15’/16′ GBSA Committee
Current Executive Team
Zainab Malik is a full-time MBA student at the Beedie School of Business. She is the President of The Graduate Business Student’s Association, Captain of the MBA Games, and member of Beedie’s Graduate Business Women’s Council. Her background is in Education and Hospitality & Tourism. Her interests are in Social Enterprise, entrepreneurship and global business, and she was a member of the winning Social Enterprise/Finance case at the BC MBA Games 2016. Connect with Zainab on LinkedIn.
Vladimir got his PhD in economics in Russia in 2009. After ten years of successful career in field of Strategy Consultancy and Investment Analysis he left Russia to join Full-time MBA program at Beedie School of Business. He is passionate about Strategic Marketing, Venture Capital and Social Entrepreneurship. Besides holding the position of VP Finance at Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) Vladimir participates in different student engagement programs such as Case Club and Mentors in Business. As a member of Case Club he took part in all major MBA Case Competitions such as Case Catalyst Competition 2015, British Columbia MBA Games 2015, Canada MBA Games 2016, and Hult Prize Competition 2016.
Mandeep Singh Bedi
VP Communications GBSA
Mandeep is a seasoned digital marketing professional with more than 9 years of experience in Business Development and Marketing. He has worked for several international clients helping them augment their online presence. As VP Communications, GBSA, Mandeep handles creation and scheduling of all written communication including emails, newsletters, website pages and other promotional material for the GBSA.
Elisabeth Donnelly was born in Vancouver and grew up in the nearby town of Maple Ridge. Her academic and professional backgrounds largely centre on qualitative historical research. She did her undergraduate degree in History, focusing on how cultural shifts and the related lived emotional experiences informed women’s consumer behaviours. Additionally, Elisabeth also dedicated substantial time to studying race and discrimination in the Americas. After graduation, she spent several years doing specific land claims research at a local First Nations organization.
Elisabeth believes passionately in education as a means to fuel community growth and economic development. She is interested in a number of public policy issues, particularly around the relationship between business and civic life, as well as between citizens and academic communities. While in school, she is working as a Consulting Coordinator on Access to Information policy at the same First Nations organization.
Emily Jo Heaps
Emily Heaps started in SFU’s Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) program while working full-time as a fashion designer in September 2014. After completing the GDBA, she decided to continue pursuing her studies and is now in SFU’s full-time Master’s Degree program in Business Administration.Emily is passionate about design, marketing, and business development. In addition to being elected by the graduate business student body as their representative for the Graduate Student Society, she is a Beedie student ambassador, and a member of both the Graduate Business Women’s Council and a member of the Net Impact SFU MBA Chapter.
Lakshikha is a current fulltime MBA student with a passion for business strategy and creative problem solving. She is a results-driven business development and consulting professional with over 5 years’ experience in the health care industry
Executive MBA Class Representative
Dr. Shirin Abadi oversees the clinical and educational pharmacy services at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. She also teaches at the University of British Columbia, as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy and an Associate Member of Medicine.
Shirin obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia, her accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency certificate from Lions Gate Hospital, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto. She is scheduled to complete her Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Simon Fraser University in April 2016.
MOT MBA Class Representative
Ivan Chan is a part-time Management of Technology MBA student at the SFU Beedie School of Business. With his background in information technology management, he currently works as a Business Systems Analyst in the social services sector. He stays involved through student engagement programs such as GBSA, Segal Case Club, Mentors in Business and MBA Games. Outside his commitment to his work and studies, Ivan loves playing team sports such as soccer, volleyball and ice hockey.
MSc Finance Class Representative
Mahad Farrukh is an Equity Capital Markets professional originally from Pakistan. He is an active member of MSc. Finance 2015 cohort and continuously strives to bridge the gap between his cohort and the GBSA. He brings with himself a highly versatile work experience ranging between equities trading, freelance consulting and fund management. He also serves as Head of Global Equity for Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS) which is a prominent part of the MSc. Finance program at SFU. Over the course of the program, he has actively represented the university in a number of roles including multiple external case competitions.
Andreas Skjold Fick
MOT MBA Class Representative
After 10 years as an ERP consultant I decided to pack my bags and move to Canada, I arrived 6 years ago with 2 suitcases and a deep desire to snowboard, hike, golf and work as a consultant in North America. The move has been everything I hoped for moving form a “meer” consultant to a director for technical services managing a staff of over 20 people. My next 18 months are going to be taken up by the MOT MBA program, my family and my job, and my biggest challenge will be to find time for it all.
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Shad is in the second year of the MOT MBA program at Beedie. With a background in analytical chemistry and experience across industry and education, he currently runs the physical and analytical chemistry teaching laboratory at SFU Burnaby.
PHd Class Representative
Simon is a PhD Candidate and Instructor at the Beedie School of Business. He researches Organizational Culture and Sustainability, and teaches courses in Sustainability and Human Resources.
MBA Class Representative
Having completed my graduation and masters in accounting and finance, I worked as an Analyst in the Risk advisory practice at EY (Mumai, India) for about 2.5 years post which I worked at a private real estate development firm as a supervisor. Represented my college, university and district in the professional badminton circuit. I love going biking, trekking and exploring new places. My hobbies include singing (bollywood), stand up comedy, cooking and watching cricket.
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