Dean Zimberg, Founder & President

Dean is a senior at Lehigh University who currently stands as a B.S. candidate in Financial Engineering within the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) Honors Program. Through an entrepreneurial bent, Dean founded Lehigh FinTech Group in order to give Lehigh University students a leading edge to the rapid growth and prevalence of FinTech within the financial services industry. At Lehigh University, Dean also served as the Vice President for the Lehigh Consulting Group and LU Chess Club, and is a volunteered staff member to the Center for Gender Equity. 


Cyrus Johannes, Vice President

Cyrus is a senior at Lehigh University studying Industrial and Systems Engineering and Finance in the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) Honors Program. He is currently a peer writing mentor in the TRAC program and assists students in writing their papers and professors in crafting their assignments. He is also involved in the debate club and enjoys the activity in both competitive and recreational settings. He is excited to learn more about utilizing disruptive financial technologies in burgeoning economies.


Lindsay Slavit, Director of Operations

Lindsay is a senior at Lehigh University in the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) Honors Program pursuing degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Finance and a minor in Computer Science. She is a Teacher's Assistant and Tutor for basic chemistry and coding classes. Lindsay is in a variety of clubs and organizations including the Dean of the College of Business and Economics' Sophomore Council, Lehigh's Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Mock Trial team, and she is the Treasurer of Lehigh's Club Volleyball Team. Lindsay is a passionate student who wants to learn more about Financial Technologies.

Director of Finance

Akhil Patil, Director of Finance

Akhil is a senior at Lehigh University studying Accounting and Business Information Systems. He is currently the Apprentice Teacher for a Data Management course, the Director of Operations of Lehigh Consulting Group, and a H.A.W.K.S Peer Mentor for First-Year students in the College of Business & Economics. Akhil has interned for Ernst & Young and will be starting with them as a full-time Risk Advisory consultant in 2019. He is interested in learning more about blockchain technologies and how companies can best implement them. In his free time, Akhil enjoys working on cars, mountain biking, and barbell training.


Deep Sheth, Director of Technology

Deep is a senior at Lehigh University studying Computer Science and Business from Sayreville, NJ. This past summer, Deep interned at Deloitte's Cyber Risk division in New York. The previous summer he worked at an energy-management consulting firm as a Software Developer and attended Deloitte's National Leadership Conference. On campus, Deep loves participating in coding competitions and hackathons. He is currently the Treasurer and Photographer of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. In the past, he has been a Teaching Assistant for CSE 2 and has worked at the IMRC to modernize websites for the College of Arts and Sciences. With background and experience in technology and entrepreneurship, he's interested in software development and exploring disruptive technologies.


Ankit Shingala, Director of Marketing

Ankit is a junior at Lehigh University studying Bioengineering and Finance. He is currently a Gryphon (Resident Assistant) in the Dravo House on Lehigh’s campus. Ankit is also the Alumni Engagement Chair of the Lehigh University Association of Student Alumni. He is involved in a multitude of other clubs as well including Lehigh Consulting Group and Indian Student Association. In his free time, Ankit likes to keep up with the current global markets, current events and politics. He also is an avid foodie and is always looking for new places to go and eat with his friends and colleagues.

EDUCATION  University of Rochester, B.S. Harvard University, M.P.P., Ph.D.   RESEARCH INTERESTS  Technology and industrial policies Economics and management of innovation Microfinance innovation

University of Rochester, B.S.
Harvard University, M.P.P., Ph.D.

Technology and industrial policies
Economics and management of innovation
Microfinance innovation

Dr. Todd Watkins, Partner / Faculty Advisor 

Todd A. Watkins is the Executive Director of Lehigh University’s Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, an entity in close partnership with Lehigh FinTech Group, and director of Lehigh's Microfinance Program

Professor Watkins was the founding executive director of the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation. He also co-founded Lehigh’s Community Research and Policy Service (Lehigh CORPS) and was one of the founders of Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development Program, national winner of the ASME Curriculum Innovation Award. Watkins is a four-time winner of the Outstanding Instructor award from the National Technology University for his teaching via distance learning, and he also received Lehigh’s MBA teaching award. He’s been a research consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce's NIST Advanced Technology Program, the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and a member of The National Academies’ Committee on Innovation Models for Aerospace Technologies, advising NASA on improving their innovation processes. He is a founding member of the Faculty Advisory Council for ACCION International’s Center for Financial Inclusion, which seeks to promote innovation and growth of commercial microfinance worldwide.