Junior Board Leadership
Ben currently leads the corporate development and strategy effort for Symbiont, an enterprise fintech company creating the next generation of financial markets infrastructure using blockchain technology. Previously, he has had an array of diverse experiences as a salesman @ Google, a trader @ Bank of America, and a banker/investor @ SenaHill Partners.
The work Ben is most proud of is being the Co-Chairman for the Young Professional Committee of Futures and Options. Ben leads the committee of 40 young professionals to raise awareness, grow the program and provide scholarship funding for the Futures and Options students.
Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a double major in Finance and Technology Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Michael McKeown joined Ropes & Gray in 2018. He is an associate in the private capital transactions group and focuses his practice on private equity mergers and acquisitions.
In law school, Michael served as the President of the Student Bar Association and a Note Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review. Earlier in his time at Suffolk University, Michael also served as President of the Business Law Association, Director of the Appropriations Committee, and Treasurer of the Intellectual Property Law Students Association, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Real Estate/Trust & Estates Group.
During law school, Michael was a voting member of the President Search Committee tasked with hiring the University's next permanent President. In his first year, Michael also served as a Judicial Intern to Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell of the United States District Court of MA.
Prior to law school, Michael earned a Bachelors of Science in Human Physiology.
Enrique is an Investment Specialist with UBS Asset Management's Investment Solutions team, based in New York. He has become an integral part of the portfolio management team by leveraging his deep knowledge of capital markets and designing investment solutions across multi-asset, multi-currency, and derivative investment capabilities globally.
Enrique joined Futures and Options in December 2019 to grow the program and provide scholarship funding for its students to build meaningful professional careers. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Syracuse University.
Zach joined the YPC in 2018. He is passionate about creating an even playing field for educational and professional opportunities.
Zach is an Associate in MUFG's Securitized Products Group. He advises MUFG's corporate clients on asset monetization strategy, securitization structure, and capital markets execution with a focus on captive consumer finance companies.
He received a BA in Economics and Government from Connecticut College in 2016.
Sebastian (Seb) Sheng is an investment banker and a serial entrepreneur in the cleantech and edtech space. He has over 7 years of experience working with corporations and startups in strategy, finance and operations capacity. He is an avid supporter of environmental sustainability, education and social causes. Born in China, he later on moved to Singapore, South Africa before coming to the U.S. He went to Lehigh for undergrad and is a Brown University alum in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.
Haley Vavoules is a Senior Analyst of Corporate Strategy and Finance at Brixmor Property Group within financial asset management. She leads the quarterly reforecasting process including quarterly earnings analysis, primarily with the firm's Corporate Model and Same Property NOI growth forecast. She also analyzes acquisitions, dispositions, and capital transactions.
Haley earned a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from the University at Buffalo. She has served as Fundraising Co-Chair at Futures and Options since 2020.
Patrick Venter is an Associate in Kirkland & Ellis' Restructuring group, based in New York, where he provides a broad range of business advisory services in financial and operational restructurings and insolvency proceedings, including representing debtors, distressed investors, and creditors in all restructuring efforts both in and out of Chapter 11. Pat has been a member of the YPC since 2017, and currently serves as Recruitment Co-Chair.
Pat is a graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D.) and Villanova University (B.S., Economics, International Business).
Based in New York, Julia Cormier is a Principal in Oliver Wyman's Organizational Effectiveness practice. Julia has experience in workforce management, post-merger integration work, and change management for large-scale transformations. She has a broad international exposure working on projects in the North America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Julia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MSc. in Management Science and Engineering from Columbia University (joint degree with Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in France). She is both fluent in English and French
Alumni Engagement & Volunteer Committee
Alumni Engagement/Volunteer C0-Chair
Rohil is an Associate in Technology Investment Banking at Citigroup. In his role he advises technology companies on strategic decisions and capital raising needs, such as IPOs (Initial Public Offerings), follow-on equity offerings, and private placements. Prior to joining Citi, Rohil graduated from NYU Stern & NYU Courant having studied Computer Science, Finance, and Statistics. Rohil is originally from New Jersey and enjoys fencing (Épée for 10+ years), and basketball.
Alumni Engagement/Volunteer Co-Chair
Brittany currently serves as Co-Chair of the Junior Board's Alumni Engagement & Volunteer Committee. She is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the underserved youth by empowering them to achieve their career goals through education and professional development.
Brittany works on the Business Development team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she supports a variety of strategic marketing and development initiatives for the firm's corporate practices. Previously, she taught second grade at a charter school in Manhattan.
She received a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Michigan.
Alumni Engagement/Volunteer Co-Chair
Navid Rahgozar is an investment professional at Monarch Alternative Capital. Prior to joining Monarch in 2018, he was an associate at H.I.G. Bayside and an analyst at Houlihan Lokey. Navid graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.B.A. in finance, investment, and banking.
Junior Board Members