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Inaugural Class

GEORGE ACHILLIAS (GREECE)

Bachelor of Physics, University of Patras

George has more than 10 years' experience working with top-tier firms in media and advertising. He was responsible for bringing several of Europe's important news agencies into the digital era, including those in Poland and Sweden. He also drove a successful move by the Greece-based Gazzetta Media Group to increase its market share in only six months. As an entrepreneur, George helped establish the first VC fund in the Balkans as well as a mobile telecom company that he and his partners later sold to Verizon.

LAURA C. BERNARD (UNITED STATES)

Bachelor of Science in Information Design and Corporate Communication, Bentley University

Laura joins the MBA program after a six-year career at Agero, a national roadside program for major automotive original equipment manufacturers. She served as a client service manager for brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Fiat, managing interdepartmental projects from marketing to IT, to accomplish client program requirements and initiatives. Her work generated multiyear client renewals worth tens of millions of dollars in sustained revenue for the client.

LEONIE BEYER (GERMANY)

Bachelor of Aviation Management, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

Leonie is the first Fulbright Award winner to work for Lufthansa, where she manages projects in Global Handling and Sales & Revenue Management with Lufthansa Cargo AG. Her most recent assignment involved coordinating logistic, fleet and operational issues with South African Road Feeder Services, a handling services provider based in Johannesburg. Leonie’s extensive travels include study in Monterrey, Mexico, and in Barcelona, Spain.

NIEK BRUNSVELD (THE NETHERLANDS)

Master of Art and PhD in Religious Studies and Theology, Utecht University

Niek recently served as an interim project manager/researcher, post-experience MBA programs, at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to that, he completed a four-year PhD fellowship at Utecht University and conducted a faculty colloquium in theology, philosophy, ethics and religion at Harvard University School of Divinity.

CALIN TUDOR BUZAN (ROMANIA)

Master of Internationalization of Small and Medium Enterprises, University & Impresa
Bachelor of Management and Business Administration, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca (Babes-Bolyai University)

Calin is a skilled consultant in the area of waste management, supply chain optimization, inventory management and alternative energy. He is well versed in four languages.

DJ CASS (UNITED STATES)

Bachelor of Policy Studies and Political Science, Syracuse University

DJ joins Bentley with 10 years of sales experience at Cytyc Corporation-Hologic. His most recent role was regional business director of the Eastern territory, responsible for a $7 million budget and management of four U.S. district managers. DJ is pursuing a corporate sabbatical program through Hologic to promote advancement opportunities within the corporation.

BURHAN CICEK (TURKEY)

Master of Marketing Communication and Management, Galatasaray University

Bachelor of Business Administration and International Relations, Karadeniz Technical University

Burhan is a sales and marketing professional with experience in account management, product management, international investment consultancy, and exports. He has gained extensive global experience and intercultural awareness through professional work and social projects in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

RODRIGO M. DA CUNHA (PERU)

Bachelor of International Business and Marketing, Suffolk University

Rodrigo is a trilingual professional experienced in logistics and contract administration. He was most recently employed at Buenaventura Ingenieros S.A, a leading Peruvian company in consulting, engineering, management and development of integral projects for the mining, energy and general industry sectors. Rodrigo’s previous experience includes logistical operations at Odebrecht Peru Ingenieria y Construccion, an organization in the engineering and construction field.

ADRIANO GARCEZ (PORTUGAL)

PhD in Public Health (ABD), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon)
Master of Strategic Management and Health Economics, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Lusóphone University of Humanities and Technology)
Bachelor of Biotech Engineering, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Lusóphone University of Humanities and Technology)

Adriano is a skilled researcher in DNA sampling and genetic sequencing, with experience as a consultant on science, finance and contracting to firms researching HIV/AIDS. He has worked extensively on human resource, import/export and planning issues for laboratories doing clinical analysis in Portugal and Angola; he also served as chairman of the Portuguese Agency for Biotechnology in Europe. His early business experience includes work in the life insurance industry.

JASON GARRETT (UNITED STATES)

Master of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Bachelor of Spanish and Business Administration, Morehouse College

As a Fulbright Scholar, Jason pursued economic development research in Ecuador. He was a Presidential Scholar at Harvard after graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse College. Jason’s organizational experience includes a financial analyst post at Becton Dickinson and UBS. More recently, he is focused on community development through organizations that include Bridging the Gap Community Outreach (Atlanta, Ga.) and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and as a minister in the Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston.

SAURABH JAIN (INDIA)

Bachelor of Business Economics, University of Delhi

Saurabh comes to Bentley with more than six years of experience in research and analysis. His roles have involved identifying new market opportunities, forecasting consumer demand and behavior patterns, strategic planning and performance benchmarking. His most significant area of expertise is within the automotive industry.

RISHABH JHOL, FRM (INDIA)

Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis, University of Delhi
Certified Financial Risk Manager

Rishabh is a skilled business advisory professional, specializing in risk management. His most recent experience was as an internal consultant to the fastest growing Indian e-commerce company in lifestyle retail. Prior to that, he was working as a senior analyst with the Corporate Executive Board, where he conducted significant research on strategic risk management, talent management for the audit function, and geo-political risks. He has volunteered regularly with NAZ India for HIV orphans and with the micro-finance vertical of the Drishtee Foundation.

PAUL NADDAFF (UNITED STATES)

Master of Science in Human Factors and Information Design, Bentley University
Bachelor of Psychology, University of Southern California

Paul is an entrepreneurial user-centered designer who practices the “art of simplification.” His professional experience includes user experience designer at Partners in Health, a global health non-profit that operates in 13 countries around the world. There, he worked on a custom electronic medical record system for low-computer-literacy users in Haiti. In addition, Paul is co-founder of ConceptZero LLC, a user-centered design consultancy; and Big Kids Dodgeball Inc., a company that organizes dodgeball events for adults.

RAVI PRASAD (UNITED STATES)

Master of Professional Higher Education Administration, University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Literatures and Cultures in English, Brown University

Ravi is dedicated to community service. His background includes several positions in higher education focused on building communities and fostering interest in community service. He spent the past two years as a training manager for City Year Boston, a national nonprofit that deploys diverse teams of young people for a year of service in urban public schools. He was awarded the Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship in 2011 for his sustainability work in higher education.

RAMA SAGNA (SENEGAL)

Bachelor of Economics—Finance, Bentley University

Rama considers herself a “social architect” with a talent in facilitating connections and creating a dialogue of value with tangible benefits to different parties. Her 10 year experience combines sales, marketing, recruitment and human resources. Most recently, Rama held the position of Group Human Resource Manager for Africapractice Ltd. in London, a leading strategic communication group with a focus on Africa. Previously, she was head of external affairs and development at the Institute of Management (Senegal); head of marketing for Private Equity Recruitment (UK); and top sales producer with New York Life Insurance Company (Boston, Mass) 

NADEZHDA (NADIA) STOYANOVA (BULGARIA)

Master of Law, University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria
Master of Nationalism Studies, Central European University, Hungary
Master of Politics, Security and Integration, University College London, England
Bachelor of International Relations, University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria

Nadia joins Bentley after working as sales manager for the exclusive representative of 
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation in Central and Eastern Europe. Previously, she was project manager in aviation and defense technologies for the Bulgarian service provider 
for EADS. Additionally, as a diplomat and jurist by training, Nadia interned at foreign 
affairs institutions. She has a good command of six languages and is committed to 
socially responsible causes.

DEBORAH L. VAN DE VEN (UNITED STATES)

Master of Hotel, Institutional and Restaurant Management, Purdue University
Bachelor of Business Management and Marketing, SUNY Buffalo

Deborah recently completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force as the group commander at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, where she oversaw six departments with 900-plus personnel. Previously, she was based in the U.S. Pentagon, serving as the USAF chief of protocol and public relations director. Her other service roles include squadron commander, headquarters staff action officer and various positions in human resources.

EPAMEINONDAS (NONDAS) VIRVIDAKIS (GREECE)

Master of Management and Strategic Information Systems, University of Bath
Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance, University of Essex

Nondas has more than 12 years of experience in the banking industry, with a focus on customer analytics and data and relationship management functions. His most recent position was with Alpha Bank S.A., as an international division senior project manager for cross-country projects. His responsibilities centered on disseminating local expertise and operations best practices.

CHRISTINE VOGT (UNITED STATES)

Master of Exercise and Sports Studies, Smith College
Bachelor of Psychology, Harvard University

After a long career coaching softball at the collegiate level, Christine comes to Bentley from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. As director of e-services, she developed an integrated social media platform to improve the association’s branding and marketing. She was also responsible for overseeing web strategy, with a focus on the management of web content.