Tensie Whelan (NYU ‘80) is the Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability. As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with Rainforest Alliance. She built the Rainforest Alliance frog into an internationally recognized and credible brand. Her previous work included serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, Managing Editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a journalist in Latin America. Tensie has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, was the Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at NYU Stern in 2015 and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and the Nespresso Innovation Fund Advisory Board. Tensie holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.A from American University, and is a graduate of the three-year Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM) Program.
Lee Ballin is the Head of Sustainable Business Programs at Bloomberg L.P. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Bloomberg Professional Service, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities. Lee works closely with a cross-functional team conducting life cycle analysis of customer facing equipment, optimizing a complex, global logistics network to minimize carbon output of shipments, and setting paper standards for three magazine publications. Lee's communications team develops best-in-class employee engagement programs, training curriculum for operating departments and Bloomberg's GRI-based Sustainability Report, published annually. He is a frequent panelist at sustainability conferences and events speaking on topics ranging from sustainable supply chains, external reporting and employee engagement. Lee is a Fellow within the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Programs First Mover Fellowship and a graduate of CORO Leadership New York, a civic leadership program. He holds a bachelor's degree in business logistics from Pennsylvania State University Park and a MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business with a focus on finance and sustainability. He is an adjunct professor at the Pratt Institute, focusing on the intersection of Operations Management and Sustainable Business Strategy. He also is a faculty member at the NYU School of Professional Studies teaching a course on Corporate Social Responsibility and an advisor for the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business.
Steve Kassin is Co-Founder and Principal of Infinity Group, and is Managing Partner of Infinity Real Estate. In 2005, Steve led Infinity Group into real estate investments and property management. He currently oversees Infinity’s development projects and investment ventures and is also responsible for its corporate and portfolio operations. Steve’s entrepreneurial drive and business acumen have been instrumental in the impressive growth of Infinity’s Real Estate’s development projects and investment activities. His market knowledge and creativity have led to the successful acquisition and development of more than two million square feet of commercial property, representing over $1.5 billion in direct investment transactions, both with fellow developers and with leading financial institutions. Under Steve’s leadership, Infinity honed its expertise in the urban multifamily, lodging and retail sectors. His management and growth initiatives have transformed Infinity Real Estate into a national real estate investment company. Steve’s dedication to the Company’s existing portfolio of properties and stakeholders has reinforced Infinity’s reputation as a focused and hands-on developer and operator of premier real estate. Prior to joining Infinity, Steve worked at Oppenheimer & Co. in its U.S. Equity Research group. His previous work experience also includes positions with DRS Laboratories, Inc., in its accounting group, and with Best Brands Consumer Products, Inc. as a member of its sales team. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science from the NYU Stern School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Economics. While there, he was awarded the prestigious New York State Attorney General’s CCC Award, granted to students demonstrating exceptional character and commitment to excellence. Today, Steve serves as an advisory board member of NYU Stern’s Center for Real Estate Finance & Research. He also serves as Chair of the Entrepreneurship Committee for NYU Stern’s Alumni Council. Steve is a former board member of Daymark Realty Advisors, Inc., and serves on the Executive Committee of NAIOP’s New York Chapter. He is also a founding member of the Professionals in Real Estate Forum (PREF). In October 2015, Steve was named “Fifty Under 40” in Globe Street’s Real Estate Forum publication. He is also an active participant on various industry panels and guest lectures at NYU Stern School of Business and at other educational institutions. Steve lives in the New York area with his wife and daughter.
Ashish Bhatia is the Assistant Dean of Students, Engagement, & Innovation in the Undergraduate College. In his role as Assistant Dean, he manages the Office of Student Engagement (OSE), which plays a critical role in supporting a vibrant community for the more than 2,500 students. In collaboration with leading industry partners, OSE provides professional development programs that help students explore and prepare for their careers and connect with alumni. OSE also manages the Cohort Program that prepares students for leadership roles by fostering emotional intelligence and innovative thinking. Prior to joining Stern in 2015, Assistant Dean Bhatia worked as a market economist and policy advisor for 14 years. He started his career in bank regulation at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then worked as a portfolio manager in the Markets Group—where he managed foreign currency reserves for the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. After the Fed, he was Director of Central Banks & Public Policy at the World Gold Council, where he was responsible for developing research on foreign reserves management and building relationships with global central banks. Working with faculty at the UC Berkeley HAAS School of Business, he developed and directed the Executive Program in Gold Reserves Management. Assistant Dean Bhatia is a member of the Economic Club of New York and an Adjunct Professor in the Business & Society program. He is an alumnus of the NYU Stern Undergraduate College, receiving his B.S. in Economics and International Business and received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Amal Shehata joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting in September 2015, after having been an adjunct professor at the School since 2008. She teaches courses in financial accounting and auditing. Professor Shehata began her career in public accounting as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Washington D.C. During her 11 years at PwC, she worked in several divisions, including Assurance, Internal Firm Services and the Office of the Vice-Chairman. After leaving PwC, she worked as Director of Sales and Operations for a privately held company. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia. She received her B.S. in Business Administration and her M.S. in Accounting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dom is a partner in EY's National Professional Practice group. His responsibilities focus on the banking industry and include providing accounting, auditing and reporting guidance to EY’s financial services engagement teams and clients. Prior to joining professional practice, Dom spent most of his 20+ years with E&Y delivering assurance and advisory services to financial services clients, including leading companies in the banking, asset and wealth management, broker/dealer and asset servicing industries. Dom is a member of the AICPA’s Depository Institution Expert Panel. Dom's career took him to Zurich, Switzerland from mid-2004 through June 2011. While in Europe, Dom provided assurance and advisory services to some of E&Y's largest global financial services and industrial clients and was a director in the E&Y Capital Markets group with responsibility for cross-border debt and equity transactions. Dom holds a MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Rick Borelli is a principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP and has been with Deloitte for over 28 years. His experience spans serving clients across the financial services industry. He recently transitioned out of a leadership position as Deloitte’s National Controls Testing leader. He has spent time in audit, consulting, and enterprise risk services, and most recently acts as a "Utility Player" to pursue and execute large projects and to build relationships with Deloitte’s premier clients. He has worked in areas of risk management, compliance, leading practices, and design and implementation over both business process operations and information technology. He is a leader in innovation using AI tools to automate controls and compliance testing and monitoring. He is currently leading Deloitte initiatives and client projects assessing cybersecurity and resiliency over extended enterprise in the banking and securities markets. His most recent projects include working with international Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited member firms on IPO readiness and corporate governance projects, specifically in South America and Central America.
Claudine Gartenberg joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Management in September 2011. Her program focuses on the interplay between firm strategy and structure and individual-level factors such as behavioral biases and self-interest. She studies these connections in economically important contexts where this interplay has a substantial impact. Her studies have focused on, among other topics, the role of incentives and corporate scope of US mortgage lenders immediately prior to the 2007-2008 crisis, the increasing digitization of work within the trucking industry, and the role of firm organization and social comparison in shaping the growth in wage inequality over the past three decades. Her work has been published in a number of academic journals, including Management Science and Strategy Management Journal, where she currently sits on the editorial board. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Gartenberg was an account manager at a business consulting firm, working with clients such as PG&E, Chevron, Hallmark Cards, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Professor Gartenberg received a B.A. with honors in Physics from Harvard College, and a D.B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar and received the Wyss Award for best doctoral research.
Claudia is a Manager in PwC's Financial Services Advisory practice. She is a business strategy and technology consulting professional, specializing in M&A integration, strategic cost reduction and emerging technology adoption. Claudia has helped clients establish multi-million dollar sustainable cost reduction programs, and manage cost synergy portfolios encompassing 70+ global initiatives. She has led extensive financial analysis to help clients optimize global infrastructure sourcing footprints and evaluate Cloud computing adoption strategies. Claudia has helped clients prepare for and execute post-M&A integration, and led efforts to optimize global operating footprints to drive shareholder value. Claudia applies her understanding of financial services, emerging technology and strategic consolidation opportunities to generate long term value for her clients. In addition to English, Claudia is fluent in Spanish, German and Italian, with intermediate proficiency in French and Portuguese. Prior to joining PwC, Claudia worked for S&P Capital IQ, a Division of Standard and Poor's, where she helped asset management and banking clients leverage market data solutions. Claudia holds an Honors B.A. in International Relations from New York University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, was inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa society and received the President’s Service Award. Claudia received the NYU International Relations Program Prize for her undergraduate thesis. Claudia also holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU, focusing on Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, with coursework spanning NYU Wagner and the Stern School of Business. Claudia recently co-taught a course at NYU titled “Finance for Social Entrepreneurship”, focusing on aligning finance, mission and streamlining operations at global non-profit organizations. She also co-taught a course titled “Making Social Entrepreneurship Happen”, designed to help aspiring social entrepreneurs launch new ventures, manage their careers and maximize their impact.
Darren Campo is a television executive, producer, author and adjunct professor at Stern. Darren serves as Senior Vice President of Programming Strategy at Food Network and the Cooking Channel. Previously, Darren was Senior Vice President Programming, Production and Development for TruTV, the top programming job at the network. His team was responsible for all original series, launching TruTV from Court TV. During the eight years Darren led Court TV and truTV programming, the network was consistently top 15 among A18-49 primetime ratings. Darren started his television career at CBS Television Network. Darren Campo is the author of the bestselling "Alex Detail" science fiction series. His published novels include Alex Detail's Revolution, Alex Detail's Rebellion and STINGERS. He's been interviewed about his novels on various NBC, ABC, and CBS programs, FoxNews.com and The Guardian UK. Alex Details' Revolution was featured at FOX's Teen Choice Awards. Campo is a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business and has been an adjunct professor in the EMT Program since 2011. He teaches The Business of Producing in Entertainment and Media.
As Agency Development Manager at Amazon Media Group, Alison Cuan is responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with leading media agencies, working at all levels of the organization to drive strategic adoption of Amazon’s offerings at the intersection of advertising and eCommerce. She marries data-driven insights with Amazon’s proprietary technology to help brands achieve their marketing objectives. Prior to joining Amazon in 2013, Alison was Associate Director of Analytics at 33Across, where she led the company’s analytics practice by spearheading the development of core data infrastructure, building custom audience insights solutions, streamlining internal reporting processes, and informing product development. As an early employee at the ad tech start up, Alison held several roles across operations and analytics during her 3 year tenure, allowing her to develop expertise in the technical underpinnings of advertising technology before moving to sales at Amazon. Alison holds a BS in Marketing, with a minor in English & American Literature, from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Phil Hayes is a Data Scientist at Twitter, where he currently leads analytics for a new product development team. Phil started at Twitter working on content analytics and optimization. He also helps run non-profit TAVtech, which runs coding and entrepreneurship training programs. Phil graduated with a B.S. in Finance and Information Systems from Stern, where he was Senior Class President of the Stern Student Council.
Chine is an Associate in the Technology, Media and Telecom group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Chine is responsible for day-to-day execution across a broad range of Technology and Media clients. Chine has sector expertise in Internet, Media and Sports having advised on several transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, follow-ons, debt financings and restructurings. Chine also serves as Secretary of the Goldman Sachs IBD Technology Investment Committee and as Co-COO of the Goldman Sachs Firmwide Women’s Network. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2011 as an analyst in the Technology, Media and Telecom group. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Chine worked in the Policy Correspondence Department at the Clinton Foundation and as a Teaching Assistant through America Reads and Counts. Chine earned a BS in Economics and Finance with Honors from New York University Stern School of Business.
Iseult Conlin, CFA, Vice President, is a member of the Investment Grade Corporate Credit Trading desk within BlackRock's Trading, Liquidity and Investments Platform (T&P). She is responsible for sector trading in aerospace & defense, autos, food & beverage, manufacturing, retailers, tobacco and transports. Iseult has been instrumental in the development and adoption of an open access all-to-all electronic credit trading platform. Prior to her current role, Iseult worked on the Global Capital Markets desk managing the investment grade primary market issuance process. Iseult was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Finance in 2016. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2010, Ms. Conlin was a Latin American economist and fixed income strategist at Bank of America in New York. She was responsible for coverage of Colombia and Peru, where she recommended leveraged discretionary portfolio trades in local debt, external debtand FX. Ms. Conlin earned a BA degree in economics and psychology from New York University in 2009. She was a member of the NYU Women's Basketball Team and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Kathleen is the Chairman of the Board of Evolute, a wealth management software startup. She leads the FinTech investment practice for Go Beyond, the largest pan-European Angel platform, and is a member of Goldenseeds, the New York based Angel group focused on female entrepreneurs. Her areas of special interest and expertise are wealth and asset management, financial technology and quantitative finance, and China’s political economy. She was most recently a Managing Director and the Head of Business Strategy and Solutions at Credit Suisse Private Banking and Wealth Management, Investment Strategy and Research where she led the team designing the banks’ robo-advisor and led global strategy and product design for asset management. Prior to this role she was the Head of Global Investment Process for the multi-asset class business. Before joining Credit Suisse, Kathleen was a Managing Partner and the Head of Portfolio Management and Research at a New York hedge fund. Prior to that, Kathleen was a Managing Director at Bessemer Trust, where she was the Head of Large Capitalization Equities and managed multi- billions in high net worth client portfolios. Before Bessemer, Kathleen spent twelve years at Deutsche Bank, the successor organization to Scudder Stevens & Clark, where she was a Principal and Managing Director, in a succession of management and portfolio management roles, managing $12 billion in client assets. Kathleen started her career at Chase Manhattan Bank, (now JPMorgan), where she was an analyst and portfolio manager. She has been the subject of a Barron’s cover story and has made numerous television appearances. Academic: Kathleen has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a MBA from the London School of Economics, Haute Ecole Commerciale in France, and NYU’s Stern School of Business (TRIUM program), and an MSc (with distinction) in Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford, where she won the Humphrey Ko prize for best MSc thesis in her year. Kathleen is the author of “The Evolving Challenges of Quantitative Investing” with her former hedge fund partner Robert Hagin, a chapter in Investment Management: the Noble Challenges of Funding Pensions, Deficits, and Growth. She has authored papers on Market Neutral Investing and other investment research topics. She has also guest taught undergraduate investment analysis at Columbia and a course on culture-bound investor risk-taking for business school students at NYU Shanghai. She has been a panel judge for the TRIUM Capstone start-ups. Societies: Kathleen is a Chartered Financial Analyst, (CFA), a member of The Economic Club of New York, a 100 Women in Hedge Funds “Angel,” and of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Philanthropy: Kathleen founded the “Kathleen Traynor Research Fund” at Princeton’s Bendheim Center for Finance, which supports women students in finance. She also helped to fund scholarships for women at TRIUM and NYU Stern. Kathleen is on the board of Non-traditional Employment for Women (NEW) a New York City not-for-profit. She has coached entrepreneurs for Astia and Springboard. Boards (for profit): Kathleen is the board chair of Evolute, a software company, in Zug, Switzerland, and served on the Advisory board of Go Beyond. She was a board member for EDGE, a Swiss HR software company in 2014-2015.
Tensie Whelan - MA '83
Lee Ballin - MBA '09
Steve Kassin - BS '07
Ashish Bhatia - BS '02
Dom Giuffrida - MBA '99
Rick Borelli - MBA '92
Claudia Perez Pellicer - BA '10 & MPA '12
Darren Campo - BS '95
Antonia Swan - BS '04 (not pictured)
Alison Cuan - BS '10
Phil Hayes -BS '16
Chine Mmegwa - BS '11
Iseult Conlin - BA '11
Kathleen DeRose - TRIUM MBA '11