UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

MBA Student Association

Mission | Leadership Team | Membership Benefits 

Mission

The MBASA is comprised of student-led organizations within the MBA Program. The goal of the MBASA is to enhance the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience for students by offering educational, professional, and community-building opportunities. There are over 40 different groups that make up the MBASA, covering careers, diversity, activities, and more. We encourage all students to consider the many opportunities available in the MBASA and to become involved as both a member and a leader.

Leadership Team

Ravi Maniar - President

Ravi graduated from Vel's Academy of Maritime Studies at the University of Madras, India. He joined Shell as a Merchant Marine Officer and later worked with Maersk Tankers during his career at sea. He held various roles at these companies including that of a Navigating Officer, Safety Officer, Medical Officer and a Training Officer. He started his own entrepreneurial venture ' Health Initiative' in India which focussed on tailor made health food for working professionals. He worked with a non profit which served people with mental and developmental disabilities before coming to business school. He has a passion to make a difference in the world through business and is pursuing Marketing & Entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Thomas DeSena - Executive VP

Thomas is a first year MBA Candidate at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Thomas received his bachelor's degree at Western Kentucky University and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling at Boston University. He has been part of HIV prevention studies in both Dallas and Boston and has employed motivational techniques to help individuals reduce their HIV risk behavior. He decided to pursue his MBA to make a broader impact in healthcare and find innovative ways to increase quality of life for individuals who utilize healthcare services.

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Caspar Xu - VP of Student Actitivies

Caspar Xu is originally from China. With a degree in electrical engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, he joined Bank of China HQ as a software engineer and worked there for 7 years before coming to UNC Kenan-Flagler. He is an avid hip-hop dancer who showed some moves at Around The World event during orientation and legacy cup event Karaoke Night. Besides, he is also a toastmaster and board gamer.

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Sheela Ramesh - VP of Communications

Sheela is originally from Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan for her undergrad, where she graduated with a degree in Economics and German in 2009. She worked with an insurance company for two years, with a focus on agency profitability and growth, before moving to Chicago, IL to work as a management consultant in the banking and financial services industry. Now at UNC Kenan-Flagler, she is pursuing a concentration in management consulting and corporate finance, as well as enjoying the temperate weather North Carolina offers by running and playing tennis outdoors as often as possible.

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Carson Putnam - VP of Social Affairs

Carson received his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia in 2009. After graduation, he worked in Atlanta as a lobbyist, focusing on a wide range of issues including commercial banking and healthcare. In 2010, he moved to Washington, DC where he worked in political consulting and public relations. At Kenan-Flagler, Carson is focusing on the Capital Markets and Investment concentration, and is pursuing a career in wealth management.

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Jordan Nousain - VP of Finance

Jordan comes from a family of nine in the small town of Concord, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2008 he moved to Minneapolis, MN to work for Target Corporation. At Target he worked on owned brand apparel categories to reduce product costs and optimize inventory levels, and later optimized supply chain processes. He is pursuing an MBA to become a strong leader in ambiguous situations and is currently pursuing a concentration in corporate finance. When he’s not burning the midnight oil you can find him on the tennis courts with his classmates.

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James Randolph - VP of Community Service

James worked with the Leadership Studies Department of
Birmingham-Southern College for four years before entering UNC Kenan-Flagler. At BSC, he collaborated with over thirty nonprofits and also contributed to the service-learning, entrepreneurship, and international education programs. A fan of classic movies and antique stores, James earned his BA in history from BSC and is pursuing concentrations in health care and marketing at Kenan-Flagler. His community outreach work at Kenan-Flagler includes participation in the Nonprofit Board Fellows Program and service as a STAR project leader for an economic development initiative in eastern North Carolina.

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Rebecca Wren - VP of Corporate Sponsorship

Rebecca is a first year MBA candidate originally from Gastonia, North Carolina. She received her BA in Economics from Sewanee in 2011. After graduation, she moved to Washington, DC to work as a Market Specialist for Falcon Capital Advisors, a financial services consulting firm specializing in corporate governance and housing finance. At UNC Kenan-Flagler she is pursuing a concentration in Capital Markets and Investments and a career in private wealth management. Rebecca also enjoys advanced terrain skiing and traveling.

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John Ross - VP of Diversity

John is originally from Johnson City, Tennessee. He graduated from University of Chicago in 2008. He taught at schools in Tanzania and the West Bank, then worked at Sequoyah Fund, a revolving loan fund for businesses on the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina. He is a tribal member in the Cherokee Nation. At Sequoyah Fund he focused on increasing the fund’s repayment rate, worked with entrepreneurs, started a consignment project for Cherokee artists, and worked with youth savings and entrepreneurship programs. He enjoys running and coordinating legacy cup events for Rizzo, the most fearsome legacy.

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Samantha Cunningham - VP of Learning

Samantha is a dual citizen from Panama and the United States. Born and raised in New York, she is an enthusiastic convert to the state of North Carolina. She attended Duke University for her undergrad, finishing with double majors in Economics and Mandarin Chinese. She lived in China for a year before working at a talent strategy consulting firm in Washington, DC for three years and she is now at UNC Kenan-Flagler concentrating in Healthcare Marketing. Outside of her duties as MBASA VP of Learning & Development, Levin Legacy Captain, Foodie Club Board Member and Pride Club Communications Liaison, Samantha loves reading, traveling and scuba diving.

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Joseph Hinneh - VP of International Relations

Joseph Hinneh attended Ashesi University in his native Ghana where he worked for a large Ghanaian bank after school. Starting as a Deader in Money Markets, he was tasked with setting up the Fixed Income Desk three years after joining the bank in an effort to increase secondary trading of Ghana government bonds. He learned the critical connection and interplay between money and interest rates and how together they impact commerce and industry. In June 2013, Joseph left Cal Bank to join Christian Community Microfinance Ltd. (CCML) as head of its treasury department where he was responsible for instituting measures that would stabilize CCML by reconstituting the treasury department. Joseph hopes a Kenan-Flagler MBA will equip him with the tools he needs to be an agent of change wherever he finds himself. Outside his duties as VP of International Experience, Joseph is a committed member of Christians@Kenan-Flagler and a keen follower of the European football


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Membership Benefits

The MBASA is comprised of student-led organizations within the MBA Program. The goal of the MBASA is to enhance the UNC Kenan-Flagler experience for students by offering educational, professional, and community-building opportunities. There are over 40 different groups that make up the MBASA, covering careers, diversity, activities, and more. We encourage all students to consider the many opportunities available in the MBASA and to become involved as both a member and a leader.

Many of the outside-the-classroom activities are MBASA sponsored and MBASA membership is required for participation in these events. Some of the activities that MBASA supports are:

Career treks and case competitions

Networking events with potential employers and influential alumni

Weekly socials to foster the UNC Kenan-Flagler community

School-wide cultural events, such as Global Night and the Harambee Fashion Show

Annual events for the school, including Gala and Graduation