Sheikh Mohammed Irfan
Sheikh Mohammed Irfan is a passionate Bangladeshi entrepreneur specialized in the technological industry. He thrives on innovation and development of pragmatic solutions for emerging markets. His areas of expertise entail system architecture, Fintech, IoT, big data, machine learning, data science, semantics and cyber security. His utmost goals center on enablement and bridging of developing technological markets, construction of decentralized platforms for the masses, and empowerment of the youth. His work focuses on capacity building, consultancy, advocacy, innovation and leadership.
Irfan is the Co-founder of the technology startup Cyber Giant Systems Inc., Founder of BD Fintech, a Bangladeshi Fintech Platform, Co-Founder of Digital Value Holdings, a global Fintech initiative led by MIT cohorts, Co-Founder of Cyberia Academy, a technology education startup, Editor and Co-Founder of DOHS Times, a community based web news portal, and Member of the Singapore Fintech Association, Global IoT Association, among other things. He has a multidisciplinary background and received education and training in the fields of Robotics Engineering, Data Science, System Engineering and Financial Technology from institutions including MMU and MIT.
MCMPA (2013)， Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Vanndy Hem is an Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Kingdom of Cambodia. His portfolio includes public investment in infrastructure, development financing, coordination and management of overseas development assistance, and support to policy undertaking for national development priorities. He provides managerial oversight and policy advice on the implementation of government’s programs and projects funded by public borrowings and grants.
Jeff Chen is the co-founder of Lumen Labs, Inc, a tech-startup that based in Boston and Hong Kong that is developing disruptive technology to improve current bicycle helmet to increase cyclists’ safety on road. With firsthand experience in both Hong Kong and Boston, Jeff is particular interested in understanding the different startup environments and cultures around the world.
Harvard Graduate School Of Education, Ed.M., McGill University, B.A.
Marina Chan is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her career in the investment banking industry in Hong Kong, holding various positions in equity research, marketing, and client management. Her interest in education was sparked through volunteer teaching opportunities for primary and middle school children, which later led to her work supporting students with learning differences.
Neha Sharma is an Evaluation Consultant with the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. She has 5+ years of work experience in Indian infrastructure research and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) of public policies and programs in South Asia. She graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in June 2012 where she was awarded the Don K. Price Award for Academic Excellence and Significant Impact on the Harvard Kennedy School and the Marianna Filgueira Risso Award for Exemplifying Public Service.
Rajat Sethi is pursuing 3-year joint MBA/MPA degree at MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School. Rajat has been working as an entrepreneur at the intersection of Technology, Policy and Tech-aided Development in sectors spanning across Rural Telecom Infrastructure, Clean Energy – Solar Power and its derivative products for Agribusiness. He also worked with the World Bank on clean technology advisory.
Andi Sparringa is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and was recently a USINDO (United States – Indonesia Society) fellow. Currently, Andi works as an Indonesian diplomat assisting the Vice Foreign Minister of Indonesia. Also educated at Georgetown University, Andi specializes in drafting Presidential/Ministerial speeches and is also active in the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI).
Daniel J. Kim
Previously served as Executive Director
Daniel J. Kim is currently the Head of Global Leadership Trek. Prior to his appointment, he served as Executive Director of the Handong Global Academy in Korea. In his role, he collaborated with the Ministry of Education as well as local city governments in developing a wide range of educational programs such as leadership programs, mentorship programs, teacher training program and language programs.
Prior to this position, Jiro Yoshino worked as a marketing director for the advertising company, Dentsu, to provide high value-added marketing and technical advisory services to the Japan’s largest consumer-product maker. He led a marketing team, a creative team and a promotion team to boost this client’s sales. As an example of his work, he has organized four integrated marketing campaigns using popular media, such as movies and TV programs.
Director of Asia Leadership Trek
John Lee came to America when he was one with his father, who was a South Korean diplomat. John grew up in NYC and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management. Following Cornell, John moved to South Korea to become better versed in its history, language, and culture. He has spent over a decade in Asia, working primarily with international NGOs, economic think tanks, and government ministries before completing a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. Prior to HKS, John worked for the U.S. State Department in U.S. Embassy Seoul, leading programs on innovation and tech-focused outreach.
MCMPA Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai is a Harvard graduate student studying Public Administration at the Kennedy Government School. He has 14 years of professional experience working in the local and district government, an international organization and a political party. As an active member of the Mongolian People’s Party since 2001, Oyun-Erdene served as Acting Secretary General of the party and Director of the Organizational department of the party.
Niranjan Narsingh Khatri
MCMPA Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Niranjan Narsingh Khatri is the Country Director of LEAP (Leadership and Aspiration Development Program). He is a graduate student of Development Studies at Kathmandu University. Niranjan specializes in youth advocacy through different awreness and capacity-buildings programs. In the last five years, Niranjan has worked for the poor and the marginalized in the field of education and health.
Sujit Narayan Singh Thapa
Sujit Narayan Singh Thapa has a Master in Education Candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an interest in education, innovation, leadership, and economic development, and serves as a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council member at HGSE. He has a Master in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Goldman School Departmental Fellow, a founder of South Asian Group in Public Policy, and the President of the International Public Policy Group.
Fuadi Pitsuwan is a Fellow at the Harvard University Asia Center and a WSD-Handa Fellow at CSIS Pacific Forum. His research focuses on international security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. At Harvard, he coordinates a campaign to set up a permanent Thai Studies Program and serves as a teaching fellow in public finance.
Pitichoke Chulapamornsri is currently a Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School focusing on International Trade and Finance. Previously, he was an analyst at Goldman Sachs where he managed portfolio analytics and risk management projects for the private equity group, a fund of fund with exposure to over 500 managers and 10,000 underlying companies.