Our Team

Meet our current team members located in Ithaca and New York City

Fund Managers

Connie Chan

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Ankur Gulati

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Micaela Lucero

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Brian Guo

Grant Rowlands

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Denis Chen

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Matt Jahnle

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Francesca McDowell

Fund Manager | Cornell Tech

Brian Guo

Amit Shah

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Matthew Duey

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Rick Wang

Adam Lieblich

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Vadim Dumov

Alicia Park

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Adhiraj Singh

Fund Manager | Cornell Tech

Daita Goswamy

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Alex Lin

Fund Manager | Cornell Tech

Brian Guo

Erik Powers

Fund Manager | Ithaca

Fund Advisors

Tom Schryver

David J. BenDaniel Faculty Advisor | Read Profile

Thatcher Bell

Advisor | Read Profile

Fund Manager Profiles

2022 Fund Manager Team

 

Connie Chan

Connie Chan is a 2022 MBA Candidate at Cornell S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to Johnson, she spent five years in San Francisco where she had a range of experiences from designing compliance programs for virtual currencies at Linden Lab to improving hotel sales operations at Hilton. She has also interned at Citi as a Digital Product Manager. She is passionate about creating and growing consumer-centric products & services while leaving a sustainable impact. Connie received a B.S. in Financial Mathematics and Statistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

        Denis Chen

Denis Chen is an MBA Candidate at Cornell S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to Johnson, he spent five years in Montreal, Canada where he had a range of experiences from business development, supply chain management and enterprise digitalization. He founded a startup in the aerospace supply chain management field which was later acquired by FollowPO. Denis is passionate about the use of data and AI in traditional sectors. Denis received a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University,  Montreal, Canada.

 

        Matthew Duey

Matthew Duey is a 2022 MBA candidate at Cornell Johnson. Prior to business school, he was a member of CFGI’s financial due diligence practice, where he focused on the middle-market healthcare and technology sectors. Matthew started his career in KPMG’s economic services group providing consulting and valuation advice to Fortune 500 Pharma companies as well as the CDC, CMS, and NIH. He received his masters in Economics from Lehigh University, a bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Delaware, and is a CFA Charterholder. He will be interning with MTS Health Partners during the 2021 summer.

 

        Daita Goswamy

Daita is a 2022 MBA candidate at Johnson. She started out her career as an entrepreneur, founding her first company in her dorm room at NYU. She went on to work at a dev-shop for two years where she helped turn ideas into products as well as working on managing an in-house portfolio of apps. Post graduation, she co founded OneH Technologies, a FinTech platform that connected startups and investors based on shared strategic and financial interests. She ran this for 4 years before pursuing her MBA at Cornell. This summer, she will be working at Grab in Singapore in their Strategic Projects team.

 

        Ankur Gulati

Ankur is a 2022 MBA Candidate at Cornell Johnson. He started his career as a Business Analyst and then transformed into a Growth Marketing role. He first joined HT Media. Subsequently he worked in sectors across e-commerce, video commerce and travel. Ankur also started his own company, Valefy, which was in the on-demand parking space. Post that Ankur has acquired an in-depth of experience in leading Growth & Product at various startups. The last company, simsim, where he led Growth was recently acquired by Google. Ankur holds a BS in Civil Engineering from IIT Roorkee and MIM from IIM Ranchi.

 

        Matt Jahnle

Matt is a JD/MBA candidate at Cornell University and a Fund Manager for the Big Red Ventures Fund. Prior to Cornell, Matt worked in the Philadelphia area for a boutique investment firm, building portfolios with allocations to hedge funds, private equity, and other investments including venture capital. At Cornell, he is an online editor of the International Law Journal and an associate of the Cornell Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic. Matt holds a BS with distinction in finance from Pennsylvania State University. 

 

 

        Adam Liebach

Adam Lieblich is a 2022 MBA candidate at Cornell Johnson. He started his career as an auditor at EY, where he assessed and mitigated the financial and operational risks of clients in the financial services industry.  Following his time at EY, Adam worked in the ventures group at United Talent Agency (UTA), a leading Hollywood agency in the media and entertainment industry. In the ventures group, Adam helped artists, musicians, and influencers build businesses and develop product lines in the CPG space. Adam holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.

        Alex Lin

Alex is a 2022 MBA candidate at Cornell Tech. Alex began his career in consulting at Deloitte and later transitioned into product and corporate strategy at Teads, an adtech and digital media startup later acquired in 2017 by Dutch telco Altice. He subsequently joined Concertiv, a fintech and procurement startup, where he led data strategy and product. Alex is the co-founder of Tether Health, an early-stage digital health startup helping improve the recovery process for musculoskeletal pain and injury. He also founded Kaifa Labs, a decentralized health and blockchain innovation studio. Alex is passionate about social impact and sits on the board at EGJF, a non-profit foundation enhancing pediatric cancer care in developing nations.

        Micaela Lucero

Micaela is a JD/MBA candidate at Cornell Law School and the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to Cornell, she worked as a paralegal at a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory. At Cornell, she is the Co-President of the JD/MBA Society, an editor on Cornell Law Review, and an associate of the Cornell Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic. Micaela holds a BA magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

        Francesca McDowell

Francesca is a 2022 MBA candidate at Cornell Tech with a unique blend of public and private experience. Most recently she worked as a consultant for a boutique strategy and venture creation firm in Vancouver, Canada, predominantly supporting a $150M technology R&D investment fund. Previously she worked for a technology association supporting start and scale-ups in accelerator program management and strategic partnerships. Prior to her foray into tech, she worked with the Federal Government as the Assistant to the Minister of National Defence, as well as in communications and management roles in politics, tourism, and retail. Francesca holds a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. 

        Alicia Park

Alicia Park is a 2022 MBA candidate at Cornell Johnson. Prior to Johnson, Alicia was a Consultant focusing on customer strategy on tech projects. She has spent 5 years diving into marketing and digital strategy, prioritizing customer needs. Alicia is passionate about building products that are human-centric. Alicia holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science from Brandeis University and will be interning at Microsoft as a Product Marketing Manager during the summer of 2021.

 

 

        Erik Powers

Erik Powers is a 2022 MBA Candidate at Cornell S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to Johnson, he spent five years in New York where he worked on accounting, operations, performance reporting and fund formation at Blackstone. Prior to that, he spent three years at State Street in Boston working on accounting and investor reporting for hedge fund clients. With an interest in financial services firms and fintech, he will be joining Moelis & Company in the summer of 2022 as an investment banking associate. Erik received a B.A. in Economics from Boston University.

 

 

        Grant Rowlands

Grant Rowlands is a PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering and serves as a Fund Manager for Big Red Ventures with professional and academic expertise in biotechnology and medical devices. Prior to Cornell, Grant worked as an R&D Engineer for Abbott in their Mechanical Circulatory Support Division designing and testing the company’s next generation artificial heart pump. He was also a part of the telemedicine based social venture Mashavu, providing fundamental, preliminary healthcare to rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa. Grant received a B.S./M.S. in Bioengineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

 

        Adhiraj Singh

Adhiraj is a 2022 MBA candidate at Cornell Tech. Adhiraj started his career in London, UK, at a digital services agency founded by Dana Al Salem – Founding member Yahoo! Europe. He then progressed to launch his own venture in the nascent Indian health & wellness market. Adhiraj also has experience as an M&A professional at KPMG, wherein, he executed transactions within TMT and the renewable energy sectors. Most recently, he led the digital transformation project at a leading publicly-listed pharma company in India. Adhiraj is passionate about solutions in the HealthTech and FinTech domains. Adhiraj holds a BSc Economics from Brunel University London and a BA from Delhi University, in addition to having cleared all three levels of the CFA.

 

 

        Amit Shah

Amit Shah is a 2022 MBA Candidate at Cornell Johnson. Prior to Johnson, Amit worked for The Kirkland Company, a rapidly growing boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm based in Nashville, TN, that specialized in multi-family and retail assets. There, he started off as an analyst who focused on valuations and returns for institutional and generational investors throughout the Southeast. He then transitioned to the transaction side of the business where he advised on the investment strategies between buyers and sellers, due diligence on individual transactions, and management of brokers across the firm.  Amit holds an MSF from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics/Commerce & Business from Rhodes College.

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