The Board of Directors is charged with overseeing all financial decisions of the Spartan Global Development Fund’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Additionally, the Board of Directors works closely with Student Team members to manage the day-to-day operations of the Spartan Global Registered Student Organization at Michigan State. Board members guide the Student Team on matters such as leadership, choosing field partners, approving applications for microloans, drafting and administration of contracts with field partners and borrowers, and related tasks.


The Board of Directors is comprised of past Student Team Presidents plus the organization’s faculty advisor. In all, the Board provides institutional history, experience, and expertise to help student members continue to grow and learn personally and as an organization.  

2018 Spartan Global Board of Directors


    Nikolai Wasielewski

    • Chairman, Board of Directors
    • Former President of the SGDF Student Team
    • Graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with BA in Political Science-Pre Law
    • Nikolai has led projects spanning the industries of App Development, Design, Marketing, and International Trade.

    Professor Paulette L. Stenzel

    • Advisor to the SGDF Registered Student organization since its founding in 2009
    • Professor of International Business Law and Sustainability | Eli Broad College of Business
    • Member, Board of Directors  
    • Learn more about Professor Stenzel's research by visiting her website here.  
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    Daniel Zaharia

    • Member, Board of Directors 
    • Former President of the SGDF Student Team
    • Graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a BA in Economics
    • Dan has led digital product development teams for consulting, app marketing, and financial services companies.

    Michael Thelen

    • Member, Board of Directors
    • Founder of the Spartan Global Development Fund in 2009
    • Graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a BA in Finance
    • Michael has led business development and digital marketing teams in both Latin America and the US. He is currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah where he's a software engineer at

    Scott Lyman

    • Member, Board of Directors
    • Graduated from Michigan State a BA in Finance and a BA in Social Relations & Policy in 2018
    • President of the SGDF Student Team from 2016 to 2018.
    • Under Scott's leadership, Spartan Global was awarded the 2017 Richard Lewis Quality of Excellence Award from the Eli Broad College of Business.