Office of the Dean

  • S. P. Kothari, Deputy Dean, Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting
  • Yasheng Huang, Associate Dean, International Initiatives and Action Learning, International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business, Professor of Global Economics and Management
  • Fiona Murray, Associate Dean for Innovation, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • Jake Cohen, Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate and Master’s Programs, Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Law
  • Kristina Gulick Schaefer, Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and International Programs
  • Jesse Souweine, Senior Associate Dean, Administration
  • Catherine Canney, Associate Dean, Dean’s Initiatives and Brand Strategy

S. P. Kothari

Deputy Dean
Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting

S. P. Kothari

S.P. Kothari is Deputy Dean and Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His responsibilities as Deputy Dean include Faculty Affairs and International Programs. He is also Director of the MIT-India Program.

Previously, he served as Global Head of Equity Research for Barclays Global Investors (BGI), where he was responsible for research supporting BGI’s active equity strategies. Prior to joining BGI, Kothari was Deputy Dean at MIT Sloan, and earlier served as Head of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting. He was also the Thomas Henry Carroll-Ford Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

His highly cited research focuses on financial reporting and valuation, asset allocation, international accounting practices, use of employee stock options for compensating executives, accounting for employee stock options, evaluating investment performance, and corporate uses of derivatives for hedging and speculation.

Kothari holds a BE in chemical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India, an MBA in accounting and finance from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a PhD in accounting from the University of Iowa.

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Yasheng Huang

Associate Dean, International Initiatives and Action Learning
International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business
Professor of Global Economics and Management

Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang is MIT Sloan’s Associate Dean for International Initiatives and Action Learning. He is also the International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business and a Professor of Global Economics and Management at MIT Sloan.

Huang founded and runs the China Lab and the India Lab, which aim to help entrepreneurs in those countries improve their management skills. He is an expert source on international business, political economy, and international management.

In collaboration with other scholars, Huang is conducting research on human capital formation in China and India, entrepreneurship, and ethnic and labor-intensive foreign direct investment (FDI). Prior to joining MIT Sloan, he held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Business School. Huang also served as a consultant to the World Bank.

Huang holds a BA in government from Harvard College and a PhD in government from Harvard University.

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Fiona Murray

Associate Dean for Innovation
Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Fiona Murray

Fiona Murray is the Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship, an Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, and the Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. She is also the Associate Dean for Innovation.

She is an international expert on the transformation of investments in scientific and technical innovation into innovation-based entrepreneurship that drives jobs, wealth creation, and regional prosperity. Murray has a special interest in how policies, programs, and relationships between academia and industry can be designed to accelerate the productive role of universities in their local entrepreneurial ecosystem. These include intellectual property issues as well as broader programs that enable technology transfer and commercialization.

A former scientist trained at Harvard University and the University of Oxford, Murray has taught and published extensively on fostering cultures that bridge scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, building effective entrepreneurial strategies for science-based businesses (in biotech and biomedical companies and recently, clean energy), and evaluating the commercial potential of novel scientific ideas. Closely tied to real world problems, Fiona works with science-based startups on their commercialization strategy as well as a range of firms designing global organizations that are both commercially successful and at the forefront of science. These firms seek to leverage the ideas of a wide range of internal scientists, external innovators accessed through traditional research contracts, as well as “Open Innovation” mechanisms including innovation prizes. Her recent engagements have focused on relationships that span the public and private sectors. She is particularly interested in new emerging organizational arrangements for the effective commercialization of science, including public-private partnerships, not-for-profits, venture philanthropy, and university-initiated seed funding and innovation-focused competitions and prizes.

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Jake Cohen

Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate and Master’s Programs
Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Law

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen is Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master’s Programs, as well as a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Law. He oversees MIT Sloan’s portfolio of degree programs, as well as the Offices of Admissions, Student Life, and Career Development.

From 2008 to 2011, Jake was the Dean of the MBA Program at INSEAD, directing strategy and operations for campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, INSEAD expanded its degree programs and received its highest rankings ever among business school MBA programs. Jake also served as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Team, overseeing every aspect of the academic experience in all programs. In 2012, he spent his post-deanship sabbatical teaching financial management as a Judge Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Fellow studying corporate social responsibility reporting at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

Before becoming dean, Jake was director of the INSEAD-PricewaterhouseCoopers Research Initiative on High Performance Organizations. He was founder, director, and professor of INSEAD’s Business Foundations Program, as well as Affiliate Professor of Accounting and Control and Business Law. Before joining INSEAD in 2003, he was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard Business School in the Accounting & Management Group.

Jake holds a JD in corporate law from Syracuse University, an MS in accounting from Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and a BS in accounting from Lehigh University. He has completed six executive certificates at Harvard Business School and the AVIRA certificate, for the most senior executives, at INSEAD.

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Kristina Gulick Schaefer

Senior Associate Dean, External Relations and International Programs

Kristina Gulick Schaefer

Kristina Gulick Schaefer is the Senior Associate Dean of External Relations and International Programs. In this role, she oversees fundraising efforts involving private support from private individuals, corporations, and foundations. She also provides administrative leadership for MIT Sloan’s international programs. She serves as a key liaison to central MIT Resource Development and the MIT Alumni Association.

Prior to joining MIT Sloan in 2011, Kristina was the vice president for advancement at Simmons College and served as a key member of the Simmons President’s Council.

She holds a BA in Music from Allegheny College.


Jesse Souweine

Senior Associate Dean, Administration

Jesse Souweine

Jesse Souweine is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration. Her primary areas of responsibility and oversight include Human Resources, Sloan Technology Services, Space Planning and Facilities, and Finance.

Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Jesse was the Associate Vice President for Finance and the Director of the Office of Financial Strategy and Planning at Harvard University. In this capacity, she oversaw the multi-year financial planning and annual budget processes for the University, including the annual tuition setting process and the University’s interim financial reporting activities. In addition, she led the University’s financial strategy, including decisions about endowment access, internal cost allocations, and funding for new investments.

Prior to working at Harvard, Jesse worked in a variety of non-profit and public settings including The Columbus Foundation, where she helped develop a program to broaden the community impact of donor advised funds. She also worked for the city of Boston as an advisor to Mayor Thomas M. Menino on a variety of policy and management projects and at the Vera Institute of Justice, working on criminal justice reform for the city and state of New York.

She holds a BA in American Studies from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Catherine Canney

Associate Dean, Dean’s Initiatives and Brand Strategy

Catherine Canney

Cathy Canney is the Associate Dean, Dean’s Initiatives and Brand Strategy. As the dean’s chief of staff, she supports and advances the School’s leading priorities and initiatives. Cathy leads the School’s branding and communications efforts and sits on the Management Board for the MIT Sloan Management Review.

Prior to her current role, Cathy worked for over a decade in development communications and donor relations, most recently serving as the Director of Donor Relations and Global Engagement at MIT Sloan. Cathy’s previous experience includes communications and fundraising positions at Children’s Hospital Trust, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

She holds a BA in Sociology from Connecticut College.

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