Tharin (Oat) Laorivirodge, Co-President

Tharin came to BU from Thailand where he had launched successful ventures in business consulting, radio broadcasting, and luxury boutique hotel. As Managing Director of his consulting firm, Tharin helped clients identify market opportunities and devise comprehensive strategies that resulted in successful undertakings—from launching a small restaurant to marketing a multi-million dollar high-rise condominium project. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Tharin was Associate Design Engineer at Tornier, Inc., one of the world’s leaders in orthopedic medical device industry.

In 2008, Tharin served as a lead consultant to the MS. WEEE project, a joint program between the Thai government and Thailand’s chapter of Business and Professional Women’s Associations (BPW) to promote recycling in Thailand. The project received a special award from the International Federation of BPW in 2011.

At BU, Tharin is enrolled in the General MBA program with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Tharin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art (2005).

Jessica Friesen, Co-President

Jessica is a second year MBA student at Boston University’s School of Management enrolled in the Public and Nonprofit Management Program. With a background in community development domestically and abroad, Jessica has served nonprofits in a variety of capacities from developing a community park in Chicago’s dense northside, to creating a multimedia initiative to advocate for the preservation of affordable housing, to writing an Early Childhood Development handbook being used throughout Malawi. Jessica’s background includes providing nonprofit consulting services in marketing, competitive analysis, and risk assessment. Consulting clients, partners, and past employers include World Relief, the Chicago Rehab Network, REACH, and, most recently, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.

Jessica is a founding member and Financial Manager of OneWheaton, a community of LGBTQ alumni and students of Wheaton College (IL) that has been highlighted in the Huffington Post and Chicago Tribune as a key actor in the struggle for LGBTQ recognition and acceptance at religious universities. In her responsibilities with Cohort Q, she is very excited to see Cohort Q grow in the next few years as it supports LGBTQ students at the School of Management and propels the leadership of LGBTQ individuals at Boston University and beyond.

Nate Philip, VP Marketing

Nate is a second-year MSIS & MBA student. He is originally from San Francisco, but spent the last seven years in Washington, DC. Nate earned his B.A in International Affairs from the Elliott School at the George Washington University. He has worked as a graphic designer for DC-based bands; interned at the United States Senate; worked for the Software & Information industry Association’s division for cloud computing, social media and enterprise mobility, and is currently an intern at Apperian. He is an electronics mod enthusiast, and he sings tenor.

Zachariah Cheema, VP Finance

Zach is a second-year MBA student concentrating in marketing and operations management. He was born in Nagoya, Japan, raised in Scarsdale, NY (the home of Judy Garland!), and attended college in the Twin Cities, receiving his BA in Economics from Macalester College. He spent the following five years working in financial services in Boston, and interned this summer at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Zach is hoping to spend the next year helping first-year Cohort Q-ers (as well as all 1st-years) navigate the internship process, the (very feared) Integrated Project, and help develop a strong MBA community where students can be their authentic selves.