2016 SUMANI Board


avAvantika Goswami
, President
Coming to New York City from Mumbai, Avantika intends to delve further into our field within the topics of urban sustainability & resilience, and sustainable development in emerging economies. Avantika is most likely to be found at Avery, the architectural library, studiously sipping Brooklyn Roasting Co’s Blue Java blend while taking the occasional study break to browse the City’s concert listings.


mbMitika Bajpai, Vice President and Director of Events
From Mumbai, to JoBurg, to New York City, Mitika is seeking to become involved with consulting for developing nations, through both the public and private sectors. Mitika, like a true global citizen, refrains from showing preferential treatment to any specific part of the City, but also enjoys trips away from the hustle & bustle and into the fresh air.


ktKhyati Thakkar, Director of Events
Coming from Delhi to New York City, Khyati is interested in pursuing Sustainability consulting. When it comes to the City, Khyati has yet to settle on a favorite spot and instead looks forward to continued exploration to this and surrounding cities.



melMelissa Meggiolaro, Director of Finance
Travelling the *far* distance from Montclair, NJ, Melissa commutes to New York City with the ultimate goal of leading a business or unit oriented towards sustainability challenges. Melissa’s affinity for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu allows for relaxed evenings savoring an Italian meal and a bit of entertainment in the City’s Theater District.


abiAbigail Orzolek, Director of Communications
Having spent her past 20 something years bouncing about New England, Abigail has settled in New York City with the intention of enlisting in an urban development oriented NGO. As often as is possible, Abigail is parked at the bar of the Coffee Foundry in Greenwich, welcoming a chat from her beloved Barista, Eri, to interrupt the demands of her laptop.


iabIan Brecher, Knowledge Partner
Ian is at the helm of SUMANI Trendster, our crowd sourced initiative that features blog posts and other online content from our fellow SUMA students as well as SUMA professors. Ian is a Philly native with a whip sharp wit, and an affinity for the best of NYC’s caffeine and BBQ scenes.