Paul Light is a second year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Paul was a Senior Financial Analyst at Coastal Forest Resources Company, primarily working on investments in the timberland sector. Previously, he was an Associate at Thomas H. Lee Partners, focusing on private equity investments in the healthcare and consumer sectors. Before Thomas H. Lee Partners, Paul was an Analyst at Jefferies in the Restructuring & Reorganization Group, and at Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors Group. Paul received a B.S. in Commerce (concentrations in Finance and Accounting) from the University of Virginia.
Chris Wells is a second-year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Chris was a Senior Associate at Saw Mill Capital, a private equity firm specializing in the manufacturing, industrial services and distribution sectors. Previously, Chris was an analyst at Edgeview Partners where he focused on middle-market mergers & acquisitions across a variety of industries. Chris received a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University.
VP, State of Private Equity
Ankit Chadha is a second-year student at Columbia Business School and is on the PE Conference State of Private Equity Panel team as a VP. Prior to Columbia Business School, Ankit was an associate at Welsh Carson, a middle market private equity firm focused on the technology and healthcare industries. Previously, Ankit worked at Evercore Partners as an investment banking analyst in the Healthcare M&A team. Ankit graduated from NYU-Stern with a B.S. in Finance and Economics.
VP, Consumer / Retail
Alan Chen is a second-year student at Columbia Business School and is on the Private Equity Consumer / Retail Team as a VP. Prior to Columbia Business School, Alan was an associate at Endeavour Capital, a middle market private equity firm with a focus on investments within the food and consumer, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and business services industries. Previously, Alan worked at Piper Jaffray & Co. as an investment banking analyst in the consumer & retail M&A team. Alan graduated from The University of Southern California-Marshall School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and Business Economics.
Ryan Snyder is a second year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Ryan was an Investment Analyst at PGIM, where he executed middle-market private equity and mezzanine investments across sectors. Previously, Ryan was a credit trading analyst at Morgan Stanley. Ryan received a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.”
Rob Schaus is a second year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Rob was an Investment Banking Associate in Wells Fargo Securities’ Public Finance Department, working with large government clients to issue and refinance tax-exempt and taxable debt. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Management Division focusing on equity derivative strategies. Rob also spent one year in rural China as a Teaching Fellow with Teach for China. Rob graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a B.S.F.S. in International Economics and is also a CFA® charterholder.
VP, Sales & Marketing
Daniel Tonkovich is a second-year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Daniel was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte where he specialized in providing transaction and restructuring consulting services to private equity clients. He also managed the execution of Deloitte’s executive and corporate governance program offerings – providing executive officers and their teams an opportunity to collaborate and obtain direct access to resources and research to build world-class capabilities. Daniel received a B.S. with Honors in Accounting and History from Boston College.
Chris Pacicco is a second year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Chris was an Assistant Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Gabelli Funds, working on a concentrated best ideas portfolio investing across multiple sectors. Previously, he was the Desk Analyst to the Founder and CIO. Chris received a BS in Finance with a minor in Economics from Fairfield University.
Co-President, Restructuring and Distressed Investing Group
Lee West is a second-year student at Columbia Business School and is the co-President of the school’s Restructuring and Distressed Investing Group. Prior to Columbia Business School, Lee was an Associate in the investor relations group at Och-Ziff Capital Management. Previously, he worked as a Research Associate at Broadwood Capital, a hedge fund focused on investments in the healthcare and consumer sectors. Lee received his B.A. from Yale University and is a CFA charterholder.
Gabriel Littman is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Gabe was an Associate in the Debt Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Gabe received a BA in Economics from Cornell University.
AVP, State of Private Equity
Charles Zheng is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Charles worked as a private equity associate at Partners Group, focused on leveraged buyouts of middle-market businesses across industries. Previously, he worked as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Services Group at Raymond James & Associates. Charles graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Economics.
Alex Chouraqui is a first year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Alex was an Associate in Piper Jaffray’s Healthcare Group, primarily focused on sell-side M&A for sponsor-owned healthcare services companies. Previously, he was an Associate and Analyst in CIT Group’s Debt Capital Markets Group, focusing on underwriting and syndicating leveraged loans for middle market clients. Alex received a BSBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.
AVP, Consumer & Retail
Rachel Lewis is a first year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Rachel was an Associate at Fortissimo Capital, a private equity fund based in Israel. Previously, she was an Analyst in the Principal Strategic Investments group at Morgan Stanley, where she focused on investments for the Institutional Equities Division. Rachel received a B.A. in Math and Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.
AVP, Consumer & Retail
Jack Marous is a first year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Jack was an Associate at PWP Growth Equity, where he invested in opportunities across the consumer, industrial, and business services sectors. Previously, he was an Analyst in Brookwood Associates' Hospitality group, focusing on M&A advisory for restaurant and specialty retail clients. Jack received a BBA with concentrations in Finance and Strategy from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Alex Efron is a first year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Alex was a Manager at AArete, leading management consulting engagements for healthcare payers and provider systems. Previously, he was an Associate at Huron Consulting Group, where he focused on strategy and operations improvements for life sciences companies. Alex received a B.A. in Neuroscience from Pomona College.
Alex is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and AVP of Sponsorship for the 25th CBS PE Conference. Prior to CBS, Alex was a Principal at FW Cook, a leading board and executive compensation advisory firm. He started his career at Deloitte Consulting. Alex graduated with a BA in Economics, cum laude, from Boston College.
Ben Loffredo is a first-year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Ben was a member of the investment team at Otter Media, a joint venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T with a mandate to make control and minority investments in the digital media space. Previously, Ben was an analyst at Guggenheim Partners, where he focused on mergers & acquisitions in the TMT sector. Ben received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale.
Sivu Mzamo is a first-year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Sivu worked at Accordion, a financial strategy consulting firm focused on identifying, implementing and measuring finance-related value creation initiatives at PE-backed portfolio companies. Previously, Sivu spent 6 years with Rand Merchant Bank in the Real Estate Investment Banking team originating structured debt and equity investments in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and India. Sivu also completed a pre-MBA Summer Internship with RFE Investment Partners, a middle-market PE firm in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Sivu is a CFA charter holder and received a Bachelor of Economics (with Distinction) from Rhodes University and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Cape Town.
AVP, LP & Family Office
Walker Berning is a first-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to CBS, Walker was an Investment Analyst at the IFC Asset Management Company, an emerging markets private equity firm and member of the World Bank Group, where he focused on investments across the technology, telecommunications and services sectors and throughout emerging markets. Previously, he was an Investment Analyst at GCP Capital Partners (formerly Greenhill Capital Partners) where he focused on the energy sector. Walker received a BA in American Studies with a concentration in Economics from Trinity College.
AVP, Sales & Marketing
Jean Choi is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school, Jean was a Senior Associate at STIC Investments, where she focused on investments in Korean conglomerates with restructuring initiatives. Previously, Jean was an Analyst at Partners K&K, a middle market private equity firm based in Korea. Jean received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
AVP, Sales & Marketing
Benjamin is a first-year MBA student at CBS. Prior to CBS, Benjamin was a member of the investment team at TDM Growth Partners, a private investment firm that invests in public and private businesses globally with a long-term investment philosophy. Prior to TDM, Benjamin was at Pemba Capital Partners, a Sydney-based mid-market private equity fund specializing in ‘Buy-and-Build’ growth strategies with businesses headquartered in Australia and New Zealand.
Benjamin received a Bachelor of Economics & Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.