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MBA STUDENT AMBASSADORS

Contact an MBA Student Ambassador

To learn what the Kenan-Flagler MBA program is like firsthand, you can talk to a current student. One of our MBA Student Ambassadors will provide a candid perspective on the school, classwork, co-curricular activities, being a Tar Heel and living in Chapel Hill. Our student ambassadors come from a variety of backgrounds and there’s probably someone whose interests are similar to yours.

Nishant_Agarwal_MBA 20 Nishant Agarwal

  • Email: nishant_agarwal@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Manufacturing Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  • Previous Experience: 2.5 years in data analysis and tech consulting; 1.5 years of managing family business
  • Concentration: General Management
  • Hometown: Gwalior, India
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Tech Club, General Management Club
  • Quote: I chose UNC Kenan-Flagler because of the diverse collaborative school community and excellent academic curriculum.
Raphael Alterman Raphael Alterman

  • Email: raphael_alterman@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: The Claremont Colleges
  • Previous Experience: 3 years in Real Estate Sales
  • Concentration: Real Estate Finance / Development
  • Hometown: New York City, NY
  • Interest: MBA Ambassador, VP Communications and First Year Experience for Real Estate Club, Wine Society Member, Beer Club Member, Pride Ally, Tennis Club member, Avid crossword enthusiast
  • Quote: Best Real Estate Development curriculum in the U.S. based on the many schools I toured and researched when making my decision. Also, the community here is special and it only takes a 25 minute tour to see that is true.
Melissa Atlas Melissa Atlas

  • Email: melissa_atlas@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Oberlin College
  • Previous Experience: 4 years in health services research; first summer internship (after a year in public health school) in strategic planning for UNC Health Care
  • Concentration: Healthcare
  • Hometown: Rockville, MD
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Healthcare Club, General Management Club, Carolina Women in Business, Dual Degree MBA/MSPH
  • Quote: Students work together and lift each other up, rather than compete and knock each other down. They are not there to check a box for their education, they are there to better themselves and to learn from each other, and to truly engage with the school’s community.
Barnes-Wallace Mitchell Barnes-Wallace

  • Email: mitchell_barnes-wallace@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: University of California – Los Angeles
  • Previous Experience: 3 years energy consulting
  • Concentration: Consulting/Energy
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Energy Club, Consulting Club, Social Committee
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler because of the strong alumni network, collaborate environment, and name recognition.
Manasa Billa Manasa Billa

  • Email: Manasa_Billa@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, Inida
  • Previous Experience: Founder, Martinsynge Pharma Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
  • Concentration: Marketing
  • Hometown: Hyderabad, India
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, General Management club, Healthcare club, Carolina Women in Business(CWIB), Adam Smith Society, Blockchain club
  • Quote: I chose UNC because of the collaborative culture and the incredible opportunities available to students interested in entrepreneurship through various programs at school as well as in the greater community.
Akshay_Choudhary_MBA 20 Akshay Choudhary

  • Email: akshay_choudhary@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
  • Previous Experience: 4 years in the Oil & Gas industry with an EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) firm.
  • Concentration: Management Consulting
  • Hometown: Ludhiana, India
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Dean’s Advancement Council, Consulting Club, Sport & Entertainment Club, Asian Business Club
  • Quote: UNC captures the true essence of community and collaborative learning, and Kenan-Flagler boasts one of the best Core faculty among business schools.
Andree Dean Andree Dean

  • Email: andree_dean@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Previous Experience: 4 years at a national museum
  • Concentration: Marketing, Data Analytics
  • Hometown: Jackson, WY
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Marketing Club, Tech Club, Carolina Women in Business
  • Quote: I was looking for a school with a genuine collaborative culture, a network around the country, and specialized classes in data analytics and marketing
Arjun Dhingra Arjun Dhingra

  • Email: Arjun_Dhingra@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Previous Experience: 2 years in assurance & advisory for Deloitte, 3 years in property development, 1.5 years in corporate finance/FP&A as a finance manager for a biopharmaceutical company, 1 year of running my own sports company
  • Concentration: Marketing
  • Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
  • Interest: MBA Ambassador, Sports & Entertainment Club, Marketing Club, Carolina Women in Business
  • Quote: Genuinely fell in love with the “Carolina culture” when I flew here to visit the campus- it is truly collaborative and the energy is palpable. I also wanted to experience living in a true US college town, especially one that is passionate about sports, and in particular, basketball.
Chelsea Gardner Chelsea Gardner

  • Email: chelsea_gardner@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: North Carolina State University
  • Previous Experience: 3 years in communications marketing at an agency
  • Concentration: Marketing/Healthcare
  • Hometown: Pittsboro, NC
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Marketing Club, Alliance of Minority Business Students, Healthcare Club, The Consortium
  • Quote: I was thrilled to come back home and ecstatic to be among a collaborative and supportive community. I also chose Kenan-Flagler for the emerging healthcare leadership development program.
Neva Gohel Neva Gohel

  • Email: neva_gohel@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Colorado College
  • Previous Experience: 2 years in environmental consulting
  • Concentration: Real Estate and Sustainability
  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Real Estate Club, Net Impact, Alliance of Minority Business Students, Carolina Women in Business
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler for the strong real estate program, collaborative culture, and passionate and supportive community.
Zach Guarino Zach Guarino

  • Email: zachary_guarino@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Elon University
  • Previous Experience: 3 years in corporate finance, 2 years in strategy consulting
  • Concentration: Consulting, Data Analytics
  • Hometown: Winthrop, MA
  • Interest: MBA Ambassador, Consulting Club, MBA Student Association, Career Mentor, Tillman Legacy Rep
  • Quote: The culture at Kenan-Flagler was the selling point. I really resonated with the way students here share in eachother’s successes, and strive to reach their best without doing so at the expense of their classmates.
K.. Gupta Karan Gupta

  • Email: karan_gupta@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: VIT University, Vellore, India
  • Previous Experience: 4 years in Tech Consulting with Deloitte
  • Concentration: Corporate Finance/Consulting/Capital Markets
  • Hometown: Chandigarh, India
  • Interest: MBA Ambassador, Corporate Finance Club, Blockchain Club, International Business Association, Curriculum Advisory Board
  • Quote: I chose UNC because of the rigorous academic environment, amazing people, and a strong career pipeline.
Emily Hoffarth Emily Hoffarth

  • Email: Emily_Hoffarth@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Boston College
  • Previous Experience: 3 years in market research for a public relations firm
  • Concentration: Marketing
  • Hometown: Rochester, NY
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Marketing Club, Dean’s Fellow, Carolina Women in Business
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flager because of the friendly, collaborative culture, the great network, the location, and the overall feeling I had after visiting campus.
Andrew Jacobson Andrew Jacobson

  • Email: Andrew_Jacobson@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: San Diego State University
  • Previous Experience: 4 years in corporate FP&A in the life sciences industry
  • Concentration: Corporate Finance
  • Hometown: Parker, CO
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Investment Banking Club, The Consortium
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler because of the small class sizes, great investment banking placement, and basketball!
Harmonie Jacobson Harmonie Jacobson

  • Email: harmonie_jacobson@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: University of San Diego
  • Previous Experience: 4 years in the biotech/life sciences industry (operations, program management and product development)
  • Concentration: Healthcare/Tech
  • Hometown: Parker, CO
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, The Consortium, Dean’s Fellows, Healthcare Club, Carolina Women in Business, Tech Club
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler because I was looking to expand my network beyond the west coast, the strong healthcare and innovation focus, and the inclusive/collaborative community.
Will Leimenstoll Will Leimenstoll

  • Email: Will_Leimenstoll@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Previous Experience: 2 years of international urban planning and community development work. 1 year of AmeriCorps service with Habitat for Humanity, and 1 year in the federal government (U.S. EPA).
  • Concentration: Real Estate – Dual Degree with City & Regional Planning Dept.
  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Real Estate Club, Net Impact Club
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler in order to be around other people who are driven to succeed not just for themselves but for the greater good.
Dan Masse Dan Masse

  • Email: daniel_masse@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: University of Notre Dame
  • Previous Experience: 5 years in operations with an Aerospace Components Manufacturer
  • Concentration: General Management
  • Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
  • Interest: MBA Ambassador, Running Club, Beer Society, General Management Club, Operations Club
  • Quote: I chose UNC Kenan-Flagler because I really felt the collaborative and friendly culture, and because I am from Chapel Hill, so I knew I would love living here.
Nisarga Phatak Nisarga Phatak

  • Email: nisarga_phatak@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  • Previous Experience: 4 years of Research experience at the Food and Drug Administration
  • Concentration: Management Consulting/Healthcare
  • Hometown: Mumbai, India
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Consulting Club, Healthcare Club
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler because of the community and people, strong healthcare focus, career opportunities, and curriculum.
Tony Shi Tony Shi

  • Email: tony_shi@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: South China Agricultural University
  • Previous Experience: 6 years in Apple Retail store management
  • Concentration: Consulting/Tech
  • Hometown: Zhuhai, China
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Dean’s Advancement Council, MBA Student Association, Business Tech Club
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler because of the collaborative culture and teamwork spirit. During the campus visit, I was amazed by the authenticity and supportiveness of every student and faculty member I met.
Kirsten Smith Kirsten Smith

  • Email: kirsten_smith@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Gettysburg College
  • Previous Experience: 4.5 years in implementation consulting for an education technology company
  • Concentration: Marketing/Tech
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Interest: MBA Ambassador, Business Technology Club, CWIB, Non-Profit Board Consultant
  • Quote: I chose UNC because of the collaborative and friendly culture, the school’s large and supportive network, and the strong focus on marketing and technology in the classroom and in career outcomes.
Khalid Mohammad Syed MBA 20 Khalid Mohammad Syed

  • Email: khalidmohammad_syed@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
  • Previous Experience: 4 years in e-commerce industry in Internal Consulting and Product Management, 1 year at a Data Analytics start-up in Marketing
  • Concentration: Tech, Consulting
  • Hometown: Hyderabad, India
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Tech Club, Consulting Club
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler because of the brand, flexible curriculum, collaborative community, amazing alumni network and great employment statistics at my target companies.
Laura_Takanen_MBA_20 Laura Takanen

  • Email: laura_takanen@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: History, Education, UC Davis
  • Previous Experience: 12 years in logistics
  • Concentration: Operations
  • Hometown: Long Beach, CA
  • Interest: MBA Ambassadors, Kenan-Flagler Veterans Association
  • Quote: I picked UNC because of the great community feel and collaborative atmosphere.
Sarah Vondracek Sarah Vondracek

  • Email: sarah_vondracek@kenan-flagler.unc.edu
  • Previous Education: Colgate University
  • Previous Experience: 3 years of environmental compliance experience at an electric utility
  • Concentration: Consulting/Energy
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Interest: MBA Ambassador, Consulting Club, Energy Club, Carolina Women in Business
  • Quote: I chose Kenan-Flagler because there is a strong community and a commitment to support each other, without sacrificing excellence.