Archive for June, 2009

Meet the Newest Members of the Summer Workation Team

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Summer Workation is proud to introduce the seven talented interns who will be with us for the summer of ‘09. Each intern, highly qualified in his or her own way, comes to us with a diverse background and brings a wealth of experience, fresh ideas and dedication to Summer Workation’s cause. Their contributions will no doubt be invaluable and we are thrilled to have them join the team. We hope that all our readers will take a minute to get to know each of these brilliant individuals through the short bios that follow.

  • Sarah Ngu is a sophomore at Columbia University and is currently figuring out her place in this world. She’s tentatively decided on majoring in English and Sociology, picking up Chinese and French, and going into Journalism after graduating. She has come a long way in life (she thinks), and much of that progress is due to the wonderful teachers in her life. By interning for Summer Workation, Sarah hopes to do something in return for teachers beyond the token thank-you card.
  • Sungbo Shim is a junior at Columbia College pursuing a major in Economics-Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics. Currently, he is taking a leave of absence and is working as an instructor and educational consultant at Gen Academy, an SAT prep and academic enrichment academy. Last summer, Sungbo had the opportunity to work as a Research Analyst at J&JIQ, a hedge fund in Toronto, Canada. On campus, he is President of Students for North Korean Awareness, a group calls attention to the human rights and nuclear weapons crisis in North Korea. He also leads the Korean Drum Troupe, a performance group focused on providing cultural awareness through Korean percussion. In his free time, Sungbo likes to play guitar, listen to music, and hang out with friends.
  • Angel Lam is a senior at Barnard College, Columbia University, and has almost fulfilled the requirements to obtain her BAs in Economics and Psychology. Originally from Hong Kong, she enjoys the wonderful things in life, such as food and a good night of sleep.
  • Shailesh Otari is a current student of MS(IT)-MBA(Finance) dual degree at Boston University. Prior to Boston University, Shailesh worked with Syntel Consulting Inc., an IT-Knowledge Process Outsourcing firm serving Fortune 500 clients. Having worked in multiple countries, Shailesh has a strong understanding of working with teams of diverse backgrounds and experience. His leadership at Syntel involved aligning goals of business drivers and technology implementers. To be able to further gel his technological expertise with business acumen, Shailesh chose to do his MBA. A quick and active learner, he hopes to be able to leverage his learnings from B-school and put them in practice to add value to society at large. Shailesh holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Mumbai, India. He is passionate about new IT ventures and entrepreneurship in emerging economies.
  • Daniel Sucher is a student in the Joint Program between Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary. At Columbia, he plans to major in Urban Studies with a specialization in History, and at Jewish Theological Seminary, he will major in Modern Jewish Studies. Prior to entering college, Daniel spent a year studying and volunteering abroad in Israel. This included working as a teacher’s assistant in a school for the handicapped, and tutoring new immigrants in English at an elementary school. Daniel hopes to become further involved in social entrepreneurship and to one day start his own project to help make the world a better place.
  • Bryan Liou is a rising sophomore at Columbia University and is currently working towards a B.S. in Operations Research and a minor in Economics. Outside of his studies, he has been very active in tutoring, including both public and private. His experience spans from being employed by large corporations and small companies to being a self-employed tutor. On campus, Bryan is active in the EconSociety and hopes to be involved in finance after graduation.
  • Damion Harrikissoon is a junior at Columbia University in the City of New York. As a member of the Class of 2011, he is currently working on achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Although he aspires to pursue a career in the corporate business world, Damion is committed to his work on various community service and community building initiatives. Most recently, he has served for a year in NYC as a volunteer Health Educator for Peer Health Exchange.