The CASE i3 program for students at the Fuqua School of Business includes coursework, student leadership, consulting, and mentoring. Building on the lessons of the COLE fellowship at Fuqua, CASE i3 is managed by CASE i3 Fellows (second year MBA students) who work in teams with CASE i3 Associates (first year and second year MBA students). The CASE i3 Fellowship and Consulting programs operate on an academic year schedule, and more detail is available for students and practitioners.
Past Student Leaders
CASE i3 launched in Fall 2011. Beth Bafford, MBA 2012, helped co-found CASE i3. Co-chairs Scott Kleiman and David Nicola, MBAs 2013, helped build it. Since then, 115 students have been part of the program. We have many Duke and Fuqua alumni working in impact investing who were here before the program started as well.
Current Student Leaders: CASE i3 Fellows 2016-2017
Adelaide Belk, CASE i3 Fellow
Adelaide is currently pursuing her MBA degree at Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, Adelaide worked in San Francisco at Change.org as a client manager, advising organizations and socially-driven companies on digital campaign strategy. Adelaide has worked in the social enterprise and nonprofit sectors in SF, DC, and East Africa since graduating from the University of Virginia. At Fuqua, Adelaide is serving on the AWIB and Net Impact cabinets. Outside of school, she loves to run and explore new places.
Lauren is pursuing her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Strategy. Prior to Fuqua, Lauren worked in international development for over five years designing and managing capacity building programs across public and private sectors, including entrepreneurs. Lauren has expertise in program management, operations, database management, and corporate strategy within small, rapidly growing organizations. While at Fuqua, Lauren is supporting diverse consulting projects including business plan development with a Zambian social entrepreneur and strategic planning for her family’s restaurant business. Lauren is a cabinet member of Net Impact Fundraising and FuquaVision clubs, and enjoys cooking, photography, exploring new places, and DIY projects.
Zen Dedekind, CASE i3 Fellow and Co-Chair
Zen is currently pursuing his MBA degree at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, Zen worked in Johannesburg at Edge Growth as an Investment Associate Intern, conducting due diligence on potential social venture capital transactions. Since graduating from the University of Pretoria and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Zen has worked in the financial services industry in South Africa and the United Kingdom. At Fuqua, Zen serves on the Net Impact and Business in Africa cabinets, and is a non-voting board member of the Durham Center for Senior Life as part of Fuqua on Board. Outside of school, he loves to hike and travel, having visited 35 countries and hoping to visit many more.
Nikki Gusz, CASE i3 Fellow
Nikki is in her first year of pursing an MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Her involvement includes serving as a Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) Scholar, on the Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility for the university’s President and as a Franklin Project Ambassador with the Aspen Institute, evolving national service to be a cultural expectation, common opportunity and civic rite of passage for every young American. Previously, she worked at Arizona State University, advancing partnerships, strategic initiatives and investments for the President’s Office and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Nikki began her career as a secondary social studies teacher in the Mesa Public Schools through Teach For America. She has a B.A. from Cornell University and a M.Ed. from Arizona State University.
Raquel Lima, CASE i3 Fellow
Raquel is currently pursing her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business, concentrating in Finance and Social Entrepreneurship. At Fuqua, Raquel serves as a cabinet member for the Net Impact club as the Finance and IT chair for the Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference. Prior to Fuqua, Raquel worked for Sinapis, a social enterprise focused on empowering entrepreneurs through business training and consulting services in Kenya. She has also worked for Goldman Sachs & Co., advising different business units within the firm on debt and equity investments in Commercial Real Estate transactions, and for Precision, providing data driven sales and marketing insights to multi-national clients of the firm. Raquel is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and enjoys traveling and getting immersed in other cultures. On her free time, Raquel likes to practice sports, such as surfing, long-boarding, mountain biking, running, swimming, and playing soccer or volleyball.
Maria Pia Morante, CASE i3 Fellow
Maria Pia is a first year MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, concentrating in Finance. She has five years of experience in the Asset Management industry as a Senior Research Analyst and the last year as Head of Equity Research of a Peruvian Pension Fund of $10Bn. At Fuqua, in addition to serving as a CASE i3 associate, Maria Pia serves as a cabinet member for the Net Impact club leading the Impact Investing panel for the Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference. Maria Pia graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Universidad de Piura, Lima-Peru.
Sidney McLaurin, CASE i3 Fellow and Co-Chair
Sidney McLaurin, Jr. is a student at Duke University concurrently pursing Master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Environmental Management (MEM). Prior to business school, he spent four years as a Product Manager (PM) at Siemens Corporation. While at Duke, Sidney gained Venture Capital (VC) expertise from internships at Kapor Capital and IDEA Fund Partners. He is the co-President of Duke Ventures, an early stage venture capital program at Duke University and co-chair of the Duke Start-Up Challenge. Post MBA, Sid intends to help build early stage technology start-ups by utilizing his PM and VC experience. He enjoys boating, and is a huge fan of both the Florida Gators and Duke Blue Devils.
Hilary is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. As a CASE Scholar, she is actively involved in the social impact community and also serves on the cabinet of the Duke Wine Club. Prior to Fuqua, Hilary designed and implemented financial services for low-income people in Latin America and Africa with Women’s World Banking, a global non-profit, and Grameen Bank. Hilary has been dedicated to improving livelihoods at the base of the pyramid since graduating from The University of Vermont with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish.
Joe Watt, CASE i3 Fellow
Joe is a first year MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, concentrating in finance and strategy. At Fuqua, in addition to his involvement with CASE i3, Joe is a cabinet member of the Consulting Club, an ex-officio board member with the United Way of the Greater Triangle, and MBAA Social Co-Chair. Before business school, he spent two years at Meritas International Family of Schools, focusing on strategic planning and corporate development initiatives to expand the firm’s portfolio of K-12 private schools. Prior to Meritas, Joe spent three years at HSBC in roles across banking, corporate finance, and treasury. Joe graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 with degrees in Finance and Accountancy.
Max Zamor, CASE i3 Fellow
Max is currently a first year MBA student at the Fuqua School of Business. At Fuqua, Max serves as the Week on Wall Street coordinator for the private wealth management club. Max is also involved in the Net Impact club and participates in the FCCP. Prior to business school, Max was a public high school mathematics teacher in New York City for four years. He was also Vice President of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics of New York City, which is an organization which provides resources to private and public math teachers in the tri-state area. In his spare time, Max enjoys running and playing sports, spending time with family and enjoying great cuisine.
Lucy Bangiyeva, CASE i3 Associate
Lucy is currently pursuing her MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, with concentrations in strategy and social entrepreneurship. She is a cabinet member of the Association for Women in Business and a member of the Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference cabinet with the Net Impact club. In addition to CASE i3, Lucy is working with a team on developing commercial applications for the Immunolight platform technology as a part of Fuqua’s Program for Entrepreneurs. Before coming to Fuqua, she spent a year traveling and volunteering across five continents, during which she had the opportunity to teach in Nepal, live on sustainable permaculture initiative in Italy, mentor students in South Africa, and evaluate small businesses in Africa/Asia. Prior to her international experience, Lucy spent over three years at Morgan Stanley, where she worked directly upon graduating with a B.B.A. from CUNY Baruch/Macaulay Honors College (major in Finance, double minor in Anthropology and Humanities). Her passions include photography, travel, and of course, Blue Devil basketball.
Trevor Casey, CASE i3 Associate
Trevor Casey is in his first year pursuing an MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. At Fuqua, Trevor is a section honor representative and a cabinet member of the Private Equity Club and Golf Club. He is also actively involved with the Net Impact Club, Finance Club, Fuqua2Duke Club, and the Duke Club Lacrosse Team. Prior to Fuqua, Trevor spent six months working in Durham, NC as an associate for Aiglon Capital Management, a private equity firm that acquires, manages, and grows lower middle-market manufacturing, distribution, and service companies. Prior to Aiglon, Trevor spent two years in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a partner with RPP Advisors, a beneficiary of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission and an investment management and advisory services firm. Prior to RPP, Trevor spent six years in New York City as a credit analyst with Hildene Capital Management, a $1 billion asset management firm focused on structured finance investments. Outside of school, Trevor enjoys hanging with his wife, going for long runs, cooking at home, watching the Washington Capitals, and playing with his yellow lab, Oshie.
Kaylan Christofferson, CASE i3 Associate
Kaylan is a dual MBA/MPP candidate at the Fuqua School of Business and the Sanford School of Public Policy. She is a North Carolina native and a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. After college, she spent three years in investment banking and capital markets at Morgan Stanley, covering a variety of corporate and sovereign clients in New York and London. After that, she served as a Business Intelligence Analyst at GlobalGiving, a Washington DC-based nonprofit, for three years. Most recently, Kaylan spent a summer working in USAID’s Global Development Lab analyzing cross-sector investment models to support early-stage entrepreneurs in the developing world. In her free time, Kaylan enjoys dancing, traveling, watching UNC basketball, and she is a certified mixologist.
Tyler Clark, CASE i3 Associate
Tyler is currently pursuing his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he is concentrating in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Strategy. Prior to Fuqua, he worked in Guatemala as an Investment Officer at Pomona Impact, a Central America-focused impact investment fund. While at Pomona Impact, Tyler led due diligence and structuring efforts in three completed investments in social enterprises located in Guatemala and Costa Rica. He also worked closely with many entrepreneurs in the region, helping them to further develop and grow their companies focused on addressing social and environmental problems in Central America. Before starting at Pomona Impact, Tyler managed investment strategy for high net worth individuals as Director of Investments at Strategic Financial Associates. At Fuqua, he is enrolled in the Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E) and is an active member of the Consulting Club, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club, and Net Impact Club. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he majored in Economics and Spanish, and is a CFA Charterholder. In his free time, Tyler enjoys working out, exploring Durham with friends, and playing/watching sports.
Manuel Costa, CASE i3 Associate
Manu is currently in the first year of his MBA degree at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, Manu worked in the Latin American Headquarters of TECHO (largest Latin American based NGO that seeks to eradicate poverty through projects related to community development and emergency relief), orchestrating its efforts in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Since graduating from the Loughborough University, Manu has worked in the process re-engineering and supply chain consulting services industry before joining the non-profit he had been volunteering for several years. At Fuqua, Manu serves on the Net Impact and Latin American Student Association cabinets. Outside of school, he loves to practice sports (soccer, rugby, tennis, cricket) and to accompany his wife’s unrelenting desire to travel the world to learn from its array of cultures and cuisines.
Rolando De la Pena, CASE i3 Associate
Rolando is currently pursuing his MBA at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior Fuqua, he worked as Vice President of Methodological Criteria for HR Ratings, leading cross functional projects to create, innovate and improve credit rating analysis methodologies for debt bonds in the American, Mexican and European financial markets. He has also collaborated with the Mexican Central Bank in the area of economic research and with the National Commission of Banking and Securities, overseeing the performance of social financial institutions and stock market entities. At Fuqua, Rolando serves as a cabinet member for the General Management and the Latin American Student Association clubs. During his Bachelor’s in Finance, he was awarded “Most Well-Rounded Student”, founded a student group focused in social impact through finance and won the national competition of academic excellence. Rolando is from Guadalajara, Mexico, enjoys playing basketball and soccer, listening music and traveling.
Kushal Doshi, CASE i3 Associate
Kushal is currently pursuing his MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in finance and social entrepreneurship. Kushal serves on the cabinet of the Net Impact Club leading the Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference. He is also a Case i3 associate. Prior to Fuqua, Kushal worked at Deloitte Consulting implementing technology solutions for global clients. He also worked as financial analyst at a Fortune 500 chemical company and as a management consultant at a boutique firm in Minneapolis. Prior to his work experience, Kushal graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Finance and Accounting degree and earned his CPA soon thereafter. Outside of school, Kushal is a sports enthusiast and a workout fanatic. He loves to listen to music and podcasts, play tennis and follow the Green Bay Packers religiously.
Jehan El-Gabri, CASE i3 Associate
Jehan is a MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to business school, Jehan worked in federal education policy in Washington DC, both at Penn Hill Group, a government relations consulting and lobbying firm, and as an intern at the White House with the Domestic Policy Council. Jehan is also a former educator, and taught special education in Indianapolis, Indiana as a Teach For America corps member. In addition to being a CASE i3 Associate, at Fuqua Jehan is the Academic Chair for her Section, VP of Events for Fuqua2Duke (an undergraduate mentoring club), and active member of the Net Impact Club and Association for Women in Business. Outside of Fuqua, Jehan is a Chicago Bulls enthusiast and habitual student of Arabic and French.
Jon Flaspoehler, CASE i3 Associate
Jon is currently pursuing his MBA at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, Jon served as a United States Army officer for eight years and deployed to Iraq and Colombia. Most recently, Jon served as a Strategic Planner, embedded with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), in the US Embassy-Tegucigalpa, Honduras, collaborating on whole-of-government approaches to tackling issues inhibiting economic growth and stability in Honduras. At Fuqua, Jon is involved in the the MBAA Service Cabinet, Net Impact Club, Duke Armed Forces Association and serves as an advisor to the ROTC Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he completed his undergraduate degree in 2008. Outside of Fuqua, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, drinking coffee and traveling.
Hannah Ford, CASE i3 Associate
Hannah Ford comes to Fuqua from Washington, DC, where she was most recently Director of Development with the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Previously she worked in development for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After Fuqua, Hannah is considering going into consulting with an eventual goal of being the executive director of a ballet company. She holds a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. At Fuqua, Hannah is a CASE Scholar and serves on the cabinets of the MBA Games and the Association of Women in Business.
Angel Gonzalez, CASE i3 Associate
Angel is pursuing his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, Angel worked as a consultant based in Mexico City at Strategy& PwC (formerly Booz & Co.). During his time as a consultant Angel split his time between consumer goods and energy sectors across Latin America, having relevant work experience in 8 different countries including Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia. Angel holds a B.Sc. in Telematic Engineering from ITAM, where he founded a student driven consulting organization that serves NGO. In addition to being a CASE i3 Associate, at Fuqua Angel is a cabinet member of the Latin American Student Association. Outside of Fuqua, Angel is learning to play golf and training for a half marathon.
Zack Gorstein, CASE i3 Associate
Zack Gorstein is a first-year at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to pursuing his MBA, Zack worked at a startup bringing renewable energy and sustainability solutions to the mining industry, followed by an Israeli rural development firm delivering high-yield agriculture solutions to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to CASE i3, Zack is a cabinet member in Net Impact, where he is coordinating the Duke Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference. Zack enjoys the outdoors, especially camping and cycling, and during 2013 he completed a bicycle tour of 7,500 miles through 17 countries over the course of nearly a year.
Yulia Gumeniak, CASE i3 Associate
Yulia is currently a first year MBA student at the Fuqua School of Business, with concentration in Marketing and Leadership and Ethics. At Fuqua, Yulia is a cabinet member at the Association of Women in Business, as well as Tech Symposium coordinator as part of the Tech Club. Prior to business school, Yulia worked in a PR consultancy in Ukraine, helping organizations to be more effective in their communications, which allowed her to get acquainted with areas ranging from technology to CPG to non-profits. While there, Yulia also led a number of pro-bono projects of the agency, focused on culture and education. Outside school, Yulia enjoys spending time with her two daughters, cooking, traveling and getting to know different cultures.
Geetika Gupta, CASE i3 Associate
Geetika Gupta is a student at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Prior to business school, Geetika worked in consulting for almost 6 years and served government client in the health care space. She spent most of her consulting career on implementing the Affordable Care Act for state agencies, by converting federal policies to system rules. At Fuqua, in addition to being a Casei3 associate, Geetika is on the Sustainable Business and Social Impact conference cabinet with the Net Impact club while also being the Diversity & Inclusion representative for her section. In her free time, Geetika likes to spend time with her friends and family and travel. Geetika graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems.
Tiffany Hsieh, CASE i3 Associate
Tiffany Hsieh is currently pursuing her MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. At Fuqua, she serves on the cabinets of Section 2 and the Net Impact and Culinary Clubs. Prior to business school, Tiffany worked at the intersection of policy and practice in SRI International’s Center for Education Policy, a nonprofit research institute. There, she conducted impact evaluations of various education programs across the country, working with nonprofit organizations to measure their effectiveness and providing them with formative feedback that led to improved programs for students and teachers. Tiffany also taught middle school special education in Colorado Springs as a Teach for America corps member. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys traveling the world, biking around the city, and exploring the Durham restaurant scene.
Caitlin Irwin, CASE i3 Associate
Caitlin is currently an MBA candidate at the Fuqua School of Business where she is an active member of the Net Impact, Tech, and Culinary Clubs. Caitlin received her bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and prior to Fuqua, she worked for the US Senate Commerce Committee, where she conducted legislative research on issues including net neutrality, aviation, and consumer product safety. Following her time at the Senate, Caitlin worked at Global Philanthropy Group, a philanthropic consulting firm based in Los Angeles, where she developed and implemented philanthropic strategies for high-net-worth, corporate, and nonprofit clients focused on issues including international development, education reform, and urban poverty. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, and cooking.
Hari Kandula, CASE i3 Associate
Hari Kandula is currently an MBA candidate at the Fuqua School of Busines where he is a cabinet member of MBA Association, Health Care Club, and General Management Club. Hari is also a CASEi3 Associate on Bain Capital Medical Devices project. Prior to Fuqua, Hari spent 6 years at Merck & Co on leading internal consulting projects, new product launches, and strategic initiatives. While also at Merck, Hari led several initiatives and served as an Ambassador for “Merck for Mothers” – an initiative to end maternal mortality around the world. Hari also led a group of volunteers to develop success metrics for midwife training program of Edna Adan Hospital Foundation based in Hargeisa, Somalia. Outside of school, Hari enjoys running, learning about new technologies, gardening, playing cricket, reading autobiographies, and exploring Durham restaurants with his wife.
Katherine McNeil, CASE i3 Associate
Katherine is currently pursuing her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching high school math and working with NGOs in Cameroon on business development and fundraising strategy. She managed grants to build three classrooms at a local school and to build a mushroom farm and farmer training center, and she also worked with an NGO to train primary school teachers in literacy instruction. In addition to being a CASE i3 associate at Fuqua, Katherine serves on the Sustainable Business and Social Impact convergence cabinet for the Net Impact Club, and as a non-profit board member with Fuqua on Board. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bowdoin college, graduating with Honors in Neuroscience and a minor in French. Katherine is from the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys running marathons and cooking everything from scratch.
Judy Merzbach, CASE i3 Associate
Judy Merzbach is a first-year MBA candidate at the Fuqua School of Business. Judy joins the CASE associate team after beginning her career in teaching, both in Greenwich, CT and Cleveland, OH. Through teaching and non-profit strategy work, Judy developed a penchant for impact, and she joined “Team Fuqua” to build out her toolkit to do so. Judy holds a Bachlor’s Degree from Colby College, and a Master’s from Columbia University. At Fuqua, Judy is involved in the Duke MBA Consulting Club, the Association of Women in Business, and the MBA Association. In her free time, Judy enjoys running, international travel, backpacking and experimenting with different toppings on homemade pizza.
Lauren Niculescu, CASE i3 Associate
Lauren is currently pursuing her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, she worked at Citigroup as part of a management training program, rotating through Market, Network and Product Management in Securities Services. She conducted competitor analyses, country risk assessments and client targeting reviews to grow Citi’s market share and expand its global footprint. At Fuqua, Lauren serves on the Corporate Education cabinet for the Marketing Club and the Leadership cabinet for the Association of Women in Business. Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a BA in Psychology and Italian. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading historical fiction and playing with her Yorkie, Milly.
Maury Nolen, CASE i3 Associate
Maury is currently pursuing his MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Finance and Strategy. He is an active member of the Finance, Private Equity, and Golf Clubs and is a 2016 CASEi3 Associate focusing on research and alternative investments in the medical device industry. Prior to Fuqua, Maury was a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy practice where he focused on solving complex issues and market strategy for clients in the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, and consumer packaged goods industries. Additionally, while at Deloitte, he helped launch and grow the firm’s Analytics Innovation Studio, a cross-functional team focused on delivering advanced analytics strategy and solutions for clients across the globe. Before joining Deloitte, Maury graduated from the George Washington University where he studied Political Science and Public Policy and held internships with the United States Department of Justice, U.S. House of Representatives, and Maclay Murray and Spens LLP in both London, England and Washington, DC. He has also worked closely with Urban Alliance and Higher Achievement in the Greater Washington Area. Outside of Fuqua, Maury is a passionate fan of SEC football, alpine skiing, and reading Dick Francis novels.
Wes Norris, CASE i3 Associate
Wes is a second year dual Master of Public Policy and MBA candidate at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Fuqua School of Business. At Duke, Wes is concentrating in finance, strategy, and social policy. This past summer Wes interned at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. researching and exploring ways to better supply emergency water after disasters. Prior to Duke, Wes worked in healthcare software/consulting helping hospitals across America redesign processes around and implement electronic medical records. Wes began his career as a high school teacher at KIPP Pride High in Eastern North Carolina through the Teach for America program. He is also an officer in the US Army Reserves. Wes has a BA from Duke University and is a proud “Triple Duke.”
Rachelle Olden, CASE i3 Associate
Rachelle Olden is a first-year MBA candidate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Prior to business school, Rachelle worked at LeanIn.Org, a non-profit dedicated to helping all women achieve their ambitions. Rachelle has over eight years experience in international development and policy with World Vision International and the U.N. World Food Programme. At Duke, she is a Forte Fellow and serves on the cabinets of the Net Impact Club, Association of Women in Business and Fuqua’s Diversity Working Group. Rachelle is dedicated to helping people access the resources and skills to realize their potential. Post MBA, she intends to pursue Human Capital consulting and start a tech venture for youth. She is an avid international traveler and fan of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre.
Allegra Palmer, CASE i3 Associate
Allegra Palmer is a first year student at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, Allegra worked at Women’s World Banking, a global non-profit working to provide financial services to women in developing countries and home to the only gender-focused microfinance private equity fund. In addition to Case i3, Allegra serves as the Finance Deputy for the Association of Women in Business and a cabinet member of the Marketing Club. She has a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.
Christin Prats, CASE i3 Associate
Christin is currently pursuing her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Prior to business school, Christin worked in corporate strategy at a large global international development organization, FHI 360. In her previous role Christin worked on a variety of projects directly supporting executive leadership, including leading an initiative to develop a market strategy and business plan for the impact investing space. While at FHI 360, Christin also leveraged her previous work experience in management consulting to help identify and improve inefficiencies. At Fuqua, Christin is involved with the Association of Women in Business, the Finance club, and serves as a first year cabinet member on Catholics@Fuqua. Outside of Fuqua, Christin enjoys spending time with her husband and adorable dog. Christin graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science.
Eric Smith, CASE i3 Associate
Eric is jointly pursuing his MBA and Master of Forestry with an eye towards a career in asset management and innovative investments with environmental impact. With a concentration in finance, he is seeking to drive capital and knowledge towards sustainable management of forest and terrestrial ecosystems for fiber and food production, managing carbon in natural resource supply chains, as well as in ecosystem market development. Prior to Duke Eric spent four years in Costa Rica both as a Peace Corps Volunteer and in working with the National Fund for Financing Forestry (FONAFIFO) in the development and commercialization of ecosystem services. He also spent two years managing third-party sustainable certifications in natural resource management. Eric most recently worked at BlackRock as part of the Impact Investing team, working on ESG integration and climate-aligned investing strategies.
Danyel Sprecht, CASE i3 Associate
Danyel is currently pursuing an MBA with a certification in Health Sector Management at the Fuqua School of Business. She is a proud Texan who graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center with a BS in Biology and MS Biomedical Engineering. Upon completion of her studies, Danyel followed her passion for science and began working in the biotechnology and medical devices industries. Prior to Fuqua, Danyel was the production manager at HeartFlow, a medical device start-up. In addition to being a CASE i3 associate, Danyel is the section five service chair, a cabinet member of both the Health Care Club and the Black & Latino MBA Association, and a member of the Association of Women in Business. In her free time Danyel enjoys spending time with family and friends, CrossFit, cycling, volunteering, and exploring new cities.
Danny Suits, CASE i3 Associate
Danny is currently in his final year of a joint MEM/MBA program, with the Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Prior to matriculating at Duke, Danny worked in international Development in Ghana as a Peace Corps Volunteer. While in Ghana Danny worked mostly with small business finance and infrastructure development. In his first summer at Duke, Danny worked as a Packard Fellow with the Natural Capital Investment Fund, a lending branch of the Conservation Fund which focused on debt financing for small, natural resource based businesses. In his second summer, Danny worked in Los Angeles with Macquarie Capital as an Investment Banking Summer Associate in their Infrastructure, Utilities, and Renewables Group. Danny has been actively engaged with numerous extracurriculars while at Duke. He was a finalist for the Duke Start-up Challenge, and was on the Cabinet for the Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition. Danny graduated from UCLA with a major in Biology, and was a 4-year letterman for the Varsity Soccer team.
Yusuke Taima, CASE i3 Associate
Yusuke Taima is currently pursuing his MBA at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to Fuqua, he worked for The Norinchukin Bank, which is the central bank for Japan’s agricultural, fisheries, and forestry industries. In the bank, he managed approximately $120 million loan portfolio supporting fishermen, fish processing companies, and a federation of fishery cooperative associations in Japan’s Hokkaido region. At Fuqua, he is an associate of CASE i3. In his free time, he enjoys ballroom dancing and traveling.
Catherine Toner, CASE i3 Associate
Catherine Toner is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in finance. In addition to CASE i3, Catherine is a cabinet member of wine club and a participant in the Leadership Engagement and Discussion Series at Fuqua. She is also actively involved in Finance Club and the Association of Women in Business. Before coming to Fuqua, Catherine was an impact investing associate director at Arabella Advisors, a social impact consulting firm based in Washington, DC. At Arabella, Catherine worked with a range of institutional, family, and corporate clients to develop and implement impact investing strategies, managing landscaping, sourcing, and diligence on over $25 million in transactions. Before joining the impact investing line of business as its second team member, Catherine worked as a senior analyst on the firm’s consulting team, advising philanthropists on their grant-making strategies. Catherine graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in peace and conflict studies from Colgate University. She enjoys cycling, pottery, wine, and golf; and is an avid New York Giants fan.
Lauren Vick, CASE i3 Associate
Lauren Vick is currently pursuing an MBA degree at The Fuqua School of Business with concentrations in finance and social entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, Lauren worked for McKinsey & Company as a Recruiter, most recently leading the Advanced Professional Degree recruiting efforts for the Southeast Region, while based in the Atlanta office. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she spent 6 years in Philadelphia in a variety of roles across the talent, consulting and marketing functions, including as an analyst for Towers Watson and in MBA Career Management at The Wharton School. In addition to CASE i3, Lauren serves as the FY Executive Chair of Fuqua’s Association of Women in Business and a cabinet member of the MBA Association, in addition to active involvement in the Black & Latino MBA Association, Finance and Net Impact Clubs. Outside of Fuqua, Lauren enjoys exploring Durham, unique culinary experiences, health & fitness, dance and philanthropy.
Anisha White, CASE i3 Associate
Anisha is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In addition to her role as an Associate on Casei3, Anisha is on the Executive Cabinet of the Association of Women in Business and an active member of Net Impact. Prior to business school, Anisha worked in the Strategy Department at GuideStar, a nonprofit dedicated to revolutionizing philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency in the nonprofit sector and enables better donation decisions. Anisha is a proud graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she majored in International Studies and Economics. In her spare time, Anisha is an avid reader and aspiring cook.