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Our talented Board of Directors are selected by club members and elected to a term of two years. They play a key role in providing leadership at our monthly management meetings and quarterly board meetings. They also oversee and review the financial performance of the club. As volunteers, they receive no compensation. They are actively involved in club events and often act as leaders of specific committees, lending their creative ideas and industry experience.


Aziza Jamgerchinova '13 (President)

Aziza was elected President of the alumni club in 2016, and continues to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of CBSACNY and a member of the club's Media & Technology committee. She is a Digital Media consultant specializing in multi-platform content strategy & business development and has worked for companies at the center of digital transformation of news, including The New York Times, CNN, Press+, GlobalPost and GershonMedia. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

Marjorie Churgin '86 (Vice President)

In addition to being a valued asset as Vice President and a Director of CBSAC/NY, Marjorie Churgin is an accomplished senior consultative business development executive with expertise in financial services and successful experience in selling to C-suite clients. Recently, as Director of Sales, Eastern Region of Alight, Inc. she has acquired experience in FinTech with a SaaS company selling a financial forecasting solution. She began her career at Goldman Sachs after receiving her MBA in Finance at Columbia Business School on a full merit scholarship, and has in the last decade played key roles at BI/data analytics startup AnalytixInsight, and at the Economist Group.

Jeffrey Ferguson '07 (Treasurer)

Jeffrey is the Treasurer and a Board Member of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York. He is currently the Director and head of Capital One’s Enterprise Valuation Group. Prior to joining Capital One, he was a Manager in the Alternative Investments Valuation Group at KPMG. Previously, he worked for Empire Valuation Consultants as an Associate and Senior Associate, where he used his advanced financial modeling skills and analytical abilities to build financial models.  In addition to receiving his MBA from Columbia Business School, Jeffrey is an attorney (Brooklyn Law School) who used his legal talents for Deutsche Bank prior to working in finance, specializing in financial regulation, compliance, and regulation. Jeffrey has co-chaired the Finance and Investing Committee since 2014.

Yan Yang (Secretary)

Yan is an example of the multi-professional nature of our members. With a MSc degree from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD from New York University, Yan is currently working for Oxford Nanopore Technologies, a biotech company, to expand the field of applications of their innovative technologies for rapid identification of biological molecules, such as DNA. Also interested in the entrepreneurial side of business, Yan has been involved in the Club’s event planning in her capacity as Chair of the Distinguished Leaders Committee and as member of the Healthcare Committee. Beyond Yan’s roles in the Club, she is a founding International Alumni Ambassador to the University of Amsterdam Alumni Circle/New York and a Committee member of the New York University Young Alumni Leadership Circle and the Young Patrons Group at the Park Avenue Armory.

Board Members:

Wendy Diller

Wendy is a member of the CBSACNY Board of Directors and chair of the club’s Healthcare Committee, and an example of the multi-school talent working within CBSACNY. When not volunteering for the club, Wendy is a member of the founding team of Innovation in MedTech, a young and disruptive life sciences publisher and conference creator. She is a prolific writer, editor and communicator, with strong expertise in the life sciences and healthcare industries. She has an MBA from the Stern School of Business - New York University as well as Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University and BA from Middlebury College. She also has a deep interest in educating young people on scientific communications and is Vice Chair of the Young Women in Biotech Metro NY chapter, on the steering committee of WIB Metro NY, and a periodic contributor to the Forbes Healthcare Blog.

Sarah Higgins '08

Sarah is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the club’s Sports Committee. Sarah currently works in the Investment Strategy Group (ISG) at Goldman Sachs, focusing on strategic and tactical asset allocation as well as portfolio construction for Private Wealth Management clients. She was a summer associate with Standard & Poor's Corporate Ratings Consumer Products Group. Prior to attending graduate school, Sarah worked as a research analyst at Nielsen Media Research and before joining Nielsen, she worked as an associate marketing manager at TV Guide Magazine. Sarah received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. 

Rahul Rao '06

Rahul is a member of the CBSACNY Board of Directors and chair of the club's Media & Technology committee. Rahul is an avid technologist and a successful entrepreneur who founded his consulting company ten years ago. His expertise is in advising and executing on strategic and operational aspects of technology solutions for his clients. He is also actively engaged in the AI and machine learning solutions space and in possible ventures. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and in his spare time he is an avid audiophile and a devoted golfer.

Deborah Schwartz '00

Debbie works in private wealth management at Morgan Stanley where she helps high net worth families, entrepreneurs, and public company executives plan for their personal financial future. Prior to her career in wealth management, Debbie was an investment banker focused on the consumer and retail industry sectors. In addition, she has extensive experience working with smaller, private businesses and their founders, helping them raise capital from outside investors and navigate strategic options for their businesses. Before attending CBS, Debbie practiced law as an attorney in New York. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and a J.D. from NYU Law School. She received her MBA in Finance with Honors from Columbia Business School (class of 2000), where she was an Economics Teaching Assistant and elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Maurice Triquet '03

Maurice Triquet (CBS'04) is a Senior Partner at Best Boards Solutions, a Management Consulting firm specializing in Finance, Architecture & Real Estate and Global Commerce. Maurice is Managing Director of the Global Commerce division. His international experience and engagements include Lacoste in Europe, Wacoal in Japan and LTC in Russia. Maurice started his career on Wall Street, going through the training program at JP Morgan Chase, then worked at American Express Bank. He led the strategic global development of Courtaulds Textiles of UK, and was part of the turnaround team at Maidenform Brands, where he drove the international expansion in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia, including China and India. In 2012, Maurice revived our Distinguished Leaders and Fashion & Retail committees, and he remains an active member of both of these. At CBS, he is a regular attendee and participant at the Center on Japanese Economy and several other events on international business and global affairs. He was elected to the Board of Directors of CBSACNY in 2014. 

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