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Asia Society named Rajeev Goyal ’06 and Winston Wenyan Ma MCJ ’98 two of its 2013-14 Asia 21 Young Leaders, tasked with focusing on solutions to transnational issues facing Asia. They were among 30 leaders under the age of 40.

A rural development activist, Goyal helped build a water pump for a village in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer, then successfully lobbied Congress to increase funding for the Peace Corps. Now he has founded the Koshi-Tappu Kanchenjunga Biodiversity Education Land Trust Project to build a conservation corridor that protects thousands of species of flora and fauna in eastern Nepal.

Ma, a Chinese national who studied capital markets law as a Hauser Fellow, is managing director of China Investment Corporation, a $575 billion sovereign wealth fund. Ma landed at CIC after successful stints at Davis Polk & Wardwell, JPMorgan, and Barclays Capital. In April, the University bestowed its Distinguished Alumni Award on him.

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