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2017-2018 GSEI Student Leaders

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Meet our current GSEI Student Leader Team.

  • Mutiara Alam Addini

    Master of International Development Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Class of 2018
     
    Alam is an international development professional who specializes in project management, monitoring and evaluation research, mainly focusing in Southeast Asia region. Her research and work experience have been in economic development, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). She worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Indonesia on small industry development projects and for Causal Design in Cambodia on an agriculture as well as a sanitation/ WASH project evaluation. She aims to expand her expertise by joining a learning organization to build evidence for an improved decision-making process. She joined GSEI because she believes in the power of business and using a market-based approach to elevate poverty, empower communities and create social impact.

  • 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.

     

  • 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 student analyst at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Clara has become fascinated by the intersection of business, government, and social enterprise.  Although she used to think of social enterprise as an abstract concept or simple buzzword, as a GSEI student leader she hopes to continue to explore the ways that business is currently driving tangible impact across diverse sectors.

  • Abraham Alejandro Cisne

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2020

    Abraham worked in Public Policy and Democracy and Governance briefly before focusing on international development since 2011. During that time he oversaw State Department and foreign agency funded capacity building programs for youth, educators, and academics across the western hemisphere. Abraham is interested in earning an MBA to manage social impact initiatives originating from or partnering with the private sector. He joined GSEI to connect with like-minded students and support/explore impact investment, social enterprise, entrepreneurial education, and technology as a means to address environmental and social challenges.

     

  • 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. 

  • Susi Eckelmann

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

    With a B.S. in chemistry from Washington & Lee University and professional background as a research chemist, Susi is passionate about using data and evaluation to strengthen social impact organizations and the communities they serve. She left the lab in 2012 to scale up Project Hope Alliance—a grassroots nonprofit serving homeless children and families. In her four years with the organization, she grew revenues by 338% while establishing marketing, community engagement, program evaluation, and fund development teams. In 2016, Susi launched an independent consulting practice providing strategy and finance consulting to global organizations. Susi embraces GSEI’s commitment to long-lasting, large-scale change through cross-sector partnerships, and she plans to further that mission in the fields of impact finance and global strategy.

     

  • Frank Guo

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

    Prior to Georgetown, Frank worked in sustainability and climate change issues in China. He is primarily interested in climate finance, and joined GSEI to leverage his practical background with business to foment social change and environmental protection.

  • Will Hackman

    McCourt School, Master in Public Policy (MPP), Class of 2018

    Will Hackman developed a passion for ocean conservation after spending time as a commercial fisherman. He has also served as a political fundraiser and campaign manager. In 2013, Will joined the public sector conservation community as a marine fisheries conservation advocate. Since then, he has closely worked on federal legislative issues related to domestic and international fisheries conservation as well as federal public lands conservation and clean energy projects. At Georgetown, Will founded McCourt E&E, served as a graduate student representative to the Steering Committee of the Georgetown Environment Initiative, a Research Assistant to the Georgetown Climate Center, directed the Young Professionals Board of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, represented Georgetown at multiple United Nations climate change conferences overseas, and is a contributing author on energy, environmental, and climate change topics for a variety of campus publications including the Georgetown Public Policy Review and SFS’s Journal of International Affairs

     

  • Alexandra Hart

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

    Always inspired by having a improving livelihoods worldwide, Alexandra comes from a background in international peace, conflict resolution, and development. She sees GSEI as a platform for like-minded individuals to come together and learn how businesses can promote social and environmental good. Post-grad, Alexandra hopes to combine her global scope and passion for triple bottom lines to create sustainable supply chains in consumer product businesses.

  • 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.

  • Benjamin Levine

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

    Prior to Georgetown, Benjamin M. Levine served as Special Assistant and Advisor for Global Economics and Finance at the White House National Security Council. In that role, Ben supported the development of U.S. policy related to trends in global financial markets, economic sanctions, international trade and development, multilateral financial institutions, the G7 and G20 Summits, and the economies of Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America. Before joining the White House National Security Council staff, Ben served in multiple roles at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and on President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Ben joined GSEI to continue his Obama Administration work of building a more inclusive global economy and ensuring that the benefits of globalization are widely shared.

     

  • Mark Matsuura

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

    After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in business economics, Mark obtained his CPA license and joined Deloitte's audit practice where he served clients primarily in the consumer products industry. He is also a culinary school graduate who has spent time consulting for numerous restaurant startups in the Los Angeles area. His recent volunteer work in Tanzania and Nepal proved to be the impetus for his decision to attend Georgetown and transition into a career focused on social impact. As a GSEI Student Leader, Mark hopes to work closely with students who share his same passion for affecting social change.

     

  • 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

    Walsh School of Foreign Service, B.S. Science, Technology, and Intl Affairs, Class of 2020

    Siona Sharma is a second year student pursuing a B.S. in STIA with a focus on computer science. 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 initiating literacy, STEM, and health programs led by students. Sharma serves as the Director of Business Development with Georgetown Global Consulting, empowering students to develop new strategies for international microfinance organizations. She has also worked with Deloitte and the Georgetown Global Health Initiative to track the application of technology in development and health services.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Itay Weiss

    McCourt School, Master of Public Policy, Class of 2019
     
    From Rishon LeZion in Israel, Itay is an enthusiastic fan of innovation, technology and policy. He is a social entrepreneur who believes that the shared passion of activists and business leaders for innovation is the key to unlock many of the global burning social challenges. Itay has founded three businesses and served in various leadership roles and he is a fellow in UNESCO’s NetMed Youth Project who brings the young professionals voice from all parts of Israel to the policy making table. Itay holds a Bachelor of Law with honors and he is a member of the Israeli Bar.  He joined Georgetown and GSEI to learn about new innovative ways to drive private capital towards social goals.

  • Matt Wood

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

    Matt joined GSEI to continue to learn and build skills on how the private sector can create shared value on a global scale  Before Georgetown, Matt was a Small Business Development Volunteer for Peace Corps Nicaragua and a strategy consult for non-profits.  Matt is interested in marketing & sales strategy roles in the tech and social entrepreneurial space after graduation.

     

  • Yingmei (May) Wu

    McDonough School of Business, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019
     
    Prior to MSB, May worked for a jewelry company assisting the marketing manager in preparing and implementing the sales events and jewelry exhibition in China and the U.S. She also represented the jewelry company to develop a long-term business relationship with designers, manufacturers and foreign vendors, as well managed jewelry importation for my company with global suppliers.  After graduating from MSB, she hopes to work as a brand manager for a multinational company and someday explore entrepreneurship. In joining GSEI, she hopes to interact with people of varied backgrounds who have the common goal of helping others acheive their goals.