Global Business Ambassadors

Our Global Business Ambassadors are experienced in our many programs, enthusiastic about learning and participating in international business, and excited to share how the programs have and are benefitting them.

They are available to connect with current students and if you’d like to apply to be mentored by one, please contact

They are impressive individuals with a wide array of experiences and interests. If you are interested in learning more about the global marketplace – you’ve come to the right place.

Abbey Engler

Major(s): Business Management (concentration in international business), Philosophy

Minor(s): French Studies

Class Standing: Sophomore

Interests: International Law

More about me: I am passionate about traveling and culture, and one day hope to be an international lawyer. My favorite country that I have travelled to so far was France because of the croissants.

Aicha Ly

Major(s): Business Administration

Minor(s): Management

Class Standing: Senior

More about me: I am a member of Tau Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. I work full time and I do volunteer work in my spare time to help the elderly by offering them companionship or helping them with different tasks they may have. I have previously worked for the MBA program as an Administrative Assistant II and have also been a Student Ambassador for the UConn foundation to meet with the Deloitte Executives team and tell them more about UConn as a whole, my personal experience as a student, and also address concerns that our students have. I have earned a few certificates through the Global Business Programs and highly encourage students to take them too as they can learn a lot about the Business industry. I cannot wait to get to know all of you!

Alena Hauer

Major(s): Finance, German

Minor(s): Accounting

Class Standing: Juniors

Interests: International and Corporate Law

More about me: I am in the Eurobiz Program and the Honors Program. I hope to study abroad and do an internship in Germany next fall to get experience working in a global setting. I've worked at an international manufacturer and, this past summer, at Webster Bank as a bank teller. I'm involved in other organizations on campus including the Honors in Business Association, Gymnastics Club, and International Business Association.

Cody Wang

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Computer Science, Analytics

Class Standing: Sophomore

More about me: In my spare time, I love hanging out with my friends and doing some exercise.

Duygu Ozcan

Major(s): Business Management

Minor(s): Economics, Global Studies

Class Standing: Junior

Interests: Sustainability in Business

More about me: After graduation I hope to pursue a career in the global manufacturing industry. I am currently applying for internships to gain a better sense of my interest areas in the sector. I am involved with the International Business Association and UNICEF Initiative on campus. I love to travel, read, and raise plants.

George Castillo

Major(s): Marketing

Class Standing: Sophomore

Interests: International Culture

More about me: On-campus I am involved in the Persa association, Business society, and Marketing society. Last fall I was an ambassador for company called Evovlez and now I am an Intern at MGR strategic communications. I also do side hustles such as stock market day trading, Affiliate marketing, and Fiverr. My goal is to build a business and work my way up so I can make a name for myself.

Grace Burns

Major(s): Finance

Class Standing: Junior

Interests: Sustainability in Business, Global Business Events/News

More about me: I have past professional experience with Bank of America, the United States House of Representatives, Prudential Financial, and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Currently, I am a policy and advocacy intern for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. After graduation, I would like to utilize my empirical knowledge in both policy and finance and apply it on a global scale. My interest areas include affordable housing, women's rights, and impact investing.

Haley Grill

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s): Business Fundamentals

Class Standing: Junior

More about me: I am incredibly active on campus by being a member of both the International Business Association, Women in Business, as well as through my role as a Global Business Ambassador. I am also involved in national organizations such as the American Society of Quality, and the American Society of Naval Engineers. Beginning in June 2020 I became an intern for the U.S. Department of Commerce working in Middletown, CT with the U.S. Commercial Service where I have been learning about local CT companies and the tools available to them to expand their business globally. Simultaneously, I work at General Dynamics Electric Boat as a Senior Mechanical Detail Planner, where I act as a liaison between engineering, design, and the tradesmen who build nuclear powered submarines for the U.S. Navy.

Jackie Seras

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): History

Class Standing: Junior

Interests: International Trade Compliance Law

More about me: On campus I am heavily involved in Learning Communities and Community Outreach, holding leadership positions in both. I also work for Professor Lucy Gilson and the management department as a social media coordinator for an international academic journal. My dream job is in international trade compliance at an international law firm or defense company.

Kasey Schempf

Major(s): History, Applied & Resource Economics

Class Standing: Senior

Interests: International Law, Trade Compliance Law, International Business Events/News

More about me: I also work part-time as Biographical Data Research Assistant for the UConn Foundation. Following graduation, I plan to attend law school for my Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws in Taxation. My interests include taxation, compliance law, and international law. I am also a member of the Women's Finance Association, Sigma Alpha, and the CLAS Women's Leadership Collective.

Marco Nardone Guerra

Major(s): Management Information Systems

Minor(s): Computer Science

Class Standing: Junior

Interests: International Culture

More about me: Some organizations I am a part of are the International Business Association, Camp Kesem UConn, the Puerto Rican Student Association, and the UConn Data Analytics Club. I am very passionate about my Puerto Rican culture and the economic development of my island. In the future I am planning on pursuing a master’s degree in Business Analytics and Project Management, and would afterwards like to pursue a career in Product Management and entrepreneurship.

Prabhas KC

Major(s): Economics, Consumer Behavior

Class Standing: Junior

Interests: Global Business Events/News

More about me: On campus, I am involved in the International Business Association, the UConn Consulting Group and Humans of UConn. I also serve on the Mansfield Downtown Partnership's Board of Directors and was an MYS COPE Mentor at the local elementary schools. I hope to better serve the Global Business community and continue to be an advocate for students interested in International Business/Economics.

Sanskriti Pandey

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Chinese, Real Estate

Class Standing: Junior

More about me: Some of the things I am apart of are International Business Association, Asian Business Society, Alpha Kappa Psi, Asian Mentoring Program and Women’s Finance Society. In the future I want to have my own business and build it up throughout my life. I love traveling and enjoy learning new things wherever I go.

Syed Kaleem

Major(s): Data Analytics

Minor(s): Digital Marketing, Analytics

Class Standing: Senior

More about me: I am hoping to pursue a master’s degree in Business Analytics and Project Management with a specialization in Data Science. The thing I most enjoy about being a business student is the opportunities for learning provided by the UCONN Business School because I am able to continuously grow. A fun fact about me is that I can speak 4 languages.

Yibing (Yvonne) Zhou

Major(s): Finance

Minor(s): Analytics

Class Standing: Junior

Interests: Real Estate Investment, Global Business News

More about me: On campus, I am involved in the Beta Alpha Psi, Women's Finance Association, and the Undergraduate Student Government. The thing I enjoy the most at home is doing baking with friends. My passion for the GBA program is to share my experience about navigating resources on campus and gain new perspectives from someone else's eyes.