Brandeis International Business School

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are here to support you and answer any questions you have about the student experience here at Brandeis IBS.



Student ambassador, Alexander Bespalov
Ebube Iheme

Program: MA '20
Concentration: Data Analytics
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University, Ohio

Advice: "Know what you want out of graduate school before you start applying. This makes you more passionate about the process and more intentional in your applications. It will also help you get the greatest value out of the program you select."

student ambassador, Meenal Banga
Meenal Banga

Program: MA '20
Concentration: General
Hometown: Meerut, India
Undergraduate Institution: University of Delhi, India

Advice: "Ask more questions: you may end up getting answers and insights about things you might not even have thought about otherwise. Figure out what you need out of the program you're applying to as well."

student ambassador, Tolga Demirsar
Tolga Demirsar

Program: MA '20
Concentration: Undecided
Hometown: Izmir, Turkey
Undergraduate Institution: Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

Advice: "It is better to know what you want to get from the program you are applying for and to have, at least, a basic understanding of the topics you may encounter."


student ambassador, Federico Lederman
Federico Lederman

Program: MBA '20
Concentration: Finance & Data Analytics
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Advice: "I would suggest: a) Don't just focus on how you fit in the school, search for the program that best fits to you, b) Interact with current students, faculty, and staff to know more about life at school, c) Think how a specific program would benefit your career development and objectives, d) Enjoy what you are going to undertake."

student ambassador, Gauri N. Sashittal
Gauri N. Sashittal

Program: MBA '20
Concentration: Marketing & Data Analytics
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Undergraduate Institution: University of Mumbai, India

Advice: "Research! But besides that, reach out. Reach out and talk to alum, faculty and/or a current student. Those interactions will be integral in outlining how your two years at business school will pan out."


student ambassador, Alexander Bespalov
Alexander Bespalov

Program: MSF '19
Concentration: General or Asset Management
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Undergraduate Institution: University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Advice: "Academics is important, but there are so many other parts of the equation. Engage in as many things as you possibly can and try not to lose your true self in the process. What gives value to your skill set is not the skills themselves, but how they match with the needs of the community."

student ambassador, Erica X. Ma
Erica X. Ma

Program: MSF '19
Concentration: Corporate Finance
Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate Institution: Brandeis University, Massachusetts

Advice: "The most valuable resource of IBS is its people. Your peers, professors, and faculty will open your eyes to areas and events that you didn't imagine could exist."

student ambassador, Mo Abiola
Mo Abiola

Program: MSF '19
Concentration: Finance
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate Institution: Minnesota State University Moorhead

Advice: "It's all you! We are the choices we make: the decision to pursue a masters, the decision to select a graduate program, the decision to select a school to attend. I made my choices, and I have no regrets. Your turn! Choose wisely."


student ambassador, Nan Cheng
Nan Cheng

Program: MSBA '19
Track: Financial Analytics
Hometown: Yantai, China
Undergraduate Institution: Renmin University of China, China

Advice: "Choose a program where you feel you'll enjoy the most, as this may be your last years at school; the value of a program is not defined by its school name or ranking, but how well it fits you and how much it helps you with your career and life goal."

student ambassador, Vincent Xu
Vincent Xu

Program: MSBA '19
Track: Undecided
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Undergraduate Institution: Fordham University, New York

Advice: "I believe the most important thing is that you need to know and love the culture of the school and the location/city the school belongs to. If you are not sure, I strongly suggest you pay a visit to the schools that you have the potential to enroll and attend."


student ambassador, Meghna Manohar
Meghna Manohar

Program: BA/MA '20, '21
Concentration: Undecided
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
Undergraduate Institution: Brandeis University

Advice: "Don't be afraid to reach out to the admissions department! We are more than happy to help!"

Accelerated MA

student ambassador, Chisomo Billy
Chisomo Billy

Program: Accelerated MA '19
Concentration: Applied Economic Analysis
Hometown: Ntcheu, Malawi
Undergraduate Institution: Wheaton College, Massachusetts

Advice: "Get ready to explore! Check flyers, emails, social media platforms and connect with people. There are so many fun and educative events organized by the Career Center and the student experience!"