Class of 2015

Yingying Wisdom Mak
Nini Wu
Nuohan (Naurin) Zhang

Yingying Wisdom Mak

Wisdom Yingying Mak

Saint Paul’s Secondary School, Hong Kong
Full Scholarship Recipient

I am from Hong Kong. A proud member of the Class of 2015, I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration, double-majoring in finance and film, television & theatre.

In the summer of 2016, I moved back to my hometown and began to pursue a career in something I was very passionate about, which was made possible through the comprehensive multi-disciplinary experiences I obtained during my four years at Notre Dame.

As a senior associate consultant at Prophet, a global brand and marketing consultancy firm, I work with a world-class team every day to bring innovative and insightful brand solutions to clients around the world. Prior to that, I interned and worked at global companies including Ernst & Young, Disney, and Citibank. My time at the Mendoza College of Business played a pivotal role in shaping me into the conscientious business professional I strive to be today. My experience at Mendoza has provided me with invaluable guidance throughout the years and continuously reminds me to ask more of business.

During my free time, I continue to assist local communities through various non-profit organizations, building upon my volunteer experiences at Notre Dame by serving children and their families. I am currently working with the Council of Early Childhood Education and Services to bring extracurricular programs to underprivileged young students in Hong Kong.

Nini Wu

Nini Wu

Jinling High School, Nanjing

I graduated from Notre Dame summa cum laude in 2015 with a degree in Accounting and Mathematics. I live in Chicago now and am working as a management consultant for the Strategy and Operations group under Deloitte Consulting LLP. I chose a consulting career because of the opportunities to help Fortune 500 companies solve complex business problems as well as being able to travel and work in different places. I've had projects in Mexico City, Atlanta, New York City, and I'm currently on a 9-month assignment in Los Angeles.

Notre Dame provided me with many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. My favorite class was Acting, which challenged me to do something different and exercise humility. With the help of Notre Dame's Career Center, I attended Deloitte University in Dallas for the NextGen National Leadership Conference in the summer after my freshman year. The following summer, I completed a rotational internship with Deloitte in Tax, Business Valuation and Real Estate Consulting. I also attended leadership conferences organized by Blackstone, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank during my sophomore year. I accepted a full time position with Deloitte Consulting after a summer internship in Consulting. I became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) after passing all four parts of the CPA exam.

I had a great time at Notre Dame. It was the people that made the place so special for me. When I first came to Notre Dame, my friends had to drag me to football games and hockey games and had to explain the very basics to me. Now, I’m the most passionate Irish fan and attended 9 out of 12 games during the first year after my graduation. I've hiked, skied, and surfed all across the country and backpacked through Europe with some of the amazing people I met at Notre Dame. I received excellent guidance and counseling from my professional mentors and my supervisors who helped me stay on track while pursuing my academic and professional goals.

In the next few years, I plan to continue my career in Consulting, spend time with my family and friends, meet new people, attend more Notre Dame football games, and continue to travel and see the world.

Nuohan (Naurin) Zhang

Zhang Nuohan

High School Affiliated to Renmin University, Beijing
Full Scholarship Recipient

My name is Nuohan (Naurin) Zhang and I am from Beijing. I am currently a project coordinator at the United Nations Environment Program, based in New York. In this role, I implement and manage projects on green and sustainable finance. For example, I serve on the secretariat of the G20 Green Finance Study Group (2016-2017) / Sustainable Finance Study Group (2018), whose achievements were acknowledged by the G20 leaders in 2016 and 2017, under G20 China and Germany presidencies. Further, I managed the GreenInvest platform, which promotes policy dialogue, leadership and public-private initiatives with and for developing countries. I have also produced and published multiple research papers on related subject matters.

Since 2018, I have been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua National Institute of Financial Development - Center for Finance and Development, working on topics such as sustainable finance, risk analysis, and Belt and Road Initiative.

Thanks to the amazing opportunities Notre Dame provided, I worked as a journalist assistant for the New York Times Paris Bureau. I also worked on a National Science Foundation-funded research project on trader networks in conflict zones and conducted field research in India, which focused on gender equality and economic prosperity.

At Notre Dame, I received several competitive and merit-based grants and awards, including funding from the Summer Language Abroad (SLA) for French language study, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and the Bernoulli Award for outstanding research papers.