academia, teaching in the field of corporate and commercial law.

Clarke Knight

Clarke Knight

Nevada, 2014

Current place of residence: Henderson, NV  

University: Smith College

Other Information: Clarke Knight, Henderson, is a senior at Smith College where she majors in chemistry.  Her interests relate to the application of science to environmental challenges, ranging from food security to the management of soil and water resources.  Her interest in the effect of crop losses on world hunger led her to do research on potato diseases in Tasmania.  She is now tracking the consequences of climate change on the hydrology and chemistry of a major watershed.  Clarke is a member of Smith’s varsity crew and cross country teams.  She has also written a book on women’s contribution to architecture.  Her career interests are in global environmental policy.  Clarke is Smith College’s first American Rhodes Scholar. 

Saumya Krishna

Saumya Krishna

Ontario, 2014

Current place of residence: Ottawa

University: University of Western Ontario 

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Health Sciences (2013)

Other information: Saumya completed her BHSc at Western University through the Scholar’s Electives program, focusing on health sciences and sociology with a particular interest in globalization. Alongside her studies, Saumya co-founded the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund, which provides early stage financing to young social entrepreneurs. This impact investing fund was a finalist for the Most Promising New Financial Player in the Social Finance Awards 2012, and won a three year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Saumya is a member of the Global Shapers community for the World Economic Forum, she volunteers on the board of Arts Starts, and is a graduate of The Next 36 entrepreneurship program. For relaxation, Saumya enjoys Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) as a student, teacher and choreographer. In the long term, Saumya intends to pursue a career in entrepreneurship, and eventually in writing and politics. 

Muhammad Mubashir Bin Latif

Muhammad Mubashir Bin Latif

Pakistan, 2014 

Current place of residence: Islamabad, Pakistan. 

University: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore. 

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Economics and Politics (Honours) (2013) 

Other information: Mubashir graduated this year with a distinction on the Dean’s Honours List from his university. Inspired by the works of Anti Slavery International (the world’s oldest human rights organization), he worked as an activist to raise a voice against the prevalence of modern slavery taking place in shape of bonded labour in Pakistan. He further had an opportunity to spend a semester abroad as an Ernst Mach Scholar in Graz, Austria where he studied for the Global Business Program. An avid lover of cinema, Mubashir has a keen interest in the evolution of motion pictures and particularly in ‘Method’ style of acting. His further interests include debating, watching and playing cricket and football, extensive hiking as well as trekking in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Longer-term, Mubashir aspires to work as an economist in the financial sector to help devise a financial system that promotes an all inclusive economic growth in the country.

Andrew S. Lea

Andrew S. Lea

Washington, 2014

Current place of residence: Richland, WA

University: Harvard University

Other Information: Andrew S. Lea, Richland, is a senior at Harvard concentrating in history and science.  Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa and with a perfect academic record across natural science, social science and the humanities, he focuses on the social and ethical implications of science and medicine.  He is editor-in-chief of the only undergraduate journal of the history of science in the country.  Andrew has volunteered for two years at a homeless shelter and works as a patient advocate for the indigent.  His senior thesis is on sex reassignment and gender policing.  He competes in triathlon and has published essays and commentaries in a wide variety of journals. 

Lindsay E. Lee

Lindsay E. Lee

Tennessee, 2014

Current place of residence: Oak Ridge, TN

University: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Other Information: Lindsay E. Lee, Oak Ridge, is a senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she majors in mathematics and Spanish.  She has done research at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, at Vanderbilt Medical Center and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She has also served as the president of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, as opinion columnist at the student newspaper, as a volunteer for the homeless, and in a children’s hospital.  She has studied in Barcelona and Tokyo.  Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age three, Lindsay is a passionate and highly successful advocate for disability issues locally, nationally and globally.  She plans to use her mathematical modeling expertise for analysis of successful health policy grounded in healthcare equality for all. 

Tobias Lutzi

Tobias Lutzi

Germany, 2014

Current place of residence: Cologne

University: University of Cologne

Current/recent course: First German State Exam in Law (2014)

Other information: Tobias is in the final year of his First State Exam in Law. In 2011, he graduated from the Franco-German double degree program in law of the Universities of Cologne and Paris (Sorbonne Law School), being awarded the degrees of Magister Legum (LL.M.) and Maîtrise en Droit. His first legal article (Current Legal Problems of the Trade of Virtual Goods in Computer Games) was published in Germany’s most widely distributed law journal, the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift, in 2012. Tobias is particularly interested in questions of IT Law, Private International Law and International Commercial Arbitration and is currently working at the Institute of Foreign Private and Private International Law of the University of Cologne as well as the international law firm Osborne Clarke. During his studies, Tobias has worked on a volunteer basis for the Student Union of the University of Cologne and has been elected to the Student Parliament, the Faculty Board of the Law Faculty and numerous other student government bodies. Moreover, he is involved in the Free Knowledge movement; in 2010, he was awarded the Johann Heinrich Zedler Medal for Free Knowledge for his German Wikipedia Article on Scrooge McDuck.

Michael Mackley

Michael Mackley

Maritimes, 2014

Current place of residence: Nova Scotia 

University: Dalhousie University

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Other Information: Michael is in the final year of his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is currently a teaching assistant to second-year students in the Biology Department, and is working as part of the Genome Canada–funded IGNITE project as a research student, which seeks to discover novel genes that cause rare inherited diseases. Michael is an accomplished acapella singer, pianist and trumpeter, playing at local healthcare facilities, fundraising and community events.  For relaxation, Michael enjoys hiking, camping and landscaping. In the long term, Michael's interest in translational research and genetic diseases, leads him towards a career as a clinician-scientist.

Fadzai Madzingira

Fadzai Madzingira

Zimbabwe, 2014

Current place of residence: Pretoria, South Africa

University: University of Pretoria, South Africa

Current/Recent Course:  Bachelor of Laws (Current)

Other Information: Fadzai has just completed her 4th year of her LLB. She has been on the Dean’s Merit List Certificate from 2010-2012 and completed her Supervised Internship with distinction in 2012 with International and Comparative Law in Africa under Romi Brammer-research assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur. Fadzai  worked as a tutor for Administrative Law at her University Department of Public Law at the beginning of 2013 and as the Department assistant. She was the Secretary General of the executive committee of the United Nations of South Africa Pretoria Chapter which contributed to charity work for a local disadvantaged nursery in 2012.  Fadzai enjoys the Arts and theatre and is interested in commercial law. In the long term, she aspires to play a part in Zimbabwe’s economic growth, specifically in the field of manufacturing and commercial industry.

Adam Mastroianni

Adam Mastroianni

Ohio, 2014

Current place of residence: Monroeville, OH

University: Princeton University

Other Information: Adam Mastroianni, Monroeville, is a senior at Princeton where he majors in psychology.  He has done extensive independent work in the psychology of humor, and done research in the Gilbert lab at Harvard related to uniqueness, fairness and storytelling.  He co-founded and co-hosted Princeton’s first late-night talk show and is a senior member of Princeton’s oldest improvised comedy group.  He is also a senior cartoonist for the Daily Princetonian and a frequent actor in campus theater productions.  Adam also co-founded a free college preparation service for his small, rural Ohio high school.  His career interests are to apply psychological knowledge to achieve social impact, especially to equip underperforming people to realize their potential. 

Erin A. T. Mauldin

Erin A. T. Mauldin

New Mexico, 2014

Current place of residence: Albuquerque, NM 

University:  United States Military Academy

Other Information: Erin A. T. Mauldin, Albuquerque, is a senior at the United States Military Academy, where she majors in international history.  A Truman Scholar, she ranks first academically in her class and second in academics, military leadership and athletics combined.  She serves as regimental commander, competes on the Sandhurst (military skills) team, is co-captain of the Academy crossfit club and is the only non-French woman ever to graduate from the French Commando School.  Erin also volunteers to provide support to local students near West Point.  As a result of her efforts and environmental interests, the Corps of Cadets implemented a new waste management system.  She also helped to develop a biogas digester project in Uganda. 

Melissa L. McCoy

Melissa L. McCoy

Texas, 2014

Current place of residence: Dallas, TX

University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Other Information: Melissa L. McCoy, Dallas, graduated summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012 with a major in chemical engineering.  She then studied entrepreneurship and technology at Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park in California.  At Georgia Tech she founded an organization focused on social entrepreneurial technology and co-founded an organization to solve the problem of post-disaster water scarcity, which was piloted in partnership with the Red Cross in a Chilean town decimated by earthquake.  Melissa was also co-founder and COO of another tech company for which she co-invented and patented a digital manufacturing authentication technique. 

Timothy M. McGinnis

Timothy M. McGinnis

North Carolina, 2014

Current place of residence: Charlotte, NC

University: Princeton University

Other Information: Timothy M. McGinnis, Charlotte, graduated from Princeton is June summa cum laude in anthropology.  He took a two-year leave from Princeton to attend Deep Springs College in Deep Springs Valley, California from 2009-2011, a college essentially run by the students while they run all aspects of a ranch.  He is currently working for the Wellbody Alliance, which runs a healthcare clinic in Sierra Leone.  He captained the Princeton club lacrosse team and worked while at Princeton a weekly 12-hour shift as an emergency medical technician in West Windsor, New Jersey.  Tim also volunteered at a health clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Brian W. McGrail

Brian W. McGrail

Virginia, 2014

Current place of residence: Arlington, VA

University: Williams College

Other Information: Brian W. McGrail, Arlington, is a senior at Williams College where he majors in political economy and history.  A Truman Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, Brian is doing research on the effect of tax rates on income inequality, and on behavioral responses to taxation.  Politically active, he is president of the Williams College Democrats, and interned on the Elizabeth Warren Senate campaign.  He also serves on several college councils and committees.  He has volunteered to help those with low income prepare their taxes, is a teaching assistant and peer tutor, and is a four-year member of the Williams varsity cross country team. 

Simon Mendelsohn

Simon Mendelsohn

South Africa-at-Large, 2014 

Current place of residence: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga 

University: University of Cape Town 

Current/Recent course: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (2011)

 Other information: Simon graduated from the University of Cape Town medical school in 2011 with first class honours and is currently completing his medical internship in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. At university, Simon worked for six years with the Students’ Health And Welfare Centres Organisation. He was primarily involved in organising free mobile primary healthcare clinics, staffed by volunteer students and doctors, providing care to over five-thousand patients per annum in underserved communities. Simon was recognised for his work with the university’s premier award for student leadership and community service: the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Leader Award. His previous research has explored the role of situated learning – learning outside the classroom – in medical education. In his spare time, Simon enjoys rambling through the outdoors, running up mountains, and exploring South Africa's diverse cultural and natural landscapes. He intends to pursue a career in public healthcare management and policy, with a focus on equality and access to care in poor and underserved communities in Southern Africa.

Ashwin Menon

Ashwin Menon

India, 2014 

Current place of residence: Bangalore 

University:  Ramaiah Institute of Technology 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor in Information Science and Engineering (2014) 

Other Information:  Ashwin is in the final year of his Bachelor of Engineering.  He has loved the discipline of computer science since he was a young boy, and enjoyed teaching himself animation, web design and interactive programming in Python.  Ashwin has had a long career already in swimming, winning Silver with the Indian Team at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008. He has travelled extensively to participate in the Asian Swimming Championships, FINA World Aquatic Champions, and the World University Games.  Alongside his academic career, he has spent 6-8 hours per day training in swimming, leaving little time for other pursuits. Long-term, Ashwin hopes to pursue his love of computer science, in the arena of cyber security, contributing to the future protection of individuals and societies.

Vuyane Mhlomi

Vuyane Mhlomi

South Africa- At Large, 2014 

Current place of residence: Johannesburg  

University: University of Cape Town             

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (2011) 

Other Information:   Vuyane Mhlomi. obtained his medical degree with first class honours and with distinction in the pre-clinical, clinical and final clinical examinations.. He won the Kerry Capstick-Dale Memorial Scholarship, the Ackerman Family Foundation Award for outstanding leadership, and the Most Outstanding Student Leader Award in Undergraduate Faculty Council for his role as Chairperson of the Health Sciences' Faculty Council.  In June 2013, he was in theMail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans and South African Medical Association –Bonitas Young Leaders Award.   He is founder and Managing Director of the MH Foundation- an organization which seeks to enable disadvantaged children to realize their potential. He served his internship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. He is passionate about South Africa, its people and the attainment of academic excellence despite all odds. Vuyane would like to change the face of cardiovascular medicine, and provide a more practical approach to the challenges that are faced in South Africa’s health care system.    

John Mikhael

John Mikhael

Texas, 2014

Current place of residence: Dallas, TX

University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Other Information: John Mikhael, Dallas, is a 2013 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in mathematics, and where he is continuing his research in cognitive neuroscience.  Of Lebanese as well as U.S. citizenship, his research focuses on the algorithms that underlie our ability to perform functions such as language and social perception.  John has also worked as a tutor and lecturer in math, physics and biology in summers in Syria and Lebanon, and has been active as a peer health advocate and in interfaith relations. 

Vinay Nayak

Vinay Nayak

Illinois, 2014

Current place of residence: Oak Brook, IL

University: Yale University

Other Information: Vinay Nayak, Oak Brook, is a senior at Yale where he majors in political science.  His academic work has focused on how the internet can be used to enhance citizen engagement in elections, government and policymaking.  He has also applied these interests to political campaigns, including the Obama 2012 re-election campaign where he managed many national digital programs and social media accounts.  Vinay also interned for the White House Office on Digital Strategy and managed the social media presence for Sandy Hook Elementary School parents whose children lost their lives.  He has won many Yale prizes, and in forensics and debate was chosen as National Oratory Champion. 

Ndjodi Ndeunyema

Ndjodi Ndeunyema

Namibia, 2014 

Current place of residence: Windhoek, Namibia

University: University of Namibia

 Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Arts in Law (2011)/Bachelor of Laws (Current)

Other information: Ndjodi is completing his LLB and graduated as the Best Overall Student for his B Juris at the University of Namibia (UNAM). He holds a certificate in Human Rights Implementation from the University of Lucerne in Switzerland and was awarded Best Overall Participant. Ndjodi was part of the UNAM team in international moot courts, winning the African Human Rights Moot Anglophone category. He is working as a Research Intern for the Law Reform and Development Commission of Namibia. Ndjodi is a student tutor for Law of Property at UNAM, is co-founder and Managing Editor of the UNAM Law Review - a student-run academic law journal, and has published in the peer- reviewed journals. Ndjodi enjoys agricultural activities, singing in choirs, chess and football. Ndjodi is also a lifelong member of the Student Christian Movement of Namibia. He hopes to contribute to the improvement constitutional law, human rights, and criminal justice legal systems through academia and practicing law.

 

Suzanne Newing

Suzanne Newing

Quebec, 2014

Current place of residence: Montreal

University: McGill University

Current Courses:  Bachelor of  Arts in International Development Studies

Other Information: 

Suzanne is in the final year of her Honours degree in International Development Studies, with a Minor in African Studies. Her areas of interest include youth and women’s empowerment in Africa, leadership, human rights, and locally driven development initiatives. Suzanne has worked extensively in Ethiopia before and throughout university with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a Canadian-based international social enterprise, in the areas of women’s leadership, information communications technology (ICT), and local business development. As part of a long association with the Student Association for Medical Aid (SAMA), she has designed and implemented a children’s health project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Alongside her academic study and service roles, Suzanne is a keen sailor and swimmer, both recreationally and competitively, and practices digital photography. In the longer term, Suzanne envisages a career that fosters equality, engendering a form of development that mobilizes local talent and voices, in particular the voices of women.

James O’Connell

James O’Connell

Florida, 2014

Current place of residence: Tampa, FL

University: Wake Forest University

Other Information: James O’Connell, Tampa, graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University in May with a major in politics and international affairs.  He is currently on a one-year assignment in the Wake Forest president’s office.  Jim was a student member of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees, and a chair of the Honor Council.  He led the effort to create a LGBTQ center at the University, organized events surrounding the fiftieth anniversary of the desegregation of Wake Forest, and wrote a senior thesis on Al-Qaeda after Bin Laden.  He has written one feature length screenplay and three for short films, and has hosted a weekly radio show on film and culture. 

Nikhil Pandhi

Nikhil Pandhi

 India, 2014

Current place of residence: Haryana, India 

University: St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi 

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts in History (2014) 

Other Information: This year Nikhil won the Westcott Memorial History Prize, the Ranjit Singh Goel Memorial Award as well as the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Undergraduate Scholarship.  He edits Tarikh, the History Journal of St Stephen's College and has published and presented prize-winning papers at student paper-presentation competitions. Beyond academic work, Nikhil is trained in Indian classical music but enjoys experimenting with Swahili songs and folk-melodies.  He has taught himself KiSwahili in order to translate Swahili poems into English. Passionate about reading and writing poetry, Nikhil founded the Poetry Society at St Stephen's and co-founded PAPYRUS, an independent poetry journal to give young poets a voice.  For physical relaxation, Nikhil plays basketball, tennis and badminton and is an avid river-rafter. Long-term Nikhil will pursue a career in academia as a historian/archaeologist, with a particular focus on South Asia, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Anthony Payne

Anthony Payne

Newfoundland, 2014

Current place of residence: St. John’s, Newfoundland

University: Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Current Courses:  Bachelor of  Music (2013) / Bachelor of Science in Statistics;

Other Information: Anthony completed his BMus (Hons) earlier this year and is in his final year of the Bachelor of Science in Statistics for which he has been studying concurrently.  His statistics research focuses on statistical genetics, focussing specifically on environmental and genetic interactions contributing to obesity in Newfoundland.  As a musician, Anthony is accomplished in both piano and voice.  He has served as Co-President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Student Music Society and a member of the National Youth Choir of Canada.  Other interests include squash, baseball, bowling and aviation. 

Jonathan Pedde

Jonathan Pedde

Prairies, 2014

Current place of residence: Hanover, New Hampshire 

University: Dartmouth College

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Mathematics and Engineering Sciences

Other Information: Jonathan is in the final year of a four-year Bachelor of Arts program at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, majoring in Economics and Mathematics, and minoring in Engineering Sciences.  Prior to Dartmouth, he earned his private pilot's licence as a Royal Canadian Air Cadet in 691 "Hawk" Squadron, Indian Head.   Jonathan is on the Dartmouth Ultimate team for athletics, and writes for The Dartmouth, a daily newspaper, managing opinion columnists and comic artists. His world view has  been influenced by his volunteer work with Canadian Non-Profit 'The Sharing Way' in both Africa and India; he aspires in the long term to be a bridge between academic economists and policy-makers.

Zarko Perovic

Zarko Perovic

California - South, 2014

Current place of residence:San Diego, CA

University: University of California, Berkeley

Other Information: Zarko Perovic, San Diego, is a 2012 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in political science and classical civilizations, and graduated in the top five in his class.  Since graduation, he has worked in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the State Department and at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, where he is designing a system that allows individuals to document atrocities occurring in conflict zones.  As a boy growing up in Serbia he learned what war crimes were directly and before he learned their definition.  At Berkeley he was a research assistant with the War Crimes Studies Center relating to the Cambodian genocide.  He also founded and edited a lifestyle magazine and plays the classical guitar.  He did an independent senior project to raise public awareness of Roma issues in Paris.  He speaks Serbo-Croatian, French, Spanish, German and Romanian and reads Latin. 

Emma Pierson

Emma Pierson

Virginia, 2014

Current place of residence: Arlington, VA

University: Stanford University

Other Information: Emma Pierson, Arlington, graduated from Stanford in June with a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in computer science.  Her classroom work was augmented by research in cognitive psychology and biocomputation.  Emma is now working for Coursera, which provides free online education.  She was president of the Stanford Debate Society, and won 2nd place in the U.S. national debate championships.  She also has done statistical analyses of sexism in sports and in responses to sexual assault trials, and has volunteered as a tutor. 

Ntokozo Qwabe

Ntokozo Qwabe

KwaZulu-Natal, 2014

Current place of residence: Durban 

University: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Laws (2013) 

Other Information:  Ntokozo completed his LLB with First Class Honours, and has been selected recently as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar 2014.  Ntokozo served as Academic and Transformation Officer of the Black Management Forum, as Research and Education Co-ordinator of Students for Law & Social Justice and co-founded and was first Editor-in-Chief of an academic journal known as the UKZN Student Law Review. From a rural area himself, Ntokozo founded and served as Chair for, the Rural Students’ Society which aims to empower students and learners to be agents for change in their communities.  An orator, Ntokozo’s team was ranked in the Top 10 at the 2013 All Africa Moot Competition. For relaxation, Ntokozo plays cricket and soccer and writes on socio-economic issues. Ntokozo envisages serving as an Advocate in Public Law, with the ultimate aim to eventually serve as a Justice at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

 

Kunal Sharma

Kunal Sharma

New South Wales, 2014 

Current place of residence:  Sydney 

University: University of New South Wales 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts in English / Bachelor of Laws (2013) 

Other Information:  Kunal completed his BA/LLB (Hons) earlier this year and is now working as a graduate lawyer while completing the Practical Legal Training Program through the College of Law. Kunal's work has been published in the Australian Property Law Journal and the Property Law Review.  He is currently an Advisory member to the Board of the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association and an active member of the NSW Young Lawyers International Law Committee. He has previously volunteered with the Oaktree Foundation and St Vincent de Paul Society as well as completing internships with the Aboriginal Legal Service and the NSW Attorney General's Department. For relaxation, Kunal swims, was a Green Belt in Karate and writes fiction, having published two short stories. Kunal's immediate aspirations are to undertake research in areas of taxation and access to welfare, particularly through access to housing and education.

Freya Shearer

Freya Shearer

Western Australia, 2014 

Current place of residence: Jane Brook 

University: University of Western Australia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Biochemistry/ Diploma in Modern Languages, French Language (2012) 

Other Information:  Freya completed her Bachelor of Science in 2012.  Freya’s interest in global health, its challenges, solutions and development led to her involvement, first as Operations Manager, and more recently as Co-Director, with Upside. This is an Australian not-for-profit organisation which seeks to impact health, education and economic development in rural Nepal, by providing seed capital and management support to community-owned agricultural projects whose profits will eventually support local education and health services.  She is currently working as Academic Support Officer in the Emergency Department of St John of God Murdoch Hospital and has written a research paper exploring emergency department staff needs and perception in palliative care provision. Apart from her academic and vocational work, Freya is a five times State Medallist in the 100m hurdles. She plays piano recreationally and organises weekly soccer matches for volunteers and detainees at the Perth Immigration Detention Centre.  Long-term, Freya hopes to contribute to the development of solutions to public health problems in Australia and internationally.

Paolo P. Singer

Paolo P. Singer

New York, 2014

Current place of residence: Bronx, NY

University: Harvard University

Other Information: Paolo P. Singer, Bronx, is a senior at Harvard where he concentrates in economics.  Paolo is deeply committed to issues relating to poverty and economic opportunity, domestically and globally.  He has done research or interned at the White House, poverty and business development programs in South Africa, and with a microfinance program in Indian urban slums.  Paolo also chaired a civics education program for Boston public schools.  A pianist and a freshman lightweight rower, he also trained as a competitive figure skater under the coach of the Chinese Olympic team. 

Joseph Singh

Joseph Singh

Ontario, 2014

Current place of residence: Hanover, New Hampshire

University: Dartmouth College

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts in Government

Other Information: Joseph is currently studying a BA in Government at Dartmouth College, with a focus on international security policy. He has completed research internships at the OECD, the Center for a New American Security and the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. His writings on security and defence affairs have appeared in TIME, CNN, and Foreign Policy.  Alongside his studies, Joseph is Head Writing Tutor for Dartmouth's Student Center for Research, Writing and Information Technology, serves as Student Director for the War and Peace Fellows Program and is a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow.  Joseph is a member of the Dartmouth Aires, an all-male a cappella group which was a runner-up on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”. For relaxation, Joseph enjoys distance road cycling and playing soccer. In the long term, Joseph hopes to join the Foreign Service of Canada. 

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith

South Africa at Large, 2014

Current place of residence: Johannesburg

University: Rhodes University 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Business Science (Economics) (2012) 

Other Information:Dylan completed his degree in Economics in 2012, and is working as a consulting economist to South African, African, International companies and NGOs. Dylan’s work across the continent has crystallised his interest in applying the mechanics of macroeconomics to the emerging problem of sustaining Africa’s growth boom. Dylan was the winner of the 2012 National Budget Speech Essay Competition, the highest open prize in economics in South Africa, and was involved in a number of initiatives that  improve access to educational opportunity- primarily through teaching debate and public speaking in the English language to disadvantaged high-school students. Dylan co-founded the Rhodes University Students Economics Forum and Chaired the Rhodes University Debating Society. For relaxation, Dylan balances his love of literature and science fiction with keeping fit. In the long term, Dylan hopes to play an active role in the development and implementation of economic policy reform that will spur Africa's rise to prosperity.

Hamish Tomlinson

Hamish Tomlinson

New Zealand, 2014 

Current place of residence: Christchurch   

University: University of Canterbury 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (2013) 

Other Information:  Hamish is completing a Bachelor of Engineering, with Honours in Mechanical Engineering.  Alongside his studies he works as a Teachers’ Assistant, tutoring and grading first year papers, and mentors university peers in his halls of residence. Earlier this year Hamish was granted the Beca Engineering in Society Award for academic performance, leadership potential and contributions to the university and society. He is also the University of Canterbury Engineering Society Faculty Representative holding weekly tutorials, organising events and managing the engineering design challenge. Hamish represented New Zealand in track-cycling throughout his school career, culminating in 2009 when his team broke the New Zealand record, being placed 4th in the Junior World Championships. Hamish put aside his chances of a professional cycling career, in favour of tertiary education.  However,  he still cycles competitively and successfully on the National Track.  He plays hockey for the University, and enjoys skiing, both on water and snow.  In the long-term, Hamish wishes to pursue a career of service in the healthcare sector, through engineering and science.

Charles S. Tyson

Charles S. Tyson

North Carolina, 2014

Current place of residence: Chapel Hill, NC

University: University of Virginia

Other Information: Charles S. Tyson, Chapel Hill, is a senior at the University of Virginia where he double majors in political and social thought and in English.  A Beinecke Scholar and elected to  Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, he was managing editor and is now executive editor of The Cavalier Daily, where he writes the daily lead editorials and edits all opinion content.  He was widely recognized for his coverage of the ouster and reinstatement of the University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan, has won many awards for excellence in English, and is advisory board member of the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures. 

Mahesh Umapathysivam

Mahesh Umapathysivam

South Australia, 2014 

Current place of residence: Adelaide 

University: University of Adelaide 

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (2012), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (2013) 

Other Information:  Mahesh has completed his medical degree with first class honours in Medical Science (Endocrinology & Intensive Care Medicine).  He has undertaken electives at Kings College London and at Yale University, and has published widely.  He was invited this year to present his research on diabetes at the 2013 American Diabetes Association Scientific Session, was awarded the Intensive Care Society Scholarship and has been invited twice to speak at the NHMRC Centre Clinical Research Excellence Forum.  Alongside his academic work, Mahesh served as President of the Adelaide University Surgical Society, tutored younger medical students and volunteered for St John’s Ambulance. Mahesh continues to plays Chess recreationally (having won a number of junior championships), soccer and basketball and loves to write. Long-term, he envisages a career as medical specialist, researcher and health advocate, bringing a disciplined, evidence-based approach to clinical practice and to the systems that underpin the delivery of medical care.

Miles W. Unterreiner

Miles W. Unterreiner

California - North, 2014

Current place of residence: Santa Barbara, CA

University: Stanford University

Other Information: Miles W. Unterreiner, Santa Barbara, received his B.A. and M.A. in history at Stanford in 2012 and 2013, respectively.  He was a writer, columnist, and managing editor for opinions for The Stanford Daily, and won the Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award which is given to one college journalist in the U.S.  Miles was also two-time NCAA Division I athletic All-American as a member of Stanford’s varsity track and field and cross country teams, and won the award for Stanford’s graduating varsity athlete with the highest grade point average.  He  also served as president of the Stanford American Civil Liberties Union executive board and on the editorial board of Stanford’s undergraduate history journal.  His interests are in international human rights. 

Joshua Wabwire

Joshua Wabwire

 Kenya, 2014

Current place of residence: Nairobi

University: Moi University 

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Laws (2012) 

Other Information:  Joshua completed his LLB, achieving first in his class, and is currently undertaking the Advocates Training Programme at the Kenya School of Law. Last year, he presented a paper at his University’s Annual International Conference on regional integration and intellectual property laws in East Africa community member states. Whilst at university, Joshua was Chairperson of the Moi University Annex Campus Press Club which published articles on current affairs to the university. He was also Secretary General of the Moi University Students Organisation, representing the student body’s views and voicing their issues. More recently, Joshua has served as an Intern for six months on the Kenya Human Rights Commission, speaking to people about human rights issues and conducting field research from various parts of the country. For relaxation, Joshua enjoys playing soccer, reading and writing fiction and listening to music. In the long-term, Joshua aspires to a career as an advocate and an academic, researching and publishing on issues of law as well as practising.

Chloe Walker

Chloe Walker

Barbados, 2014

Current place of residence: Kingston, Jamaica

University: University of Toronto / University of the West Indies

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies and African Studies (2012) / Master of Philosophy in Literatures in English (current)

Other information:

Other information: Having completed her HBA at the University of Toronto, Chloe is now reading for a Master's in English at the University of the West Indies.  She is the recipient of several academic scholarships and awards, including; The University of the West Indies Graduate Scholarship, The Innis College Exceptional Achievement Award, and the CAPE Award for Top Performance in Humanities. Alongside her studies, Chloe is an Assessor/Supervisor for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, having completed the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards herself. Chloe teaches English Language and Literature and coaches the Debating Club at her former high school; she volunteers for Read for Life, Barbados, is a founding member of AIESEC Barbados, a member of the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's Ambassador Corps, and a past President of the University of Toronto Swahili Conversation Club. In the long term, Chloe hopes to contribute to the use of educational technology in the development of the Caribbean and the acquisition of Standard English.

Jessica Wamala

Jessica Wamala

New Hampshire, 2014

Current place of residence: Milford, NH

University: Villanova University

Other Information: Jessica Wamala, Milford, graduated from Villanova University in May with majors in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and global interdisciplinary studies.  She is a Truman Scholar, a Rangel Scholar, and a Gates Millenium Scholar.  She is now pursuing an M.A. in political science at Villanova.  Jessica has interned at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade and at the State Department office of Near Eastern Affairs.  A sophomore walk-on, Jessica is co-captain of Villanova’s 2013-2014 Division I varsity basketball team.  She has done extensive volunteer work with Philadelphia’s homeless.  At age 14, she was ranked fourth in the United States in chess for females under 21. 

Alexander G. Wang

Alexander G. Wang

Pennsylvania, 2014

Current place of residence: Doylestown, PA 

University: New York University Abu Dhabi

Other Information: Alexander G. Wang, Doylestown, is a senior at New York University Abu Dhabi, where he is majoring in social research and public policy.  He will graduate with NYUAD’s inaugural class and is thus its first Rhodes Scholar.  He has also studied at NYU-Shanghai.  A Truman Scholar, he is at the top of his class academically, has co-authored a paper on politics, gender and religion in Turkey and the U.S., and has assisted in teaching and research at Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, primarily in sociology and migration studies.  Alex has devoted considerable work to improve the living conditions of immigrant workers in Abu Dhabi.  He founded and is editor-in-chief of a social science journal, and founded and serves as president of an organization coordinating volunteer opportunities across Abu Dhabi. 

Jing Jing (Alice) Wang

Jing Jing (Alice) Wang

New Zealand, 2014

Current place of residence: Auckland 

University: University of Auckland 

Current/recent course:   Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Arts Conjoint (2013)  

Other Information:  Alice completes her Conjoint BA, specialising in Economics and Philosophy, and Law degree this year. During the course of her studies Alice won the Sir Alexander Johnstone Scholarship, the New Zealand Law Review Prize and the AG Davis Scholarship, amongst others.  She also won the BCG Scholarship, awarded to one man and one woman annually, across Australia and New Zealand, for exceptional ability in academia, leadership and critical thinking. Whilst completing her studies she works for Meredith Connell as a Law Clerk and as a Research Assistant for the Center for Applied Research in Economics. She serves on the University of Auckland Council and is a member of the Young Leaders Network Advisory Group for the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Alice is an accomplished pianist, composes and teaches music and also plays the oboe, viola and trombone. Alice plays indoor netball and tennis on a competitive and social basis, runs and tramps for leisure.  In the long-term, Alice wishes to pursue a career in public policy, focusing on social and education as a catalyst for economic and social development.

Katherine E. Warren

Katherine E. Warren

Massachusetts, 2014

Current place of residence: Bainbridge Island, WA

University: Harvard University

Other Information: Katherine E. Warren, Bainbridge Island, Washington, graduated from Harvard in May with a concentration is anthropology.  She won the prize for the top female graduate as well as the prize for the top undergraduate thesis.  Katherine also co-founded and co-directed the Akili Initiative, a global youth-for-youth-health project that serves 25 NGOs and that has won awards from the Clinton Global Initiative and Ashoka, and co-founded and co-directed the Athena Program mentoring underserved high school women in Boston.  She is a Truman Scholar and is now an Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services doing work on women’s and Native American health issues.  She ran the Boston marathon to raise money for disability research. 

Meredith L. Wheeler

Meredith L. Wheeler

Colorado, 2014

Current place of residence: Fort Collins, CO

University: Stanford University

Other Information: Meredith L. Wheeler, Fort Collins, is a senior at Stanford majoring in history and political science.  Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, her academic work has focused on the middle east.  A Truman Scholar, Meredith has researched comparative democratization, post-coup repression, and Islamic party politics in Egypt and Islamist political organizations in Morocco.  She has worked as a research assistant for Condoleeza Rice at the Hoover Institution and as an intern in the office of Senator Mark Udall.  She is chair of Stanford in Government, serves on Stanford’s Board of Trustees, is on the editorial board of Stanford’s undergraduate history journal and was a member of the editorial board of the The Stanford Daily.  She is also a member of Stanford’s alpine ski team. 

Courtney T. Wittekind

Courtney T. Wittekind

Ohio, 2014

Current place of residence: Mason, OH

University: Carnegie Mellon University

Other Information: Courtney T. Wittekind, Mason, graduated from Carnegie Mellon in May with majors in sociocultural anthropology and art.  Her work in art, activism and anthropology has been focused on behalf of displaced persons and refugees.  She is currently working at the Brookings Institution, following work with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees field office in Myanmar.  During her time at Carnegie Mellon she was a news editor on the school newspaper and served on its editorial board.  She also created arts initiatives in an impoverished neighborhood in Pittsburgh, as well as one in Nicaragua, leading to young people in each sharing their art with each other.  She also studied in Thailand on a Boren Scholarship.  

Thomas Woodroofe

Thomas Woodroofe

Australia at large, 2014.

Current place of residence:  Victoria

University: The University of Melbourne and Monash University

Current/recent course:  Master of International Relations (2012) / Bachelor of Global Arts (2011)

 Other Information:  Thom graduated in 2012 as a Master of International Relations having written a previous honours thesis on Australia’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council. Thom is the founder of Australia’s first non-partisan think-tank for young people called Left Right Think-Tank, and another organisation called Global Voices which provides opportunities for young Australians to be heard at international forums such as the G20. In 2009 he was recognised as the Young Victorian of the Year for his efforts. Currently he works for a diplomatic advisory firm that assists marginalised groups with their foreign policy and is an Associate Fellow with the Asia Society. For relaxation, Thom runs competitively, enjoys travelling and is in the process of obtaining a Private Pilot’s License. In the long term, Thom aspires to help forge a healthier balance between values and interests in Australia’s foreign policy, and look at ways diplomacy itself can be reformed.

Raag Yadava

Raag Yadava

India, 2014 

Current place of residence: New Delhi 

University: National Law School of India University 

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (2013) 

Other Information:  Raag completed his BA, LLB this summer and is now working as Judicial Clerk to a Justice in the High Court of Delhi and as Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. Whilst at National Law School he served as Convening Editor for the Indian Journal of International Economic Law, as Editor of the Annual Law Review of the International Law Summit and as Editor of the Indian Journal of Law and Technology and has published extensively.  He also served as the Convenor for the Academic Support Progreamme, the Student Initiative to Promote Legal Awareness and the Moot Court Society. He has been a regular member of the NLSIU team at the Annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and this year won best Oralist award in the Championship round.  For relaxation, Raag plays football for NLSIU, plays the drums and for the last four years has served as one of the core organizers of Strawberry Fields, NLS's annual music festival. Raag envisages a career in public international law, whether in legal practice, academia or policy.

Yan Yu

Yan Yu

Prairies, 2014

Current place of residence: Calgary 

University: Queen’s University (2011) / University of Calgary (2014)

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Biology (2011) / Doctor of Medicine (2014)

Other Information:  Yan won the Nat Christie Foundation Medical Entrance Award to the University of Calgary, where he completed his medical degree in May 2014.  Alongside his studies, he founded, edited and led the development of the free online 'Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease' - which has been accessed by more than 31,000 physicians and medical students in over 100 countries. He served as the Chair for the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students' Political Advocacy Committee, and continues to be a Peer Listener for fellow medical students.  For relaxation, Yan is a mountain trail-runner, plays the guitar and enjoys ultimate frisbee and ice-hockey. Yan envisages his future to involve creating open-source medical education materials, collaborating in health care innovation, whilst remaining rooted in medical practice.


Falcon Scholars


Shamma Sohail Faris Al Mazrui

Shamma Sohail Faris Al Mazrui

Falcon Scholar, United Arab Emirates, 2014

Current place of residence: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

University: New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a concentration in Finance (May 2014)

Other Information: As a recipient of both the Abu Dhabi Educational Council Scholarship for Outstanding Students and the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Scholarship for Exceptional Emirati Students, Shamma will complete her undergraduate study in May 2014. During her time at NYU Abu Dhabi, Shamma served as one of the initiators of the Al-Nahda Institute, a university-wide program aimed to raise awareness about social equity and to address both individual and collective dimensions of leadership. She is also a member of the university's Student Affairs in the Global Network University committee. Shamma has done extensive research on Emirati females’ perceptions of the labour market; and has interned as a summer analyst at a financial firm in New York City, and a detailed researcher in Washington, DC.  Shamma is an avid golfer and skier.

Charlotte Wang

Charlotte Wang

Falcon Scholar, United Arab Emirates, 2014

Current place of residence: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

University: New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Current/recent course: Social Research and Public Policy

Other Information: Charlotte Wang is a senior at NYU Abu Dhabi with a major in social research and public policy. Her academic interests include oral history, social network analysis, and urbanization. She has assisted with both teaching and research at Princeton University, and has worked with the Legal Aid Society in New York. In Abu Dhabi, Charlotte heads an ESL curriculum development program for migrant workers, serves as an editor for a social science journal, and has been an advocate for environmental sustainability initiatives. Charlotte maintains a lifelong love for classical music and the cello.