About Us

The International Business Honor Society (IBHS) develops leading professionals that add value and esteem to Florida International University through an enduring commitment to academic excellence, integrity, fellowship, and earnestness. We pride ourselves for our individualized educational and social learning experience to provided global awareness and business skills necessary to compete in a dynamic international economy. 

Our Philosophy

IBHS encourages and rewards scholarship and proficiency among students. We pursue fellowship, mentoring, and advocate international education and professional opportunities to develop leaders of tomorrow.  It is our goal for our members to realize their full potential and find their mission and purpose regardless of their major. The members of IBHS pledge to prolong a family with principles and create a welcoming and enthusiastic atmosphere. 




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Our Service Trip to India 

In March 2017, over the course of spring break, we took 9 students to the small village of Bandhwari in India. While there, the team worked together with a group of local women to start up a crafts business. The idea was to leverage the time and talents of the unemployed women to create hand-crafted luxury items, and in the process bring much-needed streams of revenue and non-agricultural jobs into the village.

While we were there, we also volunteered our time at the local school.This experience was an eye-opener, and it made us appreciate the value of our own public school system. But direct donations can only go so far. As of writing, the school is still understaffed, and lacking the resources to provide children with a quality education. Through sustainable philanthropic initiatives, such as our Bandhwari Women's Coop Project, we hope to provide the community with the revenues necessary to raise the quality of life for all.


We returned in March of 2017 with new product ideas and more support for these women. We were able to see their hard work and progress from the year prior, as well as further guide them into the creation of their products. Working together we were able to bring back several products created by these women, products that we continue to sell today. 


This year we were again able to visit the same school and see their progress as well as continue to teach the children. 

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Meet our Eboard MEmbers

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Dr. David Wernick

Dr. Wernick is Senior Lecturer in Management and International Business at Florida International University’s College of Business. Dr. Wernick is the author of numerous academic and policy-oriented studies on global business and politics. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Wernick worked as senior analyst with a Miami-based international security consultancy, and was director of communications for the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in New York. Dr. Wernick has also served as managing editor of the Latin America Advisor, a daily intelligence brief for senior executives of Fortune 500 companies with investments in the Americas. Dr. Wernick received his B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from FIU.


David Nivia, Treasurer

David is a Senior at FIU double majoring in International Business, and Supply Chain Management. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States when he was seven years old. David has been involved in IBHS for 2 years and had the privilege to have recently travelled to India in our service trip. He currently works at Trans-Envios Cargo as the Exports and Imports Logistics Director; He is also heavily involved in professional organizations in FIU and Miami such as Model United Nations, and the Sales Society. His passion for International Trade and Commerce has developed as he has studied and travelled to China, India, Canada, Latin America and Europe in his last few years. Learning Mandarin and interning with the mayor of Doral has made him develop love and appreciation for different cultures, languages, and ideas. He seeks to become the U.S. Representative of Commerce and Trade to improve people’s lives worldwide. David’s hobbies include dancing and listening to EDM or Hispanic music, playing soccer, reading, and networking.


Elina Jafarmadar, Marketing Chair

Elina is a Junior at FIU obtaining her BBA in Marketing. She is the current marketing chair of IBHS. Elina plans the organizations socials, community service events, and updates all social media accounts on a weekly basis. She plans on pursuing her masters degree here at Florida International University to further expand her knowledge of business. Some of her hobbies include cooking, making jewelry, and fishing.

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Vaibhav Sharma (Tullu),


Vaibhav Sharma (Tullu) is an international student from India. Came to buffalo, New York in 2015 to study international business. His dream has always been to attend Florida International University. He broke several records in Buffalo and after making a mark there, to pursue his dream he transferred to FIU in January 2018. He is the current president of the International Business Honors Society. An Aspiring Entrepreneur and philanthropist who wants to travel, have businesses and help people all around the world. Prior joining to FIU, he has been an advocate for internationalism and has been able to spread the message by the United Nations.


Bianca Pressoir, Secretary

Bianca was born and raised in Miami, FL. She is the first of her family born in the U.S instead of Haiti OR puerto Rico. She has always had a strong sense for wanting to help others and thats what attracted her the most to IBHS. She always knew she wanted to study business, and is currently majoring in Human Resource Management. Bianca is also currently involved in FIU’s National Society for Leadership and Success. Bianca has been an active member of the International Business Honor Society for a year but only after one semester she decided to take a leadership role in the honor society. She loves being a part of the Eboard as the organization’s secretary. Bianca will be graduating with her Bachelors degree in December 2018. Her hobbies include traveling, trying unique cuisines, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her loved ones.


Enzo Sgaravatti, Recruitment Director

Enzo Sgaravatti was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is currently a Senior double majoring in Finance and International Business. He has been part of IBHS for over a year serving two semesters in the E-board. Enzo is also part of ALPFA. Enzo currently works as an Analyst for Italian Silver Group creating financial models and reports on silver commodities in the market. Enzo is passionate about baseball, basketball, music composition, and reading self development books.


Claudia Garcia, Vice President

Claudia was born in Güines, Cuba and came to the United States when she was ten years old. Throughout high school, she grew an interest for business and enrolled at Florida International University in Fall 2016 to pursue a degree in Business Administration. Claudia has been an active member of the International Business Honor Society since the fall of 2016. She works for a service & export management company in Doral, Florida as a logistics coordinator.


Jennifer Soler, Fundraising Director

Jennifer was born in Edmonton, Canada and moved to Miami when she was six years old. She is a junior, double majoring in International Relations and Political Science. This year she has taken on the position of Fundraising Coordinator in IBHS. Jennifer is also a Committee Member of the Student Programming Council, a representative for Panthers Around the World, and part of the Global Learning Medallion program. She has been working on her Chinese Language and Culture certificate by practicing Mandarin for over a year. This past summer, she had the opportunity to reinforce her Mandarin at Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in Hangzhou, China. After graduation, Jennifer hopes to pursue her passion for helping others by serving in the Peace corps which will later on lead to a career in Foreign Service under the United States government. Some of her hobbies include photography, videography and traveling.


Pedro Jose Castro, Information Technology

Pedro Jose Castro is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. He loves his country so much that he is the current President & Founder of the Ecuadorian Student Organization at FIU. Pedro has a passion for technology, music and business. He is a double major in Management Information Systems & Business Analytics, and his main goal is to own a successful tech company. Pedro currently works as a Data Management Intern at a service and export company in Miami, Fl. Pedro wants to change the world and he believes that IBHS is the perfect place to begin his journey & complete his goal.


General Meetings for all FIU IBHS members are held every Wednesday 7:30 P.M. at SIPA 125. Attire for the chapter general meetings shall be business casual, unless announced otherwise.

Follow our Instagram pages @ibhs_fiu & ibhs_bandhwari to stay updated with events and opportunities!

Every month during our general meeting we offer workshops, recruiting employers, guest speakers, committee meetings and much more! 

Bandhwari: Women's Project


Our Story

These items have been handcrafted by the women of Bandhwari, a village on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. IBHS members adopted Bandhwari as part of an alternative spring break project in 2016, supplying the artisans with product ideas, fabrics, designs, and business guidance. The partnership continues to flourish with the support of Inspiration India, a local non-profit. Your purchase supports the effort to bring jobs, income, and empowerment to Bandhwari’s women, and furthers our mission, to change lives, one stitch at a time.

It takes a village. 

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Meet our Goodwill Ambassador

Aletxa Marie Mueses Santana was born on November 17, 1995 in the city of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Her primary studies at Santiago Christian School and secondary at Colegio Dominicano shaped her into the women she is today.  From an early age, Aletxa has found her passion for education and the impact it has on our community.  Her skills, agility, and love for physical and outdoor activities has led her to become an athlete passionate for many sports. However, tennis has always been her most competed sport. Among her hobbies are singing and dancing, which have been featured in several works of national theaters. After winning in 2014 the Miss Santiago pageant, ending as first runner up in Miss Dominican Republic, she discovered great love for modeling and photography leading her to participate in Miss World 2017. Aletxa is currently studying corporate social communication at PUCMM Santiago, D.R. and has joined IBHS's Bandhwari Women's Co-op Project as our Goodwill Ambassador. 



Here are some sites that credited the International Business Honor Society for our hard work!


A bracelet helps launch International Business Honor Society project.

Juan Toro, a Master of International Business student, found himself 8,397 miles from home, playing soccer with children in India, when he realized how much helping others fulfilled him. “Seeing how a soccer ball can lighten a child’s day is something unimaginable,” he said. Yet Toro’s India experience went far beyond that game of soccer. Toro was part of the International Business Honor Society (IBHS), an organization for students with a zeal for international business...



A return to Bandhwari boosts FIU honor society’s social entrepreneurship project.

It all began with a pouf, a fabric-covered hassock created last year by a group of village women of Bandhwari, India, in collaboration with nine Florida International University College of Business students as part of their annual social entrepreneurship project. When the 2016 trip was over, the students, all members of the International Business Honors Society, vowed to return and help the women turn their...



Business club highlights its integrity through involvement

They say it takes the act of giving back to truly experience gratitude, and the efforts of the International Business Honor Society at FIU makes it an organization that stands out while doing just that as well as achieving so much more. Aside from helping students to develop leadership skills while equipping them with the necessary knowledge to prosper in the international business realm, IBHS has manifested its integrity into its...


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