MIT Sloan Awards Recipients

MBA Class of 2014 McKinsey Award Winners

Class of 2013 Siebel Scholars

Senthil Balasubramanian
Senthil began his career at GE, where he worked in finance-focused roles in the industrial, infrastructure, and media sectors. He then joined Astonfield Renewables, a renewable energy startup operating in developing markets where he worked with multiple stakeholders to build the company’s first solar power plant. 
This summer, Senthil worked on growing Sistine Solar, a company he co-founded with the intention of building artistically designed sculptures using innovative solar materials. He is passionate about clean energy and entrepreneurship and had held leadership roles in MIT and MIT Sloan energy clubs and is a staff writer for the MIT Entrepreneurship Review. He is also currently a TA for 15.280 Communications Lab as well as 15.402 Finance Theory II.

Sriram Emani
Sriram has extensive experience in the arts. He worked in strategy management consulting in India and USA, including over 2 years with India’s premier performing arts center, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), as Manager for Marketing and Business Development. Last year he was selected as a non-voting Board Fellow with the Citi Performing Arts Center and this summer, he worked as a Strategy Fellow with Lincoln Center. He also worked on the MIT AITI initiative in India to enable unique technology-based solutions for Indian music and emerging media markets. At MIT Sloan he is the co-President of the Entertainment, Media and Sports Club and was an organizers for last years international study tour exploring business creativity in Japan and Korea.

Matthew Kasenga
Matt is a student in the LGO program and is pursuing his MBA as well as a masters in engineering systems. He is currently on a six month internship at Amazon working to establish layouts for trucking docks in eight new fulfillment centers. Prior to MIT Sloan, Matt worked at ArcelorMittal, a steel manufacturer, where he worked on a number of cross functional teams designing and implementing strategies to lower costs and increase production rates. While at MIT, he has volunteered with the Gordon Engineering Leadership program and the Achieving Careers in Engineering and Sciences program which mentors local high school students and he is a member of the LGO student leadership committee which works with the LGO program office and faculty to shape the direction of the program.

Elena Schrum
Elena has spent her career in corporate banking and consulting in Europe including working for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants on topics such as microfinance in Africa. She has a passion for education and, in her free time, has worked on creating a finance curriculum for her state’s high school system and volunteering as a school board member. She has interned with Teach for America where she devised a data model to predict student outcomes for a charter middle school and helped teach eighth grade geography and chemistry. During the summer, Elena worked on education projects for Bain & Company in their Boston office. At MIT Sloan, Elena is co-president of the Social Impact Club and president of MIT Sloan Ed, which has included developing MIT Sloan’s EdTech Case Competition. She is also a TA for 15.515 Finance Accounting.

Adina Taylor
Adina spent four years as a consultant in Fidelity Investment's internal strategy consulting group where she supported key strategic initiatives and corporate plans across all Fidelity's businesses. She spent her summer as an intern in the leadership development program at John Hancock in the Investment Management Services group. Prior to studying at MIT Sloan, she volunteered with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center mentoring prospective first-generation students on their college applications. Adina is very active in the MIT Sloan community including being a member of the MIT Sloan Student Senate, co-president of the Investment Management Club, co-president of the MIT Sloan Activities Board, and TA for 15.053 Introduction to Optimization. 

McGowan Award Recipient 

Danielle Sewell
Prior to MIT Sloan, Danielle managed operations for SkillUp Washington, a philanthropic investment fund which uses strategic investments in education to improve competitiveness and unleash new opportunities for low-income workers. This summer Danielle worked for Dalberg, a management consulting firm which brings a private sector approach to challenges in developing countries. At MIT Sloan, Danielle has focused on economics and private sector development in emerging markets. Danielle has led organization of several major events at MIT Sloan, including the MIT 100K Competition, the Africa Innovate! Conference, and the MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference.

McKinsey Award Winners

Katy Dybwad, Janak Raguraman, and Anthony Roffino, all members of the MBA Class of 2014, were recently named McKinsey award winners.

The McKinsey awards are unique to MIT Sloan and were established by the School’s alumni. The McKinsey Awards — based on community leadership and academic accomplishments — were first presented in 2002. All MBA applicants are eligible to apply during the admissions process.



MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER Changing views of leadership

“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”

Deborah Ancona
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
CENTER FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH Bringing people and machines together

 “For 35 years, we’ve been studying how companies get value from information. … We try to help organizations take a more holistic view of what they are trying to do.”

Jeanne W. Ross
Director and Principal Research Scientist, CISR
INDIA LAB: EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT Creating employable workers to boost the economy

“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”

Ted Chan
S-LAB: JAKARTA WATERSHED Combating a clean water crisis

“I came to Sloan because of its high rankings within the sustainability community, specifically the professors. The S-Lab class itself is part of what drew me to Sloan. And the reason I came to business school was to learn the business speak that really is what connects with people."

Ian Lavery
SWITZER FELLOWSHIP WINNER JASON JAY Focusing on environmental research and leadership

 “I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”

Jason Jay
Lecturer, Sustainability, MIT Sloan
INDIA LAB: BANGALORE Working toward market expansion

“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”

Katie Baron
G-LAB: WARMBATHS HOSPITAL, SOUTH AFRICA Improving staffing at a maternity ward

“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”

Kelsey McCarty
$100K WINNERS: C-CRETE TECHNOLOGIES Reducing the environmental impact of concrete

“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”

Natanel Barookhian
G-LAB: PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AFRICA Defining growth at a for-profit clinic

“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”

Anne Reilly
G-LAB, KUALA LUMPUR Assessing the future of the Smart Card
"You have to manage what you can deliver for the company and what the company is expecting. The bottom line is that the CEOs of those companies want results. Even though we have to work five months in a row with the project, we have to deliver. This experience is more pragmatic than academic. It's a good opportunity to match those two worlds."
Camilo Syllos
RETAIL AND CONSUMER GOODS Luxury beauty and the multicultural consumer
"The goal of the Retail and Consumer Goods Club is to provide networking opportunities for students at MIT Sloan, and to educate students about different functions within the retail and CPG space. We bring in executive-level speakers to educate our community on this topic."
Nga Phan
MBA, co-president of Retail and Consumer Goods Club
G-LAB: NAM MEE BOOKS, THAILAND Helping a book publisher mature

“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”

Lia Cavalcante
SLOAN FELLOW Merging disciplines for climate change
"I needed to get a better understanding of the interaction of management and technology. And I think MIT is an obvious place for that. There’s probably no better place in the world [for learning] how technology and management interact."
Pascal Marmier
G-LAB, RAS RESORT, INDIA Marketing in Mumbai
"The network of alumni was helpful because our team had a lot of experience in consulting, but not in private equity."
Gerardo Guzman
SLOAN FELLOW Getting serious about going global
"I had interviews and visited other business schools, and it’s nothing like the environment that we have here at MIT Sloan."
Abner Oliviera
COURAGE AND STRENGTH Supporting a student with breast cancer
"The Sloan community really rallied around me in a way that I totally didn’t anticipate. … It was just really nice to be a part of a community that I was totally comfortable in and felt completely supported by."
Kyle Maner
G-LAB: MERCY CORPS, INDONESIA Using business principles to address malnutrition

“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”

Libby Putman
G-LAB: AIDS IN TANZANIA Striving for economic empowerment

“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”

Krishna Venugopalan
G-LAB: INTERGRUPO, COLOMBIA Growing a business by cultivating relationships

"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."

Ramy Hakim
INSTITUTE FOR WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH Adapting to the changing nature of work

“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”

Thomas Kochan
Co-director, IWER
LEADERS FOR GLOBAL OPERATIONS Connecting management and technology
“We are preparing leaders to run the world’s operations companies. And those leaders are at the cutting edge of both management and technology.”
Don Rosenfield
senior lecturer and director of the Leaders for Global Operations

“There is a sense of research having validity and being important regardless of the area of inquiry.”

- Renee Richardson Gosline
Assistant Professor