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cross six continents, UC Davis Graduate School of Management alumni are catalysts for

change in a wide spectrum of industries around the world. From strategizing on global investments in London and Zurich to administering health programs in Africa and innovating in high-tech markets in India and China to managing drilling contracts for the world’s largest off-shore development project in Abu Dhabi, our alumni are excelling in international business as top executives, managers and entrepreneurs. Our faculty members have long been recognized internationally as leaders in their scholarship and research, collaborating with international colleagues and traveling the world to present their expertise at forums, conferences and as honored visiting professors. Many also work directly with international companies on research projects that provide valuable and actionable intelligence to guide strategy and business operations. UC Davis MBA students also fan out to nearly every continent, studying in exchange programs abroad, working as interns overseas and organizing international study trips to get a first-hand look at companies and emerging markets. We highlight here just a sample of the international leadership of our alumni, who in their own words share how they are making a global impact.

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Craig Cummins MBA 05 Biomedical Engineering MS 04

Noemi Danao MBA 04

Rodrigo Cifuentes MBA 05

Stephanie Swannack MBA 07

Head of Business Development SNV in Latin America Quito, Ecuador

Global Manager, New Business Development AgroFresh, a division of Dow AgroSciences Santiago, Chile

Director of Marketing Catalina Marketing International Paris, France

“I am the head of business development for SNV in Latin America, a Dutch social enterprise focused on advancing inclusive development. We work with private sector firms, government institutions, NGOs and community-based organizations to link low-income producers and consumers to formal markets. I build partnerships and fundraise in collaboration with our five country-based offices across Latin America. Our main source of funding comes from large bi- and multilateral institutions, such as the InterAmerican Development Bank, European Commission, USAID, World Bank and foundations in both the U.S. and Europe, and consulting contracts with private firms.”

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“AgroFresh, the post-harvest arm of Dow AgroSciences, is the global leader in innovative fresh produce preservation solutions. With a fast-growing world population and increasing food prices, while one-third of food produced globally is lost or wasted, novel food preservation solutions are in high demand. I manage our innovation process and strategy to rapidly create and bring new products or services to our global customer base, using a variety of channels that include internal R&D, development of external partnerships or joint ventures, licensing of intellectual property and acquisition of complementary technologies and companies.”

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“Catalina is the global leader in precision marketing, providing brand manufacturers, retailers and health providers worldwide with consumer-driven solutions that efficiently meet their objectives for growth, profitability and deeper, more productive consumer relationships. As a director of marketing based in Paris, I manage our client account for the largest do-it-yourself hardware retailer in Holland, Intergamma. I work with Intergamma to develop actionable customer segmentation and impactful customer relationship management campaigns.”

Senior Associate, Private Equity Sustainable Asset Management Zürich, Switzerland

“Robeco, a leading European asset manager, and its subsidiary Sustainable Asset Manager, SAM, a sustainable investment pioneer, manage one of the largest global sustainable private equity platforms focused on clean technology, clean infrastructure and environmental, social and governance integration. My responsibilities include investing into private equity partnerships and co-investing directly into companies alongside these partnerships, and developing marketing strategy and materials for the raising of funds and separate accounts.”

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