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2016-2017 GSEI Student Leaders

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Meet our current GSEI Student Leader Team.

  • Pak Aranyawat

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Prior to Georgetown, Pak Aranyawat worked as an analyst at a commercial bank in Thailand for 4 years. At the same time, he also volunteered at a few non-profit organizations and social enterprise. Enjoying those experience, he decided to join GSEI to see how he can pursue a career in an intersection between social and business sectors. 

  • Rebecca Arnold

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Becky Arnold comes to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business after nearly 6 years with the Peace Corps, both abroad, in Mongolia and at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. In her most recent role, she provided budget support for all of Peace Corps operations in Africa as well as medical operations globally. She was drawn to GSEI out of a desire to integrate social good, business interests, and the public sector.

     

  • Jackie Bakalarski

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    With experience in corporate supply chain, international development, and the startup scene, she came to Georgetown as an MBA student to put it all together.  GSEI was part of the reason she chose to come here - it's such a collaborative initiative with partners from the public, private and academic community trying to solve the most challenging world issues using business. She is very passionate about ethical supply chains, impact investing, financial inclusion, and scaling social enterprises.

  • Nikunj Beria

    Walsh School of Foreign Service, Master of Arts in Global Human Development, Class of 2018

    Nikunj is a graduate student at the Global Human Development program, School of Foreign Service with over 5 years of work experience in the education sector. He started his professional career with the 2 year Teach For India Fellowship where he initiated scholarship programs and a solar energy project within the community. He joins GSEI with a goal to acquire knowledge towards forging a global system of cross-sector partnerships between civil servants, private sector and academia spanning the environment and education sectors.

  • Clara Cecil

    McDonough School of Business, Undergraduate Class of 2018

    Through her past experiences as an intern in the Office of Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) and as a business development intern for a start-up CSR consulting firm, Clara has become fascinated by the intersection of business, government, and social responsibility.  Although she used to think of social enterprise as an abstract concept or simple buzzword, as a GSEI student ambassador she hopes to continue to explore the ways that business is currently driving tangible impact across diverse sectors.

     

  • Christopher Dailey

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Chris is passionate about the private sector’s role in international development, particularly in the realms of Public/Private Partnerships and stakeholder engagement.  Before arriving at MSB to study business, he worked for a boutique investor relations firm in New York specializing in medical device companies.  He also did two tours of duty as a Net Impact Service Corps volunteer, working with a development NGO and an education start-up.  Chris was raised in California and has a BA in history from CU Boulder.

  • Leo Dzidziguri

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Levani (Leo) Dzidziguri is first year full time MBA student at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of business. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Caucasus School of business, Republic of Georgia, where he was also born and raised. He also studied at Estonian Business School, Tallinn as an Erasmus Mundus exchange student. Leo has significant experience in helping manufacturing companies in transformations, streamlining operations and processes, financial analysis and modelling and ERP system implementations. Industries he has worked in include Chemicals, Metallurgy and Audit services. 

  • Francoise Farrell

    Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Class of 2017

    Francoise Farrell is a senior completing her undergraduate in Art History and French. She is originally from Hawaii though she now considers Colorado home. Due to her passion for the ocean and human rights issues, she has always been drawn to sustainable solutions that truly create change, and sees Social Enterprise as an important vehicle for this change. She is the co-President of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, a non-profit that aims to engage Millennials with ocean issues across the globe and provides the tools for influential ocean advocacy. She was recently on the Executive Planning committee for the State Department's Our Ocean Conference that was held in September 2016. After graduation, Francoise plans on working for an art consulting firm or gallery and hopes to find a way to meld her passions for art and the oceans to create and promote innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems. 

     

  • Daniela Fernandez

    Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Class of 2017

    Daniela Fernandez is the Founder and Chair of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance’ (SOA), a student led organization that empowers Millennials to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our ocean. She is also a contributor to The Economist Intelligence Unit, has spoken at U.S. Capitol Hill Ocean Week, World Affairs Council Conference, WE Day Illinois and has been invited to the United Nations to present a petition on behalf of the millennial generation in anticipation of the Sustainable Development Goal vote. She has been recognized for her work by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, named one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year, received the Peter Benchley Ocean Youth Award, the 2016 Bustle Upstart Award and has been recognized as a Green 2.0 environmental leader. Daniela was GSEI's 2015 Student Leader of the Year.

  • Puja Garg

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Prior to attending the McDonough School of Business, I worked in the education/non-profit space for eight years. I started my career as a Teach For America teacher. After four years in the classrooms, I earned my Masters in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Most recently, I worked with charter school accountability is the MA Department of Education. Along the way I have been an active member on the Board of Directors of Every Child Is Ours, an international nonprofit committed to alleviating social inequities.

  • Emma Klingenstein

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Before joining Georgetown's MBA program, Emma worked at LearnServe, an education nonprofit that empowered middle and high school students to become social entrepreneurs. Previously, Emma worked at Village Capital, an accelerator for seed-stage social entrepreneurs, where she ran 3-month programs for EdTech and FinTech companies. She began her career working at Higher Achievement, a rigorous, results-oriented afterschool program for middle school youth from traditionally underserved communities. Emma is excited to explore the intersection of local government, business, and nonprofit sectors here in DC while serving as a GSEI student ambassador.

  • Zach Ostro

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Zach Ostro is an attorney by training, and Legislative Director for Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-2).  In that role he manages a team of policy advisers to craft the Congresswoman’s legislative agenda, with a focus on banking, tax, and economic development policy.  Zach enrolled in McDonough and joined GSEI to gain managerial training and technical financial knowledge to leverage his legal and policy knowledge for a career in public leadership or in corporate social responsibility.

  • Sarah Reid

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Sarah Reid comes to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business after 4 years in the non-profit world in Washington, DC. She previously worked for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Health Council. Sarah wanted to be a part of GSEI because of her desire to use business knowledge for the greater good.

  • Siona Sharma

    School of Nursing and Health Studies, Undergraduate Class of 2017

    Siona is currently pursuing a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Policy at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Starts with Soap, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works for equitable education to our nation’s most underfunded schools by providing sanitation supplies and other necessary materials.

    Through her work, Sharma has witnessed the importance of socially-mindful businesses in today’s society; she hopes to become involved in and work for the implementation of such initiatives through GSEI. 

  • Shalini Sinha

    School of Continuing Studies, Masters of Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Class of 2017

    Shalini is a master's student studying Public Relations and Corporate Communications. With a prior background in for-profits, she has worked with organizations such as EY and Pfizer. GSEI was a unique opportunity - as a student leader, she wanted to learn about bridging the gap between two fundamentally antagonistic concepts – businesses, for-profits, and the non-profit sector. She wanted to explore how these two concepts are interdependent and the role of social entrepreneurship in sustainable business and GSEI was the perfect forum for that. 

     

  • Bryan Vodicka

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Bryan is a first-year MBA student from Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, he spent time with a leading contract research organization managing global oncology clinical trials and making major contributions to strategic initiatives and operational evolution before deciding to attend Georgetown. For Bryan, GSEI provides a tangible experience that naturally extends on previous work in healthcare and a way to become more effective in leading businesses to serve others in a mutually beneficial way.  

  • Kelsey Weber

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

    Kelsey Weber comes to Georgetown with six years of experience in international development. Most recently she worked for the International Rescue Committee, as a part of the Ebola Response to Liberia. Kelsey also served in Senegal as Peace Corps volunteer. She joined GSEI because she believes the private sector is uniquely positioned to become a driver for social change in developing nations. Kelsey is pursuing her master’s degree in Global Human Development at the School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in Global Social Enterprise and Development.

     

     

  • Sophia Wood

    Walsh School of Foreign Service, Undergraduate Class of 2017

    Sophia Wood is a fourth year undergraduate in the Walsh School of Foreign Service studying International Politics and African Studies. Sophia recently spent a year living and studying in Santiago, Chile, where she has been involved in a startup called Observa Ciudadanía, which provides after-school civics classes to high school students in order to give them the tools to exercise their citizenship. She previously worked as a Fundraising Future Leader for Sustainable Travel International, conducting research and advising on partnership opportunities in the South Pacific Destination Alliance. Sophia has joined GSEI to learn more about the public-private partnerships necessary to help business do good while doing well, particularly in the tourism industry, which is her academic focus and passion.

  • Amy Yaskowski

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

    Amy Yaskowski is second-year MBA candidate at Georgetown University concentrating in Real Estate Finance and Development. Prior to attending business school, Amy practiced as a licensed landscape architect and urban designer in Pennsylvania, California and Virginia. Amy has over 6 years of experience designing and managing large-scale development projects which run the gamut from international diplomatic facilities to LEED-certified zoo exhibits. She decided to be a GSEI Student Leader as she was interested in apply design thinking principles to business models that create shared value.