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Brandeis IBS Alumni Profiles - Featured MBA Spotlights

MBA alumni go on to establish careers in corporate finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship and more. Our alumni share advice on what makes for a great MBA experience at Brandeis IBS and discuss how to turn that into a successful career in the spotlights below. 
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.”

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."

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.”

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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.

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 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

Alumni profile for Ram Iyer, MBA '09

Excelling in the Global Marketplace

Ram Iyer, MBA '09

Following several years in managerial positions at EMC Corporation, Ram Iyer, MBA '09, now serves as the Director of Strategy and Operations at Liberty Mutual in Boston.

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."

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.”

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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.

More MBA Alumni Profiles  
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

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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 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."

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."

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).

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.

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.

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).