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.

Working with Bernstein Faculty Leaders, staff, alumni, and other student clubs, members of the Board develop, organize, and promote high-profile speakers through the Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics as well as sponsor Leadership and Ethics Week , various panels, and experiential learning activities throughout the year. These programs provide our Board members with the opportunity to interact closely with distinguished speakers, panelists, alumni and professors, as well as directly contribute to the student experience surrounding the topics of leadership and ethics. 

If you are interested in applying for the Board, please review our requirements and recruitment timeline.  For more information, please contact

Board Members for 2017-2018

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.

Dhanya Balasubramanian MBA '19

Dhanya Balasubramanian is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from National University of Singapore with a Civil Engineering degree, she worked in store operations for a clothing retailer in Singapore. Dhanya then spent time planning and managing private labels at a fashion e-commerce company. For the past two years, she has been actively helping conscious clothing brands, promoting their products and advising on retail strategy. She is passionate about driving fashion businesses towards sustainable community impact.

Anna Boatwright MBA '19

Anna Boatwright is a first-year student in Columbia University’s EMBA program and works at The Frick Collection. Anna has spent the past 5 years working in museum fundraising and administration. Prior to the Frick, she worked in corporate fundraising at the Brooklyn Museum. She has a MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she studied math and art history.

Lawson Curtis MBA '19

Lawson is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, Class of 2019. Prior to business school he spent three years in Mergers & Acquisitions at Evercore Group's Canadian office and was most recently an Investment Analyst at Picton Mahoney, a long/short hedge fund, for three years. He is passionate about Corporate Governance and the role ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors have on Boards of Directors and Investors. Lawson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. In his free time Lawson enjoys playing rugby and basketball.

Marjón Dean EMBA '18 - EMBA Board Co-Chair

Marjón Dean serves as a client director responsible for Microsoft’s global relationship with the world’s largest healthcare provider. In this role, she focuses on driving digital business models that help clients prepare for the fourth Industrial Revolution. Marjón is dedicated to her clients’ success, team’s development and passionate about helping organizations sustainably grow, transform, and compete in a global economy. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Marjón spent 13 years at IBM, supporting Fortune 100 financial services clients after launching her career as a software engineer. Marjón earned a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University with publications held at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a Bachelor’s degree in Math from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently pursuing a MBA at Columbia University.

Paulina Dougherty MBA '18

Paulina Dougherty was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Management. She has worked at Credit Suisse, Cementos Progreso, and Mastercard. In her spare time, she runs Grete Knitwear, a knitted textiles business she co-founded with her mother and grandmother. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping others.

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.

Samy Fouda MBA '19

Samy Fouda is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. He attended the United States Military Academy and earned a BS in Economics. After graduating, Samy received his commission and served over nine years in the US Army as an Infantry and Special Forces Officer. He deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of combat and special operations. Samy is passionate about ethical leadership in public service and shaping young minds to become ethically minded leaders.

Elizabeth Goodstein MBA '19

Elizabeth Goodstein is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from The Johns Hopkins University where she studied Humanities, she embarked on a career in the entertainment industry, bridging the gap between her love of storytelling and business. Most recently, Elizabeth supported the Worldwide Head of Literary at Hollywood talent and literary agency WME|IMG, collaborating with authors, thought leaders, and business leaders throughout the lifecycles of their publishing deals. Elizabeth is passionate about and interested in exploring how for-profit companies can disrupt supply chains and business models in making CSR integral to their business operations.

Kumar Jeev EMBA '18

Kumar Jeev is a Principal at DC Energy and a partner in firm’s primary investment fund. In his current role, he oversees firm’s core investments in multiple US markets and is engaged in firm-wide risk management, market affairs, recruiting and talent development. He joined DC Energy - a startup investing in energy markets in 2006, after completing his Masters at Johns Hopkins University in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Earth Sciences. He also holds a Doctorate in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. In his spare time, Kumar likes to run, hike and dance (ballroom and salsa).

Arun Kalyanasundaram EMBA '18 - EMBA Board Co-Chair

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.

Emmett Lamb EMBA '19

Emmett Lamb, a native of Minneapolis, MN, attended the United States Naval Academy and earned a BS in Political Science. After receiving his commission, he served over nine years in the Active Duty and deployed three times to support theater security and combat operations in the Western Pacific, Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to being an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and a Navy Reserve Officer, he works full time leading project management and training teams at a bespoke technology firm focused on the industrial IoT space. Emmett is passionate about the study of ethical leadership and supporting initiatives within the Columbia University community that promote discussion around that topic.

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 - MBA Board Chair

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.

Gladys Ndagire MBA '19

Gladys Ndagire is a 2019 MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School. Her career began in private wealth management at J.P. Morgan where she oversaw portfolio construction analytics and digitization for goals-based investing. In 2015, she joined Invest Africa as the head of its US business development strategy. At Invest Africa, Gladys partnered with family offices and corporations on their philanthropic and investment strategies in Africa and also launched Accelerating Africa, an early-stage technology investing forum in New York. Gladys attended the United World College program in Canada and graduated from Brown with a BA in Mechanical Engineering and Anthropology. She was raised in Uganda and is extremely passionate about fostering global partnerships, impacting organizational culture as well as applying data analytics and technology to generating new business.

Adam Powell MBA '19

Adam Powell is an MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School in the Class of 2019. Adam graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science. He has worked in real estate investment sales, education and in the social sector for a non-profit. Adam is passionate about giving back to his community and maintaining ethical leadership throughout business dealings.

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.

Mars Shah EMBA '19

Mars is the CFO of RideKleen, a steam based mobile car wash company. The company is based in Philadelphia, but has expanded to 6 other cities and is currently fundraising for a Series A raise. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Mars spent the last 5 years of his career in capital markets and M&A. In his free time, Mars loves to spend time trying the numerous restaurants that NYC has to offer and is very big in health and wellness. During his undergrad tenure, Mars walked on the Drexel University Men's basketball team.

Favorite quote, " It's better to surround yourself with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction." -Warren Buffet

Lauren Schmeer MBA '19

Lauren Schmeer is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, Class of 2019, concentrating on strategy. She spent four years in the publishing industry and most recently led a supply-chain management team for Accenture. She focused on transforming processes through digital solutions and automation and is passionate about making transformative impact for clients. She graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh, as a triple major in English Literature, English Writing, and Philosophy, and she is an avid reader of literary fiction.

Juan José Silva MBA '19

Juan José Silva is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School born and raised in Santiago, Chile. After graduating from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with an Industrial Engineering degree, he worked for BHP Billiton at the Escondida copper mine in the Atacama Desert. Most recently, he spent three years working in Real Estate Investment Banking at Credicorp Capital and American Asset Corporation.

Juan José is passionate about driving change to his community. As an undergraduate, he led several volunteer efforts and was one of the leaders in the Chilean student movement demanding a fairer education system. While working in finance, he participated in pro bono advisory, realizing how much impact can be driven from the private sector. He is deeply interested in impact investing, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

Anna Smukowski EMBA '19

Anna manages the delivery of services for LISC’s Pay for Success initiative, a new financing tool that allows governments and the private sector to partner with and fund nonprofit organizations that have preventive and long-term benefits. Her duties include project management, financial modeling and stakeholder facilitation for three Pay for Success projects. Prior to this role, Anna worked as LISC’s Credit Officer where she structured and analyzed community development investments across the United States. Anna began her career at Deloitte Consulting with a focus in finance, pharmaceuticals and sustainability. Anna holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from NYU and was a scholar in the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship.

Daniel Tedesco MBA ’18 - MBA Board Vice Chair

Daniel Tedesco 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.

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