We have invited BX Alumni from different cohorts, academic disciplines, and career fields to serve as our peer mentors and provide guidance to mentees. Apart from sharing about their study abroad experience under the AFLSP, mentors are also tasked to offer support and advice in various areas such as career, personal development, networking, workplace cultures, etc. As representatives of the BX community, they are committed to empowering fellow community members, promoting intercultural learning, and building bridges. Learn more about our peer mentors by clicking into their profiles below!

Meet Our Peer Mentors

2014 Cohort (SP15)

CHEN Xian

BX Alumnus, 2014 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

CHEN Xian (Ken) is the lead data developer at BlackRock’s Shanghai office. He previously worked at BlackRock’s Budapest office, which followed a stint at Rakuten as product manager. He is a graduate of Hitotsubashi ICS and is eager to meet BX alumni and scholars in the BX community.

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GAO Tianqi

BX Alumnus, 2014 Cohort
Kyoto University

Since November 2021, GAO Tianqi has been based in Hangzhou, where he works for a company that develops systems that facilitate the smart sorting of agricultural products. He is also currently pursuing his doctoral degree in bio-sensing engineering at Kyoto University’s Division of Environmental Science and Technology. Prior to relocating to Hangzhou, Tianqi was a special visiting researcher at Keio University’s Keio Haptics Research Center, where his research interests included artificial intelligence applications, cable-driven parallel robots, and fluorescence bio-sensing technology. While he was working towards his B.S. degree in biosystems engineering at Zhejiang University, he also served as a research student at Tohoku University’s Department of Bioengineering and Robotics. As a Bai Xian Scholar, he earned his master’s degree in environmental science and technology in 2016 at Kyoto University.

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Sho HAYASHI

BX Alumnus, SP2015 Cohort
Peking University

Sho HAYASHI is a sustainability and innovation policy specialist and social entrepreneur. After working in Tokyo for several years as a management consultant and venture capitalist, he founded SHOCKby, Inc., and has been involved in numerous projects focusing on public policy (environment and sustainability), entrepreneurship education, and business development and market entry for social impact start-ups. He also serves as a committee member of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the Ministry of Economy, Technology and Industry of Japan, and was previously a teaching fellow at Harvard Business School.

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KIM Hyun Kyung

BX Alumna, 2014 Cohort
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

KIM Hyun Kyung (Hazel) earned her Mphil in environmantal engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Following her graduation, she moved to Singapore to further her career, working in product marketing at KOTRA and Amazon Web Services (AWS). She currently works at Google as a partner experience specialist.

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Ryutaro KURIHARA

BX Alumnus, SP2015 Cohort
Peking University

Ryuyaro KURIHARA currently works as an associate at management consulting firm, Kearney, in Tokyo. He also worked briefly at an education NPO shortly after earning his dual master’s degree from the University of Tokyo and Peking University. He looks forward to meeting BX Alumni and Scholars who are interested in areas such as consulting, education, Sino-Japanese relations, and mental wellness.

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LIU Bei

BX Alumna, 2014 Cohort
Kyoto University

LIU Bei earned her PhD in social informatics from Kyoto University. With a strong passion for data science, she is currently based in Beijing and works as a researcher within Microsoft Research Asia’s Multimedia Search and Mining group. She looks forward to meeting other like-minded scholars and alumni from the BX community.

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Misato NAGAKAWA

BX Alumna, SP2015 Cohort
Peking University

Misato NAGAKAWA is passionate about peacebuilding in East Asia. In addition to creating special programs at GLOBIS Management School as a senior associate, she also runs her own education initiative, Peace Ambassador Project in East Asia, at Wake Up Japan, a non-profit organization, and serves as a community champion for the Global Shapers Community. During her master’s degree studies at Peking University, she attended the 2015 BXAI Summer Program. She is also a member of one of the winning teams of the 2021 Bai Xian Project Award.

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XU Man

BX Alumna, 2014 Cohort
Kyoto University

XU Man received her master’s degree in economics from Kyoto University and lived in Kyoto for about seven years before moving to Tokyo, where she is currently based. She has worked for Panasonic Corporation in B2B sales of electronic devices since graduation, and hopes to share her working experience in international trade and marketing with her peers in the BX community.

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2015 Cohort (SP16)

JIN Minkyu

BX Alumnus, 2015 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

JIN Minkyu is Head of Business APAC at GN Group. With rich experience in entrepreneurial business development across various healthcare sectors/functions in Asia, Minkyu’s expertise lies in digital transformation and domain creation and integration. Minkyu received his bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University and, as a Bai Xian Scholar, his MBA at Hitotsubashi ICS.

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LEE Moongyung

BX Alumna, 2015 Cohort
Tsinghua University

Born and raised in South Korea, LEE Moongyung (Moon) serves as an investment officer (sustainability and climate change) at African Development Bank (AfDB) through its Young Professional Program and is based in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) starting from February 2022. Prior to joining AfDB, Moon worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London focusing on green economy and climate action. Having grown up learning about the importance of caring for the unheard and vulnerable, Moon has continued on this path in her studies and work, actively participating in various social impact start-ups that target social challenges. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at Tsinghua University through the AFLSP.

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Linh NGUYEN

BX Alumna, 2015 Cohort
Peking University

Originally from Vietnam, Linh NGUYEN has lived in the US, China, and Singapore. After earning her bachelor’s degree in political science at Yale University, she attended Yenching Academy of Peking University to pursue her master’s degree in China studies. She now works at Meta (formerly known as Facebook) in Singapore as a public policy associate (Vietnam).

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Tripathi Naveen

BX Alumnus, 2015 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

Based in Tokyo, Tripathi Naveen is a manager of the finance department at Nissan Motor Corporation. Outside of his full-time job, Naveen pursues his dream of being an entrepreneur by exploring different business opportunities. He is currently working on a new business that develops customized eco-friendly packaging solutions. He received his MBA from Hitotsubashi ICS through the AFLSP and was also part of the winning team of the first Bai Xian Alumni Initiative Award (AIA), receiving seed funding to launch a platform for skilled volunteers.

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Ryosuke OHMORI

BX Alumnus, 2015 Cohort
Tsinghua University

Ryosuke(Rio) OHMORI is originally from Japan and has also lived in the US, Taipei, Philippines, and Mainland China. He received his MPA from Tsinghua University through the AFLSP, and is now based in Tokyo working at a biotechnology company, CellFiber Go., Ltd., as head of sales. He has experience working in start-ups as well as various industries including information technology services, public sector business, and electronics manufacturing. Apart from Japanese, he also speaks fluent English and conversational Mandarin.

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PENG He

BX Alumnus, 2015 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

PENG He (Colin) earned his MBA from Hitotsubashi ICS in 2017 and has worked at TISCO (a Chinese steel company), Sony China, and Honda China, and is currently working at BAIC, a Chinese auto company. He hopes to share his insights on working in business and marketing in China with fellow Bai Xian Scholars and Alumni, as well as his experiences in job hunting across industries, adapting to Japanese culture, and applying to graduate schools in North America. Colin is also interested in engaging BX community members in discussions about mental well-being and dealing with pressure.

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Fumiaki SANO

BX Alumnus, 2015 Cohort
Tsinghua University

Fumiaki SANO has over 10 years of China-Japan cross-border business experience. Since visiting China during his high school years, Fumiaki, who is originally from Japan, has held a deep interest in solving Chinese social issues. He earned his MBA from Tsinghua University in 2017, and is a director at Green Tech Consulting, a Chinese green tech start-up. He also has experience providing consulting services to both Chinese and Japanese clients including start-ups, venture capital firms, investment banks, etc.

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TANG An

BX Alumna, 2015 Cohort
Seoul National University

Nature lover, hiker, climber, and environmental activist, TANG An is passionate about protecting the beauty of nature. She works as a campaign strategist at Greenpeace East Asia in Taipei, and has previously worked at various environmental NGOs, the United Nations, and academic institutes. She received her master’s degree in international studies from Seoul National University through the AFLSP.

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WU Siyu

BX Alumnus, 2016 Cohort
The University of Tokyo

WU Siyu (Simon) is an associate of private equity at Lake Bleu Capital and is actively involved in growth investment in healthcare (biotech, medtech, and service) companies in Greater China and Asia. He received his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo through the AFLSP, and credits his 2016 BXAI Summer Program experience for leading him towards a career in investment banking.

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YANG Teng-Chun

BX Alumnus, 2015 Cohort
Waseda University

Currently based in Taiwan, YANG Teng-Chun (Walter) is an engineering project manager at Garmin where he develops automotive products for customers. Having strengthened his cross-cultural competence and communication skills through his undergraduate years spent in Taiwan and Japan, Walter works well with his global team as well as Japanese customers, and enjoys communicating with people from diverse backgrounds. He received his dual degree in economics from National Taiwan University and Waseda University.

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ZHANG Yi

BX Alumnus, 2015 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

ZHANG Yi (Ethan) currently works as general manager of IT at Asahi Kasei (China) Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. Prior to this role, he spent many years in Japan, having worked as an equity analyst at an investment company in Tokyo following his graduation from Hitotsubashi ICS, where he earned his MBA through the AFLSP. Ethan speaks Chinese, Japanese, and English, and is eager to mentor Bai Xian Scholars and Alumni who are interested in business and investment.

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2016 Cohort (SP17)

Jun Hasuda

BX Alumnus, SP 2017 Cohort
Waseda University

Jun HASUDA graduated from Waseda University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. During his time at Waseda, he became a “buddy” of Bai Xian Scholars and joined the 2017 BXAI Summer Program in Taiwan. He began his career as a PR and communications specialist at Dentsu and recently switched to consulting in the fall of 2021. He is now based in Tokyo and works as a consultant at Kearney.

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Shunzo HAYSHI

BX Alumna, 2016 Cohort
Keio University

Shunzo HAYASHI is a Bai Xian Exchange Scholar and Keio University alumnus who studied abroad at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016. He has worked at SIGMAXYZ Inc., a Japanese consulting company in Tokyo, since graduation, and now serves as an assistant manager at the company.

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Ami HIGUCHI

BX Alumna, 2016 Cohort
Peking University

Ami HIGUCHI received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Peking University. Being of Chinese and Japanese descent and having lived in Boston, Vancouver, Tokyo, and Beijing, Ami is passionate about bridging cultures and embracing differences, and believes that storytelling can play a big role in promoting cross-cultural understanding. She currently works at Netflix Tokyo in content investment, and was previously at Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division. She loves sharing and learning about different cultural experiences.

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KIM Eunseo

BX Alumna, 2016 Cohort
Peking University

KIM Eunseo (Eunice) received her master’s degree in China studies at Yenching Academy of Peking University as a Bai Xian Scholar. After several years of overseas studies in the UK and China, Eunice returned to Seoul in 2017 and worked at KPMG and Bain & Company. She is now based in Abu Dhabi, and works as an associate at the Institute for Global Change.

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Vinod VASUDEVAN

BX Alumnus, 2016 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

Vinod VASUDEVAN received his MBA from Hitotsubashi ICS as a Bai Xian Scholar. He is now a vice president (manager) at Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support in Tokyo, a position that followed stints at BlackRock and Societe Generale in Singapore, where he gained solid investment work experience.

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YU Ruichuan

BX Alumnus, 2016 Cohort
Waseda University

YU Ruichuan earned his bachelor’s degree in global political economy at Waseda University as a Bai Xian Scholar, and then received his master’s degree in political science at Central European University. He is currently working as a junior consultant at UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti, where he manages the Children and COVID-19 Research Library. Prior to working full-time at UNICEF, he interned at the United Nations – Joint Inspection Unit. He loves connecting with like-minded people who are also concerned about education and children’s rights.

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2017 Cohort (SP18)

CAO Youjia

BX Alumnus, 2017 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

CAO Youjia (Oliver) is the CFO at Rescho Co., Ltd, (dispatched by Constellation Software Japan) and works and lives between Hiroshima and Tokyo. He has 10 years of experience in the finance industry from his stints at KPMG (Shanghai/Hong Kong), EY (Shanghai), and Deloitte (Tokyo). Oliver earned his MBA from Hitotsubashi ICS in 2019 through the AFLSP, and is eager to share his life and work experiences with fellow scholars and alumni in Japan. In his leisure time, he loves to travel, play tennis, go to the gym, and talk about baseball.

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Gaby CHAN

BX Alumna, 2017 Cohort
Zhejiang University

Gaby CHAN is from Singapore and works at Google as an incident manager (Play and Android). She began her career working for the Singapore Police Force, and later took a sabbatical to pursue her Masters in Public Administration at Zhejiang University s a Bai Xian Scholar. Following her graduation, she pivoted into the tech space, working as a DevOps project manager at Facebook before moving to Google.

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CHO Younghyou

BX Alumnus, 2017 Cohort
Tsinghua University

Currently based in Seoul, CHO Younghyou (Joushua) works within the alternative investments team at NH Investment & Securities (NHIS), analyzing investment opportunities and managing invested assets across acquisition financing, infrastructure, real estate, and aircraft leasing. Prior to joining NHIS, Joushua spent three years in Shanghai and Beijing in marketing, consulting, and consumer research. Joushua earned his MS degree in business administration from the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in 2019 as a Bai Xian Scholar.

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KIM Daum

BX Alumna, 2017 Cohort
Keio University

KIM Daum is a social media manager for the International Olympic Committee as well as executive director of Ethnic Neighborhoods. She is also pursuing her PhD in media and governance at Keio University. Between 2018 and 2021, she was the digital media manager for the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Daum is ethnically Korean but was raised in China and is now based in Japan. She has experience in marketing for digital media platforms and has managed cross-cultural online communities. Her career choices and activities reflect her vision of connecting people across cultures to create a harmonious community from the perspective of Eastern philosophy.

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GAO Zongya

BX Alumnus, 2017 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

GAO Zongya (Jimmy) is currently working in Tokyo as a marketing manager in the fashion and apparel industry. During his early career, he explored journalism and marketing consulting in China, and had many opportunities to visit various cities across the country and meet different people. Jimmy received his MBA at Hitotsubashi ICS in 2019 as a Bai Xian Scholar. He is passionate about food, cooking, and exploring different types of lifestyles, and in his leisure time, he loves to read and travel.

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Hideo NATSUME

BX Alumnus, 2017 Cohort
Tsinghua University

Born in Tokyo and raised in Beijing, Hideo NATSUME attended a British international school in Beijing during his early years and later transferred to a local middle school. He then attended Tsinghua University and graduated from the School of Law and School of Economics and Management with a dual degree in 2017 before moving on to pursue his master’s degree at the university’s School of Public Policy and Management. He has worked for a Japanese governmental agency on projects linking Japan and China, and has also written articles for online media such as Nikkei X Trend about Chinese youth and the latest tech trends in China. He is currently working for a venture capital firm in Japan, investing in start-ups and providing support to investees. He is also the author of “清華大生が見た 最先端社会、中国のリアル (Contemporary China Through the Eyes of Japanese Youth: Technology, Education and Culture)” (CrossMedia Publishing).

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NG Junyang

BX Alumnus, 2017 Cohort
Peking University

Originally from Singapore, NG Junyang is passionate about European studies and Latin, and is currently Head of European Languages and Literature at Wenli Academy in China, and a part-time lecturer of Latin at Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. He received his master’s degree in China Studies (religion and philosophy) from Yenching Academy of Peking University and joined the BXAI Summer Program in Kyoto in 2019.

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PAN Ning

BX Alumna, 2017 Cohort
Waseda University

PAN Ning is currently a consultant at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC in Japan, mainly focusing on renewable energy/decarbonization-related projects, especially hydrogen and offshore wind power. Her main clients include the Japanese government (Ministry of the Environment), Japanese local municipalities, as well as private companies from different industries. Ning majored in political science at National Taiwan University and completed her double degree program at Waseda University as a Bai Xian Scholar in 2019. After graduation, she worked at RENOVA Inc., a Japanese major renewable energy developer, as a global business development analyst.

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Artyom TSATURYAN

BX Alumnus, 2017 Cohort
Zhejiang University

Artyom TSATURYAN(Arty) is the founder of Linguarium, an online education platform that aims to bridge communities and individuals that otherwise would not have a chance to connect. Passionate about social change, individual progress, and healthy living, Artyom has been engaged in the field of education for many years. He is also an advocate of self-improvement and continually strives to learn more about himself as an individual and share his experiences with like-minded people. He loves meeting new people, and has fond memories of meeting lifelong friends and mentors during his time as a Bai Xian Scholar while pursuing his master’s degree at Zhejiang University.

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Miyuki TSURU

BX Alumna, 2017 Cohort
Peking University

Miyuki TSURU is currently a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tokyo. She holds a master’s dual degree from the School of International Studies at Peking University and the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, and was part of the 2018 cohort of Bai Xian Scholars, participating in the summer program in Beijing. Miyuki was born in Tokyo and grew up in Sydney, Australia. After moving back to Asia in her university years, she focused her research on East Asia relations, which subsequently led her to pursue her studies not only in Tokyo, but also in Shanghai (2012), Nanjing (2014-2015), Seoul (2017), and Beijing (2017-2018).

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Rokuro WATANABE

BX Alumus, 2017 Cohort
Peking University

Rokuro WATANABE is currently based in Shanghai and works as a general manager of account service at the Digital Advertising Consortium (DAC) Shanghai. Prior to this role, he was a business promotion development strategy director at DAC Beijing. Rokuro earned his MBA at Peking University as a Bai Xian Scholar in 2018, and speaks Japanese, Mandarin and English.

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WAN Ziyan

BX Alumna, 2017 Cohort
Kyoto University

WAN Ziyan is currently based in Tokyo and works at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting Japan as a senior associate. Prior to her role at PwC, she worked as a business consultant at Deloitte Consulting Japan. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and her master’s degree in economics and Japanese from Kyoto University. She was part of the 2017 cohort of Bai Xian Scholars and attended the BXAI Summer Program in Beijing in 2018.

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2018 Cohort (SP19)

MOU Jian

BX Alumnus, 2018 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

MOU Jian (Jeff) is currently working as chief marketing officer at Health Solution, a Tokyo-based start-up that provides global elderly care solutions, where he supports the company’s overseas business development. Before moving to Japan, Jeff spent four years at Milken Institute in Singapore, a nonprofit think tank, and was responsible for deepening engagement across a network of supporters including institutional investors, family offices, and individual philanthropists. Jeff has also worked within the marketing team at CME Group. He holds an MBA from Hitotsubashi ICS as well as a master’s degree from the National University of Singapore.

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Bernice SO

BX Alumna, 2018 Cohort
Peking University

Bernice SO earned her master’s degree in China Studies (economics and management) at the Yenching Academy of Peking University (YCA) as a Bai Xian Scholar. Prior to her time in Beijing, Bernice studied philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford. She joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Manager Trainee Programme following her graduation from YCA, and is currently working as a manager on a secondment to the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation. Her studies, internships, and work experiences have given her much exposure across the fields of finance (central banking and investments), strategy consulting, and research (think tanks and academia).

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2019 Cohort (SP21)

CHEN Wei-Yu

BX Alumnus, 2019 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

Originally from Taipei, CHEN Wei-Yu (Wilson) is currently based in Tokyo and works at Deutsche Bank as a market risk manager. Wilson was a Bai Xian Scholar during his time in the dual MBA program at Peking University and Hitotsubashi ICS, from 2018 to 2021. Prior to pursuing his MBA studies, he worked in the finance industry in Taipei for many years. He speaks Mandarin, English, and Japanese.

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DAI Wei

BX Alumnus, 2019 Cohort
Hitotsubashi ICS

DAI Wei received his MBA from Hitotsubashi ICS through the AFLSP in 2021. Currently based in Shanghai, Wei works as a global product marketing manager at Bosch Power Tools. He is passionate about craftsmanship and helps the manufacturing industry pivot towards service providers. He also experienced an interesting career transition, having shifted from being a lab engineer to a marketing and business strategist specializing in emerging markets. He is interested in topics of mental wellness and self-care, and in his leisure time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to music.

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To learn more, please contact BXAI at bxai_alumni@bxai.org.