118 CAPITAL FELLOWS
Nana Sika Ababio
Nana Sika is an MPA candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) studying Economic Policy Management with concentration in Central Banking and Financial Markets. Prior to joining SIPA, Nana worked as a relationship manager at Zenith Bank Ghana Limited managing a portfolio of clients. Nana’s interest in impact investing was kindled whiles managing a client working in the impact investing space in Ghana. She volunteered on some of the client’s projects in promoting education and women empowerment in Ghana. Nana is the President of a foundation in Ghana called Hands Together engaged in Philanthropic activities. Nana is interested in doing more work on financial inclusion especially for women in Africa.
Mohammad Umar Ashfaq
Umar is an MPA candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where his concentration is Environmental Science and Policy. He has work experience spanning the investment management and non-profit sectors in Pakistan and the Middle East. Most recently, Umar was the CEO of Teach for Pakistan, the Pakistan chapter of Teach For America, managing operations and relationships with schools across the two largest cities of Pakistan, Karachi and Lahore. He has consulted for start-ups and social enterprises at various stages of their life-cycle, working with entrepreneurs and incubators on business planning, valuation and optimization. He has worked in the asset management industry in South Asia and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, focusing on investment due diligence, equity research and portfolio management. Umar has a BSc (Honors) from Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan) in Mathematics.
Conor is a Sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. He intends on majoring in Finance and minoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Conor became interested in impact investing during his Freshman year, seeing it as the combination of his interests in alternative investments and venture capital with his service work as the Co-Founder and President of Spread the Swell, a non-profit association sharing the joys of surfing to underprivileged children. As a Team Leader with Unleashed Social Ventures, Conor looks to provide undergraduate students with exposure to venture capital investing and social entrepreneurship. He spent his previous summer at a boutique Restructuring firm.
Mark is a fourth-year at the University of Virginia studying Finance and Management in the McIntire School of Commerce and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is passionate about understanding and leveraging the creative capacity of entrepreneurs who are moving the needle on solving some of our world's most pressing social issues. To further this passion, Mark is the Co-founder to Profit with Purpose, an educational and career development platform for students interested in impact investing at UVA. Mark has worked as for the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and on PwC’s Deals team as a valuation consultant.
Jordana is a senior at Columbia University studying Sustainable Development and Business Management. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship, alternative energy, and impact investing. Jordana has previously worked for Goldman Sachs’ ESG and Impact Investing team (formally Imprint Capital) and for social enterprise startup Visit.org, running the team’s business development efforts in Europe. Jordana has also had experience working in affordable housing, law, and asset management. She loves to travel to new countries and has most recently explored India, Ecuador, Jordan, and Brazil.
Jonathan is a Sophomore studying statistics at Harvard University. He is a co-founder of the Harvard College Impact Investing Group, a student group focused on educating students in impact investing.
Shohini is a Freshman at the University of California, Berkeley studying Economics and Political science with a concentration in International Relations. She originally became interested in poverty alleviation through financial inclusion, and through research and start-up pitch competitions, began to explore social entrepreneurship and the broader role impact investing plays in that, especially in South Asia. Shohini continues to intern part time at Zidisha, a digital crowdfunded microfinance platform, and previously worked at the Institute for Gulf Affairs. She is a Pro-Bono Consultant with the Berkeley Business Society working on semester long consulting projects, and is a part of Project RISHI, a student non-profit that works in rural Indian villages, in addition to competing on the national Model UN circuit. In her free time, she dances and likes to read.
Conner is a fourth-year at the University of Virginia studying finance, IT, and German studies. He originally became interested in impact investing while hosting a university radio show on founders of social enterprises. Conner is looking to introduce fellow undergraduates to the field of impact investing through Profit with Purpose, an impact investing club at the University he is starting with another one of 118’s Fellows, Mark Ferguson. He has worked in M&A and Risk advisory, and is also currently exploring business analytics projects outside of school.
Brad is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia studying financial economics and technological entrepreneurship. He initially became interested in impact investing while doing business development for a healthcare technology company that provides customers better access to their health plans. Brad is an executive member of Profit with Purpose, an impact investing organization at his University and is currently head of business development for a startup attempting to reduce food waste through providing in-home hydroponic gardens. Brad has worked for an M&A investment bank focused on technology and plans to continue this upon graduation.
Mitchell is a junior in the Gabelli Business School at Fordham University studying Finance, Investment Management, and Economics. His passion lies in connecting investment capital to social enterprise for both businesses and investors seeking to produce social improvement and financial return. This passion has to lead him to launch several initiatives at Fordham including the launch of an Impact Investing Course and the creation of the Student-Run ESG Investment Fund. Mitchell previously worked for the Lien Center for Social Innovation in Singapore working on macroeconomic investment research for institutional impact investors operating in Southeast Asia. Other professional experiences include wealth management, project management, and social innovation. In his free time, Mitchell enjoys practicing culinary arts and combat sports.
Jyotirmayee is currently pursuing Masters in Economics at Columbia University, after completing her undergraduate in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2016. Having been introduced to Impact Investment after coming to New York at a diversity event by an asset-management company, she has actively tried to gain more experience in the field by working with Columbia Impact Investment Initiative. With the Research and Ops Fellowship at 118 Capital, she aims to get experience on working on creating fundamental frameworks to assess how private capital and social entrepreneurship can come together to make a significant difference for communities. In her free time, she likes to play squash and attempt to learn languages.
Michael is an undergraduate student at Harvard College studying Applied Math with a focus in Economics. He is the President and Founder of the Harvard College Impact Investing Group and has prior experience in the impact investing field, interning at strategic advisory impact investing firms and at an ESG-focused asset management company in Boston. He also has experience in fundamental value investing through student-run investment funds on Harvard’s campus.
Chris is a junior at the University of Notre Dame studying Economics. He is passionate about finance and market trends and theories, and has spent much of the last several years conducting research in fields ranging from medicine to financial markets. Chris is a Board Member and Team Leader with Unleashed Social Ventures, a student organized group at the University of Notre Dame focused on making investments into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.
Past Program Participants
Lujain Al Alamy
Nur Izzati Mohd Zabidin
Danielle Fallon Ross
Andres Estrada Wiechers