Black Business Student Forum

BBSF 2013-2014 Leadership Team


As a leadership team, our goal is to make the 2013-2014 year one to remember.  To reach this goal, we have planned a socially and professionally rich calendar of events to help BBSF members fully experience the best of Darden: brilliant classmates, dynamic faculty, engaged alumni, enthusiastic recruiters, excited prospective students, and committed administration.

Brilliant Classmates:  Our goal is to provide programming that is relevant to  ALL Darden students.  Watch out for our conference  February 2014. You will want to be there!

Dynamic Faculty:  Eighty-five minutes in class isn’t enough.  We want to know what faculty are researching, read what they're reading (or recommend), and learn more from them as well as about them. 

Engaged Alumni:  You are where we want to be.  We want to engage with you and learn from your experiences.  We will resume the Alumni Newsletter this year, and we will also implement “30-30s with BBSF Alums” – 30 minutes with BBSF alums every 30 days.

Enthusiastic RecruitersWe value the opportunities and support you provide for BBSF.  We look forward to seeing you around on Grounds, as well as national conferences and industry events.

Excited Prospective Students:  We are here to answer your questions and share our experiences with you.  We will answer ANY question, so please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on our Leadership Team.  If we can’t answer your question, we will find someone who can. 

 Committed Administration:  We truly appreciate the support that we receive from the Darden Administration.  We have organized our calendar to harmonize with the broader Darden agenda, and we enjoy partnering with you to deliver The Best of Darden.

Continue reading to meet the BBSF 2013-2014 Leadership Team...

BBSF Officers



Nicholas Gross graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Sociology.  Upon graduation, Nicholas joined Teach For America (TFA) and taught at an inner-city elementary school for two years.  After TFA, he relocated to New Orleans and joined a regional economic development entity, as a Special Projects Manager reporting directly to the President.

Nicholas is focusing his MBA studies on Strategy and General Management.  This summer, he will join Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical division as a part of their Experienced Commercial Leadership Development Program.


  Maribel Garcia      

Executive Vice President

Maribel Garcia Prior to Darden Maribel held several positions at ACC1O, a Catalonia trade and investment agency including that of International Trade Consultant and Business Development Executive. She received her BA in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers University.


Axel Starke      

Vice President of Finance

Axel Starke With degrees in Business and Economics from Franklin and Marshall College, Axel established a not-for-profit, Greater Grove Hall Main Streets Inc., focused on neighborhood stabilization through small business development.  Committed to improving the economic environment in Boston where he lived, worked and played, Axel led the charge to decrease business turnover, increase the storefront occupancy rate and improve the assortment of products and services available to area residents and consumers.  As Axel’s work began to accomplish his organization’s goals, the complexity of the small business ecosystem increased and Axel transitioned to Darden to improve his strategic and process analysis skills.  In his spare time, Axel enjoys skiing and chess, and is a member of the Friends of the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.

Aba Ackun      

Vice President of Administration

Aba Ackun previously worked as Business Planning Analyst for Newmont Ghana Gold LTD and as Treasury Sales Dealer at Barclays Bank. Her most recent postion prior to Darden came at ACCION International where she worked as Regional Risk Specialist.


Vice President of Marketing

Anika Brown graduated from Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she majored in Fashion. Upon graduation she worked as a digital marketing and e-commerce specialist for Assouline Publishing, an art book publisher in New York, and Getable, a San Francisco-based tech startup.

Adebayo Owolewa      

 Vice President of Education

Adebayo Owolewa graduated from Amherst College, where he majored in the Classics. Adebayo is currently pursing both a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia Law School and the Darden School of Business, respectively. Prior to Darden, he served as the Latin Lead for the Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. Adebayo will be spending this upcoming summer as a summer associate with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Sylvester Fejokwu      

Vice President of Events

Sylvester Fejokwu After spending most of his childhood living in Nigeria, Sylvester moved back to the States to attend college at the University of Rochester. Upon graduating from college, Sylvester moved to New York City to pursue a career in Investment Consulting. As an Investment Consultant, Sylvester provided multi-national corporations with investment recommendations for their employee retirement and pension assets. Sylvester took particular pleasure in helping companies navigate the complexities associated with offering viable retirement investment options to employees working in developed and emerging countries.

Martin N. Davidson      

Faculty Advisor 

Martin Davidson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. In his research, teaching and consulting, Davidson focuses on how leaders can use diversity strategically to create sustainable competitive advantages for their firms, both globally and domestically. His most recent work is The End of Diversity as We Know It.

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs, he consults with a host of Fortune 100 firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. He has served as the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management.

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