International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)

Mission

Students on the ISAB serve as advisors to Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) regarding orientation, programming and issues of significance to the graduate international student experience. Board members also provide feedback to other School of Business and GW offices upon request. The board is comprised of one student representing each of GWSB’s graduate programs that have significant international student communities.

Goals

  • To improve the international graduate student experience and encourage a sense of community at the GW School of Business from orientation through graduation
  • To serve as a forum for GWSB international graduate students to voice issues, concerns, and praise
  • To encourage collaboration with faculty, staff, and students to ensure a positive experience for all GWSB international graduate students

Current Members

Each member of the International Student Advisory Board is listed below, along with their country of origin and program of study. Expand the tabs below to learn more about each student!

Natalie Sanchez Montero - MBA
Natalie Sanchez Montero

Home Country: Bolivia

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Pennsylvania State University, Marketing

Graduate Major: STEM MBA

Hobbies: Yoga, Pickleball, Tennis

Interests: Formula 1, Music, Art, Economics, Technology, History

Fun Fact About Yourself: I learned to play piano and guitar at a very young age which instilled in me a deep appreciation for music. I love going to concerts and introducing friends/family to new music — my roommates back in college called me DJ Nati Nats.

Work Experience: Project management at FlexShopper, a fintech company focused on lease-to-own services.

Contact Natalie! natalie.[email protected]

Christine Nyasha Mundiya - MSIST
Christine Nyasha Mundiya

Home Country: Zimbabwe

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Midlands State University Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Science Honors in Management Information Systems

Graduate Major: Master of Science in Information Systems Technology

Hobbies/Interests: Voluntary work, Sightseeing, Travelling and Singing

Fun Fact: I am a big foodie. I enjoy trying different cuisines.

Work Experience: 6+ years work experience.

  • Senior SAP Fiori Front-end Developer and Project Coordinator - Evolve Technology (SAP Partner) (3 years, 5 months)
  • SAP Internship - SAP (3 months)
  • Account Manager - Client and Enterprise Solutions - Unified Africa Technologies (1 year, 3 months)
  • Information Technology Intern - Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement (1 year, 1 month)
  • Data Entry Clerk - Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (1 month)

Contact Christine! [email protected]

Parth Patel - MSIM

More information about Parth coming soon!

Contact Parth! [email protected]

Virali Shah - MSPM
Virali Shah

Home Country: India

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Univerisity of Mumbai, Diploma in Interior Designing & Bachelor of Commerce

Graduate Major: Masters in Project Management

Hobbies/Interests: Photography and hiking

Fun Fact About Yourself: I visited 12 states in the first eight months of my time in the USA — only 38 more to go.

Work Experience: Six years of work experience as an interior designer and home stager. Currently working as student communication assistant and student sales assistant.

Contact Virali! [email protected]

Paola Talavera - MSF
Paola Talavera

Home Country: Paraguay

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Bachelor in Business, Major in Economics at Universidad Catolica Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion (UCA)

Graduate Major: Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

Hobbies/Interests: I love cooking, reading books, going to museums, and visiting new coffee places

Work Experience: I’ve worked for more than 3 years as an investment and development consultant managing assets and projects for advising boards or clients (Paraguayan and foreign), researching new businesses, and creating investment proposals or process improvement presentations for the funds. Also, I wanted to give away my knowledge and passion for research by writing more than 60 articles focused on the financial and economic fields for a financial news website.

Contact Paola! [email protected]

Le Zhang - MSBA
Le Zhang

Home Country: China

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of California Los Angeles, Economics

Graduate Major: MSBA

Hobbies/Interests: History, reading, and acupuncture 

Fun Fact: Le uses acupuncture to relieve pains for herself and her friends, such as stomach pain, neck pain and frozen shoulder.

Work Experience: Before entering GWU, Le worked at Ernst & Young LLP and BDO LLP in China as an auditor.

Contact Le! [email protected]

Contact ISAB

Do you have questions or concerns? Do you want to pass along feedback about your experience as an international student at GWSB? Connect with any of our ISAB members to discuss!

If you are interested in serving on ISAB, please contact your current ISAB member or Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) for more information.