Pardo is the former political officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs and is currently Vice-Consul at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.
Martha Bloem is a program officer for the Institute of International Education where she launched the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project which places Iraqi academics in temporary academic positions in the Middle East and North Africa.
Melissa Lott is the lead researcher on thermal storage at the International Energy Agency. She worked on analysis and design of energy systems for the US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.
In each of 15 categories, ranging from energy to Hollywood, Forbes editors and reporters worked with panels of expert judges to chose the field’s brightest stars under the age of 30. "In sum they represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation," writes Forbes.