Social Venture Fund - Team Members
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Gautam Kaul, Managing Director
Gautam Kaul is the John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance at the Ross School of Business (RSB). Gautam has published extensively on the behavior of asset prices. Gautam was awarded the Senior Faculty Research Award in 2003 for sustained, exceptional, and continuing contributions to scholarly research in the field of business, and noteworthy contributions to building and maintaining a strong research environment at RSB. Gautam has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D., and Executive levels and in courses ranging from Corporate Finance, Investment and Financial Institutions, to advanced courses on Empirical Methods in Finance and, more recently, Sustainability. His class on Finance and the Sustainable Business has drawn special recognition from students. Gautam has been nominated for the MBA Teaching Excellence Award several times, and was the winner of the award in 1996, 2006, and 2009. He also won the Global MBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. Gautam was recently awarded the 2009 Victor L. Bernard Leadership in Teaching Award by the RSB faculty.
Lauren Miller, Student Managing Director (MBA '11)
Lauren is a second-year MBA student specializing in finance and strategy. She spent the summer interning with Grassroots Business Fund and consulting with one of the fund’s recent portfolio companies in India on market development and entry strategies. Prior to business school Lauren spent over five years working at Google in Online Sales and Operations and Business Marketing. During her tenure she launched email operations in India, founded and managed an industry marketing team and worked in business-to-business brand management. Lauren left Google in 2009 to start an education non-profit benefitting low-income students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lauren attended the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Rhetoric.
Anita Bhat (MBA '11)
Anita is a second-year MBA pursuing concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Finance. She graduated from UC Berkeley with dual degrees in Business Administration and Political Economics. She then managed the opening of Wells Fargo’s first international operations in Hyderabad (India) and moved on to apply lessons of corporate efficiencies to the social sector. Most recently she worked directly for the Chief Minister of Rajasthan (India) and led financial inclusion/livelihoods reforms for the state of 60 million citizens. Along with SvF, she is currently a Student Advisory Board Member of the Nonprofit and Public Management Center. She is also an avid dance choreographer, a certified yoga instructor, and a public speaking coach.
Christina Browne (MBA '11)
Christina Browne is a second-year MBA student focusing on Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance. Prior to Ross, Christina worked at Deutsche Bank in Commodities Sales, focusing on metals, and in Integrated U.S. Oil Equity Research, focusing on refiners. Most recently, Christina did online marketing for Pro Mujer International, a nonprofit microfinance organization for entrepreneurial women in Latin America that joined the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009. During the summer before business school, Christina traveled to Argentina to visit Pro Mujer's clients and found inspiration in the ambition of these women. Christina's long-term goal is to lead a social enterprise, and in the short term she plans to build transferable skills through social impact investing. Christina holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
Luis Calderon (MBA/MS ’11)
Luis Calderon is a third-year dual degree MBA/MS Erb student with concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability. He is also one of four founding members of the SvF. Prior to Michigan, Luis worked for over 9 years with consulting and startup companies. He has also served as a team leader for the Wolverine Venture Fund, co-president of the Entrepreneur & Venture Club in 2009-2010 and an Investor’s Circle Venture Fellow. He is also a co-founder of Bebaroo, an online baby clothes rental service. Luis spent the past summer working as an analyst for Early Stage Partners, a premier venture capital firm in the Mid-West, and launching the SvF. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia with a focus in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering.
Hueling Lee (MBA '11)
Hueling Lee is a second year dual degree MBA/MA Education student focused on General Management and Educational Administration and Policy. Prior to Michigan, Hueling worked for nine years as a management consultant developing strategies for pharmaceutical, semiconductor, automotive, mortgage, venture capital, and medical diagnostics companies. She also chaired a non-profit board to start a charter middle school in East Oakland and provided pro-bono consulting services to a domestic abuse agency in San Francisco. Hueling is currently the Ross Education Club's Social Events & Networking Director and Ross Net Impact's ambassador to the School of Education. She holds a dual A.B. degree in Government and Asian Studies from Bowdoin College.
Michelle Lin (MBA/MS '12)
Michelle is a second-year dual degree MBA/MS Erb student driven to find business that contribute positively to both the environment and community through improved design and strategy. Prior to Michigan, Michelle was a consultant in the Sales Executive Council (SEC) Solutions practice, a part of the Corporate Executive Board, where she partnered with Fortune 500 companies to enhance the productivity and effectiveness of their sales organizations. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys being an active member of her community. She has provided pro-bono consulting to Ashoka in order to understand how it can best support its US Fellows. Additionally, as a founding member of Gather and Give, a giving circle composed of young professionals in Washington, D.C., she was thrilled to see the group featured on NPR and the Wall Street Journal. Michelle holds a B.A. from Brown University in Economics and Computer Science.
Mauricio Rincon (MBA ’11)
Mauricio is a first year MBA student and has bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). As an investment banker for almost seven years in Colombia, he participated in the financial structuring of several infrastructure projects as well as advised companies in M&A processes and strategic investments and divestitures. While working full-time, he co-led the development of an education-oriented nonprofit organization in the low income districts of Bogota. This experience boosted his interest in the linkage between business and social enterprises and motivated his interest in BoP ventures.
Ned Tomasevic (MBA '12)
Ned Tomasevic is a second-year MBA student and Consortium Fellow focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. Ned is the co-president of the Entrepreneur & Venture Club. Prior to coming to Michigan, Ned held the position of director with Buxbaum Holdings, a privately owned investment firm, where he was responsible for structuring and executing strategic buyouts, operational improvements, and exits of companies in the Buxbaum Holdings turnaround investment portfolio, as well as the evaluation of investment opportunities across a variety of industries in the US and Central America. Prior to joining Buxbaum, Ned was a consultant in the Corporate Finance and Restructuring Group at FTI Consulting, Inc. in Los Angeles, where he assisted in numerous Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations at various stages. Before that, he was a corporate banking associate in the Leveraged Finance division of US Bancorp in Minneapolis. Formerly a resident of Manhattan Beach, CA, Ned earned a dual degree in business and psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2002.