Introducing MBAx1: Atif, Guillaume, Jasmine & Liz of Columbia Business School

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Your Typical MBA Skills and Some Not-So-Typical MBA Skills

When a business owner in Arkansas agrees to host a team of MBAs, he probably expects them to bring your typical MBA skills…financial modeling, operations know-how, and strategy buzzwords.  And while this Columbia Business School team boasts impressive work experience, they also bring some “not-so-typical” MBA skills too.

With experience in crafting national health policy and waxing poetic about Texas, to developing corporate strategy for Sony and editing the school newspaper, to developing energy use guidelines for the military and de-tassling corn, to building the next generation of New York City building landmarks and cracking up classmates through the school Follies Show, Jasmine, Guillaume, Liz, and Atif have more than one string to their bows, and no doubt their summer with MBAxAmerica will add to them!

Introducing the Columbia Business School team: Jasmine Ainetchian, Guillaume Cazalaa, Elizabeth (“Liz”) Pfeiffer, and Atif Qadir


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Jasmine Ainetchian (@ainetchian)

Dallas, TX → Johns Hopkins University → IMPAQ in Washington DC → CBS → Boston Consulting  Group in Dallas

As the daughter of an entrepreneur, the MBAs Across America movement resonated with me and  I’m excited to get on the road with my fantastic CBS classmates.”

Jasmine was born and raised in Texas. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Public Health Studies and began working with IMPAQ International, a federal consulting firm in Washington, DC. While there, she was a Project Manager for research related to the Affordable Care Act. At Columbia Business School, she focused on Healthcare and consulting, and served on the Student Government Executive Board. This fall, Jasmine will join the Dallas office of The Boston Consulting Group.


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Guillaume Cazalaa (@czlgui)

London, UK → U. of Warwick → Morgan Stanley in London → CBS → McKinsey in London

“More than anything, I’m excited to meet inspiring people on the road. We all strive to do what we  love or at least love what we do, so helping entrepreneurs with that passion will no doubt be really  rewarding.”

Guillaume grew up in London. He graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc in International Business and started his career with Morgan Stanley in investment banking, covering Infrastructure and transportation. After four years he left to pursue his MBA at Columbia Business School where he focused on Management, and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Bottom Line, the school newspaper. In the fall, Guillaume will be returning to London to join McKinsey & Company as an Associate


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Elizabeth Pfeiffer (@lpfeif1)

Hampton, VA→ Georgetown → Deloitte in Washington DC → CBS → Deloitte in Washington DC

“During Business School, I’ve worked with and visited entrepreneurs and organizations across the globe (Ethiopia, Ghana, India, China).  I’m excited for this opportunity with MBAx to revisit and give back to the American communities where I grew up and that shaped me.”

Liz was raised in across the US as the daughter of an Air Force pilot, in Virginia, North Dakota and Nebraska. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and started her career at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on energy, natural resources, and sustainability. While at Columbia Business School, Liz focused on Finance, including a summer internship at Credit Suisse. In addition, she served as the Co-President of Microlumbia, a student run, non-profit microfinance fund. In the fall, Liz will be returning to the Washington, DC office of Deloitte Consulting.

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Atif Qadir (@atifqadir)

Manama, Bahrain → MIT → Gene Kaufman Architect and Turner Construction in New York → CBS →  Extell Development in New York

“I believe that by seeing what other parts of my country look like and how people live and work, will  allow me to build on my academic experiences in social impact real estate, and be a more competent  and sensitive real estate developer and investor in the future.”

Atif was born in Bahrain and raised in New York. He received his BS in Architecture and BS in Urban Planning from MIT, where he was a Burchard Scholar. He then practiced as an architect in New York at Gene Kaufman Architect and Turner Construction, focusing on hotel and institutional projects up to $750M. At Columbia Business School, he focused in Finance. This fall he will be joining the New York office of Extell Development as an Associate, focusing on high-rise residential projects.

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