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Peter Petri Global Fellows Announced

May 20, 2008

In 2006, we established The Peter Petri Global Fellowship to honor founding dean Peter Petri. I am happy to share with you the selection of this year's fellows who come to IBS from around the world to learn how to create a new model for conducting global business. Three fellowship appointments are made each year from among our best applicants. The fellowship seeks to identify candidates who are likely to have their lives changed by their Brandeis IBS education. In keeping with the global nature of the school and the fellowship, the winners represent three different continents as you will see from their profiles below.

Please join me in congratulating this year's recipients of the Peter Petri Global Fellowship: Mark Haley MA '09, Ramakrishna Iyer MBA '09, and Hanna Luchnikava MA '09. We are fortunate to have these three outstanding students who are making substantial contributions to IBS.

I also extend our best wishes to our inaugural Petri Fellows as they embark on their lives after IBS. Tatiana Uribe Aristizabal MA '08 has accepted a position as Financial and Investment Manager at Suramericana de Inversiones S.A. located in Medellin, Colombia. Josh Bartlow MBA '08 will join private equity firm Clearwater Capital Partners in Beijing, China as an Associate. Cristina Gotia MBA '08 is looking forward to working in operations, supply chain management, or the import/export business.

Finally, I would like to thank Overseers Ronald M. Ansin and Amy Kessler '89, MA '90, as well as the hundreds of friends and alumni who made this fellowship possible.


Mr. Haley was born and grew up in the Philippines until he finished high school. He pursued internships while studying for his undergraduate degree at Grinnell College in Iowa. He served with the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in Manila where he studied the role of multinational institutions in the developing world. His next two internships were related to finance and banking when he worked for Deutsche Bank and HSBC Philippines. His passions for language, diversity, economics, finance, and development led him to choose IBS. After graduation, he hopes to land a position in finance as a financial analyst and eventually explore a career in a multilateral development firm such as the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank.


Mr. Iyer was born and raised in the central part of India, and moved to the U.S. after finishing high school at the age of 17. He attended Framingham State College to pursue an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and Economics. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, he immediately joined EMC Corporation as a software engineer. He landed at IBS after focusing on graduate schools which offered greater diversity in the student body, along with an international focus. When not studying, he enjoys all forms of music and plays the Indian instrument the Tabala. After leaving IBS, he plans on working in the field of Human Resources.


Ms. Luchnikava is a native of Belarus who someday hopes to work for an international economic development institution such as the World Bank. She recently graduated from the School of International Relations at Belarusian State University. She divided her time between an internship at the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus (Department of International Cooperation), and work at the foreign trade enterprise "BELSPETSVNESHTECHNIKA" as an analyst for the Latin America Regional Group. She has also been actively involved in the activities of the non-profit organization "Solidarieta" related to the recuperation of children affected by the Chernobyl Disaster and she has volunteered for the Belarusian Society of Cultural Ties where she organized cultural events for the Embassy of Spain and Cuba.