Who We Are
Education inspires the student. Students inspire the world.
Started in 2008 by three students at the University of Florida, Asha India is a student founded, student run, subsidiary of the non-profit organization Children’s Hope India. Showcased at Clinton Global Initiatives Conference and winner of the prestigious 2009 Projects for Peace Grant, Asha India aims to combat poverty in India by empowering homeless children and their families with the powerful tools of education and international trade. Providing them with the knowledge and capital to be successful, Asha India aims to sustainably alleviate poverty through various initiates in India. Working with our partner Prayas, Asha India has successfully educated over 300 students, founded a social business with 15 employees and run two internship programs.
James Nichols has diversified experience in the field of finance, most recently as a Financial Management Program intern with the General Electric Company. With GE he managed projects cash flows of over 80 MM, improved cash flow linearity and margin predictability. In his role as an operations intern for TradePMR in 2008, he worked with over 40 institutional investors to resolve portfolio issues and manage transactions. James also has extensive knowledge of risk management and holds a 2-20 general lines agent license. He is currently a senior at the University of Florida completing a degree in finance with a minor in Spanish linguistics. James is a leader on campus and currently serves as president of Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed professional business fraternity and as an ambassador to the university’s entrepreneurship program.
Carol Skordas is a junior at the University of Florida working on an undergraduate degree in economics and a Master of Science in Finance degree. She is also actively involved in many organizations at the University including: consulting captain for UF’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), teaching assistant for the undergraduate business finance class, and ambassador of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has interned at both a seed-stage venture fund which partnered in the creation of medical technology companies and an asset management firm. Carol’s interests include running marathons, traveling, competitive horseback riding, and modern art. She will be a Investment Banking summer analyst at Goldman Sachs this summer.
Kara Jordan is a third-year International Business major with minors in French and Mass Communications, she is also in the combined degree Masters in International Business program at the University of Florida. Service to her community is something she is passionate about. She has been very involved working with Haven Hospice, Winter Garden Animal Shelter, Children’s Miracle Network, Champions Are Readers and Read Across America. As the Director for Managing Money Matters and Life Beyond College with the UF SIFE Team, Kara works to educate students on financial literacy focusing on personal finance for life success. In March 2010, Kara will be helping Oasis of Peace based in London, England, a service organization promoting peace in Israel. She is excited to become involved with UF Children’s Hope India this semester and will be greatly focused on pushing the fund raising efforts for the organization.
Tony Barakat is a graduate student of the Fisher School of Accounting, and plans to graduate with a Masters in Accounting in May 2011. He has been involved with UF CHI for one semester. He chose to get involved in order to see first hand the impacts his efforts made, which he believes not many other organizations can offer. Tony is involved with the marketing aspect of the UF CHI and creating awareness of the organization throughout campus and the community.