Introducing the 2021-2022 Cohort of NAIC MBA Fellows!

For our industry to continue to thrive, there must be a robust and well-maintained pipeline to diverse talent. In recognition of this simple but important fact, we launched the NAIC MBA Fellowship Program in 2019. Through this program, MBA students gain valuable hands-on experience, mentorship from industry leaders and critical exposure to the opportunities in the alternative investments industry.

Thanks to generous support from Member Firms Valor Equity Partners, Stellex Capital Management, Grain Management and Palladium Equity Partners, we are happy to announce that five talented young professionals will make up this year’s cohort. As the MBA candidates prepare to hit the ground running, we would like to introduce this year’s impressive 2021-2022 NAIC MBA Fellows!

Marian Omidiji describes her ambitions as laying at the intersection of innovation, operational efficiency and fostering diversity in the alternatives industry. An MBA candidate at the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Marian focuses on Finance and Entrepreneurship. In the past year, she worked with the Mayor of Dallas’ Task Force on Entrepreneurship and Innovation to provide recommendations that incentivize female entrepreneurship. Marian plans to conduct an independent study to further the resolve that including women in the capital allocation cycle is a business imperative. An MBA Affiliate of the Robert Toigo Foundation, Marian spent the formative part of her career in Private Wealth Management, performing quantitative and fundamental research across asset classes that led to family office acquisitions. She joins our cohort thanks to an endowment from Palladium Equity Partners.
A second-year MBA student at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and MA Lauder student, Melvin Piña brings valuable experience gained at NAIC Member Firm ICV Partners, where he served as an Investment Associate. Before ICV, Melvin was an Analyst in the Consumer M&A Investment Banking Group at Robert W. Baird in 2017 and in the Leveraged Finance Group at Citigroup from 2014 to 2016. The Bronx, NY native is also a board member for his alma mater, All Hallows High School and a junior board member for his AAU basketball team, New Heights. Melvin, who received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Law & Policy from Baruch College, interned at L. Catterton within the firm’s flagship buyout fund. Valor Equity Partners endowed Melvin.
An MBA candidate at the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Paul Osei serves as a finance liaison and tutors diverse students and those from less traditional backgrounds. Before undertaking his studies at Stephen M. Ross School, Paul spent five years on the buy-side, co-leading dispositions, asset management and joint-venture investments for BIT Fund’s $5.5 billion portfolio. Most recently, he served on the boards of institutional investors as an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer on behalf of PNC Institutional Asset Management. Paul, who Grain Management endowed, earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Gates Millennium Scholar. A Ghanaian immigrant subscribing to the motto, “I can only be what I can only see,” Paul is a strong proponent of mentorship and a proud volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club.
With a passion for diversity and commitment to increasing social and economic investments in low-income communities through private equity, Pauline Madriz joins our cohort from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, where she is a second-year MBA student. Endowed by Valor Equity Partners, Pauline has held internships at Citibank’s Finance division and MD Global Partners LLC, a New York City-based boutique investment banking firm. Before business school, Pauline was a Vice President at Société Générale. She began her career on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs Fixed Income as a Sales Assistant. Pauline completed a Master of Science in Financial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Shirley Lu is an MBA Candidate at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth who brings her skills in quantitative investment research to NAIC. She began her career as a Research Analyst at Citadel Global Equities in Chicago, where she gained expertise in quant research, asset allocation, and alpha capture. Shirley later pivoted to fundamental investing, landing positions at Balyasny Asset Management and PanAgora Asset Management, where she supported its REITs, software, and biotech investments. She also launched and managed PanAgora’s IPO strategy that beat target benchmarks. Shirley, who Stellex Capital Management endowed, received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering from MIT, where she majored in Computer Science and minored in Economics.

Please join us in welcoming the 2021-2022 NAIC MBA Fellows! And special thanks to the Member Firms whose generous endowments keep the program going.