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Jumaan Alzahrani, Global MBA ‘15


01_MBA Advisors_300x400_Alzahrani Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Academic Interest: Consulting, Organizational Behavior & Development
Previous Industry & Function: Oil & Gas Industry, Management Consulting
Intended Industry & Function: Oil & Gas Industry, Management Consulting
Previous Education: BS & MS Industrial & Systems Engineering
King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Why GWSB?

GWSB truly does represent an intersection between society and business. The amount of education I have received during my MBA journey outside the classrooms is equivalent to inside. Washington DC is a vibrant location with many events and learning opportunities. In addition, GW’s wide range of course offerings has given me the chance to focus my MBA in areas that truly add value to my degree.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The diversity of my classmates in terms of nationalities and functional backgrounds is very impressive. Not only have I developed professional relations with an amazing pool of talent, but I have also learned a lot from their diverse cultures and opinions.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Definitely Macroeconomics for the Global Economy with Dr. Annamaria Lusardi. Her class reflects a wide knowledge, both from her own experience and from the guest speakers she brings to class. I could feel my colleagues enjoying the course. In a survey, the vast majority of students indicated that they would still take the course even if it was not a requirement for the Global MBA!

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

There are endless places to visit and to experience in Washington, D.C. –  alone or with a family. With my wife and two sons, we’ve never lacked a weekend plan. I believe touring the US Capitol building was my favorite DC experience to date.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

I am VP of Membership in the GW Graduate Consulting Club. I am also a member of the GW Energy Group and the National Asian MBA Association.

What international experience(s) have you been a part of during your time as an MBA?

As part of the Global MBA Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) requirement, I went to India. It was a great project pertaining to an inventory problem that one automobile supplier faced. Beyond delivering impressive recommendations and getting an ‘A’ in the class, the course was a true cultural experience. I had the chance to visit the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, and India Gate… just to name a few.

What company/organization did you intern with?

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)


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[wptab name=’Parit Yadav’]

Parit Yadav, Global MBA ‘15


Hometown: Gurgaon, India
Academic Interest: Finance, Consulting, Business Analytics
Previous Industry & Function: Consulting
Intended Industry & Function: Analytics, Consulting, Finance, Management
Previous Education: B.Tech Civil Engineering
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

Why GWSB?

I chose GW because it presents a great opportunity for international exposure.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The location.  GWSB is literally at the heart of D.C., blocks from the White House, the Department of State, the National Mall, the World Bank, the IMF, among many other important buildings and organizations.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

I can’t pick just one –  Global Perspectives, Macroeconomics for the Global Economy, Business Analytics with , they were all great.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

My favorite D.C. experiences have been visiting the World Bank, IMF, the White House and other Federal institutions.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

Consulting Club

What international experience(s) have you been a part of during your time as an MBA?

The Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) to Turkey, where we worked on a luxury brand marketing project.

What company/organization did you intern with?

L2 Think Tank


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[wptab name=’Edgar Hernandez’]

Edgar Hernandez, Global MBA ’15


Hometown: Chicago, IL, USA
Academic Interest: General Management
Previous Industry & Function: Legal & Paralegal
Intended Industry & Function: Consulting, Strategy, & Human Resources
Previous Education: BA, Latin American Studies
University of Chicago

Why GWSB?

I chose GW for three main reasons: its emphasis on a global education, the small class size, and its location in Washington, D.C.

The emphasis on a global education was highlighted not only through the curriculum but also through experiential opportunities such as the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) and short-term study abroad courses.

The small class size provides a more invigorating experience and allows me to not only meet but to really get to know my classmates.

Finally, I had been in Chicago all my life and I wanted to take an opportunity to go to a different city. When I visited D.C., I absolutely fell in love with the city and knew I wanted to be here.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The intensity and the speed of the curriculum. The classes are definitely challenging and very fast paced. I was so surprised at how much material I learned in such a short period of time. The professors do a great job of presenting this material but not making it seem rushed. The year definitely flies by at GW!

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

My favorite MBA class so far has been Conflict Management & Negotiations with Dr. James Bailey. The professor is amazing at understanding what it takes to be a successful negotiator, but it has also been a great learning experience. The class gets you out of your comfort zone and it constantly challenges what you thought you knew.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

My favorite Washington, DC experience is hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my apartment and inviting my friends to come over and share dishes from all over the world. It’s great to celebrate such an American holiday and get to do it with an international group of friends.

Otherwise, I love taking walks through the National Mall and just hopping into the Smithsonian museums as much as I please (since they are free).

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

Business Gives Back, Net Impact, and International Business Society

What international experience(s) have you been a part of during your time as an MBA?

In February of my first year, I went to Sochi, Russia to study the business impacts of the 2014 Winter Olympics as part of a short-term study abroad course, ‘Behind the scenes at the Winter Olympic Games’.

For CAP, I went to Shanghai and Beijing where my team worked with a large chain of Chinese hotels on a brand management strategy. Then I traveled to Italy (Rome and Florence) after CAP for a week with an old friend of mine.

One of my friends at GW interned at the United Nations in Geneva so I also took the opportunity to visit him in Switzerland and travel across the country.

In January 2015, I will be going to Paris, France with another short-term study abroad course, where I will be working with a team on a marketing consulting project for a large international advertising firm.

What company/organization did you intern with?

Federal Management Partners, Human Capital intern.


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[wptab name=’Varun Rajendran’]

Varun Rajendran, Global MBA ’15


Hometown: Austin, TX, USA
Academic Interest: Information Systems and Technology Management, Consulting
Previous Industry & Function: Technology, Business to Business support
Intended Industry & Function: Technology, Consulting
Previous Education: BS Biology
University of Texas – Austin

Why GWSB?

I chose GWSB for the global outlook, the diverse class, the cosmopolitan location, and the friendly attitude of my classmates, professors, and staff.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Business Ethics with Dr. Kirsten Martin for the discussions raised and the friendliness and uniqueness of the professor.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

So many to pick from: going to Wizards games and GWU basketball games, meeting famous people, celebrating with classmates after the end of each semester.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

MBA Association, Financial Literacy Program, National Association of Asian MBAs, Consulting Club

What international experience(s) have you been a part of during your time as an MBA?

 I went to India for the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP), where we worked on a supply chain optimization project for an automotive company.

What company/organization did you intern with?

Deloitte, Federal Technology Consulting


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[wptab name=’Joe Feinmann’]

Joe Feinmann, Global MBA ’15


Hometown: Helensburgh, Scotland
Academic Interest: Finance
Previous Industry & Function: Consulting
Intended Industry & Function: Finance
Previous Education: BA/MA History & Politics
University of Edinburgh

Why GWSB?

I chose GW because of its international reputation and its connectivity within DC. By that I mean that GW is located right at the heart of the city, with inroads into the major international organizations and corporations that operate in this area. I saw GW as the best place to get a quality education and find the job that I wanted in the area.

What surprised you about GWSB?

My fellow students surprised me the most. Applying for an MBA can be an insular process in that you’re constantly thinking about what it is you need to do to get in, and what is most important for you in terms of choosing a school. I didn’t really give much thought to who I’d be studying with until I arrived for Institute (MBA orientation). But once I got to know my fellow students, I was blown away by how intelligent and motivated they were.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

My favorite MBA class has been the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP). I had an amazing time working with the Marriott Hotel Group in China, and really enjoyed the work we did in DC preparing for the experience. Taking what we’d learnt about Marketing and Strategy and applying it to a complex business issue was, for me, the highlight of the program.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

My favorite DC experience has been taking a tour of the White House. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I took full advantage when the opportunity came up.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

I’m involved in the Consulting Club and the International Business Society at GW. I’ve also played intramural soccer with my fellow classmates and started a DC Soccer League with them too.

What company/organization did you intern with?

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Financial Services


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[wptab name=’Hannes Hoeltge’]

Hannes Hoeltge, Global MBA ’15


Hometown: Erftstadt, Germany
Academic Interest: Sports Management
Previous Industry & Function: IT Sales
Intended Industry & Function: International Sports Marketing, Sports for Development
Previous Education: BA International Management
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

Why GWSB?

I was looking specifically for an MBA program with a concentration in Sports Management, and GW has one of the strongest programs in this area.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

International Management with Dr. Rafael Lucea and Strategy Formulation with Dr. Jorge Walter.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

My summer Internship, my Global MBA classmates, the cultural experience & Washington Wizards season tickets 2013-2014.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

The Sports Business Association and GW Toastmasters

What international experience(s) have you been a part of during your time as an MBA?

I went to the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 in Russia as part of the “Behind the scenes at the Winter Olympic Games” short-term study abroad course.  I also went to Buenos Aires and Mendoza as part of the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) course in Argentina that focused on CleanTech marketing.

What company/organization did you intern with?

4POINT4, which is a start-up social enterprise, so I was involved in a variety of marketing, operations, sponsorship and administrative activities.


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[wptab name=’Tori See’]

Tori See, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Dallas, TX, USA
Academic Interest: Consulting
Previous Industry & Function: Digital Media, Marketing
Intended Industry & Function: Public Sector, Consulting
Previous Education: BA Humanities & Studio Art
Carnegie Mellon University

Why GWSB?

I chose GW for two primary reasons: the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and the location. I have a real passion for corporate social responsibility and the idea that companies need to be fully integrated into their communities, and I’ve long been in love with Washington, D.C. Being back here these last few months has really just cemented that for me. This really is the greatest city in the world.

What surprised you about GWSB?

I’ve been really surprised by the breadth of experiences of my classmates, and how bonded we are as a whole class. People share textbooks, homework tips, practice questions, advice from professors and T.A.s—we’re all really big on helping each other succeed, rather than hoarding knowledge for ourselves.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Organizations and Human Capital with Dr. Elizabeth Mullen  definitely tops my list and solidifies my interest in going specifically into human capital consulting. I’ve always loved people and loved getting to know them and learning what makes them tick, and this kind of class teaches you more about how to uncover that and use it to drive performance across the board. Plus, the professor is awesome.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

I just love being in the center of so many big things. My route home takes me past more embassies than I can count –  I feel like I spot a new one every day. I cross right behind the White House several times a week and I can run from the Naval Observatory to Roosevelt Island to the U.S. Capital building. And the row houses are just gorgeous in the fall.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

I’m involved with the Consulting Club, Women’s MBA and Net Impact/Business Gives Back. With the consulting club, I’m also the project manager for a pro-bono consulting project, working with a small non-profit on their business problems.


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[wptab name=’Rachel Schiftan’]

Rachel Schiftan, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Greensboro, NC, USA
Academic Interest: Certificate in Responsible Management
Previous Industry & Function: Banking, Financial Analyst;
Hospitality, Restaurant Assistant General Manager
Intended Industry & Function: Corporate Social Responsibility, Financial Services
Previous Education: BSBA Business Administration
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Why GWSB?

The curriculum, the people, and the city. The school’s breadth of sustainability related classes is one of the reasons I decided on GWSB. The people are also amazing –  I love being surrounded by so many motivated and collaborative students and world-class, ever helpful faculty. Living in the capital of the U.S. is perfect, too; the food, music, and energy is inspiring and just plain great.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The strength of the program, both nationally and locally.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

We had a class during Institute (MBA orientation) called Strategy Fundamentals with Dr. Jorge Walter. It made you think and dove deep into specific company cultures on levels I had never thought of before.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

Enjoying all the new things the city has to offer each week!

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

I’m transitioning into the VP of Finance role for Net Impact. I’m also a member of the Women in Business organization.

What company/organization will you be interning with this summer?

I will be interning with Bank of America in Charlotte, NC.


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[wptab name=’Gabe Yancho’]

Gabe Yancho, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Flint, MI, USA
Academic Interest: Entrepreneurship, Consulting
Previous Industry & Function: Economic Development, Portfolio Manager
Intended Industry & Function: Project Manager or Financial Analyst for a technology company, or working for a Consulting firm on technology projects.
Previous Education: BA English
Michigan State University

Why GWSB?

I chose GW based on a number of factors. I really appreciate the atmosphere of the business school – because of the school’s location in DC, the school and many of the professors are interested in more than just business; they are also very interested in the intersection between public policy and business.

I was also really surprised by the amount of entrepreneurial resources that GW has developed, and continues to develop.  And lastly, the location in the heart of our nation’s capital really appealed to me, as I am very interested in international business and finance, and DC is filled with people and organizations from all over the world.

What surprised you about GWSB?

I was most surprised by the amount of entrepreneurial resources and support that GW offers. Over the last several years, GW has clearly put a lot of time, effort, and resources into entrepreneurship, and it is definitely paying off. The school offers a number of business plan pitch competitions, and it seems like every week there is a minimum of one entrepreneurial support, training or networking event!

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Without a doubt, my favorite class so far has been Strategy Fundamentals with  Dr. Jorge Walter. It was only a two and a half week course taught over the MBA Institute (orientation), but the curriculum and professor were amazing – I learned more in one short course than I had in the previous several years combined!

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

My favorite DC experience so far has been Rock Creek Park. I’m from a somewhat rural area of Michigan and wasn’t sure how I would feel living in a big city. Fortunately, Rock Creek Park has absolutely spectacular trails, and once I step foot off the concrete path and onto an off-road trail, I feel like I’m back in touch with nature. DC is a great city for having all the restaurants, clubs, and activities of a big city, but still that ‘small city’ feel.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

I’m actively involved in the Consulting Club and am currently working on a Pro Bono Consulting project that was organized by the Club. Every year the Club coordinates around 9 Pro Bono consulting projects and assigns a team of 3 or more GW students to the project – it’s a great opportunity for students to get hands on, real-world experience in Consulting.

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[wptab name=’Khalid Hassouneh’]

Khalid Hassouneh, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Tampa, FL, USA
Academic Interest: Finance
Previous Industry & Function: Business and Finance Analyst
Intended Industry & Function: Finance
Previous Education: BA/MA Economics
University of South Florida

Why GWSB?

I choose GW because it is at the crossroad of business and politics. It provides an international environment for both learning and networking. Last but not least, its focus on academic excellence and small class size were significant factors in my decision.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Financial Accounting with Dr. Colin Linsley. Dr. Linsley successfully delivers an otherwise technical and dry curriculum in a learnable and practical way.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

Walking around the monuments and taking in the DC history.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

Graduate Finance Society


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[wptab name=’Aimé Carpio-Tirado’]

Aimé Carpio-Tirado, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Lima, Peru
Academic Interest: Human Resources
Previous Industry & Function: Financial Services, Junior Portfolio Analyst for Private Banking
Intended Industry & Function: Financial Services, Human Resources
Previous Education: BS Business & Finance
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas

Why GWSB?

I chose GW because of its global focus, its diversity among students, the class size, the curriculum and the city that it is in.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far? Why?

Strategy Fundamentals with  Dr. Jorge Walter because of the knowledge that the professor transmitted in every lecture.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

My favorite DC experience was ‘Screen on the Green’ and Sundays at Eastern Market.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

Net Impact/Business Gives Back and MBA Women International


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[wptab name=’William Moss’]

William Moss, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Academic Interest: Sports Management
Previous Industry & Function: Education; Higher Education Administration
Intended Industry & Function: Sports, Athlete Representation, Athlete and Brand Marketing
Previous Education: BA History
Hampden-Sydney College

Why GWSB?

I chose GW because of its global focus, supreme location, and quality of its Sports Management program.

What surprised you about GWSB?

I am continually surprised by the depth and quality of class discussions on a daily basis. Our classroom is such a melting pot of experience and culture that our discussions, whether they are about elasticity of demand or e-commerce marketing, are always enthralling and extremely valuable.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Thus far, I have really enjoyed Financial Accounting and Organizations and Human Capital. Accounting has challenged me but I have also learned an incredible amount in a short amount of time. Organizations and Human Capital has given me a great perspective on the challenges managers face day in and day out.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

I love being in Washington. My favorite experiences have been my late afternoon and early morning runs around the National Mall. There is so much to see and do in Washington and GW’s location couldn’t be better.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

In addition to being a GW MBA Student Ambassador I am also a member of the Consulting Club and the Sports Business Association. As part of the Consulting Club, I am currently a member of a Sales/Marketing Pro-Bono Consulting Project for a sports apparel start-up, 4Point4. In the Sports Business Association, I am the lead coordinator for the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference (SINC) which GW hosts annually.

What international experience(s) have you been a part of during your time as an MBA?

I have yet to be involved in any international experiences as part of my MBA, but I have really enjoyed getting to know my classmates who are not from the United States. It always amazes me how diverse our class is and I am constantly impressed by the insight my classmates bring to our class discussions and class experiences.


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[wptab name=’Bur Asherov’]

Bur ‘Bar’ Asherov, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Academic Interest: Acting Section Commander, Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit
Previous Industry & Function: Public Relations
Intended Industry & Function:
Previous Education: BA Government Diplomacy & Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya

Why GWSB?

GWSB sits in the heart of politics and business. It houses a vibrant international community with a small dedicated program.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Strategy Fundamentals with Dr. Jorge Walter because it allowed me to better understand what keeps organizations successful for decades.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

Kayaking in the Potomac.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

Marketing and Consulting clubs.


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[wptab name=’Justine Clow’]

Justine Clow, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Academic Interest:
Previous Industry & Function: Consumer Goods Marketing
Intended Industry & Function: Consumer Goods Marketing
Previous Education: BA Business Studies
Kingston University London

Why GWSB?

I chose GWSB because of the international cohort, the strength of the F. David Fowler Career Center  and the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP).

What surprised you about GWSB?

I didn’t expect there to be such a strong focus on group work, and I think it’s great.  I learn a lot from my teammates – we teach each other.  The final product is definitely of better quality having done it with 5 different perspectives, which goes without saying, I guess.  It reflects reality well.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

My favorite class has been Dr. Elizabeth Mullen’s Human Capital and Organizational Behavior because of the dynamic in-class discussions and case analyses.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

I was elected President of the MBA Association, and I’m involved in the Marketing and Consulting clubs.

What company/organization will you be interning with this summer?

Reckitt Benckiser, Marketing


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[wptab name=’Anik Desai’]

Anik Desai, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Anand, Gujarat, India
Academic Interest: Marketing, Consulting
Previous Industry & Function: Optical Machinery & Chemical Manufacturing, Procurement & Commissioning Manager
Intended Industry & Function: Sales & Business Development
Previous Education: BE Mechatronics Engineering
Gujarat Technological University

Why GWSB?

GW is in the heart of the capital of one of the most powerful countries in the world. The location and people you are surrounded by play a vital role in one’s personal and professional development. The Global MBA, with its diverse class, customized courses and top notch faculty gives us an edge over other MBA students.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The global representation in the 2016 class.  We represent 22 different countries.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Strategy Fundamentals with  Dr. Jorge Walter.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

The food scene in DC is enthralling. There are so many cuisines to try. And the best food is usually served by the amazing food trucks.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

Net Impact, Marketing Club and Consulting Club


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[wptab name=’Mohammad Zohair Hassan’]

Mohammad Zohair Hassan, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Academic Interest: Business Analytics, Consulting
Previous Industry & Function: Business Development, Customer Services in Marine Transportation
Intended Industry & Function: Consulting, Business Development
Previous Education: BS Economics & Political Science
Lahore University of Management Sciences

Why GWSB?

GW offers a true Global MBA through its diverse international cohort and substantial international opportunities for students during the program. Another important factor is the location of GW in Washington DC, the intersection of the public and private sectors in the neighborhood. In addition, the people at GW, their admissions office, academic advisers and even the Dean were there to help me out in making the right decision by making GW my first choice. I felt home before even stepping foot in Washington DC.

What surprised you about GWSB?

This was my first experience of a college campus within a city with no boundaries. You are in the city and the college at the same time, with a metro station basically dedicated to your campus.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

My favorite class has been Decision Making and Data Analysis which introduced us to a variety of tools that are applicable beyond the course in the professional arena. We have two amazing professors teaching this course, Drs. Philippe Delquie & Srinivas Prasad, which helps even more.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

There is so much to do in D.C. that it is difficult to pick one favorite experience. D.C. has ethnic cuisines from all over the globe, it is home to the world’s most famous museums and a vibrant nightlife. If I had to pick one it would be to go out with my friends and enjoy food from a different country each day of the week. Diversity at its best.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

I’m a Project Manager on a pro-bono consulting project with the Consulting Club, a Board Fellow in Net Impact, and I play on our intramural soccer team.


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[wptab name=’Sushma Shetty’]

Sushma Shetty, Global MBA ’16


Hometown: Mumbai, India
Academic Interest: Finance
Previous Industry & Function: Consulting, American Express Technologies
Intended Industry & Function: Corporate Finance
Previous Education: BE Information Technology
University of Mumbai

Why GWSB?

I chose GW for its location both in terms of the strategic and business environment. This and the fact that it’s located on the East coast, which is a hub for the financial services industry, made the GW MBA program a top choice for me.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The administration committee is very reachable and open to student’s suggestions.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Strategy Fundamentals taught by  Dr. Jorge Walter has been my favorite class so far as the Professor was always prepared with his materials and had a unique way of teaching that engaged the students and stimulated interesting discussion on the class topics.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

Jogging at the National Mall and cherry blossom season in the Spring.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

MBA Consulting Club, Women’s MBA Club


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[wptab name=’Alison Marcus’]

Alison Marcus, Professional MBA ’17 (Self-paced)


Hometown:
Academic Interest: Marketing
Previous Industry & Function: Public Relations / Public Affairs
Intended Industry & Function: Marketing
Previous Education: BA English & Communications
University of Michigan

Why GWSB?

Aside from the reputation and location, I felt that GW’s program offered the flexibility in schedule, diversity of classes and types of additional educational opportunities that I was looking for.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The person who interviewed me called personally to tell me I was accepted. I thought that was a really nice touch for such a big school.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

I’ve enjoyed Marketing Management because I was able to match up with a great group of interesting people who all bring different experiences and skills to the table.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

Showing friends and family around this great city!


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[wptab name=’Gabriella Fedele’]

Gabriella Fedele, Professional MBA ’17 (Self-paced)


Hometown:
Academic Interest: Accounting
Previous Industry & Function: Government Accounting
Intended Industry & Function: Consulting, Accounting
Previous Education: Bachelors of Accountancy
George Washington University

Why GWSB?

After I finished my Bachelors of Accountancy degree from GW I stayed in DC to live and work. When I decided to go back to school, applying to GW seemed like a natural choice. After attending an MBA information session I was blown away by all that the program had to offer, from the career services to the international opportunities –  I was reminded why I picked GW the first time around.

What surprised you about GWSB?

What surprises me most about GW is although you’re in the middle of the city, when you are on campus you know you’re at GW.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

I’m only in the middle of my first semester but so far my favorite class has been Financial Accounting with Dr. Kyle Welch, and not just because I’m an accountant. The professor is able to take a difficult and sometimes boring topic and make it entertaining.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

After living in DC for over 9 years, one of my favorite things to do is run on the National Mall around the monuments, or one of the many trails that the city has to offer.


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[wptab name=’Timothy Davis’]

Timothy Davis, Professional MBA ’17 (Self-paced)


Hometown:
Academic Interest: Consulting, Finance
Previous Industry & Function: Government Relations
Intended Industry & Function: Consulting, Finance
Previous Education: BA Economics
University of Sydney

Why GWSB?

I was looking for a reputable MBA program in the DC area.  I wanted to continue working whilst going to school and GW offers a great self-paced program that allows someone to do so.

What surprised you about GWSB?

Having completed my undergraduate degree in Australia, I had no experience in the American college system.  GW did not so much surprise me as provide a great learning experience in the United States.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Financial Accounting – the Professor is engaging and entertaining.  He is always open for communication which is great being a working professional student.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

Having lived here for almost 3 years, Washington was not new to me when I started at GW.  However, the greatest thing Washington has to offer is the political landscape and multiple agencies as well as global leaders who frequent this city.  GW is right in the middle of it.


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[wptab name=’Franklin Braffett’]

Franklin Braffett, Professional MBA ’16 (Cohort)


Hometown:
Academic Interest: Project Management, Business Analytics
Previous Industry & Function: Consulting, Manufacturing Scientist
Intended Industry & Function: Biotechnology, Operations Management
Previous Education: BA Biology
University of Colorado

Why GWSB?

I had such a positive experience with GW when I earned my MS in Biochemistry. When I started to research MBA programs, GW was at the top of my list.

What surprised you about GWSB?

The most surprising aspect of GW is the amount of attention each student receives. Also, the diverse background of the student body really enriches the learning experience.

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Decision Making and Data Analytics with Drs. Philippe Delquie & Srinivas Prasad.  Having a strong scientific background, the focus on data appeals to me. This class really helped me transition in to a “business school” way of thinking.

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

I live in Washington DC with my wife and two kids. We spend a lot of time outdoors, so it’s nice that we can go for a walk through the Rock Creek Park in the morning and be in the city in the afternoon.


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Soledad Portilla, Professional MBA ’16 (Cohort)


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Current Industry & Function: Real Estate, Project Manager
Intended Industry & Function: International Development, Project Manager
Previous Education: BS Finance, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Why GWSB?

It was the best fit for me as a working professional.  The program is very flexible, has many concentration options and the location can’t be beat!

What surprised you about GWSB?

How busy I am!  I knew that the first semester was going to be crazy, but it has been more than I thought.  I am having fun, learning a lot and meeting great people along the way!

What has been your favorite MBA class so far?

Financial Accounting

What is your favorite Washington, D.C. experience?

Running along the mall and monuments.

What clubs/organizations are you involved in at GW?

The Consulting Club, Women’s MBA Association, Real Estate Investment and Development Organization (REIDO)

What international experience(s) have you been a part of during your time as an MBA?

I am going to Turkey in January 2015 as part of a Global & Experiential Education short-term study abroad course.


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