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.
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
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.
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
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
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