Meet the 2020-2021 Lipman Family Prize Fellows

Lipman Family Prize Fellows help to plan and execute elements of the Lipman Family Prize selection process.

Fellows are graduate students from across the University of Pennsylvania’s 12 schools. Fellows work closely with staff to execute the vetting process for applicant organizations.  Students complete data analysis with the support of industry experts, and present their findings to the Prize Committee responsible for selecting the prize’s finalists and winners.

Alfred Guo

School of Dental Medicine, 2022

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Alfred Guo is currently a DMD/ML candidate at The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine and School of Law. He is part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program with the Air Force and plans to serve after graduation. Previously, he has worked as a program coordinator for the dental school and organized college readiness activities for talented first-generation high school students.

Additionally, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Anthropology in 2018. He currently serves as President of the Penn Chinese Dental Association.

Amrita Sridhar Narayanan

Graduate School of Education, 2021

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Amrita is pursuing her Master of Science in Education degree through the International Educational Development program at the Graduate School of Education. Prior to Penn studies, she earned her Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics) with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in December 2019. She worked as a content engineer for EdTech company, Koobits, and coded over 150 programs, which generated a minimum of 3,000 secondary 2 math syllabus questions with unique diagrams. She also wrote competitor and market analyses of 18 top firms and 22 countries.

Furthermore, she was the Vice President of NTU Photo-Videographic Society, Business Manager of NTU Model United Nations, and volunteers for a youth corps leader program.

Celiwe Vuyo Kawa

The Wharton School, 2022

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Celiwe is currently a Wharton MBA candidate who graduated from Oxford University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Civil Law and the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. Prior to joining Wharton she worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of the Non-Profit Organization Kwanele Enuf Foundation from 2015-2020.

She also volunteers for various youth offending programs as a social security community panel member.

Cindy Reyes

College of Arts & Sciences and School of Social Policy and Practice, 2021

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Cindy attends the dual degree program in the College of Arts & Sciences and School of Social Policy and Practice where she seeks a B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Social Policy. She has worked as a web communications student worker for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative and a development and communications intern for the Public Interest Law Center.

Additionally, she is involved with student groups such as Penn for Immigration Rights, Penn Urban Leadership Program, PennCorp, and is a fluent spanish speaker.

Emily Seeburger

Perelman School of Medicine, 2022

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Emily is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Perelman School of Medicine. Previously, she worked as a research analyst for the Center City District of Philadelphia where she analyzed governmental and proprietary data. She is currently the senior research coordinator at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy where she works on COVID-19 projects. She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from St. Joseph’s University in 2017.

Plus, she is a board member for Philly Set Go Political Action Committee and Back on My Feet Philadelphia.

Fortunay Diatta

Perelman School of Medicine & Master of Bioethics, 2022

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Fortunay Diatta is a MD & Master of Bioethics candidate who graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. Science & B.A. Philosophy in May, 2015. He has done research with the University of Pennsylvania, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy & Neurology Department. During his research, he investigated the design, molecular cloning, and in vitro testing of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells with different affinities for brain cancer cells.

Furthermore, he is a COVID-19 medical student volunteer, event coordinator for the Penn bioethics student group, and mentorship chair for Penn plastic surgery interest group.

Kaustubh Singhal

The Wharton School, 2021

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Kaustubh Singhal is currently a Wharton MBA candidate in Strategic Management & Business Analytics. Previously, he worked as an associate and senior analysis for A.T. Kearney in Mumbai, India/Dubai, and UAE. During this time, he helped set up a corporate governance process and impact tracking methodology for two $10 billion companies in Luxembourg and Saudi Arabia.

Kaustubh also graduated from the Trinity School of Music London and was the recipient for 6 of the institution’s awards.

Kelly Diaz

Annenberg School for Communication, 2023

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Kelly Diaz is pursuing a Ph.D. in communications with a research focus on activism, communication, and social justice. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s of International Affairs in 2017. Before coming to the Annenberg School for Communication, she served as a liaison between City Hall and the Hoboken Housing Authority for AmeriCorps VISTA, City of Hoboken.

Additionally, she is the President for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) at The University of Pennsylvania and a reading coach for kindergarten students in West Philadelphia.

Kishon Greene

The Wharton School, 2022

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Kishon is an MBA candidate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the University of Virginia. Previously, he was promoted from analyst to senior analyst to consultant at Accenture. There, he devised strategies to help healthcare providers reach more consumers and increase healthcare access.

He was also a part of Yale’s School of Management Global Leadership Program in 2015 and Emerging Leaders Program in 2017.

Michael Nelson

The Wharton School, 2022

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Presently, Michael is a Wharton MBA candidate. He graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 2016. Since graduating, he has worked for Deloitte Consulting LLP, Government & Public Services Practice as an analyst, consultant, and senior consultant. He built an analytics solution which helped governments address opioid and COVID health crises.

Furthermore, he has done over 1,000 hours of volunteer work for pro bono coaching and consulting advising for youth-focused organizations since 2016.

Ranjana Chandramouli

The Wharton School, 2022

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Ranjana is a Wharton MBA candidate who graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2014. She led coordination for multiple plant shutdowns needed to implement continuous improvement projects and maintain equipment reliability as a Senior Process Control Engineer for Eli Lilly and Company.

Plus, she volunteers bi-monthly at Second Helpings for food rescue in Indianapolis and organized an engineering program so over 100 elementary school girls could learn about engineering.

Xaviera Diaz

Master of Applied Positive Psychology, 2021

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Xaviera Diaz is pursuing her Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree and holds a BASc from Quest University Canada, specializing in Neuroscience & Organizational Behavior. Alongside pursuing her Masters, Xaviera is a people strategy professional and works as the Manager of Talent Acquisition Strategy, EVP & Employer Brand at OMERS, a global pension plan. Her work experience spans across finance and government industries with a focus on creating positive impact at work. She also enjoys participating in technology and digital innovation hackathons, connecting-the-dots with teams across multiple skill sets to achieve a common goal.

On the side, Xaviera is developing a not-for-profit digital platform, enabling young adults and new immigrants with access to information often considered overwhelming but critical for success (i.e. financial literacy).