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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: David Atia



Columbia Business School

I was born in Toronto, Canada and completed my undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal. I then decided to get my J.D. at the University of Toronto, and eventually moved to New York City to practice law. After practicing for roughly four years, I decided to apply to business school in order to help me transition my career into the luxury/fashion retail space.


What made you consider business school?

I decided to apply to and attend business school in order to help me transition my career from law to the luxury/fashion industry.


What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am most excited about the coursework itself, the international and diverse student body, and the opportunities to network and gain hands-on experience in my target industry.


Who are some leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Barack and Michelle Obama, Tim Cook, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am spending the summer before business school in Tel Aviv!