Find out why they made Forbes’ list

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One studied in Hong Kong and today prepares the next generation of tech leaders. Another, a former exchange student in Spain, helps journalists in conflict areas. Another is the only United Nations high-level commissioner under the age of 45.

They made Forbes's annual 30 Under 30, which recognizes bright young entrepreneurs, breakout talent and change agents in 20 different professional sectors.

They also had participated in State Department exchange programs early in their careers.

Meet the eight on the Forbes list who are alumni of these educational and cultural affairs programs:

Emilia Javorsky was recognized for her work as a physician-scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked to develop a method for freezing fat anywhere in the body. The work has the potential to treat sleep apnea and Type 2 diabetes. She was a Fulbright student to the European Union in 2012.

Evin Robinson participated in Syracuse University’s study abroad program in Hong Kong as a Gilman Scholar in the fall of 2011, where he focused on business and Mandarin. Three years later, he co-founded New York On Tech, an organization that aims to create pathways for underrepresented students into degrees and careers in technology.

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