Meet the Team

FEDERICO MELE

Co-Founder & cEO

Federico founded the GEA Project in 2015 to pursue his dream to empower young students with the vision and skills necessary to make a positive impact on their communities. A native of Rome, Italy, Federico moved to the United States at age 17 to complete his secondary studies and attend Boston University. At BU, Federico was involved with several student organizations and was President of the Undergraduate Economics Association and the Dean's Hosts, a group of 150 University student leaders. These experiences were instrumental in inspiring the Global Economic Awareness Project, which brings peer-to-peer mentorship and coaching to communities of motivated students around the world. Like most GEA Project volunteers, Federico is a full-time professional and is currently a mergers & acquisitions strategy consultant in New York City.


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HOWARD WEI

CO-FOUNDER

Howard developed an interest in economics in high school through both in class and out of class experiences, mesmerized by the impact of economics on the world. He hopes that the GEA Project will provide opportunities for students to engage in similar experiences and empower them to become better thinkers and doers within economics and beyond. Howard has been a part of the Undergraduate Economics Association since arriving to Boston University and currently serves as the organization’s President, looking forward to establishing even more enriching experiences to fellow classmates. While economics is dear to Howard’s heart, he has a variety of interests in both the sciences and humanities and is continuously looking to learn more. Howard is currently working in consulting and is always excited for new experiences.


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AADIL CHITALWALA

HEAD OF PROJECT INDIA

Aadil currently leads the GEA Project's efforts in India and Bangladesh. Aadil has extensive coaching and leadership experience both in India and the US, which supports him in his key roles of establishing new partnerships with local Indian and Bangladeshi organizations, as well as while selecting future GEA Leaders.

Aadil graduated with a Bachelor in Finance and Economics from Boston University. Currently based in Mumbai, Aadil is a finance professional working in the Private Equity arm of BNP Paribas. 


 

NAKARIT DEVAHASTIN SUTHAPREDA

HEAD OF PROJECT THAILAND

 

Nakarit joined GEA Project back in May 2016. He currently leads GEA Project’s workshop in Thailand. Growing up in Thailand, Nakarit has been able to identify the flaws in the Thai educational system. He hopes to leverage on GEA Project’s progressive curriculum to enrich the lives of Thai students nationwide. Since joining GEA Project, Nakarit has secured partnerships with Triam Udom Suksa and Patumwan Demonstration School, both of which are Thailand’s leading public high schools.


Nakarit is a senior at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD majoring in Economics and minoring in Financial Economics.  Some of his professional experiences include internships at the Bank of Thailand, Accenture, World Bank, Toshiba, Bangkok Airways, and Kasikorn Bank. At the Bank of Thailand, he worked in the Capital Mobility team in their Monetary Policy department. When Nakarit has free time, he enjoys playing tennis because of his father, cooking because of his mother, watching soccer because of Manchester United, and enjoys traveling because of his obsession with commercial airliners and airports.


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VALERIA GIACHETTI

HEAD OF PROJECT BOTSWANA

Valeria is a Business Analyst at Boston Scientific, a leading medical devices company, based in Boston, MA. Valeria has significant international experience, having worked and studied in Botswana, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A native Italian, Valeria was raised in Gaborone and completed her education at Boston University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focused in International Management from the Questrom School of Business and with a secondary degree in biology.


 

PORNMANIE (NA) SNIDVONGS

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

 

Na joined GEA Project back in 2016. She currently leads the organization’s marketing efforts. Na is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Na is a multidisciplinary designer; her work encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including those of a graphic designer,experimental designer, brand strategist, and web designer. Her work focuses visual communication and the aesthetic expression of concepts and ideas. Na’s latest professional experience was with Kvell, a creative studio based in Los Angeles, CA. In the near future, she hopes to further her economics literacy by taking courses at RISD’s neighbor institution, Brown University.


RISHI CHAKRABORTY

DIRECTOR

Rishi graduated from Boston University in May 2013 with BA and MA degrees in Economics. Since August 2013, Rishi has been working as a Health Industries management consultant. Rishi assists clients in resolving complex business problems pertaining to the risk and regulatory environment in healthcare. Rishi's interests also include Business Strategy, International Development, Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship. In the past, Rishi has worked on climate change and public health research at the Global Change Programme in Kolkata, India. Rishi has also conducted research with the Tata Department of Statistics in Mumbai, India and Chown Dewhurst, LLP in London, U.K. In high school, Rishi lead an education initiative with Save the Children NGO to teach science to children with hearing disabilities and mental illnesses. Rishi hopes to continue his passion for social empowerment and education through his work with the GEA Project.


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MORIYA BLUMENFELD

ADVISOR

Moriya is a Business Analyst for McKinsey & Company in New York. Her interest in Economics evolved, quite unusually, in the years she spent serving the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Tel-Aviv, D.C. and L.A. In her different capacities, Moriya was able to experience first-hand how economics plays a central role in national security and diplomacy, and far beyond. Prior to her Harvard career, she co-founded a niche crowdfunding platform enabling social entrepreneurs to impact their communities, and at Harvard, fell in love not only with the study of economics but also with teaching it. She spends much of her time tutoring first-year economics students and is a great believer in the power of economic literacy. In 2018, Moriya will enter Harvard Business School for a full-time MBA program,. She highly values efficiency, rationality and moderation, and enjoys running, poetry, and electronic music.