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The Thunderbird SHARE Fellowship is an original and proven scholarship / mentorship program and supportive community for exceptional Thunderbird students from developing countries.  

The goal of the program is to give promising talent the opportunity to take control of their future – and the future of their home regions – with an education from Thunderbird. At the same time, they bring their insight, cultural experiences and broad worldview to the school, enriching the student experience and the Thunderbird community through their unique perspectives. 

SHARE’s scholarships

Funded by alumni and friends of Thunderbird, SHARE ensures full tuition and expense money so its Fellows can participate fully in campus life, take advantage of unpaid internships, and attend optional academic programs. It truly levels the playing field - Fellows collaborate and compete on equal footing with economically privileged classmates.

“I’m getting a world class education, thank you for giving me this priceless opportunity.  SHARE has inspired me!” 
-Yazeed Ettaib ‘16, Libya

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“These are fantastic students, the mentoring aspect is hugely rewarding, and through the dedicated efforts of program director Maria Houle Soldatos the program is solid.”

— David Young ’91, SHARE co-founder, donor and mentor

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Special thanks

The SHARE Fellowship is backed by key supporters from multiple fields, representing a variety of professional backgrounds, nationalities and countries of residence. The following individuals and organizations have provided the SHARE Fellowship with more than $50,000 each:

  • Marshall '77 and Veronique Parke
  • Mike Halvorson '77
  • Raymundo Yu '81
  • David Young '91
  • Dick and Betsy DeVos
  • Brian O'Neill
  • Tim Meyer '70
  • Ken Lambert '77
  • Tom Malone '80
  • Brian O'Neill '76
  • Bob Dudley '79
  • Susan Stevens '73
  • The Kearny Alliance
  • Harry Cockrell '73
  • Kathryn Lindquist '84 and Terry Newendorp
  • Barbara and Craig Barrett
  • Thunderbird Global Council 2011
  • Thunderbird Global Council 2012

Mentor

The SHARE mentor pool consists of professionals who are available for a variety of roles. The time commitment varies from a few minutes to an ongoing mentoring relationship, depending on the needs and interests of the mentors and Fellows.

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Hire a SHARE Fellow for an internship or special project adds professional, enthusiastic talent to your organization. Stipends may be available from SHARE to defray their travel or lodging costs.

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SHARE is always interested in exceptional candidates from developing countries.  The first step for applicants is to contact Thunderbird Admissions to determine eligibility.   

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Contact SHARE

To learn more about the SHARE Fellowship, contact Program Director Maria Houle '87 at maria@mariahoule.com.

Learn more about Thunderbird degrees, or contact Admissions at admissions.tbird@asu.edu, +1 602 978-7100 or 1 800 457-6966.

About SHARE

SHARE’s story  

In 2007 alumnus Marshall Parke ’77 began developing a plan to provide scholarships for students from developing countries who might otherwise not have the resources to attend Thunderbird. Parke's experience working in developing countries taught him that a degree is only half the battle. These students needed access to strong networks and professional mentoring as well. The idea was simple but compelling: to provide the same sort of support one would provide a family member, but to focus that attention on exceptional students from developing countries.

In response to these needs he founded the Thunderbird SHARE Fellowship an alumni-funded scholarship/mentorship program for students from emerging and developing countries. Since awarding its first scholarships in 2008, the program has attracted over forty alumni contributors and countless mentoring volunteers.

“It has been fantastic to watch the students’ careers as they have gone back out and taken on new roles all over the world. They are doing exactly what we hoped they would do.” 
- Marshall Parke ’77, Founder

SHARE’s scholarship component 

Funded by alumni and friends of Thunderbird, SHARE ensures full tuition and expense money so its Fellows can participate fully in campus life, take advantage of unpaid internships, and attend optional academic programs. It truly levels the playing field - Fellows collaborate and compete on equal footing with economically privileged classmates.

“I’m getting a world class education, thank you for giving me this priceless opportunity.  SHARE has inspired me!”  
-Yazeed Ettaib ‘16, Libya

SHARE’s unique mentoring model

SHARE Fellows receive full-tuition scholarships to study at Thunderbird, but the program is about more than money. Fellows also receive access to coaching and a global network of mentors, who work one-on-one with the Fellows to help them obtain internships and full-time employment upon graduation. 

SHARE is unlike traditional mentor programs.  SHARE's unique offerings include individualized training, goal setting, tutoring, mentoring and high-level introductions from multiple experts and senior executives.  Unlike traditional mentorship programs, Fellows are taught business communication skills and networking techniques, then are given introductions so they can build their professional networks and develop their own mentoring relationships – skills which last a lifetime.  SHARE Fellows graduate with developed networks of executive mentors in their industries or geographies.

“As great and essential the financial component of SHARE was, the experience would not be complete without the mentorship/guidance component, which truly sets this program apart from any other scholarship.”
- Mohamed Vall Mohamed ’16, Mauritania

SHARE’s mentors

The program’s success depends on professionals who volunteer their personal time to guide individual SHARE Fellows.  Mentors choose their own commitment level, providing multiple opportunities for alumni engagement, such as a 20-minute chat about an industry or company, a resume review, or administering a mock interview. 

“These are fantastic students, the mentoring aspect is hugely rewarding, and through the dedicated efforts of program director Maria Houle the program is solid.”
-David Young ’91, SHARE co-founder, donor and mentor

SHARE’s impact on the alumni community

Dozens of alumni have supported SHARE. There are many ways to participate:  Donating financially, mentoring, referring candidates, offering jobs or internships.    A typical SHARE Fellow interacts with at least 10 alumni, and graduates as a fully integrated and connected member of the alumni community. SHARE graduates stay in touch, and give back immediately to the school by mentoring others and eventually contributing financially.

“I am very grateful to you and proud to be a SHARE Fellow. I also wanted to reaffirm my commitment to actively participate in the SHARE program post-graduation both as a mentor and donor.”
-David Grimaud ’13, Benin/Togo

SHARE’s funding

Funded primarily by alumni pledges, the SHARE Fellowship ensures full tuition for at least 10 students per year. To reach the program’s goals, core financial sponsors are asked to contribute $10,000/year for five years or more, although contributions of all sizes make a difference.  As of Fall 2017, more than $5 million has been committed.

Individuals and alumni groups such as local chapters or class years, are encouraged to participate, as well as any professionals with an interest in Thunderbird. SHARE also welcomes corporate and foundation participation.

A dedicated gift from founders Marshall and Veronique Parke covers the program’s operational costs, so all other contributions are fully applied to tuition and basic student expenses. Donations are managed by the school and are U.S. tax-deductible.

“This is not a modest, ‘feel-good’ program.  We are asking alumni and others to make a serious commitment to share their success, both financially and personally. We each have our own way of giving.”
-Marshall Parke ’77, Founder

SHARE’s impact on campus

Each year SHARE selects up to eight new Fellows.  SHARE’s offerings attract students from underrepresented regions who would not be able to attend Thunderbird otherwise, enhancing and enlarging the Thunderbird experience for other students.   SHARE Fellows are typically leaders on campus with high levels of participation in campus activities and events.

“SHARE made me realize that how valuable and important sharing is. Sharing experience, insights, knowledge, and happiness to others means a lot to me and the people around me. SHARE truly changed my mindset, and I believe I will benefit from it for the rest of my life.”
-Eric Zihao Wang ’14, China

SHARE’s success

Impressively, SHARE graduates have already started to give back to the program by contributing financially, by offering access to their own professional networks, and by recruiting promising new students.  One of SHARE’s greatest successes is that the Fellows have formed their own community and continue to support each others’ careers over time.

“One success factor of the SHARE Fellowship is the peer support system. Graduated and successful SHARE Fellows come back to help current students excel in their career progression.”
-Vi Braun ’14, Vietnam

SHARE’s Leadership

SHARE is overseen by an Executive Committee of dedicated senior alumni who set the vision for the program and provide generous financial support.  Additionally, committee members extend their wide personal networks to the Fellows and offer valuable career advice. Together with the Program Director they provide SHARE’s leadership.

  • Marshall Parke ’77 (SHARE Founder), Managing Partner, Lexington Partners
  • David Young ’91, Founder, Young & Associates, Ltd. – Global Brand Strategists
  • Kathryn Lindquist ‘84, Principal, Taylor-DeJongh (retired)
  • Kim Wiehl ‘80, Executive Vice President, Wiehl Properties
  • Susan Stevens ‘73, Managing Director, Corporate Banking – JP Morgan Chase (retired)
  • Maria Houle ’87 (SHARE Fellowship Program Director)
"SHARE shaped me in many ways, but the most profound influence was to learn from SHARE Mentors how they lead their careers and personal lives as leaders who always give back to the community and support talent development."
-Nghia (Vince) Vu ’16, Vietnam

Our Goal

The goal of the SHARE Fellowship is to give high-potential students from developing markets the opportunity to take control of their future — and shape the future of their home countries — with a graduate degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management. SHARE Fellows also enrich the student experience for their classmates by bringing insights, experiences and worldviews from diverse locations. 

Since its inception, the SHARE Fellowship has funded scholarships for students from Algeria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. These recipients have professional backgrounds in engineering, agribusiness, accounting, marketing, finance, academia and nonprofit. All SHARE Fellows have outstanding academic records. Many are Fulbright scholars, and many volunteer in their communities.





Share Fellowship group photo








“I feel like I belong to something special. The SHARE mentors are committed to make you successful, and I am grateful to be part of this.”


— Raouf Chebri ’15
SHARE Fellow from Algeria



“It has been fantastic to watch the students’ careers as they have gone back out and taken on new roles all over the world. They are doing exactly what we hoped they would do.”


— Marshall Parke ’77
Thunderbird Trustee and SHARE Fellowship founder




Contact SHARE

To learn more about the SHARE Fellowship, contact Program Director Maria Houle '87 at maria@mariahoule.com.

Learn more about Thunderbird degrees, or contact Admissions at admissions.tbird@asu.edu, +1 602 978-7100 or 1 800 457-6966.


Meet our SHARE Fellows

SHARE’s Fellows

Since inception, the SHARE Fellowship Program has funded 53 scholarships for students from 29 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. These recipients come from a wide range of professional backgrounds including technology, the nonprofit world, engineering, banking, agriculture, accounting, government, marketing, and academia. Seven recipients have been Fulbright scholars, and all have had outstanding academic records and a history of community involvement.

“My goal when I applied to Thunderbird was to have an international career and through business be able to create more prosperity. When I look at my experiences of the last 5 years it has totally surpassed my expectations. Can’t wait to see what comes ahead, cause now my dreams only get bigger and bigger.”
-Maria Teresa Morazon ’12, Honduras

 

Han Zhang

China

MGM ‘18

Han Zhang

Originally from Beijing, China, Han Zhang graduated with a degree in Business from the Fox School of Business at Temple University where he focused on marketing and entrepreneurship. He is the founder of a growing e-commerce business specializing in technology resale and looks forward to growing businesses while empowering others in their own success.

 

Lemmy Gitahi

Kenya

MGM ‘18

Lemmy Gitahi

While earning BS in Forensic Technology at Grand Canyon University in Arizona, Lemmy Gitahi minored in Entrepreneurship and became a licensed real estate agent and partnered with an investor to develop properties while still a student.  In his home country of Kenya he worked as an operations manager in a building construction firm, and aspires to continue his career in real estate development.

 

Annie Wambita Okanye

Kenya

MGM ‘18

East Africa Alumni Scholar

Annie Wambita Okanye

With a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi, Annie Wambita started her career as the editor of a large teen magazine, transitioning to Marketing and Communications for Chase Bank Kenya’s Foundation managing CSR initiatives.  She eventually set up her own marketing and brand consultancy, and looks forward to a future career in international marketing.

 

Rexcel Lagare

Philippines

MGM ‘18

Rexcel Lagare

Rexcel Lagare graduated magna cum laude in Accounting from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines. He worked as a management consultant for three years at EY specializing in finance, supply chain and operations for companies in 10 industries, before branching out as an independent consultant.  He is looking forward to future career with a multinational in a management role. 

 

Irene Kinyaguli

Tanzania

MAGAM ‘19

Irene Kinyaguli

Irene Kinyaguli received her BS in Public Service and Public Policy at Arizona State University where she was a MasterCard Scholar.  Originally from Tanzania, she interned as a delegate assistant at the Tanzanian mission to the UN in New York, participated in the McCain Institute Decision Theater, and interned at the Corporate Council on Africa in Washington DC.  In the future she would like to combine her interests in public policy and for-profit social impact. 

 

Madit Yel

South Sudan

MAGAM ‘19

Madit Yel

Madit Yel is a graduate of the WP Carey Business School and the Barret Honors College at Arizona State where he attended as a MasterCard Scholar.   Originally from South Sudan, Madit was raised as a refugee in Cairo, Egypt and speaks English, Arabic and Dinka. He looks forward to a career in impact investing/economic development to help build the infrastructure in his home country, potentially through collaboration with the South Sudanese diaspora.

 

Laura Quintero

Colombia

MAGAM ‘18

Laura Quintero

Laura Quintero graduated Summa cum Laude from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. Majoring in Sustainability Studies with a minor in Business, Laura travelled to Hong Kong where she completed a project in Urban Sustainability. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Laura will continue working during the academic year at CAPS Research. She has been hired as Multimedia Editor of Das Tor (Thunderbird’s student newspaper) while managing its marketing strategy. Laura looks forward to a career in Brand Management.

 

Sebastian Sierra

Colombia

MGM ‘17

Sebastian Sierra

With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from CESA in Bogota, Sebastian Sierra transitioned to a career in commercial banking, specializing in the education, security and steel sectors as Assistant Account Manager and as a risk analyst for several sectors.  During his internship at Western Union he led and supported auditing process projects for Treasury, Credit, and the IT Solutions departments.  He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and looks forward to a career in the financial sector/banking. 

 

Fungai Mandaza

Zimbabwe

MGM ‘17

Fungai

Fungai Mandaza is a marketing specialist and entrepreneur with a BA in Marketing at the Graduate School of Marketing in Johannesburg.  Along with her six years’ experience as a dealer liaison for Toshiba in South Africa, she successfully operated her own special events business. Additionally she served on the advisory board of the Kenya-based Development Initiative for Africa.  She looks forward to a career in international marketing with a focus on project management.

 

Nana Oureya 

Togo

MGM ‘17

Nana Oureya

With an MBA and a Masters in Economics from universities in France, Nana Oureya has worked for top tier French banks as a business analyst. She is fluent in both English and French, and completed an internship with Intel as a financial analyst. Nana looks forward to pursuing a full time career in corporate finance.  On the personal side, she remains personally committed to the economic development of her home country of Togo in West Africa, and particularly supports education initiatives there.

 

Ayse Ulgen

Northern Cyprus

MGM ‘17

Ayse

Ayse Ulgen is a PhD with an international career in genetic epidemiology and biostatistics. Her strong background in research, big data and consulting led her to a Private Equity internship with the Keiretsu Forum in Paris where she discovered a knack for investor relations and communications in the alternative investment world. Currently a candidate for the CAIA, she is fluent in English, French and Turkish.

 

Cedric Yumba

Democratic Republic of Congo

MGM ‘17
DeVos Family Scholar
Cedric Yumba
A native speaker of French and Swahili, Cedric earned a degree in Business Administration from CIDA City Campus in Johannesburg, while simultaneously learning English.  He worked as a SAP Trainer at Mentec Group South Africa prior to founding Yumba One Consulting, and has served as a volunteer for disadvantaged youth. He completed his summer internship as a Financial Analyst at Valor IT, in Scottsdale, Arizona; and an MBA student consultant project at IBM Global Services. Cedric is currently an IT/Telecom consultant at Kairos Partners (Tech). His long-term goal is to advise international companies who wish to enter the Francophone African market.

 

Donald Fungai Kurangwa

Zimbabwe

MGM ‘16
DeVos Family Scholar
Donald Fungai Kurangwa
A trained pharmacist with a 2004 BS from the University of Zimbabwe, Donald is experienced in marketing, distribution, and regulatory affairs and was appointed to the Pharmacists Council of Zimbabwe.  He served as the General Manager of the largest pharmaceutical firm in Swaziland and intends to continue his career in general management while developing several entrepreneurial projects in the medical sector.

 

Yazeed Ettaib

Libya

MGM ‘16
DeVos Family Scholar
Yazeed Ettaib
Yazeed graduated in 2008 from the University of Benghazi with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He worked for Alcatel-Lucent for seven years as a Technical Support Engineer and Integration Professional. An entrepreneur, Yazeed contributed to the Libyan Arab Spring movement by establishing the first non-state radio news channel, and most recently was co-founder and CTO for a telecoms startup. During the summer ’16, he interned at DSC Logistics. After graduation, Yazeed started working as Data Analyst at Avana Capital. One day he would like to be a key player in rebuilding Libya.

 


Faduma-Dhool Mohamed

Kenya of Somali origin

MAGAM ‘17
East Africa Alumni Scholar
Faduma-Dhool Mohamed
A Finance major from the University of Nairobi, 2013, Faduma managed communications for an environmental services firm contracting with major NGOs.  She raised funds and managed a “Kindness Kit” program, providing personal amenities to 18 Kenyan orphanages. While at Thunderbird she worked as a Program Coordinator for Thunderbird for Good, President of the Net Impact chapter, and Campus Ambassador leader. She is currently Project Manager at Thunderbird for Good, where she will continue creating sustainable impact among women entrepreneurs.

 

Fatima "Bahar" Heravy

Afghanistan

MAGAM ‘17
DeVos Family Scholar
Fatima “Bahar” Heravy
Raised as a refugee in Iran, Bahar is a 2015 Business graduate from Brenau University in Georgia.  She participated in USAID projects in Afghanistan, and completed several summer internships with World Vision and USAID as well as with the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington DC. Fluent in English and Farsi, she plans to use her management degree to continue her career in international development and to shape Afghanistan’s infrastructure. Currently, she is working as a Data Analyst with NAIS in Washington DC.

 

Soukaina Lamrani

Morocco

MAGAM ‘17
DeVos Family Scholar

Soukaina Lamrani
Soukaina earned a BS in Computer Science from Jacksonville State University, Alabama in 2014 where she she participated in a cultural exchange program at the International House and represented the university at the Model Arab League Conference. Upon graduating from Thunderbird she was recruited to the Delphi Leadership Development program, where she is working as a Financial Analyst.  Her goal is to serve as a professional role model for other women in her home region.

 

Himanshu Kaul Sahib

India

MBA '16
DeVos Family Scholar
Himanshu Kaul Sahib
Himanshu is a 2010 graduate of Panjab University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  He held senior positions within AIESEC including National Manager - India and Vice President-Hungary, as well as developing the Indian market for the French industrial textile company, Kermel.  While at Thunderbird he completed a Marketing Analyst internship with ICL Group.   He is currently a project manager for an IT implementation project for New Jersey’s largest non-medical home care agency, Care Finders Total Care.

 

Nghia Trong (Vince) Vu

Vietnam

MBA '16
Fulbright Scholar

Nghia Trong (Vince) Vu
A 2005 graduate of the Banking Institute of Ho Chi Min City, Vince was a brand manager at Glaxo and Unilever, and has strong marketing management, and private equity funded franchise development experience with US food/restaurant chains in Vietnam. His summer ’15 internship with Inspire Ventures in Southeast Asia further cemented his intention to continue working with investors to develop new businesses in Vietnam. 

 

Abdul Ghani

Afghanistan

MBA '16
Fulbright Scholar

Abdul Ghani Popal
Abdul Ghani Popal graduated with a BA in Business Administration/Management from the American University of Afghanistan in 2013.  He co-founded and managed a reliable logistics and transportation company in Kabul, succeeding despite uncertain local conditions.  At Thunderbird, Abdul’s concentration was in Finance, and he interned as a summer Portfolio Analyst with First Financial Equity. Upon graduating in 2016 he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he joined a local company that specializes in the food industry. Abdul is keen to meet professionals from other industries and add to his knowledge of global business operations and the overall economic environment

 


Stefan Dyulgerov

Bulgaria

MBA '15
DeVos Family Scholar
Stefan Dyulgerov
Stefan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria in 2007. Prior to coming to Thunderbird he had over seven years’ experience in retail marketing development at Shell, Gazprom, and other major European firms in the energy sector. While at Thunderbird he interned as a Strategy Consultant to small businesses at Think Global Institute, and is currently TGI’s Vice President, Service Delivery.  His goal is to continue his career as a consultant advising on business development, marketing and management.

 

Mohamed Vall Mohamed Ahmed

Mauritania

MBA '16
DeVos Family Scholar

Mohamed Vall Mohamed Ahmed
Mohamed has undergraduate degrees in both Law and Managerial Economics. He served as an Information and Communication Advisor for a multinational organization overseeing the Senegal River development, uniting diverse stakeholders to support the project.  During the summer ’14, he worked as a Business Development Intern at Creative Associates International, and upon graduation he intends to continue his work as a project manager for international organizations engaged in developing his home region

 

Madiha Nasrullah

Pakistan

MBA '16
Fulbright Scholar

Madiha Nasrullah
Madiha graduated in 2011 with a degree in Marketing from the Lahore School of Economics. She worked as a project manager with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and with Nielsen, Pakistan in consumer insights. While at Thunderbird, Madiha interned with BERA Brand Management in New York.  Upon graduating Madiha co-founded Nazeeq, which provides payment and shipping solutions for Amazon customers in Pakistan



 

Xiaobo (Kyle) Luo

China

MBA '15
China Alumni Scholar

Xiaobo (Kyle) Luo
Kyle graduated with a BA in English language from Nanjing University of Technology in China, and began his career in Africa with a China-based engineering firm, running operations and market expansion in Botswana and Mozambique for five years. While at Thunderbird he completed an internship with Ford Motor Credit’s Detroit headquarters focused on Global Strategic Planning. Upon graduation he joined Ford Credit’s International Operation Program in Shanghai, China.

 

Tingli Wan

China

MBA '15
DeVos Family Scholar

Tingli Wan
Fluent in Spanish, Tingli is a graduate of the Beijing language and Culture University. She spent 18 months with a Chinese oil company as a team leader managing remote drill sites in Bogota, Colombia. She was selected to be a finance intern with Ford Motor Credit’s Latin America division for Summer ’14, and upon graduation accepted a full-time business analyst position with Ford in Shanghai, China.

 

Nodir "Nick" Nurimbetov

Uzbekistan

MBA '15
DeVos Family Scholar

Nodir “Nick” Nurimbetov
Nodir graduated in Business Administration from the University of Westminster in 2007 as well as obtaining an MBA from ESMT, Germany in 2011. He has three years’ experience in management consulting with a state-sponsored firm as well as serving as director of a consulting group for small businesses, and launching his own fashion startup. While at Thunderbird he interned with as a summer analyst with First Financial Equity, and looks forward to a career in investment management or financial analysis



 

Raouf Chebri

Algeria

MBA '15
DeVos Family Scholar

Raouf Chebri
An engineer with a degree from Algeria’s National School of Computer Science 2009, Raouf was selected for Microsoft’s management leadership program and was promoted to head of their platform evangelism group for Algeria. Having served as a summer ’14 consultant for a startup specializing in educational technology, his goal is to work as an international account manager for a major software firm.

 

Shehab Badawi

Egypt

MBA '15
DeVos Family Scholar

Shehab Badawi
A trained chemist from the American University in Cairo, Shehab managed business development for a chemicals family business and co-founded two startups. While at Thunderbird, he interned with Taylor-DeJongh, London, as a project finance analyst focusing on energy projects in Africa. Currently, Shehab manages the energy investment portfolio at Qalaa Holdings an African energy and infrastructure leader, among his portfolio companies are a multibillion dollar refinery and Egypt's biggest private energy player. Shehab’s goals are to grow investments in pragmatic energy solutions in underserved areas globally.

 

Tenzing "Pela" Nepali

Nepal of Tibetan origin

MS Global Management ’14 and MBA ’15 
DeVos Family Scholar

Tenzing “Pela” Nepali
Pela graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Kathmandu University and managed her family business marketing hand-loomed silk from India. While at Thunderbird, she interned at T&J Meyer Family Foundation in London and iCare Benefits in Southeast Asia. Upon graduation, she was recruited to Delphi’s Finance Leadership Development Program in Michigan. During her first rotation she worked as a Treasury Analyst in Delphi’s Capital Markets and Corporate Finance team. She is currently on her second rotation working in Delphi’s Aftermarket Service and Solutions Department.

 




Barry Kofi King

Ghana

MBA '14
Barry Kofi King
Barry earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and information technology at the University of Ghana. He then worked for five years at Ecobank Ghana, with steady promotions from trainee to sales to training manager. Passionate about sports, he coordinated the bank’s sponsorship of a major soccer tournament. Upon graduation from Thunderbird he returned to a new role at Ecobank, Business Partner for Performance and Talent Management.

 

Panek Biar Ajak

South Sudan

MBA '14
Panek Biar Ajak
Panek arrived at Thunderbird in spring 2013. Originally a refugee from Sudan, he settled in Arizona and supported himself while earning an undergraduate finance degree at Arizona State University. Upon graduation he returned to his his full-time job as an information officer for the government of South Sudan and intends to use his Thunderbird degree to develop much-needed infrastructure in the world's newest nation.

 

Zihao (Eric) Wang

China

MBA '14
China Alumni Scholar

Zihao (Eric) Wang
With an undergrad and a master’s degree in engineering, Eric was a sales manager for Huawei Technologies and was instrumental to the development and introduction of a new Android phone in the Chinese market. While at Thunderbird he provided strategy and marketing consulting services to several startups. He was recruited into L'Oreal's Global Management Development Program upon graduation as a Commercial Project Manager.

 



Uchkun Tokhirov

Uzbekistan

MBA '14
DeVos Family Scholar
Barbara and Craig Barrett Honors Scholar

Uchkun Tokhirov
Uchkun earned his BA in international economic relations from the University of Tashkent, and worked as a senior auditor and senior internal controls officer for the State Commercial People's Bank of Uzbekistan. Uchkun is proficient in English, Turkish, Russian and Uzbek. He completed his internship in Finance with the UNDP in NY, and upon graduation accepted a fulltime position with the Financial Services office of Ernst & Young in New York. Recently Uchkun joined Barclays Investment Bank’s audit team in NY, and has passed all exams for his CFA and CPA designations.

 

Vi Braun

Vietnam

MBA '14
DeVos Family Scholar

Vi Braun
Vi obtained a BA in Marketing from International University in Vietnam. Professionally, Vi has five years experience with two large financial institutions, Wells Fargo Bank and Hong Leong Bank Vietnam. While focusing in global strategic management at Thunderbird, Vi took on multiple consulting projects, including her internship as a business development consultant for Social Enterprise Associates. She is currently a Senior Healthcare Consultant and CDP Manager with Optimum Advisory Services, United Healthcare Group.

 

Borijan Borozanov

Macedonia

MBA '14
Fulbright Scholar
Barbara and Craig Barrett Honors Scholar

Borijan Borozanov

Borijan graduated with a BA in Architecture, which he leveraged into a career as an engineering project manager and national infrastructure consultant to the UNDP. During the five years prior to joining Thunderbird, he served as head of investor servicing for the government organization Invest Macedonia. He completed a project finance and business development internship at Taylor-DeJongh in Washington, DC, and upon graduating began as a Strategic Manufacturing Planner with Delphi in Germany.

 


Van Tran

Vietnam

MBA '13
DeVos Family Scholar

Van Tran

Van graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, where he won awards for academics and leadership. He has managed market expansion at a number of companies, and founded the largest life-skills organization in Vietnam with more than 5,000 members. While at Thunderbird, Van was the recipient of the True Spirit of Giving Award. Van is now the founder of VeXeRe.com - the largest online bus booking system in Vietnam.

 

Barry Nyauke

Kenya

MS Marketing '13
DeVos Family Scholar
Barbara and Craig Barrett Honors Scholar

Barry Nyauke

Barry graduated magna cum laude in Economics from Colgate University. He then started his career in market research in Nairobi, Kenya, including as an account manager with The Nielsen Company, tracking retail product sales for Coca-Cola in 11 sub-Saharan African countries.  While at Thunderbird, Barry interned with Amway Johannesburg in their Strategy and Planning unit. He currently works as a management consultant in the McKinsey Nairobi office.

 

Giang Pham

Vietnam

MBA '13
Barrett Scholar

Giang Pham

Giang graduated from the Banking Academy in Hanoi with a specialization in Finance and Foreign Exchange. She started her own marketing consultancy agency and co-founded a nonprofit organization to advance corporate sustainability in Vietnam. She interned at Taylor-DeJongh, a boutique investment bank specializing in energy projects during summer 2012, and was recruited into Eli Lilly's prestigious Leadership Development Program upon graduation. In early 2016 Giang co-founded the Healing and Wellness Institution in Singapore, developing wellness programs for organizations.

 


Kseniia Medvedieva

Ukraine

MBA '13
Barrett Scholar

Kseniia Medvedieva

Kseniia graduated with a BA in Economics, an MA in Economic Theory, and an MS in Finance in her native Ukraine. She has had several years of experience in equity analysis and has completed her CFA. During the summer of 2012, Kseniia interned with the EBRD in London, which she leveraged into a full-time position as an assistant portfolio manager in the EBRD’s transportation group upon graduating from Thunderbird. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian and English.

 

David Grimaud

Togo/Benin

MBA '13
David Grimaud

David has a BA in Applied Mathematics and an MS in Financial Modeling from the Ecole Polytechnique in France. After a career in investment management in Europe and completion of his CFA, David decided to focus on private sector development in Africa, and completed several assignments related to private equity and impact investing in Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa and the UK. After graduation in spring 2013, David worked as an investment consultant and subsequently as an equity investment manager with Symbiotics Group in Geneva.

 

Pragya Uprety

Nepal

MBA '12
Pragya Uprety

Pragya graduated from Kathmandu University in 2008 with a BA in Business Administration. She served as finance officer and business control officer for the Marigold food and beverage group in Nepal. She leveraged her background in the beverage sector during her internship with the Meyer Family Foundation, developing a distribution strategy for a new nutritious drink in developing countries. After graduation she relocated to Sydney, Australia, where she was hired as a business analyst with Henkel.

 



Lan Nguyen

Vietnam

MBA '12
Harry Cockrell Scholar

Lan Nguyen

Lan received her BA in International Business from the Hanoi Foreign Trade University in 2004. She worked as a sales manager for a large Vietnamese IT company, then as a business developer and project manager for a pioneering media/entertainment company specializing in entertainment content for mobile phones. She spent the summer of 2011 at Viettel Global (Hanoi) as a business strategist intern. Upon graduation she was recruited into the Business Leadership Development Program APAC for Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Maria Teresa Morazan 

Honduras

MBA '12
Fulbright Scholar

Maria Teresa Morazan

Maria Teresa received her BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Universidad Tecnologica Centroamericana, and worked as a supply chain manager at a food production/consumer goods company in Honduras. While at Thunderbird Maria Teresa interned in the Private Sector Division of the UNDP. Upon graduating in April 2012, she joined Kaiser Associates’ Sao Paolo office as a Senior Consultant. She and Edgardo Paredes ‘10 led the Latin American expansion of iCare Benefits, a social impact enterprise founded by Hao Diep ’10. She is now giving back to her home country of Honduras supporting startups in their sustainability practices, and developing social entrepreneurship. 

 

Onyeka Azike

Nigeria

MS in Global Management '12
Barrett Scholar

Onyeka Azike

Onyeka graduated from Reed College in 2010 with a BA in Economics. During her Thunderbird program, she served as editor of Das Tor, the student newspaper.  Combining her experience in market research and enthusiasm for organic foods, she interned at Bon Appetit Management Company during the summer of 2012. Upon graduation Onyeka was hired as a Market Intelligence Analyst for Nike in Portland, Oregon.

 




Vadym Zukin

Ukraine

MS Finance '11 
Vadym Zukin

Vadym graduated in 2010 with a BA in Finance from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Upon graduating, he co-founded a successful online service focused on developing tourism in rural areas of Ukraine. While at Thunderbird he interned with Sigmableyzer, an international private equity firm with operations in Kyiv. His first position upon graduating was Process Development Manager with UkrFinance.

 

Reem Nassar

Jordan

MBA
Queen Rania Scholar 

Reem Nassar

Reem graduated in 2006 with a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Jordan. She started her career with a regional telecommunication company, first as an engineer and eventually working her way to product management. While at Thunderbird she interned with the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and as a business development analyst with Taylor-DeJongh in Washington, DC. She was recruited to Cisco’s Sales Associate Representative Program, including rotations in Amsterdam and Dubai before her permanent assignment as an account manager.

 

Juan Bernardo Pombo

Costa Rica / Colombia

MBA '11
Juan Bernardo Pombo

Juan graduated in 2005 with a BS in agricultural science from the EARTH University in Mercedes, Costa Rica. Prior to enrolling at Thunderbird, he worked three years in the sustainable agribusiness sector as a project manager and an operations manager. His internship as a business analyst with Continental Grain in Paraguay and Peru resulted in an offer as a management trainee upon graduation, and a full-time position as head of operations at ContiLatin del Peru based in Lima.

 



Thanh Loan Ma

Vietnam

MBA '11
Thanh Loan Ma

Loan graduated from Banking University in Ho Chi Minh City with a BS in economics in 2005. Experienced as a securities broker and as the managing partner of a real estate company, she spent the summer of 2011 with Rock Lake Associates in Zurich, Switzerland. Along with Thunderbird colleagues, including SHARE Fellow Hao Diep, she co-founded Auxesia Holdings, a boutique private equity advisory firm in Southeast Asia. Loan is currently CEO of the company.

 

Lilian Mramba

Tanzania

MBA '10
Lilian Mramba

Lilian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Idaho in 2004 with a BS in finance and accounting. After a five-year auditing career with Moss Adams, she enrolled at Thunderbird with the long-term goal of engaging at the intersection of development and private sector. She interned with the African Development Bank in Tunisia, and was subsequently hired as an Investment Officer at Grassroots Business Fund. She currently serves as GBF’s Africa Regional Director, based in Kenya.

 

Tettey Wilson-Tei

Ghana

MS Finance ’09 and MBA ’11
Tettey Wilson-Tei

Tettey graduated from Davidson College with a major in French. He interned as an analyst at Taylor-DeJongh in Washington, DC, and upon graduation from Thunderbird continued in the energy sector as a market consultant at Green Choice Solar in Scottsdale, Arizona. He relocated to Ghana in 2012, where he was hired as a research officer for Fidelity Bank to help start up the new research unit. Tettey was subsequently hired by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation as an economic evaluation officer.

 



Edgardo Paredes Tuesta

Peru

MBA '10
Fulbright Scholar '10

Edgardo Paredes Tuesta

Edgardo graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria in Arequipa with a BS in economics and a post-graduate degree in international marketing. He has extensive experience in management consulting working in different engagements in the North and South American, Asian and European markets and is currently a Senior Managing Consultant at Mastercard Advisors in São Paulo overseeing corporate strategy projects in several industries. He already has given back to the SHARE Fellowship by hiring Maria Teresa Morazan ’12 upon her graduation.

 

Hao Diep

Vietnam

MBA '10
Fulbright Scholar '10

Hao Diep

Hao graduated at the top of the class from the Institute of International Relations in 2004 with a BA in International Relations and International Economics. While at Thunderbird, she interned with the UNDP in New York. Along with Thunderbird colleagues, including SHARE Fellow Loan Ma, Hao founded Auxesia Holdings, a boutique private equity consulting firm in Vietnam. Hao also collaborates with MobiVi, an e-wallet service that serves as a platform for fundraising through social media.

 

Pellagia Muliba Hambiza

Zimbabwe

MA, Global Affairs and Management '10
Pellagia Muliba Gambiza

Pellagia graduated with a BA in economics from Calvin College in the
United States and subsequently worked as a project manager for small
business development in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is the recipient of the Susan Schiffer Stautberg Fellowship as well as the Thunderbird
President's Circle Award. Upon graduation Pellagia founded Hear
Africa’s Voices, a platform for Africans affected by HIV/AIDS, and was
hired as the program director for the International Rescue Committee’s
MicroEnterprise Development Program for refugees.

 

 

 

Contact SHARE

To learn more about the SHARE Fellowship, contact Program Director Maria Houle '87 at maria@mariahoule.com.

Learn more about Thunderbird degrees, or contact Admissions at admissions.tbird@asu.edu, +1 602 978-7100 or 1 800 457-6966.