About

Welcome to the Global Business Association!

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The Global Business Association (GBA) is a student-led organization that falls under the MBA Association at the Michael G. Foster School of Business. As the only MBA student club that focuses exclusively on global business, the GBA seeks to enhance Foster MBA candidates’ understanding of cross-border and cross-cultural business issues that permeate the modern business environment. Through a variety of networking and guest speaker events, GBA members have the unique opportunity to interact with prominent international business leaders and expand their networks locally in Seattle and globally across the world.

 

Leadership
CHAITRA NERUKAR  PRESIDENT    Past experience: Non Profit (Education and Literacy) in Pune and Bangalore, India.

CHAITRA NERUKAR
PRESIDENT

Past experience: Non Profit (Education and Literacy) in Pune and Bangalore, India.

DAN DANG  CO-PRESIDENT    Born and raised in Suquamish, WA, Dan attended Washington State University, triple majoring in Chinese, Asian Studies, and Philosophy before commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army. He served a variety of roles, serving as a route clearance platoon leader, logistics officer, and an operations officer – deploying once overseas for the West African Ebola Outbreak as a civil engineer. He decided to pursue a dual degree in an MBA (for practical purposes) and an MPA (for idealistic purposes) at the University of Washington. He did his MBA internship at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Family Planning team. His long-term goal is to develop and build effective governance overseas, so that countries can improve the health and well-being of their citizens. He is dedicated to global business and environmental policy, where he hopes to incorporate systems thinking as common practice within business and public policy.  Dan is also Vice President of the Foster Veterans Association (which you should all join!) and Vice President of Social Impact Engagement for Net Impact (which you should also join!). In his spare time he’s constantly trying to get back into shape, reading The Economist, eating expensive Japanese omakase/kaiseke, and singing John Legend’s “All of Me”.

DAN DANG
CO-PRESIDENT

Born and raised in Suquamish, WA, Dan attended Washington State University, triple majoring in Chinese, Asian Studies, and Philosophy before commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army. He served a variety of roles, serving as a route clearance platoon leader, logistics officer, and an operations officer – deploying once overseas for the West African Ebola Outbreak as a civil engineer. He decided to pursue a dual degree in an MBA (for practical purposes) and an MPA (for idealistic purposes) at the University of Washington. He did his MBA internship at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Family Planning team. His long-term goal is to develop and build effective governance overseas, so that countries can improve the health and well-being of their citizens. He is dedicated to global business and environmental policy, where he hopes to incorporate systems thinking as common practice within business and public policy.

Dan is also Vice President of the Foster Veterans Association (which you should all join!) and Vice President of Social Impact Engagement for Net Impact (which you should also join!). In his spare time he’s constantly trying to get back into shape, reading The Economist, eating expensive Japanese omakase/kaiseke, and singing John Legend’s “All of Me”.

CHRIS CHOI  CHAIRMAN    Chris is an Army brat, having survived childhood adventures in the US, Europe and Asia. As an undergrad, he studied abroad for a semester in Nanjing, China. He served as a US Army officer in Korea, Georgia and Washington, where he left full-time military service. Chris then traveled around the world for half a year, before coming back to “be responsible.” He came to Foster to focus on global marketing. Chris has experience working with leaders from Turkey, Singapore, Rwanda, and other countries. He still serves part-time as an Army Reservist assigned to US Forces Japan.  Chris loves UW so much that he is also a concurrent student in the MA Japan Studies program at the Jackson School of International Studies. He completed his MBA internship in healthcare Field Marketing at Philips. Outside of school, he enjoys traveling, working out, coffee and beer. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chinese and in Comparative Politics from the United States Military Academy.

CHRIS CHOI
CHAIRMAN

Chris is an Army brat, having survived childhood adventures in the US, Europe and Asia. As an undergrad, he studied abroad for a semester in Nanjing, China. He served as a US Army officer in Korea, Georgia and Washington, where he left full-time military service. Chris then traveled around the world for half a year, before coming back to “be responsible.” He came to Foster to focus on global marketing. Chris has experience working with leaders from Turkey, Singapore, Rwanda, and other countries. He still serves part-time as an Army Reservist assigned to US Forces Japan.

Chris loves UW so much that he is also a concurrent student in the MA Japan Studies program at the Jackson School of International Studies. He completed his MBA internship in healthcare Field Marketing at Philips. Outside of school, he enjoys traveling, working out, coffee and beer. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chinese and in Comparative Politics from the United States Military Academy.

 
NICK FERDERER  VP COMMUNICATIONS    Prior to joining Foster, Nick worked in our nation’s capital as a government relations professional. From accessing federal resources for Washington state’s military-connected and Native American schoolchildren to operationalizing mental health emergency care at scale, he worked on a variety of important policy issues. In addition to his advocacy experiences, Nick has also supported the President’s Export Council and Manufacturing Council at the United States Department of Commerce, worked on several winning campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, and chaired the Washington State Society’s annual charity gala. Nick worked at Microsoft as a Business Program Manager Intern.  Nick earned his B.A. in Social Sciences with concentrations in Public Policy and Literature from Washington State University Vancouver.  He’s also an adventurous dude. He’s motorcycled over 5000 miles through Vietnam, played soccer in the Costa Rican jungle, and camped in the Saharan desert.

NICK FERDERER
VP COMMUNICATIONS

Prior to joining Foster, Nick worked in our nation’s capital as a government relations professional. From accessing federal resources for Washington state’s military-connected and Native American schoolchildren to operationalizing mental health emergency care at scale, he worked on a variety of important policy issues. In addition to his advocacy experiences, Nick has also supported the President’s Export Council and Manufacturing Council at the United States Department of Commerce, worked on several winning campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, and chaired the Washington State Society’s annual charity gala. Nick worked at Microsoft as a Business Program Manager Intern.

Nick earned his B.A. in Social Sciences with concentrations in Public Policy and Literature from Washington State University Vancouver.

He’s also an adventurous dude. He’s motorcycled over 5000 miles through Vietnam, played soccer in the Costa Rican jungle, and camped in the Saharan desert.

STEPHANIE CONTE

STEPHANIE CONTE

 
Events

We work closely with several partners to bring you the events you want:

  • Career Management

  • The Foster School of Business – Global Business Center

  • The Global Business Advisory Board

  • CIBER Advisory Board

  • The World Affairs Council

  • Young Professionals International Network

2018-2019 club event schedule*:

  • Fall ’18

    • Welcome Dinner (October 5th)

    • Networking Happy Hour with the Gordon Institute of Business Science of Pretoria, South Africa (October 16)

    • “Doing Business In” Series: Mexico (October 18)

    • Diwali (November 9)

    • Global Executive Guest Speaker (TBD)

  • Winter ’19

    • International Trivia Night (January)

    • Consulate Tour (January)

    • Chinese Lunar New Year (February 5)

    • “Doing Business In” Series: Russia (February)

    • International Movie Night: Spain/Latin America (March)

  • Spring ’19

    • Holi (March/April)

    • Port of Seattle Tour (April)

    • Global Technology Forum (April)

    • Starbucks Series: Tea (April)

    • Starbucks Series: Coffee (April)

    • International Food (May)

*all events and dates are subject to change

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