2017-2018 Silfen Leadership board of directors

 

Chair George Doble

George Doble is a second-year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school, George worked in London for the consulting firm Strategy&, focussing predominantly on the financial services industry. Additionally, he worked as a strategic advisor for the luxury fashion brand Olivia von Halle.  George holds a joint honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) from the University of Leeds.  LinkedIn


Director of Technology Prateek Jain

Prateek used to design airplanes at Gulfstream Aerospace before he joined the MBA class of 2018. Before that, he had the privilege of helping build the world’s first gas-electric hybrid airplane, a ‘Prius-of-the-skies’ for which Nasa sent the team a letter saying ‘congratulations on making history.’  Prateek is currently focused on leveraging his technology background in business, especially in the fields of artificial intelligence and clean energy. He led the BD efforts for a venture backed fuel-cell startup called Watt this summer. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. LinkedIn


Director of Logistics Sofia Z. Palacios

Sofia is a second-year MBA student focused on real estate finance and technology. Prior to business school, Sofia worked for five years as a structural engineering project manager specializing on fast track and historical restoration projects in Boston, MA. Sofia is a registered professional engineer and she holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with High Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Sofia also serves on the Real Estate Association Board and enjoys organizing trips to her hometown in Guatemala. LinkedIn


Director of Operations Monica Gorman

Monica Gorman is a second-year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School.  Upon graduation, she intends to pursue a career in investment banking.  Prior to business school, Monica worked in equity research covering biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies at Cantor Fitzgerald. Monica holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.S. from Georgetown University.  LinkedIn


Director of Outreach Donovan Hamlet

Donovan Hamlet is an MBA student at Columbia Business School, majoring in Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Donovan is currently working at JetBlue as an MBA Intern within JetBlue’s Fleet Strategy and Analysis team. In his current role, Donovan is developing a retirement strategy for JetBlue’s fleet as well as a 10-year international expansion strategy. Prior to business school, Donovan worked at BNY Mellon in various Strategy roles within their Investment Management and Investment Services units. Donovan’s financial services career began at the Williams Capital Group, L.P. where he was a Municipal finance associate.

Donovan is a graduate of the Tobin School of Business at St. John’s University where he received a B.S. in Finance. Donovan also serves as a board member for Red Hook Initiative. LinkedIn


Director of Marketing Amrinder Singh Chawla

Amrinder Singh Chawla is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to Columbia, Amrinder worked as a management consultant in San Francisco primarily focusing on new product launch strategies for biotech firms. For his summer internship, Amrinder worked at Amazon as a Sr. Product Manager in their Prime Video team. Post-graduation, Amrinder plans to either work in a product management/business strategy role with a data oriented tech firm or return back to management consulting. Amrinder completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and graduate studies in Management Science from University of Cambridge. LinkedIn


Director of Communications Francesca Sarrecchia

Francesca Sarrecchia is a second year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school, Francesca worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Europe. Upon graduation she is interested in continuing working for McKinsey & Company, serving clients across the globe on strategy related topics. Born in Italy, Francesca holds a Management Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano and is passionate about skiing and travelinging and traveling. LinkedIn