The Team

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

Andrew Klaber

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

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

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

Andrew Klaber

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

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.

Chairman

Rohit Sahni

Chairman

Rohit Sahni is currently a co-founding partner at Harbor Spring Capital, an equities focused investment fund based out of New York.  Previously, he was an investment professional in the New York office of Permira Advisers, a global private equity firm. Prior to Permira, Rohit received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Read More

Chairman

Rohit Sahni

Chairman

Rohit Sahni is currently a co-founding partner at Harbor Spring Capital, an equities focused investment fund based out of New York.  Previously, he was an investment professional in the New York office of Permira Advisers, a global private equity firm. Prior to Permira, Rohit received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

His previous work experience includes General Atlantic (a global private equity firm) and Goldman Sachs (investment banking for technology, media, and telecom companies), both out of New York. His prior involvement in non-profits includes Echoing Green, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and The Asia Society.  He is currently a board member and Chairman of Even Ground. Rohit is a career coach in Harvard Business School’s Career and Professional Development Faculty, a member of Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Scholar Alumni Board, and is President of the Board of Park 27 Condominiums.

Project Directors

Executive Director

Christopher Eaglin

Executive Director

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

Executive Director

Christopher Eaglin

Executive Director

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.

Founder, Thanda

Angela Larkan

Founder, Thanda

Angela researched support structures for children at Wesleyan University. Read More

Founder, Thanda

Angela Larkan

Founder, Thanda

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.

Project Manager, Dukathole Fund

Jake Masters

Project Manager, Dukathole Fund

Jake Masters is a recent graduate and Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University. Read More

Project Manager, Dukathole Fund

Jake Masters

Project Manager, Dukathole Fund

Jake Masters is a recent graduate and Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University.

Co-Founder, Kgololo Academy

Waahida Tolbert-Mbatha

Co-Founder, Kgololo Academy

Waahida co-founded and heads Kgololo Academy . Read More

Co-Founder, Kgololo Academy

Waahida Tolbert-Mbatha

Co-Founder, Kgololo Academy

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.

Program Director, Thembanathi

Sister Priscilla Dlamini

Program Director, Thembanathi

Sister is a Roman Catholic nun. Read More

Program Director, Thembanathi

Sister Priscilla Dlamini

Program Director, Thembanathi

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).

The Board of Directors

Andrew Klaber

Founder, Chairman Emeritus
Founder, Chairman Emeritus

Andrew Klaber

Founder, Chairman Emeritus

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.

Rohit Sahni

Chairman
Chairman

Rohit Sahni

Chairman

Rohit Sahni is currently a co-founding partner at Harbor Spring Capital, an equities focused investment fund based out of New York. Previously, he was an investment professional in the New York office of Permira Advisers, a global private equity firm. Prior to Permira, Rohit received his MBA from Harvard Business School. His previous work experience includes General Atlantic (a global private equity firm) and Goldman Sachs (investment banking for technology, media, and telecom companies), both out of New York.

His prior involvement in non-profits includes Echoing Green, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and The Asia Society. He is currently a board member and Chairman of Even Ground. Rohit is a career coach in Harvard Business School’s Career and Professional Development Faculty, a member of Vanderbilt University’s Ingram Scholar Alumni Board, and is President of the Board of Park 27 Condominiums.

Henry Hebbler

Treasurer
Treasurer

Henry Hebbler

Treasurer

Henry is currently the creative director for special events at Ultra Events and Staffing. His background in non-profit work started over 10 years ago working with homeless youth in the Portland, OR metro area while in college. Since then he has been involved in fundraising and event production to raise awareness for organizations such as New Avenues for Youth, Children First and The Friday Soup Kitchen.

Rohan Nirody

Secretary

Rohan Nirody

Secretary

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.

Brian Kaufmann

Special Advisor

Brian Kaufmann

Special Advisor

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 Barnes

Nicole Barnes

Board Member

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

Conor Grimes

Board Member

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

Scott Grinsell

Board Member

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.

McKenzie Morris

McKenzie Morris

Board Member

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.

Ryan Phillips-Page

Ryan Phillips-Page

Board Member

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

David Wright

Board Member

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.

The Junior Board

Ryan Sahni

Ryan Sahni

Junior Council Member

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 Lazarus

Sajji Lazarus

Junior Council Member

Sajji works at Paul Weiss, LLP, and graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Studio Art. She grew up in Chicago where she began her freelancing work with nonprofits and graphic design. Her after-hours and spare time includes traveling, painting, karate, and SCUBA diving.

Bharat Ganju

Bharat Ganju

Junior Council Member

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

Raghav Jaggia

Junior Council Member

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 Litvin

Noah Litvin

Junior Council Member

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 Waweru

Brian Waweru

Junior Council Member

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

Lazbart Oseni

Junior Council Member

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.

Jason Wu

Fundraising Committee

Amanda O'Malley

Amanda O'Malley

Fundraising Committee Member

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

Ari Martina

Ari Martina

Fundraising Committee Member
Justin “Ari” Martina is a Vice President at Pretium Partners, LLC, a NY based investment firm specializing in residential and corporate credit. He received both his Master’s degree in Financial Engineering (2011) and bachelor’s degree in Economics (2009) from Cornell University. Ari is originally from the Detroit area and lives in New York with his wife.