Andrew Matz, President
Andrew started his MBA at the Smith School of Business in the fall of 2015. Prior to his MBA, Andrew worked at CEB in Arlington, Virginia where he researched and advised Fortune 1000 finance executives on topics such as analytics, budgeting, forecasting, capital budgeting, and organizational structures. Andrew obtained his undergraduate degree in Finance from Elon University. He has traveled globally for both study and leisure purposes, his favorite place being Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Gabrielle Kuey, VP Finance
Gabrielle started her career at Calvin Klein in e-commerce, then moved to Kate Spade Saturday. At Kate Spade Saturday she worked on the launch of the new brand overseas, working on multiple marketing efforts and sales analysis. Gabrielle’s favorite countries that she has visited include Peru and Cuba.
Victoria Ryan, VP External Relations
Victoria has six years’ experience in the realm of nonprofit management and evaluation of international development projects and community-based organizations in the U.S. and Africa. Most recently she worked with TechnoServe in Botswana to design and implement an impact assessment of a training program for small and medium enterprises and, prior to enrolling in the MBA/MPP program, Victoria managed education projects funded by The Gates Foundation, USAID and UNICEF with Tostan in Guinea. She loved living in Guinea, West Africa, with its lush green landscape and whose islands, “Treasure Island.”
Leon Bankimbaga, VP Internal Relations
Leon is a 2017 MBA Candidate and originally comes from Burundi in East Africa. He has a background in Investment Management and Commercial Banking. He believes the rise of Emerging Markets is the defining trend of our time, and hopes to be able to work raising capital for companies in Emerging Markets, helping them to fuel their growth.His favorite country that he has visited is Kenya. The diversity of the landscape, from crystal blue water on the coast to the breathtaking game reserve, is unique. Kenya is also very dynamic, with a growing economy and vibrant tech scene.
Zachary Feldmann, VP Events and Marketing
Zach is a second year MBA candidate, focusing on marketing, and obtaining a dual degree Masters of Science-Marketing Analytics. Before Smith, he spend five years with the State of Maryland’s Office of the Secretary of State, working on international development projects for Maryland and coordinating the Sister States Program. During his undergraduate program, Zach lived and worked in Beijing, China for a year earning a degree in Political Science and Chinese Studies. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Born and raised in Maryland, one of his favorite activities is racing Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes on the Eastern Shore.
Robert Ginsberg, 1st year Board Member
Rob graduated in 2011 from the Smith School of business with a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management and International Business. Upon graduation he joined Stanley Black and Decker’s leadership program where he had a verity of roles helping to tackle programs facing the organization both domestically and internationally. After completed the 2-year leadership program he assumed the role of Global Process Manager – Spare Parts where he worked globally on both strategy / process improvement initiatives ranging from IT implementation, global sourcing redevelopment, and best practice sharing. Now back at Smith he is focusing his studies on General Management and Analytics. In his free time, you will catch him hanging out with friends and being disappointed over his favorite DC sport teams.
Nina Kouadio, 1st year Board Member
Originally from Cote D’Ivoire, Nina has 4 years of experience working with non-profit and international organizations. Her most recent position was with the World Bank where she worked on the Doing Business project 2017. She is currently enrolled in the dual degree MBA/MPP with a focus on Finance. Nina’s favorite countries that she has visited include South Africa and Tunisia.
Eileen Little, 1st year Board Member
Eileen is a first year MBA candidate. Prior to Smith she worked for an international healthcare NGO in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia, and also worked in graduate education. She would like to go into the international development field upon graduation. Eileen does not mind working in remote locations and enjoys really getting to know the local people, cultures, and traditions when working or traveling abroad. Her passion for working internationally started when she had the opportunity to conduct research on the farming methods in the Ifugao highland rice terrace regions of Banue, Philippines.
Brittani Hradsky, 1st year Board Member
Brittani is a 2018 MBA candidate. Prior to starting at Smith, Brittani was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. She is looking to pursue a career in international development. Her favorite countries that she’s visited include Croatia and Jordan.