Vancouver Alumni Spotlight

 

Vancouver Alumni spotlight on Victor BadejoVictor Badejo (M.S. ’17)

Victor is a Senior Associate with the Risk Assurance practice at PwC Vancouver. He received his master’s degree in cybersecurity from NYIT Vancouver in 2017 and has remained a close friend to the campus. Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Covenant University in Nigeria. While studying for his master's, Victor held various on campus roles including working as a student assistant and a member of the Graduate Student Association.

Victor continues to contribute to the Vancouver campus by serving on the advisory board of NYIT Vancouver's Master of Science in Cybersecurity program with the mandate to help create an industry-focused education program. He is also an associate of (ISC)2, an international, nonprofit membership association for information security leaders, and he is also the current membership director for the Vancouver chapter of ISACA (formerly known as Information Systems Audit and Control Association), which is an independent, nonprofit, global association that engages in the development, adoption, and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems.


 

Konstantin Fedorov (M.S. ’19)

Konstantin Fedorov was awarded a Master’s degree in Network Security in 2019. This is his second Master's as he holds one in Engineering/Economics from the Moscow Aviation Institute in Russia.

While his career after NYIT is just starting, Konstantin already has plenty of experience in network security and information technology. He began his first job as a network administrator in 1998, while still studying for his first degree in Russia. Since then he's worked with almost every operating system that exists and is certified by many software and hardware manufacturers including Microsoft, IBM, and Silicon Graphics.

For the past five years, he also added finance to his interests. He is an active stock market participant, constantly doing various research and analytics, and is looking to become a C.F.A. in the near future. He also has a solid experience in blockchain fundraising, working as one of the senior managers at ICOBox, a SaaS ICO solution provider.

Added to that, Konstantin started riding motorcycles and has made them into his second profession. He is now a certified racing engineer with about 15 years of experience, and runs his own company specializing in motorcycle imports, suspension tuning, and custom project building workshops. He travels extensively and has rode on two wheels to every corner of the world.

Konstantin is also an eight-year veteran camp leader at Burning Man, an annual art gathering in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. His camp, Insomnia, actively participates in building various art projects such as a real-world cinema theater in the middle of the desert with popcorn and sugar candy included!


 

Hafiz Mahgoub (M.B.A. ’19)

Hafiz's passion for construction and engineering can be tracked to his pre-professional days. Whether working in Sudan or Canada, the construction language remains the same, and that's what Hafiz loves about civil engineering. "I always believed that education is the most important thing that helps you to improve yourself and your skills, and that’s why I decided to pursue my M.B.A." Yet, it wasn't until after Hafiz graduated in 2018 that is realized how impactful pursuing an M.B.A. at NYIT Vancouver was. "It helped me to be able to understand and involve myself more in the corporate environment. I can’t deny that I had learned a lot when I was a student at NYIT whether from my courses, instructors, or my role as a student assistant, every part of this journey helped me to gain the experience and the strength that is helping me every day to improve my career." A year later, Hafiz was accepted as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, which is the first step to become a Professional Engineer in Canada.


 

Vlad Proskurin (expected M.S. Summer 2019)

Vladimir has more than 12 years of experience in information and communication technology. As a Solutions Architect, he designed and implemented country-wide systems that connect nations and provide communication services to tens of millions of people. It’s not only about reusing existing tech but creating something new - Vladimir was a product manager for a completely new market-specific product for voice over LTE and voice over WiFi services.

Upon starting his program at NYIT, Vladimir was offered a market analyst position with the LA-based fintech company Element Group and dug deep into financial data and blockchain offerings. This year he is conducting business analysis and data gathering automation at one of Vancouver's startup companies in the shared mobility field, you may use some results of his efforts quite soon. He is also running his own development agency. So, if you need to develop a reliable and fast high-load system or rethink your business with the help of machine learning technology, give him a go.

Since graduating, Vladimir is already giving back to NYIT. He is currently a teaching assistant for Algorithms, Computer Networks, and Data Center Security courses. Vladimir is brining awareness of our school and its students throughout the city by co-hosting a technology and startup meetup that unites developers and startup owners of Vancouver. Join them every Friday at the Downtown Campus at 7 p.m.

Vladimir uses his free time to hone his skills by learning new tech and management techniques. An avid motorcycle enthusiast and racer, Vladimir competes not in one but two national championships: short circuit and cross-country. 


 

Sharon Raj (M.B.A. ’16)

After her bachelor's degree, Sharon Raj was looking for an opportunity to go into management and move to Canada. NYIT was an opportunity for her to achieve this with minimal work experience. She moved to Canada and enrolled at NYIT Vancouver in the Fall of 2013. During her time at NYIT, Sharon worked as a student assistant, which provided her with very good exposure into how an administrative office works. Once she graduated, she knew she wanted to settle down in Canada. This led her to find employment in Terrace. Sharon worked two years in North British Columbia as an Assistant Manager/Food Service Supervisor for Dominos, which gave her insight into Canadian culture, the food industry, and an understanding of the Canadian work environment. After moving back to Vancouver, she returned to her alma mater as a business administration manager. Sharon has been back with NYIT for a year now and this journey has been a good one! 


 

Varsha Singh (M.B.A. ’18)

Varsha Singh joined the NYIT Vancouver campus in May 2017 as an M.B.A. student to enhance her skill set in the areas of management and financials, focusing on analysis and research techniques. Before coming to Canada to study, she worked for KPMG Global Services - India, one of the “Big Four” global management consulting firms as a senior analyst in the areas of market research analysis.

At KPMG, Varsha was focused on providing market research services to clients in the United Kingdom. She possess the skills of interpersonal communication, networking, and financial statement analysis. “My knowledge on various financial products as studied during my M.B.A. program will help me in servicing to the valued customers at the bank.” Additionally, she has specific skills in research databases, such as Capital IQ, Bloomberg, Factiva, and Qualtrics.

When Varsha moved from her home country, India, to Vancouver, she did not know anyone in the city. Yet, once she started her studies at NYIT, Varsha started making connections through networking events, classes, and in and around the city. When she graduated, she had many more friends with whom she could enjoy her time here.

Soon in the second semester of her M.B.A., Varsha became a student assistant for the Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations. Her outspoken attitude, great interest in research, and highly career-oriented personality motivated her to assist the Career Services team at the NYIT Vancouver campus. This position also helped her with analysis of the Canadian market research industry; meeting professionals from the industry, networking, and organizing the events from scratch to execution. Towards the end of her coursework, in the fifth semester of the study, she found a part-time employment opportunity for one of leading market research companies in Canada, which she continues to work for post-graduation. 

When Varsha isn’t working, she enjoys travelling, hiking, enjoying the sun at the beach, and doing adventurous activities. Varsha plans to stay in the beautiful city of Vancouver for next couple of years.


 

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