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Sam Epee-Bounya, MBA '03

Vice President, Wellington Management

Sam Epee-Bounya,
MBA ’03

An engineer by training, Sam Epee-Bounya, MBA ’03, had always dreamt of attending MIT. After earning a master of science in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, he spent several years working as a consultant at Accenture. It was during this time that he saw the need to deepen his business acumen and chose to apply to MIT Sloan. “As an engineer, MIT plus business seemed like the perfect fit,” says Epee-Bounya. After visiting the campus, he was struck by the drive and humility of the students. “It was bigger than just the desire to do well in a career. I could tell, just in that visit, that MIT Sloan students wanted to make an impact. When I decided to study business, MIT Sloan was the only school to which I applied.”

As a graduate who just celebrated his 10-year reunion, Epee-Bounya is passionate about staying involved with the School. Currently a vice president in Wellington Management’s Emerging Markets Debt Team, he continues to be an active participant in the School’s community, mentoring students, presenting at conferences, and networking with other MIT Sloan alumni. “I strongly believe in MIT Sloan and the vision. I truly believe that our graduates are playing a role in changing the world,” he says, reflecting on his reasons for staying connected.

As a Reunion Committee member, and member of the Philanthropy Subcommittee for the Class of 2003, Epee-Bounya was charged with inspiring his fellow alumni and friends with the same desire to remain involved. “They called me the ‘tax man,’” he jokes, referring to his duties in soliciting donations for the class gift. “But I reminded people of the difference that MIT Sloan made in their lives, and urged them to stay engaged. We need to make sure the School continues to produce great and powerful people who are principled and have strong ethics. One way to do that is to provide resources. And that is why class gift and Annual Fund support is important.”