Sharan Subramanian is a freshman at the University of Chicago studying Economics. He is the Founder and President of “Invest in Chess,” a chess advocacy initiative that is working not only to spread, teach, and promote chess, but also to raise awareness of its practical and educational benefits. At the University of Chicago, he is on the board of the Uncommon Fund (a philanthropic fund containing $85,000 to fund impactful projects), the advisory board of the Center for Leadership and Involvement, and is a member of the Student Leadership Institute, a selective leadership development program for students in the college. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and believes deeply in the transformative power of chess. Sharan is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award and was recently named to The Prospect’s “20 Under 20” list featuring 20 incredible teens changing the world.