Advisory Board

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Suresh Sundaresan
Chase Manhattan Bank Professor of Economics and Finance, Columbia Business School
Suresh M. Sundaresan is the Chase Manhattan Bank Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia University. He is the faculty director for the India Business Initiative at Columbia Business School. He has significant policy experience, which includes Treasury Bond Markets Advisory Committee (TBAC) in the United States, which meets the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury twice a year; Financial Markets Round Table at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Resident Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund; Wim Duisenberg Research Fellow at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt during the first half of the year 2015; Technical Advisor at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel during the second half of the year 2015. He has also testified to the US Congress on transparency issues relating to corporate bond markets. He served as the Head of Research at Capula Investment Management during 2009 in London, and then as a consultant during 2009-14. He has also worked at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley in Fixed Income Research and Investment Management, respectively.
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Carol Rattray
Co-founder, Zoomdojo
Carol Rattray is co-founder of Zoomdojo, a college to career global initiative. She is also co-founder of the Rattray Kimura Foundation which focuses on education. She was previously Managing Director of The Whitney Group (Tokyo office), an international executive search firm specializing in financial institutions and Vice President in the Capital Markets Group of Bankers Trust Company specializing in private placement origination and structuring. She is currently a trustee of Bates College, The Asian Cultural Council and the Re Foundation and a member of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board at Columbia Business School, Cornell University College of Arts and Science, Dean’s Advisory Council, and Cornell University Council. She was invited again to join. Carol is also an active investor and advisor to start-ups in the US and China. Carol received a BA from Cornell University and an MIA and MBA from Columbia University.
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Ritu Banga
Co-founder, Zoomdojo
Ritu Banga is co-founder of Zoomdojo, a college to career initiative. She is a trustee of Marymount School, New York; serves on the Advisory Board of SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action); and is an advisor to the South Asia Business Association, Columbia University. Ritu was on the Advisory Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York; trustee, International School of Brussels; and President, Joint Schools Association, New York. She was a board member of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation (2007-11), at this university’s launch in Bangladesh. Ritu has been a guest speaker at Cornell University in the “Women, Leadership and Entrepreneurship” seminar. She has also been a keynote speaker at the Lionet Career Expo in Toronto, Canada; and at the University of Toronto’s Rottman School of Management’s Entrepreneurship conference in 2013. Ritu is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
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Jagdish N. Bhagwati
Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Jagdish Bhagwati, is University Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been Economic Policy Adviser to Arthur Dunkel, Director General of GATT (1991-93), Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization, and External Adviser to the WTO. He has served on the Expert Group appointed by the Director General of the WTO on the Future of the WTO and the Advisory Committee to Secretary General Kofi Annan on the NEPAD process in Africa, and was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group under the chairmanship of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on the future of UNCTAD.

Professor Bhagwati has published more than three hundred articles and has authored or edited over fifty volumes; he also writes frequently for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times, as well as reviews for The New Republic and The Times Literary Supplement. Professor Bhagwati is described as the most creative international trade theorist of his generation and is a leader in the fight for freer trade. His most recent book, In Defense of Globalization (Oxford, 2004), has attracted worldwide acclaim. Five volumes of his scientific writings and two of his public policy essays have been published by MIT press. The recipient of six festschrifts in his honor, he has also received several prizes and honorary degrees, including awards from the governments of India (Padma Vibhushan) and Japan (Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star).

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Donna M. Hitscherich
Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business, Finance and Economics; Director, Private Equity Program
Professor Hitscherich joined the School as an adjunct faculty member in 1992. She currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business for Finance and Economics and as Director of the Private Equity Program. Professor Hitscherich’s courses include Corporate Finance and the elective courses Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Advanced Corporate Finance. She teaches both in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Professor Hitscherich has been the recipient of the Executive MBA Commitment to Excellence Award from the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA graduating classes in each of 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 for her presentation of the Corporate Finance class. She was nominated for the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum for her presentation of the Advanced Corporate Finance course in 2002. She has also served as a lecturer in law and accounting at Columbia Law School.
Prior to her present position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, holding positions at CS First Boston, JP Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. At JP Morgan, she was a founding member of the takeover defense team and a senior member of the advisory review committee, which was responsible for all of the M&A fairness opinions issued. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm’s fairness opinion committee and a major contributor to the firm’s training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her investment banking career, Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.