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Meet the 2011 Chicago Booth Siebel Scholars

ARTICLE BY: Allan Friedman

Chicago Business

November 15th 2010

Five Booth students selected as Siebel Scholars

The five second-year students who were chosen as Siebel Scholars this year include an avid backpacker who has hiked through Peru, China and India, a computer scientist who designed race-winning mobile robots, and a former first lieutenant in the Israeli Naval Commando Special Forces.

The winners also include a veteran of the private equity industry and an entrepreneur who played competitive soccer with a star of the British national team.

Didier Catteau, Alok Ladsariya, Tali Shulevich-Shalit, Andrew Skrilow and Nadim Vasanji each will receive $35,000 for tuition from the Siebel Foundation in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and leadership qualities.   The Siebel Scholars Program was established in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science and bioengineering, and to form an active, lifelong community among a growing group of leaders.

Catteau is a LEAD facilitator, and co-chair of Giving Something Back and the Belgian Business Students group.   He is pursuing concentrations in strategic management and finance.  He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at the University of Louvain in Belgium with a master of engineering degree in applied mathematics.  He spent the past summer as an associate at Bain & Company.    An avid backpacker, his treks have included hikes in India, Mexico, China, Peru and other countries.

Ladsariya spent the summer in London working for the BT Group, as part of its MBA Leadership Program.  Before enrolling at Booth he spent more than four years at Netcore Solutions, a startup incubator in Mumbai.  He co-chairs Booth’s South Asia Business Group and is pursing concentrations in analytic finance and economics.  As an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University he won the Mobot mobile robot slalom race for three years.

Shulevich-Shalit is a member of the Israel Bar Association and also a certified Israeli accountant.  After graduating from Tel Aviv University with a bachelor of law and accounting degree, she joined the law firm of Yehuda Raveh & Co. and completed a master of commercial law degree from Tel Aviv University.  She later joined the transaction services team at Deloitte in Tel Aviv.   At age 18, she joined the Israeli Defense Forces as a first lieutenant in the Israeli Naval Commando Special Forces.  At Booth she is concentrating in finance and entrepreneurship.    

Skrilow was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase and a private equity associate at AEA Investors in New York where he completed a number of transactions in the industrials, chemicals and business services spaces.  He spent the past summer at General Electric Company as a member of the Experiences Commercial Leadership Program at GE Capital.   Skrilow received an undergraduate degree Magna cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Vasanji co-founded Masala Wala, a fast-casual restaurant business, while at Booth and he was one of 12 students elected to be a student advisor to the Dean’s Search Committee that recommended Sunil Kumar as dean effective January 1, 2011.   Before enrolling at Booth Vasanji was an associate at TD Capital Private Equity Investors and a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.  A lover of sports, he is an avid golfer and once played competitive soccer against Owen Hargreaves, current star of the British national team.

Each of the Siebel Scholars attended an annual conference in the fall to meet past and present Siebel Scholars, university faculty, and some of the world’s most prestigious thought-leaders to discuss and debate global issues, searching for solutions to today’s most pressing societal challenges.

In addition to Booth, the small group of schools in the Siebel Scholars Program includes Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nearly 600 of the world’s brightest minds are Siebel Scholars.  This exceptional group has the unique opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and the economic and social decisions that shape the future.  Siebel Scholars serve as key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates.  For more information please visit

The Siebel Scholars Foundation is funded by the Siebel Foundation.  Established as a private foundation in 1996, the Siebel Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation.  Its mission is to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its communication members.  More information can be found at

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