Student Leadership and Ethics Board

The purpose of the center's Student Leadership and Ethics Board is to foster a culture and safeguard a tradition of principled leadership throughout the Columbia Business School community. The Board fulfills its purpose by developing, implementing and monitoring programs that cultivate leadership, build character, and promote ethical decision making, which, in turn, enable Columbia Business School students to become productive, moral, and caring participants in their companies and communities.

Each year, first- and second-year Columbia MBA and EMBA students are selected based on an interest in these areas, demonstrated leadership skills, and past academic and work experience.

Working with the faculty, staff, alumni, and other students, members of the Leadership and Ethics Board develop, support, organize, and market such center events as high-profile speakers and experiential learning activities. In doing so, Leadership and Ethics Board members have the opportunity to interact closely with distinguished speakers, panelists, and professors and to contribute to the MBA experience. 

Members of the Leadership and Ethics Board also take part in the center's speaker dinners and interact with Bernstein Faculty Leaders.

Board Members for 2016-2017

Anna Aagenes MBA '18

Anna Aagenes is an advocate, writer, speaker, and diversity & inclusion consultant. Most recently, Anna was the Vice president of Program Development & Community relations for You Can Play, a non-profit dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusion in sports. Prior to joining You Can Play, Anna served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for State Representative Brian Sims, who is Pennsylvania's first openly gay candidate elected as a state legislator. Anna also worked for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Adolescent initiative HIV/AIDS clinic. Originally from Bucks County, PA, Anna currently resides in the Bronx, NY.

Aaron Allon EMBA ’17

Aaron Allon is an EMBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from New York University with a BA in Economics, Aaron began a career in the investment management industry. In 2010, Aaron co‐founded a venture capital fund where he invests in early stage technology companies.
He is particularly interested in the necessity for sound leadership at hyper growth companies. During his time at Columbia University, he hopes to develop as leader so that he may better serve the teams of his current and future investments.

Nick Briody MBA '18

Nick Briody is a graduate of Georgetown University where he majored in economics and history. Following graduation, Nick moved to New York and began his career in investment banking at Citi. He spent the first two years at Citi in a credit-oriented role before moving to traditional investment banking in his third year. In 2013, nick moved to The Olayan Group, a privately held multinational corporation, and joined their private equity practice. At Olayan, Nick conducted due diligence on and invested in a range of private companies across north and South American. Outside of work, he is an avid traveler and tennis player.


Daphne Chang EMBA ’17

Daphne Chang is a consultant at Accenture within the Health and Public Service practice in New York. She focuses on healthcare operational strategy and has advised on the launch of the Health Insurance Exchanges and implementation of other Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions. Daphne has participated in several projects through Accenture Development Partnerships, the non-profit group within Accenture that promotes international development, and has experience working in Africa. Prior to Accenture, she worked at the New York Stock Exchange in the Exchange Traded Products group and at KPMG in the Forensic Advisory group. Daphne holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Health and Societies.

Marjón Dean EMBA '18

Marjón Dean is a global business manager at Microsoft Corporation.  In this role, she is responsible for the business relationship for a global healthcare company leading a worldwide team of software, consulting, and research specialists.  Marjón is dedicated to her clients’ success, passionate about helping organizations sustainably grow, compete on a global scale, and reimagine their business. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Marjón spent 13 years at IBM in sales management and software engineering roles.  Marjón earned a BS in Math with honors from University of Texas at Austin, MS in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently pursuing an EMBA at Columbia University.

Paulina Dougherty MBA '18

Paulina Dougherty is an MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School. She was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Paulina graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Marketing and Management. She has worked at Credit Suisse Banking and at Cementos Progreso, a cement manufacturer in Guatemala.

Griffin Dowdy MBA '18

Griffin Dowdy is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School in the Class of 2018. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Sociology/Anthropology and Philosophy, he worked in Washington, DC consulting universities on student enrollment, retention, and academic program development. Griffin has formal dance training and has worked as a performer, choreographer, and dance teacher. He is particularly interested in how principled corporate leadership impacts firm performance, staff retention, and the development of surrounding communities.

William Fields EMBA '17

William Fields is currently an Associate Banker in the Private Bank at JP Morgan focusing on Endowments and Foundations and a co-founder of an education non-profit, First In Education. Prior to his current career, he served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant (junior grade) working as a Cryptologist at the National Security Agency. In that capacity he provided support for military intervention during the Libyan War and led a team in Afghanistan supporting Special Forces on high value target missions. Before serving in the military, he worked in politics and economic policy as a National Coordinator with Students for Saving Social Security and as the regional campaign manager for a gubernatorial and senatorial campaign. He also served in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee as a research aide, in the White House National Economic Council as a policy aide, and as a fellow at Taxpayers for Common Sense. He is currently an EMBA student at Columbia Business School and has received a Masters in Philosophy, Public Policy, and Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors in Business Management and Finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2007, he received an ISEO scholarship to study economics under two Nobel Economists in Italy.

Darren He MBA ’17

Darren He is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Previously, he worked at Exeter Group, Inc., where he was a Director of Product Development focusing on new healthcare systems, and also a Project Manager on the technology consulting team. Darren graduated from Harvard University in 2009 with a BA in Neurobiology and a minor in Health Policy. Outside of school, Darren is working on getting a socially-minded coffee start-up off the ground.

Qian (Victoria) Hu EMBA '17

Qian (Victoria) Hu is a Doctor. She is currently working to launch the international investment firm focus in healthcare, Gold Tree Investment Management, with a strong social entrepreneurship bend, and a venture to bridge US-China healthcare companies and investments. She has worked in a mixed investment experience. She was served for the multinational company responsible for M&A. And she served as a found member set up a VC/PE fund focus in healthcare. She also served as General Manager of healthcare investment, help the group's subordinate Hong Kong listed company to complete the acquisition of cross-border investment. She currently takes EMBA program at Columbia Business school. Victoria was take her PhD in Kyoto University in Japan.

Arun Kalyanasundaram EMBA '18

Arun Kalyanasundaram is an EMBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Arun is a consultant within contracting and pricing in pharmaceutical industry. Arun after completing his bachelors’ graduation in information technology from Anna university. Arun has over 13 years of experience working in pharmacovigilance, sales & marketing and technology projects in more than five countries. Arun likes running, ice skating and movies. Other than school, Arun is excited to work in machine learning ideas for startups.

Daniel Katz EMBA’17

Daniel Katz is a first year EMBA student at Columbia Business School, and also Vice President of Global Strategic Projects at Swiss Re, a diversified reinsurance company. He began his career studying neuroscience, and at 17 years old published a paper on the neurophysiology of hunger in the Journal of Nutrition. While at University, he supported the founding of the Cornell Social Business Consulting Group, a pro bono student run consulting organization that now operates dozens of projects on 4 continents. After the financial crisis in 2008, he joined Swiss Re in 2009 with the hope of becoming a stabilizing force in an increasingly fragile global economy.

Craig Lieb EMBA '18

Craig Lieb is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He earned his pilot wings from Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training and served for 8 years as a special operations intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance pilot amassing over 2500 hours over six combat deployments. Craig earned a BS in Systems Engineering ad was Executive Director of an EdTEch non-profit prior to starting his flying career. He has a Masters in Operations management and is an MBA Candidate At Columbia Business School. Currently, he works in financial service consulting in New York.

Sam Longair MBA '18

Sam Longair is a first year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from Oxford University with a Modern History degree, Sam worked for a travel company designing vacations for ethically-minded travelers to Southern and Eastern Africa. For the past six years, Sam has worked in corporate finance in the airline industry based in London, New York, and most recently Mexico City, focused on developing partnerships between airlines. Until recently Sam was on the board of Tourism Concern, a UK charity promoting ethical tourism and he is passionate about exploring how business can positively impact society.

Antonio Marte MBA ’17

Antonio Marte is a first year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. He spent more than four years in consulting, addressing some of the most challenging strategic issues across multiple industries (mainly banking, private equity, automotive, and industrial goods) in Europe, where he focused on strategy, restructuring, and corporate finance topics. Passionate of Leadership and Ethics, Antonio is interested in governance challenges in Partnerships and Venture Capital contracts, as well as in value creation through socially responsible investments. He holds a Master of Science in Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and is an Italian native speaker.

Jordan McNulty MBA '18

Jordan McNulty is a first-year MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School. Previously, she worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company where she provided analytical and literary support for one of Bain’s Women’s Leadership Council’s gender parity studies, the results of which were presented at the 2015 Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum. She is passionate about continuing to work to reduce workplace inequality and optimize the management of human capital throughout her career. Originally from Houston, TX, Jordan graduated from Harvard University with High Honors in Sociology, with a focus on Work, Organizations and Management, and a secondary in Economics.

Gregory Morison MBA ’17

Gregory Morison is a first-year MBA candidate. After graduating from Georgetown University, he joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked with Montana Legal Services Association in Missoula, MT. He then moved on to a paralegal position at a private law firm before receiving his JD from Fordham University School of Law. Gregory then entered the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps where he served for over five years as a defense attorney and as a staff advisor to overseas military commanders. After leaving active duty, he worked as a litigator representing various government agencies. He is still a reserve officer in the Navy.

Lyndon Mouton MBA '18

Lyndon Mouton is a 2018 MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School. Lyndon Mouton was a Private Equity Associate on the Long-Term Performance-Based Group at Allstate Investments. He conducted due diligence and executes on global private equity investments on behalf of Allstate's subsidiary companies. Prior to Allstate Investments, he was an Investment Analyst on the Private Equity team at Partners Group in New York. He conducted due diligence and executed on secondary investments that included minority equity stakes in leading middle market companies and limited partnership stakes in buyout and venture funds. Previously, he worked as an Associate at FTI Consulting where he provided capital markets advisory services to publicly traded companies primarily in the specialty chemicals and energy services industries. He graduated cum laude from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with concentrations in Finance and Economics.

Scott Nichols MBA ’17

Scott Nichols is a 2017 MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). His work focuses on strategy and major change, advising large organizations across a variety of industries in both the public and private sectors, including media, consumer/retail, and telecommunications. Prior to joining BCG, Scott was a foreign policy adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra and a litigation and competition (antitrust) lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons. One of his interests is improving the transfer of innovation, leadership, and management best practice between the private and public sector. His personal interests include travelling to Africa (especially Zimbabwe), reading (especially Dickens), cooking (especially seafood), tennis (especially Wimbledon), and politics (especially international).

Pramod Prasad MBA '18

Pramod graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India with a degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to CBS, he worked in the strategy group of a large pharmaceutical company based out of India for three years. I have experience working with different functions within the pharmaceutical industry such as clinical development, product development, manufacturing operations, commercialization and finance. Prior to this, he helped grow a startup 3-fold, which was focused on consulting/analytics work for mid-tier corporates and private equity clients. Prior to this, he was in an early stage startup that was working towards creating a better online matchmaking experience in India.

April Qi MBA '18

April is a first-year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. She spent five years in assurance and financial consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. She advised fortune 100 companies on financial reporting regulations and post-merger integration. Previously, her work focused on ensuring the integrity of capital markets, auditing global financial institutions. She graduated from Marquette University Applied Investment Management Program, with a BS in Finance, Accounting and International Business. She is passionate about increasing financial reporting transparency at multinationals and applying best practices of corporate governance in emerging markets. April enjoys backpacking, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and aerial Yoga, and reading social psychology books.

Kathleen Reaume EMBA '18

Kathleen Reaume is an EMBA candidate at Columbia Business School. She currently serves as the Director of Finance & Strategy at Zocdoc, a NYC-based startup with a mission of improving patient access to healthcare. At Zocdoc, Kathleen leads investor relations and is responsible for driving the company’s growth strategy. Prior to Zocdoc, Kathleen worked in Investment Banking at UBS advising consumer products and retail companies on strategic growth initiatives and capital structure considerations. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance, Strategy) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science) from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Tedesco MBA ’18

Daniel is a Mandarin-speaking Delawarean and MBA student. After college, he lived across China, first as a Fulbright Scholar in Chongqing and later working in internal strategy roles to help CEOs improve international businesses from a variety of industries. Daniel is former president and chair for Global China Connection, where he served 2,000 Chinese and non-Chinese student members to build friendships and mutual trust. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, where he founded the Shanghai chapter and later led the Beijing chapter in driving local social impact projects to improve the state of the world. As someone who has seen firsthand conflicts in business values across cultures and automation that eliminates human jobs, Daniel is deeply interested in emerging issues of leadership and ethics that will define the twenty-first century.

Alex Tint MBA ’17

Alex Tint is a first year MBA candidate from Summit, New Jersey. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Alex joined NBC Sports where he worked in production for over five years. During his tenure, Alex worked on a variety of live sporting events including Super Bowl XLVI, the English Premier League, the Tour de France, the Stanley Cup Finals and multiple Olympic Games. Before Alex left to attend Columbia Business School, he was co-producer of a daily NASCAR studio show and was heavily involved in the long-term planning of the entire NASCAR on NBC property and served as the main liaison between NASCAR and NBC Sports.

Shlok Vaidya MBA '18

Shlok Vaidya has spent nearly half a decade pursuing technology solutions that an provide critical insight into future business strategy. He has deep domain expertise across Global marketer, Application Development, System integration, Automation, Process re-engineering, Finance and Analytics,. Currently an MBA student at Columbia Business School, his past experience includes helping organization such as Barclays and Bank of America capitalize on the use of cutting edge technology. He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Mumbai.

Todd Wisman MBA ’17

Todd Wisman is a first year MBA student originally from Harrisonburg, VA. After graduating from West Point in 2006 with a BS in Nuclear Engineering, Todd spent over nine years in the US Army where he served as an Infantry and Special Forces Officer. As a student he continues to serve in the military and will return to the US Army following completion of his studies. During his time in service he deployed five times to the Middle East in support of US combating terrorism efforts. Todd continues to rely on leadership principles forged throughout a lifetime of athletic and military experiences to guide his decision-making in often dynamic and multifaceted situations. He also enjoys studying Negotiations and Organizational Change.

Si Yang EMBA ’17

Si Yang is currently managing a team of Statistical and Research Analysts and department’s summer interns at Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY). Prior to joining the FRBNY, he worked at CQS Asset Management (London) and Deutsche Bank (NYC & London) as valuation and product controller.  He has a BS in Finance, Leadership & Consulting from SUNY Binghamton. He served as the Vice President of Multicultural Affairs for Binghamton’s Student Association and Academic Vice President for its Asian Student Union.  He likes cycling, movies, tennis, exploring and sci-fi.

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