BANGLADESH

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Sheikh Mohammed Belal

MCMPA (2012) Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Sheikh Belal is an ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands and the International Criminal Court. He graduated from the Kennedy School of Government in 2012 with a degree in the masters of public administration–mid-career program. Mr. Belal graduated from Forestry at the Chittagong University and has subsequently obtained Masters in International Relations and Trade from Monash University in Australia.

Sheikh Mohammed Belal

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Sheikh Belal is an ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands and the International Criminal Court. He graduated from the Kennedy School of Government in 2012 with a degree in the masters of public administration–mid-career program. Mr. Belal graduated from Forestry at the Chittagong University and has subsequently obtained Masters in International Relations and Trade from Monash University in Australia. Mr. Belal is also a graduate of Harvard University of U.S.A. where he obtained his Masters in Public Administration in 2012.

During his career in the Foreign Service, Mr. Belal was posted in Bangladesh Embassies in Australia, Malaysia, U.S.A. and Uzbekistan. Based in The Hague, Mr. Belal will also be concurrently accredited to Republic of Poland, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mr.Belal is married to Dr. Dilruba Nasrin and has two children-a son and a daughter.

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CAMBODIA

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Vanndy Hem

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.

Vanndy Hem

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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. He is also a member of the Supreme National Economic Council.

Over the last 15 years, his career spanned across private sector, the United Nations system, multilateral development bank, and government. Prior to his current position, he was Deputy Secretary General for Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority. He was tasked with strengthening institutional leadership and mobilizing external resources to help Cambodia get rid of its landmines.

In pursuit of this humanitarian work, he also served as deputy head of secretariat of the Organizing Committee of the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties to the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Convention), which took place in Phnom Penh in 2011. He played a key role in ensuring the success of this high-level diplomatic conference both in terms of logistics and substance and serving the two year-responsibilities of the Cambodia presidency.

His inspiration to serve his nation and passion for development and reform has shaped much of his professional life. As Economics and Financial Sector Officer of the Asian Development Bank (Cambodia Resident Mission), he worked closely with the government and was involved in many policy and structural reforms to develop financial sector and private sector, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Mr. Hem obtained his Mid-Career Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014 and Master of Arts in International Relations from International University of Japan in 2002. He received his undergraduate diploma of Bachelor of Business Administration from then National Institute of Management (Cambodia) in 1999.

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CHINA

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Jeff Chen

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.

Jeff Chen

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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. He endeavors to bring more perspectives about entrepreneurship and innovation in the greater China region to the trekkers. Jeff was at Harvard College as a visiting student from 2013-2014, completing his two degrees in Mechanical Engineering and General Business Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2015.

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HONG KONG

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Marina Chan

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.

Marina Chan

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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. She continues to serve on the education committee of F.O.C.U.S. (Focus on Children’s Understanding in School), a nonprofit organization that strives to improve education for students with learning challenges. Marina is currently an advisor at Catapult, an incubator for high school students looking to develop and grow their enterprises. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from McGill University.

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INDIA

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Neha Sharma

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.

Neha Sharma

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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.

Neha has previously studied Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (MA – Economics) and University of Delhi (BA – Economics Honors) in New Delhi. Prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School, she helped establish the South Asia Regional Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) led by J-PAL South Asia.

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Rajat Sethi

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.

Rajat Sethi

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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. Over this summer he was working with LinkedIn as a Labor Economist utilizing technology to address skills gap. He has a strong passion for technology aided development solutions. He graduated from IIT Kharagpur in Computer Science and Engineering in 2009.

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INDONESIA

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Andi Sparringa

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).

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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).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia awarded him as the ASEAN – Indonesia Youth Ambassador. He was also a national representative for various international exchange programs such as the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States and the Ship for South East Asian Youth Exchange Program (SSEAYP).

Passionate about public relations, marketing, and tourism, Andi was the chairman of the Jogjakarta Province Tourism Ambassadors where his main responsibilities were to raise cultural/tourism awareness programs, initiate socio-cultural activities, and implemented disaster relief efforts, especially during the 2006 Jogjakarta earthquake.

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KOREA

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Daniel J. Kim

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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.

Daniel J. Kim

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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.

Mr. Kim also served as the Korean Director of Promise International LLC where he organized and managed a program with over 50 schools in Korea’s rural communities with real time on-line English language courses. He believes that every individual has a unique plan and education is means to help realizing this plan.

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JAPAN

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Jiro Yoshino

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.

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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.
From March to December of 2000, he participated in a project for the Office of the National Commission on Educational Reform, Cabinet Councilors’ Office on Internal Affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat of the Japanese Government. Although this project, which was designed to support the Prime Minister, was a demanding endeavor, it demonstrated the importance of education to me. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics from the Graduate Faculty of Economics at Kyoto University and a Master’s in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School.He is also one of the fellows of US-Japan Leadership Program organized by the US-Japan foundation. He was born in Western Japan (Hyogo Prefecture). When not working, he enjoys traveling abroad.

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MALAYSIA

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John Lee

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.

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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.

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MONGOLIA

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Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai

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.

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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. He led the working group of the Mongolian People’s Party to reform the party to become a modern political party and developed the “Development agenda-6” party platform. At the age of 21 years old, he became the youngest in the history of Mongolia Head of the Secretariat of the Governor of Berkh city, his hometown. At the present, Oyun-Erdene leads the largest political youth organization – Social Democracy Mongolian Youth Federation with the membership of more than 60,000 members. He speaks English and Russian. Married with 2 children.

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NEPAL

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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.

Niranjan Narsingh Khatri

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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. What started as a passion for him turned into an obsession! Niranjan wants to devote his future towards serving the the development sector of Nepal. Niranjan plans to work for the government of Nepal and make up for the lack of institutions and processes that are more responsive to the ordinary citizens, especially the poor.

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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.

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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. At Berkeley, he co-led a semester seminar with academics, practitioners, and entrepreneurs in International Development for graduate students, as well as served as an elected student representative on the Goldman School Strategy Committee. At Berkeley, in 2013, he founded a Leadership and Aspiration Program (LEAP) for youth to foster the growth of visionary leaders and entrepreneurs to transform Nepali society.

Before Berkeley, he was an Engineering manager at Cisco Systems, where he led a team to develop its flagship communications product, Catalyst 6500 with an installed base of $40B+. Prior to Cisco, he was a Systems Engineer in Radar and Satellite Communications Companies. While living in the US, he has engaged extensively with the Nepalese community. He served as the youngest elected President of a San FranciscoBay area Nepali community, organizing talk programs as well as cultural and philanthropic events. In 2009-2011, as a leader at CAN-USA, a nonprofit, he held successful workshops on career development for youth of the Nepali Diaspora. He had also co-founded a nonprofit that empowers youth in Nepal to transform society through technology and education. Prior to Harvard, he was instrumental in managing a campaign for the Nepali Congress party in Dhankuta District, Eastern Nepal, and was a consultant to the Alternative Energy Promotion Center to promote access to energy in rural Nepal as well as a strategist for a social mobilization organization. He studied leadership and communications at Stanford, has a MS in Electrical Engineering from USC, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from University of Bristol, England, where he was an ODA Scholar and a Student Union representative.

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THAILAND

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Fuadi Pitsuwan

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.

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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.

Additionally, Fuadi is a strategic advisor to Teach For Thailand, an educational foundation that recruits high-performing graduates to teach in underprivileged schools in Thailand, which he helped found and formerly served as its Head of Strategy. From 2008-2011, he was an associate at The Cohen Group, a DC-based strategic advisory firm, where he analyzed US and international defense markets and assisted Fortune 500 companies in engaging U.S. and foreign governments. He received a Rising Star award from US-ASEAN Business Council for his contribution to business relations between the two regions. Prior to that, he was a grant writer and a summer program manager for an education foundation serving underprivileged Muslim minority children in Southern Thailand where he is from. He participated and organized relief efforts after the Tsunami, which devastated Thailand in 2004, and the Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma in 2008. He received his Master in Public Policy, focusing on International and Global Affairs, from Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Public Service Fellow and a Belfer IGA Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where he was awarded best thesis in Asian Studies.

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Pitichoke Chulapamornsri

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.

Pitichoke Chulapamornsri

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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. While at Harvard, he started a social enterprise called Happy Farmers, an online e-commerce platform that seeks to revolutionize the rice production supply chain in Thailand. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from University of Washington where he served as the president of the student body.

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