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Brandeis International Business School Alumni Spotlights

Alumni profile Jose Rodolfo Villamariona, MBA '11

Helping build businesses in El Salvador

Jose Rodolfo Villamariona, MBA '11

“The quality of the faculty is amazing. The professors here are very interested in the students. They care about your learning.”

Olaf Unteroberdoerster, PhD

A PhD Trailblazer

Olaf Unteroberdoerster, PhD '98

Traveling and working with people from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, Dr. Olaf Unteroberdoerster MS ’98, PhD ’98 has lived a life filled and enriched with memorable international experiences.

Sam Soltani, MSF '10 Alumni Profile

Businessman with Business Experience

Sam Soltani, MSF '10

As Chief Operating Officer, Sam Soltani, MSF ’10 is the sole member of BioSensics’ impressive management team who has actual business experience.

Alumni profile for Nils Tessier du Cros, MBA '11

#WorldReadyAlumni - Q&A with Nils Teissier du Cros

Nils Teissier du Cros, MBA 11

"Making a move into the startup world is a great learning experience in an incredibly rewarding industry."

Richard Peck, MSF '01 Alumni Profile

An Emerging Career

Richard Peck, MSF '00

“We were able to see living, breathing examples of what we were talking about in the classroom play out on a global stage."

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.”

Thomas Stretton, MBA '11 Global Green Alumni

Saving Earth One Business at a Time

Thomas Stretton, MBA '11

“I honestly think the world is at a crossroads, and I want to be part of the force that moves it in a positive direction.”

Boris Vilidnitsky, MSF '09 Alumni Profile

Investing in the Future

Boris Vilidnitsky, MSF '09

“I felt prepared coming into this job but the learning curve is still steep... I’m open to any opportunities that arise, and I am excited to see what happens next.”

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"Create Your Own Opportunities" - Advice for MBA Students

Alexei Ponomarov, MBA '12

Alexei Ponomarov, MBA '12 spent his childhood in Ukraine and Romania and completed an undergraduate degree in economic cybernetics before working at an international trade and brokerage firm in Bucharest. Brandeis IBS was the next step in his education toward a defined career path.

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Global Education - Global Career

Ari Alushaj, MSF '10

“I always looked forward to class–spending time with my fellow students and hearing lectures from amazing Brandeis professors. It was such a stimulating environment.”

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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.

David J. Williams, MBA '01 Alumni Profile

Career Takes Off at United Airlines and Boeing

David J Williams, MBA '01

Beginning as an intern at United Airlines, Williams progressed to the role of senior economist at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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, BA/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, BA/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."

Yuki Hasegawa

Going Global with Goldman Sachs

Yuki Hasegawa, BA/MA '10

Yuki Hasegawa '09, MA ’10, a human resources analyst at Goldman Sachs, helps manage training and development programs for the investment bank’s most important asset: its talent.

Alumni Profile of Sonia Gisenya

An eye-opening, inspirational summer

Sonia Gisenya, MBA '11

"It was eye-opening and inspirational to see how these projects and programs change people’s lives." --Sonia Gisenya

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.

Alumni profile for Ram Iyer, MBA '09

Excelling in the Global Marketplace

Ram Iyer, MBA '09

How did Ram Iyer, MBA '09 land a job at EMC? The Brandeis IBS alum talks about the knowledge and skills he acquired during his time earning his degree, and how they proved to be crucial in the workplace.

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 Amit Pinjani, MBA '08

Selected as a Boston MBA All-Star

Amit Pinjani, MBA '08

"It became clear to me that the developed world needs to take the lead on alternative fuels."

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.

Keeping up with a Busy Schedule

Daniel Goldsmith, MBA '06

“What’s great about Brandeis IBS is the emphasis on cross-cultural communication and working in different environments.”

Image of Myra Chaudhary BA/MA ‘10 and former MA Senator John Kerry

Blogging to Improve U.S.-Pakistani Relations

Myra Chaudhary, BA/MA '10

Myra Chaudhary, BA/MA ‘10 was a recipient of the Brandeis IBS American Leadership Award during her time at Brandeis IBS, a recognition of her outstanding potential for an international career.

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Following your Passion

Roni Ben-Aharon, MBA '08

“It’s courageous to ask yourself if you're doing what you're doing because you're good at it or because it’s what you want to do," she said.

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, MA '98 is Co-Founder, VP and General Manager of U.S. Consumer Subscription Services at

Nabeela Alam, Phd '13

New faculty member at Grinnell College

Nabeela Alam, PhD '13

Primary Fields – Applied Microeconomics, Political Economy, Economic Development

Rawley Heimer, PhD '13

On staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Rawley Heimer, PhD '13

Primary Fields - Finance, Macroeconomics
Secondary - Behavioral, Investments, International Finance, Econometrics, Financial Networks

Eugene K, PhD '13

On staff at the Federal Communications Commission

Eugene Kiselev, PhD '13

Eugene, now based in Washington, DC, shares insights on his experience at Brandeis IBS and reflects back on how his time at the business school influenced his career path.

Satyam Panday
, PhD '13

On staff at Standard & Poor's

Satyam Panday, PhD '13

Satyam Panday examined the fields of labor economics, applied econometrics, and development and transition economics while at Brandeis IBS, focusing his dissertation on economic mobility. Satyam, now based in New York, NY, took time to reflect upon his experiences as a PhD student and their effect on his career.

Anna Guelzim

Game, Set, Match

Anna Guelzim, MBA '11

Guelzim cites Brandeis IBS as one of her most invaluable experiences in a path to professional success

Amy Kessler

Embracing "intelligent risk" at commencement

Amy Kessler, BA/MA '90

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

An image of Esteban Ferro, PhD '10

From soccer captain to the World Bank

Esteban Ferro, PhD '10

Esteban Ferro, PhD '10 shares how his work at the World Bank will help his native country, Ecuador.

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 Anushka KC, MBA '13

Bringing the heart of Nepal to America

Archana KC, MBA '13

After winning the Leonard J. Asper Startup Award and Bunson Investment Challenge, Archana KC, MBA ’13 spent the summer building a new enterprise that found her taking a three-week trip to Nepal to meet with local farmers.

An image of Marshall Santoso

The key to a successful career? Networking

Marshall Santoso, BA/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.”

An image of Jordan Fliegel, MBA '10

Bringing entrepreneurship into the sports world

Jordan Fliegel, MBA '10

‘Whether it’s sports or starting a company: it’s all in the execution.’

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Entrepreneur on a ride

David Zadok, MBA '12

How getting stuck at an airport drove David Zadok’s latest venture.

Mirza Amiri

From Kabul to Brandeis and back again

Mirza Amiri, MBA '09

Amiri champions his native Afghanistan’s "beauty, productivity, and its resilient and spirited people."

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Deepening understandings of global economics

Pasquale Nuzzo, MSF '00

The Italian-born treasury-management expert went from not speaking a word of English to becoming a senior vice president at Capital One in New York City.

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 the 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, BA/MA '02

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

The best part of the job is that I don’t have set “day-to-day” responsibilities

Pia McCusker, MSF '00

"In 2008 alone, I had to visit clients in South Africa, Australia, UK, Spain, France, South Korea, and Slovenia."

Ezra Levine, MSF '11

"I am keenly interested in international capital markets, so a primary motivation was the diversification and the international exposure Brandeis IBS provides."

From India to the United States: a transformational MBA experience

Shweta Raisoni, MBA '13

“I wanted a place where I could hone my technology and marketing skills but more importantly, I wanted a school that gave me exposure to different cultures."

A Successful MBA Career: From India to Boston

Shekhar Pareek, MBA '12

“To be a successful product manager you need two things," says Pareek. "A global perspective and an eye toward innovation."

Global real estate program provides key to success at home

Gaohan "Zack" Zhang, MA '14

“Brandeis IBS gave me the courage and confidence to challenge myself because I knew no matter how hard things could get, I was not by myself."

Johanna Silverio '07, MA '08, MBA '11

Three Brandeis degrees for one accomplished alumna

Johanna Silverio, BA/MA '08, MBA '11

Among Brandeis alumni, Johanna Silverio has a rare distinction: she holds not one, not two, but three degrees from the University—including an MA and MBA from Brandeis International Business School (IBS).

Cecilia Maya

From Colombia to Boston and back again - making a global impact

Cecilia Maya, MA '00, PhD '04

Though Cecilia Maya grew up in Medellín, Colombia and attended college there, she always dreamed of going to graduate school overseas. “I wanted to study abroad because I wanted to live in a place with a different culture and surround myself with people from other countries,” she says.

Ebenezer Amoh, MA '13

"What I love about Brandeis is that it gives you the freedom to explore."

Ebenzer Amoh, MA '13

Ebenezer Amoh showed an early aptitude for finance in his hometown of Accra, Ghana - a skill that would lead him to Brandeis IBS and a job at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Boston.

Vera Bondarenko, MBA '09

#WorldReadyWomen - MBA Alumna Spotlight

Vera Bondarenko, MBA '09

After receiving her MBA from Brandeis International Business School, Vera Bondarenko parlayed a successful summer internship with data storage giant EMC into a full-time job.

Nisha Sheth, MA '00

#WorldReadyWomen - MA Alumna Spotlight

Nisha Sheth, MA '00

Born in Chicago and raised in Western India, Nisha Sheth arrived at Brandeis IBS with dreams of one day gaining a foothold in corporate America. Today, she is a partner at PwC in New York City.

Kim Myers, MA '13

#WorldReadyWomen - MA Alumna Spotlight

Kim Myers, MA '13

At Brandeis IBS, Kim Myers was a Leadership Fellow, co-president of the Investment Club and a member of the winning team at the Boston CFA Institute Research Challenge. Today, she puts her financial skills to work at electronic trading company EBS BrokerTec.

Emily Rumanek, MA '07, MBA '09

"Do What You're Passionate About and Take Chances"

Emily Rumanek, MA '07, MBA '09

Emily Rumanek has established a career in pharmaceutical market research and currently works as an insights and analytics manager at ViiV Healthcare, a company specializing in marketing and manufacturing HIV treatments.

Pia Layon, MBA '10

"Having an Open Mind is the Way to Find the Right Opportunity"

Pia Layon, MBA '10

Pia Layon was looking for a global graduate program that would implement her quantitative skills in a new way when she arrived at Brandeis IBS. Since then, she’s worked in retail, digital marketing, real estate and finance.

Tim Neunzig, MA '11

"Find a Place of Personal Happiness at Your Job"

Tim Neunzig, MA '10

Tim Neunzig maximized his time at Brandeis IBS with study abroad programs and other activities that built skills needed for an exciting career. He now works on the growth marketing team at Facebook.

Werner de Merode, MBA '10

Brandeis IBS MBA Alumnus Spotlight

Werner de Merode, MBA '10

Werner de Merode spent his childhood making the world his home. He attended Brandeis IBS' MBA program to gain quantitative skills to advance his career, and after six years in financial roles at Staples, he recently began a new job at McKinsey & Company doing strategic planning and analysis.

Tiwonge Ghambi, MBA '11

Brandeis IBS MBA Alumnus Spotlight

Tiwonge Ghambi, MBA '11

After working in accounting for several years, Tiwonge decided to focus her interest in corporate finance through the MBA program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS). She currently works at Open Society Foundations with the goal of utilizing her skills in finance to make the world a better place.

Mendsaikhan Dashjil, MBA '15

Brandeis IBS MBA Alumnus Spotlight

Mendsaikhan Dashjil, MBA '15

Mendsaikhan (Mendee) Dashjil, MBA ’15 earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Economic Studies at the National University of Mongolia before starting his career in the oil and mining industries. He spent 13 years in private sector development before coming to the United States with his wife and three children to attend the MBA program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS).