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Pershing Square Scholarship

Mentorship for Pershing Square Scholars

As well as providing funding for tuition, college fees and a contribution towards living expenses, the Pershing Square Scholars also benefit from a unique mentoring scheme. The Advisory Board at the Pershing Square Foundation Scholarship play a crucial role mentoring Pershing Square Scholars. Current members include:



William Ackman              Sir Ronald Cohen               Cheryl Dorsey 


Paul Farmer                  Louise Richardson                Wendy Kopp


Linda Rottenberg                   Peter Tufano                    Andrew Youn 


William Ackman | The Pershing Square Foundation

William Ackman is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., a SEC registered investment adviser founded in 2003. Pershing Square is a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets. Prior to forming Pershing Square, Mr. Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners Management Co., LLC, an investment adviser that managed public and private equity hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Gotham Partners, Mr. Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers & Singer, Inc.

Mr. Ackman received a MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College.  His board memberships include Chairman of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE: CP), the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School, and The Pershing Square Foundation, a charitable foundation that he founded in December 2006.

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Sir Ronald Cohen | Big Society Capital

Sir Ronald Cohen was co-founder and former Chair of Big Society Capital and still sits on the Board as a non-executive Director. He is co-founder and Chair of The Portland Trust, and co-founder and former Chair of the Bridges Ventures. He also co-founded Social Finance in the UK, US and Israel. He was a co-founder and former Chair of Apax Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups. He is a Director of the Harvard Management Company and is a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University. He is a former member of both the University of Oxford Investment Committee and the Harvard Board of Overseers. He was a founder Director and past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder Director of the European Venture Capital Association. He currently chairs the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, established by the G8, and previously chaired the UK’s Social Investment Taskforce and its Commission on Unclaimed Assets.

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Cheryl Dorsey | Echoing Green

Cheryl L. Dorsey is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the President of Echoing Green, a global organisation seeding and unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.

An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, she has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1997-98); Special Assistant to the Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department (1998-99); and Vice Chair for the President's Commission on White House Fellowships (2009-present). Cheryl serves on several boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers and the SEED Foundation. She has a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges.

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Paul Farmer | Partners in Health 

Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. 

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Louise Richardson | Vice-Chancellor, Oxford

Professor Richardson had served previously for seven years as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. A native of Ireland, she received a BA in History from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA in Political Science from UCLA, and an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard. She was Assistant and Associate Professor in the Harvard Government Department 1989-2001, serving as Head Tutor for several of those years.

Professor Richardson’s commitment to teaching won her both the Levenson Prize and the Abramson Prize during her time at Harvard. She also served as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard 2001-2008 where she was instrumental in its transformation into an interdisciplinary centre promoting scholarship across academic fields and the creative arts.

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Wendy Kopp | Teach for All

Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organisations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalised children have the chance to fulfill their true potential.

Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 10,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 50 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, Wendy moved into the role of chair of the board in 2013.

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Linda Rottenberg | Endeavor

Ms. Rottenberg serves on the board of Zayo Group, a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure (NYSE: ZAYO). She a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on the entrepreneurship steering committee of the World Economic Forum. Ms. Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today, Strategy + Business, People, Glamour, and MORE, and has appeared on GMA, The Today Show, Morning Joe, Nightline, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg News. Dell featured her in its “Take Your Own Path” ad campaign and Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Linda lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.

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Peter Tufano | Saïd Business School

Peter Tufano was appointed Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School on 1 July 2011 and is a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He is a prolific scholar and course developer, a seasoned academic leader, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business and government leaders.

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Andrew Youn | One Acre Fund

Andrew Youn graduated from Yale and received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Before founding One Acre Fund he worked as a management consultant. In 2006 he was selected as an Echoing Green Fellow and in 2010 he was named a Skoll Awardee. 

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