Manuel Costa
“I am dedicated to sharing the social role organizations have in society. I believe most of my classmates understand our individual responsibilities, but I think we are still unsure where private enterprise fits in. I would like to think that I have pushed my classmates to understand that organizations can be a huge force for change.”

Daytime MBA

Class of 2018
Impact Investing, B-Corps

Prior Education:

Loughborough University (UK)
Management Science, 2006
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Why I Chose Fuqua

It sounds cliché, but I chose Fuqua for its people. From the day I started the discovery process to the day I decided to move to Durham with my wife, I only encountered people willing to help, share, and be accommodating on every level—faculty, alumni, staff, and students.

5 Great Places To Grab A Beer In Durham

  1. Fullsteam: Arguably the coolest place you’ll see, with the coolest people and the coolest beer. No matter who you are, you’ll fit in.
  2. Motorco: Right across from Fullsteam. The cool factor is still there, and so is the beer.
  3. Ponysaurus: If the sun is out, I would argue there is no better place to be in Durham than in their beer garden.
  4. Burger Bach: What’s better than a good beer? A good beer on tap and a good burger in hand. (This could easily apply to Bull City Burger and Brewery, too!)
  5. Dain’s: Just across from Burger Bach, with great tater tots.

My Life Before Fuqua

I have worked both as an auditor and as a consultant for large industrial companies. Most recently, I was involved with a nonprofit seeking to eradicate poverty in Latin America through community development. I started there as a volunteer, then took on a supply chain role in Argentina, and eventually became a regional director overseeing the entire operation in four countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

My Life After Fuqua

I hope to join my wife in Miami and work in the impact investing sector or for a social enterprise. I want to join an organization that presents a professional challenge and provides a platform to have a positive impact in the world.

My Fuqua Activities

Association of Women in Business (Male Ally)

Latin American Student Association

Fuqua United

Net Impact

CASE Fellow

CASE Initiative on Impact Investing

Ny Summer Internship Experience

I was a senior program manager for Amazon, based at their headquarters in Seattle.

What I Love About the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship

I believe there’s a gravitational force that pulls me toward everything that Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) does—from its impact investing practicum to its brown bag lunches to its speaker series. In fact, I like the center so much I tend to visit for random chats with the staff about classes I’m taking, job opportunities I’m considering, or ideas I’m reading about. CASE has been my go-to place to discuss my interests and future plans. I don’t know what I would’ve done without it!

Student Network

Shannon Griesser Daytime MBA

Shannon Griesser

Class of 2019
Thomas Payne Daytime MBA

Thomas Payne

Class of 2018
Eloy Jerviz Daytime MBA

Eloy Jerviz

Class of 2019
Anupam Gupta Daytime MBA

Anupam Gupta

Class of 2018