Rishi Sunak, MBA ’06, is the United Kingdom’s new prime minister. He previously served as chancellor of the exchequer.
Just up the road, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, ’05, has become the youngest-ever recipient of the Wigmore Medal, which recognizes significant figures in the classical music world who have a strong association with London’s Wigmore Hall.
Back on this side of the pond, Stanford professor Carolyn Bertozzi won a Nobel Prize in chemistry for her work in bioorthogonal chemistry, a field she established. Bertozzi is the first woman on the Stanford science faculty to win a Nobel. She shares the prize with two others, including Barry Sharpless, PhD ’68, of Scripps Research, for his work on click chemistry. Sharpless is the fifth person ever to win two Nobels.
Speaking of goals, JT Batson, ’05, was named CEO and secretary general of U.S. Soccer in September.
And Garry Tan, ’03, has his eye on the ball. In January, he’ll start work as president and CEO of Y Combinator, the startup accelerator that launched Airbnb and DoorDash.