Desautels Graduate Student Society

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Desautels Graduate Student Society (DGSS)

The Desautels Graduate Student Society (DGSS) is a student-run association serving the interests of Masters Students of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

McGill's graduate students maintain an active and enriching series of extracurricular activities. Beyond the classroom experience you will have an incomparable opportunity to meet new people, develop your talents, and learn new skills.

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Our mission is to independently represent the members in its interactions with the faculty and administration in response to policies, issues, and concerns of importance to the Society’s members, including, but not limited to academic issues, administrative policies, and career planning opportunities.

Executive Team

We work to ensure that students get the most of their McGill experience and help the Masters students at the Desautels Faculty of Management achieve more as a group than we would each individually.

Lisa WuPresident - Lisa Wu

Lisa is an MBA candidate specializing in Global Strategy & Business Analytics. She was born in China and moved to the US for school at 14. Lisa graduated from the University of Rochester with double degrees in Business (concentration in finance and accounting) and Economics. Prior to joining McGill, she was working as a senior associate, financial analyst.

As the president of DGSS, she aims to advocate for students’ needs academically, professionally, and socially, and to help build lasting friendships within Desautels’ community and extend networks beyond Desautels’ family.

Lisa likes to travel and spend quality time with family and friends.

Contact: president.dgss [at] (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Sameer KamalVP Communications - Sameer Kamal

Sameer is an MBA candidate specializing in Global Strategy & Leadership. Born in Pakistan, Sameer moved to Canada to complete his bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Toronto. Prior to the MBA, he worked at one of Canada’s largest banks for five years with roles in retail lending operations, credit adjudication and product management.

As the VP of Communications, he wants every member of Desautels to be well-informed and have easy and transparent access to the information they need.

Sameer likes to spend his free time playing video games, supporting his favorite soccer team and perfecting his steak or pasta recipes.

Contact: vpcommunications.dgss [at] (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Harshit SharmaVP Finance - Harshit Sharma

Harshit is an MBA candidate. He has a bachelor's degree in Commerce from University of Delhi and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Harshit has more than 6 years of audit and assurance experience before starting his MBA.

As VP of Finance, Harshit aims to safeguard and ensure optimal allocation of the funds, in the best interests of the students, and put forward student interests in DGSS meetings.

Harshit likes to explore new places and foods and is an animal lover.

Contact: vpfinance.dgss [at] (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Mariapaz Pajares BurnsVP Internal - Mariapaz Pajares Burns

Mariapaz is an MBA candidate with double specialization in Global Strategy & Leadership and Business Analytics. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico. Prior to joining the MBA, she worked in the financial planning area at the largest bank in Peru for five years.

As VP Internal, Mariapaz aims to enhance the unity and friendships among Desautels graduate students. She will work towards creating a stronger sense of community between the students, where everyone feels welcome.

During her free time, she likes to swim, explore the city to discover new restaurants, and travel to new places.

Contact: vpinternal.dgss [at] (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Sonali RanjanVP External – Sonali Ranjan

Sonali is an MBA candidate. She has a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. Prior to joining the MBA, Sonali worked as ATS Integration Engineer at Alstom Transport India Ltd for 4 years.

As VP External, Sonali aims to increase outreach to business communities and alumni networks to create sponsorship opportunities for DGSS. She will work towards promoting fundraising and charity events and also organizing networking events with fellow universities.

Sonali spends her free time listening to music, cooking, and visiting new places.

Contact: vpexternal.dgss [at] (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Ankur KatiyarVP Student Groups & International - Ankur Katiyar

Ankur is an MBA candidate pursuing a concentration in Global Strategy & Leadership. His bachelor's degree was in Marine engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India and worked as an operations manager onboard cargo ship for 5 years. His work experience was focused on Operations, Supply chain and Project Management in the chemical tanker shipping industry.

As VP of Student Groups and International, he aims to create a sense of community and help the student body benefit both personally and professionally by increasing student group activities and participation.

Ankur likes to run and walk outdoors, explore novel places and play badminton and cricket.

Contact: vpclubs.dgss [at] (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Mohit GoyalVP Case Competitions – Mohit Goyal

Mohit is an MBA candidate specializing in Global Strategy and Leadership. Born in India, he has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Thapar University. Prior to joining the MBA, Mohit worked as a Consultant at Deloitte for 4 years with its Core Business Operations practice.

As VP Case Competitions, Mohit aims to enhance foreign university participation in McGill's case competitions, thereby boosting its reputation and popularity. He aims to increase involvement of McGill students in case competitions hosted by other Canadian and foreign universities.

Mohit likes to do photography, dance, and explore new places.

Contact: mohit.goyal [at] (subject: DGSS%20Inquiry)

Madison LaxerMMR Representative - Madison Laxer


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