Darden Technology Club

DTC Officers

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Gal Avrahamy, President

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About Gal:

Born in Israel, Gal brings a rich and diverse professional experience to the Darden Technology Club. Gal attended Tel Aviv University where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Economics. His first professional interaction with technology was in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), where he commanded soldiers in the Communications Operations center at the IDF Central Command. In addition, Gal worked for four years at Ernst & Young beginning in the audit practice servicing various technology companies and later transitioned to an advisor role in the information technology consulting practice. During the summer prior to Darden, Gal interned at Relayfoods.com - a Charlottesville based online marketplace for local and sustainable foods - where he worked on interesting marketing and operations projects. Gal looks forward to spending the summer in Seattle at Amazon as a Product Manager intern.

Favorite Movie or TV Show: Top Gun, 24, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead

Favorite Tech Products: My Kindle Fire HDX, MacBook Pro, and GalaxyS4

Hobbies: Slow-cooking my way to becoming a Master Vegan chef

 

   

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Alex Graber, VP Careers

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About Alex:

After graduating from James Madison University in 2007 Alex moved to New York to begin his career at MTV. Following production roles on various game shows, documentaries and branded digital content he moved on to litigation consulting, creating multimedia data presentations for the country's top corporate attorneys before returning to his home state of Virginia to attend Darden. He loves technology because of the impact it has on our lives and the speed that it moves, and is passionate about turning information into insights, and insights into action. Alex is also the president of Darden Bloggers and you can find him over at http://www.penskefiles.com

Favorite Movie or TV Show: Seinfeld

Favorite Tech Products: Samsun Series 9 Laptop, Spotify, Instagram, other people's iPads

Hobbies: Snowboarding, Golf

   

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Sara Lee, VP Corporate Relations

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About Sara:

Sara hails from the Midwest, specifically, from Chicago, Illinois. As a daughter of an entrepreneur, she knew that she wanted to enter the world of business at an early age. Accordingly, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting and also holds a CPA. Sara's work experience includes leading and performing financial statement audits at KPMG and developing financial and operational process efficiencies at PepsiCo. With her prior work experiences and current concentration in marketing at Darden, she looks to transition to a product marketing or sales management role with a technology-focused company in a full-time career.

Favorite Movie or TV Show: The League, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Silver Linings Playbook

Favorite Tech Products:  Jawbone UP, iPad, DropBox

Hobbies: Running the hills of C-ville, playing with her pup, Chicago Cubs / Bears / Blackhawks / Bulls, and traveling the world!

   

 

 

 

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Irving Chou, VP Finance

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About Irving:

Prior to Darden, Irving worked at ProShare Advisors LLC, an alternative investment company based out of Bethesda, MD.  As a portfolio analyst, Irving helped manage over 25 Global Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and Mutual Funds totaling over $1 billion in assets under management.  Irving was born and raised in California.  He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 with a degree in economics.  He is excited to be joining Amazon's Corporate Operations group in Seattle, WA for the summer.  Outside school, Irving is an avid foodie who also happens to enjoy running, playing the guitar, and reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels.

Favorite Movie or TV Show:  Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones

Favorite Tech Products: Smartphones, Kindle Paperwhite

Hobbies:  Running, sci-fi/fantasy novels, foodie, board games

 

   

 

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Helena Kim, VP Education and Learning

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About Helena:

Helena stands at the intersection of technology, business, and arts. After graduating from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in 2007 with Corporate Finance degree, she began her career in investment management industry. Realizing that her favorite part of the job is solving various business challenges through technology, she decided to leverage her finance background in the enterprise IT services market. Prior to Darden, Helena worked at CDNetworks, a global top-tier content delivery network provider. She took numerous cross-functional roles and projects ranging from turnaround, restructuring, and investment fundraising to setting revenue growth strategy for US/EMEA region. Outside of class and Technology Club, Helena is a president of the Darden Business Innovation & Design Club, a member of HackCville, and an avid musician. She also serves as an advisor for the Virginia Venture Fund. Helena will join Dell this summer, at which she will work as a Senior Graduate Intern Advisor - Enterprise Marketing.

Favorite Movie or TV Show: Legally Blonde, Inception, Sayonara Itsuka, Step Up series, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock

Favorite Tech Products: Spotify, UP by Jawbone, Duolingo, Tableau

Hobbies: Playing piano and violin, Contributing writer for the fashion/art magazines, USC Trojans Football, Karaoke Marathon

   

 

 

 

 

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Duygu Karaboncuk, VP Events & Digital Media

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About Duygu:

Duygu was born and raised in beautiful Turkey where she got her B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University. Prior to Darden, Duygu worked as a Management Consultant at Deloitte Consulting under the Strategy and Operations service line for 4 years.  As a Senior Consultant, she developed high level strategies, solved complex business problems and enjoyed driving recommendations from big data for her clients. At Darden, she is also the VP of Technology in the International Business Society. She is really passionate about new technologies and future innovations since she believes technology - as it has been so far - will continue to transform the world in the future.  After having her MBA degree from Darden, she is planning to transition into a career in tech space where she will highly contribute facilitating development and adoption of the new technologies and future innovations.

Favorite Movie or TV Show:  Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, HIMYM

Favorite Tech Products:  Jawbone UP24, MacBook Pro, Pinterest, Shazam

Hobbies:  Snowboarding, Tennis, Photography, Travel

 

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