Oktay (Ege) Duran

Ege was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. As a Turkish national, who attended an Austrian High School before receiving his undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia, Ege cherishes his multicultural background and has been committed to help internationals with their transition to the life in US for the past 8 years. Ege has a background in Consulting and FinTech. Prior to coming to Marshall, Ege worked as a Senior Manager in GreenSky where he lead the loan allocation strategy to their bank partner portfolios and headed the quantitative aspects of due diligence process of GreenSky getting acquired by Goldman Sachs.

US Ambassador

Veronica Falzone

Veronica is an entrepreneur, born and raised in New York City, who attended Binghamton University. Growing up Veronica attended the only bilingual, bicultural Italian school in North America, La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi. After graduating, she worked in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) at Conductor, helping enterprise customers build out their SEO programs and execute on advanced strategies to grow their organic presence online. During that time, she led SEO efforts for a global billion-dollar company going through a large-scale international web migration. Upon moving to Los Angeles for business school, Veronica co-founded Thumbo, an innovative sports technology company. This summer she will be participating in the prestigious Blackstone Launchpad Fellowship Program. Outside of GISC, Veronica also serves as VP of Entrepreneurship for the Business of Entertainment Association (BEA). Having traveled to Sicily every summer during childhood, Veronica is also a native Italian speaker who loves to cook, travel, and binge-watch TV shows.

VP of Community

Anshruta Jain

Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Anshruta graduated with a business degree from the University of Delhi. She pursued contemporary dance with a professional studio as a trainer for 3 years along with her studies. After graduating, Anshruta worked as a consultant and program manager for 5 years at an education startup, guiding high school students with applications to undergraduate universities in the US and Canada. She spearheaded the creation of new service lines and developed customer acquisition strategies to scale the scope of the business. Throughout her career, Anshruta has fostered inclusion and growth through social initiatives. She continues to engender these values as the VP of Community for the Graduate International Students Club. In her spare time, Anshruta practices yoga, loves to cook and explores hidden spots in the city.

VP of Career Development

Nkem Ngowu

Nkem was born in Nigeria and spent his formative years there before moving to Kansas where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Emporia State University. After graduating, he spent a year in Chile as a teacher before eventually returning to Nigeria to work within the Government/Non-Profit sectors. While at school, Nkem desires to improve his leadership skills, gain practical knowledge about the various industries that influence the business sector as a whole and fully understand the mysterious world that is finance. Outside of GISC, Nkem also serves on the leadership boards of the Marshall Leadership Fellows Program (MLFP) and the Leadership and Organizations Club (L&O). This summer, Nkem will be interning at the Boston Consulting Group. When he isn’t at school, Nkem enjoys playing FIFA, reading, and visiting new places.

VP of Events

Nopparat (Memie) Monsintorn

Nopparat "Memie" Monsintorn grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and spent 6 years studying in Singapore before moving back to her hometown to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, where she had the opportunity to take a semester abroad at UC Berkeley in 2016. With these endeavors, Memie is well acquainted with life as an international student and the unique challenges and opportunities that come with being a global citizen. Memie has a background in entertainment, entrepreneurship, and strategic business development. 4 years as a freelance actress and signed artist in Thailand, while simultaneously founding and managing small businesses in cosmetics trade in SEA countries. Prior to her MBA, Memie took her executive position in her family business working in strategy, M&A deal-management, and finance. Outside of school, Memie enjoys working out, making music, music festivals, food adventures, and travel.

VP of Finance

Gabriela Carvalho

Born and raised in Brazil, Gabriela has a bachelor’s degree in economics and 7+ years of professional experience in finance, ranging from credit/risk analysis to M&A advisory. Before coming to business school, Gabriela was managing an equity research team in a top equity fund in Brazil. Currently pursuing her MBA at USC Marshall, Gabriela is aiming to further expand her business acumen, strategic thinking, and analytical skills. As a film and technology enthusiast, Gabriela is hoping to pivot her career into a finance strategic role with innovative firms at the intersection of entertainment and tech. Outside of GISC, she serves as the VP of Career Development for the Latino Management & Business Association (LMBA), VP of Finance for Marshall Net Impact (MNI) and for the Business of Entertainment Association. This summer, Gabriela will be interning in Roku’s Treasury department. Outside of school, Gabriela loves to go to movie theaters and live music festivals as well as traveling and exploring new restaurants.

VP of Marketing

Ruyi (Lucy) Gong

Originally from Shanghai, China, Lucy graduated from Penn State University, with a degree in Finance. Prior to Marshall, Lucy spent time at Roland Berger and Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, Lucy started her own business as the CMP for a shoe brand. This summer, she will be joining the Estée Lauder Company, Clinique global marketing team, as a product marketing intern. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and shopping, or looking for a new restaurant to try out.

VP of Technology

Hassan Hanif

Hassaan was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and has an undergraduate degree in Accounting & Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He has 4+ years of work experience with 2+ years as a Management Consultant at a renowned global consulting firm assisting multiple clients, while the rest ~2 years as a Sales Leadership executive. He is currently a rising MBA at Marshall with personal development goals of further strengthening his leadership abilities, growing his professional network, and taking on new experiences and adventures, both personal and professional. Outside of GISC, Hassaan is the President of Leadership & Organization Club while also serving on the boards of multiple other clubs including High-Tech Association, Marshall Outdoors Club and South Asian Business Association. Moreover, he is also a member of the Marshall Leadership Fellows Program (MLFP). Other than school, Hassaan loves to travel, explore new cities, go on hikes, and attend music festivals.