Harvard Business School Announces 2022 Goldsmith Scholars – News


BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the 2022 recipients of its Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowships. Established in 1988 by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and Richard L. Menschel (MBA 1959), former director of the foundation and limited partner of Goldman Sachs, to encourage students from the nonprofit and public sectors to attend HBS, these scholarships allow the School to award $10,000 to a certain number of incoming MBA students.

Beginning with the class of 1990, 247 incoming students received the scholarship. Award recipients have held leadership positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations and demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing career paths in these fields. New recipients are invited to participate in events with current and former recipients as well as local social enterprise leaders with the aim of creating a network of people committed to working in social enterprise.

The 2022 Goldsmith Scholars are:

Audrey Atencio.Audrey’s career has focused on the intersection of food systems and supply chains, first with the United Nations World Food Program in Uganda and more recently with One Acre Fund in Zambia and Rwanda, where she has led work to improve financial and logistics services for smallholders. Farmers. Going forward, she intends to create more efficient and resilient food and logistics systems in low-resource areas to reduce food waste and increase farmers’ profits. She said, “I appreciate the opportunity to surround myself with people who are passionate about the potential of social enterprise, both during and after my MBA program.

Colette Bishogo. Colette joins HBS from GiveDirectly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Acting Country Director and Chief Operating Officer, she oversaw cross-border operations and ensured the delivery of $25 million in unconditional mobile money transfers to 70,000 beneficiaries, and also made emergency COVID transfer payments. with a sixfold oversubscription. The Goldsmith Fellowship, she said, “will allow me to conduct research and lay the foundation to streamline and democratize access to capital for disadvantaged aspiring entrepreneurs.”

John Guo.Jean is a dual degree student at HBS and HKS and the Founder and Executive Director of Konexio, a social enterprise that provides technology development programs and bridges the digital divide for the most vulnerable. Since its inception, it has built and grown operations in four countries, 15 cities and over 40 training sites, with over 3,000 students trained and 10,000 students expected to be trained over the next three years. She said: “I am at the beginning of my journey as a social entrepreneur and I would greatly benefit from exchanges that can develop my capacities as a social entrepreneur. »

Khishigsuren (Hishgi) Jargalsaikhan. Hishgee spent two years developing and teaching courses through the International Monetary Fund’s e-learning team at the Institute for Capacity Development. She then joined the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as an economic analyst specializing in climate risk and economic forecasting. Asked about her plans after HBS, she said, “My long-term dream is the same: to return to Mongolia and help our country in its financial and economic development.”

David Messenger. David spent over 10 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State, including the US Embassy in Tokyo and the US Mission to the United Nations in New York. While in Japan, David served as a political officer tasked with advancing elements of Indo-Pacific strategy. At the UN, David has defended US positions on the economy, sustainable development and proposals for UN reform. David said, “Being part of the Goldsmith community will allow me to better promote public-private partnerships to solve the toughest problems facing governments and to advocate for responsible and equitable international development programs.

Rishi Razdan . After three years at Bain & Company, Rishi spent a year as a fellow at the University of Chicago, building capacity for high-impact social enterprises, then served as co-founder and CEO of X Billion Skills Lab in Mumbai, providing a affordable training. and placement services for college students. He then joined Acumen, leading the organization’s work in India on education, employment and entrepreneurship. He said, “My goal for the future is to improve the quality of higher education in India. The Goldsmith Fellowship gives me access to an exceptional network of peers that I hope can grow into a community of action.

Shashwat Shivam. Shashwat comes to HBS from the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where he worked with India’s National Covid-19 Task Force to set up the country’s testing systems and roll out the largest Covid-19 vaccine program in the world. He also helped shape India’s long-term digital health strategy. Previously, Shashwat helped found UrbanCompany, a tech start-up that creates livelihood opportunities and improves access to health services for on-demand workers. After HBS, Shashwat said he hopes to “accelerate the adoption of innovative and sustainable solutions that can make quality healthcare more accessible and affordable and optimize provider workloads in low-income settings.”

Vishnu Sridhar.Vishnu has been a leader in the non-profit and public sectors and is pursuing a Masters/MBA in Engineering Science. During his professional career, he served as lead engineer for successful NASA missions including Europa Clipper, Mars 2020 Rover and Mars Exploration Rover. He also operates the Navagraha Temple in New York, uniting and supporting people around the world based on the principles of ancient Indian tradition. He said: “Going forward, I’m excited to focus my attention on new satellite-based technologies that will monitor the effects of climate change around the world and help implement government policies.”

Mackenzie Welch.A dual degree student at HBS and HKS, Mackenzie brings six years of international development experience, including roles at Global Partnerships; Dalberg Advisors; and more recently the Millennium Challenge Corporation, with projects focusing on smallholder agriculture in Malawi, renewable energy in Kosovo and MSME access to finance in Indonesia. She said: “Through the support of the Goldsmith Fellowship, I hope to develop my ability to inspire groups to work together, overcome barriers and have lasting impact in emerging economies.”

Matthew Bois.Matt began his career supporting the State Department with its international diplomacy programs at the Fulbright Commission. After a year consulting for government and public sector practice at Deloitte, he joined Social Finance Inc. where he modeled HIV programs for USAID clients and led partnership efforts for initiatives workforce development in technology. Asked about his plans after HBS, he said: “I’m excited to help scale technology companies that reduce barriers to education and labor mobility for people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. -economic in the United States and Latin America.”


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