Current Class

Hannah Ford

Duke University
Fuqua School of Business
Citizenship: United States

Hannah is an MBA candidate at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with concentrations in social entrepreneurship and finance. This summer, she served as an MBA Fellow at American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York where she supported ABT’s strategic planning and built financial models to inform collective bargaining negotiations.

At Duke, Hannah serves as a co-leader for the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) Fellowship. She is also a team leader for the Coach K. Center on Leadership and Ethics Fellowship and a CASE Scholar. During her first year at Fuqua, Hannah served as a CASE Impact Investing Associate and MBA Games Outreach Director as well as on the Association of Women in Business Leadership Cabinet. She was also a Boston Consulting Group Fellow. In spring 2017, Hannah was selected by her classmates for the Authentic Engagement Award.

Prior to Fuqua, Hannah worked as Director of Development for the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) in Washington, DC where she built a strategy that helped the organization achieve financial sustainability. She learned fundraising best practices while working at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to the Kennedy Center, Hannah studied Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University where she graduated summa cum laude.

Hannah cares deeply about the performing arts and its unique ability to bring people from a variety of backgrounds together to share in a common human experience. After Fuqua, Hannah plans to continue her work in the performing arts.

Anna Fuller

Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business
Citizenship: United States

Anna is a second year at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, where she is pursuing an MBA in Technology Leadership, with concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Analytics. Anna is currently doing her summer internship as a Product Manager at Google in Mountain View, CA.

At Tepper, Anna is the President of the Business & Technology Club, and the Co-Founder and EVP of the STARS Club, a new club at Tepper for students interested in space and the astronautics industry. Anna is also part of the CMU Hyperloop team, a cross-functional effort that includes engineering, design and business students.

Prior to Tepper, Anna received a B.A. in English Literature and Global Studies at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After graduation, she worked in strategic business development in Washington, DC, for several years, before jumping into the startup world to work for e-commerce technology company Branding Brand. At Branding Brand, she led the product team and helped major retailers launch innovative mobile apps, in-store technology, and some of the first AR shopping experiences.

In Pittsburgh, Anna is involved with a local non-profit organization focused on alleviating food insecurity and fighting childhood hunger. She leads all fund development for the organization, serves on the Board of Directors, and volunteers regularly on backpack programs, Food Bank produce pickups, and other direct service activities.

In her free time, she likes traveling with her husband, running and hiking outdoors, trying new wines, and hanging out with her two cats.

Nipun Jasuja

University of Pennsylvania
Wharton School
Citizenship: India

Nipun had a nomadic upbringing, growing up across 10 cities in three countries – India, South Africa, and the Maldives. He came to the US for undergrad at Cornell (Ithaca IS gorges!), majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Post Cornell, Nipun joined the financial services practice of Oliver Wyman (a management consulting firm), even though he lacked coherent answers to questions like “What is a bank?” or “How do I use Excel?”. The uncertainty was unsettling, but he learned quickly and discovered a love for financial services.

Nipun has always emphasized people and cultural fit in his life decisions, which is what took him to Oliver Wyman, and which is also what brought him to Wharton. At Wharton, a highlight of his experience has been his involvement with the Wharton FinTech Club, both as the editor of and a regular contributor to the club’s blog and podcast channels. This past summer, Nipun worked in the financial inclusion practice of Dalberg (an impact consulting firm) in Delhi. His work focused on designing Dalberg’s go-to-market financial inclusion strategy for Myanmar. Outside of the internship, Nipun loved living at home this summer and spending quality time with his parents.

In the medium to long term, Nipun aspires to work in an emerging economy, developing financial products that cater to the unique needs and behaviors of the unserved and underserved populations.

Pedro Lima

University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
Citizenship: Brazil

Pedro is a second year MBA student at Booth where he is focusing on the topics of economics, finance and entrepreneurship. He recently co-founded O2 Fund, a fintech start-up based out of São Paulo, Brazil that is focused on providing working capital to small and medium businesses.

Pedro has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas, in São Paulo. After graduating, he became a consultant at McKinsey & Company’s São Paulo office, where he served clients in the consumer goods, education and private equity industries. Immediately prior to coming to Chicago, Pedro led BRF’s branded food division in China, driving strategic partnerships and overseeing the launch of the company’s global brand, Sadia, in the country. He also spearheaded the creation of BRF’s start-up engagement and venture capital unit.

Pedro is passionate about education as a tool to curtail social inequality. While in college, he taught high-school math to underprivileged teenagers in São Paulo, and mentored students who aspired to attaining college degrees. He is also the co-founder of AfriKids Tanzania, an NGO that helps raise donations for orphans in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and effectively allocate these resources towards basic nutrition and education.

After graduation, Pedro aims to tackle social inequality in emerging markets through entrepreneurship in finance and education technology.

Matthew Mann

Columbia University
Columbia Business School
Citizenship: United States

At Columbia Business School, Matthew is a second year student focused on Finance and Economics. During his first year at Columbia he was elected to the Board of the Private Equity Club, the Columbia Student Investment Management Association, and to his Cluster Board. He interned this past summer in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC in New York City. Prior to Columbia, Matthew was a Portfolio Manager at ClearArc Capital, Inc. where he focused on foreign currency and emerging market debt investments. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi from Grand Valley State University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Matthew grew up in Traverse City, Michigan and initially postponed college to pursue entrepreneurship. It was this formative experience that led to a passion for business education, and he currently volunteers with the Financial Education Society at Columbia and is on the Financial Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Society of International Affairs: a geopolitical think-tank. Matthew aspires to a successful career with a leading global financial organization and will be returning to Goldman Sachs after he finishes his studies at Columbia.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys traveling with his wife Claire, finding new beaches, waterskiing, and sampling Michigan beer and New York cocktails.

Erin Morton

Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
Citizenship: United States

A D.C. area native, Erin returned home after seven years in California to study strategy and business development at Georgetown McDonough School of Business. She is the Co-President of Georgetown Graduate Women in Business, VP of Admissions for the Graduate Entertainment and Media Alliance, and a member of Start-Up Hoyas, the Graduate Marketing Association, Sports Club, Wine Society, an out@MSB ally, and endorsing supporter of the Social Impact Investment Fund.

Erin graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she was also Vice-President of the Rugby team. After graduation, she began a career in business development at companies including Corporate Executive Board and Discovery Communications. She has spent the majority of her career in sales working for mission-driven education companies. After graduation, Erin is pursuing a career in strategy and business development at a technology company.

In her spare time, she enjoys being active, traveling, and trying new food and wine. She has completed six full marathons, 17 half-marathons, and four Olympic-length triathlons in the past eight years, and is planning to train for a half-marathon and triathlon this year.

Rob Pothier

Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management
Citizenship: United States

Rob Pothier is a second-year MBA student at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He graduated from Stanford University with a double major in economics and Chinese, and was president of the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES). He interned at GE in Beijing and A&O in Shanghai, studied abroad at Peking University, and led the Vanderbilt University Orchestra’s 2012 tour through China.

Rob spent the five years prior to Kellogg as an entrepreneur launching and leading a startup called Hapacus, a science of happiness corporate training and online learning company. Hapacus helps individuals and organizations all around the world use mental wellness tools to improve their health, happiness, and engagement. As co-founder and COO, he directed product development, website design, and marketing strategy. His passion for building brands led him to pursue his MBA at Kellogg with a focus on marketing, where he continues to conduct research on how mental wellness impacts business school students’ academic and recruiting efforts. He interned at PepsiCo in marketing, where he developed the Cracker Jack 125th Anniversary campaign, and will return to PepsiCo full-time upon graduation.

Rob plays on the Kellogg soccer team, is an avid chess player, and loves college baseball. He and his wife Kathryn have a two-year-old son Bobby and are expecting their daughter Jane in November.

Lydia Sorensen

University of Michigan
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Citizenship: United States

As a second-year MBA student at Ross, Lydia is focusing on marketing and sustainability. This past summer she interned as a marketing associate at Walmart, developing an omni-channel strategy for the health and wellness category. Outside of her studies, Lydia serves as the vice president of professional development for the Ross Net Impact chapter, organizing the 2017-2018 Ross Symposium. She is also the vice president in charge of corporate relations for the Retail and Luxury Goods Club, and serves on the board of the Michigan Business Students Association. In 2016-2017 she had the honor of serving on the board of the Salvation Army in Southeast Michigan, and completed a consulting project with the non-profit Detroit Horse Power.

Prior to Ross, Lydia received her bachelor’s degrees in Legal Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was also a member of the nationally competitive equestrian team. Following college she worked as a project assistant at the law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, before moving to Central America to serve as the In-the-Field Representative for the non-profit GlobalGiving, advising and evaluating their local non-profit partner organizations. Upon her return to the US, she worked as a project manager for the AES Corporation in the energy sector.

After graduation, Lydia hopes to pursue a career that combines her passions for marketing and corporate social responsibility. Her dream is to someday work at a global corporation where she can help drive large-scale change.

Martina Ravelli Thornton

Dartmouth College
Tuck School of Business
Citizenship: Italy

Martina is currently pursuing her MBA degree at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and post-MBA, is looking to take on a role within the finance department of a technology or manufacturing company, with the long-term aspiration of becoming a CFO. She currently serves on the board of a local not-for-profit organization fighting to end gender-based violence.

Martina was born and raised in Trento, a small town in the Italian Alps. After completing her undergraduate studies in Foreign Languages and Business Administration, and a Master’s degree in Controlling, Finance, and Accounting, she worked for six years within Deloitte’s Advisory group in Germany and the US. While at Deloitte Advisory, she assisted companies with compliance, risk management, and business improvement projects, with a goal of helping enhance the stability of the financial system.

Martina thoroughly enjoys reading about and discussing issues of social justice and inequality, and is passionate about diversity in all its forms. In her free time, Martina enjoys cooking, working out, and hiking with her husband John and with their German Shepherd dog.

Meredith Thurston

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management
Citizenship: United States

Meredith is passionate about the role that businesses play in creating meaningful employment opportunities in the rapidly evolving global economy. As an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan, Meredith is pursuing her commitment to good job creation in the retail industry, serving as the Co-President of the Retail & Consumer Goods Club and pursuing the Sloan Sustainability Certificate, with a focus on retail supply chains. Meredith spent her summer internship at Nike in Global Sourcing and Manufacturing, where her work focused on assessing the merits of near-shore manufacturing.

At MIT Sloan, Meredith also serves as VP of Career Development for Sloan Women in Management and acts as a resource to new and prospective MIT Sloan students in many capacities, including as a Teaching Assistant for the core semester course, “Communication for Leaders.”

Prior to MIT Sloan, Meredith graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. While in college, she participated in a study abroad program that brought her to Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam. After graduating from Penn, Meredith worked as an economic consultant at Analysis Group, where she supported academic experts testifying in corporate litigation matters.

Meredith is a native Rhode Islander, a performing arts enthusiast, and an avid runner. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in operations at a global retailer.