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Profile photo of Brandeis alumni Ewa Maria Nucinska, MA '11

A Fulbright scholar studying international finance and policy

Ewa Maria Nucinska, MA '11

“We work in teams on a daily basis and there’s this sense of mutual understanding and equality.”

Sigridur Hardardottir, MA '10 Brandeis IBS Alumni

Changing the World, One Rubber Band at a Time

Sigridur Hardardottir, MA '10

Can a rubber band change the world? Sigridur Hardardottir thought so. Hardardottir began the Do-Band Project during her time at Brandeis International Business School.

Alumni Spotlight Demetris Papadopolous

Human Resources Award Recipient

Demetris Papadopoulos, MA '00

Brandeis IBS graduate, Demetris Papadopoulos, MA '00, received an award at the 2009 Human Resource Executive (HRE) magazine's fourth annual Rising Stars competition.

Francisco Niclos Negrao, '00, MA '01 Brandeis IBS Alumni

There's No Place Like Home

Francisco Niclós Negrão, MA '01

It's an exciting time for Francisco Niclós Negrão ’00, MA ’01, an economist and lawyer based in São Paulo who specializes in antitrust law and international trade for major national and international corporations.

Edward K Gondwe Brandeis IBS Alumni

Senior Governance Officer, African Development Bank

Edward K Gondwe, MA '06

"My work at the African Development Bank has offered an experience at the forefront of the campaign to bring economic development to the world."

Jake Jolly Brandeis IBS Alumni

Economist, IHS Global Insight

Jacob Jolly, MA '11

I strongly believe that the economics courses at Brandeis IBS provided me with the skill set, and most importantly the macroeconomic intuition, necessary to quickly analyze macro data and produce insightful economic reports.

An image of alumni Gregory Benac, MA '03

The Link Between a Poker Table and Asset Management

Gregory Benac, MA '03

Gregory Benac, MA ’03 had only played in one live tournament before he decided to put his skills to the test in the World Poker Tour in Paris last March.

An image of Zala Ahmad MA ’12, Fulbright scholar, honored by the State Department for her efforts to improve primary and secondary education for young Afghan girls

Fulbright Scholar and State Department Guest of Honor

Zala Ahmad, MA '12

Zala Ahmad, MA ’12 was honored at the State Department for her efforts to improve primary and secondary education for young Afghan girls.

Alumni profile for Paul Walborsky

Making News Global and Social

Paul Walborsky, MA '88, MA '89

Paul Walborsky '88, MA '89 is chief executive of GigaOM, the Silicon Valley-based media company that has emerged as a highly influential voice in the world of business and technology.

Mauricio Gojman, Brandeis IBS Alumni

Equity Investor Rebelling Against Tradition

Mauricio Gojman, MA '01

"I love starting things," says Gojman. "I love creating and I rebel from the traditional corporate box—something I’m allergic to."

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Andrew DeGuire Brandeis IBS Alumni

Helping firms reduce environmental footprint

Andrew DeGuire, MA '95

Andrew DeGuire is a VP at Johnson Controls Inc., which helps businesses shrink their environmental footprint and lower their electricity bills.

Wilifred Nonguierma

Gain Experience in Poverty Reduction at the African Development Bank

Wilfried Nonguierma, MA '11

"My experience at AfDB reinforced my desire to work for an institution that’s doing development work in Africa," says Nonguierma. "It didn’t matter how hard the workload was—people there were so committed."

Alumni profile for Sam Sam Sisakhti

Fashion and entrepreneurial success

Sam Sisakhti, MA '07

As the founder of UsTrendy, Sisakhti is giving customers a say in the style before they hit the production line.

Zenobia Moochhala

Brandeis IBS' role in an online entrepreneurial career

Zenobia Moochhala, MA '98

Recently named one of the BBJ's "40 under 40," Zenobia Moochhala, '98 is Co-Founder, VP and General Manager of US Consumer Subscription Services at

Amy Kessler

Embracing "intelligent risk" at commencement

Amy Kessler, MA '90

To Kessler, who earned her undergraduate and master’s degree at Brandeis, taking “intelligent risk” is paramount to success.

An image of Nikolay Vassilev, MA '97

Former Bulgarian deputy prime minister on the European economic crisis

Nikolay Vassilev, MA '97

Former deputy prime minister of Bulgaria Nikolay Vassilev: ‘I owe my professional ideology to Brandeis IBS’

An image of Marshall Santoso

The key to a successful career? Networking

Marshall Santoso, '11, MA '13

Now working at Ernst & Young, Santoso attributes his success to networking: “The key to looking for a job is to not worry about the job.”

Bernardo Tannenbaum, MA '14

Eager to learn more about the fast emerging field of digital marketing, Bernardo decided to apply for a summer internship at inSegment Internet Marketing Company, located at Newton, MA.

Wenyu interned at Superstar Investment Group in Chino, CA

Wenyu Zhang, MA '14

“I interned at Superstar Investment Group, Inc., in Chino, California, a private company operating in miscellaneous inter-mediation industry.

Shuliang interned at ElmTree Funds, LLC

Shuliang Ni, MA '14

“During this past summer I did a 9-week internship at ElmTree Funds, LLC, a private equity real estate investment firm in the U.S. focused on commercial real estate net lease, sale-leaseback, and build-to-suit opportunities.

It’s great to see that WCJ has made a positive difference in people’s lives.

Ari Mahller, '01, MA '02

Finally, after spending several years learning about the industry and developing my network, I founded West Coast Jewelry in January of 2007.