Campus recognizes alumni as leaders and changemakers
Three GPS alumni, David An '07, Elena Foukes Lucas '12 and Tamar Koosed '09, have been selected for UC San Diego's 40 Under 40 award
At UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), our alumni have already begun to reshape the world as global thought leaders with a passion for problem-solving and designing better solutions for
This year, campus recognizes 40 outstanding alumni, all 40 years and younger, who have brought honor and distinction to the university. The 2018 honorees represent the more than 185,000 alumni at UC San Diego.
“UC San Diego is an extraordinary university built on a foundation of challenging convention, pushing boundaries and expectations, and producing breakthrough work for the greater good,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “I’m enormously proud to recognize alumni who embody our spirit of
Read below as we celebrate three of our exemplary alumni.
David An, MPIA '07 - Charismatic | Effective | Humble
As a senior research Fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute, An pioneered the first annual Taiwan interagency political-military visit to the U.S.
During his tenure, An was decorated by Taiwan's defense minister for coordinating U.S. humanitarian assistance after a hurricane and assisting Taiwan in providing relief supplies to Haiti after its earthquake.
Additional awards include a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, U.S. diplomat covering
Tamar Benzaken Koosed, MPIA '09 - Impactful | Resourceful | Dedicated
Founder and president of MANAUS Consulting, a corporate responsibility and international development consulting firm, Koosed has hired nine UC San Diego alumni from GPS.
As co-founder of Save the Syrian Children, a nonprofit created to bring urgently needed medical supplies to areas even large aid organizations have been unable to penetrate, she has helped ship more than $30,000,000 in medical aid.
A recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Alumni award from GPS, she has also been appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community in Brazil, a network of young leaders.
Elena Foukes Lucas, MPIA '12 - Futuristic | Strategic | Activator
CEO & co-founder of Utility API and Treviso Partners, Lucas is a serial entrepreneur in
Named as a 2017 Grist 50: 50 innovators with forward-thinking solutions to some of humanity's biggest challenges, and a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30: The brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers.
The 40 Alumni Under 40 awards will be presented during UC San Diego’s Alumni Weekend, May 31 to June 3 to celebrate with their Triton community. Learn more about 40 Under 40 Awards here.