Entering September 2013
Helena Ball graduated with Upper Second Class Honors from the London School of Economics with a B.S. in Economic History. She completed a summer internship at the London-based business newspaper City A.M., covering financial news for FTSE listed firms in industries ranging from media and technology to retail and transportation. Her previous work experience includes two years as a research analyst at Stelac Advisory Services, a wealth management firm in New York City. She also worked for a year as project manager for The Group of Fifty, an organization originally under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment, bringing together the most influential business leaders in Latin America. Born and raised in Venezuela, Helena developed an early interest in freedom of speech as well as in public policy and its impact on economic development. She is fluent in Spanish and has advanced proficiency in French and conversational in German. She is a citizen of Venezuela and Germany, and a permanent resident of the United States.
Purva Chitnis graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology and a minor in Business. After graduation in 2011, she worked as a SAP Business Objects Report Developer at Benjamin Moore Paints for two years. At Benjamin Moore, she was responsible for developing business reports and providing dashboards to the end users. As a business journalist, Purva’s goal is to cover the global economy and financial markets and their ramifications on developing countries. She wants to help people in developing countries understand the concepts of economics and finance so that they can make informed decisions about their own finances and better fight the corruption that saps their economy. Purva is a trained Indian classical dancer. She is fluent in Marathi (native) and Hindi. She enjoys traveling, dancing and playing badminton. Purva is a citizen of India.
Ruchira Roy Chowdhury graduated from Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune with B.A. in Economics, followed by a Post Graduate diploma from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India. She has worked three years for The Economic Times, the largest Indian business daily by circulation and coverage. She has covered money markets (currency and bonds) and the Indian government’s financial inclusion programs. She won two monthly awards for the best stories published in the ET, one of which covered an African bank that opened its first ATM in the Dharavi slums of Bombay, the very first multinational bank to do that in India. In her own beat, she was the first to report on the pullout of foreign funds from the Indian debt market in June, which was widely read for its timeliness. Apart from chatting people up, she loves cinema. She studied World Cinema at Symbiosis Center of Liberal Arts. She is a citizen of India.
Jennifer Henderson earned an MBA from The Citadel Graduate College in 2009 and a B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and minor in Business Management from North Carolina State University in 2007. While attending The Citadel, Jennifer worked as a graduate assistant at The Writing Center, where she presented workshops on business communication and tutored graduate and undergraduate students in writing and business. At NC State she maintained membership in Rho Phi Lambda Honors Fraternity, interned in the field of marketing at Yancy’s, a jazz restaurant, and volunteered with Raleigh Parks and Recreation. After completing her MBA, Jennifer worked for two years at Woodforest National Bank as a personal banker, then as an assistant branch manager for the opening of a new branch. Jennifer is interested in strategic marketing and corporate social responsibility and enjoys traveling and culinary adventures. She is a citizen of the United States.
Srividya Iyer completed her postgraduate diploma in print journalism from the Asian College of Journalism after earning a B.A. in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism at the India SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, in Mumbai. She is the Wall Street Journal Fellow at NYU for 2013-2014. After graduate school, she worked for The Economic Times, world’s second-largest English financial daily, as a technology correspondent for two years covering startups and venture capital. Srividya’s most recent post was Senior Web Producer at Firstpost, India’s first digital-only news product, where she worked at the business desk tracking the stock markets and reporting on venture capital and entrepreneurship. She is fluent in Tamil, Hindi and Marathi. She loves travel and aims to visit five continents by the time she is 30. Apart from that, Srividya enjoys reading and playing board games and looks forward someday to running a marathon. She is a citizen of India.
Yun Lu graduated from Fudan University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in International Economics in 2013. She interned at China Central Television in Beijing for four months, where she assisted the production of in-depth interviews with prominent figures such as top government executives of Hong Kong. She also interned full-time for China Daily and Global Times, two of the major English-language newspapers in China, and published several full-page bylined articles. Yun enjoys watching sports games and learning new cultures. During her third year in college, she studied abroad at the University of California, San Diego for a term. Yun speaks Mandarin Chinese and some Spanish. She is a citizen of China.
Carl O’Donnell graduated cum laude from Temple University with a B.A. in English and a minor in economics. He spent over two years at the Fox School of Business writing cover stories for alumni magazines and articles about academic research. He also interned for six months at the Philadelphia Business Journal, where he wrote a cover story about minority-owned businesses in Philadelphia. In addition, he interned in media relations at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He started his career by writing for Philadelphia Weekly, ADDitude Magazine and the Temple News. Carl is interested in the economics of urban development, education and new media, as well as the connection between the financial and “real” economies. In college, he tutored ESL students in academic writing, and will continue to do so as a resident of the international graduate student community, I-House. He is a citizen of the United States.
Meenal Vamburkar graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in International Relations. She spent a year and a half as an editor for Mediaite, where she was immersed in the world of media and politics. Previously, she interned for various news organizations including the New Statesman (during a semester abroad in London), the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Hindustan Times. She is interested in business on the international stage, as well as its intersection with media. She loves exploring new places and hopes to travel more. In addition to a longtime obsession with books, Meenal enjoys old movies. She is a citizen of the United States.
Amy (Cong) Xie graduated from Hofstra University with a M.B.A. in Finance, where she gained an understanding and appreciation for business by conducting company appraisals and industry analysis. Prior to that, she earned her B.A. in Economics from Hubei University of Economics. Amy interned at Standard & Poor’s as an Indices Research Specialist. After that, she worked as a full-time Market Research Analyst at a healthcare IT company. By working on whitepapers and RFPs and helping the company to identify its position in the marketplace, she has become more sensitive and analytical about industry trends. Amy speaks Mandarin and has limited working proficiency in Cantonese and Spanish. In the future, she is interested in covering financial news in Asia. She enjoys exploring the world, culture and food, and is a rock fan and a badminton player. She is a citizen of China.
Ning Zhou graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in Communications and Economics. She spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Manchester, where she studied in the Manchester Business School. This past summer she interned at My China Opportunity as the project manager in charge of marketing media. In years past she also interned at Newsy China as a storywriter, for atCASA as an online editor, and for China Central Television as a production assistant for the nightly news program Global Watch. Ning speaks fluent Chinese. She is interested in investigative reporting and documentaries. She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys traveling, camping, and doing Pilates. Ning is a citizen of China.