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Komal Ashfaq

Komal Ashfaq is a writer for the Spiegel Research Center Impact Marketing Team and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. Before joining Northwestern, she graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences with a Bachelors in Accounting & Finance. Komal has worked him digital marketing agencies and is interested in digital technologies, entrepreneurship and traveling. After graduating in December, 2017 she hopes to return to Pakistan and work with tech start-ups to which are working to create sustainable solutions to consumer problems.
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Missy Hong

Missy Hong is the Social Media Growth Strategist for Spiegel Research Center Impact Marketing Team and a full-time graduate student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. She is an experienced social media strategist with a demonstrated history of working for Weber Shandwick and LinkedIn China. Data analytics is another area Missy is passionate about, and she is pursuing on this track at Medill. Prior to joining Northwestern, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Carleton University.  
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Jo Ladzinski

Jo Ladzinski is the editor of the Spiegel Research Center Impact Marketing team in addition to studying Integrated Marketing Communication at Northwestern University. At Cornell University, she studied Nutrition and Food Science with a focus on consumer behavior and behavioral economics. She interned at several publishers before finding her first job running social media for a tech coworking space. Her interests outside of school include books, running, and video games. After graduating, she hopes to pursue opportunities for branding and content strategy within the gaming industry and looking at the new frontier of virtual reality.
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Andrea Napoli

Andrea Napoli is the graphic designer for the Spiegel Research Center Impact Marketing Team. She is originally from Los Angeles, California and studied Art and Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara while holding positions at UCSB's daily newspaper as well as developing social media marketing content for a local business. Her studies inspired her to live abroad after graduating, which is where her passion for marketing really took hold. While living in East Java, Indonesia, She signed on as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Bromo Marathon charity race. Marketing for the race launched her on a whirlwind adventure across South East Asia, developing communication strategies in emerging markets, traveling to various running events, and communicating with peoples of all different cultures and economic backgrounds through targeted social media campaigns, press releases, motivational articles, and face-to-face interactions. She enjoys diving in head first, visiting new places, meeting new people, and seizing opportunities for creativity. She is inspired by the power of data and the capability marketing has to change lives. In her free time, Andrea can be found blogging, exercising, reading, or dreaming of her next destination.
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Priya Ramanathan

Priya Ramanathan is a writer for the Spiegel Research Center Impact Marketing Team and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2010 with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies. She gained professional experience in the Defense and Web Development industries and has worked as a Consultant, Business Development Specialist and Marketing Coordinator. Priya has a specialization in Strategic Communications and hopes to do more work with Global Communications after graduating from Northwestern. 
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Runzhe Cen

Runzhe Cen is currently a full-time IMC student at Northwestern University, with a concentration in the Data Analytics track. His passion for analytics in marketing originates from his previous digital marketing internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Two simple reasons why he joined the Spiegel Research Center: first, to learn how data mining and modeling can provide business with actionable insights; second, he wants to work with wonderful faculty members and teammates, and learn from each other.

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Jianran "Jesse" Zeng

Jianran “Jesse” Zeng is a Spiegel Research Center Fellow and a full-time student at the Northwestern Integrated Marketing Communications Program. He received a B.A. in Economics and Business from Brandeis University. After graduating, Jesse worked as a marketing associate for a marketing agency in Boston, where he gained experience with digital marketing projects, such as website tracking, paid search and website SEO. Prior to coming to Medill, Jesse also spent four months working as  for a marketing consulting company. This internship provided him exposure to the marketing research and marketing analytics field, which opened up his interest to become a graduate student who focuses on marketing analytics. Besides marketing, Jesse is also passionate about the technology and automobile industry and look forward to pursuing a career in the related areas.

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Yiling Feng

Yiling Feng is a Spiegel Research Center Fellow and a full-time student at Medill’s Integrated Marketing Communications program. Yiling holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She has abundant research experience on topics including communication technology, traditional and social media. Prior to joining IMC, she has worked in advertising, consulting, event and social media marketing. Her interests in data analytics brought her to the Medill IMC program. Yiling is passionate about marketing and technology. She looks forward to pursuing a career where she leverages data analytics and insights to tell stories that inspire and inform.

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Katherine More

Katherine "Katie" More is a Spiegel Research Center fellow and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program. She has three years of advertising agency experience from Havas, where she held positions in account management and marketing analytics for clients in the alcohol, CPG, and retail industries. Katie's areas of marketing expertise include consumer insights, media strategy, and digital analytics, and she hopes to apply these skills in market research after graduation. She holds bachelor's degrees in communication studies and Spanish from Northwestern University.

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Aneesha Subramaniam

Aneesha Subramaniam is a Spiegel Research Center fellow and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. She has experience in brand activation and digital marketing, and worked as a marketing communications consultant at a global public relations agency for three years. The rapid transformation of marketing through automation and analytics inspired her to further explore these areas at Medill. Aneesha holds a Bachelor's degree in Advertising & Public Relations from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.

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Ashley Tomzik

Ashley is a Spiegel Research Center fellow and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. For the past five years, she has been working in the actuarial science and risk management areas of insurance. Ashley is passionate about analytics and excited to apply her skills to marketing, especially as the industry is drastically shifting with the use of data and analytics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northwestern University.

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Kaitlyn Yan

Kaitlyn Yan, is a Spiegel Research Center fellow and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern, where she studied Communication and Business Institution. Prior to IMC, Kaitlyn worked as an international prospect research analyst at Northwestern alumni relations, where she created a research database that helps university fundraising staff search top donors in the East Asian market. Kaitlyn has also worked as a College Program Intern at Walt Disney World, where she communicated with thousands of Guests from all over the world. Kaitlyn speaks three languages and loves traveling and exploring different cultures. She wants to pursue a career in marketing analytics in a multinational corporation.

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Yun Deng

Yun Deng is a Spiegel Research Center fellow and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. She completed her undergrad at the Ohio State University majoring in Strategic Communications. Before coming to Medill, she has interned at KPMG, Ogilvy Public Relations and IHS Markit. Through the various internship experiences, she realized the power of data analysis in understanding the market and problem solving . She is dedicated to leveraging data analysis tools to gain insights and improve business performance. 

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Yiran Xia

Yiran Xia is a Spiegel Research Center fellow and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. She aspires to develop her solid analytical skills to discover the logic behind customer behavior and provide data insight for real business value-generating process. She is passionate about Marketing Analytics and Brand Strategy. Prior to joining Northwestern, she has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Peking University. She has worked as a marketing strategist in Audi China. 

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Nick Sotolongo

Nick Sotolongo is a Spiegel Research Center fellow and a full-time student in the Medill Integrated Marketing Communications program. Prior to Medill, he attended the University of North Carolina, where he earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication.  Nick's work experience includes copywriting, creative direction and brand strategy, with a focus on clients in the wine and spirits industry. He hopes to pursue a career in brand consulting after his time at Medill. 

Komal Ashfaq
Impact Marketing Team
Missy Hong
Impact Marketing Team
Jo Ladzinski
Impact Marketing Team
Andrea Napoli
Impact Marketing Team
Priya Ramanathan
Impact Marketing Team
Runzhe Cen
Spiegel Fellow
Jianran "Jesse" Zeng
Spiegel Fellow
Yiling Feng
Spiegel Fellow
Katherine More
Spiegel Fellow
Aneesha Subramaniam
Spiegel Fellow
Ashley Tomzik
Spiegel Fellow
Kaitlyn Yan
Spiegel Fellow
Yun Deng
Spiegel Fellow
Yiran Xia
Spiegel Fellow
Nick Sotolongo
Spiegel Fellow