Women's Network

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group



President: Nima Parikh, '98
Outreach Chair:
Demetra Simos Paguio, ’02
Events Chair:
Gulnar Hasnain, ‘11
Communications Chair:
Jennifer Jaucian, ‘08
Communications Chair:
Martina Dimova-Martinez, ‘08
Operations Chair: 
Simrun Kochhar, ’14
City Ambassador Program Chair:
Vicky Lio, '12
Data & Insights Chair:
President Emeritus:
Zina Markevicius, ’02


About the Board

Nima Parikh, ‘98  | President  | Joined 2019 | LinkedIn

Nima is the President and Founder of Mezzanine Consulting  LLC.  With 25+ years of combined brand and business management with strategy and consulting experience, Nima brought her passions together to form a boutique consulting firm that specializes in helping clients clarify and articulate their identity based upon the true, unique value they currently or aspire to deliver to their constituents through their brand, organization, products or services.  Mezzanine also helps design customer journeys and experiences to reflect that value, align internal operations, strategy and tactics towards execution, and explore new markets all based upon this unique Value Identity©.  Her particular niche is making what can oftentimes feel esoteric in nature tangible and actionable to her clients. 


Having lived in numerous cities across the country, Nima finally landed in Denver, CO in 2006 to start her business.  She, her husband and two children enjoy the over 300 days of sunshine and abundance of local outdoor activities, along with international and domestic travel as often as possible.  Nima is thrilled to have taken a leadership role with CBWN to empower Booth women around the world.

Demetra Simos Paguio, ‘02  | Outreach Chair | Joined 2005 | LinkedIn

Demetra graduated from the Full-Time MBA program in 2002 with concentrations in marketing and strategic management and holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in industrial management and graphic communications. On top of leading marketing and sales operations organizations, she is passionate about retail, having worked with Ralph Lauren Intimate Apparel and United Colors of Benetton, among others. One of the founding alumnae volunteers of the Women's Network, she joined the global board over ten years ago with a focus on connecting alumnae in person around the world. Demetra has championed popular events, including launching the annual global Booth Women's Holiday Tea series, as well as regional gatherings and dynamic speaker events, such as fashion entrepreneur Nina McLemore. She currently resides with her husband (a fellow Booth alum) and two children in Boston. Demetra is the treasurer of a non-profit board supporting local female athletes, a member of the Junior League of Boston, and has served on the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Boston steering committee.

Gulnar Hasnain, ‘11 | Events Chair  | Joined 2017 | LinkedIn

Gulnar Hasnain graduated from the Executive MBA Program in 2011. Gulnar is based in Europe and currently doing a PhD looking at how cities tackle violent crime, and the role of Mayors, populism and charisma on policy making. Gulnar spent several years working with City Mayors, Local Authorities and Central Government  and served as Head of Environment and Sustainability Strategy for the Mayor of London’s economic development department. She has worked on some of London’s largest regeneration projects including London’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Gulnar started her career in the private sector and has over 15 years experience in both B2B and B2C marketing and strategy roles. 


In her spare time, Gulnar stood as a parliamentary candidate in the 2015 and 2017 UK General Elections, and as an MEP candidate for London in 2019. Her hobbies include playing the piano, art history, tennis and yoga.


Gulnar also holds an MSc in Development Studies from Birkbeck University, London and an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London. 

Jennifer Jaucian, ‘08 | Communications Chair | Joined 2013 | LinkedIn

Jennifer graduated from the full-time MBA program in 2008. She currently is a Career Coach  for full-time MBA students at Northwestern Kellogg. Prior to Kellogg, she worked in Executive Search focused on pre-MBA and post-MBA roles in investment banking, private equity, hedge fund and corporate firms. Prior to Executive Search, she worked on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs, Stifel and Credit Suisse after pivoting from a career as a Microbiologist at Medtronic. She is truly passionate about providing recruiting strategies and insights that can help people achieve their dream careers. She enjoys understanding how companies scale and how they can effectively allocate human capital to achieve their strategic priorities.


Jennifer lives in Evanston, IL with her husband, a fellow Chicago, '07 alum. In her free time, she enjoys visiting new landmarks with her 3 year old toddler, hosting gatherings, traveling, reading value investing books and running by the lakefront.

Martina V. Dimova-Martinez, ‘08 | Communications Chair | Joined 2013 | LinkedIn

Martina graduated from the full-time program in 2008 with concentrations in Finance, Strategy and Marketing. Martina became involved in the Chicago Booth Womens’ Network Board to engage the global network of women through a variety of communication channels and content. After school, Martina stayed in Chicagoland with her husband and two kids and currently works at Follett Higher Education Corporation. She also teaches Business Classes at her undergraduate alma mater Elmhurst University. She loves connecting with alumnae across the world! 

Simrun Kochhar, ‘14 | Operations Chair | Joined 2017 | LinkedIn

Simrun graduated from the full-time program in 2014 with concentrations in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Managerial and Organizational Behavior. She joined the CBWN Board in 2017 managing our newsletters and now keeps us organized and efficient. She is grateful for this opportunity to stay connected with Booth and with alumnae all over the world. Professionally, Simrun is a “Jill of Trades” having worked in finance (FP&A, investment banking), management consulting, and product development across the healthcare, technology and energy industries. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her doing something fitness related (marathoner, advanced yoga teacher), or training/ playing with her pitbull, Benny. 

Vicky Lio, '12 | City Ambassador Chair | Joined 2020 | LinkedIn

Vicky Lio '12 was based in the US and Europe before relocating to Singapore. Today she advises Asia-headquartered organizations considering or undergoing transformation, helping them drive business value leveraging Workday's technology platform. Prior to Workday, Vicky acquired broad functional experiences through roles ranging from financial controller in a global multinational corporation, to business development and product strategy in start-ups.  Vicky speaks German and Mandarin and is always up for exploring. She is also a passionate advocate for volunteering and wellbeing. 

Zina Markevicius, ‘02 | President Emeritus | LinkedIn

Zina earned a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and finance from Chicago Booth. She served as vice president of Roque & Mark, a family-owned boutique real estate firm specializing in multi-family properties, in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years. She is a management consultant for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the fields of strategy, operations, marketing, communications, and finance. Passionately devoted to her alma mater and encouraging smart women to pursue the Booth MBA, Zina is cofounder of the Women's Network. She has further put her degree to work in volunteer positions with the ALPHA Pregnancy & Parenting Support, Everychild Foundation, and the Consul of the Republic of Lithuania, among others.

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