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  • Meet Our Students

    What is it like to be an MBA student here? Our students are unique, representing a diverse range of backgrounds. They experience MIT Sloan in their own way yet create a cohesive community. These profiles provide a snapshot of life at MIT Sloan.

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to these students. When available, their names are linked to their email address. For admissions-related questions, please email mbaadmissions@sloan.mit.edu.

  • Ahmed Al-Bahar, MBA '16

    Citizenship: Kuwait
    Recent Location: Chicago, IL
    Undergraduate University: Florida International University 2009, University of Florida 2010
    Degree and Major: BSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    Technology Consultant for Accenture based out of the Chicago office for three and a half years serving clients in Houston and Chicago. I helped Oil Majors trade crude oil working on the market risk simulations desk and transitioned into a product management role in the SaaS (Software as a Service) practice for almost two years leading a team of developers to manage new features from ideation to deployment for stakeholders in the marketing and sales space.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    I am interested in continuing to build my skill base as a product manager in the tech industry. I am looking into either working with a startup or joining a growth stage/established technology company. Geographically, I am primarily focused on working in the Gulf Middle East or U.S.

    Summer 2015 Internship
    Over the summer I interned for a growth stage startup called Okta, Inc. in San Francisco, California as a project management intern. I was very fortunate to work with an amazing product management team and was given the support needed to manage the end to end release of 2 features to beta and do interesting work around vendor selection to increase reliability and reduce costs for a core feature at Okta. My experience at Okta was exactly what I was looking for when applying to MIT Sloan back in 2013. 

    Interests/Hobbies
    Reading books about human behavior with Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman as one of my favorites. I am also interested in cycling, powerlifting/weight lifting, volleyball, travel and all things related to coffee.

    Courtney Brown, MBA '17

    Citizenship: United States
    Recent Location: Chicago, IL
    Undergraduate University: University of Michigan
    Degree and Major: Industrial and Operations Engineering

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    I started off my career as an SAP technology consultant with Capgemini. I later transitioned to their Management Consulting practice and focused on supply chain management. 

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    I would like to get experience in executing on supply chain strategies for a large retailer or food & beverage company. I am most interested in companies with a large store and e-commerce footprint. I hope to obtain a position in corporate supply chain strategy surrounding Omni-channel fulfillment as well as innovative solutions to improve same-day, next-day delivery options for consumers.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Traveling, Snowboarding, Sports…Go Blue!


    Aura Carolina Castillo, MBA '16

    Citizenship: Colombia
    Recent Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
    Undergraduate University: Pontifica Universidad Javeriana
    Degree and Major: BS, Industrial Engineering, Master in Supply Chain Management from MIT

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    7 years of experience as project manager, and commercial and operations manager in the petrochemical and chemical industry in Latin America and the US. I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and I am a member of the board of directors of the Women for Colombia Foundation where I create programs to encourage and support women’s professional development.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    During the MBA, I cofounded Takachar: a MIT-Harvard startup that develops clean cooking fuel by using organic waste in developing countries. I am interested in energy and tech ventures in emerging countries.

    Summer 2015 Internship
    I spent my summer working in the Infrastructure and Operations team at Facebook, where I helped design a new supply chain model to provide more flexibility to the planning team.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Volleyball, squash, and traveling

    Joshua Chen, MBA '17

    Citizenship: United States
    Recent Location: Washington, DC
    Undergraduate University: Carnegie Mellon University
    Degree and Major: B.S. Business/Finance

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    Civilian project manager for a U.S. Navy shipbuilding program.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    Operations management in a global tech company

    Interests/Hobbies
    CrossFit, golf, learning new sports, exploring new countries, and making and eating dumplings.

    Sebastian Cubela, MBA '17

    Citizenship: Argentina
    Recent Location: Sydney, Australia
    Undergraduate University: Universidad del CEMA
    Degree and Major: BA in Economics - 2011

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    After college I worked in Economic Consulting, then I did research at the World Bank and for the last two years before the MBA I consulted for McKinsey working on projects all over the globe in Telecommunications and Oil & Gas practices.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    I want to improve both my technical and soft skills while being involved with the greater MIT community (and all the opportunities this gives you!). From a professional side, I would like to gain experience in entrepreneurship to go back to consulting with a broader mindset.

    Interests/Hobbies
    I play soccer, volleyball, and I’m very excited about trying ice hockey during the winter!

    Carolyn Mansfield duPont MBA '16

    Carolyn Mansfield duPont MBA at MIT Sloan/MPA at Harvard Kennedy School '16

    Citizenship: American
    Recent Location: San Francisco, CA
    Undergraduate University: Stanford University ‘08
    Degree and Major: B.A. Environmental Anthropology

    Pre-MBA Experience: 
I worked at Monitor 360, a geopolitical strategy consulting firm where I led research and strategy projects for the U.S. government. Our work focused on socio-cultural analysis, studying the worldviews of foreign audiences, and crafting appropriately tailored messaging strategies. I was also selected to lead the women's leadership network at Monitor 360’s San Francisco office.

    Summer 2015 Internship: I spent eight weeks at Encourage Capital, the New York City-based firm specializing in private investments in environmental projects and markets. My internship, part of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Internship Program, involved looking at ways to encourage U.S. cities to invest in green infrastructure and sustainable stormwater management. It was a great learning opportunity that gave me a chance to use both the financial modeling skills I’ve learned at MIT Sloan as well as the policy analysis skills I’ve learned at Harvard and apply them to two issues I care deeply about - making our cities more climate resilient and encouraging preservation of open, green public spaces.

    Post-MBA Ambitions: Through class projects and internships, I have pursued my interest in the private sector's role in promoting environmental stewardship through impact investing, natural resource management (forestry, fisheries, and agriculture), and public-private partnerships. I'm currently exploring opportunities in conservation finance and real estate.

    Interests/Hobbies: Land conservation, outdoor education, cello

    Eitan Gor, MBA '16

    Citizenship: Israel
    Recent Location: Ramat Gan, Israel
    Undergraduate University: Bar-Ilan University
    Degree and Major: BA, Economics and Business

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    I was the team leader for a local operations consulting firm (Saving Point).

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    My original plan was to continue with operations, but recently I've been thinking of strategic consulting and investment management.

    Summer 2015 Internship
    I've spent my summer in EMC Corporation's internal consulting team. I've worked on a services go-to-market project and had the chance to revamp the company's costumer approach.

    Interests/Hobbies
    I love cars, sports, and traveling.

    Ameer Jumabhoy, MBA '17

    Citizenship: Singapore
    Recent Location: Singapore (but I travelled a lot for work!)
    Undergraduate University: Rice University
    Degree and Major: Political Science

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    Before starting at Sloan, I decided to not take up offers I had at Morgan Stanley and Google because I’ve always believed in the concept of a family business as well as the mentorship one is able to get from a small outfit. I shadowed my father for a year in his entrepreneurial ventures in the FinTech and real estate development space before starting my own company in the FinTech arena, looking at new technologies to digitize loyalty/rewards without changing consumer behavior.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    I’m working to roll out a new tech platform (hopefully!) with some classmates at Sloan. If all goes well, I would like to eventually return to the loyalty/rewards company I started in Singapore.

    Interests/Hobbies
    I’m an avid polo player and have represented my country, which has been a huge honor for me. Polo is a sport that takes up a significant chunk of my free time but aside from that I really like just relaxing, supporting my favorite soccer club, Arsenal, or just enjoining much needed recreational time with my friends and family.

    Nikolaos Legmpelos, MBA '17

    Citizenship: Greece
    Recent Location: Boston
    Undergraduate University: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Degree and Major: Diploma in Civil Engineering / MEng in Structural Engineering

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    I came to America in 2012 to pursue an MEng in Structural Engineering at MIT. I graduated one year later and joined an engineering consulting company specialized in nuclear power. There, I had the opportunity to work on safety-related projects for both domestic and international nuclear power plants.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    Intend to pursue a management consulting career.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Soccer (lots of it).

    Caleb John Li, MBA '17

    Citizenship: United States
    Recent Location: New York, NY
    Undergraduate University: UPenn, CAS & Wharton
    Degree and Major: BA in Math & BS in Economics / Finance

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    I started off in investment banking at RBC in their technology group. I transitioned to work at an investment management firm in Greenwich that focused on secured/subordinated debt and CLO equity.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    I am exploring my career options. I plan to work in the technology space either as an investor or a product manager.

    Interests/Hobbies
    I am a big basketball fan and follow the Oklahoma City Thunder closely.

    Ginika Agbim O'Kelly, MBA '17

    Citizenship: United States and Nigeria
    Recent Location: Washington, D.C.
    Undergraduate University: BSBA
    Degree and Major: Economics & Strategy Major, Anthropology and Finance Minors

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    Prior to Sloan, I was a strategy consultant for the public sector at Booz Allen Hamilton. During that time, I also served as a Board Member at Dress for Success Baltimore and worked as a pro bono consultant for a veteran’s services non-profit and a disability arts employment non-profit via Compass Pro Bono.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    I look forward to exploring more business challenges and developing innovative solutions as a strategy consultant after Sloan.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Hobbies: Visiting museums, watching documentaries and British murder mysteries on Netflix, practicing my fluency in languages via Duolingo, running and yoga, traveling. Interests: Innovation, decision-making, consumer behavior, service operations, women’s empowerment.

    Laura Schäffer , MBA '16

    Citizenship: Germany
    Recent Location: Berlin, Germany
    Undergraduate University: University of Hildesheim, Germany, 2011
    Degree and Major: Cultural Studies, Drama and Media

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    Founder, Artistic and Managing Director of a theater/interactive media company named »machina eX«. We develop interdisciplinary (stage-)productions and games, installations and services and partnered with theaters and media venues in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and the United States. Our goal is to create engaging interactive real-life experiences through creative design and innovative technology solutions.

    Post-MBA Ambitions
    My main direct post-MBA goal is to gain experience working in a larger company. Following my path of experience I am interested in Design Consulting and R&D/Innovation Strategy in media and high technology industries.

    Summer 2015 Internship
    I spent my summer at McKinsey & Co. in Los Angeles, working for a large media company in Operations and a leading telco provider on a Strategy study. Those two projects got me to experience two very different work streams within the consulting job and let me observe the day to day operations of two huge TMT companies, which was what drew me to consulting in the first place. I was extremely happy with my summer and will be returning to McKinsey LA as a full-time Associate next year.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Dance (from ballet to modern to street dance), video games, piano and scuba diving.

    Ben Strauss, MBA '16

    Citizenship: United States
    Recent Location: Astoria, Queens, NY
    Undergraduate University: Tufts ’10
    Degree and Major: Mathematics

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    Management Consultant at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, and then at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Post MBA Ambitions
    Finance & Social Impact - working to use private capital to address social sector challenges.

    Summer 2015 Internship
    I interned this past summer at Social Finance US working on the development of social impact bonds.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Ultimate Frisbee, Politics, Hiking, Settlers of Catan

    Bill Hong Zhang, MBA '17

    Citizenship: China
    Recent Location: Shanghai, China
    Undergraduate University: Fudan University
    Degree and Major: MS, Computational Biology, from New York University

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    I worked as an equity researcher and assistant portfolio manager at a Shanghai-based mutual fund. As an equity researcher, my coverage included healthcare, chemicals, media, metals, and mining industries. As a portfolio manager, I specialized in IPO investment.

    Post MBA Ambitions
    I am planning to stay in the financial service industry, where I strive to leverage my knowledge in both biotech and finance to help serve and grow the healthcare industry.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Traveling, basketball, cycling, and swimming

    Erica Zendell, MBA '16

    Citizenship: United States
    Recent Location: Boston, MA
    Undergraduate University: Princeton University, 2012
    Degree and Major: Comparative Literature, minors in Translation and Intercultural Communication, Chinese, and Latin American Studies

    Pre-MBA Experiences
    My first job out of college was as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School for William C. Kirby, assisting research for his recently-published book, “Can China Lead: Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth,” and writing case studies and teaching notes for his 2nd-year elective course at HBS, "Doing Business in China in the Early 21st Century." In Summer 2013, after surviving a roller-coaster year of health issues caused by celiac disease, I launched a gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly baking company, Zen Cookery. The business has since transitioned to nutrition planning and consulting and homemade healthy food blogging. The summer before Sloan, I worked part-time at the fast-casual salad restaurant chain, sweetgreen, where I gained experience in customer service and operations in a retail context.

    Post MBA Ambitions
    I’m exploring job opportunities in product management and brand management in retail, consumer products, and technology companies, exploring the intersection of the physical and the digital. My mission is to help people take better care of themselves wherever they are in the world and am looking at companies that care deeply about the people they serve and do business in a way that aligns with my personal values.

    Summer 2015 Internship
    During the summer between my first and second year at Sloan, I worked at Sephora on their Store Digital Team in Product Management, focusing on ways to support the client and employee experience in stores using technology.

    Interests/Hobbies
    Blogging, gluten-free cooking, and singing