Bhargav Addala, Linkedin
Bhargav is a technologist who focuses on innovative product design and has a diverse product development background ranging from medical devices to mobile applications and enterprise software. Before attending MIT-Sloan, Bhargav was a senior applications engineer at Oracle, where he worked on designing Master Data Management (MDM) solutions for global and Fortune 500 high tech, retail and telecommunications customers. At Sloan, he is pursuing the Entrepreneurship & Innovation track and is Co-Chair of the Sloan Tech Conference 2013. Bhargav has a design innovation focused M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from B.I.T.S.,Pilani in India.
Pratik Agarwal, Linkedin
Prior to attending Harvard Business School, Pratik co-founded two startups in online education and advertising technology in New Delhi, India. At his second company Becabo Media, Pratik built a 15-member team of designers, developers, product managers and sales people. He also raised over $1mn from international investors and created a network in the Indian VC community. Also, Pratik helped Becabo acquired large telecom clients such as TATA, as well as win advertising business from India’s largest e-commerce companies. Pratik has agile product management experience and loves to use Asana for small entrepreneurial teams. When not talking about startups, Pratik loves to talk about design, Internet and travel destinations. Pratik received a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
Varun is a first year Master in Public Administration student at Harvard Kennedy School where he is furthering his interest at the intersection of development, markets and finance. Before this, he worked at Lok Capital, a social venture investment firm based in New Delhi specialising in low-income financial services. He made this transition after working as an investment banker in London serving large financial institutions clients. An inveterate student and global nomad, Varun has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management at Bangalore. He calls Singapore home.
Nicholas Christman, Linkedin
Nicholas Christman is an MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, Nick helped found a services organization focused on optimizing the telecom supply chain. He also worked at McKinsey, specializing in the enterprise technology vertical and the go to market function. He has a B. A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
Prior to attending Harvard Business School, Aysun worked at McKinsey & Company in Istanbul primarily focusing on banking and telecommunications industries. Previously, she worked at Pfizer as a project manager in corporate strategy and business development team. Before that, she was a marketing specialist at Intel mainly working on online marketing activities. Aysun has also acted as an adviser to several start ups. She received her B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering from Bogazici University
Greg Fiore is an MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to Sloan, Greg was an engineer in the in the defense industry working on cutting edge research and development projects. With a passion for entrepreneurship and technology, he also has experience in the consumer space having built several websites and mobile apps.
Megan Fischer, Linkedin
Megan Fischer is an MBA student at Harvard Business School. She began her career in wholesale sales at Polo Ralph Lauren in New York but left to start her fashion line, matsu, in Shanghai, China. The line was featured in publications such as Vogue China, Glamour China, Elle US, Lucky, and Womens Wear Daily. Amidst the recession in 2008, she shuttered her line and returned to Canada where she started a communications consulting company, Connect the Dots. She continued her involvement with fashion as a freelance fashion and style writer for the Calgary Herald, and her articles were syndicated nation-wide across the Global news media network. Megan also appeared as a contestant on the premier season of Project Runway Canada, hosted by Iman, which aired across Canada in 2007.
Harish Kamath, Linkedin
Harish Kamath is a first year MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management where he specializes in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Prior to Sloan, he was a programmer and development manager at Bloomberg in New York City. He also volunteered with the American Red Cross in Greater New
York as a PRO team lead and was a Greensward Circle member of the Central Park Conservancy. Harish holds a B.E. in Electronics & Telecommunications from Mumbai University. While in India, he
co-founded a computer assembling company that provided PCs to lower-income families at an affordable price.
Alex Kleiner, Linkedin
Alex is currently a first-year student at Harvard Business School, where he is News Editor of The Harbus newspaper and Director of Operations for the Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference. Prior to HBS, he was an Associate at Vector Capital, a technology-focused private equity firm based in San Francisco. At Vector, he evaluated a wide array of businesses in the enterprise software, security, Internet, and education sectors. Before Vector, Alex worked in New York as an investment banking analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch, where he advised clients in numerous industries, including telecommunications, media, consumer, and retail. Alex graduated cum laude from Yale University with Distinction in the History major.
Divya Kumaraiah, Linkedin
Divya is a joint MPP/MBA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School and is leading the Impact Connector, an effort to build a social venture fund at HBS. Prior to graduate school, Divya worked in the public sector, starting as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in Denver, CO. After the election she worked on the Presidential Transition, the Inaugural National Day of Service, and then spent two and a half years in the White House, first in the Office of Management and Budget and most recently in the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. While in government she worked on a variety of community development issues and social impact policy work. Specifically, she helped build an Impact Investing policy agenda and secured funding for Social Impact Bonds in the federal budget. Divya holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in New York City.
Juan L. Leung Li, Linkedin
Born and raised in Mexico City, Juan believes in the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to change the world. He began his career in the Leveraged Finance group at J.P. Morgan, structuring and executing leveraged loan and high yield bond transactions for Technology, Media and Telecom companies. Passionate about the intersection of education and technology, Juan then joined the Strategy and Business Development team at McGraw-Hill Education where he had the opportunity to evaluate and collaborate with education technology startups for potential strategic partnership / investment opportunities. At HBS, Juan is a Toigo Fellow and is part of the leadership teams of the VCPE and the Entrepreneurship Clubs. Juan graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management.
Santiago Ocejo, Linkedin
Prior to HBS, Santiago worked as the head of Health and Human Development of Pro Mujer Mexico as well as a consultant for Pro Mujer Intl, a development organization providing health and financial services for women in Latin America. He was in charge of developing the new arm of health services in Mexico and oversaw special projects in Nicaragua and Bolivia. Before PM, Santiago had been an entrepreneur developing low-cost services for low-income diabetic patients in Mexico, as well as creating and developing a low-cost medical device for child asthma. Santiago holds an MD from ITESM Monterrey, an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and was a Biodesign Global Health by Design fellow at Stanford.
Kevin Omwega, Linkedin
Kevin is currently pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School. He is interested in technology, finance and design. Prior to joining Harvard, he worked at Barclays where he developed, analyzed and prioritized credit risk and marketing strategies to optimize the bank’s returns. He has also worked as a Consultant with Deloitte conducting pre-merger due diligence for clients in the insurance industry and as a venture capitalist focusing on residential real estate in emerging markets. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University.
Gerald (Gerry) Pambo-Awich, Linkedin
Prior to joining Harvard Business School, Gerry worked as an associate at Goldman Sachs & Co in the Market Risk Management and Analysis group and at Kapor Capital, a seed and early stage Venture Capital firm investing in businesses that generate positive social impact. In both these roles, he served as an advisor to senior management focused on creating risk versus return profiles for proposed investments. At Kapor Capital, he also participated in sourcing investments and advising portfolio companies. Gerry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Bard College. He is also a graduate of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, where he interned with the Banyan Global development consulting firm.
Hyeongsu Park, Linkedin
Hyeongsu Park is a second-year law student at Harvard Law School with an interest in biotechnology, healthcare, and patent law. He majored in Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, where he studied DNA nanospheres for an effective drug delivery system. He is involved in Harvard Journal of Law and Technology as a line editor and member of the Submission Committee. Over the summer, he worked in the Intellectual Property Team of Kim & Chang, a prestigious Korean law firm in Seoul. In 2013, Hyeongsu will work at Kenyon & Kenyon in New York as a summer associate.
Lauren Penneys, Linkedin
Prior to HBS, Lauren spent the past couple years working for Opera Solutions, a big data technology firm. Lauren worked with the CEO and executive team to raise $84M in capital as part of Opera’s first investment round. Following the raise, she worked on various leadership initiatives. Before Opera, Lauren worked in Musanze, Rwanda with Wyman Worldwide Health Partners on healthcare delivery. While there, she partnered with health center staff on leadership, accounting, and data management to help drive operational improvements. Lauren has a BA in Economics with a Minor in Latin American Literature from Dartmouth College.
Lauren Picasso, Linkedin
Prior to Harvard Business School, Lauren worked for two years as a women’s designer Buyer for Bloomingdale’s. Her former boss at Bloomingdale’s later brought her over to Rent the Runway just six months after the company launched. While at Rent the Runway, Lauren helped grow the company’s product offerings as well as develop their operations and technology strategy. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. She launched the first chapter of Boston InSITE and now serves as the chapter President. `
Liz Reifsnyder, Linkedin
Liz began her career at a family office in New York City, where she focused primarily on investments in the public equity and credit markets and in value-oriented hedge funds. Prior to Harvard, she worked on marketing initiatives at Nielsen Catalina Solutions, an online ad targeting and measurement business jointly owned by The Nielsen Company and Catalina Marketing. Liz received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with high honors.
Molly is a first year MBA candidate at HBS and has experience in business strategy and operations in the retail and consumer products and services industries. She started her career as a consultant at Bain and Company’s Chicago office before joining e-commerce startup Warby Parker where she took on various responsibilities in business development, finance and operations.
Cristian received his B.A. from the University of Miami and is currently a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. Prior to starting his legal studies, Cristian helped start various companies in the Dominican Republic. His interests include structured finance, private-public partnerships, social entrepreneurship, marketing, venture capital, private equity, and consumer psychology. Cristian is the Vice-President of Sourcing at InSITE’s Boston chapter.
After graduating from Amherst College in 2007, Max worked as an entrepreneur in both the educational and recreational camping sectors. He founded KAA Prep in 2009, an educational brand offering a variety of courses on-site in New York, on-line, and internationally in South Korea. KAA focuses on SAT, college consulting, and general high school academic preparation, but through the company Max has worked on a myriad of projects, including English as a second language classes for young children, international placement programs for teachers, and diverse elective classes like screenwriting, philosophy, and law. Max also founded two residential summer camps through KAA, one for the SAT and one for Law and Forensic Science. The former integrates SAT into a full camping experience, with sports, campfires, and community-building elements; the latter teaches students through a simulated investigation and a culminating mock trial. Currently, Max is consulting with an LSAT tech company to create an SAT on-line extension of their brand, working with another start-up at Harvard to create educational opportunities for Harvard teachers in China, and attending Harvard Law School. Though his background is in educational entrepreneurship, Max is particularly interested in interactive, storytelling experiences, gameification, tourism, and non-profit consulting/entrepreneurship. He also loves any project that has to do with camping or food.
Prior to HBS, Chris co-led EMI Music’s Digital Business Development for the Americas, based out of New York. While there, he successfully concluded deals with Spotify, Amazon, SoundCloud and Slacker (among others). As a result of this experience, he has continued to advise a number of music companies and angel investors while at school. Prior to EMI, Chris worked at DMGT (a UK media conglomerate), focused on growing a number of recently acquired digital classified businesses. Before this he was at McKinsey & Company in London. Chris holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He is a keen music fan and an avid squash and rugby player, having recently competed in so-called ‘international fixtures’ against Bulgaria and Jersey.
Mike Vaupen, Linkedin
Mike is currently a first year MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, Mike was an Associate at Oak Hill Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity fund based in New York, where he focused on investments in the healthcare sector. While at Oak Hill, Mike worked extensively with portfolio company management teams on operating initiatives and strategic transactions, including spending six months working onsite at a Dallas-based company during a period of merger integration. Prior to Oak Hill, Mike was an Investment Banking Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s healthcare practice, where he advised companies on M&A and financing transactions. Mike is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Economics.
Miles Wellesley, Linkedin
Miles is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he is on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track. Prior to Sloan, Miles was a senior consulting associate at Cambridge Associates, a global investment consulting firm where he specialized in alternative investments. Miles was the co-team leader of the Alternative Assets Team, which focuses on specialized venture capital and private equity projects. While at Cambridge Associates, Miles worked in the Boston, London, and Singapore offices. Miles is a co-founder of WhereToWatchIt LLC, a platform for sports fans. Miles works with a number of entrepreneurs in the internet, software, and energy sectors. Miles is also an avid musician and guitar enthusiast. Miles has a B.A. in Economics and Music from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Nick Whitney, Linkedin
Nick is a first-year law student at Harvard Law School interested in emerging companies, venture capital, and related corporate transactions. At HLS, Nick is an editor on the Harvard Business Law Review and is active in the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, which provides pro-bono legal research and analysis to entrepreneurs at Harvard and MIT. Prior to law school, Nick served as a U.S. Navy pilot. Additionally, he worked with a startup, Sharegate, which aims to improve corporate governance. He earned his B.S. in economics and math from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a Certificate in Global Finance from Thunderbird University.