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HARVARD UNDERGRADUATES 
IN ASIA PROGRAM

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WHO WE ARE

The Harvard Undergraduates in Asia Program (HUAP) is Harvard's premier student-run organization for US-Asia academic, cultural, and social exchange.
 
Learn, engage, and be inspired by hundreds of leaders from around the world, in a conference like no other.

In the winter, we host the Harvard Conference and invite our partner schools to Harvard to engage in meaningful dialogue, network, and build community. In the spring, our partner schools each host conferences in their country and invite us to learn more about their culture and their interpretation of the HUAP theme.

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Who We Are
2024 WINTER CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
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PROF. ROBERT LANGER

Institute Professor and Professor, Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering of MIT

He is a prominent biotechnologist and chemical engineer.

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DAVID ATHERTON

Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

He is a scholar of literature, focusing primarily on Japan’s early modern period (also known as the Edo or Tokugawa period, ca. 1600-1867). 

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BRIAN YU

Software developer, engineer at Byteboard

Harvard CS50 course head

Brian played a pivotal role in the Harvard Computer Science department, where he designed and taught courses on artificial intelligence and web programming.

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DAO JENSEN

CEO, Oak Rocket, Inc.

Dao Jensen, a tech industry leader with over two decades of experience, founded Kaizen Technology Partners, now known as Oak Rocket, in 2013.

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LISA HAUEISEN ROHRER

Professor of the Practice, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Her academic and teaching experience centers around the leadership and strategy of professional service firms, with a particular focus on law firms.

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ALEN JUGINOVIC

Medical Doctor; Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab of Dragana Rogulja; Department of Neurobiology; Harvard Medical School

He is a medical doctor and postdoc at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Neurobiology, currently working in the field of sleep medicine.

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PALOMA VALENZUELA

Screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker

She is the founder of the production company La Palomita Productions and the writer/producer/creator of the comedic web series "The Pineapple Diaries".

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GORDON HARTOGENSIS

16th Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Hartogensis left a brief career on Wall Street to build a startup software company called Petrolsoft Corporation.

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PARKER QUARTET

String quartet

One of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, dedicated purely to the sound and depth of their music. Inspired performances and exceptional musicianship are hallmarks.

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REBECCA XIONG

Managing Director, Programs and Engagement at the Harvard Innovation Labs

Becca brings two decades of experience in the MIT startup ecosystem.

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DEAN ROBIN KELSEY

Dean of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography

A specialist in the histories of modern art and photography, Professor Kelsey has received various awards for his scholarship and teaching

HUAP 2024 CONFERENCE

EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN
The Path Less Traveled

Choosing the path of most resistance may seem counterintuitive, but reframing challenges as opportunities can allow us to discover new paths to achieving our goals. Whether it is starting a business, developing AI technology, preparing for the next pandemic, or promoting the arts, we all have to face a future filled with opportunities and uncertainties. How we choose to embrace the uncharted possibilities of the future will be a key factor in determining the outcome of our endeavors. Many changemakers in the world have experienced countless failures or have been told their work was “impossible” yet continued down their path anyway. By featuring speakers who have taken unconventional paths and defined their own goals, our conference aims to educate attendees about embracing uncertainties and taking a leap of faith.

HCAP 2022

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Speakers
PAST NOTABLE SPEAKERS
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TIM DANKS

VP, Risk Management & Partner Relations at Huawei Technologies

He is responsible for​ understanding and managing business risks in the context of cybersecurity and privacy.

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ANANT AGARWAL

Founder and CEO, EdX

Professor of EECS, MIT

He is the CEO of edX, a worldwide, online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard.

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WENDY KOPP

Founder and CEO, Teach for All

Founder, Teach for America

She hosted and co-produced a Refinery29 documentary series titled Style Out There.

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DARCY PAQUET

Translator, Parasite

Creator of Wildflower Film Awards

Paquet  was awarded the Korea Film Reporters Association Award at the 15th Busan International Film Festival.

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ROBIN CHASE

Founder, Zipcar

TIME's 100 Most Influential People 2009

She is an American transportation entrepreneur and has led multiple startups in transportation.

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MARIA POONLERTLARP

Miss Thailand 2017

Founder of SOS Earth Campaign

She represented Thailand at Miss Universe 2017, and now leads environmentalist efforts in Thailand.

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GREG MANKIW

Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University

He is known for his work in New Keynesian economics, and is the author of several best-selling textbooks.

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MARK ELLIOT

Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University

He is also the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University.

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SHANE GREENSTEIN

Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

He teaches in the Technology, Operations and Management Unit.​

OUR PARTNERS

University of Hong Kong

University of Tokyo

St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai

Ewha Womans University in Seoul

National University of Singapore

National Taiwan University

Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok

Boğaziçi University in Istanbul

Our Partners
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