Meet Our Executive Board Members

The E-Board of CHF is responsible for the smooth operation and efficient administration of the organization.


Nikan Ansari


Nikan is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He interned at Rothschild last summer in the Global Advisory division where he will return full time next year. His other involvements at Cornell University include the Global Economics and Finance Society.


Alex Downey

Chief Investment Officer

Alex is a senior Operations Research and Information Engineering major in the College of Engineering. His experiences include starting a small hedge fund and interning at SRC Inc. and Magnus Ridge Winery. He has held leadership positions in his social fraternity and other investment organizations. His other interests include skiing, scuba diving, drinking wine, watching Game of Thrones, and traveling.



Sergey Smirnov

VP of Operations

Sergey is a sophomore from Mount Prospect, Illinois double majoring in Economics and Government. On campus, he is the Associate Editor for the Cornell Undergraduate Law and Society Review and a member of Sparkstone Analytics. This past summer, he interned at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. In his free time, Sergey enjoys following soccer, scuba diving, and excessively discussing politics.


Savarn Dontamsetti

Marketing Chair

Savarn is a junior double majoring in Operations Research and Computer Science. Last summer he worked as an internal consultant at Wayfair. Savarn also runs his own multi-college consulting group. In his free time, Savarn likes to produce beats, play soccer, and cook.


Gloria Ren

Corporate Outreach Chair

Gloria is a sophomore in the engineering school majoring in Operations Research and minoring in business. Her passion is pursuing litigation in the financial industry and quantitative research. In Gloria’s free time you can often find her hanging out with friends and taking interesting fitness classes.


Grace Shi

VP of Recruitment & Education

Grace is a junior majoring in Applied Economics and Management with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. She is also the fund manager for CHF’s Impact Fund. Her other on-campus involvements include being the Senior Vice President for the Society for Women in Business and a member of Alpha Phi Omega Gamma Chapter. This past summer, Grace interned as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Barclays, where she will be returning next summer. In her free time, Grace enjoys reading Agatha.


Tiffany Brazer


Tiffany is a junior in the College of Human Ecology pursuing a major in Policy Analysis and Management and minor in Business and Real Estate. This past summer, she interned as an finance & accounting intern at Satori Waters, a healthcare firm in South Florida. On campus, she is the philanthropy chairman of her social sorority, a teaching assistant of Statistics, and an advertising associate at the Cornell Daily Sun-Business Department. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and mediation, photography, and spontaneous adventures.


Ryan Fanning

Conference Chair

Ryan Fanning is a junior from Westport, Connecticut, studying Hotel Administration with a minor in Real Estate. He is the Conference Chair and is also the manager of the Real Estate Fund. This past summer Ryan interned as a financial analyst at Barteca Restaurant Group, and he has previously worked at Sterling Investment Partners. In his free time, Ryan enjoys skiing, hiking, and watching the Red Sox.


Irene Du

Social Chair

Irene is a sophomore in the SC Johnson College of Business pursuing a major in Hotel Administration and a minor in Real Estate. This past summer, she interned as an eCommerce Consulting Intern at Hilton Worldwide. On campus, she is on the design team for the 180 publication and an active member of her social sorority. In her free time, she enjoys going on Target/Wegman runs.


Christie Choy

VP of Compliance

Christie is a senior in the School of Hotel Administration minoring in real estate. She joined the Cornell Hedge Fund at the start of her junior year and has been a part of the Impact Fund and Real Estate Fund. After graduation, Christie will join CPPIB, the second largest pension fund in North America, as an investment analyst. Christie takes pride in being Canadian and enjoys eating the food that other people cook for her.


Sohrab Meshkat Nafisi

Community Chair

Sohrab is currently a senior in Industrial and Labor Relations School. He previously worked as a project coordinator at a non-for-profit organization, and he is an incoming analyst at Nomura Securities. Sohrab is very much interested in capital markets and public administrationAt Cornell he is also the President of the Cornell International Affairs Review. He enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and playing soccer.


Sampson Ngo

Alumni Relations Chair

Sampson is a junior majoring in Economics with a business minor. Last summer, Sampson was a Film Intern at NBCUniversal, joining the Financial Planning & Analysis Team for the US Home Entertainment Group in LA. This summer, he is joining SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in NY. His other involvements on campus include being a student-athlete on Cornell Rugby and a social fraternity.


Shaun Yan

President, Emeritus

This is Shaun. After serving on the CHF E-Board for two years and making substantial contribution to the development of CHF, Shaun magically disappeared at the end of the 2017 Fall Semester. Rumor has it that Shaun is now working for a small private equity start-up called "Blackstone."

"Shaun's tears can cure cancer, yet he never cried. Well, except for the time when he confessed to the lady of his dream by saying 'will you hold me to maturity' but she couldn't understand his thick British-Singaporean accent."

-- Albert Lin