Kendall Abbey
Annual Giving Officer, the Rotary Foundation

Kendall Abbey is annual giving officer for The Rotary Foundation. She fundraises for Rotary’s Annual Fund, consults on donor engagement strategies, and trains volunteers on fundraising tactics. She started her career at Rotary as an alumni relations specialist. In this role she managed alumni associations and developed outreach strategies to engage alumni. Prior to Rotary, Abbey received her TEFL certification and taught English in Buenos Aires for two years. She is currently an active member of The College of Wooster’s alumni association. 

Angela Adduci
Risk and Infrastructure Intelligence Analyst, Argonne National Lab

Angela has been a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since she moved to Chicago in 2017. She is currently a risk and infrastructure intelligence analyst at Argonne National Laboratory under the Department of Energy. In her current role, Adduci researches and develops analytical writing related to infrastructure and security for a variety of Federal sponsors. Prior to her position with Argonne, she held research fellowships focused on international human rights and human trafficking in Washington, DC, and Vietnam. Adduci graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a BA in political science, with a concentration in international relations.

Maysem Alsaidi
Pricing Strategy Manager, Uber Freight

Maysem Alsaidi is a logistics and supply chain management professional with over eight years of experience. Having worked with leading firms in the Chicagoland area, she is consistently energized by opportunities in overcoming new challenges, developing new strategies, and execution of optimal solutions. Maysem’s passion for politics and current events brought her to join the Council in 2014. Originally from Iraq, she spent 10 years living in Baghdad and has had the privilege of traveling to many countries in the Middle East and across the world.

Justin Bandy
Associate Portfolio Manager, Artisan Partners

Justin Bandy is an associate portfolio manager on the global value team at Artisan Partners.  As a generalist, he conducts fundamental equity research on companies headquartered all around the world across all sectors. Prior to joining Artisan Partners in 2009, Bandy was an equity research associate for KeyBanc Capital Markets in San Francisco, where he conducted research on software companies. Earlier in his career, he lived in Barcelona and then in Istanbul, where he worked as a retail banking analyst with the Lafferty Group.  Bandy holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from Brown University and he also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.  In his free time, Bandy is an avid tennis player, enjoys SCUBA diving, loves to travel, and is obsessed with his Labrador puppy.

Euler Bropleh
Managing Director, VestedWorld

Euler Bropleh is the founder and a managing director at VestedWorld, a venture fund that invests in early stage companies poised to achieve significant growth in developing countries. Prior to starting VestedWorld, Bropleh was a corporate lawyer specializing in venture capital, private equity, and merger and acquisition transactions. He holds a JD from University of Chicago Law School, a master’s in international strategy and economics from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and a BA in international studies from Emory University. Bropleh is a native of Liberia and has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a member of the Council’s Presidential Transition Plan Task Force.

Lauren Bursey  
Associate, Mayer Brown LLP

Lauren Bursey is an associate in the government relations and public law group of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. Her practice focuses on public-private infrastructure projects and public finance. Bursey was born and raised in Canada, where she received her honors BA in classical civilizations and history from the University of Toronto. She also received her JD, summa cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, with a certificate in art and museum law. Lauren has lived in Mexico, performed research at the Art Law Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, and interned at the Office of General Counsel at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Lauren is an avid sailor who has competed all over the world and coached throughout North America.

Jessica Butler  
Director of Institutional Advancement, Governors State University

A native Floridian, Jessica’s appreciation for the nonprofit community blossomed when she was only a teenager. Inspired by her parents’ selfless service as they volunteered at homeless shelters, food pantries, schools and prisons, Jessica quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work and believes it is her life’s purpose. 

Serving in various positions in the nonprofit sector, Butler’s expertise lies in fundraising, communications and research. Currently, she is the director of institutional advancement at Governors State University and serves as executive director of the Tollie and Eva Archie Foundation. Butler holds a BA in history from Tougaloo College, a MS in nonprofit management from DePaul University and a graduate certificate in business communication from Harvard School of Extension. 

John Cranshaw  
Associate Director, UBS Asset Management

John Cranshaw is an internal consultant with UBS Asset Management, where he manages strategic organizational and technology projects. He earned a BA in European history from The University of the South and completed a dual-degree MBA program through the Sorbonne and Georgia State University before he started his financial services career in London with UBS Investment Bank. He later joined Accenture’s capital markets practice in London. Cranshaw grew up in Atlanta, was a member of AIESEC and speaks Russian.

Kay Fillingham  
Assistant Vice President, BMO Financial Group

Kay Fillingham is a senior manager in the enterprise anti-money laundering office at BMO Financial Group. In her current position, she coordinates US regulatory exams and internal audits and oversees management of sanctions- and money laundering- related emerging risks for global operations. Previously, Fillingham was an economic officer at the US Department of State, where she specialized in sanctions policy. She received her BA in international studies and Spanish and her MA in international development from the University of Denver. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she serves as a mentor for first-generation college students through Chicago Scholars.

Brendan Fitzgibbons
Client Success Manager, Regroup

Brendan Fitzgibbons is a client success manager at Regroup. Prior to Regroup, Fitzgibbons was a strategy associate at Egg Strategy where he focused on qualitative consumer research and consumer behavior. Brendan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the sub-Saharan African nations of Mozambique and Cape Verde, teaching English to secondary school students where he became fluent in Portuguese. Originally from Okoboji, Iowa, Fitzgibbons received his BA from Boston College, double majoring in political science and English literature. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring Chicago’s art and culture by bike, as well as training for marathons.

Joi Freeman
Marketing Director, YMCA of the USA

Joi Freeman is the marketing director for youth development at YMCA of the USA. With a focus on developing overarching marketing & communications strategies for the Y’s youth and young adult portfolio, she leads initiatives to drive national awareness on a range of topics including child hunger and nutrition, character development, as well as college and career readiness. Prior to joining the Y, Freeman spent eight months mentoring teens in Nairobi, Kenya and traveling throughout Europe. She has led marketing campaigns for a range of brands including Claire’s Stores, Inc., MoneyGram International, and Burger King. Freeman received her BA in English from University of Maryland, College Park with a focus on literature of the African diaspora and creative writing. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she also serves on 4word Chicago’s leadership team and volunteers with an early childhood education initiative with HOPE Worldwide South Africa.

Joshua Hahn
Project Specialist, Hooker DeJong, Inc

Joshua Hahn currently leads the Chicago office for Michigan-based architecture, engineering, and planning firm Hooker DeJong, Inc.  With a focus on the affordable housing sector, Hahn leads and manages the firm’s business development efforts, client relationships, and project acquisitions. Joshua’s passion for global affairs is a combination of his love of politics, experiences living abroad, and appreciation for the big questions that ensue. 

He has a BSc in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MA in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Joshua previously worked for the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  In addition to the Council on Global Affairs, Hahn is the vice president for UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs alumni association.   

Esther Han
Account Executive, Chicago Woman Magazine 

Han hails from the small city of Busan, South Korea. Prior to her move to America in 2007, she started her primary education in Australia and secondary education in Canada. She began her higher education in psychology from North Park University and earned her BBA in Business & Entrepreneurship, with a focus in arts and entertainment management from Columbia College Chicago. In addition to serving as a YP ambassador at Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Han is also a cofounder of Artfinix Studios, fashion line ambassador for Poppy Apparel.

Signe Hanson
Procurement Excellence Analyst, Home Chef

Signe Hanson is currently a food procurement analyst at the meal kit delivery startup "Home Chef." After leaving her previous job planning events at the International Peace Institute in New York City, she wasted no time in finding the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and becoming engaged with the YP Network. Hanson studied international affairs at the University of Georgia through which she completed a public administration internship in Romania and one term at the University of Oxford. She participated in the US Department of Defense's Portuguese Flagship Program, living, interning, and learning Portuguese in Brazil for one year. Hanson is working towards law school, where she plans to focus on international law.  

Kelwin Harris
Senior Outreach Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Kelwin Harris is a senior outreach planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) where he conducts civic outreach and planning for the Chicago region’s comprehensive growth plan, ON TO 2050. Prior to CMAP, Harris held several roles in community development and government relations. He led a social service outreach for Catholic Charities of Chicago where he was the director of social services for St. Sabina Church. Harris also managed workforce development initiatives and served as Executive Director of a non-profit organization focused on after-school programming and college exposure for disadvantaged youth on the south side of Chicago. Additionally, Harris served in city government as an assistant and acting deputy chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, where he led public housing, human capital and social services initiatives.

Kelwin is a current 2017-18 Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He serves on the Board of Directors of Acero Schools and Literacy Works and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kelwin holds a B.S. in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University, a Master in Urban Planning Degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Tina Hrabak
Assistant Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management

Tina Hrabak is assistant director of global programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She manages a variety of programming including Kellogg’s global consulting program, pre-MBA international experience, and faculty education initiatives. Prior to Kellogg, she worked in export education at the Ohio State University. She earned her MA in public policy and management and BA in international studies, world economics and business from the Ohio State University. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she is on the associate board of the Chicago Scholars Foundation, where she also serves as a college access mentor.

Michael Hubbard II
Research Analyst, William Blair

Michael Hubbard II is an analyst covering US small cap financials and real estate at William Blair, where he founded and leads the company’s veteran business resource group. Previously, he served as an emerging markets research associate for William Blair’s emerging markets small cap growth fund. Hubbard is a member of William Blair’s Community Impact Steering Committee and currently serves as a mentor at Bunker Labs as well as lead director of the Veterans Leadership Council. The Veterans Leadership Council is primarily focused on creating locally thriving and nationally connected networks of military veterans who are leaders in business and government, and dedicated to establishing a leadership voice for the current veteran community. Hubbard served in Afghanistan as an infantry platoon commander and as an Afghan National Army advisor in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to the Marine Corps, he started two businesses and held several leadership roles with nonprofit organizations. Hubbard holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa.

Jamie James
Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young

Jamie James serves as a senior consultant in the risk advisory practice at Ernst & Young. In this role, James advises clients on ways to comply with consumer protection laws and regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. Prior to EY, she worked as a compliance bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for over six years. She earned her BS in economics and BA in legal studies from Saint Louis University. She also earned her MPPA from Northwestern University. In addition to the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, Jamie services as an associate board member of the Indo-American Center. 

Alison Kalantzis
Communications Coordinator, Americas, AkzoNobel

Alison Kalantzis joined AkzoNobel in April of 2015 after four years with the British Consulate-General, Chicago. Originally from Colorado, she has also lived in Scotland and Greece and speaks modern Greek, German and Spanish. Kalantzis earned an MA in Language and Communication from Georgetown University; she continues to attend the annual Linguistics Society of America conference to keep up on trends in Sociolinguistics. She has been a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since shortly after her arrival in the Windy City in 2009. She's delighted to be a part of this dynamic organization committed to fostering global discussion and connecting the globally-minded here at home.

​Jeffrey Koh
Associate, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Jeffrey Koh is an associate in the corporate department at Barack Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum, & Nagelberg. He represents clients in mergers, acquisitions and investment transactions and provides counsel on corporate governance and compliance issues. Koh has an active pro bono practice representing asylum seekers and volunteers regularly at the Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Koh grew up in Hong Kong, and has lived in Montreal, Dublin, London and Singapore. In law school, Koh was on the Michigan Law Review and a national finalist in the Philip C. Jessup International Law moot court competition. In addition to the Council, Koh is president of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and on the executive committee of the associates board at Steppenwolf Theatre.

Alex Kummerer
Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs

Alex Kummerer is a financial analyst in the private wealth management division at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was an investment associate at Rothschild Investment Corporation. Kummerer earned a BS in finance, with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Kummerer volunteers with Tutoring Chicago and Chicago Scholars. His interests include sports and health, political and economic theory, reading, and history.

David Kurczewski
International and Commercial Counsel, Brunswick Corporation

David Kurczewski is an international and commercial counsel associate at Brunswick Corporation in Chicago.  Prior to working at Brunswick, he was an associate at Baker & McKenszie, where he advised clients on transactions in over 50 countries on six continents. He earned his BA in economics and government, with a focus in international relations, from Cornell University and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.  In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he currently serves in a young professional board capacity with ChildServ and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Lindsey Lucenta
Account Supervisor, L.C. Williams & Associates

Lindsey Lucenta is an account supervisor at LCWA, serving as the project manager for a variety of clients, ranging from healthcare to tech. She specializes in content development, research and media relations. Prior to starting her career in public relations, Lucenta taught English at Yangtze University in Jingzhou, China for two years and also worked for several political and issue-based campaigns, including congressional races, women’s reproductive rights, and healthcare reform. Lucenta earned her BA in communications and culture, with a concentration in public relations, from Indiana University.

Aaron Masliansky
Real Estate Consultant, Dream Town Realty

Aaron Masliansky is a residential real estate consultant at Dream Town Realty. Prior to this position Masliansky worked for a company assisting in the design, development, and construction over $300 million of real estate across the United States. Masliansky received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on international development. During this time, he also worked and published for the University’s Program in Arms Control, Domestic and International Security (ACDIS).

Danielle Mayall
Client Services Manager, Mintel

Danielle Mayall is currently a client services manager at the global research firm, Mintel. Her portfolio includes projects in Latin America. Born in Switzerland, Mayall grew up living and traveling around the world. She started in the Gambia and now calls Chicago home. Prior to working at Mintel, Mayall studied culinary skills, and worked as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. She previously freelanced as a market researcher. Her interests range from triathlons to photography to Michelin star restaurants. She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the next couple of years. Mayall holds a degree in environmental science and policy from Duke University where she also minored in cultural anthropology and documentary studies. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and speaks a bit of Mandarin.

Colin McGee
Associate, Baker & McKenzie

Colin McGee is an associate in the corporate and securities practice group of Baker & McKenzie's Chicago office.  McGhee advises clients on transactional matters, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, global corporate reorganizations, and general corporate matters.  Before returning home to Illinois, he previously practiced in Houston and also lived in Asia for three years, including a year as a lecturer at Peking University School of Transnational Law and a summer as a clerk at a leading Tokyo law firm.  In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, McGhee is a graduate thesis appraiser for Peking University and is actively engaged in pro bono work. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, Columbia - SIPA, and the George Washington University.

Roland Nassim
Senior Consultant, CVS Health

Roland Nassim joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2015 when he moved to Chicago. Currently, he is a senior consultant for CVS Health. Prior to moving to Chicago, he completed his PhD in medical research at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research focused on improving available therapies for advanced urological cancers, and led to multiples publications and a clinical trial. At McGill, he was extensively active while serving on the University’s Board of Governors and Senate, as well as holding multiple positions including president and chairman of the graduate students’ society. Born in Lebanon, he moved to Canada to complete undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at Saint Mary’s University, and graduate studies at McGill. He is fluent in French, English, and Arabic.

Daniela One
Economic Specialist, Consulate General of Japan

Daniela One serves as an economic specialist at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. In her role, she researches and analyzes economic and social factors affecting the business environment in the Midwestern United States and Japan. In addition, she assists various Japanese Ministries (transportation, agriculture, and health) in conducting affairs in the Consulate’s jurisdiction.

One obtained a master’s degree in economics from Kyoto University, where she attended as a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholar. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management in Romania. She has travelled internationally since she was 10 years old, visited over 20 countries, and lived on three continents. One is committed to community and volunteering work and is currently an active member with the US-Japan Council and serves on the associate board of the Center for Economic Progress. 

Katie Parsons
Senior Project Manager, 270 Strategies

Katie Parsons is a senior project manager at 270 Strategies where she specializes in international initiatives and projects that address complex global issues. During her time with 270, she has been a senior advisor to candidates, political parties and issue-based organizations in the United Kingdom, Albania, Hungary, Romania, Israel, Palestine, South Africa, and Canada. She is particularly interested in developing systems that support democratic participation, particularly for governments or populations in transition. In addition to her role with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Parsons serves as an advisor to the European Institute of Democratic Participation, which is based in the Netherlands. Katie holds a master’s degree in international public management from Sciences Po Paris, with a specialization in European and Russian political affairs and a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago.

Maria Ptouchkina
Lead Consultant, Isobar

Maria Ptouchkina is a lead consultant at Isobar, a global digital marketing agency, where she works with clients to design and deliver transformational digital strategies and products for the leading global businesses and brands. Her professional interests lie in understanding the nuances of human behavior and connecting human needs and motivations with broader business goals and opportunities. Before joining Isobar, Ptouchkina was a technology consultant with Capgemini. Ptouchkina was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and has been living in Chicago since 2003. Maria currently serves as a president of Minds Matter Chicago, a nonprofit organization that helps accomplished high school students from low-income families gain admission to leading universities. She earned her BA in psychology and cognitive science from Northwestern University. She gives back to her alma mater by serving as a member of the Northwestern Alumni Association and Northwestern University Leadership Circle.

Jayant Rajpurohit
Consultant, Absolutdata Technologies

Jayant Rajpurohit is a consultant with Absolutdata with expertise in marketing research, analytics, and decision sciences. He is passionate about driving business decisions through strong understanding of business and consumer data. He has worked for fortune 500 clients across the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. He has also published two research papers in the domain of research and analytics. Rajpurohit earned his post-graduate degree with distinction in management from MICA, India. He also secured the Chancellors Gold Medal for his bachelors in technology. He attended the summer graduate program for management at ESCEM, France and was a delegate at the World Business Dialogue, Germany in 2012. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he is YP member at World Chicago, an active volunteer with Upwardly Global, and an alumnus of Centre for Civil Society, India. He has a penchant for travel, languages, and history.

Monica Rodriguez
Student Services Director, UIC International

Monica Rodriguez is a Chicago native and holds a BA in communications and fine arts and a masters in tourism and hospitality management. Rodriguez spent seven years working for a nonprofit organization committed to leadership development in university students. She organized and lead university students in international trips to Spain and Nicaragua, Brazil, China and Fiji. She was chosen by a consulting firm in Singapore as an intern to help lead a leadership development program for the top one percent of incoming scholars at Ngee Ong Polytechnic tertiary school. Rodriguez has led summer study abroad trips with The Experiment in International Living.

Nelson Rosario
Associate, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Nelson M. Rosario is an associate in the electrical and computer technologies practice group of Marshall, Gerstein, & Borun LLP. Rosario specializes in preparing and prosecuting patent applications for companies in the following industries: blockchain, cryptocurrency, computer networking, mapping and navigation, mobile applications, financial platforms, and emerging technologies. Rosario is an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he teaches a course on "Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Law."

Prior to attending law school, he worked as an election official in Leon County, Florida for three years covering the 2008 and 2010 election cycles. Nelson holds a JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, a BS in computer science from Florida State University, and a BA in history and political science from the University of Minnesota. In addition to the serving as a YP ambassador at the Council, Nelson is a member of the Civic Leadership Council for the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago.

Jeremy Rothschild
Director of Marketing, 7QUBES

Jeremy Rothschild serves as the head of marketing for 7QUBES, an artificial intelligence & machine learning startup based in Chicago.  In addition to membership in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for several years, He has worked and/or studied in Japan, Mexico, & Spain as well as participated in sponsored trips to Japan, Kosovo, & Macedonia. Rothschild holds a BSM from Tulane University, an MBA from EADA Barcelona, a post-MBA from NUCB Japan, and an integrated marketing certification from the University of Chicago.  Jeremy is an associate member of the US Japan Council, served as chairman of the associate board of directors of the Art Institute of Chicago for four years, is a member of Face the Future Foundation’s associate board of directors and is a member of the Chicago Ideas Week Cooperative.

Falak Shah
Senior Engineer, Exponent

Dr. Falak Shah is a Chicago-based consultant with Exponent, a multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and regulatory consultants. Dr. Shah specializes in solving complex engineering problems involving failures of structures and structural materials. At Exponent, he has assisted legal, insurance, and corporate clients on matters involving a wide range of industries—including construction, mining, healthcare, manufacturing, and consumer products. Shah completed his doctoral studies in structural engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. Since moving to Chicago in 2014, he has become a die-hard Cubs fan and enjoys exploring the city’s unique culinary and cultural scene.

Dasha Shor, MS, RD
Manager, Nutrition Science and Partnerships, National Dairy Council (Dairy Management Inc.)

Dasha Shor is a registered dietitian at the National Dairy Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing to life the dairy community’s shared vision of a healthy, happy, sustainable world – with science as the foundation. Passionate about exploring the world through travel and having grown up in Russia, Dasha is personally invested in the topics of global affairs, food security and social entrepreneurship.

In her role at NDC, Dasha supports dairy community’s global sustainable nutrition initiative and efforts to educate about how nutrient-rich, responsibly produced dairy foods like milk, cheese, yogurt and dairy ingredients help nourish life. She also serves as a nutrition consultant to strategic foodservice and fluid milk partners as they explore healthier, more sustainable menu items.

Dasha earned her RD credentials and BS in Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MS in Health Communications from Boston University. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she is the Communications Co-chair for Field Associates of The Field Museum and the Immediate Past President of the Chicago Food and Nutrition Network.

Brendan Seyring
Deputy, Cook County Board of Review

Brendan Seyring is a deputy at the Cook County Board of Review. He focuses on constituent services, value analysis and serves as a hearing officer. He served as a delegate of the American Council of Political Leaders to India in 2014 where he met with parliamentarians and business leaders in order to facilitate better relations and cooperation between the United States and India. He advocates for greener energy solutions both locally and nationally and is a collector of early American antiques. Brendan holds a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in early American history.

William Swee
Partner, Cimarron Funds

William Swee is a partner at Cimarron Funds, a fund of hedge funds operating both diversified and sector specific strategies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Northwestern University where he received the Robert Eisner Award for Economic Research. Currently, he is working toward a master’s degree in liberal arts at The University of Chicago. He is also a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. William is an avid endurance athlete, having completed Ironman triathlons, ultramarathons, and mountain running races

Matthew Thomson
Senior Analyst, AMLI Residential

Matthew Thomson is a senior analyst for the asset management group at AMLI Residential, a multifamily real estate investment firm owned by Morgan Stanley’s Prime Property Fund. His practice focuses on portfolio management, development underwriting, and overseeing the real estate tax group. Thomson was born and raised in Toronto and maintains transnational relationships with many Canadian real estate professionals. He graduated with an honors bachelor of commerce from McMaster University, and joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2017. In addition to serving as a YP Ambassador at the Council, he serves on the Urban Land Institute’s membership committee.

Jenson Varghese
Vice President, Portfolio Management-Construction, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC

Jenson Varghese is a vice president at Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC, where he oversees the firm’s affordable housing portfolio of assets in construction in 35+ states.  Prior to his current role, he worked on the design and construction of mixed-use and hospitality projects in the United States, China, India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He has also held faculty positions in the architecture and interior design departments at the Abu Dhabi University and the New York Institute of Technology. Varghese was born in India and lived in Saudi Arabia.  He earned a bachelor’s of science in architecture, with merit, at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and a master’s of architecture at the University of Cincinnati. His thesis was awarded a Director’s Award and a Distinguished Design Award. Varghese is the founder of Banyan Tree, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of Illinois with a mission to support Indian Olympic athletes.

Bing Wang
Upper School Teacher, Latin School of Chicago

Bing Wang is an upper school teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. In addition to teaching, she also organizes international programs with Asia for the school. Prior to Latin, Wang has worked at both private and public sectors in the education field. She has a strong interest in global education policy and the use of technology in education. She received her BA from East China Normal University in linguistics and education, and her MEd from Harvard’s graduate school of education in developmental psychology.