In Remembrance Sept 11, 2018

On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation, which endeavors to bring good from tragedy, looks optimistically to the future with these profiles of selected scholarship recipients.

Rébecca Assouline-Béra

“Enhancing Euro-American unity and trans-cultural understanding will undoubtedly be a guiding principle throughout my professional career.”

Rébecca Assouline-Béra, received her Lohez scholarship in 2015 and pursued a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Sciences Po/Columbia University. A native of French Martinique, she was eager to tackle global issues and deeply influenced by Al Gore’s documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. While studying at Sciences Po’s Euro-American campus in Reims, she became aware of America’s shared values and history with Europe, and the continuing importance of close transatlantic relations.

Joining A.T. Kearney in New York in August 2017 as a Business Analyst, in less than a year, Rébecca was promoted to Senior Business Analyst in June 2018. This consultancy, with offices in more than 40 countries, helps companies transform from within, continually accelerating momentum to stay ahead of marketplace disruption, constantly pushing the envelope, stretching the imagination, resulting in market-leading performance.

While other elite management consultancies strive to be detached, analytical, and formulaic, A.T. Kearney consultants are collaborative, personable, and entrepreneurial, immersing themselves in a company to gain deep insight into operational and strategic potential. This is well suited to Rébecca, where weekly travel to clients in many different states, from Ohio to Louisiana… brings her surprises and new challenges to tackle!

A.T. Kearney is one of only 100 leading global companies selected as a Strategic Partner of the World Economic Forum.

Paloma Moritz

“Spice up your mind and open a new window on the world!”

Paloma considers herself a citizen of the world. During her life and academic path, she has always sought new challenges, the discovery of new cultures and different ways of learning, in order to reach a global understanding of our contemporary world.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Sciences Po and spending a year at UCSB (University of California Santa Barbara), she enrolled in the dual degree program in Communication and Journalism with Sciences Po’s School of Communication and Fudan’s Journalism School in Shanghai; she was a 2015 Lohez scholar.

Since September 2015, she works for Spicee, a new online media firm that features original, international documentaries on demanding subjects. Its mission? “Spice up your mind” and open a new window on the world. As a journalist and documentary maker, Paloma’s fervent desire is to explain the world to the widest audience in order to raise awareness of contemporary issues such as new political organizations and movements, women’s rights and environmental challenges, and in the process, strive to spark change!

Over the past three years, she has made a dozen documentaries for Spicee, helping define the editorial line while developing partnerships and organizing conferences…

She made several documentaries on participatory democracy, new political movements and civic tech platforms in France. Among them are Tous Président, a film on an online tech platform to designate candidates from civil society to run for President in the 2017 elections, and Moi, Charlotte Présidente. She is also co-founder of Mieux Voter, that aims to promote “Majority Judgment”, a new voting system.

At the same time, with two other journalists, she created a TV show called Ecoutes les filles, which invited women to discuss gender issues, violence against women, eco feminism, and fight against women’s misrepresentation in the media.

In 2018, she made several documentaries about citizen actions to help eradicate violence against women and raise funds for La Maison des Femmes de Saint Denis, a home that welcomes and heals women who have been victims of violence. 

Photos by Danielle Weidner

Yi Da Jeremy Ng

“College, for me, served as a time to explore new interests.”

2018 scholar Yi Da Jeremy Ng, originally from Singapore, studied in the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris (Campus du Havre).

A desire to chart new waters led Jeremy to undertake internships in France, China, Singapore, Tajikistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, working in sectors such as finance and international development. As a result of this experience, he developed a strong desire to leverage private capital to finance projects in the developing world, particularly in under-served areas such as Central Asia.

Of his summer at the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Tajikistan, helping design and implement social protection and civil society projects, Jeremy says: “This was really meaningful work, as I could see from site visits how our projects had improved the lives of vulnerable communities such as people living with HIV, or victims of gender-based violence.”

Jeremy just finished up an internship at the United Nations, a very good opportunity to put the skills he learned through his degree program in information science towards real life humanitarian data. He worked primarily on a report entitled “World Humanitarian Data and Trends” which will be published in December 2018.

He will start a full-time job at Bridgewater Associates on September 10th, 2018, a firm which strives for an idea meritocracy in which meaningful work and meaningful relationships are pursued through radical truth and radical transparency. It requires people to be extremely open, air disagreements, test each other’s logic, and view discovering mistakes and weaknesses as a good thing that leads to improvement and innovation.

Contrasting his expertise in information technology and data, Jeremy is also a gifted musician. In addition to his virtuoso improvisation at the 2018 Awards Gala, his most recent performance was a joint concert with Peking University at Lincoln Center in mid-May, celebrating Peking University’s 120th anniversary.