Student Spotlight: Sandra Octaviani


Meet one of our many shining Impact Fellows, Sandra Octaviani.

Sandra has been at the Center since the fall of 2016. She is a global citizen, having lived in Canada, Singapore, Germany, and Indonesia before moving to Salt Lake City to pursue graduate studies.

Affiliation: MBA student, David Eccles School of Business, The University of Utah
Concentration: No official concentration, but I take mostly finance electives.
Anticipated graduation: May 2018
Undergraduate degree: B.A. in Economics from Western University (Canada)

Why and how did you become involved with Sorenson Impact? 
I wanted to do work that is meaningful and that is a personal expression of my values, passion, and commitment to the betterment of business.

What is the most interesting project you've worked on at the Center?
I did due diligence on this really interesting biotech company that is tackling a cure for HIV.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I have no idea! But probably something related to finance and entrepreneurship.

What are you passionate about?
Sustainable food and agriculture, clean energy, eradication of poverty, and space exploration—like using satellites to improve global internet service, colonizing Mars, and discovering new planets—it's kind of crazy, but I find it so interesting!

Do you have a favorite quote/personal philosophy?
"Grit your teeth and smile."
—Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Who is your idol and why?
My future self.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a messy eater!

Tell us your hobbies.
Rock climbing, hiking, surfing, and reading.