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GSF Co-Founder Max Song, with mentor Annie Zhou from US China Green Fund

GSF Co-Founder Max Song, with mentor Annie Zhou from US China Green Fund

It all started when…

A group of 2017 Schwarzman Scholars (Max Song, Alibek Nurkesh, and Cristopher-Teodor Uglea) discussed organizing an event that will create a catalyst for people to get together and work on a tangible problem. Inspired by the mission of Schwarzman College, to instill a spirit of leadership in addressing global problems, they designed a weekend-long "make-a-thon" that aims at bringing students from across different domains, disciplines, and pair them with mentors with industry experience who could coach and advise them. 

Through this event, they engaged with students and alumni from Tsinghua, Peking and other universities in Beijing to work together, and broaden their mindset.

To focus on the attention on issues that matter, five main themes were announced in the first Global Solutions Festival: Digitalization of Employment, Poverty Alleviation, Reforming Education, Healthcare Access, and Environment Protection.

After three weeks of intensive planning, The 2017 Global Solution Festival was launched!

AT THE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS FESTIVAL 2017...

100+ students and young professionals around the world participated, generating more than two dozen ideas.

 

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Our Mission

The Mission of Global Solutions Festival is to accelerate positive change through innovation.

Through our annual event, we aim to provide a platform to gather, connect and inspire bright-minded young leaders to find solutions to pressing issues of today. We want to help future youth leaders develop the awareness, responsibility, and necessary skills to play a meaningful role in the tackling our world's issues. 


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Our Target Audience

We want to find the most passionate and driven young leaders around the world, and assist them in achieving the change they deem necessary. By exposing these young leaders to mentors in diverse industries, we hope to provide insights, offer opportunities and stimulate innovation.


 

 

We are honored to welcome an esteemed panel of  mentors and judges, who bring their wisdom and experience to engage with the young future leaders of GSF.

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2017 Mentors

The 2018 mentor list is not finalized yet. Most of the mentors from 2017 are returning. Here is a list of some of the 2017 mentors.

Tianwei ZHANG  Founder & MD, Taconic Capital Group

Tianwei ZHANG

Founder & MD, Taconic Capital Group

Lychee LI  Founder, Sinoglade Int'l Consultancy

Lychee LI

Founder, Sinoglade Int'l Consultancy

Jiannan ZHANG  CEO, TopHacker Group

Jiannan ZHANG

CEO, TopHacker Group

 
Xun YUAN  CEO, Yuan Engineering

Xun YUAN

CEO, Yuan Engineering

Lili PIKE  Princeton-in-Asia Research Fellow, NRDC

Lili PIKE

Princeton-in-Asia Research Fellow, NRDC

Angel GUO  Researcher, Central Enterprise Think Tank Alliance

Angel GUO

Researcher, Central Enterprise Think Tank Alliance

Dickie KE  Executive-level leadership roles at Microsoft, Ericsson Business Consulting, Nokia, HSBC, and AXA/UAP

Dickie KE

Executive-level leadership roles at Microsoft, Ericsson Business Consulting, Nokia, HSBC, and AXA/UAP

Melanie Koenderman  Associate Dean for Student Life, Schwarzman Scholars

Melanie Koenderman

Associate Dean for Student Life, Schwarzman Scholars

Douglas CORDLEY  Founder of Beijing Health Forum

Douglas CORDLEY

Founder of Beijing Health Forum

Yun TANG  Vice President, Hangzhou Youth Entrepreneurs Association

Yun TANG

Vice President, Hangzhou Youth Entrepreneurs Association

 
 

You're eligible if you're...

  • Currently attending a recognized post-secondary university (Graduate and Undergraduate), or

  • A recent graduate from a recognized post-secondary university (within five years), or

  • Working for a startup, or

  • Looking to create a startup, and

  • Able to express yourself in English, and

  • Willing to work hard and have lots of fun! 

 
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