The 2020 Professional Interest Night “Networking Gone Global”: Thursday, February 27, 2019; 7pm-9pm – Main Lounge. 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, Trustees & other professionals from a variety of careers to ask questions about their career paths, industries, and to seek advice.
Pre-Registration is required. RSVP Online by Tuesday, February 25.
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 jump-starting the path to success. Smart dress is required. Light fare & beverages will be served throughout the evening.
Ugandan-born Brian Asingia is the co-founder of The Pearl Dream, Inc. 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. 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.
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
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.
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 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
Dr Pooja Merchant is a physician and heads Patient Partnership & Engagement for Oncology at Bayer, a life science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in areas of health and agriculture. This is a newly created role to demonstrate Bayer’s commitment to building stronger relationships with patients and family caregivers. Most recently, she was instrumental in catalyzing a company-wide patient engagement movement by establishing a collective vision, developing guidance, activating champions and creating new platforms to directly engage with patients.
Dr Merchant earned a degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University and worked at the NYC Department of Health researching HIV/AIDS care in the transgender population. In her previous roles at Bayer, Dr Merchant has provided clinical expertise to the Hematology portfolio and also gained experience in regulatory affairs and organizational/operational improvement.
Being focused on implementing sustainable change, Pooja felt right at home at International House, where she lived for 3 years (2007-2010) during her studies. It was here that she was able to channel her ideas into action by serving as a WIL grantee, Leadership Fellow, Resident Fellow, RMGC Chair and also, volunteering for numerous activities such as Sunday supper, fall fiesta, movie nights, etc. Above all, she takes immense pride in the 2009 All Nations t-shirt that bears her winning logo!
Sidney N. Nakahodo is a leading authority in space and entrepreneurship. He is the cofounder and CEO of the New York Space Alliance (NYSA), and has been a founder and adviser to multiple startups over the years. He is a faculty member of Columbia University and was a fellow of Singularity University, in Silicon Valley, currently serving as SU’s New York City Chapter co-ambassador. Previously Sidney worked with public policy, private sector development, and carbon finance at the World Bank. He holds a Master of International Affairs 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 also an alum of Singularity University’s Global Solutions 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. In 2019 he received the “Brazilian Diaspora Award”, granted by the Embassy of Brazil in Washington DC, for his work with innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.
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
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.
Originally from France, Marie Wavre is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Tenzin Wangyal, where she represents asylum seekers from Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan before immigration courts in the United States. Before joining the office, Marie served with the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs in Gaborone, Botswana, where she worked on socio-political developments and risks to stability in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. Marie focused her legal experience on international human rights law and gender issues, having worked in India on laws affecting LGBTI rights, and on advocacy strategies with the Center for Reproductive Rights to protect women’s rights globally. In addition to being a member of the New York bar, Marie holds a Master in Development and Gender Policy from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, an LL.M. in International Law and Justice from Fordham University School of Law, and a Master in Public International Law from Université Paris II Pantheon-Assas (France).
Ask me about: Careers in Human Rights and the UN; the New York bar; immigration issues in the US under the Trump administration.