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Butler Institute Student Scholars

Every academic year, a select group of students is chosen to produce academically meaningful events and programs to share varying schools of thought related to entrepreneurship, enterprise, and policy.

The Board of Student Scholars works in collaboration with the Faculty Director, Professor Andrew Corbett, Blank Center Interim Executive Director and Butler Institute Director, Cindy Marmer, and Butler Institute Program Manager, Clare Currie.

Meet the 2023-2024 Board of Student Scholars

Andrew Ajao

Andrew Ajao MBA'24

Andrew is a first-year MBA student concentrating on Quantitative Finance. He has years of cognate experience in commercial banking and business development. Andrew also serves as a part-time project manager at the Diana Research Institute, which is affiliated with the Frank and Eileen Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership. His passion for financial education for small business owners is evident in his work, and he strives to make a meaningful impact in this area.


Iman Bendarkawi MBA'24

Iman graduated from Babson 5 years ago and has returned to do a One Year MBA, focusing in Quantitative Finance & Analytics and Entrepreneurship. She worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture for 4 years and most recently was a Strategy Manager at F100 company in the high-tech space. She enjoys playing soccer and is a fan of soccer juggling, podcasts, tech startups and analytics!


Faith Farrell '26

Faith is a sophomore who grew up in the Back Bay of Boston before moving to San Jose, CA. She worked at Advantage Data and Solve Advisors as a junior sales member and is passionate about riding horses and spending time with family. 


Kimheat Chheav

Kimheat Chheav '26

Kimheat is a first year student concentrating in Business Analytics and Justice & Citizenship. She is the Co-President of Habitat for Humanity Babson Chapter. In her free time, she likes reading and doing puzzles. Kimheat dreams of building her own business school back in Cambodia.


Valerija Ilievska - BIFETE Scholar 22-23

Valerija Ilievska '24

Valerija is a senior at Babson College with a diverse range of interests in finance, politics, and art. With a deep passion for enabling others to explore their passions and become well-rounded individuals, Valerija is dedicated to making a positive impact on and beyond Babson's campus through her active involvement in the Babson Analyst Initiative, Butler Institute, TEDx, and the Babson College Fund.


Ben Kane '26

Ben is a sophomore from Viroqua, Wisconsin and is concentrating in finance, although he is also considering accounting. At Babson, he enjoys staying up to date on financial news through the Wall Street Journal and checks WallSteetBets for fun.  His interests include tennis and soccer.


Jackson Kuja - BIFETE Scholar 22-23

Jackson Kuja '25

Jackson is a senior at Babson College concentrating in Finance. As a Butler Scholar, he aspires to promote entrepreneurship as the enabler of social mobility, making the world of business more opportune for all. Beyond Babson, Jackson is passionate about the intersection of entrepreneurship and investing.

Levi Lowney

Levi Lowney '24

Levi Lowney '24 Levi is a senior at Babson, concentrating in Entrepreneurship and the International Business Environment. He is passionate about harnessing the catalytic potential of entrepreneurial leadership to impact individuals, families, communities, and even nations around the world. Levi is a youth entrepreneurship mentor, a case-study co-author, and is particularly interested in development economics and policy entrepreneurship.


Celina Li '26

Celina is a second-year student at Babson College with an interest in marketing and consulting. Beyond academics, she enjoys creating digital content, swimming, and watching YouTube vlogs.


Tahnoon Murtza

Tahnoon Murtza '26

Tahnoon is from the Class of 2026, with a Concentration in Finance & Legal Studies. He is a serial entrepreneur who runs multiple businesses, including being a professional charted musician, running a music label and entertainment capital fund, as well as a medical technology startup that helps mitigate patient noncompliance and loneliness within residential facilities. He is passionate about creating positive change and helping others through my businesses and sees the world of business as a conduit for social improvement and impact. He intends to go to law school after graduation to further both his education as well as his businesses and gain a deep understanding of the legal system within the United States and its role within business.