P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Heela Yang, 1999

Co-Founder and CEO, Sol de Janeiro

Heela Yang is an immigrant from South Korea

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA in Business at Harvard University

HEELA YANG is the co-founder and CEO of Sol de Janeiro. She also runs a consulting company called Perfect Fifth, LLC, located between South Carolina and Brazil.

Heela was born in Seoul, Korea. Her father, a prominent politician, was blacklisted as a result of his non-cooperation with the military regime. He left for the United States in 1981, and the rest of the family followed a year later.

Heela graduated magna cum laude with concentrations in economics and East Asian studies from Harvard College and then obtained a master's degree in East Asian studies from Yale University. She also holds an MBA from Harvard.

Following a challenging year working on her father's campaign for the Korean National Assembly, Heela redirected her attention to the private sector. After spending two years with the corporate finance department at Goldman Sachs in New York, Heela attended Harvard Business School where she graduated in 2001. She then worked for Clinique Laboratories Inc. as Director of Global Marketing before starting her own consulting company, Perfect Fifth LLC.

Heela's parents have returned to Korea but Heela makes her home in Greenville, SC with her husband Seiji Tsuzuki and son.

  • MBA Business | Harvard University 2001
  • MA East Asian Studies | Yale University 1997
  • BA Economics, East Asian Studies | Harvard University 1993
Work History
  • Sol de Janeiro, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Clinique Labratories, Director | January 2003 - December 2006
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