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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC Energy Club

Mission | Leadership Team | Membership Benefits | Major Events


The Energy Club exists to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and connections necessary to compete for top energy industry jobs and internships and enhance their value in the workplace.

Leadership Team

John Socha - President

John graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. Prior to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler, John worked at Southern Company, an electric utility in the Southeast, in environmental emissions field demonstrations. John is concentrating on Corporate Finance and Energy at UNC. 

Contact: John_Socha@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Omar Henry - VP of Corporate Relations

I was raised in Philadelphia, PA and attended Temple University’s Fox School of Business, where I graduated with honors with a degree in Actuarial Science. As the oldest son of nine children, and as a first-generation college student, it was necessary for me to not only pursue a career with strong growth, but also serve as an example to my younger siblings. I have firm roots in Philadelphia, but have lived in the Midwest, in multiple major cities along the East coast, and now in the South. However, I now feel like an adopted son of North Carolina. I received a graduate degree in economics from Duke University, spent three years as a project manager at BB&T in Winston Salem, and am now pursuing my MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. As a current Tar Heel who met his wife at Duke, I can say that my heart now bleeds multiple shades of blue. I will be interning as a finance strategy analyst at PepsiCo in Plano, TX this summer.

Contact: Omar_Henry@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Hareesh Krishnan Ravi - VP of Corporate Relations

Hareesh grew up in Chennai, India. He graduated from College of Engineering, Guindy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Due to his interest in large machines, he joined a power plant manufacturer in India. Over his 6 years of work experience, he headed several large scale energy projects across India. With an intent to create a bigger impact and develop sustainable businesses, he joined UNC Kenan Flagler to pursue his business studies. Hareesh is an outdoorsy person and loves adventure activities.

Contact: Hareesh@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Tessa Paganini - VP of Learning & Development

Tessa is originally from Northern California and holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C. Before attending business school, Tessa worked for a transatlantic foreign policy think-tank in Washington, D.C. While there, she managed a suite of energy programs that promoted transatlantic leadership on efforts to improve energy security, promote lower-carbon energy solutions, and reduce the impacts of climate change. Tessa will be interning at BASF during summer 2016.

Contact: Tessa_Paganini@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Russell Clarke - VP of Finance

Russell graduated with a degree in Economics from Colorado College. While in Colorado, Russell became interested in the complex energy landscape. Prior to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler, Russell worked on the energy services & cleantech deal team at FMI Capital Advisors - a boutique investment bank focused on M&A in the infrastructure space. Russell is focusing on Corporate Finance and Energy concentrations at Kenan-Flagler and enjoys fishing North Carolina’s beaches.

Contact: Russell_Clarke@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Kojiro Higaki - VP of Corporate Relations (Consulting)

Koh graduated from University of California San Diego with B.S. in Management Science. He previously served as lead senior auditor for Ernst & Young in New York City, serving clients from various industries including heavy machinery manufacturing, food manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, and advertising. Koh saw the Kenan-Flagler MBA as a great opportunity to learn about various industries through experiential learning programs and professors with industry experiences. He concentrates in Management Consulting with enrichment in Energy and Healthcare.

Contact: Kojiro_Higaki@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Rob Liford - VP of Communications

A member of the class of 2017, Rob is concentrating in Energy and he has pursued coursework in data analytics, marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Rob was born in Kentucky, and received a B.A. In Archaeological Studies from Yale University. There, he spent much of his free time singing and traveling with a cappella groups Redhot & Blue and The Whiffenpoofs. He subsequently lived in Washington, D.C. for five years, performing freelance digital media consulting, working at an energy startup, and finally spending a year and a half with an educational nonprofit. Rob is passionate about photography, graphic design, technology, sustainable farming, rural economic development, and stimulating conversation regardless of the topic.

Contact: Robert_Liford@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Tony Rediger - VP of Career Development

Tony grew up in suburban Chicago, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in History and Political Science. He worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, working in 6 states, including the North Carolina general election. Following that he spent 6.5 years in Washington as an appointee at the U.S. Department of Energy, serving as Senior Advisor and Director of Scheduling and Advance for the last 4 years at the Department. He will be interning during the summer of 2016 at Duke Energy in Charlotte.

Contact: Tony_Rediger@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Sean Wamsley - VP of Case Competitions and Conferences

Sean holds a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. Prior to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler, he worked in various credit analysis and business development roles in banking. His focus in banking was in tax-exempt financing as well as small business financing. Sean is pursuing Finance and Energy concentrations at Kenan-Flagler and when not on campus he can be found cycling with classmates.

Contact: Sean_Wamsley@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Cuffie Winkler - VP of Social Activities

Cuffie is a graduate of Hamilton College and is currently pursuing a 3-year joint MBA/MEM degree at UNC Kenan-Flagler and Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment with concentrations in energy and corporate finance. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a consultant for U.S. EPA's Office of Water in Washington, DC. He will interning this summer with the structured finance team at Strata Solar in Chapel Hill, NC.

Contact: Louis.Winkler@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Graham Clinton - VP of Corporate Relations

Originally from South Dakota, Graham is a transplant to the forests of North Carolina. Previously, Graham studied Environmental Science at Colorado College. His career has focused on energy and technology and he is now pivoting to a financial role at finance technology firm. In High school, college, and his personal life Graham has been heavily involved in LGBTQ advocacy and he's excited to continue this at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Contact: Graham_Clinton@kenan-flagler.unc.edu

Membership Benefits

The Energy Club provides many benefits to MBA students pursuing careers in this field.

- Events like the Energy 101 series and Lunch & Learn series help students gain a deeper understanding of Energy-related topics.

Careers - The Energy Club organizes career treks to help students learn about companies in the field. The club also keeps a list of energy-specific internships during the Spring for students to access.

Case Competitions - The club participates in two national case competitions: Energy Finance at the University of Texas and Renewable Energy at the University of Michigan

Major Events

Fall Semester:

  • Energy 101 Series
  • Charlotte Career Trek
  • Networking Events
  • Texas Energy Finance Case Competition
  • Renewable Energy Case Competition

Spring Semester:

  • Bay Area Career Trek
  • Lunch & Learn Series
  • Spring Speaker Series
  • Local Career Treks

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