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Conference Committee


Conference Faculty Advisor:


Linda Green, Armand G. Erpf Professor at Columbia Business School


Linda V. Green is the Armand G. Erpf Professor at Columbia Business School. She earned her doctorate in Operations Research from Yale University. Her research, which has focused on the development and application of mathematical models of service systems, has resulted in dozens of publications in the major technical journals including Operations Research, Management Science, and The Journal of Applied Probability as well as prominent healthcare journals such as Health Services Research, Inquiry and Academic Emergency Medicine. Her early work led to the development of a model for the dispatching and allocation of emergency vehicles which became the foundation for a patrol car allocation model that is used by many major cities in the U.S. as well as several other countries. Her current research is on identifying operational policies to improve the delivery of healthcare. Specific projects focus on improving emergency responsiveness, developing strategies for the efficient and effective use of major diagnostic equipment such as MRIs, and the development of a new nurse staffing methodology. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Columbia Alliance for Healthcare Management, a unique partnership of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health and the Business School of Columbia University dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research and education in healthcare management. She has been a consultant for both private and public sector organizations. She has served in many administrative positions at both Columbia and in the major professional societies and is currently the Department Editor for Public Sector Applications for the journal Management Science. In recognition of her professional achievements, Professor Green was elected a Fellow of INFORMS, the premier international professional society for operations research and management science.


Second Year MBA Students:


Cindy Bo, Co-President


Cindy Bo is currently a second year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and will be joining Booz Allen Hamilton upon graduation in 2006. She is interested in focusing in health care management consulting and policy. Prior to business school, she worked at Deloitte for five years, managing engagements at major academic hospitals. At Columbia, she is the Co-President of Health Care Industry Association (HCIA), the Co-Vice President of Community of Columbia Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), and Member of The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center Student Leadership Board. She is also a Teaching Assistant in Operations Management and Marketing. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her six-year old son, Matthew.


Katy Kuipers, Co-President


Katy is a second year student at Columbia Business School. Before coming to business school she worked at Bogart Delafield Ferrier, a healthcare strategy consultancy and at PTi International, an educational training company serving pharmaceutical professionals. Last summer she interned in the Business Development group at OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She will join Eisai after graduating from Columbia. Katy received a BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2000.


Julia Zhang, VP Corporate Relations


Julia Zhang is a second year student at Columbia Business School and will be joining Pfizer upon graduation in 2006. Prior to business school, she worked at The Frankel Group, a strategy consultancy specializing in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Julia received a BS from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2000.


Elizabeth Chen, VP Finance


Elizabeth Chen is a second year MBA student at Columbia Business School. After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Applied Mathematics and Economics in 2001, she worked in the structured products group at JPMorgan in both sales and origination roles. After graduation, she will be working at Merrill Lynch to develop structured investment products for high net-worth clientele. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, classical singing, and golf.


Timothy Szykula, VP Mentoring & Student Programs


Timothy Szykula is a second year student at Columbia Business School and will join Honeywell following graduation. Prior to business school, Timothy worked at Merck & Co., Inc. for five years in manufacturing and global procurement. Last summer, Timothy worked at the medical device firm Becton Dickinson. Timothy graduated with a BS in chemical engineering from Columbia University.


First Year MBA Students:


Chinweze Ahaghotu, AVP Study Trip


Chinweze Ahaghotu is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. He graduated from Harvard University in 2001 with an AB in Biology and honors concentration in Biophysics. Before coming to business school, Chinweze worked at Merck for over four years in various capacities including laboratory research, bioinformatics, marketing and business development. Mr. Ahaghotu also has a MS in Management and Information Science from the Pennsylvania State University.


Chris DiMarco, AVP Corporate Relations


Chris DiMarco is a first-year student at Columbia Business School. Before enrolling at Columbia, Chris worked at Merck & Co., Inc. where he developed pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. In 2001, Chris graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.


Maya Henkin, AVP Conference Planning


Maya Henkin is a first year student at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school she worked at Direx Systems Corp., a privately held medical device company, as a business development manager. Maya received an LLB (law) and a BA in economics from Tel Aviv University in 2001.


Robert Kennedy, AVP Corporate Relations


Robert Kennedy is a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to coming to Columbia he worked for TAP Pharmaceuticals for 6 years in both sales and business analysis capacities. Robert graduated from Cornell University in 1999 with a BS in Molecular Biology and is looking to transition into a career in management consulting within the healthcare sector.


Christina Krettecos, AVP Conference Marketing


Christina Krettecos, a first year student at Columbia Business School, has previously worked in management consulting, international development and the pharmaceutical industry. At Columbia, she is concentrating on marketing and is looking to transition to healthcare product management. Christina received a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2000.


Gerrit Reepmeyer, AVP Finance


Gerrit Reepmeyer is a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia Business School. His research focuses on risk management and licensing in the pharmaceutical industry. Gerrit has authored two books and several articles about innovation management in the pharmaceutical industry. Before working on research projects related to the pharmaceutical industry, Gerrit worked in the position of a Manager with the venture capital firm KnowledgeCube in New York. Gerrit holds two Masters in Engineering and Management, and he recently graduated with a Doctor in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.


Lydia Regopoulos, AVP Conference Speakers and Sponsorships


Lydia Regopoulos is a first year student pursuing a dual MBA/MPH degree with Columbia Business School and Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. She previously worked in health policy research at the Center for Studying Health System Change in Washington, D.C. Lydia received a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2000.


Mark Schimel, AVP Conference Planning


Mark Schimel is a first year student at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school, he worked at Eli Lilly & Company as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Mark received a BS from Rutgers University College of Pharmacy in 2001.