The 2019 Professional Interest Night “Networking Gone Global”: Thursday, February 28, 2019; 7pm-9pm – Davis Hall & Hall of History. Join International House Alumni, Trustees & Friends for a night of expanding your networking skills and gaining valuable insights into various industries and career paths. Our “Networking Gone Global” event offers the opportunity to connect and mingle with Alumni, Trustee & other professionals from a variety of careers to ask questions about their career paths, industries, and to seek advice.
Pre-Registration is required. RSVP below by Tuesday, February 26.
Please note that this is not a recruiting event but an opportunity for you to gain valuable advice from seasoned professionals (at all different stages of their careers) who know first-hand the challenges of jumpstarting the path to success. Business attire is required. Light fare & beverages will be served throughout the evening.
Ugandan-born Brian Asingia is the co-founder of The Pearl Dream® and DreamAfrica Digital Ltd. He graduated from Lafayette College in 2012, with an Engineering degree and an Economics minor. He has also worked for the New York Stock Exchange. Asingia is an alumnus of United World College USA and International House NYC. He writes, speaks, consults and leads youth and women driven innovations across Africa and the world.
Ask me about: Digital Payments, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Media, Africa Business and Development.
Scooby Axson has a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has been at Sports Illustrated for the past seven years. He also spent 16 years in the U.S. Army, with tours in Bosnia and Iraq.
Ask me about: Journalism industry (media mistrust by public, job instability (layoffs) best way to break into the industry or anything about sports or my job in general.
Mike Boyman is a composer and arts administrator based in New York City. For the past three years, he has been the Operations Coordinator at Carnegie Hall, serving as principal purchasing agent for the hall and planning capital improvements and accessibility initiatives. Mike is a graduate of New York University, where he studied political science. He received his Master’s Degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music.
Ask me about: Working in the performing arts, Networking, Balancing work/life as a musician or artist
Laura Cantekin is a producer for Feature Story News in its New York bureau where she produces radio and television for outlets in China, Singapore, Turkey, and South Africa – just to name a few. Her beats include the United Nations and New York city arts and culture.
Before becoming a journalist Laura worked in philanthropy as a grant-maker for community development and youth-focused organizations. She has also worked on projects for Sesame Street and Elle Magazine.
Laura holds a Master’s from Columbia University Teachers College in International Educational Development and a Bachelor’s from Pitzer College.
Ask me about: changing careers after grad school, appealing to an international audience, how to convince people to talk to you on camera
Jay Chen is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry; with a Master of Science, focused in Urban Planning and real estate from Columbia University; Experienced in Property and Investment Management, Value Totaled $1.5B across the U.S. and Ground-Up Development Projects, Value Totaled $200MM.
Ask me about: real estate market and investment, how to invest in real estate if you don’t have a lot of money, China, career preparation and outdoor sports
I am a New York attorney specialized in international tax services to multinational groups. I advise multinational groups that intend to restructure their worldwide operations to reach a better tax efficient structure. Furthermore, I provide professional tax services to foreign companies investing in the US and to US companies investing overseas.
I studied international tax law at NYU School of law after receiving my Ph.D. in tax. Currently, I work at Ernst & Young New York providing consulting services to some of the biggest international groups. I have been working in the US as a tax attorney for four years. Before joining Ernst & Young I worked for a US prominent law firm in New York. Before that, I had my law firm in Italy.
Ask me about: making a law career in the US, immigration issues, work day schedule, importance of networking, work-life balance, etc.
Kofi Deh currently works as a Research Fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he helps to develop magnetic resonance imaging techniques for studying cancer metabolism. He lived at the International House New York for 2009 to 2012 while studying for his Masters degree in Medical Physics at Columbia University. He graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College with his doctoral degree in 2018.
Ask me about: Biomedical imaging and cancer research
Helena Doná has worked at J.P. Morgan since she left international House in 2010. Initially, she worked in the Debt Capital Markets team for Latin American in New York, before joining the Australian and New Zealand team after transferring to Sydney. She stepped up her career path in 2017, studying Business Analytics at Imperial College in London, returning to New York to join J.P. Morgan’s Data Analytics team as a Vice President last August. When she lived at I House she completed a Master’s degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University (and was the All Nations Fellow!). Helena obtained her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. A Colombian citizen, she is fluent in Spanish and English. Helena is passionate about Karate and running. Helena married Mitch in 2014 after meeting him in iHouse in 2009 at an ice cream social.
Ask me about: Finance, Data Science/ Machine Learning / Data, Career change, Standing out in a male dominated environment, work-life balance
Mr. Bose George is a Managing Director in the Equity Research Department at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. He joined the firm in 2005 and is responsible for covering the mortgage finance sector. His coverage includes mortgage REITs, mortgage banks, mortgage servicers, mortgage insurers and title insurers. Prior to joining KBW, Mr. George spent five years at UBS, where he covered a broad range of mortgage companies including mortgage REITs, subprime lenders, GSEs, mortgage banks and mortgage insurers. Earlier in his career, he covered the mortgage and specialty finance sector for Prudential Securities. He also spent time in Latin American equity research at BNP Paribas. He earned a BA from Earlham College in Richmond, IN, an MA in English Literature from New York University, and received an M.B.A. from Boston College with a specialization in accounting and finance.
Ask me about: What is equity research, The outlook for fundamental equity research, Sell-side v buy-side research (sell side refers to investment banks and buy side to investment management clients)
Anita Haravon, PhD teaches yoga with an emphasis on sharing yoga with underserved populations. Her teaching style is focused, supportive & fun! She has advanced certification with Buddha Body Yoga(Michael Hayes), Accessible Yoga(Jivana Heyman) and FAMI(Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries). She teaches at yoga for large bodies at Buddha Body Yoga and Chair Yoga for Seniors with the Shape Up NYC program of the NYC Parks & Recreation Department. Anita was a clinician and researcher in audiology and communication disorders for over twenty years. She received her doctorate in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in 2002. She completed the Post-baccalaureate premedical Program at Columbia University in 2009. While lived at I-House, was a resident fellow, peer counselor and, of course, taught a popular yoga class on Sunday mornings! Anita is also a certified EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and has volunteered with Central Park Medical Unit and the American Red Cross.
Mitch Hayes is the Special Assistant and Advisor to the President, the Hon. Kevin Rudd at the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) in New York. Prior to joining ASPI, Mitch worked as the Political and Economic Advisor to the U.S. Consul General at the United States Consulate General in Sydney, Australia. He has also worked at J.P. Morgan and the Economist Intelligence Unit from Sydney, and at a New York hedge fund.
His particular interests are China-U.S. and China-Australia relations, and the interaction of the international political economy with grand strategy. As a Spanish speaker, he has a growing interest in China’s relations with Latin America.
Mitch holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with prior studies at the University of London and University of Queensland. Mitch is from Australia, and lives with his wife in New York.
Ask me about: Careers in international relations, and the job hunt hustle. I think I can be most broadly helpful in this second area, regardless of what their professional interests are.
Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, I moved to New York to study classical piano. After completing and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music, I decided to enroll in the MA in Economics program at Columbia. I now work as an actuary during the day and pursue my singer-songwriter projects on nights and weekends.
Ask me about: the insurance industry, the music industry (classical and otherwise), and how to build a second career/rebrand yourself.
Terry works in sales operations in the cloud software segment, which makes him a cross between an IT dude, business analyst, and sales process documenter & creator. His work experience spans US and China. He studied psychoanalytic theories and German & Greek philosophy in college. He also remembers reading books and getting inspired (and destroyed) by folks in geopolitics (Ian Bremmer), finance (energy modeling) and operations (1st year MBA course) for his masters.
Ask me about: Sectors touched (tech, CPG, retail, agency, consulting, government, non-profit); functions tried (client & account management; research, analysis; business operations, sales operations, pre-sales); and job hunt tricks used (mindset, role of social media vs old school methods, productivity tools, interviewing prep)
Dr. Deepa Majmudar has held various senior investor and leadership roles in the Investment Management industry over the last 20 years. Most recently she was a Managing Director at JP Mogan Asset Management where she worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager and a Quantitative Strategist in the Fixed Income Group for the last 15 years. Prior to this, she worked as a quantitative analyst at AllianceBernstein Company since where she developed quantitative and econometric models. She also has prior work experience in high-tech industry where she worked in computer architecture and semiconductor chip design.
Dr. Majmudar holds a M.S. & Ph.D.in Astrophysics from Columbia University where she did research on cosmology and
and received a NASA scholarship grant for her research. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Bombay.
Ask me about: Navigating a career in finance – specially for women and foreign students, making a transition from a science, engineering, or math background to finance
Sidney N. Nakahodo is a leading authority in space entrepreneurship, and cofounder and CEO of the New York Space Alliance (NYSA). He is active in the academic setting as a faculty member of Columbia University. He is also a former fellow of Singularity University, a think-tank and accelerator based at NASA Ames Research Park, in Silicon Valley, and currently serves as its New York City Chapter Ambassador. Previously he worked with private sector development and carbon finance at the World Bank. Sidney holds an MIA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B. Eng. in Materials Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He is a graduate of Singularity University’s Global Startup Program, which he attended on a Google-sponsored scholarship, and the Kiel Institute’s Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy (Germany). Sidney speaks Portuguese and Spanish, is conversant in French and Italian, and has basic knowledge of German.
Mario Nascimento has over 10 years of experience with international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the World Bank, UNDP and the United Nations Secretariat. This includes significant field experience in Colombia and Afghanistan. Since December 2016, Mario has served as a DDR Policy and Planning officer in UN Headquarters in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia – UnB (Brazil) and a master’s degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA).
Ask Me About: Working in conflict-affected countries and working for international organizations UNHQ and field
Originally from Germany, Gerold is a Columbia Law School alumnus and has worked many years in wall street law firms. He specializes in international mergers & acquisitions, advising in complex cross-border transactions around the world. He is also an I-House alumnus and he and his wife are Sakura Sweethearts. They live in the Upper West Side with their two children.
Ask Me About: Law firms, Visas
Veneta Nikolova has over 10 years of experience in financial services, working for leading investment banks and asset managers in New York and London. She is skilled in US stress testing, risk management, governance, equity research, and the origination of equity and equity-linked securities for large corporates.
Veneta is currently a Vice President in Central CCAR at Barclays in New York. Previously, she worked in CCAR and stress testing at HSBC and investment banking for Citigroup, and Bank of America, among other firms.
Veneta holds graduate degrees in finance from Cambridge Judge Business School and business and economics journalism from Columbia University. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and International Relations magna cum laude from Smith College. During her Smith junior year abroad, Veneta studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.
Ask me about: A career in finance vs. investment banking
Nekpen Osuan, PMP is a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, leveraging her background in data analytics, business development, and project management. She is also the CEO & Co-Founder of @WomenWerk, a women’s empowerment non-profit based in New York City. Nekpen is passionate about building power for women and girls and is a Contributor at Women@Forbes.com. A 2018 92Y Woman in Power Fellow and 2017 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow, Nekpen is a serial entrepreneur and an Adjunct at Columbia University. She serves on the junior boards of The Lower Eastside Girls Club and the famed Apollo Theatre.
Ask me about: Management Consulting, Analytics and Data, Financial Services, Non-Profit Leadership, Career Transition, Women’s Empowerment
After 5 years of experience in consulting and international development across the private and non-profit sectors, Daanish graduated with two masters degrees from Columbia University – a Master of Public Administration at SIPA and Master of Arts in Statistics in 2017. Since graduating, he has transitioned his career towards software engineering. He currently works as a Software Engineer at a rapidly growing tech startup in New York City. He has leadership and project management experience and a strong background in statistics and object oriented programming.
Ask me about: Ask me about, Software Engineering, Transitioning careers, Navigating immigration challenges related to work visas, Working on the F-1 STEM OPT Visa
Formerly a biochemistry and cancer researcher, Nevena Rakonjac transitioned to a career in education in 2011. She taught high school science in South Bronx as a 2014 Teach for America corps member. She has worked on data and policy analysis for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, in D.C. as well as for the Deputy Major of Education’s Office in D.C., where she helped develop and pilot a new STEM initiative in urban high schools. Nevena received her master’s degree in education policy from Teachers College in May. She was formerly an Education Pioneers Fellow and is currently working as a Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the NYC Department of Education, Affinity Schools NYCDOE Citywide Office.
Ask me about: Education, government, non-profits, chemistry, academia
Luc Jansen is a corporate partner in the Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has extensive experience representing U.S. and non-U.S. sponsors in the formation of private investment funds across a variety of strategies, including private equity and buyout funds, distressed funds, real estate funds, credit funds, infrastructure funds, funds of funds, and financial services funds.
Luc also counsels private equity sponsors on a wide range of matters, such as the establishment, documentation, and implementation of internal firm management, minority sale transactions, corporate governance, and succession planning arrangements.
Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Luc had significant experience working on fund formation teams in both New York and London counseling his clients in a variety of high-profile and complex transactions. His cross-border background in private investment funds makes him particularly qualified to address the global needs of his clients within the U.S. and the U.K.
Ask me about: Networking, legal careers in an American law firm
Gabriella Santoro is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Bond New York. As a sales agent, her primary focus is townhouse, co-op and condominium sales, however, as a New Yorker, she has moved many times and understands what it is like to rent in this fabulously intricate city. Prior to her real estate career, she worked in health and social science research. Educated in psychology, she earned a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.A. from the New School for Social Research where her studies focused on collective memory, intergroup relations, and identity formation. She also lived and worked abroad while earning a M.A. in Creative Writing from Bar-Ilan University, with a focus in poetry.
Ask me about: a career in real estate, the real estate market, or assistance in buying a home
Christina Soto is an Intelligence Research Specialist for the New York Police Department. She works for the Intelligence Bureau at NYPD and prior to her current position, she was a Crime Analyst for the department. She lived at I-House from 2014 – 2016 while she was attending Columbia University- SIPA for her masters program and she worked in several of the offices at I-House as a student. She is a California native and is enjoying her time in New York City.
Ask me about: my experience at I-House …or anything you would like.
Bora Yagiz: I have worked in the banking sector both as a compliance officer and a Fed bank examiner at the New York Fed Banking Supervision. I moved to my current company where I write analytical articles on current issues that pose challenges to compliance officers. These issues can be compliance with regulations, or how to cope with the technological advances made in the field. I also completed the Financial Risk Management (FRM) program offered by GARP. Prior to joining the NY Fed, my focus was more on political science as I had worked in a DC-based think-tank.
Ask me about: any career-related questions