Nikhil Kumar

Nikhil Kumar ’15

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California

Industry of Interest:
Technology; Education

Undergrad:
University of California, Berkeley

Undergrad Major:
Business Administration and Political Science

Before coming to Columbia Business School, I worked in Consulting and then Internal Strategy at Bank of America. I had a chance to gain experience in analytics and data-driven decision making, and then I realized I wanted to apply these skills in different industries – which led to my decision to join an MBA program. I came to Columbia specifically because of the extremely collaborative and supportive learning environment, which manifests itself not only through the Cluster and Learning Team systems, but also in career-focused clubs. For me, this has meant taking a more active role in the Social Enterprise Club and the Technology Business Group. For fun, I like to play poker, ping pong, and random board games. I’m also passionate about playing tennis, which I’ve done for my whole life (in California), but the winter weather in NYC has turned me into a squash player instead!

 

Aditi Sahani

Aditi Sahani (Adi) ’15

Hometown:
Westborough, Massachusetts

Industry of Interest:
Technology

Undergrad:
Babson College

Undergrad Major:
Entrepreneurship

I was born in New Delhi and moved to a small suburban town in Massachusetts while in high school. Prior to business school, I worked at EMC, an enterprise tech company, for over 5 years. I really enjoy the tech space and aspire to work for a consumer focused internet or e-commerce company. Columbia has been an incredible journey, and through my posts, I will share how we, as CBS students, have one of the most dynamic yet close-knit communities, and unmatched level of opportunities. I have been lucky to meet some of the best people through my involvement in Innovation + Creativity in Business Society (I+CBS), Graduate Business Association, Follies, Hermes Society, and Technology Business Group. If and when I have free time, I like to see my family (in Boston and the Bay Area), play ping-pong (at Fat Cat in the West Village), try new restaurants (I love Chelsea/Meat packing area), explore NYC, and travel (my favorite trip: Chazen Israel ’14).

 

Tina Shyuan

Tina Shyuan ’15

Hometown:
Morgan Hill, California

Industry of Interest:
Technology; Entrepreneurship; Education

Undergrad:
University of California, Berkeley

Undergrad Major:
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS); Music minor

I was born in Taiwan, but grew up in Silicon Valley. Before Columbia Business School, I spent many years in software consulting, solving business problems with technology. This experience sparked my interest in learning more about business fundamentals and perspectives at CBS. True to my Bay Area origins, I am also an aspiring entrepreneur and am currently working on my first venture, Pair Prep (competition-inspired EdTech startup), with some of the coolest people in my cluster. I am active in [probably too] many clubs, including Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), Technology Business Group (TBG), Small Business Consulting Program (SBCP), and the Harlem Tutorial Program (HTP). For fun, I swim, read, travel, and play a variety of strategy games and puzzles including computer games, Texas Hold’em, and speed (Rubik’s) cube (record solve in 67 seconds).

 

Divya Surana

Divya Surana ’15

Hometown:
Mumbai, India

Industry of Interest:
Marketing, Retail & Luxury Goods

Undergrad:
Warwick University

Undergrad Major:
Engineering & Business Management

After working at Procter & Gamble UK for 3 years, I returned to my hometown, Mumbai, to work as a Marketing Manager in the Food & Beverage sector. Upon graduating I hope to secure a job in marketing/strategy with a focus on Consumer Goods and Retail. I enjoy exploring different cities, cultures, and restaurants and I have a special fondness for desserts. At CBS I’m actively involved in the student community as J-term VP of the Retail & Luxury Goods Club, the Gourmet Club, and the Hermes Society. I am also the International Representative of my cluster and the Chair of the Student Leadership & Ethics Board.

 

Past Posts Bios

  Scott Dempsey

Scott Dempsey ’13

Hometown:
Buffalo, New York

Industry of Interest:
Commercial Banking

Undergrad:
University of Maryland

Undergrad Major:
Government

Prior to attending Columbia Business School, my career followed a nonlinear path. I served in the US Marines, including a deployment to Fallujah, Iraq; worked at the Clinton Foundation in New York; and returned to the government as a foreign service officer with USAID in southern Afghanistan and Washington DC. As a career switcher, my MBA experience has focused on learning business fundamentals, including an internship with a distressed debt hedge fund. At Columbia Business School, I am a peer advisor and an active member in the Military in Business Association and the Midwest Club. After graduation, I will be working in a finance role at a commercial bank in Buffalo, NY. I enjoy distance running, traveling, and hopelessly rooting for the Buffalo Bills.

 

Foram Doshi

Foram Doshi ’14

Hometown:
Anaheim, California

Industry of Interest:
Media and Entertainment

Undergrad:
University of California, Los Angeles

Undergrad Major:
International Economics and Global Studies

After spending a few years working in process improvement consulting, I decided to pursue an MBA to build skills across functional areas and to transfer to a strategic role in-house. The exposure to global management and the diversity of the students drew me to Columbia Business School. I am furthering my career interests on campus through the Media Management Association, the Business Technology Group, and the General Management Club. I volunteer through the Hermes Society and the Harlem Tutorial Program. I enjoy mentoring, traveling, NBA basketball, fine chocolate, and mystery novels. After graduation, I hope to work in a global strategy role at a children's media and entertainment company.

 

  Anthony Hsiao

Anthony Hsiao ’14

Hometown:
San Jose, California

Industry of Interest:
Education and Entrepreneurship

Undergrad:
University of California Davis

Undergrad Major:
Chemistry

I grew up in a traditional Asian household and spent the first 20 years of my life preparing for medical school. Right before my 21st birthday I realized that being in school/training for another 8 years wasn’t right for me. Consequently, a few years after graduation I found myself in Shanghai running a school helping Chinese students transition to the United States education system. I found the experience incredibly rewarding, both personally and financially, and am using my Columbia MBA to obtain the requisite skills to scale my company. I am active in the entrepreneurship community here at Columbia, as well as the Rugby Club and Greater China Society. I am an avid nerd, and enjoy playing poker, chess, and computer games. I am also active in sports, in an effort to ward off the inevitable chubbiness that comes with age.

 

  Martha Hughes

Martha Hughes ’14

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Industry of Interest:
Strategy and Healthcare

Undergrad:
Villanova University

Undergrad Major:
Economics

Prior to attending Columbia Business School, I spent several years working in Corporate Finance for Quest Diagnostics Inc. I enjoyed the complex issues facing the healthcare industry at this time and decided to focus on healthcare and strategy during my MBA. At Columbia I have explored my interest in Healthcare by joining the Healthcare Industry Association and am also an active member of the Management Consulting Association and the Small Business Consulting Program. I am also passionate about travel and am excited to take part in this year’s Chazen trip to South Africa. I enjoy tennis, yoga, and reading. After graduation I will join L.E.K. Consulting’s New York City office.

 

Ted Kirby

Ted Kirby '14

Hometown:
Raleigh, North Carolina

Industry of Interest:
Consulting, Healthcare

Undergrad:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Undergrad Major:
Business Administration

Prior to Columbia Business School (CBS), I spent several years working for Quintiles, a large biopharmaceutical services firm in Durham, NC. I spent two years as an internal consultant before moving into sales strategy, where I ran competitive intelligence and analytics. At CBS, I have continued to pursue my passion for healthcare through our Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management program. The program has allowed me to interact with several transformational leaders and has challenged me to think about the sector in new ways. I am also Co-President of Cluster Q, our GLBT student group, and am active in the Healthcare Industry Association, the Management Consulting Association and the Hermes Society. In my spare time, I enjoy CrossFit, live music, and traveling to far away lands.

 

Maya Mendel

Maya Mandel ’13

Hometown:
Netanya, Israel

Industry of Interest:
Technology and Entrepreneurship

Undergrad:
University of Michigan

Undergrad Major:
Computer Engineering

Prior to attending Columbia Business School I was the product manager for charging and smart energy management at Better Place, the leading global service provider for electric vehicles. I also served as a technical intelligence captain in the Israeli Defense Forces. At Columbia, I am the president of the Outdoor Adventures Club, an Investments from Student Interaction with Technology and Entrepreneurs (InSITE) fellow, an Investor's Circle MBA venture fellow, a CaseWorks fellow, and a proud Cluster D'13 reporter. Over the summer I interned at Gemini Israel Ventures, a leading Israeli venture firm specializing in early and seed stage investments in technology companies. After graduation I will return to Israel and plan on joining an early stage startup and launch new products, ideally in the efficient resource usage space.

 

Alex Melecki

Alex Melecki ’14

Hometown:
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Industry of Interest:
Strategy

Undergrad:
University of Notre Dame

Undergrad Major:
Finance and Philosophy (Double Major)

Prior to attending Columbia Business School, I worked as a change management consultant in Chicago and Washington DC. I helped transition multinational natural resource companies into new ways of doing business. While working in consulting I was exposed to a variety of firms and became fascinated by the question of what sets the most successful companies apart. At Columbia, I have joined the Management Consulting Association and am recruiting for strategy positions — both in-house and with consulting firms. I'm also one of the social chairs for my cluster and spend quite a bit of time organizing community-building events for my classmates. Outside of school, I love college football (Go Irish!), international travel, good pizza, and craft beer.

 

Natali Naegle

Natali Naegle ’14

Hometown:
Salt Lake City, Utah

Industry of Interest:
Consulting, Retail, and Consumer Packaged Goods

Undergrad:
Utah State University

Undergrad Major:
Marketing

I am a newly minted resident of New York City. I was born in Salt Lake City and worked there and in Los Angeles before coming to Columbia Business School. I love living in the city; there are definitely things here that are unlike anything I have ever experienced before. At Columbia, I am a member of the Hermes Society, Columbia Women in Business, the Management Consulting Association, and the Photography Club. In my spare time, which there is less of now than ever before, I play golf and tennis, water ski, get lost in a great book (I am currently trying to finish Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow), and explore the wide variety of dessert options in New York City (current favorite: always classic banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery.) The theme of my Voices posts is “Everything I Never Knew about Business School” and I hope to pass along some hard-earned lessons to future Columbia Business School classmates.

 

Krista Sande-Kerback

Krista Sande-Kerback ’14

Hometown:
Chatham, New Jersey

Industry of Interest:
Technology, Media

Undergrad:
Dartmouth College

Undergrad Major:
Geography and Public Policy

Before attending Columbia Business School, I taught English in a Muslim migrant community and studied immigration policy at the University of Hamburg in Germany through a Fulbright Grant. I then worked as a business analyst for Opera Solutions, a data analytics firm, and most recently served as head of strategy for 85 Broads, a global professional women's network. At Columbia, I am exploring my interests in media and technology through membership in the Technology Business Group, the Media Management Association, and the Marketing Association of Columbia. I am also passionate about connecting people globally and am a peer advisor and member of the Hermes Society, Columbia Women in Business, and the International Development Club. In my free time, I enjoy ballroom dancing, yoga, wine tasting, traveling, and volunteering as an ambassador for Couchsurfing.org. After graduation I hope to work in a strategy or marketing role at a technology or media company.

 

Terrence Smith

Terrance Smith ’13

Hometown:
Columbia, Maryland

Industry of Interest:
Marketing, Consulting

Undergrad:
Columbia University

Undergrad Major:
Economics

Prior to attending Columbia Business School, I spent three years as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, most recently in the Securities Division. I worked with the division’s Sales Management Team to develop client relationship management strategies for some of the firm’s biggest institutional accounts. At Columbia, I have been taking a myriad of courses that have rounded out my skill set, and more importantly, have been very interesting – some of my favorites have been The Management and Economics of Professional Sports and Retailing: Finance, Marketing & Strategic Integration. On campus, I am involved in the Wine Society, Running Club, and Cluster Q. I enjoy traveling, running, and Sunday brunches!

 

Anjali Verghis

Anjali Verghis ’15

Hometown:
Summit, New Jersey

Industry of Interest:
Investment Management

Undergrad:
The University of Chicago

Undergrad Major:
Biological Sciences

I grew up in London and New Jersey, and spent many summers in India. Prior to attending Columbia Business School, I worked as an investment analyst for Wells Fargo’s proprietary portfolio – covering healthcare and transportation credit. I’m currently exploring my professional interests through the Columbia Students in Investment Management and Columbia Women in Business clubs, but am also definitely making time for the Gourmet Club and Microbrew Society. I’m very excited to be involved in the rebuilding of the Columbia Music Club as I founded a similar student organizing during my undergraduate years. I enjoy music (as a performer and as a listener), traveling, cooking, skiing, and hope to do more of each during business school!

 

Rachel Wehrspann

Rachel Wehrspann ’14

Hometown:
West Lafayette, Indiana

Industry of Interest:
Media/News

Undergrad:
Purdue University

Undergrad Major:
Journalism

I am not a traditional MBA student in that I began my studies at Columbia Business School as a Knight-Bagehot Journalism Fellow. I am now a recipient of the Wiegers Fellowship which has allowed me to stay at the business school to complete my second year in the MBA program. I grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University. I have spent several years living in New York City and working for various media outlets including CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV. As a television producer, I have written and produced segments for veteran business journalists including Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo. I have traveled to many places including Greece, for a series of reports on the debt crisis, and Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. I am a Social Chair of my cluster and I’m a member of the Wine Society and the Media Management Association. I enjoy playing tennis, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family!