GICR was very fortunate to have worked with some of Georgetown's greatest students in past semesters.

Albert is a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business. He grew up in Fremont, a small city not too far from San Francisco and the “Silicon Valley.” In the summer of 2014, Albert was a sales and marketing intern at Fluc, a restaurant delivery start-up, and was involved in 5 city launches and the expansion of its office catering solutions. As a research assistant at the Georgetown Institute of Consumer Research, he is especially interested in learning how the wealth of information on consumer behavior can inform the marketing strategies of start-up and small-medium businesses.

At Georgetown, Albert is also involved in Innovo Solutions, a consulting group advising student entrepreneurs and non-profits, as well as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a campus group that promotes financial literacy in local DC schools and helps file tax returns for low-income DC families.

Charles Gray was born in Washington, DC. He graduated from Hamilton College, and received his MBA from Georgetown University in 2015. He works for the Crystal City Business Improvement District as the Vice President of Administration and Finance.

Cherie Chung is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics. At Georgetown, Cherie is an intern with the Leadership Team of StartupHoyas, where she works on content management and marketing. She also serves as a teaching assistant in the economics department, in the GUSA Cabinet, on the Student Board of the Beeck Center,  and as president of VITA, an organization of volunteer income tax preparers. She has a strong research interest in behavioral economics, with a particular focus on financial issues such as savings and investment behavior. In her free time, she loves dancing, cooking, and taking on creative projects. In the future, she hopes to find a way to combine her love of travel, international development, entrepreneurship, research, and behavioral economics into a successful career.

Chris is a junior in the McDonough School of Business, double majoring in marketing and operations and information management.  On the Hilltop, Chris is a brother of the community service-based fraternity Alpha Phi Omega where he engages in community service outreach projects in the DC area.  He has also begun his third year working for Georgetown University’s Campus Ministry where he works primarily in the Catholic Chaplaincy.  Besides these, Chris’ major interests include staying fit and going out on food quests.  He seeks to live a healthy lifestyle through balanced meals, regular exercise, and discipline.  A self-declared foodie, if Chris is nowhere to be found in Georgetown, he is probably out in one of his many food and restaurant adventures.  He is excited to be part of the GICR team and is looking forward to learning more through marketing research.

Sergio is a sophomore at Georgetown majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Science. He’s particularly interested in understanding the processes in the brain underlying the decision-making across domains. Sergio works closely Chris Hydock as a Research Assistant in the Behavioral Lab where they’re currently analyzing how companies interact with potential consumers via social media platforms like Twitter. Sergio also works as a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department’s Culture and Emotions Lab assisting in a study about how beliefs about emotions impact the way people in different cultures talk about personal experiences.

Stress and Price Perceptions

Martin Nograles is a first year MBA at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business. He studied Economics in a Jesuit university in the Philippines. His background is in Finance particularly asset management where he worked both as a fund manager and as a financial advisor. He is interested in researching how emotions and human psychology cloud judgment and behavior, a phenomena seen in any market whether retail or financial.


Christina Bianchi is a third year Evening Program MBA student and a Program Analyst at the Transportation Security Administration. In her job, she analyzes airport-level data to help airports meet their operational goals. She hopes to work in a data analysis or market research role in the entertainment industry after graduation.


Julie Thompson is a third-year MBA candidate in Georgetown’s Evening Program. By day, she is a Strategic Market Analyst at PulteGroup, where she collects and analyzes data to inform the company’s land acquisition, product development and pricing strategies.  After starting with the company in 2005, Julie held a variety of sales and marketing roles before discovering her passion for data analysis and market research. Julie earned dual undergraduate degrees in finance and German and an international business minor from Miami University.

Consumer Engagement

Brian is a junior in the McDonough School of Business, where he is a double major in Marketing and Operations & Information Management. In his most recent internship he worked for Visa, Inc. on a team responsible for growing the use of consumer debit cards in the United States. Brian is also interested in government and political affairs. He interned for the U.S. House of Representatives where he focused on human rights issues and consistent correspondence.

Technology Adoption

Soraya Eid is a sophomore in the McDonough School of Business majoring in operations and information management and finance and minoring in economics. She has lived in London, Dubai, Beirut, and California and speaks French and conversational Arabic. She interned at Banque Libanaise pour le Commerce in Beirut, Lebanon this past summer and is on the OWN IT Summit planning team.