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Talk to a Student Ambassador

Our graduate student ambassadors are available to talk with prospective and incoming students about their graduate program and experience at Gies. Student ambassadors are a great resource to hear about classes, what it’s like to live in Champaign-Urbana, how to get involved on campus, and even what to do for fun. They are the best resources for you to get a feel for the culture and atmosphere students enjoy as part of Gies.

Schedule a meeting to speak with a student ambassador using the link in the student's profile below.

MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) Ambassadors

Bekhzod Aliev MSBA Student Ambassador

Bekhzod Aliev
Bachelor's in Computer Science
Languages I speak: Russian, Uzbek, English

I am from Uzbekistan. I worked in many fields, including warehouse operations, management, and product development. Also, I run my own IT company, which develops software products. In 2022, I decided to change my look to the data scientist sphere closely connected with the industry and the economy. And MSBA is my trampoline to dive into the data world. My plan for the future is to build up a big data company. Schedule a time to chat.

Sai Sree Bollavaram MSBA

Sai Sree Bollavaram
MBA in Human Resource Management
Bachelor’s in Business Administration
Languages I speak: Spanish, English, Italian

My hometown is Hyderabad, India. After completing my MBA with a specialty in Human Resource Management, I worked for 2.5 years at Amazon as a Quality Specialist- SME (Last Mile Quality Analytics) before enrolling in the MSBA program at Gies College of Business. I've always been looking for a way to accelerate my learning curve while simultaneously accomplishing my short-term goal of combining the best academic tools with a practical approach and acquiring the essential skill sets to meet my long-term aspiration of becoming a Business Analyst. Schedule a time to chat.

Ella Chen

Ella Chen
Bachelor’s in Business Data Analytics
Languages I speak: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

I am from Guangzhou, China. I completed my bachelor's degree in the U.S. at Arkansas Tech University. I've been working with the Machine Learning team at Ascent Integrated Tech to help improve the deep learning model since this year. I love dealing with data because I enjoy the fun to turn observation and information into insight. After graduation, I prefer to work in the technology industry. Schedule a time to chat.

Manoj Gudala MSBA

Manoj Gudala
Bachelor's in Computer Science
Languages I speak: English, Telugu, Hindi

I have 5 years of experience working in account management and data science roles. Previously, I worked with Deloitte India, where I analyzed data from internal clients and helped in creating tools. My future plan is to join an MNC as a senior business analyst. Schedule a time to chat.

Sakshi Minhas MSBA

Sakshi Minhas
Bachelor's in Biotechnology
Languages I speak: English, Hindi

I have four years of experience in the healthcare Industry. Before joining Gies, I worked with Syneos Health as a Drug Safety Analyst. Upon graduation, I intend to continue my analytics journey in the field of healthcare and leverage my industry expertise to build and improve the center of excellence for analytics. In the long run, I plan to design strategies that not only enhance the profits of the company but also increase the access to drugs to millions worldwide. Schedule a time to chat.

Jyothi Movva MSBA

Jyothi Movva
MBA - Human Resources and Analytics
Bachelor’s in Technology - Electronics and Communication 
Languages I speak: English, Telugu, Hindi

I completed my MBA from T.A.Pai Management Institute in my home country of India. I worked in the people analytics team of Infosys and Wipro for about 3 years. I aspire to land a data scientist role in a consulting firm. My long-term plan is to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on solving business challenges with deep learning techniques. Statistics, predictive analytics, and market research are my areas of interest. I absolutely enjoy talking to new people and I would love to answer any questions you may have about the program. Schedule a time to chat.

Rishika Nandikonda MSBA

Rishika Nandikonda
Bachelor's in Information Technology
Languages I speak: English, Hindi, Telugu

I am from Hyderabad, India, and have close to two years of work experience in the corporate sector, working for Verisk Analytics and SPRV technologies. I wish to venture into analytical consulting roles in the IT industry, integrating my background into my field of study. Schedule a time to chat.

Venkata Polisetti MSBA

Venkata Anirudh Polisetti
Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering
Languages I speak: English, Telugu, Hindi

Prior to joining Gies College of Business, I worked for five years in market research and advisory consulting specific to automotive, aerospace, and defense domains. Through the MS in Business Analytics degree, I plan to transition to a semi-technical career and take on job roles such as Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Business Intelligence Engineer etc. I would love to answer any questions you have regarding the MSBA program, life at UIUC, or other topics. Schedule a time to chat.

MS in Finance (MSF) Ambassadors


Namita Chaudhary
MBA in Finance
Bachelor’s in Mathematics
Languages I speak: English, Hindi

I am from Ghaziabad, India. Post completion of my MBA with specialization in Finance, I worked for around 5 years in various fields of finance like investment banking and corporate finance. It was then when I got interested in learning about FRM and getting adept with essential programming skills to meet my long-term goal of working as a risk manager. I have been part of Illinois Business Consulting as a Consultant during my second semester which was a great experience to look for at UIUC. I would like to address any questions or queries related to MSF program. Schedule a time to chat.


Rohan Jacob
Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Languages I speak: English

After completing my undergraduate education, I worked at AIG in their property and casualty risk analysis division for five years. I joined Gies to learn more about the financial services industry and to transition to a more client-facing role. I am pursuing the Asset Management specialization within the MSF program and have been part of the Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) organization. Feel free to ask me any questions about the MSF Program, Gies, or UIUC in general; I would love to answer them! Schedule a time to chat.

MS in Management (MSM) Ambassadors

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MS in Technology Management (MSTM) Ambassadors

Zhansultan Abdirashit

Zhansultan Abdirashit
Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering
Languages I speak: English, Russian, Kazakh

I am from Kazakhstan. I have prior experience working as a Business Analyst providing IT solutions to banking sector. Currently, I am highly interested in Data Analytics and doing my best to learn as much as I can from MSTM program. In the near future, I plan to dive into Technology Consulting world with focus on Innovation. Schedule a time to chat.

Maria Sol Cordero

Maria Sol Cordero
Bachelor’s in Business Administration

I am from Argentina. I worked in different marketing positions for AB InBev and Loreal. After earning this degree, my goal is to find a job in one of the leading innovative companies to contribute with my knowledge of technology and experience in business. Schedule a time to chat.

Meghana Jadav MSTM

Meghana Jadav
Bachelor's in Computer Science and Engineering
Languages I speak: English, Hindi

I completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Science from NIT-Surat in my home country of India in 2014 and have worked for about 5 years in different roles - Business Analyst and Project Manager. I chose to pursue a Masters in Technology Management because it would help add a theoretical base to my techno-management career in a short time frame. With the help of this degree, I am looking forward to going into Project Management roles. Schedule a time to chat.

Shubhendu Johri MSTM

Shubhendu Johri
Bachelor's in Technology- Electronics and Communication 
Languages I speak: English, Hindi

I have a bachelor's degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. I have worked in the Big 4s (EY & Deloitte) management consulting for more than three years before coming to the states. I have worked for diverse industries - TMT, oil & gas, and manufacturing. My near future plans after completing my degree are to get back to consulting but looking to break into strategy consulting.  Schedule a time to chat.

Kuan-Hsien Lee

Kuan-Hsien Lee
Bachelor’s in Business/Marketing
Languages I speak: Mandarin, English

In addition to earning my bachelor’s degree in Marketing, I also have a MBA degree from Unviersity of South Florida. I have experience working in student service and also information technology as a product owner. In the future, I see myself working as a data analyst or project manager. Schedule a time to chat.

Manoj Padmanabhuni MSTM

Manojkumar Padmanabhuni
Bachelor's in Computer Science
Languages I speak: English, Telugu, Hindi

I am from Vizag (city of destiny), India. I worked as a tech consultant at Accenture for 3.5 years and was a second-generation entrepreneur. I've dealt with clients from the healthcare industry. Post-master's I plan to venture into the strategy consulting space. Schedule a time to chat.

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