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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Aseem Kulkarni

Boston University, Questrom School of Business

Aseem was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After graduating from high school, he studied Art History at the University of Edinburgh. He went on to work in digital sales and marketing for two book publishers: Bloomsbury and AMACOM Books in London and New York. While living in New York, he volunteered for LGBTQ organizations including The Trevor Project NextGen and the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association. He then moved to New Delhi to work at a tech startup called Little Black Book Delhi for a year. His work at Little Black Book Delhi ranged from content marketing, ad sales negotiations, and strategic partner development. While living in Delhi, he volunteered in outreach for the Naz Foundation and worked with other like-minded organizations helped to plan the Delhi pride march. He has now been in Boston for the last three years working in the International Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association. His work includes nonprofit programming and financial management for Unitarian Universalist congregations outside of the United States, a United Nations office focused on social justice advocacy, and a grant making organization based in India. In addition to his job, he works as a Net Impact Board Fellow for the organization Conflict Dynamics International. He also volunteers as the Membership Chair for the Boston chapter of a 501c4 organization called Foreign Policy for America.

What made you consider business school?

I had been wanting to transition from my current position in the nonprofit sector to international business development in the private sector and align my career path with my interests in international affairs/culture. After speaking with several friends across the career spectrum whom had received an MBA, I decided to take the next step and apply. I will also be completing an MA in International Relations alongside my MBA. I am really excited for the opportunities coming soon.

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

I am very excited for the opportunities to meet and connect with new people and explore a new career path. Since I studied art history for my undergrad, I am actually looking forward to switching gears and studying finance/accounting. In addition, since I am interested in eventually moving into international business development, I am looking forward to meeting people who are veterans in the field.

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

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, has been very inspiring in terms of engaging with people about the power of philanthropy and how businesses have the power to make a positive impact on public policy. In addition, I think he has brought to light more issues regarding being an LGBTQ person of color in the business world. As a born and bred Houstonian, I also find former Mayor Annise Parker to be incredibly inspiring as the first openly lesbian mayor of any major city in the US.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am a voracious reader of physical, e-books, and slowly coming around to audiobooks. I review fiction and non-fiction books related to South Asian culture/history. I have written for several publications and have worked with book publishers based in India and the US like Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, and many others.