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Paganucci Fellows

Chido Mpofu

Chido Mpofu Colby’20 D’21

Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Chido Mpofu is a dual degree student studying Mathematics with a Physics minor at Colby College and Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College. She was attracted to the Paganucci Fellowship Program because of her interest in the intersections between social entrepreneurship and health care as well as her passion for working in a team with other highly motivated leaders devoted to performing social impact work.

At Colby, she is committed to sharing her culture through dance, as a choreographer and president of the Vuvuzela Dance Club. She is also Vice President for the Colby African Society, where she spends her time having discussions about international development and leadership in African countries. During sophomore year, Chido served as a coxswain for the women’s rowing team and also led First-Year Trips.

At Dartmouth, Chido continues her passion for dance where she choreographed and danced for the Soyeya Dance Group as well as participated in the International Belly Dancing Troupe. She also works as a tutor for mathematics and engineering classes.

In the future, Chido hopes to return to Zimbabwe and use her biomedical engineering degree to better the medical device production industry.


Abhimanyu Kapur

Abhimanyu Kapur D’21

Mumbai, India

Abhimanyu Kapur is a junior studying Computer Science, Human-Centred Design and Creative Writing. He participated in the Paganucci program due to its intersectional focus on international development, entrepreneurship and social impact.

At Dartmouth, Abhimanyu is an Undergraduate Advisor for the Entrepreneurship LLC, a Director of the Mental Health Union, and is doing research in the Machine Learning Lab. He has previously worked in the DALI Lab and the Political Violence Lab.

In his free time, he can be found trying to learn the saxophone, or enjoy the outdoors by hiking, canoeing or biking. After college, he is interested in exploring the start-up or tech space.


 Owen Ritz

Owen Ritz D’21

Philadelphia, PA

Owen Ritz is a junior at Dartmouth College, majoring in Government and History. He was drawn to the Paganucci Fellows program to experience how entrepreneurship can be a force for social change, along with the opportunity to work in a consulting team with highly motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds. He was also excited to tackle a global business challenge while developing as a leader in a fast-paced environment. Prior to the Fellowship, Owen has worked in teams at organizations of every scale. He has interned at New Balance’s Global Marketing Division in Boston, at a FinTech startup in Philadelphia, and at a Data Science venture in New York. 

At Dartmouth, Owen is a member of the Track and Cross Country teams; he has earned First-Team All-Ivy Honors and was elected Captain for the 2019 XC season. He has also conducted independent research in the Government Department (studying contemporary international debates surrounding hate speech regulation) and has worked with the Rockefeller Center’s leadership development programs. In the future, Owen hopes to bring his creativity, enthusiasm, and drive to the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, and business growth.

In his free time, Owen enjoys reading, playing tennis, traveling with friends and family, exploring the Upper Valley, and supporting Philadelphia sports teams.


 India Nelson

India Nelson D’20

Minnetonka, MN

India Nelson is a senior at Dartmouth College, majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies, and minoring in Philosophy. India was drawn to the Paganucci Program, for the opportunity to explore social entrepreneurship, develop her leadership skills, and learn more about Tuck.

She did an exchange in the Social Sciences at The University of Copenhagen. Her exchange confirmed her excitement for intercultural leadership and global learning experiences.

On campus, India is involved in the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club and Winter Sports Club. She is also involved in the First Year Trips Program and has served both as a Trip Leader and a Climbing Croo Member. She tutors students in Economics and Environmental Science courses.

In her free time, India loves to sail, ski, and spend time with her dogs. She can often be found by the water, whether that’s the river, here in Hanover, or by a lake in her home state of Minnesota.

Looking forward, India hopes to work abroad. She is exploring careers in commercial real estate and management consulting.


Peiyao Xu

Peiyao Xu D’21

 

Paige is a junior from China and Singapore studying Economics and Environmental Studies. She is incredibly fascinated by the intersection between economics and social issues, and is currently conducting research on international trade. Before college, Paige took a gap year in Cambodia working for an environmental NGO. She was drawn to the Paganucci Fellows program for the opportunity to create social impacts through empowering the non-profit organization using business methods.

At Dartmouth, she is committed to boost female presence in the traditionally male-dominated fields, serving as a leader in various business clubs and a female entrepreneur on campus. She has also received the Stamps Scholarship of $10,000 per year to work on an Ecotourism & Education project in Asia, and is currently developing an environmental education course to teach the local village children. In her free time, Paige enjoys writing her 4000-follower blog, visiting quaint shops with friends, and watching stand-up comedy.

Looking ahead, she plans to work for the management consulting industry while continuing her passion in poverty reduction and environmental charity work.