Alumni Notes

2015

Sameer Ladiwala, EMBA-Americas*, joined the finance team at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, a publicly-listed technology company based in San Jose, CA, as a Corporate Controller. Sameer reports to Cypress's CFO and is responsible for the company's worldwide accounting operations; external reporting and compliance; distributor finance and revenue accounting; and technical accounting, as well as shared-service-centre operations.
Published in: Summer 2016
Amarachi Miller, MMA, recently joined Xaxis, the programmatic arm of WPP, a British multinational advertising and public relations company. He is the Manager of Data Strategy and Product Marketing for the Americas, responsible for “evangelizing the world's largest data-management platform, Turbine.”
Published in: Summer 2016
Ashraf Saleh, MIB, recently acquired his Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant (CICA) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations. Ashraf currently works as a senior consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is part of the risk assurance department, providing services including internal audit effectiveness, performance assurance, managing risk in IT, business resilience and optimizing controls.
Published in: Summer 2016
Jawwad Siddiqui, BCom, continued to build and scale his second start-up, sharpscholar.com, after graduation, adding five members to the SharpScholar team. He has also begun sharing his learnings as an entrepreneur via a personal blog at jawwad.me.
Published in: Summer 2016
Nem Stefanovic, EMBA-Americas*, is VP, Research and Development at Kooltra, a cloud-based capital-markets platform. His twins, Lukas and Sofia, turned four in April.
Published in: Summer 2016
Johnny Chen and Wenting Gao, both MIB, were married in an intimate ceremony at Goodes Hall on April 30, followed by a second ceremony in Xi’an, China, in May. The pair, who met during their time at Smith, currently lives in the Napanee area.
Published in: Summer 2016
John Hui, EMBA-Americas*, and his digital healthcare start-up company, Twiage, placed second at the Cornell Venture Challenge in April.
Published in: Summer 2016
Barmak Ghanbarpour, MMA, and his wife Nazli welcomed their firstborn son, Dara, in October. The family continues to reside in Toronto. 
Published in: Winter 2016
John Hui, EMBA-Americas*, and his healthcare technology start-up company Twiage were selected by Cleveland Clinic as the winner of its prestigious "New Venture Healthcare Challenge" in October. twiagemed.com
Published in: Winter 2016
Ariel Lubecki, MFin, CFA, joined Burgundy Asset Management as Institutional Relationship Manager in February to focus on client relationship management and business development for Canadian institutional clients.
Published in: Winter 2016

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