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Brandeis IBS Alumni Profiles - Featured MA Spotlights

Alumni of our MA program in International Economics and Finance establish careers in international economic policy, real estate, business economics, and more. Learn what makes for a great MA experience at Brandeis IBS and how to translate that into a successful career from the alumni spotlights below. 
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

Sigridur Hardardottir, MA '10

Sigga Hardardottir shone at Brandeis IBS with her Do-Band project, using bracelets to inspire individuals to complete a task that they’d been putting off. She continued her success after graduating at Novo Nordisk, where she works as a Senior Project Manager of commercial activity.

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.

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."

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

Previously 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

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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’

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.

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.

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."

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."

Ebenezer 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 to jobs at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Credit Suisse.

Nisha Sheth, MA '00

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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

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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.

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.

Bozhanka Vitanova (second from R) speaks on a panel held at Davos in January 2017

"Now is The Time To Explore Patterns Among Successful Entrepreneurs"

Bozhanka Vitanova, MA '16

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.

Sean Xiang

"It's All About Developing Knowledge and Finding Your Direction"

Sean Xiang, MA '09

Sean Xiang has worked across countries, companies and cultures in the eight years since he completed his studies at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) – and he’s certainly not finished exploring the world of opportunities available to him.


"Different perspectives are the key to success. They ultimately made me more flexible.".

Francesco Lucherelli, MA '09

Francesco graduated with a Brandeis IBS MA in 2009. Since then, he has succeeded in a multinational career in electronic trading across the United Kingdom and Singapore, where he currently serves as vice president of FICC eTrading client services at JP Morgan.