Originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Andrew Klaber graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa president from Yale College, earned Masters of Science degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. Read More
Andrew Klaber is an investment professional at Paulson & Company, where he invests across industries, geographies, and the capital structure, having recently led the firm’s pre-IPO investment in Alibaba, pre-LBO investment in PetSmart, and pre-consolidation investments in MetroPCS, Leap Wireless, and Clearwire Communications. Since 2002 Andrew is also the president and founder of Even Ground, an international non-profit that annually provides more than 1,500 children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS with academic scholarships, basic health care, and nutrition in South Africa and Uganda. Originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Andrew graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa president from Yale College, where he was a Truman Scholar, Udall Scholar, and First-Team USA Today Academic All-American and received the David Everett Chantler Award for “best exemplifying the qualities of courage, strength of character, and high moral purpose” and Hadley Prize (valedictorian) at graduation. He earned Masters of Science degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and holds a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction and as the Dean’s Award winner. Klaber serves or has served on the boards of several organizations, including the AEI Enterprise Club, Association of Marshall Scholars (President-Elect), Bowery Mission Young Philanthropists, among many others. He received the President’s Environmental Youth Award at the White House for his “efforts and commitment to help the environment” and the Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award for his “innovative and sustained contributions to society,” served with the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, and presented Even Ground at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Andrew rowed on the Yale lightweight crew (2002 national champions), ran in the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Hamptons, London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Valencia, and Washington D.C. marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and pedaled 4,200-miles (New Haven, CT to San Francisco, CA) to raise awareness and financial support for Habitat for Humanity.
Prior to Even Ground, Christopher was a Principal at Pegasys Strategy & Development in New York and in Cape Town, South Africa. He focused on infrastructure and energy related services and economic analysis in the US, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Read More
Christopher Eaglin is the Executive Director for Even Ground. Prior to this role he was a Principal at Pegasys Strategy & Development in New York and in Cape Town, South Africa. He focused on infrastructure and energy related services and economic analysis in the US, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. He has previously served as a Regional Manager for Business Development in Southern Africa for the AES Corporation, a leading international power company. He also has been a strategy analyst at BP and at CARE USA. Chris graduated from Oxford with a MPhil in Economic and Political Development as a Marshall Scholar. Prior to attending Oxford, Mr. Eaglin attended Morehouse College graduating as valedictorian with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. He is also a classically trained tenor having given concerts in Africa, Europe, and the USA.
Angela researched support structures for children at Wesleyan University. Read More
Originally from South Africa, Angela Larkan spent years conducting research to develop a new model for intervention, and returned home to start Thanda in 2008. She was awarded the Mzanzi Soul Award for her contributions to South Africa in 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Feather Awards for Community Building. She was chosen as a Levi’s Global Pioneer in 2011 and was the Clarins Most Dynamic Woman of the Year in 2012 . She received the Southern Africa Trust Drivers of Change Award in 2013 and has consistently been chosen as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Most Influential Young South Africans.
Jake Masters is a recent graduate and Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University. Read More
Jake Masters is a recent graduate and Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University.
Waahida co-founded and heads Kgololo Academy . Read More
Waahida is the co-founder and head of school at Kgololo Academy in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Prior to establishing Kgololo Academy, Waahida worked for seven years as a middle school humanities teacher and as an after school program coordinator, most recently at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Waahida holds a Master’s of Science in Education Policy and Community Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was an Advanced Opportunity Fellow and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College in Education. Waahida also completed the Global School Leadership Fellowship with KIPP in 2013. Waahida enjoys reading, yoga, earning trophies on Fitbit, political satire and spending time with her son, current Kgololo Academy scholar, Themba and her husband Thulani.
Cathy was born and raised in South Africa. She studied teaching and had the opportunity to work in London at a school for children with disabilities. It has always been Cathy’s passion to see inclusive education realized for more children in South Africa, particularly those who grow up in a rural environment. She strongly believes that intervention early in a child’s life will change the development trajectory of a child. Thusly, the idea behind Siykawzi, which links Special Education Needs (SEN) and Early Childhood Development (ECD) interventions, continues to grow. Cathy would like to see Siyakwazi’s model of inclusion affecting many more tribal authorities within Ugu in Kwazulu Natal.
Sister is a Roman Catholic nun. Read More
Sister is a Roman Catholic nun (Benedictine Sisters of Twasana), a qualified nurse, has diplomas in General Nursing, Midwifery, Clinical Care and Administration, Advanced Psychiatry, Community Health Nursing and is currently doing her Masters in Psychiatry through the University of Natal. Sister has received awards for her work from the Department of Welfare (“Community Builder of the Year”), Edith Venter Award (“The Woman who made it against all odds”), The Soul City Health and Development Worker of the Year (National Finalist) and the Pat McGregor Natural Family Planning Award (Highest Achieving Teacher and Supervisor in South Africa).
Andrew Klaber is an investment professional at Paulson & Company, where he invests across industries, geographies, and capital structure.
Andrew founded Even Ground in 2002 and currently serves as Chairman emeritus and a Director of the Board.
Originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Andrew graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa president from Yale College, where he was a Truman Scholar, Udall Scholar, and First-Team USA Today Academic All-American and received the David Everett Chantler Award for “best exemplifying the qualities of courage, strength of character, and high moral purpose” and Hadley Prize (valedictorian) at graduation. He earned Masters of Science degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and holds a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction and as the Dean’s Award winner.
Klaber received the President’s Environmental Youth Award at the White House for his “efforts and commitment to help the environment” and the Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award for his “innovative and sustained contributions to society,” served with the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, and presented Even Ground at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Andrew rowed on the Yale lightweight crew (2002 national champions), ran in the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Hamptons, London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Valencia, and Washington D.C. marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and pedaled 4,200-miles (New Haven, CT to San Francisco, CA) to raise awareness and financial support for Habitat for Humanity.
Rohan Nirody is an investment professional at Viking Global Investors, a New York City based hedge fund. Previously, he was an associate at Elevation Partners and an analyst at Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Rohan received an MBA from Harvard Business School (2009) and graduated from University of Pennsylvania (2003). Rohan serves as Secretary and as a board member of Even Ground.
McKenzie Morris is an associate in the Emerging Companies practice group at Cooley LLP. McKenzie focuses her practice on representing emerging growth technology companies and their investors. Concentrating in corporate and securities law, she counsels companies throughout their lifecycle on general corporate and governance matters and on a variety of transactions, including formation, seed investments, venture capital financings, debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. Prior to attending law school, McKenzie was a Buyer for Bloomingdales, where she managed a $15 million business for Bloomingdales.com. McKenzie earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2015. She obtained her B.A. in Legal Communications from Howard University, graduating summa cum laude. McKenzie’s prior nonprofit experience includes Parent Revolution, an education advocacy organization and IMentor, a mentoring program for high school-aged youth.
Brian Kaufmann is currently a portfolio manager at Viking Global Investors, a New York City based hedge fund. Previously, he was an investment professional at TA Associates, a Boston based private equity firm and an M&A analyst at Merrill Lynch in the investment banking division. Brian received an MBA from Harvard Business School (2010), where he was a Baker Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University (2003) with a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management. Brian has also volunteered with Best Buddies, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Junior Achievement and Metro Lacrosse. He previously served as a board member of Even Ground and currently serves as a Special Adviser.
Nicole [Motley] Barnes is a national fundraising consultant for 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and (527) organizations; advising on nonprofit sustainability, philanthropic trends, prospect research, and strategic partnerships. Nicole also serves as the national director of development at the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Her previous work includes associate director of development at Bank Street College of Education; and on Democracy Prep Public Schools’ founding management team–opening and operating high-quality charter schools throughout Harlem. Her career began as a corporate event fundraiser at the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, before attending graduate school in New York City, where she was selected for an internship in Development at the William J. Clinton Foundation. Nicole attended Saint Joseph College in Connecticut [BA and MS], and New York University [MS]. Nicole lives in New York City with her husband.
Conor Grimes is an investment professional at King Street Capital Management, L.P., a NY based investment firm. Prior to this, Conor worked in private equity and investment banking. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Conor is also the former treasurer and current board member of The Piano School of NYC – a non-profit that raises funds to provide piano lessons for children throughout New York.
Scott Grinsell is an associate in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and cross border transactions. Scott has served on the Board of Directors of Even Ground since 2008, and previously served as a co-founder and project director of the Uganda Education Project from 2004 to 2013. Scott received his B.A. summa cum laude in English and History from Williams College and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then completed an M.Phil. at Magdalen College, Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, Scott served as a law clerk to Judge Rosemary Pooler on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also serves on the board of the Association of Marshall Scholars and is a member of the Young Lions Committee of the New York Public Library.
Ryan is a Founder of Operation Water, a social enterprise whose mission is to deliver clean water solutions to the greatest number of people in need, at the lowest cost per person, by developing scalable infrastructure projects. Prior to founding Operation Water, he was the Founder and Managing Director of RPP Capital Projects and Finance (Pty) Ltd, a company that sources and structures financing solutions for power and water infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this capacity, he has travelled extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa to meet with Presidents, Ministers, Governors, Director Generals of utilities, and African businessmen to discuss the strategic infrastructure priorities of many African nations.
Previously, Ryan served as Director of Facilities and Operations at African Leadership Academy, a world class pan-African boarding high school located in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was African Leadership Foundation’s first staff member and assisted the Founders with networking and fundraising. Prior to moving to South Africa to help launch African Leadership Academy, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Sales at IntellectSpace Corporation, a Seattle-based technology company that serves investment banks, hedge funds, foundations, and law firms. Ryan worked closely with the Founders to develop and execute the Company’s sales strategy and successfully built the Company’s initial client roster.
Ryan started his career in New York City as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He graduated with honors from Boston College’s Undergraduate Carroll School of Management with a concentration in Finance.
David Wright is currently a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co, where he focuses on M&A and emerging market strategy, advising both investors and governments in Nigeria, Brazil, India, and China. Previously, he was a M&A Attorney at Skadden Arps LLP (a global law firm), focusing on PE and international deals. Prior to this, he worked for the United Nations (UNDP) to manage their investments in Kenya, Tanzania, Cambodia, and Thailand. He has presented and been published at the World Economic Forum regarding Nigeria’s economic prospects, at various World Bank / IFC events regarding microfinance and development in Southeast Asia. David received his JD/MBA from Northwestern University, where he graduated cum laude and served as Editor on the Law Review. Prior to this, David studied Computer Science and English Literature, graduating summa cum laude. His prior nonprofit involvement includes Maasai Educations Discovery, a Kenyan NGO providing internet, education, and healthcare to the Maasai tribe. He also worked with Digital Divide Data, a Cambodian social enterprise creating jobs for landmine amputees and sex trafficked women.
Roshan Shah is a Principal in the New York office of Avison Young, advising local, national, and international corporations and property owners on developing and executing their strategic real estate plans. Prior to joining Avison Young, Roshan served as an Executive Vice President at CBRE. While at CBRE, he was one of the youngest members of the firm globally to ever hold the Senior Vice President title. Throughout his career, Roshan has transacted real estate deals in every major global market to the benefit of his impressive client roster. Roshan structures creative commercial real estate deals in the acquisition and disposition of properties on behalf of his clients—utilizing his unique ability to understand the perspective of both owners and occupiers. He works with clients in a wide range of industries including technology, legal, and financial services, with an emphasis on hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital firms. Some of his notable assignments include the landmark $1.8-billion purchase of 111 Eighth Avenue in New York City by Google—representing the largest commercial real estate purchase by a tenant in U.S. history. That same year, he advised Deka Immobilien (one of Germany’s largest asset managers) on its $123-million acquisition of 19 West 44th Street, and collaborated with Shorenstein Properties–one of the largest privately held real estate firms in the U.S.–on the sale of 125 Park Avenue, a 651,000 square foot office tower, to SL Green Realty Corp. for $330 million. Roshan has long served as a real estate advisor to the Clinton Foundation, and its Principals, on a multitude of real estate matters. Roshan also represents many of the largest Indian companies on their real estate dealings throughout North America, including Reliance Industries, Tata Group, and ICICI Bank. Most recently, in 2018, Roshan represented Apollo Global Management on a series of complex transactions including a lease buyout from 730 Fifth Avenue, a 100,000 square foot relocation to 1095 Avenue of the Americas, and a 200,000 square foot lease expansion and renewal at 9 West 57th Street for Apollo’s global headquarters. As a landlord representative, Roshan partnered with MetLife for the leasing of 575 Fifth Avenue, a 520,000 square-foot Class A office property in Midtown Manhattan. He also served as leasing agent for Forest City Ratner on its 5.5 million square foot Brooklyn portfolio—playing an instrumental role in the leasing of nearly 2 million square feet of real estate.
Caroline [Stone] Peters is a digital marketing professional who has spent the entirety of her career working across organizations large and small to help build brands, build marketing strategies, and build teams focused on just that. She has a background in management and is currently working at Facebook managing their global insights marketing brand, Facebook IQ. Prior to Facebook she worked across agencies and brands developing digital strategies within the CPG, retail, streaming, technology, and food & beverage industries. In 2010 she moved to Cape Town, South Africa where she worked for an organization focused on refugee rehabilitation. For the last 10 years she’s stayed closely involved in the philanthropic and nonprofit space, and is thrilled to be joining Even Ground and reconnecting with the causes and a part of the world that means so much to her. Caroline is a San Francisco native who received her BA at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and her Masters at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She lives in New York with her husband Casey, and their dog Colt.
Ryan works at Merrill Lynch and graduated with a BA in Economics from Boston College. Originally from Tennessee, he has lived in six other cities around the world: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Villahermosa, Mumbai, San Francisco, and Ft. Lauderdale. Aside from traveling he enjoys tennis, snowboarding, golf and powered parachuting.
Sajji is a digital designer who graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an BFA in Design Psychology. She grew up in Chicago where she began her freelancing work with nonprofits and graphic design. Her after-hours and spare time include traveling, painting, karate, and SCUBA diving. She resides in Los Angeles.
Bharat is a Structured Credit Trading analyst at Goldman Sachs. He graduated with a BA in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania and also matriculated from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. Throughout high school and college, Bharat has been actively involved in the planning and coordination of non-profit events, including serving as Philanthropy Chair of his fraternity which supports The Ability Experience (formerly known as Push America). Bharat’s extracurricular pursuits include cricket, electronic dance music, and golf.
Raghav Jaggia works at IBM Watson as a cognitive AI consultant and graduated with a BA in Finance from George Washington University. Originally from Bombay, he has grown up in major cities around the world: Singapore, London, New York, and Chicago. Raghav has been actively involved with charities specializing in children’s development (recently he worked and lived out of the Ngoenga School for Tibetan Children, a monastery, which was started and inaugurated by His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama). Aside from traveling and work, Raghav enjoys tennis, football, and golf.
Noah is a multidisciplinary designer and software developer. He is a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design and is part of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Design & Innovation Group.
Brian is a Private Equity Analyst at The Blackstone Group. Born and raised in Kenya, Brian has always been passionate about the continent of Africa. He has lived in three African countries (Kenya, South Africa and Senegal) and is a graduate of the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is actively involved in the the sports community in Africa and is a Junior Board member of the SEED Project, a basketball nonprofit in Senegal. He is a graduate of the Huntsman Program in International Studies at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Lazbart Oseni is an Investment Banking Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising in the healthcare services sector. Lazbart received a B.S. in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary.
Amanda O’Malley is a Strategy Consultant at IBM Watson Health. She graduated from Colby College with a double major in Global Studies and Mandarin. When she’s not working or traveling with friends, Amanda can be found volunteering with Girls on the Run, exploring the restaurant scene in NYC, hiking, golfing, and learning how to kiteboard.
Michelle Su is a healthcare Public Relations Specialist at Porter Novelli with expertise in HIV/AIDS, oncology, diabetes and cardiovascular health. Prior to her current role, she worked in business development generating partnerships with top nutrition, pharma, biotech and medtech companies.
Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Media, Culture, and Communication with minors in Business and Producing from New York University. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, staying active, discovering new music and trying new restaurants.
Aïssatou is part of the Portfolio team at Acumen, a global impact investing firm. Prior to Acumen, Aïssatou worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors as a Strategy Consultant based in Dakar, Senegal. At Dalberg, Aïssatou provided advisory support to international organizations and government entities on issues ranging from job creation for the youth to city-wide energy efficiency initiatives. Aïssatou cofounded Tamaji Group, an investment fund with the mission to create and capture value for informal sector operators in West Africa. She was also a MIT Climate CoLab Fellow and is passionate about sustainability.
Aïssatou holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations from Tufts University.
Nivanthi Karunaratne discovered a passion for infectious diseases during her senior year at Princeton, from where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience. Though she will obtain her Master’s in Music from the Yale School of Music in 2020, Nivanthi works at the Yale School of Public Health, in a lab which studies tick-borne diseases. She met EvenGround’s founder, Andrew Klaber, at a Leadership Conference held at Yale, and leaped at the chance to contribute to its mission.
SJ (Sang Jun) Lee, originally from South Korea, is an investment analyst at IFC Asset Management Company (AMC), the private equity fund affiliate of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) at the World Bank Group. Prior to joining AMC, he was an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank. SJ received a B.S. in Economics (with concentrations in Finance and Statistics) from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.