Schwarzman Scholar Fellow

Eleni Ayala is a Schwarzman Scholars fellow at the National Committee, representing the 6th Schwarzman Scholars cohort. Eleni holds a master’s degree in global affairs from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, a master’s degree in public policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and a B.A. in international relations from the Tec de Monterrey (ITESM) campus Santa Fe in Mexico. 

Prior to joining the National Committee in 2022, Eleni started her career as a political advisor for the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Mexico, before becoming a civil servant for the Mexican Federal Government, serving as deputy director of business sector engagement for the Ministry of Public Administration, and as an advisor to the Minister of Tourism. Eleni has also been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and for UNHCR Malaysia, specializing in gender and diversity mainstreaming, as well as the inclusion of Rohingya child refugees. Most recently, Eleni served as team lead of the COVID-19 Global Policy Simulator, a simulator powered by machine learning and closed-form quantitative modeling funded by the National University of Singapore. Eleni’s interests lie at the intersection of technology, diplomacy, and human rights. 

In her free time, Eleni is an avid salsa dancer, amateur rock climber, and prolific traveler.

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