Entering September 2011
Anya Andrianova earned her MBA at West Texas A&M University in 2008 and received a Bachelor in Marketing at Moscow State Technical University in 2005. Anna worked as the Internet marketing department manager at EURO RSCG, Ecuador, from 2009 to 2011. She was responsible for identifying trends in online business and advertising in Ecuador and Latin America. More recently, she spent the summer of 2011 as an intern in the Moscow bureau of Reuters, where she earned several bylines. She enjoys mountaineering and her last big climb was the Cotopaxi volcano (19,344 ft). Anna is fluent in Russian and in Spanish. She is a citizen of the Russian Federation. (LinkedIn)
Karl Baker has a received a B.A. in Political Science at University of Washington in 2005. Following a family tradition, Karl works part of the year as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, Washington State, and California. During this past summer, his boat brought in salmon at several locations off the coast of Alaska. He has also produced features for KBCS community radio in his hometown of Seattle, and has worked as an English teacher in Mexico City. While in Mexico he learned conversational Spanish but is not quite fluent. He plays saxophone in his spare time. Karl is a citizen of the United States. (LinkedIn)
Chenille Chen graduated with a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in English at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing in 2011. Chenille interned at China Daily, the state-owned English language paper, for six months in 2010. With a strong interest in intercultural communication, she worked at the Beijing Center of Chinese Studies teaching Mandarin to exchange students and professors. She has also taught English to senior citizens and helped provide translation services during the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. In her spare time, Chenille enjoys cooking for her friends and traveling so that she can understand other cultures. She speaks Mandarin. Chenille is a citizen of China. (LinkedIn)
Warangkana (Waan) Chomchuen earned her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2007 and her B.A. in English at Chulalongkorn University in 2003. Waan has worked for the last three years as the production coordinator at NBC News Bangkok where she field produced coverage of news and features in Asia. She also contributed multimedia packages of text, video and photography for the msnbc website. Waan began her career in journalism as a Bangkok-based researcher/reporter at NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation. She joins the BER program as the Wall Street Journal Asia Fellow at NYU. Waan enjoys movies, reading, photography and travel. She is fluent in Thai. Waan is a citizen of Thailand. (LinkedIn)
Melanie Hicken earned a B.A. summa cum laude, in Journalism, History, and Political Science (triple major) at Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2009. Melanie has worked for the past two years as the Glendale City Hall reporter for the Times Community News division of the Los Angeles Times, where she produced both daily beat stories and enterprise work. Her passion is in investigative reporting, and she served as part of a three-member Los Angeles reporting team for an investigation into ties between an affordable housing developer under federal investigation for fraud and elected officials. She is a citizen of the United States. (LinkedIn)
Kathryn Higbee earned her MBA in Finance at Columbia University in 1986 and her B.A. in Economics at SUNY Cortland College. Before starting a family, Kathryn worked as an analyst in Private Placements for Prudential Insurance Company and in commercial lending for Bankers Trust Company. Since 1994, she has served in a volunteer capacity as a board member and Treasurer of the Woodlea/PATH I Advisory Council, which helps children in group homes operated by Children’s Aid and Family Services, a New Jersey nonprofit. Kathryn is a citizen of the United States.
Regina Hing received a B.A. in Communications Arts at De La Salle University in 2003. Regina spent two years writing and editing for a pan-Asian health magazine, after which she went into corporate communications. Most recently, she served as senior communications manager for Standard Chartered Bank, heading global media relations for the Group Technology & Operations division. Regina enjoys cooking would could see herself competing for a spot on the show MasterChef. Regina is fluent in English, Tagalog and Chinese. She is a citizen of the Philippines and a permanent resident of Singapore, where she has been based for the past 6 years. (LinkedIn)
Andrea Huspini graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Marketing and a Minor in Psychology at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2003. Following school, Andrea became an entrepreneur, launching a women’s contemporary store online. She oversaw all aspects of running the business. After six years, her business became a casualty of the current economic troubles. Then she went to work in the marketing department at Häagen-Dazs Shoppe Company, where she worked on point of purchase elements, publicity for franchisees, and budget analysis. Andrea volunteers for animal organizations and supports legislation punishing abuse. She enjoys yoga and the outdoors. Andrea is a citizen of the United States. (LinkedIn)
John Kapetaneas graduated with a B.A., Economics and a Minor in Film Studies at the University of Connecticut in 2011. John studied in the economics scholars program and completed graduate and honors coursework in economic law and economics writing. Concurrently, he worked in the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he devised a marketing strategy for an upstart biochar company. In his free time, John helped manage his family’s restaurant business in Fairfield County. John speaks fluent Greek, and was active in the Greek community at UConn. He enjoys all sports and trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
David Kaplan earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1985 and a B.A. in History and Economics at Brown University in 1981. David works for a medium sized broker-dealer, Cohen and Co., where he manages the firm’s non-agency mortgage securities trading activities. Previously, he held senior positions at other Wall Street firms. He has been an active Board member for the Westchester Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He is fluent in French, enjoys reading 19th century European history (especially Napoleonic), and when time allows, enjoys jogging, golf and sailing. David is a U.S. citizen but has lived abroad for extensive periods, both in England and in France. (LinkedIn)Doris Martinez earned a B.A. in Psychology and East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University in 2010. Doris worked this past summer as an intern in the corporate communications department at Moody’s Corporation. Earlier, she worked on the market strategy team at Moody’s Analytics, writing and editing brochures and newsletters. During her senior year of college, she studied abroad in Osaka , Japan. She is proficient in Spanish and also speaks some Japanese. Born and raised in the Bronx, Doris is a citizen of the United States. (LinkedIn)
Doris Martinez earned a B.A. in Psychology and East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University in 2010. Doris worked this past summer as an intern in the corporate communications department at Moody’s Corporation. Earlier, she worked on the market strategy team at Moody’s Analytics, writing and editing brochures and newsletters. During her senior year of college, she studied abroad in Osaka , Japan. She is proficient in Spanish and also speaks some Japanese. Born and raised in the Bronx, Doris is a citizen of the United States. (LinkedIn)
Iryna Neskoromna earned a B.A. in Business Administration with concentration in Finance at Babson College in 2008. Iryna spent two years as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in its investment banking financing group. Prior to that, she worked at AdMedia Partners, a boutique M&A firm. At Babson, Iryna was a member of her college varsity tennis team for 3 years, earning a NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team award. She spent her junior year abroad at the London School of Economics. She enjoys traveling, musicals, reading and exploring Manhattan restaurants. Iryna was born in Moscow and has lived in Ukraine and Hungary. She is fluent in Russian and modestly conversational in Spanish. As of March of last year, Iryna is a citizen of the United States.
Mallory Russell earned a B.A, as a Phi Beta Kappa, in Communications with a Minor in Advertising at University of Southern California in 2007. Mallory worked for the last year and a half on the account management team at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, an advertising agency in San Francisco. Her major responsibilities included managing relationships with a major client, Cheetos, developing strategies for integrated marketing campaigns, and overseeing their production. For the last two years, she has sat on the board of directors of The Living Breath Foundation, an organization that supports people living with cystic fibrosis. She enjoys traveling, going to the theater and USC Football. Mallory is a citizen of the United States. (LinkedIn)
Mark Strzepek earned a B.A. in English at the University of Exeter (U.K.) in 2011. Mark won recognition at the university for his achievements in academics, team building, and volunteer work. He represented the college in international competitions in Tang-soo-do, a Korean martial art, of which he has been a practitioner for three years. He hopes to obtain his black belt in New York. Mark is fluent in Japanese, and is currently studying Korean. He has run bilingual programs for both Japanese and Western children from the ages of 6 to 12. Mark is a citizen of both the United Kingdom and Japan.
Anna Sussman received a M.S. Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 and a B.A. in Comparative Literature at Brown University in 2004. At LSE, Anna used a travel grant to research her thesis on discrimination against women in the religious courts in Lebanon. She has continued reporting on human rights. With a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, she reported from Turkey on legal brothels, women’s rights, and the disabled. Her stories have been published on the Pulitzer Center website, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Nation. Anna likes riding bikes and eating ice cream. She speaks some French, Arabic and Italian. She is a citizen of the United States.
Kin (Kandy) Wong earned a B.A. in Language and Communications at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong in 2002. Kandy has been a China business journalist for more than seven years at the South China Morning Post, an English-language newspaper, and the Chinese-language Hong Kong Economic Journal. She has traveled throughout China writing stories on topics including autos, energy, retailing, and politics. In 2007, she won the Hong Kong News Award in the category of Best Business News Writing (English). She is fluent in Cantonese (native) and Mandarin. She enjoys traveling, swimming, rock climbing and reading. Kandy is a citizen of Hong Kong. (LinkedIn)