The mission of the Private Equity Club at Yale SOM is to broaden student exposure to the private equity community and to educate private equity professionals about Yale SOM. The club organizes an annual conference for industry professionals as well as student events on campus, typically in the form of guest lectures and private luncheons with industry leaders and pioneers. The club's current leadership is focused on elevating overall attendee experience at its upcoming and future conferences and advancing the Yale SOM reputation in the private equity industry.
Nick is an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to matriculating, Nick served as an investment advisor to the Georgian Regional Development Fund (GRDF) and was Co-founder and Partner of the LEAF Education Initiative. While at the GRDF, he worked with portfolio companies on marketing and strategic initiatives, sourced acquisitions and advised on establishment of the follow-on Caucasus Growth Fund. He began his career at Barrett Ellman Stoddard Capital Partners, a financial services private equity firm, and later moved to Ska Capital, an emerging markets private equity firm. Nick attended Swarthmore College, where he studied Mathematics and Economics, and completed part of his degree at the London School of Economics as a Bellamy Scholar. He enjoys soccer, scuba diving and tutoring.
Taylor is a joint JD – MBA Candidate at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. Before coming to Yale, Taylor worked in marketing and strategy at Alarm.com, a growth-stage security and home automation company based in the Washington, DC area. He spent this past summer in New York as a Summer Associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Suzanne Wirtz Streeter
Suzanne is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to SOM, Suzanne was an Associate Director at the Yale Investments Office focusing on the Private Equity and Venture Capital portfolios. Before Yale, she was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley working in the financial institutions investment banking division focusing on the asset management sector. Suzanne began her career at Northaven Management, a hedge fund investing in the financial services industry. This past summer, Suzanne worked at Tarpon Investimentos, a Brazil-based investment firm focused on private and public equity investing. Suzanne holds a BA in Economics and Accounting from College of the Holy Cross. She enjoys running, sailing and equestrian sports.
James J. Williamson
Jim is a joint JD – MBA Candidate at Yale Law School and Yale School of Management. Before moving to New Haven, Jim served as the Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, where he was responsible for long-range strategic planning, revising and overseeing the Commonwealth’s investment policy, and the creation of new financial initiatives. He began his career at McKinsey & Co., a management strategy consultancy. Jim graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he focused on Political Economy and Chinese, and recently completed service on the Princeton Board of Trustees. After graduation, he intends to work at Davidson Kempner, a multi-strategy hedge fund in New York City. He is a licensed pilot.
Vikram is a MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, Vikram had worked in emerging markets finance, most recently for the International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank Group). At IFC, he helped raise and syndicate debt financing from external co-investors for private sector clients and projects in the emerging Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Vikram started his career in New York with Citigroup’s Latin American Credit Markets team where he focused on originating, structuring, and marketing structured debt financings for Latin American clients. Vikram graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a major in International Political Economy and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Georgetown University Alumni Association. In his free time, Vikram loves to play and watch sports (football, golf, baseball, soccer, and hockey).
Rajiv is a first-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Before Yale, Rajiv worked as a program officer for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation out of their New Delhi office, sourcing and managing a portfolio of investments and grants aimed at using market-based solutions to address social issues. Prior to his time at the foundation, Rajiv was an associate consultant at Charles River Associates International in the Litigation & Applied Economics department. Rajiv holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. In his free time, Rajiv enjoys squash, traveling, and hiking.
Jason is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to SOM, Jason was a Senior Business Operations Professional at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) in San Francisco. At KKR, he focused on preparing capital raising materials and performed various portfolio analyses to support the growth of its asset management division. Before joining KKR, Jason was a management consultant at Accenture aligned to government and financial services clients to help them increase efficiency through streamlining a wide-range of processes. Jason holds a BS in Economics and a BA in Psychology from Duke University. He is fluent in Korean and he enjoys playing tennis.
Fostin is an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management. Before Yale, Fostin worked for EPG Global Property Invest, a real estate private equity fund focused on Eastern Europe, where he was responsible for analysis, due diligence, and negotiations of potential acquisitions. Fostin has a total of eight years of experience in real estate private equity funds. Fostin graduated from the University of Chicago with honors, where he concentrated in Economics and Slavic Languages and Literature. After graduation, he intends to continue working in real estate investment management.
Peter da Silva Vint
Peter is a member of the Class of 2014 at Yale SOM. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Peter has represented both financial institutions and companies in domestic and cross-board financing and securities transactions. His experience includes acquisitions financings, syndicated secured credit facilities, IPOs, sovereign debt offerings and private placement offerings. With an interest in emerging markets, Peter has worked extensively on deals originating in Latin America as well as in Angola. Before coming to Yale SOM, Peter worked with major technology companies in a business development role. Peter is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Yulia is an MBA candidate and a native Russian-speaking attorney specializing in international dispute resolution. As a lawyer, she has worked on cases brought under ICSID, SCC and ICC rules across the energy, construction and real estate sectors in a number of countries and regions, including Europe, the Russian Federation, South East Asia and the United Arab Emirates. Yulia was a member of the arbitration teams at the top notch arbitration firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris and number one dispute resolution team in the CIS - Baker & McKenzie in Moscow. She is currently serving as CFO of a San Francisco bay legal tech start-up Lexplique. As a CFO of Lexplique, she is leading the financial planning and strategy, develops and executes principal business initiatives. She enjoys Korean martial arts and darkroom photography.
Tom is a first-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to business school, Tom worked in New York as an Associate for American Capital, a private equity firm focused on mid-market buyouts. He started his career as an analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Wachovia Securities, and later helped start Lazard’s Middle Market office in Charlotte, NC. Tom graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Economics and Commerce from Hampden-Sydney College, and he completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics. Tom currently serves on the board of Tumaini, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on secondary education in East Africa.
Clinton S. Tepper
Clinton is an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management. Previously, Clinton worked as a Senior Strategy Consultant for IBM within the financial services sector, specializing in project capital allocation and financial decision analysis. Clients included industry-leading asset management firms, insurance companies, banks, and hedge funds. Clinton was also selected for IBM’s Corporate Service Corps Leadership Development program, and led a team in creating a strategic roadmap for the Tanzania Police Force in Dar Es Salaam. Prior to IBM, Clinton interned at Susquehanna Private Equity Investments, a subsidiary of Susquehanna International Group, at IBM, and at Microsoft. Clinton graduated the Cornell College of Engineering with a BS in Applied Engineering Physics. He enjoys world travel, and has visited 16 countries across four continents.
Zhu is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to business school, Zhu worked as a credit analyst at BMO Harris Bank. While at BMO Harris, he was part of the Special Asset Management Unit that focused on managing the bank’s distressed loan portfolio. He spent the summer interning in equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Siddharth Jain is a first year student at Yale SOM. Siddharth has prior experience with J.P. Morgan as a sell-side equity research analyst. At J.P. Morgan, Siddharth performed fundamental analysis to advise institutional clients with equity investment ideas on more than 20 small and mid cap public companies in the software technology industry. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was working with a strategic consulting firm in India advising clients on customer segmentation and targeting strategies using quantitative and statistical models. Siddharth graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) as an Aerospace Engineer in 2007.
Megan McGinnis is a first year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to SOM, Megan was the Assistant Controller at a high-growth private company in San Francisco, Yapstone, Inc. Yapstone, Inc. provides payment processing services to rental properties and is ranked in the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies. At Yapstone, Megan was instrumental to building out the company’s financial reporting processes and accounting organization. Earlier, Megan also worked in the audit practice at Deloitte & Touche serving private equity, venture capital, real estate, media, and technology clients. Megan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in New York. Megan is a graduate of the Wharton undergraduate program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Franco Trovò grew up in Torino, Italy and pursued a Master of Science in Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and a second Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. Before Yale University, Franco worked as a consultant for international companies in various locations in Europe, India, Brazil and the United States. His work experience gives him a solid understanding of business process from different industries with focus on Automotive and a strong international mindset. Franco is currently a first year student at the Yale School of Management and is looking to transition to a career in finance.
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