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Meet Our Team

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Managing Director

Rahim Kouferidji

Psychology, Economics, 2024

Rahim oversees Pareto’s client sourcing, engagement staffing, and diversity initiatives, as well as promotes internal professional development for Pareto’s aspiring consultants. Rahim previously served as Pareto’s Client Director, leading the client sourcing team to find projects and manage client relationships. He has also served as an engagement manager for several projects, including providing product and service model ideation for a message optimization agency as well as identifying key partnership opportunities for a $4+ billion accounts payable unicorn startup. He brings extensive writing experience, having previously written articles for the University of Chicago’s Center for Practical Wisdom, and has also worked in the private equity space as a Business Development and Strategy Intern at Premier Early Childhood Education Partners. This summer, Rahim will be working as a Business Analyst Intern for McKinsey & Company here in Chicago. Outside of Pareto, Rahim enjoys working out, following the NFL, watching reality competition shows such as Survivor and Big Brother, and is a member of his school’s chapter of the Sigma Chi national fraternity.

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Managing Director

Pratham Gandhi

Computer Science, Economics, 2024

Pratham works to maintain Pareto’s high client service standards, leads the organization’s digital strategy and technical work, and helps implement the board’s vision of Pareto at a project level. Before becoming an MD, Pratham was previously Pareto’s Technology Director and Marketing Director. Pratham has also been heavily involved in the club as an engagement manager for several projects, including leading product ideation work for a $30+ billion fintech company and product customization algorithm development for a leading health and fitness brand. Pratham brings industry experience from working as a Data Science Intern at Dell Technologies and extensive academic experience from research work at the University of Chicago Computing for Anyone Lab and the University of Southern California Cyber-Physical System Design Lab. This summer, Pratham will be returning to Dell Technologies as a Graduate Data Science Intern. Outside of Pareto, Pratham is an avid Formula 1 racing fan, house music consumer, data analytics nerd, and President of the UChicago chapter of the professional technology fraternity Kappa Theta Pi.

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Michael Yao

Sourcing & Client Relationship Manager, Engagement Manager

Michael Yao

Economics, Data Science, 2025

Lydia Palmer

Operations Director

Lydia Palmer

Economics, Public Policy, 2025

Jeanette Gu

Events Director

Jeanette Gu

Anthropology, Economics, 2024

Haodi Howard Shi

Engagement Manager

Haodi Howard Shi

Statistics, Economics, 2024

Michelle Shin

Deputy Events Director

Michelle Shin

Economics, 2025

Annie Fang

Consultant

Annie Fang

Economics, 2026

Brian Li

Consultant

Brian Li

Economics, Computer Science, 2025

Cindy Zhang

Consultant

Cindy Zhang

Economics, 2025

Emily Flood

Consultant

Emily Flood

Political Science, Economics, 2024

Helen Wu

Consultant

Helen Wu

Political Science, Economics, 2025

Jack Crovitz

Consultant

Jack Crovitz

Business Economics, Law, Letters, and Society, 2025

Jenny Li

Consultant

Jenny Li

Statistics, Economics, 2025

Katherine Zhao

Consultant

Katherine Zhao

Economics, Law, Letters, and Society, 2024

Lingzhou Xu

Consultant

Lingzhou Xu

Political Science, Economics, 2024

Manuel Perez Luna

Consultant

Manuel Perez Luna

Economics, 2023

Rachelle Cho

Consultant

Rachelle Cho

Data Science, 2025

Ruochen Wang

Consultant

Ruochen Wang

Economics, Statistics

Sriya Bandi

Consultant

Sriya Bandi

Economics, 2024

Zach Sarmoen

Consultant

Zach Sarmoen

Business Economics, 2026

Ripa Hakobyan

Senior Adviser

Ripa Hakobyan

Economics, Russian and Eastern European Studies, 2023

Kevin Wang

Onboarding & Training Director

Kevin Wang

Economics, 2025

Christopher Wang

Engagement Manager

Christopher Wang

Biology, Economics, 2024

Abby Adigun

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director, Engagement Manager

Abby Adigun

Economics, Public Policy, 2025

Marcus Shelton

Deputy Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

Marcus Shelton

Economics, Environmental Urban Studies, 2026

Boen Wang

Consultant

Boen Wang

Economics, Computer Science, 2025

Bryan Zhang

Consultant

Bryan Zhang

Economics, 2025

David Zhu

Consultant

David Zhu

Neuroscience, Economics, 2025

Emily Lin

Consultant

Emily Lin

Art History, Economics, 2024

Iro Panagopoulou

Consultant

Iro Panagopoulou

Economics, 2026

James Rosenberger

Consultant

James Rosenberger

Economics, 2026

Jesenia Parthasarathy

Consultant

Jesenia Parthasarathy

Public Policy, Statistics, 2026

Keanne Chang

Consultant

Keanne Chang

Economics, Comparative Human Development, 2023

Luigi Soriano

Consultant

Luigi Soriano

Statistics, Computer Science, 2024

Mariam Contractor

Consultant

Mariam Contractor

Biology, Mathematics, 2026

Rhea Shah

Consultant

Rhea Shah

Biology, Economics, 2026

Seif Ayad

Consultant

Seif Ayad

Business Economics, 2025

Sukhm Kang

Consultant

Sukhm Kang

Mathematics, 2024

Zachary Lu

Consultant

Zachary Lu

Economics, 2024

Luke von Kapff

Recruitment Director

Luke von Kapff

Physics, Data Science, 2025

Yasmin Shalim

Marketing & Alumni Relations Director

Yasmin Shalim

Data Science, Economics, 2025

Dipro Ray

Engagement Manager

Dipro Ray

Mathematics, Economics, 2024

Monica Volini Paños

Deputy Recruitment Director

Monica Volini Paños

Business Economics, Russian & Eastern European Studies, 2025

Alexandra Riedinger

Consultant

Alexandra Riedinger

Economics, 2023

Bowser Liu

Consultant

Bowser Liu

Economics, Political Science, 2026

Chloe Attlan

Consultant

Chloe Attlan

Business Economics, 2025

Elena Elbarmi

Consultant

Elena Elbarmi

Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, 2025

Gianina Flegueras

Consultant

Gianina Flegueras

Economics, Public Policy, 2025

Izzy Allum

Consultant

Izzy Allum

Economics, 2023

Jane Tio

Consultant

Jane Tio

Psychology, Economics, 2024

John Lohier

Consultant

John Lohier

Economics, Public Policy, 2025

Kennedy Jones

Consultant

Kennedy Jones

Environmental & Urban Studies, Media Arts & Design, 2025

Mahum Sheikh

Consultant

Mahum Sheikh

Economics, Cinema & Media Studies, 2025

Rachel Chang

Consultant

Rachel Chang

Public Policy, Economics, 2024

Riya Bindlish

Consultant

Riya Bindlish

Public Policy, Economics, 2024

Shikhar Chaturvedi

Consultant

Shikhar Chaturvedi

Economics, 2023

Will Pattle

Consultant

Will Pattle

Political Science, Economics, 2024

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