May 21, 2014

2021-2022 Executive Leadership Team

Mohamed Rasekh, President

Mohamed received his undergraduate degree in Law from Cairo University. He has worked as a corporate lawyer, specializing in Project Finance and M&A deals. His transactional work has led him to develop a better understanding of his clients’ lines of business, and grow a passion for problem solving This summer, Mohamed joined Mastercard Advisors as an Associate Managing Consultant.
Favourite First Year Course: Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance
As me about: Law, food, music, travel, Modern Family
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year: You know more than you think and you have led a successful life so far. Focus on taking the courses that truly matter to you and help you grow. Do not be strategic in picking the easy way. You are going through this journey only once in your life, so make sure you pursue all you want and ignore the noise. Take that course, reach out to your classmates, and put in the time to follow your passions. Two years might seem like a long time but they pass by fast.

Zihan Li, VP Recruitment

Zihan received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College and master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. Prior to Rotman, she worked with undergraduate students as an academic advisor, helping them design individualized pathways toward achieving their goals. This summer, Zihan joined BCG as a Summer Consultant.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Foundations of Strategic Management
Ask me about:
Novels, thriller and horror movies, time management
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
Understand what matters to you the most! Rotman offers such a wide range of opportunities, and it’s very tempting to try everything. It’s always good to explore but avoid spreading yourself too thin! Be sure to think about what YOUR goal is and what path YOU want to follow, not what everyone else seems to be doing.

Andrew McVicar, VP Recruitment

Andrew has a degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and has previously worked in both external consulting at Deloitte and internal consulting at Air Canada. This summer, Andrew joined Bain & Company as a Summer Associate.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance
Ask me about
: Cocktails, hockey, golf, aviation, M&A
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
What I wish I knew at the start of first year: Don’t forget to take a deep breath once in a while and enjoy the MBA experience. It can be easy to get too caught up in grades or recruiting or the other 1000 things that feel super important in the moment.

Brandon Leibgott, VP Recruitment


Brandon was born and raised in Montreal and studied business at Concordia University. After graudating, he moved to Toronto where he helped build a bio-tech start-up, specializing in sales, marketing, and operations. With an interest in strategy and technology transformation, he set out to pursue an MBA at Rotman, and joined Accenture this summer as a Senior Summer Consultant.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance
Ask me about:
Where to eat in the city, Kawhi’s game 7 buzzer beater, Montreal, the importance of meditation
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
Don’t stress! Despite the workload and pressures of the Rotman MBA, every bit of it is valuable. Every hardship is a learning experience and every relationship is meaningful. Everything works out in the end, so don’t forget to soak it all up – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity!   

Cyrena Lockert, VP Industry Relations

Cyrena received her undergraduate degree in business administration which led her to work in B2B tech marketing. That experience drove her to realize her future lies in management consulting, which brought her to Roman and the MCA. This summer, Cyrena joined Kearney as a Summer Associate.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Business Analysis & Valuation
Ask me about:
Baking, volleyball, TikTok, true crime series, time blocking
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
What I wish I knew at the start of first year: These classmates are strangers now but put in the effort to get to know as many of them as you can. Everyone has a unique story so even when you’re just catching a drink with classmates there’s so much you can learn from them. Plus, it’s just a fun group of people! 

Anton Yatsenko, VP Industry Relations

Anton received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University which led him to spend 6-years working as a process engineer across nuclear, manufacturing, and utilities sectors. This experience left him fascinated by the underlying business drivers that allow companies to be successful, which ultimately brought him to pursue his MBA at Rotman and become involved with the MCA. Anton is interning at Restaurant Brands International (RBI) this summer.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Economic Environment of Business
Ask me about: Photography, ultimate frisbee, hiking, camping, backpacking, and tech related
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year: Everyone is in the same boat and feeling major imposter syndrome entering Rotman. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, show your vulnerabilities, and put yourself in uncomfortable situations. You’ll surprise yourself by how much you’ve grown if you do. 🙂

Marie Paula Egbeto, VP Education

Marie has an academic background in Finance and Applied Mathematics. She worked in the education sector as a teacher and then as a budget and finance analyst before pursuing her MBA. Marie joined Bain this summer as Summer Consultant.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Negotiations
Ask me about:
Singing, figure skating, Korean dramas, cultural intelligence, study tactics 
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
Time flies, you have time but you don’t have time..take a moment to know the people around you (peers, seniors, and professors)and build genuine connections. Don’t be transactional! 

Saurav Ghosh, VP Education

After an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, Saurav transitioned into Analytics Consulting. His significant experience in organisational transformation drove him to pursue a career in management consulting. Saurav will be completing his summer internship at Scotiabank’s Enterprise Strategy team as a Manager Intern.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Private Equity
Ask me about:
Cooking, video games, sci-fi literature
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
Make time for the things you really want to do! Obligations will always exist but when you look back at first year, your best experiences will be those you sought out yourself.

Mallika Srinivasan, VP Communications

Mallika completed her undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology from a liberal arts college in California. She has worked across a variety of industries and functions, from a Silicon Valley tech startup to a brand and retail consultancy and finally at a startup of her own. This exposure to different industries and roles attracted her to management consulting and strategy. Mallika spent this summer as an Associate Managing Consultant at Mastercard Advisors. 
Favourite Year 1 Course: Economic Environment of Business 
Ask me about: Food recommendations in Toronto, proof-reading cover letters and resumes, living in different countries, managing stressors during application time  
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year: 1. Take the time to make friends and enjoy the non-academic, non-professional aspects of the MBA. 2. You are worth way more than your GPA. 3. Enjoy the process and look for the silver lining in everything 🙂 

Thomas Parr, VP Operations

Thomas graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After school, he began his career in the petrochemical manufacturing industry working on distributed control systems. He also spent time working in the process safety department. This summer he joined Toronto Police Services as a Strategic Analyst.
Favourite Year 1 Course:
Economic Environment of International Business
Ask me about:
Scuba diving, the Leafs and Raptors, chess
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
First year goes by so quickly! Also, the value of your MBA is much more than your GPA – take advantage of all the amazing opportunities you are surrounded with.

Annie-Pier Vallieres, VP Part-Time MBA

After obtaining her BCOM from McGill University, Annie-Pier pursued her studies at IUM where she graduated with a MSC in Luxury Brand Management. Shortly after this, she began her career as a Business Development Manager for a high-end Formula One hospitality company. In this role, she acquired significant international work experiences by maintaining and engaging with a network of C-level executives in key markets such as Monaco, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Mexico City. Then, Annie-Pier worked as a Client Success Manager for the global leader in Media Intelligence. There, she oversaw a portfolio of 110+ clients across multiple industries while developing further the organisation’s presence in the Quebec market. While working full-time, Annie-Pier also decided to do her MBA at Rotman as part of the Morning/Evening program with the goal to pivot into consulting. She recently joined EY as a Senior Consultant where she will be specializing in Change Management. 
Favourite Course:
Strategic Change & Implementation
Ask me about:
Anything! Travel, tennis, hiking, books. 
What I wish I had known at the beginning of first year:
The true value of your MBA is everything else than your courses – it is about the people you meet and learn from; the case competitions that challenge you; and the discovery of new opportunities that will shape your future.