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MBA Student Ambassadors

Talking with a current student is one of the best ways to learn more about the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Program. Our MBA Student Ambassadors can provide a candid, firsthand perspective on the school, coursework, co-curricular activities, and life as Tar Heel in Chapel Hill. Our ambassadors come from a variety of backgrounds so there’s probably someone whose interests are just like yours!

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Noon Elobaid MBA '23 headshot

Noon Elobaid

Class of 2023
Khartoum, Sudan

Noon Elobaid

Noon Elobaid MBA '23 headshot

Hi! My name is Noon and I’m originally from Sudan, Africa. I went to University of Medical Science and Technology (UMST) in Sudan for undergrad where I studied Business Administration. After graduation, I began my career at a multinational manufacturing company in Sudan as part of their two years Leadership Development Program. Within the program, I worked in sales and marketing, supply chain and business development. Right after completing the LDP, I accepted a full-time position as a project manager within the company’s PMO. My passion for more education led me to decide to move to the U.S. in 2016 to do my master’s in organizational leadership at Clarke University. Afterwards, I was fortunate enough to work for John Deere at their operations and supply management departments before coming to Kenan-Flagler. I’m looking to transition to strategy or supply management in the tech industry. Feel free to reach out with any questions about the MBA process, life at UNC, moving to the U.S. or anything else that you might be curious about!

Taylor Jackson

Class of 2023
Houston, Texas

Taylor Jackson

Hello, my name is Taylor Jackson and I am from Houston, Texas. I went to Texas A&M University (Whoop!) where I studied Human Resources and minored in Business and Psychology. After graduation, I worked as an HR generalist for Target before getting into consulting. For the last three years I have been at Deloitte in Human Capital consulting specializing in retail and consumer product clients. I am pursuing my MBA to get a better understanding of data & analytics and marketing principles to better understand how to help my clients think more strategically and pinpoint opportunities to improve their customers experiences. Feel free to reach out to me about consulting, retail, moving to North Carolina, being married while attending school, or being in business school without a traditional business background!

Quincy Field

Class of 2023
Ypsilanti, Mich.

Quincy Field

Hey there! My name is Quincy, and I am originally from Ypsilanti, MI. I went to Eastern Michigan University for undergrad, studying Criminology and earning my Commission as an Army Officer. After serving in the Army for four years and completing a tour to Afghanistan, I decided to transition from Active Duty to pursue a career in Investment Management. Feel free to reach out with questions about the MBA process, Diversity Networking Programs, life at UNC, or anything else that may be on your mind!

Kevin Ortiz

Class of 2023
Orlando, Fla. and Mexico

Kevin Ortiz

Hi! My name is Kevin Ortiz and I’m originally from Orlando and was born in Mexico. I went to the University of Central Florida for my undergraduate degree where I studied business administration. After graduation, I started my career with BB&T now Truist as a Student Leadership Specialist. While I was based out of Greensboro, NC, I got the chance to travel all over the US as I visited different colleges and universities to deliver leadership development programming. I am a first-generation college student and love my Latin American roots. Feel free to reach out with any questions about UNC or anything else that comes to mind. Pa’lante!

Emily Simmons

Class of 2023
Bowie, Md.

Emily Simmons

Hi, my name is Emily and I’m originally from Maryland. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Anthropology, then served 6 years as a Marine Corps Logistics Officer. After finishing up active duty, I worked in supply chain for 2.5 years for a global mining productivity partner based in Dallas, Texas before heading to KFBS to develop my business acumen and transition to a marketing role in the healthcare industry. When I’m not studying or working, I love exploring NC with my husband Dan and my dog Betsy. Happy to answer any questions you might have, big or small!

Annie Cassel

Class of 2023
Quad Cities, Iowa and Chicago, Ill.

Annie Cassel

Hello! My name is Annie and I’m originally from Iowa. I went to the University of Notre Dame for undergrad where I double majored in English and American Studies. Post-graduation, I made my way to Chicago where I started my career in public relations. After a few internships, I transitioned over to the advertising side, specializing in social and digital marketing strategies. My client roster kept things interesting as I worked on everything from theme parks to shaving brands. My most recent role was as a digital strategist with Edelman working on cheese/snack products and grill brands. I’m planning to pursue a career in brand management with a CPG or retail company, pending how my ongoing internship search evolves. Reach out with questions about MBA applications, UNC culture, relocating to Chapel Hill or anything else that’s on your mind!

Ankita Gupta

Class of 2023
India

Ankita Gupta

Hello! My name is Ankita and I am an international student from India. I went to the National Institute of Fashion Technology (Bangalore, India) for undergrad where I studied Apparel & Retail Management. My passion for lifestyle products made me explore different sectors in the retail space in India and South-East Asia. After graduation, I began my career as a consultant working with brands like ASDA Stores, SuperDry, Victoria’s Secret, Disney, DC, Universal, etc. providing solutions to their sourcing problems. I have worked with AJIO.com (Reliance Retail) in the past and most recently I led Forever 21 India E-commerce business. I co-facilitate ‘breathing & meditation’ workshops as a volunteer at the Art of Living Foundation, focused on social issues. I am a trained dancer in Indian classical dance forms and a huge Disney fan (I love Mickey Mouse!). I look forward to pursuing a career in consulting after business school. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions about life at UNC, the MBA process, moving to the USA, or anything else that you might want to know!

Raider Keenan

Class of 2023
Princeton, Ill.

Raider Keenan

Hey! My name is Raider Keenan, I was named after the football team but I’m not even a fan… I grew up outside Chicago in a small farm town, but ended up in Colorado for undergrad at the University of Colorado. I was going to play soccer there but decided instead to focus on my career since I knew what I wanted to do long term. After graduation, I went into wealth management and was managing family and business owners’ wealth at a small boutique firm in Colorado Springs. Helping people align their wealth with what they want to do in their life is my true passion and it makes me feel good going home each day knowing I helped people change their lives. After business school, I plan to follow the same career path, but would like to manage a team of advisors and run a firm, so pursuing my MBA is a career enhancing step. I look forward to meeting everyone!

Han Sun

Han Sun

Class of 2023
Shenyang, China

Han Sun

Han Sun

Hello! My name is Han and I’m originally from China. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Dalian Polytechnic University. After graduation, I went to Japan to pursue my Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree. After completing my Ph.D. in Information Science at Nagoya University, I worked as an engineer in the automotive industry for 5 years. My passion for learning has led me to pursue an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. I can speak Chinese, Japanese and English. Feel free to reach out with questions about the MBA process, life at UNC, or anything else that might be on your mind!

Evan Sutton

Evan Sutton

Class of 2023
Birmingham, Ala.

Evan Sutton

Evan Sutton

Hi! My name is Evan Sutton and I am originally from Birmingham, AL but I also spent three years living in Milan, Italy when I was younger. After graduating high school, I went to Auburn University where I studied chemical engineering. Outside of class, I was really passionate about the clubs and organizations I worked with and I loved being involved on campus. After I graduated from Auburn, I went to work for International Paper, first at their plant in Selma, AL and later at their plant in Pensacola, FL. I started out as a process engineer before moving into various roles in production/operations management where I was able to put my engineering and problem-solving skills to work – solving complex problems in real time. I came to UNC Kenan-Flagler to develop the skills I need to pivot to a career in consulting, where I hope to solve broader, more complex problems at a higher level.

Bryant Adams

Bryant Adams

Class of 2023
Huntsville, Ala.

Bryant Adams

Bryant Adams

Hey! My name is Bryant and I am originally from Alabama. I attended Alabama A&M University for undergrad where I studied Electrical Engineering. However, during my summer internship with NASA I realized a desk job was not for me. Furthermore, I wanted to hone my leadership and interpersonal skills as well as see the world. So I joined the United States Army. I served nine years as a Combat Arms Officer. I served on multiple cross-functional teams in many different units across the globe. I am looking to leverage that experience to pursue a career in Management Consulting. I am a proud member of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Pride Club and the Black Business Student Association. Feel free to reach out with questions about the MBA process, why I chose UNC Kenan-Flagler, life in Chapel Hill, navigating the transition to civilian life, or anything else that might be on your mind!

Madison Alcedo

Madison Alcedo

Class of 2023
Arlington, Texas

Madison Alcedo

Madison Alcedo

Hi there! My name is Madison, and I’m originally from Arlington, TX. I went to the University of Missouri (Mizzou) for both undergrad and my first master’s degree, where I studied Magazine Journalism. After graduating, I moved to New York City where I worked for three major media companies: Hearst Corporation, Meredith Corporation and Verizon Media. Most recently at Meredith and Verizon Media, I worked on the commerce teams, and my revenue-driving work inspired me to pursue an MBA to fill the gap in my business knowledge. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, I’m currently pursuing a career in marketing brand management/strategy within the tech or retail industry. Feel free to reach out with questions about the MBA process (especially if you have a “non-traditional” background!), life in Chapel Hill or anything else you’re curious about!

Carson Moss

Carson Moss

Class of 2023
Raleigh, N.C.

Carson Moss

Carson Moss

My name is Carson Moss, and I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. I went to NC State for undergrad and earned a degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. After spending a month working at an oil refinery in St. Croix, I quickly realized I wanted a desk job, which led me to RTI International in Research Triangle Park. For the past seven years I’ve done air quality research as a technical consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I’m hoping to use transfer those technical consulting skills into a strategic consulting career after business school. I currently commute to Chapel Hill from downtown Raleigh where I live with my husband Nate and our two dogs (Winston, an English Bulldog, and Cooper, a Catahoula Leopard) and our black cat Nox (yes named after the Harry Potter spell). Feel free to reach out with questions about the MBA process, life at UNC, or anything else that might be on your mind!

Nabonita Hoq

Nabonita Hoq

Class of 2023
Boston, Ma.

Nabonita Hoq

Nabonita Hoq

Hey! My name is Nita Hoq. I was born in Bangladesh but grew up in Boston, MA. I went to Brandeis University for my undergraduate degree where I studied Economics. Prior to business school, I spent four years working in data analytics at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Currently at UNC Kenan-Flagler, I am pursuing a concentration in consulting and am planning to leverage my data analytics background to pivot into consulting in the field. I am also a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Feel free to reach out with any questions about The Consortium, MBA process, life in Chapel Hill, or anything else that might be on your mind!

Shaurya Misra

Shaurya Misra

Class of 2023
New Delhi, India

Shaurya Misra

Shaurya Misra

Hi, I’m Shaurya! I am from originally from New Delhi, India. I completed my undergrad in Economics from LSR. To feed my inquisitive and business acumen I worked in market research for over 7 years. Here I worked alongside Private Equities and Management Consulting firms solve their business and strategy problems. But soon I found myself wanting more and decided to pursue my MBA in hope to not just help but build and implement strategy. Post my MBA I hope to work in Marketing and Corporate Strategy. You can reach out to me for any questions about anything under the sun, I’d be happy to give my insights on everything UNC Kenan-Flagler, MBA and anything else.

Arvind Kadiyala

Class of 2023
Richmond, Va.

Arvind Kadiyala

Hi there! My name is Arvind and I am originally from Richmond, VA. I received a formalized education in Mechanical Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level, and then worked for five years as a Supplier Quality Engineer in the automotive and aerospace industries. After graduation, I am looking to make a career-switch into the financial services sector, specifically Investment Banking. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions regarding the MBA application process, life at UNC, Investment Banking career recruiting, or anything else that may be on your mind!

Ben Read

Class of 2023
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Ben Read

My name is Ben Read and I am originally from Winston-Salem, N.C. I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2011 and served 10 years in the US Navy as a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter pilot prior to enrolling at UNC Kenan-Flagler. One of the biggest things that drew me to UNC Kenan-Flagler was the collaborative environment. Whether it’s grabbing dinner on Franklin St with a group of friends, or working on a group project for class, UNC Kenan-Flagler’s close knit community is second to none. I am concentrating in real estate development and hoping to make an immediate impact in the Triangle area after graduation. Looking forward to answering any questions you have!

Nick Buczacki

Class of 2023
Lancaster, Pa.

Nick Buczacki

Hi! My name is Nick, and I’m from Lancaster, Pa. I went to Penn State for undergrad and graduated in 2018 with a B.S. of Mining Engineering. After graduating I worked for two different F500 mining companies in Tampa, Florida and Gillete, Wyoming. I decided that Wyoming winters were not for me, and came back to the southeast for business school. I am concentrating in Corporate Finance and Energy, and I am involved in the Energy Club and Net Impact. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our energy program, recruiting, coming from an untraditional background, or anything else!

Jim Molnar

Class of 2023
Orlando, Fla.

Jim Molnar

Hi. My name is Jim Molnar. I grew up in Orlando, Florida and attended Penn State where I received my undergraduate degree. For the past 12 years I have served as an Active Duty Army Officer and will return to service upon my completion of business school. I have 6 combat deployments to various locations throughout the world. During my deployments, I have gained leadership experience and have been humbled by the people I have met and the missions I was fortunate enough to execute. I love watching sports, hiking, and challenging myself. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding business school, the army’s PB-GSIP/ACS, resume help or anything else!

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