As part of the McDonnell Academy’s core mission to foster close relationships among future global leaders, our goal is for alumni to rely on the Academy networks and track-two diplomacy throughout their careers to address global issues.

McDonnell Academy alumni come from different degree programs, different partner universities and different regions around the world – facts that reflect the diversity found in our cohorts. As the numbers of alumni increase, we continue to organize opportunities for engagement and networking as reminders that they are Scholars for Life.

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McDonnell Academy Alumni Panels

The McDonnell Academy has organized a special panel series featuring our Alumni. Hear from alumni Scholars who are established professionals – in international organizations, non-profits, academics, entrepreneurship, finance, law, and more. 

McDonnell Alumni Spotlight

Scholars for Life

Mark S. Wrighton Award for McDonnell Academy Alumni

Established in 2019 in honor of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, founder of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, the award is presented to one McDonnell Alumnus a year. This award honors those alumni who “give back”, exemplifying outstanding leadership through professional and personal development.

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Ming Zu

Above all, training through Olin Business School and the McDonnell Academy has empowered me with an extensive network of contacts. You get to meet and talk to people you would never otherwise have the opportunity to see.

Ming Zu Director, Global Procurement and Category Management, Emerson
Wrighton Award 2021

McDonnell Academy Alumni Wrighton Award

Ming Zu, MBA, 2021 Recipient

McDonnell Alumni: Join our Mentorship Network

Our Scholars emerge from the McDonnell Academy program as global citizens and responsible leaders empowered to forge productive careers and impact our global community.

Alumni contribute to the mentorship network
Fernando Lopez

The continued interaction with Scholars from different cultural backgrounds and areas of expertise is valuable later when we need to overcome barriers that arise when we work in diverse environments.

Fernando Lopez, PhD Professor, Alberto Hurtado University

Global Alumni and Parents Fellowship

The McDonnell Academy recognizes key sponsors for their support and commitment to the mission of international education.

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Hojun Lee

Messi Lee

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology