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.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
At Brandeis IBS, Amy Kessler did not learn all the answers. Instead, she graduated with even more valuable proficiencies: the expertise to ask relevant questions and the determination to probe until she discovers the ideal solution.
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.
“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.
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).
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 (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).
Since graduating from Brandeis IBS, Prathap has made smart decisions to keep his career moving forward, shifting from a small brokerage firm to John Hancock to his current role at Liberty Mutual Investments.
Peter Wein found a balance in the Brandeis IBS BA/MA program, where he focused his studies in both international economic policy and data analytics. Today, he applies both areas of expertise in a role at Mather Economics.
Bozhanka Vitanova, MA ’16 was one of thousands to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2017. She spoke as part of TechCrunch’s “Having Impact with Tech” panel discussion.