Club Leadership (2022-2023)

Ashley Knight

Ashley Knight

Co-President

Ashley Knight is a second-year MBA at Wharton where she is focused on the intersection of Finance and Environmental Sustainability. Last summer, Ashley interned on the investment team in Boston at Ara Partners, a private equity fund focused on decarbonization. Prior to Wharton, Ashley was a member of the investment team at Mercer in London and NYC where she focused on investment diligence for alternative investments and served as a Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Prior to Mercer, Ashley worked at Credit Suisse in Singapore as an Alternatives Product Specialist. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College where she graduated with honors and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). In her free time Ashley enjoys scuba diving (advanced PADI certified) and traveling (visited 80+ countries to date).

Iynna Halilou

Iynna Halilou

Co-President

Iynna is a second-year MBA at Wharton, majoring in Finance and an investor at Moxxie Ventures, a seed VC fund. She was recognised as a 2022 top 55 rising VCs by Insider. Prior to Wharton, she worked for ERA, New York’s first and largest early-stage accelerator and seed VC, where she built and led the Global division supporting startups enter the US market. She also led Muhammad Yunus’ social impact global accelerator. She was previously a founding member and COO of Enza Academy, an edtech startup providing STEM and entrepreneurship education to underrepresented minority students to bridge the racial and socioeconomic gap in tech. She started her career at the United Nations. At Wharton, she is the UPenn Campus Lead for the MBA fund, a pre-seed institutional fund investing in Harvard, Penn, and Stanford-founded startups. Iynna graduated from Durham University with a Bachelor in International Relations and from NYU with a Master in International Development. She is from Cameroon and Madagascar, she lived and worked in London, Paris, Moscow, and Dakar. She is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.

Dan Xiang

Dan Xiang

Co-President

Dan is a second-year MBA at Wharton. Last summer, he worked at Roark for the Summer of 2022. Prior to business school, Dan was a Private Equity Associate at The Carlyle Group. Before that, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Energy Group. At Wharton, Dan is the co-President of the Wharton Rugby Football Club and an active member of the Wharton Asian American Association of MBAs. Dan received a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Rice University.

Luis Issa Villarreal

Luis Issa Villarreal

COO

Luis is a 2Y MBA. Prior to Wharton, Luis spent 3 years at Bain & Company where he was part of the company’s first Private Equity Group in Mexico City. He has conducted 15 commercial due diligence as part of his consulting job. In his spare time, Luis enjoys running, hiking and reading.

Rainbow Yeung

Rainbow Yeung

VP of Operations

Rainbow is a 1Y MBA candidate at the Wharton School’s Health Care Management program. Previously, Rainbow was at McKinsey’s Life Sciences practice, where she helped bring one of the COVID-19 vaccines to market. She was also a PMM at Ruggable and the founder of Odyssey Notebooks. In her free time, she enjoys creating art and talking about her recent reads. Rainbow received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.

Darrell Hanks

Darrell Hanks

VP of Operations

Darrell is a 1Y MBA majoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Prior to Wharton, Darrell worked in investment banking at J.P Morgan, private equity at Sorenson Capital, and tech at PDQ.com, a SaaS business owned by TA Associates. He completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University and majored in Finance. Outside of school, Darrell enjoys live music, and has been to over 50 concerts.

Sisi Liu

Sisi Liu

CFO

Sisi is a 2Y MBA student at Wharton, majoring in finance. Sisi is originally from China and went to undergrad in Macao. Before Wharton, she worked at Blackstone in New York. Her favorite experiences at Wharton so far have been traveling with classmates and modeling at the Penn Charity Fashion Show.

Andrew Ren

Andrew Ren

VP of Finance

Andrew is a 1Y MBA. He is currently an intern at Coefficient Capital, a consumer technology focused venture capital fund. Prior to Wharton, Andrew spent time as a private equity investor at The Carlyle Group and an investment banker at Moelis & Company. Andrew is passionate about the future of consumer platforms, contemporary art, and all things snow or board-related!

Jack Cardwell

Jack Cardwell

CTO

Jack is a 1Y MBA majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Prior to business school, Jack was a Senior Consultant at Keystone Strategy, an economic and strategy consultancy focused on problems at the intersection of business and technology. Jack received a B.A. with High Honors in Economics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College. In his free time, Jack enjoys golfing, skiing, and playing the guitar.

Sharon Pang

Sharon Pang

CMO

Sharon Pang is a second-year MBA at Wharton where she is focused on the intersection of Finance and Technology. Last summer, Sharon interned as a product manager at Amazon Web Services. Prior to Wharton, Sharon was a senior associate within the Portfolio Management Group at Goldman Sachs in NYC, where she managed multi-asset class portfolios for endowments and foundations. Prior to that, she worked at Glenmede, a boutique investment management firm, as a financial analyst. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University where she graduated cum laude and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She is also a certified mega former instructor.

Stephan Kim

Stephan Kim

VP of Marketing

Stephan is a 1Y MBA majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Prior to Wharton, Stephan worked in energy and infrastructure private equity at BlackRock. He began his career in investment banking at Barclays in the Global Power & Utilities group. Stephan graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a major in Finance and a minor in Government. Stephan also holds a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education and is passionate about the food, consumer, and the hospitality industry.

Matthew Jewett

Matthew Jewett

Head of Alumni Engagement

Matt is a 2Y MBA. Prior to business school, he was a Private Equity Associate in GTCR’s Financial Services & Technology group. Before that, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Citigroup. Matt graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Economics.

Ashish Erasani

Ashish Erasani

VP of Alumni Engagement

Ashish is a 1Y MBA majoring in Finance. Prior to business school, Ashish worked at JPMorgan for five years, most recently as an Associate covering Hedge Funds within the Investment Banking Credit team. At Wharton, Ashish is a VP of Member Education in FinTech and an active member of the Hockey club. He is also the Vice Chair of the Dean’s Undergraduate Council at Lehigh Business School. Ashish received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University. In his free time Ashish enjoys scuba diving and watching F1.

Blake West

Blake West

Head of Social Engagement

Blake is a 2Y MBA Candidate at Wharton, majoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Finance. Last summer, he interned at Court Square Capital, a NYC-based private equity firm. Prior to Wharton, Blake was a Private Equity Associate at ICV Partners, where he focused on the healthcare and business services sectors. Before that, he worked in healthcare investment banking. At Wharton, Blake is the Co-President of the Black Investment Club and is an Admissions Fellow. Outside of school, Blake enjoys traveling and running, having completed the 2019 New York City Marathon. Blake is from Detroit, Michigan and attended Howard University for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Finance.

Brian Willis

Brian Willis

VP of Social Engagement

Brian is a 2Y MBA from Rutherford, NJ. Prior to Wharton, Brian was an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank and a senior associate on GTCR’s Growth Business Services team. This summer, he joined Personal Genome Diagnostics, a cancer diagnostics company recently acquired by Labcorp. Brian graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in Finance and Economics. Outside of work, you can find Brian cooking, watching a boxing match, or cheering on Notre Dame and Princeton’s football teams.

Connor Wasz

Connor Wasz

VP of Social Engagement

Connor is a 1Y MBA, majoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Finance. Prior to Wharton, Connor spent two years in investment banking at Wells Fargo focused on industrials in NYC, two years in middle market private equity investing at HIG Capital (generalist), and later two years in strategy/operations at an HIG portfolio company. Connor graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a double major in finance and entrepreneurship.

Tanvi Aggarwal

Tanvi Aggarwal

VP of Social Engagement

Tanvi is a first-year MBA at Wharton. Prior to business school, Tanvi was a Private Equity Associate at Warburg Pincus. Before that, she worked as a Banking Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Tanvi received a bachelor’s in commerce from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University. Tanvi is also a Chartered Accountant.

Chetan Panda

Chetan Panda

Head of Strategic Growth

Chetan is a 2Y MBA. Prior to that, he spent seven years managing mutual funds at Dimensional Fund Advisors and running the securities lending program. Additionally, Chetan ran for U.S. Congress in his home state of Texas. Chetan has worked with several campaigns and social impact organizations. He is currently working with the Urban League of Philadelphia, where he is helping them scale and launch a fund to make loans to entrepreneurs and homebuyers in underserved communities. Chetan graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S.F.S in International Economics. Chetan not only does not know how to ride a bike, he forgot how to ride a bike. The old saying “it’s like riding a bike” does not apply!

Kate Podzorova

Kate Podzorova

Head of Sponsorships

Kate is a 2Y majoring in Finance and Operations, Information and Decisions. Prior to Wharton, Kate worked as a finance and restructuring lawyer at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills focusing on debt structuring and distressed transactions and then as a management consultant at BCG including BCG’s dedicated PE commercial due diligence team. Kate completed her summer internship at PJT Partners’ Restructuring and Special Situations Group working on several out of court restructuring transactions. Kate has a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney in Australia. Kate loves going to live music shows and loves to sing – her parents actually met in a choir!

Jenny Chen

Jenny Chen

VP of Strategic Growth

Jenny is a 1Y at Wharton majoring in Management and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Prior to Wharton, she worked for 3 years as a growth equity investor at Great Hill Partners in Boston, focused on the digital commerce & software sectors. Prior to that, she worked in branded consumer M&A at Financo (now Raymond James) as an investment banking analyst. She was also an undergraduate at Wharton, where she majored in Finance and Marketing & Operations Management (she loved it so much that she came back!). In her free time, she loves to do pottery, play hockey (go bombs!), and spend time on the water.

Courtney Jacobson

Courtney Jacobson

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Courtney Jacobson is a 3rd year JD/MBA student. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Courtney earned her B.S. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a major in Business and a concentration in Information Systems. She also earned a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and is passionate about Agritech. Courtney previously served as the COO of the PE/VC club and is now the VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is excited to focus on fostering greater diversity and inclusion in the PE and VC industries. Outside of school, Courtney enjoys hiking and spending time with her 90lb bernedoodle, Finnegan.

Nicolette Groen

Nicolette Groen

VP of Diversity and Inclusion

Nicolette Groen is a 2Y MBA student from Houston, TX who is studying Finance and Strategic Management at Wharton. This past summer she interned with Vista Equity Partners in Austin, TX, and plans to rejoin the team there post-graduation. Prior to Wharton, she worked as a private equity associate at Compass Diversified, in Southern California. Prior to joining Compass, she worked in investment banking for three years with Citigroup, in Houston. Nicolette completed her undergraduate degree at Rice University.

Naomi Goez

Naomi Goez

Head of Environmental Sustainability

Naomi is a Business, Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (BEES) major with a BA in International Manufacturing and Product Development from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She came to Wharton committed to supporting founders who are addressing environmental and social sustainability issues through the lens of retail, consumer goods, and manufacturing. Naomi spent the summer at Alpaca, an early-stage VC fund in NYC, where she focused on the future of commerce enablement and supply chain transparency. Prior to Wharton she worked in the fashion industry in a supply chain capacity with a focus on circularity. Before matriculation, she also supported a pre-launch circular fashion startup called ClHu, developing a sustainability strategy and a go-to-market production plan. If you ever need coffee shop, workout class, or dog park recommendations, she’s your girl.

Megan McHale

Megan McHale

VP of Environmental Sustainability

Meg is a 1Y MBA, where she is double majoring in Finance and ESG Factors for Business. Prior to Wharton, she lived in New York City and worked at Strategy&, formerly Booz & Company, as well as Burnt Island Ventures, an early stage fund focused on the water sector. Meg majored in Political Science with a focus on global development at Yale University. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for nonprofits, watching Philadelphia Eagles football, developing her film photography, and baking gluten-free treats.

Arjun Raghuraman

Arjun Raghuraman

Head of Speakers

Arjun is a 2Y MBA student who is returning to EQT post-MBA, focused on investing in TMT/Digital Infrastructure. Prior to Wharton, he lived in Chicago and worked as an Associate at GTCR in their TMT group. He was born in India and grew up in New Jersey. He enjoys cooking in his spare time and playing tennis.

Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart

VP of Speakers

Andrew is a 2Y MBA. Prior to Wharton, Andrew served as a Private Equity Associate at Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco. Previously, he worked as an investment banker in the New York office of Credit Suisse. Andrew holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Staci Dawidowski

Staci Dawidowski

Head of Competitions and Conferences

Staci Dawidowski is a 1Y MBA majoring in Finance and Strategic Management. Prior to starting her MBA, Staci worked as a Private Equity Associate at Fulcrum Capital Partners based in Vancouver, Canada, evaluating new investment opportunities and managing portfolio company investments primarily in the media and retail space. Staci started her career working in Operations Consulting at PwC across Canada and the US. During her time at PwC, she specialized in business transformation, organizational design, and operational excellence across energy, utilities, financial services, and the public sector. Staci holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors in Accounting and Marketing from the University of British Columbia.

Faye Tang

Faye Teng

VP of Competitions and Conferences

Faye is a 1Y MBA student at Wharton pursuing majors in Finance and Management. Faye started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Jefferies, transitioned to a Private Equity Associate at Strattam Capital, and was most recently a Strategy Manager at ThoughtSpot. Faye received a triple degree in B.A. in French, B.A. in Economics, and B.S. in Business from U.C. Berkeley. She was a competitive swimmer and can be found at Barry’s Bootcamp every day of the week.

Sofia Dominguez

Sofia Dominguez

VP of Competitions and Conferences

Sofia is a 1Y MBA at Wharton, specializing in the intersection between Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. Prior to business school, she worked at Ocado Retail, a London-based technology start-up reinventing the online grocery experience, where she led strategic partnerships and product strategy during their transition post-pandemic. Sofia started her career in consulting, working with top-tier private equity firms to carve out and set up new consumer businesses across Europe, the Americas, and Asia Pacific. Sofia holds a B.Sc. in Economics from University College London (UCL) where she graduated with Honors. A problem-solver at heart, Sofia is fascinated by the founder mentality and enjoys working with founders at the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, analogue photography and brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

Eric Dober

Eric Dober

Head of PE Professional Development

Eric is a 2Y MBA. Prior to Wharton, he worked as Chief of Staff at Hornblower, the largest operator of passenger cruises in the US (Crestview Partners-backed). Previously, he worked as an Associate at Crestview Partners (generalist private equity) and an Analyst at Centerview Partners (M&A investment bank). He earned a BA in PPE (Philosophy, Political Science and Economics) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Leland Garrahan

Leland Garrahan

Head of PE Education

Leland is a 2Y MBA majoring in Finance and Healthcare Management. He spent the past summer interning at Thompson Street Capital Partners, a middle market buyout fund in St. Louis. Prior to Wharton, Leland worked in management consulting in DC and Boston.

Vivek Shah

Vivek Shah

VP of PE Education

Vivek is a 2Y MBA. Prior to Wharton, he was an Associate at Baring PE Asia’s India office covering technology and financial services. Before Baring, he worked at a growth fund again covering tech and financial services. For the summer, Vivek interned at an NYC-based Hedge Fund covering technology and internet across developed markets. He enjoys road trips and playing tennis and chess.

Michael To

Michael To

Head of International PE

Michael is a 2Y dual MBA / MA in international studies at Wharton and the Lauder Institute. He spent his summer at Citadel (Ashler Capital) in New York. Prior to Wharton, Michael was a senior private equity associate at Lone Star Funds investing out of London across Europe. He began his career in investment banking in TMT at Credit Suisse in London. Michael graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a double degree in Law and Business.

Lilian Lian

Lilian Lian

VP of International PE

Qinyi (Lilian) Lian is a 2Y MBA majoring in Finance and Operations. Last summer, she interned at Baring Private Equity Asia and Tencent Investment. Prior to Wharton, Lilian was a Vice President in the private equity group of Macquarie based in New York. Lilian began her career as an investment banking analyst at Macquarie Hong Kong office. Lilian graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a bachelor degree in Economics and Finance.

Varun Desai

Varun Desai

Head of PE Domestic Treks

Varun Desai is a 2Y MBA concentrating in Strategic Management and Business Analytics. This past summer, Varun interned at Trive Capital, a middle-market generalist Private Equity fund. Varun began his career in distressed credit, working as an Analyst at Houlihan Lokey in the Financial Restructuring Group and as an Associate at Invesco Credit Partners. Varun holds a BS in Economics from The Wharton School, and is an aspiring golfer.

Sarah Mironov

Sarah Mironov

VP of PE Domestic Treks

Sarah Mironov is a 1Y MBA majoring in Strategic Management. Prior to Wharton, Sarah was an associate on the healthcare team at Great Hill Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. Prior to Great Hill, Sarah worked at RBC Capital Markets as an investment banking analyst on the M&A team in New York. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business. In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling and taking road trips with friends and family.

Richard Quirke

Richard Quirke

Head of VC Professional Development

Richard is a 2Y MBA, and is passionate about identifying and partnering with early-stage companies to drive industry-transforming growth. He has deep expertise in the Health / Wellness, Technology and Consumer Product Industries. Richard is currently an Investor at Morpheus Ventures and is primarily focused on sourcing / analyzing new investments and helping Morpheus portfolio companies to achieve hyper-growth. Prior to attending Wharton, Richard was a Private Equity Intern at Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based investment firm, focused primarily on transaction support, thesis development and portfolio growth. Richard spent his first year at Wharton working with Venture Foragers to develop a robust investment thesis on the HealthTech sector, and he will be leading Venture Foragers this year. Richard is also one of the co-Presidents of Wharton Rugby and is a die-hard hog.

Naomi Chetrit Band

Naomi Chetrit Band

Head of VC Education

Naomi is a 2Y MBA student majoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She spent her summer in SF interning at Fin Capital, a fintech VC focused on B2B SaaS startups. Prior to Wharton, she worked as a Senior Consultant at EY-Parthenon in Israel, working closely with startups, entrepreneurs, and investing firms within the high-tech ecosystem. Before joining EY-Parthenon, she practiced law and then accounting, following which she became a Certified Lawyer and Certified Public Accountant. Naomi is an MBA fellow at Pear VC, a pre-seed/seed investing fund. She is also a Partner at Wharton Venture Partners, where she wrote her investment thesis on tokenizing real estate. Naomi is from Tel-Aviv Israel and holds a dual degree in Law (LL.B.) and Accounting (B.A.) from the Reichman University (IDC Herzliya). She is a Web3 enthusiast and enjoys cooking and baking her grandmothers’ Moroccan specialties.

Harjas Gulati

Harjas Gulati

VP of VC Education

Harjas was a part of the investment team at Accel in India from 2019 – 22 where he set up their sourcing engine and looked at both early and growth stage investments. He also helped consumer-tech portfolio companies with their product strategy and roadmaps during COVID. Prior to Accel, Harjas worked with Bain and focused on Telecom, Media, and Technology clients in India and US. He has an undergraduate degree in finance and investment from the University of Delhi, India. He is proud of the fact that he has begun to understand American Football. Harjas is a licensed scuba diver and loves to play and opine on anything cricket. In addition, he is secretly a nerd who loves to think about numbers, frameworks, and mental models.

Lambert Zhang

Lambert Zhang

Head of International VC

Lambert is a 1Y MBA, originally from Jiangsu, China. Prior to Wharton, Lambert built a rich experience working in growth equity, consulting, and startup companies. He founded his own EdTech startup in Sydney and managed this company for five years before going back to China to start his professional career. Lambert graduated from the University of Sydney in Australia and has a strong interest in the future of mobility-related topics. He is also a big fan of traveling and stand-up comedy.

Mile Sudarikova

Mila Sudarikova

Head of VC Domestic Treks

Mila is a 2Y MBA majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovations and OIDD. Prior to Wharton, Mila worked in management consulting (BCG, Strategy&) and the tech industry in Moscow. She was engaged in startup acquisition, launch of corporate and venture-backed startups, and led strategic development of a startup ecosystem in Foodtech and Mobility. During her career, Mila has been primarily focused on consumer-oriented digital products, such as food tech, fintech, logistics, and media. She spent her summer at TikTok in New York, working on optimizing sales of advertising products for small and medium businesses. Mila holds a BS and MS degrees in theoretical mathematics from Lomonosov MSU, she loves surfing, arthouse movies, and techno music.

Toluwase Oladapo

Toluwase Oladapo

VP of VC Domestic Treks

Toluwase is a 2Y MBA Student at Wharton. Toluwase is a Nigerian-American, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She studied Communications at Boston College for her undergraduate degree. Afterward, she worked as a Senior Producer and Account Manager in the Influencer Marketing industry. She is passionate about the creator economy and looks forward to the evolution of space. Fun Fact: She met Jennifer Lopez and was almost in one of her movies.