2014 - 2015 Executive Board
sarah howe - co-President
Sarah is a Master of Public Administration candidate in International Finance and Economic Policy at SIPA. Before coming to SIPA, Sarah focused on private sector solutions to poverty alleviation. In Ecuador, Sarah was a consultant with SNV-Netherlands Development Organization and a fair trade social enterprise, Faire Collection, based in Brooklyn, NY. Most recently, Sarah worked with producer cooperatives throughout Latin America and Africa in her role with Fairtrade International in Bonn, Germany. Sarah remains especially interested in impact investing and social enterprises that promote equitable trade. Sarah has a BS from Cornell University and is fluent in Spanish.
Dina ufberg - co-President
Dina is pursuing a dual degree that combines a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Business Administration focusing on social enterprise. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Dina was awarded a Fulbright to teach in universities in Hong Kong. From there she went on to work at Jerusalem Venture Partners in Jerusalem and New York, learning how startups and venture capital firms operate. Following her VC experience, she went on to learn about technology from a different angle; Dina worked at Scholastic in their education department. It was through these myriad of experiences that she learned that she wanted to pursue social impact in the form of education technology. Through her education at SIPA and Columbia Business School, Dina hopes to work for an education technology company.
Felipe Pacheco - Consulting Chair
Felipe is a Master of Public Administration candidate in International Finance and Economic Policy at SIPA. Felipe is an economist and lawyer from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. His 5 years of working experience have allowed him to develop a deep understanding of financial and business transaction in Latin America. Felipe came to SIPA with the purpose of focusing his career in impact investing and social enterprise. He is also member of the Latin American Student Association.
Serena fu - Consulting Chair
Serena is a Master of Public Administration candidate focusing in Economic and Political Development. She is keenly interested in ICT for development, design thinking, and helping organizations scale and evaluate their social impact. Prior to SIPA, Serena helped develop NYU's online class platform, assisted NYU's SVP in managing a $6 billion fundraising operation, and implemented workforce development and environmental advocacy programs. She also helped start the Yale AIDS Memorial Project, a non-profit organization and online memorial website. A native of southern California, Serena received her B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA.
Aditi Srinivasan - Consulting Chair
Aditi is a Master of International Affairs candidate in Economic and Political Development at SIPA. Before coming to SIPA, she worked in corporate relations at Upwardly Global, a nonprofit that integrates high-skilled refugees and immigrants into the U.S. professional workforce. Her passion for impact investing grew from the results she saw in her work creating partnerships between private corporations and the nonprofit organization. She is particularly interested in impact investing in social and women-led enterprises, and is also a member of the Gender Policy Working Group. Aditi has a BA in International Studies and Psychology from Northwestern University, and speaks French, Spanish and Tamil.
Tammy Lewin - Communications Chair
Directly before SIPA, Tammy was in Nairobi, Kenya working with Kiva to test and grow their mobile tech-based pilot project, Kiva Zip. Primarily, she focused on the acquisition of new partners and developed a strategy for growth. Prior to Kenya, Tammy was in the Philippines conducting an impact assessment of student loan programs offered by partner microfinance institutions for an organization called Vittana. Before going abroad, Tammy spent about 5 years working in consulting for two different firms in Washington, DC. Primarily, she worked as an Analyst and project manager, collecting and analyzing programmatic data for clients such as the Department of Energy and the US Treasury. Though a native New Yorker, throughout her life, she’s lived with local families in Honduras, Belize, Russia, and Denmark and traveled to over 30 countries. Tammy received a BA in economics and applied-math from Colby College and is a Master of Development Practice candidate at Columbia with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship.
Tanjeb Islam - Professional Development Chair
Tanjeb is a Master of Public Administration candidate in Economic and Political Development at SIPA. Prior to moving to New York, he was one of the founding Directors at Teach for Bangladesh where he was managing the organization’s financial and operation strategy. He also served as a Consultant to the Government of Bangladesh in developing their Sixth Five Year Economic Plan along with stints at BAT and KPMG. He has a MA in Political Economy from the University of Sydney along with Bachelor in Business and Commerce from Monash University.
Peng xu - Professional development chair
Peng is a Master of Public Administration candidate at SIPA. Prior to SIPA, Peng earned a master’s degree in investment management from Pace University, during which he worked as a risk management analyst on wall street and developed a specialization in quantitative analysis of financial products. His first exposure to impact investing was through his work with the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) in Hanoi, where he assisted the micro-finance project “HumaniTour” to help locale vendors raise money. In addition, Peng joined the evaluation team of the UN 2014 E-Government Survey. He evaluated the application of ICT in public services by member countries and created case studies to promote sustainable governance in public sector. Peng is interested in combing his experience in finance with his industry concentration in energy to achieve sustainable development.