Gabriela Gesteira Benjamin was born in Salvador, Bahia but completed her schooling in Miami after her family moved there in 1994. With an early passion
for numbers, she graduated cum laude in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Economics from Columbia University. After interning in a major Brazilian construction company in Miami, she decided she needed a faster paced environment. In the summer
of 2005 she took an internship at a prestige investment bank, joining as a full time employee
the following year, and has been there ever since.
In 2009, she was offered the opportunity to move back to Brazil to help establish a new division for the investment bank and was happy to make her way home.
While in Sao Paulo, Gabriela found that her education, in many ways, set her apart from her peers. She was often asked by colleagues to
speak to their children about studying in the US.
After speaking to a couple of these students she realized that there was a greater opportunity to help them pursue these colleges.
The Founder´s College Stories
Philip Rothaus, a native New Yorker, discovered his passion for Brazil studying Spanish and Portuguese Literature & Culture at Princeton University, from which he graduated magna cum laude.
A skilled writer, he re-translated Machado de Assis’
O Alienista as the centerpiece to his award-winning thesis, and continues to read and translate Brazilian authors.
After working at a startup developing a financial services platform for young people, Philip worked in strategy development at a boutique consulting firm in New York. Determined to explore opportunities in Brazil, Philip began networking. A series of conversations with the Princeton Alumni Association
in Brazil, admissions professionals and educational consultants led Philip to a realization: the growing number of Brazilian applicants to American colleges and universities are in need of guidance and support.
He is an accredited member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and lives in
Miami, Florida, traveling to Brazil as often as he can.