Panelist Tom Kagerer
decided to make a career change after working in the private sector for
9 years to create positive impact on less advantaged people, and is now
Director of the LGT Venture Philanthropy iCATS program.
Dan Zook is Project Leader at Dalberg,
a strategic advisory firm that works to raise living standards in
developing countries and address global challenges. Dan has worked on
four continents with major corporations, financial institutions, donor
agencies, and governments in areas of strategy, operational
effectiveness and social impact.
Fellows Associate Ramil Ibrahim works for Acumen Fund,
a nonprofit whose mission is to create a world beyond poverty by
investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough
The conversation will be moderated by Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau, Associate Director for MBA Career & Professional Programs at Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Title: Alternative Career Paths for MBA Students
Date: Wednesday, March 28th
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am EST
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Tom Kagerer is the COO of LGT Venture Philanthropy.
He gained rich experience in the industry as a General Manager with
Heart Social Investments, a social enterprise incubator in Cape Town,
South Africa. Previously, he was working in different management
positions at BMW Financial Services in Munich, Germany and Hook, United
Kingdom. After 9 years of private sector experience, he decided to make a
career change to create positive impact on less advantaged people. Tom
Kagerer holds a bachelor degree in computer science from the University
of Applied Science of Munich, Germany.
Dan Zook is a Project Leader in Dalberg’s New York office.
He has worked on four continents with major corporations, financial
institutions, donor agencies, and governments in areas of strategy,
operational effectiveness and social impact. He specializes in
engagement of corporations on international development and emerging
markets strategy. He also has significant experience with organizational
design and change management having worked with public and
private-sector organizations to design, initiate and manage large-scale
Recently, Dan led a project to support a global
mining company to define the scope of its regional development plan for a
mining asset in West Africa. The scope included community investments,
local sourcing and hiring, and engagement with government and donors to
plan for long-term economic growth. Dan’s other recent engagements
include a social and economic impact review of a distributed energy
micro-franchising model in Rwanda, design of a performance management
tool for the U.S. Government mission in Haiti, and identification of
value-chain interventions for small business promotion in central
Prior to joining Dalberg, Dan was a lead associate at
Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) based in Dubai where
he focused on organizational design and transformation. He worked with
major financial institutions across the Middle East to redesign
operating models to improve governance, efficiency and effectiveness.
Dan has also worked for Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE, Development
Alternatives in Bethesda and Plan International in Vietnam.
holds an MBA with honors from Cornell’s Johnson Business School with a
concentration in bottom of the pyramid business models and a BA from
Princeton University in neuroscience.
Ramil Ibrahim joined Acumen Fund in July 2010.
As Fellows Associate, Ramil is responsible for supporting and in some
instances managing global recruitment, curriculum administration,
logistics, marketing, and fundraising for the Acumen Fund Fellows
Program. Ramil graduated with honors from New York University (NYU) in
May 2010 with a B.S. in Sociology and Music Education. Ramil has held
internships at the Manhattan School of Music, DoSomething.org, and the
Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health at
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. While at NYU, Ramil served as an
Advisory Board member of the NYU Alternative Breaks program, a Resident
Assistant in the NYU Department of Residential Housing and Student Life,
an active member of the NYU Program for Social Ventures, and was a
Martin Luther King Scholar. Ramil is an avid volunteer and has worked
with organizations doing reconstruction and teaching English in Chile,
Peru, Italy, China and Southeast Asia, and throughout the Gulf Coast
Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau is currently Associate Director forMBA Career & Professional Programs at Robert H. Smith School of Business,
providing customized career consulting for working professionals in
Maryland/ Washington DC Metro Region who are completing evening and
weekend MBA programs at 4 regional campuses. She brings over 25 years of
experience in both corporate and higher education management, combining
expertise in organizational systems, innovative adult professional
education, leadership development, and international program
development. She has specialized in developing experiential learning
programs "beyond the classroom” to enable flexible, alternative pathways
to achieve contemporary career transitions. Phyllis completed her B.S.
in Human Resources Development at SUNY, and studied Creative Leadership
at Cornell University. She holds a Master of Distance Education with
additional Certifications in Teaching, Technology, and Environmental
Education through Universities of Maryland, and Job & Career
Transition Coach with http://www.careernetwork.org.
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