2009 Students

Deepak Aswani
Benjamin Barrington
Burgen Cherie Belltwan
Harlan S. Blynn
Jamie Cheston
Ryan Cole
Ravi Gorti
Ashley Grove
Michael Harrington
Michael Harkness
Shannon Higgins
Jaclyn K. Hood
Daniel Jackson
Uma Kakde
Kevin G. Knight
Jennifer X. Li
Ryan Legg
Kristen Lyons
Brian McMeekin
Lori McMahon
Cindra Maharaj
Keiko Nakamuri
Satoshi Nakamuri
Robert Nichols
Chrysoula M. Nigl
Kristin O'Planick
Sally Park
Philip Quebe
Troy Rovella
Himansu Sekhar Sahoo
Ussa Seang
Brooke Smith
Kim Susko
Ann Tracy
James Van Saun
Vishwesh Viswanathan
Jen Walvoord
Purenza Wu
Anumeha Yadav
Peter M. Zullo
Deepak Aswani
Deepak Aswani
MBA 2009 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2003 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2001 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Deepak Aswani has worked for seven years in research on clean diesel technology and hybrid electric vehicles at Ford Motor Company. For the past five years, he has been involved with the non-profit Asha for Education, which brings education to underprivileged children in India. As Detroit Chapter Coordinator and Alternative Education Project Steward, he helped organize fundraisers, develop operational strategies, and budget funds for project partners. Deepak's interests lie in bringing to market renewable energy for utilities, smart grids, and second-generation biofuels. With the SGE Immersion, he hopes to gain insight on the business and policy challenges that renewable energy faces today.

Benjamin Barrington
Benjamin Barrington
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.S. Ceramic Engineering, 2002 - Rutgers University

Benjamin comes to the CSGE with an interest in renewable energy and a desire to make a lasting impact on the way we power our lives and economy. He has spent the last six years in research and development for technology and medical device companies in the greater Boston area. He hopes to leverage this experience, in combination with entrepreneurial studies and SGE, to deliver new renewable technologies to market both in developed countries and at the BoP. Benjamin sees the SGE immersion projects as an "invaluable experience that pushes us to reach for true sustainability while addressing live business challenges." Over the summer, Benjamin worked for Antek Inc. as a business development associate where he authored a business plan for the company. He will continue to work for Antek in this academic year as an independent contractor.

Burgen Cherie Belltwan
Burgen Cherie Belltwan
CALS-Publ Pol Anal

Burgen is pursuing an MPS in Applied Economics, working on a number of projects using regression analysis to explore business opportunities. Before coming to Cornell, she held positions in retail and marketing, with intermittent periods of extensive independent travel. Burgen chose to join CSGE to gain experience integrating her quantitative skills with business analysis. She plans to use these skills to help private enterprises address the needs of the BoP.

Harlan S. Blynn
Harlan S. Blynn
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.S. Accounting, 2003 - The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University
Resume

Harlan enters the CSGE with a focus on entrepreneurship in redeveloping economies within the US. He has a keen interest in using environmentally and socially aware businesses to meet the growing needs of re-urbanization in America's cities. He joins the Johnson School with four years of experience managing the revenue forecasting and marketing analytics for Sprint Nextel and XM Satellite Radio. Harlan is an appointed Fellow for Johnson's Microcapital Fund, and directs the capital campaign for Cornell University's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition.

Jamie Cheston
Jamie Cheston
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University B.S. Human & Organizational Development, 2001 - Vanderbilt University

Jamie comes to the Johnson School after several years in the advertising industry, working for top agencies including TBWA\Chiat\Day and Deutsch LA. In his most recent role, he managed senior client relationships and production workflow for the $330MM Infiniti automotive account. Through coursework and an active role in the CSGE, Jamie seeks to prepare for a career rooted in the intersection of sustainability and marketing. He serves as the Local Marketing Chair on the 2009 Net Impact Conference Design Team and is the marketing representative for the SGE Club's Affinity Group Council. Jamie was a marketing intern with Johnson & Johnson's Consumer Healthcare division where he worked on projects encompassing traditional brand management and sustainability. He leaned heavily on lessons learned during the SGE Immersion, including the development of analytical frameworks and the ability to successfully manage projects through often ambiguous circumstances.

Ryan Cole
Ryan Cole
MBA, 2010- The Johnson School at Cornell University

Before enrolling in Cornell's MBA program, Ryan was an investment-banking associate in National City's Special Situations Group, analyzing and executing sell-side M&A and growth financing transactions. During his three-year tenure at National City, Ryan advised clients in the green chemicals, energy, and wind sectors. Ryan hopes to use his Johnson School MBA to promote environmentally conscious natural resource management through global cleantech investment by working for a firm that infuses private equity capital into alternative energy companies and related technologies. Ryan is president of Johnson's Energy Club and a co-president of Cornell's Private Equity Society. As a private equity associate for Kidd & Company, LLC, Ryan conducted research, created financial models, led due diligence on potential investments, and developed supporting analysis for investment proposals

Ravi Gorti
Ravi Gorti 
MBA Class of 2009 The Johnson School at Cornell University

Ravi Gorti has over five years of experience in the planning, design, and implementation of large-scale projects in the transportation engineering industry, in both the public and private sectors. His career goal is to work in the rural areas of India on transportation-related projects, and address prevalent transportation problems by using a combination of engineering concepts learned from his work experience in the U.S., and sustainable business solutions learned from the SGE Immersion.

Ashley Grove
Ashley Grove
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University B.A. Political Science and History, 2004 - Colgate University

Ashley comes to the Johnson School to complement her consulting experience with a refined understanding of how organizations can view environmental and social issues as business opportunities. She worked with Deloitte, where she helped clients address the people dimension of their business challenges, and is now pursuing opportunities in strategy consulting and the consumer products industry. Ashley serves as a member of the SGE Club Board, as the Sustainable Operations Affinity Group Lead, and as the Career Expo Lead on the 2010 Net Impact Conference Design Team. Ashley spent her summer interning for NativeEnergy, a carbon offset provider enabling organizations to reduce their climate impact. She worked in the marketing function refining the company's targeting strategy.

Michael Harrington
Michael Harrington
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
Resume

Michael's primary interest is clean-energy generation and use conservation. He came to Johnson to build an understanding of global sustainability issues and hone leadership and business skills through the Core, SGE Immersion, and CSGE. Before Johnson, Michael spent seven years as an architect, working on a variety of large and small commercial design and construction projects. In particular, Michael's work with FEMA on post-Katrina recovery projects, and involvement in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, exposed him to critical energy and environmental problems and the need for creative solutions. He plans to pursue private-sector opportunities in renewable energy project development. Michael is active in the SGE club as a leader of the Renewable Energy Affinity Group and serves as the Business Team Leader for Cornell's Solar Decathlon Competition project. As a graduate intern for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Michael helped manage a Federal agency taskforce to develop federal policy recommendations on energy efficiency. He also represented CEQ at conferences and met with various sustainability, renewable energy, and energy efficiency industry groups.

Michael Harkness
Michael Harkness
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.S. Physics, Mathematics, and History, 2001 - University of South Dakota
Resume

Before entering business school, Michael spent thirteen years in management and analytical positions in high tech. His experience includes operations, project management, strategy, and managing large teams. Michael is interested in a career in renewable energy where he can make use of both his scientific expertise and business acumen. He is VP of Education for the Energy Club, and he is active in the renewable energy group, including working as the budget leader for the Solar Decathlon competition.

Shannon Higgins
Shannon Higgins
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.S Civil and Environmental Engineering - Bucknell University 2002
Resume

Shannon's professional background includes four years working as an environmental engineer in the design and construction of public water systems, and two years working as an English teacher for Chinese university students in Jiangsu, China. At the Johnson School, she aims to build a career promoting business solutions to infrastructure needs in emerging markets. Specifically, at the CSGE, Shannon is focusing on clean tech at the BoP, and hopes to consult for small- and medium-sized entrepreneurs working on infrastructure needs. She is active with the Sustainable Global Enterprise Club and the Social Enterprise and Microfinance Club.

Jaclyn K. Hood
Jaclyn K. Hood
MBA Class of 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
Resume

Jaclyn's professional experience is in the financial services industry. Her work at Fidelity Investments and Hewitt Associates focused on project management, system development, and quality assurance, and she intends to apply these skills to a career in the renewable energy industry. Jaclyn served as the Logistics Chair for the 2009 Net Impact Conference. Jaclyn spent her summer as an MBA intern in the Field Services department of EnerNOC, where she identified cost-saving opportunities and efficiencies in their field service delivery model.

Daniel Jackson
Daniel Jackson
MPA 2009 - Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University
B.A. International Studies: Political Science, 2005 - University of California San Diego

Daniel is pursuing his MPA with a focus in finance and fiscal policy in international development. Before attending Cornell, he spent two years volunteering with the International Rescue Committee teaching English as a second language to recently arrived refugees, and recently worked with UNICEF writing a case study evaluating maternal/child health interventions in Rajasthan, India. Daniel joins the Immersion class with the hope of broadening his sustainable development perspective through the lens of the private sector. Shannon interned for Mercy Corps as a financial analyst with the Planning and Analysis Department of Kompanion Financial Group in Kyrgyzstan. She worked with the management team to enhance their processes and quality of work by developing methodologies for financial performance assessment reports and analyzing the feasibility of implementing a mobile banking system.

Uma Kakde
Uma Kakde
MBA 2010, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
B.A. 2001 International Relations, New York University

Uma comes to the Johnson School after spending most of her professional career working with global private and public sector organizations in Africa and East Asia. She has a deep interest in the cleantech industry and has engaged several renewable energy management initiatives in her previous experience in asset management, consulting, and business development. At the CSGE, Uma will focus on renewable energy, particularly on the financing and business development aspects. She also participates in the Entrepreneurship and Private Equity Immersion, concentrating in venture capital.

Kevin G. Knight
Kevin G. Knight
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
M.S. Earth & Environmental Engineering, 2008 - Columbia University
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2002 - University of Notre Dame

Before coming to the Johnson School, Kevin worked for two years as a Mechanical Engineer with Westinghouse Electric in their Nuclear Service Division, and then spent the past four years as a Consultant with Duff & Phelps, LLC in their Valuations Advisory Services practice. During this time he pursued a Masters degree focusing on Sustainable Energy. He came to the CSGE to further his interests in sustainable energy systems from a strategy, finance, and operations perspective. Kevin is active within CSGE as a board member of the Renewable Energy Affinity Group. After earning his MBA, Kevin wants a career in business development within the renewable energy industry.

Jennifer X. Li
Jennifer X. Li
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.S. Business Administration / B.A. Cognitive Science, 2002 - University of California, Berkeley
Resume

Before business school, Jennifer worked as an accounting services consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has four years of experience in the Silicon Valley and London offices of KPMG providing audit services to clients in the high-tech industry. She is a licensed CPA in the State of California. At CSGE, Jennifer focuses on the intersection of strategic business planning, technology, and emerging markets. In particular, she would like to leverage her past experience to explore the use of technology in creating sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships between growing economies and high tech companies. As a Center fellow, Jennifer traveled to Ecuador to work with the Yachana Foundation, where she developed a strategic plan for the foundation. Additionally, she co-authored a case study which was used at the National Net Impact Conference to illustrate the opportunities and challenges faced by the organization.

Ryan Legg
Ryan Legg
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University

Ryan comes to the Johnson School with an interest in entrepreneurship and the clean technology industry. He worked as a program manager at the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise to build programs to help companies assess and capitalize on new market opportunities in renewable energy. His experience includes providing recommendations for investment in biomass energy, and a competitive analysis of the carbon markets for emissions certification and trading. Ryan was the Chair of the 2009 Net Impact Conference, and is active in the Renewable Energy Affinity Group. Ryan spent his summer as a Renewable Energy Leadership Program intern with GE. There, he worked with Wind Services and Parts teams to optimize customer interactions and improve delivery of wind parts to operating wind farms throughout North America.

Kristen Lyons
Kristen Lyons
MBA 2010, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Resume

Kristen was a daily newspaper reporter before coming to Cornell, covering issues such as teacher development and the achievement gap in urban education. She also worked for a multinational health care company, focusing on businesses' use of innovative approaches to make health care more affordable and accessible for their employees. Through her work with the CSGE, Kristen hopes to explore the intersection of organizations' business opportunities and social responsibilities regarding children and education. Through the MBA internship program at Hasbro, Kristen spent her summer analyzing factors influencing the success of various toy brands and making recommendations for adjustments to marketing strategy.

Brian McMeekin
Brian McMeekin
B.S. Hotel Administration, 2002-Cornell University
MBA 2010- The Johnson School at Cornell University
Resume

Brian spent the last three years working in supply chain with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., where he developed global sourcing skills and led a team of six buyers. Brian wants to build on that experience and move into business development for companies that are working on solutions to the world's major issues related to potable water and food production. As a strategy and business development intern for the American Governor Company, Brian developed the company's five year strategic plan, mission and vision statements, existing operations, and HR policies. He also developed an assessment tool for the company's existing business strategy.

Lori McMahon
Lori McMahon
MBA 2010, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
Resume

Lori spent the past seven years working in supply-chain consulting and best-practice research for PRTM and the Corporate Executive Board. Through her client work with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, and extensive global travel, she recognizes the importance of placing emphasis on sustainable business development. Lori came to the Johnson School to develop her skills in general management, marketing, and strategy, and plans to leverage the knowledge and skills from the SGE Immersion to develop a management philosophy on environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Lori spent her summer as an intern in the Consumer & Office division for 3M Company. There, she developed a three-year growth strategy for Command™ Picture Hanging Strips. The end deliverable was an integrated marketing plan including budget and implementation timeline to drive the forecasted growth.

Cindra Maharaj
Cindra Maharaj
MBA Class of 2010 The Johnson School at Cornell University
Resume

Before attending the Johnson School, Cindra worked at Morgan Stanley in the Corporate Treasury department, where she designed and implemented a contingency-funding plan to better account for required and contingent cash flows in liquidity-distressed environments, and a liquidity tool to determine the amount of cash the firm should carry on a daily basis. At the CGSE, Cindra is focusing on the role of private sector/public sector partnerships and entrepreneurship in international development in emerging markets, particularly the Caribbean and Latin America. She plans to leverage her experience in finance analysis and her deep interest in sustainability to improve the economic means of small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Keiko Nakamuri
Keiko Nakamura 
MPA 2010 - Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University
B.A French Literature, 1999 - Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan

While a Public Administration student, with a concentration in international development and microfinance, Keiko decided to join the SGE Immersion at the Johnson School to pursue an interest in the dynamics of collaborative roles in private and public sector in economic development. She came to Cornell because of her passion in international development, which was ignited when she visited Thailand after graduation from college. Keiko worked for five years as a team leader in the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ's foreign-exchange group, in Tokyo, Japan, dealing with foreign-exchange transactions and customer relationships. Keiko spent her summer in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda with the Catholic Relief Services' project "Great Lake Cassava Initiatives (GLCI)," a capacity building program for low-income smallholder farmers. In this role, she organized workshops for field agents and collaborated with field agents to adapt the farmers' training materials.

Satoshi Nakamuri
Satoshi Nakamura 
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.A. Economics, 1998 - Tokyo University

During the three years before coming to the Johnson School, Satoshi worked for a Japanese bank's New York City office, managing a distressed-asset department. His responsibilities included providing effective management on high-leveraged portfolios, presenting asset-protection strategies to executive members in New York and Tokyo, and devising exit strategies for non-performing loans. Satoshi is sponsored by the bank, and his career vision is to improve its global footprint by incorporating the concept of sustainability into its overseas operations. As an essential part of achieving his career vision, Satoshi is focusing his SGE immersion on acquiring BoP and inclusive business concepts. Satoshi was a strategist with IJK, a Delhi-based start-up consulting company, where he analyzed local markets, competitive fundamentals, and developed a growth strategy for the company. He also promoted IJK's social values to local Japanese communities and conducted business training for Indian youths to aid in job placement with Japanese companies.

Robert Nichols
Robert Nichols
MBA, 2010- The Johnson School at Cornell University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2003- Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Bachelor of Arts, 1997- Hamilton College
Resume

Robert earned his veterinary degree in 2003 and practiced small-animal medicine and surgery in Los Angeles and Lake Tahoe. In late 2005, he moved to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the American Veterinary Medical Association's small-business, education, and appropriations issues. He intends to use both his MBA and his SGE experience to make responsible decisions as a business leader. As a finance intern at SC Johnson, Robert analyzed the Income Statement impact of price optimization, inventory exposure, supply chain logistics, and competitor behavior.

Chrysoula M. Nigl
Chrysoula M. Nigl
MBA Class of 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University

Chrysoula spent the last five years working as a chemical engineer and project manager on nuclear waste clean-up projects. She comes to the Johnson School to further develop her understanding of innovative business opportunities within the sustainability umbrella. Chrysoula is currently the Operations Officer for the Sustainable Global Enterprise Club. Chrysoula plans to leverage her previous experience in the energy industry to pursue a career in renewable energy. Chrysoula worked for SC Johnson as both a summer finance and sustainability intern. In her corporate finance role she optimized brand promotions through financial modeling while her sustainability project was a continuation of the company's social enterprise project in Kenya.

Kristin O'Planick
Kristin O'Planick
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.A. Art History/Studio Art/Women's Studies, 2000 - University of Maryland
Resume

Kristin has a professional background in international development with experience in both Africa and the Middle East across a variety of technical areas including food security, agribusiness, rural finance, and sustainable tourism. She managed USAID projects for Chemonics International where she built expertise in gender integration, and later she was posted in Egypt as an Operations Manager. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea. Kristin is focused on the intersections of business and development and hopes to work with the private sector to engage the BoP in a mutually beneficial and sustainable way. Kristin has a special interest in agribusiness and tourism as drivers of economic development. At Johnson she is Chair of the Social Enterprise and Microfinance Club. As an intern through the National Park's Business Plan Internship program, Kirstin conducted an organizational analysis of the Southeast Utah Group, worked with the parks' management to develop a mid-term strategy, and developed a plan for optimization and sustainable financing recommendations.

Sally Park
Sally Park
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.Arch 2002 - Cornell University
Resume

Before coming to the Johnson School, Sally worked as an architect designing residential and institutional projects in New York City. Her interest in international development brought her to Tanzania, where she designed an elementary school and staff housing. Additionally, Sally co-founded and managed a consulting firm specializing in corporate marketing strategy and creative content services for retail and consumer product industries. At the CSGE, Sally is focusing on international development through innovative private sector initiatives to create mutually beneficial opportunities for businesses and the developing world.

Philip Quebe
Philip Quebe
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.S. Construction Management 2008 - Brigham Young University
Resume

At the age of 19, Philip decided to pack up his life and head down to Chile where he learned to speak Spanish and worked as a volunteer missionary for the next two years. Having learned much from the people of Chile, he returned to the United States where he became interested in architecture and construction and ultimately ended up studying construction management, a discipline which is a blend of both engineering and practical business. While working in the commercial construction industry, Philip began to get involved in sustainability when he volunteered to be the team lead for the company's first LEED Platinum project. The experience opened his eyes to the importance of sustainability, not just in construction, but in all facets of life and business. Philip is now working to gain a broad base of knowledge about the crossroads of sustainability and the economy, with the ultimate goal of helping businesses recognize and own their externalities. As a strategic operations intern with Avalon Homes, Philip standardized company practices and created systems to share information across company divisions. He also developed the firm's organizational structure, formal job descriptions, and project management systems.

Troy Rovella
Troy Rovella
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.S. Human and Organizational Development, 2007 - Vanderbilt University

Before entering the Johnson School, Troy Rovella was a founding partner in a start-up durable medical equipment company serving the needs of an aging population in Florida. Troy plans to integrate his entrepreneurial experience in healthcare with a more global perspective and work in the field of energy production. During his immersion, Troy will focus on how corporate perceptions of environmental and social sustainability differ according to regional economic constraints. Troy intends to pursue a career with a multinational corporation working in the energy industry and serving the emerging markets.

Himansu Sekhar Sahoo
Himansu Sekhar Sahoo
CALS - International Development Cornell University

Before coming to Cornell, Himansu worked in India for some of the most underprivileged sections of the society, where the living standards in some places are worse than in Sub-Saharan Africa. He worked in economic development for this bottom of pyramid population, helping them set up small-scale rural enterprises and also trying to link them to higher-order markets where they had very limited access. He faced various problems in setting up suitable enterprise for this BoP population, including the lack of clear understanding of how to start and sustain their enterprises. Himansu felt the need for in-depth knowledge on various policy and regulatory matters, public-private partnership issues, low-cost technologies and their availability, and organizational management, recognizing that proper understanding of entrepreneurship and organizational management will have great value in India, an emerging market having a sufficient flow of FDI for even medium- and small-scale industries.

Himansu hopes that the Sustainable Global Enterprise course will provide him the knowledge and skills to benefit people both here and when he returns to India. It will give him pleasure to help his countrymen come out of abject poverty and, in the process, do something meaningful for society.

Ussa Seang
Ussa Seang
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
Resume

Working with different stakeholders (rural populations, government officials and other non-governmental agencies) in the educational non-profit sector in Southeast Asia for the past four years made Ussa aware of the role of the private sector in providing development opportunities for a population marginalized and excluded from the economic growth of the region. That spurred his decision to come to the Johnson School, where he is learning about the Bottom of Pyramid Protocol, as well as closed-loop supply chain (because one cannot expect to achieve development in the long term by abusing and harming environment in the short run). Ussa would like to help businesses implement services and product destined for the BoP market.

Brooke Smith
Brooke Smith
MBA 2010 - Johnson School at Cornell University
BS 2005 - Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Before coming to the Johnson School, Brooke was in resort development for two years before transitioning to real estate investment operations, and worked on economic development initiatives and green building projects in both roles. At the CSGE, Brooke is focusing on how innovation within the hospitality industry can address global social, economic, and environmental issues. At Johnson, she is the affinity group leader for NetImpact - Sustainable Hospitality. Brooke's career goal is to use hotel development and operations to stimulate economic development in emerging markets, while at the same time guaranteeing the sustainability of these approaches. Brooke was an ECLP Sales Associate at GE Capital – Corporate Lending where she performed company, industry, and financial analyses. She also created a web-based strategy to strengthen their B2B marketing platform, and developed and executed a client acquisition strategy.

Kim Susko
Kim Susko 
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.A. Russian, Math, 2001 - Duke University
Resume

Before attending the Johnson School, Kim spent two years playing field hockey for the US National Team and coaching field hockey at Wellesley College. After moving on from field hockey, she worked as an Application Engineer for a software company specializing in web-based business banking software. Kim chose the Johnson School for the opportunity to study the role of business in eliminating poverty throughout the world through mutually beneficial opportunity creation. Kim interned with Coaches Calling, a startup website targeting college coaches and high school athletes to connect online, where she developed the strategic direction for the company.

Ann Tracy
Ann Tracy
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
B.A. Urban Studies, 2004 - The University of Pennsylvania
Resume

Ann worked as a change management consultant for Accenture, focusing on strategy and system implementation projects within the financial services and high-tech industries. A strong interest in the intersection of sustainability and the private sector brought Ann to the Johnson School, where she hopes to develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to move into the renewable energy field. Ann is active in the CSGE and was selected to serve as Curriculum Chair for the National Net Impact Conference which will be held at the Johnson School in November 2009. Ann was a marketing intern with EnerNOC, a total energy management company based in Boston. She explored new channels through which EnerNOC could attract more customers as well as evaluated and improved the company's online presence.

James Van Saun
James Van Saun
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
Resume

Before coming to the Johnson School, James worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he was involved in logistics and operations analysis and planning for the United States Postal Service's Biohazard Detection System program. His efforts primarily focused in the forecasting and provisioning of spare parts, as well as oversight of the program's repair cycle. James plans to come away from the SGE immersion with an understanding of how his experience in business-process efficiency can prepare him to take on the challenges and opportunities associated with the intersection of business and sustainability.

Vishwesh Viswanathan
MRP 2009 - Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University
Bachelor of Architecture 2003 - Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design at Sardar Patel University

Before coming to Cornell, Vishwesh was an architect and urban designer for five years in New Delhi, India. He has been involved in the preparation of redevelopment plans for urban areas in different parts of India, including the Jama Masjid Precinct in Delhi's historic city of Shahjahanabad. Vishwesh intends to use the SGE Immersion to look at ways of improving the delivery of essential services and housing to urban poor in developing countries.

Jen Walvoord
Jen Walvoord
BA Business Administration/French, 2003 - Anderson University

Jen comes to the CSGE with a background in business development and marketing strategy. Jen served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, where she advised entrepreneurs, NGOs and local government on strategic planning and effective business practices. She then joined a boutique apparel designer in Seattle, WA, where she managed the company's wholesale division and implemented a marketing strategy that increased sales by 45 percent. At the CSGE, Jen is focusing on the development of private-sector initiatives that create value for shareholders while driving economic growth in developing nations. Jen serves as the Director of External Communications for the Social Enterprise and Microfinance club. Jen interned in brand management at SC Johnson where she completed three projects related to company sustainability initiatives including a market research study on natural products, a competitive analysis of environmental cleaners, and a communication plan to articulate SC Johnson's sustainable sourcing initiatives to consumers.

Purenza Wu
Purenza Wu
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
M.S. Environmental Engineering Science, 2004 - Stanford University
B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2002 - University of California at Berkeley

Purenza joins CSGE as an environmental engineer with consulting experience in municipal water, wastewater and storm-water systems. She came to the Johnson School to study how corporations can address the world's most pressing environmental and social issues through innovative business strategies. She is particularly interested in product development, operations management, and clean technology. Purenza hopes to complement her engineering background with business training to develop environmentally sound strategies that will result in more sustainable lifestyles. Purenza spent her summer as a Sustainable Development Intern at Bayer Corporation's Office of the President where she worked on projects that support Bayer's overarching goal to be a leader in sustainable development.

Anumeha Yadav
Anumeha Yadav 
MPA Candidate 2009, International Development Policy, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
Masters of Public Administration 2009 - Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University
Post Graduate Diploma in Print Journalism 2005 - Asian College of Journalism B.A. History 2003 - Delhi University

Anumeha is pursuing an MPA focusing in international development. Before coming to Cornell, she worked for The Indian Express, an Indian national daily, reporting on environmental and agricultural issues for two years in Delhi and Mumbai. Most recently, she interned in Kathmandu with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank group, where she scoped out a project to promote access to finance in Nepal and outlined investment and advisory services initiatives for IFC to strengthen retail and wholesale microfinance organizations serving over 400, 000 borrowers in rural Nepal. In the Immersion, she hopes to gain perspective and experience in how the private sector can be a partner for creating developmental opportunities in developing economies.

Peter M. Zullo
Peter M. Zullo
MBA 2010 - The Johnson School at Cornell University
M.S. Computational Biology, 2005 - Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. Biological Sciences, 2004 - Carnegie Mellon University
Resume

Peter consulted pharmaceutical clients on their drug discovery practices for three years before coming to The Johnson School. Peter came to the JGSM to complement and apply his scientific background to business modeling, management, and leadership, and his studies at CSGE coalesce strategy, social sustainability, and medicinal innovation. Encouraged by the entrepreneurial and sustainable resources of the school, Peter hopes to realize his goal of delivering global health solutions to the unmet public sector through private enterprise. Peter worked in the Technology Transfer division of the Laboratory. He worked with business ideas or companies at various stages of maturation on projects related to medical therapies, information security, and economic development.