Kris Nagdev

Donald Lipshutz Scholarship Recipient

Biography: Kris Nagdev is a senior Business Economics major from Delhi, India. As an aspiring entrepreneur, he is pursuing the entrepreneurship minor. Raised by two entrepreneurs, Kris has always been immersed in the world of business. Creating value by alleviating pain points and generating gains motivates Kris to solve problems by engineering solutions. Kris has completed internships in various fields, including marketing, business development, strategy, and finance. Furthermore, Kris serves as the teaching assistant for Managerial Accounting (MGMT 122) taught by Professor Neha Kuma. Kris is a part of the Chancellor’s LINK (Leadership, Innovation, Networking, and Knowledge) Program that prepares students to become future leaders as well as the Social Enterprise Academy. He serves as the President of the Founder’s Club and APEX@UCLA on-campus. Beyond academics, Kris competes internationally as a professional racing driver for Volkswagen Motorsport. He believes that racing is a microcosm of life; just like he strives to extract the maximum performance from the racecar by pushing to the limit, he aims for perfection to yield the best possible results each day.

Future Plans: Kris plans to graduate in Fall 2022, completing his degree in an accelerated two-year period. Post-graduation, Kris aims to apply everything he has learned at UCLA into multiple areas ranging from automobiles to fintech to gain a wide range of experience. For Summer 2022, Kris will choose between numerous internship offers received from Fortune 500 companies and high-growth Series A start-ups.

What does this scholarship mean to me? I am honored to receive the Donald Lipshutz Scholarship. I want to extend a sincere thank you to the scholarship donors and the economics department. This scholarship will help me continue my academic pursuits as an international student while reducing my financial burden. More importantly, I am humbled to know that my efforts and successes at UCLA are recognized. This scholarship motivates me to work harder to make those who believe in me proud.