For the Hatami siblings, MIT Sloan has become a family tradition. All three—Homayoun ’00, Mahnaz ’09, and Charles ’10—are proud Sloan MBAs, the third sibling trio in the School’s history. They are a tight-knit bunch, but have distinct talents, interests, and personalities.
Homayoun, is a consummate consultant, a straight-A student who upon graduation won the Seley Scholarship, MIT Sloan’s highest merit award; Charles is an entrepreneurial finance whiz, whose investment career has already spanned three continents; Mahnaz, is a creative risk-taker who once took a break from her high-powered job in luxury brands to star in an off-Broadway show.
They each took a very different approach to their MBA career. Homayoun arrived at MIT Sloan after a stint in business development at 3COM, the computer network company, in London. “I had a good knowledge of marketing and sales so I wanted to study everything I didn’t know,” he says.
As a student, he ran the MediaTech club, founded the eBusiness awards, the School’s very own Oscars of online commerce, and played intramural soccer. Today, he is a partner at McKinsey & Company, the management-consulting firm, in Paris. “I still think about concepts I learned in class and discussions we had,” he shares. “I learned a lot about myself and how to deal with people.”
Mahnaz and Charles first glimpsed the Cambridge campus on visits to Homayoun when he was a student. “I met smart, charming people from all over the world and I was impressed,” recalls Mahnaz. “I kept it in the back of my mind that I wanted to go there.”
“Whenever I visited, MIT Sloan seemed like a very exciting place,” Charles says. “It left a big impression on me.”
Mahnaz came to MIT Sloan after working in the luxury goods industry in New York City. At the School, she was president of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club, went on several student-sponsored international trips, studied at the London Business School, and spent her summer internship in Uruguay, working on a marketing strategy for a start-up that exported caviar.
Charles, who received his MBA this year, ran a London-based hedge fund prior to attending the School. At MIT Sloan, he was a member of the Venture Capital Club, the Private Equity Club, and the Brazil Club. He joins asset management firm BlackRock, as a Vice President in the financial markets advisory group in New York City.
“No matter which paths we take, or where in the world we live, the three of us belong to the same club,” says Mahnaz, who lives in Paris and is launching her own fashion venture. “MIT Sloan brings us together. It’s something we all share and we always will.”