Meet the E-board



Alba Stefani, President

Alba Stefani is an MS Finance student graduating in December 2017. She is one of the two students from her home country Albania to receive the Fulbright Scholarship in 2016, a scholarship that has enabled her to fulfil her longtime dream of pursuing a graduate degree in the Unites States.

Alba completed her bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance at Bangor University in the United Kingdom in 2010, where she graduated top of her class.

She has several years of professional experience working for a fund of funds in London, for a corporate bank in Albania, and as a business development manager for a big international non for profit organization. More recently, she interned at the NYC Comptroller’s Office in Manhattan where she worked on the public equity team within the Asset Management Bureau.

Alba joined the organization in order to share her wealth of experience as a woman in the business world and empower other talented women to achieve their full potential.


Thuy Bich Nguyen, VP of Event Management

Thuy is a young Vietnamese, enthusiast in Entrepreneurship, her passion is to create jobs for people, especially women. Her recent interest in sustainability was the inspiration for the latest business venture that she founded.

She has 4 year experience studying in a multicultural university in Japan, working with team members from different countries in Asia. There she gained deep understanding of Japanese and South East Asia countries’ culture.

She also has 3 years of experience establishing new sector in Vietnamese corporate (Business Process Outsourcing field) whose clients are Japanese companies. Sales experience, communication and negotiation skills in pursuing clients to locate jobs to Vietnam center. Organizational, managerial and planning skills gained through building new team from 0 to 50 members.




Mengxi Cui, VP of Corporate & Alumni Relations

Mengxi Cui is a second year MSA student at Whitman School of Management. After completing her undergraduate degree in International Finance from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, she worked with Volvo Financial Service China for more than four years. It was the experience of working in corporate accounting of the financial service industry that helped her make up her mind to come to Syracuse University for a master degree in accounting and for passing the CPA exams.

Mengxi joined Whitman Women in Business to support young women who want to have careers in the competitive business world and to provide more opportunities for young professionals to get inspired through experience sharing from successful women. She believes that being excellent should be treated as a good habit and hope to work hard together with those who also believe so.


Smitha Venkatesh, VP Marketing & Communications

Smitha is a second year MBA student planning to concentrate in Marketing. After completing her Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication, she worked at Infosys and Oracle Financial Software Services Ltd. as a Team Lead and software full stack developer. She decided to come to Syracuse University for her MBA to build her knowledge in the field of Marketing.

In her free time, Smitha enjoys watching animated movies, exploring tattoos, and working out in gym. She is a food and coffee enthusiast and enjoys discovering new places to eat at. Thriller and Dracula novels are her bedtime pals!

She joined Whitman Women in Business to support other women and encourage them to be confident about themselves.  She is a firm believer in women supporting women and hopes that through the club she and other members can network and meet women who can inspire them to do more.


Giorgio Parlato, Executive Budget & Finance Officer

Giorgio is a Syracuse University MBA student concentrating in entrepreneurship and pursuing the CASSE (Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Enterprises) certificate. Graduated from my Bachelor (in english) in Economics and Business at LUISS University in 2015. Interned at Payback Italy (American express Group) as a Project Manager and Technical Account Manager, working on the most important project of the business since the launch.

Giorgio is positive and confident, with a strong drive for success and result-oriented personality, always eager to take on new challenges. International education in The Netherlands and in the USA and an experience as a startup founder validates his ability to solve problems creatively, learn fast, adapt to new situations, think outside the box and outperform in dynamic and fast paced environments. His passion for basketball taught him how to be a natural team player and good communicator