Episode 32 | Turning Down Harvard? | Schwarzman Scholar Max Seunik

Max Seunik is a degree candidate at Tsinghua Univeristy in Beijing as one of 110 of the inaugural cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, a fully funded graduate program focused on leadership & China (3% acceptance rate). 

Most recently he led two national field studies in Uganda aimed at evaluating development interventions with Innovations for Poverty Action, a global non-profit that discovers effective solutions to global poverty problems. He serves as Deputy Executive Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization that connects young leaders with global summits of the G20, World Bank & IMF, and UN. Max is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. 

Previously, Max has advised and worked alongside the Minister of Health of Rwanda to manage a 5-country global health innovation research team, design health evaluation curriculum for a Rwandan university, and spearhead a new digital communications strategy. In civil society, Max works with CIVICUS -- the world alliance for citizen participation -- to redefine civic engagement for youth, including through liaising with partners from Europe to Southeast Asia. 

Max has presented original research at the United Nations, written for The Globe and Mail, and spoken at conferences around the world, including at TEDxGillings and in Indonesia, Turkey, Colombia, the United States and Canada. He studied public health and Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Public Health as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.