Originally from Romania, John (or "Ionut") graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics, Operations Research and Political Science. After working in investment banking for the Global Healthcare Group at Lehman Brothers in New York, John moved to Washington, DC to join the Health and Education Department of the International Finance Corporation (the private arm of the World Bank). After two years in Washington, John spent an additional year in Mexico City, Mexico and six months in Cairo, Egypt. While in Washington, John co-founded a branch of StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization he had volunteered for while in New York. John speaks Romanian, Spanish and French.