Five Chicago Booth students named Siebel Scholars

Deputy Dean Stacey Kole with Siebel Scholars (left to right) Alon Shiran, Bradley Powell, Max Cohen, Boone Williams, and Yevgeniya Zhenya Kaliberova.

Booth scholars join elite group of students at the world’s leading graduate schools

Five students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business have been named 2016 Siebel Scholars as part of an international scholarship program that recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering. Each student will receive a $35,000 award for their final year of studies.

Siebel Scholars are nominated by the deans of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding achievement and demonstrated leadership. On average, Siebel Scholars rank in the top 5 percent of their class, many within the top 1 percent. A total of 90 Siebel Scholars around the world were selected this year based on academic excellence, leadership and ability to play a significant role in addressing global challenges

The Booth MBA student winners are Max Cohen, Yevgeniya Zhenya Kaliberova, Bradley Powell, Alon Shiran and Boone Williams.

Max Cohen is co-chair of the Corporate Finance Group and Epicurean Club, and a LEAD Fellow bringing Chicago Booth’s leadership development curriculum to local high school students. Cohen is studying finance and plans to work in the food and beverage industry. This past summer, he worked in Frito-Lay’s finance department, where he provided recommendations to leadership about the optimal balance of internal production and contract manufacturing for the company’s innovation pipeline. Cohen attended Johns Hopkins University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies with university honors. He is a former human capital consultant at Deloitte Consulting focusing on federal government agencies.

Yevgeniya Zhenya Kaliberova served as a co-chair of Booth Education Group, which furthers the professional and personal interests of Booth students in the education sector. She also served as a Net Impact Board Fellow, a program that matches Chicago Booth MBA students with local nonprofits, where she worked with an education nonprofit. As an Education Pioneers Fellow, Kaliberova is currently working with the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Spanish. She is a former management consultant with Bain & Co., where her work has spanned a variety of industries from hospitality and retail to utilities and consumer packaged goods                                                                                                                

Bradley Powell is a portfolio manager for the Student Managed Investment Fund at Booth. Before coming to Booth, he worked as an investment analyst for Delaney Capital Management, a Toronto-based wealth management firm, where he focused on Canadian and U.S. securities. Prior to working in finance, he was a professional ballet dancer and trained with the Cirque du Soleil. Powell graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2010. This past summer he worked as an analyst at Fidelity Investments (FMR) in Boston and London researching the European satellite industry.

Alon Shiran is co-chair of the Booth Technology Group and the Jewish Business Student Association. He served as an officer and drone mission commander in the Israeli Air Force for more than seven years, commanding teams of up to 25 soldiers and officers in various strategic missions. Following his military service, Shiran worked as a product manager at Israel Aerospace Industries, where he designed rockets and drone operating systems, while leading engineering teams through development and deployment of these systems at clients’ sites around the world. He also co-founded the first and world’s largest online passport photo provider. This past summer he worked at Yelp as a product manager.

Boone Williams is co-chair of Booth’s Travel, Transportation and Hospitality Group leading corporate partnership efforts. He is also a Net Impact Board Fellow, a program that matches Chicago Booth MBA students with local nonprofits. This past summer he worked with The People’s Music School, a nonprofit music school serving Chicago-area students. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Williams received a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., majoring in economics and mathematics. He is a former management consultant at Bain & Co. focusing on the technology, oil and gas, and other industries.

About Siebel Scholars

The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Siebel Foundation in 2000 through grants to 16 universities in the United States, China, France, Italy and Japan. Each year, top graduate students from 25 partner programs are honored as Siebel Scholars and receive a $35,000 award for their final year of studies. With an active community of more than 1,000 alumni, Siebel Scholars work to find solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

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