Student Profiles

Meet Some of Our Students

Meet a cross-section of our students: a venture philanthropist who helped a pig farmer in Japan launch a nationwide farmers network; a music school graduate, who became an accountant and aspires to do nonprofit work; the founder of the first information shredding business in Venezuela; a professional soccer player in Turkish and Turkmen soccer leagues; an avid reader of cheesy novels, in addition to nonfiction; a fan of flying, who used to take a helicopter to work each day to an offshore drilling rig in the Persian Gulf; a former journalist; a triathlon coach; and a platoon commander.

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Bhargav Addala
Bhargav Addala flag081 India none none Redwood City, CA Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India '06, B.E. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University '08 M.S. Mechanical Engineering

Designing and building software solutions at Oracle America working on the Supply Chain Management suite of products with a focus on the Retail and Telecommunications offerings.

Technology Entrepreneurship and VC firms in the mobile, web, IT space.

Tennis, soccer, golf, cricket, and organizing trips and alumni events.
Nicola Azevedo
Nicola Azevedo flag024 Brazil none none São Paulo, Brazil FGV-EAESP, 2006, Business Administration

I’ve spent the last five and half years working in sales and marketing positions in the tech industry, working for large companies such as Microsoft, Nokia and Facebook.

I am interested in entrepreneurship, either in the investment side (e.g. VCs or Angels) or in the startup side. I am very happy to be at MIT Sloan not only because of its vast entrepreneurial resources, but also because of the MIT Community at large. This is a very inspiring place for entrepreneurs and ideas.

Kitesurfing, traveling, reading, swimming and cooking.
Dimitris Damaskos
Dimitris Damaskos flag070 Greece none none Athens, Greece National Technical University of Athens, ALBA Graduate Business School

For the last 4 years I worked in Kantor Management Consultants, a management consulting firm that has strategic alliance with Booz & Company.

Management consulting is an interesting field, but I am also eager to find out new opportunities at MIT Sloan.

Sports and more specifically soccer playing, community involvement, traveling, and checking out new restaurants.
Claudia Day
Claudia Day flag196 Venezuela none none Caracas, Venezuela The University of York, Biochemistry '07

Cancer Research, Consultant, Volunteer at an NGO that fights against child trafficking.

Entrepreneurship, specifically in Education or Consumer products/services.

Running, golf, volunteering, cooking, and card games.
Meltem Demirors
Meltem Demirors flag128 Netherlands flag185 Turkey Houston, TX Rice, 2009, Math Econ

I worked as a Strategy & Operations Consultant at Deloitte, focused on our Oil & Gas practice and specializing in upstream operations and logistics. My experience is primarily in post-M&A strategy, logistics - shipping and moving big heavy mining machinery and oil rigs and supplies, and I've done some field implementation work in North American shale and North Sea offshore. One of my personal passions in writing, and I helped develop and publish articles for Deloitte in Oil & Gas Financial Journal and other industry journals. In addition, I also pursued my passion for sports and health-based charities by serving as the Deloitte team captain for the MS-150, a weekend-long ride that raises $17M annually for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

I'm hoping to connect with like-minded people at MIT Sloan and expand my perspective on how I can satisfy my personal curiosity and explore my interests while also having a job that enables me to travel and enjoy my personal interests. In my short time at MIT Sloan, I have gotten involved with a solar start-up and will be helping with business development and market strategy as we go through the process of raising the first round of funding.

Mischief, music, travel, running, cycling, painting, food, bacon and butter, making things, and recently, diving.
Laura Diamond
Laura Diamond flag191 United States flag192 Uruguay Hong Kong BA Communication/Cinema Production, USC ‘06

Out of undergrad, I worked in International Retail Development and Licensing for GUESS? Inc., handling the accounts in South America, the Middle East, South Africa, and Asia-Pacific living in both Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Recently, I was the Regional Manager for the Enterprises division of Turner Broadcasting in Asia-Pacific doing business development, project management, and marketing for multiple business lines including Licensing & Merchandising, Publishing, Home Video, Gaming, Live Shows, Education, and Theme Parks.

My primary focus is to work in corporate strategy within the media and entertainment industry.

Traveling, hiking, film/theatre, live music, and baking!
Patricia Dodson
Patricia Dodson flag191 United States none none Washington, DC Emory University, 2007. International Business

Senior Consultant with boutique consulting firms – first in strategy for Fortune 500 clients and most recently human capital/change management for federal agencies.

Product Management for hi-tech companies.

Graphics design, yoga, reading, and most of all, cooking, reviewing restaurants, and eating good food.
Shaun Githuku
Shaun Githuku flag092 Kenya none none Nairobi, Kenya Imperial College, 2009, Masters in Chemical Engineering

Spent a year building a freelance web design business and then three years at PwC in the corporate finance team focusing mainly on infrastructure finance projects in various parts of East and West Africa.

Eventually want to set up an energy focused VC firm in Kenya, so I’m likely to be looking at interesting energy startups or finance firms to kickstart the process.

I'm a massive soccer/football fan (Arsenal). I picked up a DSLR a couple of years ago that I've been using to annoy friends and family ever since. Travel is a major hobby but when I'm stuck in one place, I tend to oscillate between the gym and tennis.
Séverin Hatt
Séverin Hatt flag063 France flag173 Switzerland Winterthur, CH Ecole Navale, 2002 MSc in Engineering and Computer Science, INSTN, 2005 MSc in Nuclear Engineering

Submarine officer, and since two years ago, Project Manager for a manufacturer of valves for nuclear power plant (new construction and upgrades).


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Gregg Herlacher
Gregg Herlacher flag191 United States none none Cambridge, MA Cornell '04, Computer Science

I worked for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems as a software engineer for seven years before coming to MIT Sloan.  

After working for a large company, I'd love to be involved with a start-up to broaden my business experience. I'll likely look for opportunities in the tech and software sector.

I enjoy playing all types of sports, especially soccer, and can't wait to get involved in the many activities around MIT. Additionally, I used to teach outdoor living skills in Maine for several years and love to go hiking and camping.
Harison C. Hong
Harison C. Hong flag024 Brazil none none Boston, MA Medical Doctor degree at The Campinas State University, Faculty of Medical Science 05'; Medical Residency in the specialty of Nuclear Medicine 09'

Nuclear Physician.

Consulting of healthcare management; start up biotech; development of new forms of a more sustainable healthcare in developing countries.

Food/wine, movies, traveling, soccer, sailing, and photography.
Alanna Hughes
Alanna Hughes flag191 United States none none Dominican Republic and Haiti Georgetown ’08 School of Foreign Service

Dominican Republic Country Director for the New Development Solutions Group. I founded their first Caribbean office and have been designing/implementing their first Dominican models and co-leading models in Haiti since February 2012. We run community enterprise solutions – an NGO that’s invented the “MicroConsignment Model” which assesses which products & technologies could easily improve economic/health/environmental conditions in low income rural & urban communities and train local entrepreneurs to promote & sell these products. We also run Social Entrepreneur Corps, an internship program for undergraduates that operates as a social enterprise (generating revenue we reinvest in the MicroConsignment Model) and exposes young adults to field work in international development/social entrepreneurship firsthand.

I’m pretty sure I’m a social entrepreneur at my core, but I may take a crack at the private sector for a bit to hone some skills and pay off some debt before diving off a cliff again (like I did with a safety net under NDSG). Still hoping to get involved in a lot of entrepreneurship activity at MIT Sloan, though!  

Travel, spending time with friends & family, running/hiking, going out dancing, reading, volunteering, and baking.
Annie Hung
Annie Hung flag191 United States none none Los Angeles, CA BA in Literature (with a Film Studies concentration), Yale University, 2007

Director of Communications for the Asian Women's Leadership University Project, which is a non-profit startup to establish a liberal arts college for women in Asia. I also previously designed social action campaigns for films and TV shows that leveraged cross-sector partnerships to further social causes.

I’d like to shift back to my interests in entertainment, media, and technology. I'm interested in being part of shaping the future ecosystem for consumers, businesses, and the creative communities. However, I’m also coming to MIT Sloan excited to fully explore my options in this diverse, collaborative environment. Given my background, I’m coming into school with an eye on opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation, and social impact. 

It’s no surprise that I love film, TV, music, and books. Thankfully, my passion for trying new restaurants is offset by one for running and hiking. I also enjoy writing, photography, and travel.
Liat Kaver
Liat Kaver flag042 Costa Rica none none San Jose, Costa Rica BS in Computer Sciences, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2008

I worked as a Regional Business Development Analyst at GBM, an IBM exclusive alliance in Central America and the Caribbean, developing new IT services and participating in M&A processes. I was involved in social initiatives to promote the employment of different abled people in Costa Rica.

I want to work in the high technology field in business development or sales management. In the long term, I want to fulfill my passion to create a social enterprise that promotes the productive inclusion of people with disabilities or that improves education in emerging countries and marginalized communities.

Sports (yoga, hiking, running), Food (eating, not cooking!), dancing (mainly merengue and salsa! I am very excited to participate in the C-function performances!)
Aliza Landes
Aliza Landes flag191 United States none none Tel Aviv, Israel McGill University, 2005, Political Science and Middle East Studies

I enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces in 2007 where I established the Social Media Department in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. My last position was as a captain in a civil-military unit called COGAT (Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories). I was responsible for communication strategy for the unit and headed teams in the HQ, the Gaza Border, and the West Bank. 

Not sure exactly, but most likely back in the Middle East. Since arriving at MIT Sloan, I have become increasingly interested in how private sector practices can be integrated with public sector endeavors.

Training for a half marathon, cooking and hosting meals, BBC Miniseries, adoring my new nephew.
Esteban Lubensky
Esteban Lubensky flag053 Ecuador none none Quito, Ecuador Wharton, 2001, Marketing and Operations & Information Management

I've been working at GMS, family business in Ecuador, since 2001. GMS is one of Ecuador's longest-running IT companies, so it's done a variety of things, but our primary focus over the last several years has been IT security. I started in marketing/sales and became General Manager in 2007. Fortunately the company has grown quite a bit in this time, tripling headcount to about 90 and even opening offices in Bogotá, Colombia. Last year, I also started ESCON Ecuador, a joint-venture between GMS and ESCON Venezuela, another IT company focused on infrastructure, but I've just passed on management of that company to someone else.

Returning to GMS and ESCON to further their growth and regional coverage.

I'm really looking forward to two years at MIT Sloan to recover some work-life balance! I definitely enjoy traveling, good food, nature, card games. Avid follower of Ecuadorian soccer (Deportivo Quito!) and probably the biggest Atlanta Braves fan you can find in Ecuador.

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John A. MacDonald
John A. MacDonald flag032 Canada none none Toronto, ON Queen's University 2008 Bachelor of Science, University of Calgary 2011 MD

I just got my license to practice family medicine in Canada this past summer. Recently, while doing my family medicine residency here in Toronto, I've been working with a few other MD's on a startup to allow physicians and patients access to their up to date medication records from their pharmacy. We've gotten some traction with Canada's largest chain and one of North America's largest pharmacies but we're quickly learning health IT is a transcontinental glacier. I've also been doing some formal research with a group from U of T's Rotman B-School and my hospital looking into innovative information and communication technology in healthcare in low and middle income countries (you can find our article in the Fall edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review). I also have a stalled social venture capital research project. I definitely have plans for future research, but it's a medical right of passage. 

I am fascinated by health tech and new health delivery businesses in low- and middle-income countries (yes Narayana makes my heart flutter, among other wicked Southeast-Asian and African enterprises). I'm trying to take the advice of Palm's founder and avoid founding a startup unless it's the only way to achieve my goals. I will poke around to see what cool project management work is out there with someone like GE Healthcare working in the developing world but starting a company to redefine primary healthcare for LMIC's and Canada/US is my dream. Would love to work internationally for a bit. Side note: I wouldn't turn down the a job at Tesla either.

BASKETBALL (I spent an unhealthy amount of time watching last year’s NBA playoffs), tennis, ultimate, skiing, taking up golf with my fiancé. Also, I love cars (don't get me started on the Model S), consumer tech, writing, travelling and food.
Kristen Mackie
Kristen Mackie flag191 United States none none Boston, MA Cornell 2007, Applied Economics and Management

Financial Consulting, splitting my time between the Financial Litigation Group and the Securities Group. I helped unravel Ponzi schemes, bankruptcies, and collapsed hedge funds.

Private Equity or Investment Management.

Running, skiing, movies, restaurants, going to sporting events.
Caroline Mauldin
Caroline Mauldin flag191 United States none none Washington, DC Tufts, 2005, International Relations

This past summer, I stepped in as Acting Director of the Open Government Partnership, a new multilateral initiative working with 57 countries to reimagine a new 21st century citizen-government relationship. Prior to that, I had the honor of serving under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as a Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Maria Otero; Previously, I worked in microfinance at ACCION International.

I want to help realize the potential of government and business as forces for the global good. Current models are not yet doing the trick — we need to be inventive and imaginative, so that no person’s needs go unmet. 

Yoga, hiking Colorado, fishing South Carolina, and singing the blues.
Nelly Mensah
Nelly Mensah flag148 Russia flag068 Ghana San Francisco, CA Stanford, 2008. Management Science and Engineering

Interaction and User Experience Designer at Deloitte Digital.

Pursue design thinking in Emerging Markets, found a fashion start up, and retire in a Mediterranean cliff-top village.

Salsa dancing, yoga, photography, painting, napping, and bacon.
Francisca Merchan
Francisca Merchan flag164 Spain none none Madrid, Spain Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 2006, Telecommunications Engineering; Pompeu Fabra University, 2008, Music Computing.

Innovation Business Development Manager at Ericsson.

Energy efficiency and sustainability.

Sports, yoga, music, and public speaking.
Panayiotis Nicolaou
Panayiotis Nicolaou flag045 Cyprus none none London, UK University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 2004, Aerospace Engineering

Three years Flight Efficiencies/Aircraft Performance at easyJet airline, two years Flight Operations Engineering at Cyprus Airways, one and a half years Propulsion Design Engineering at Boeing.

Consulting, Technology, and Energy.

Soccer, tennis, skiing, travelling, cinema, and music.
Daniel Obaseki
Daniel Obaseki flag132 Nigeria none none United States / Nigeria BA, Dartmouth College, 2008

I was an Associate for a global investment firm, where I worked on investments in publicly-traded emerging market natural resource companies. Afterwards, I joined the International Finance Corporation as an Investment Analyst in the Global Infrastructure & Natural Resources Group, where I worked on investments in Oil & Gas companies in Africa.

I am interested in VC/PE investing & entrepreneurship in Africa. I want to explore opportunities through which I can develop the tools necessary to do business and positively allocate capital in Africa to drive economic development. 

I enjoy running, playing basketball, traveling and trying new restaurants.
Melek Pelen
Melek Pelen flag185 Turkey none none Istanbul, Turkey Computer Engineering, Bogazici University

I have a six years experience in Telecommunications Industry and worked for both Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson at different positions such as services, sales and operations. Just before coming to MIT Sloan, in Ericsson, I had a team of fifteen people responsible for design and implementation of mobile internet services for operators in Turkey, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Georgia and part of Middle East.

Consulting and Tech.

I am very much into extreme sports such as caving and indoor climbing. I also love jogging and swimming.
Andre Rachik
Andre Rachik flag024 Brazil none none Sao Paulo, Brazil BE, Industrial Engineering, University of Sao Paulo, 2008

I worked at Unilever Brazil and Unilever Spain for almost two years, focused on Supply Chain (Planning and Packaging). Then I joined A.T. Kearney (Management Consulting) where I’ve pursued engagements of different natures and created a profound expertise in Operations/Logistics, Organizational Redesign, and Cost Optimization. During the last six years I’ve been able to work in more than 20 different cities and 8 different states of the country, where I was exposed to different work environments and social realities.

I plan keep a fast-track consulting career, but also pursue new challenges through entrepreneurship initiatives focused on the educational sector and other private and sustainable projects (Start-up, VC, or PE). To do so I plan to participate of the Education Club, GHD-Lab, and SEID activities.

Currently I enjoy playing soccer, watching football, movies, and travelling with my wife Adriana. During my time at MIT Sloan, I plan to spend a good time learning sailing and skiing.
Piya Radia
Piya Radia flag191 United States none none Washington, DC and Maputo, Mozambique Georgetown University, 2009, International Relations

Four years at Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations unit. In my earlier years in consulting, I worked to support strategic security efforts at a US government security agency and helped to revamp the public housing process at another US government agency, among other efforts. In the latter half of my experience, I focused on supply chain work, with a focus on donor-funded pharmaceutical supply chains in various African countries (Swaziland, Liberia, and Mozambique).

Possibly returning to consulting to continue focusing on supply chain work, or continuing to expand my supply chain knowledge in Africa, perhaps for a larger multi-national.

Traveling, learning languages, and eating/cooking/entertaining.
Socrates Rosenfeld
Socrates Rosenfeld flag191 United States none none Boston, MA United States Military Academy, 2004, Leadership and Management

Apache Helicopter Pilot, but most recently worked with Grameen Bank in Guatemala and the US.

Consulting, tech, entrepreneurship.

Boston sports teams, surfing, food, and music.
Augusto Ruiz-Tagle
Augusto Ruiz-Tagle flag036 Chile none none Santiago, Chile Civil Engineer, PUC, 2006, Direction and Management of Enterprises Diploma, U. de Chile, 2012

Sales and product development with a Chilean Multinational Forestry Company. In charge of the USA, Canada and Oceania markets. Before that, I worked as a trader in bank selling currency and derivatives as well as building up more complex structural options for specific customers.

Entrepreneurship, Energy, and Consulting.

Travel, cooking, photography, running, hunting, squash, soccer, and scuba diving.
Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott flag191 United States none none Boston, MA Swarthmore College, 2005, major in Political Science

Before MIT Sloan I spent seven years at Summer Search Boston, a non-profit that helps low-income students get to and through college. I began in direct service, moved into program management, and eventually led the business-side of the organization as Development Director. I loved seeing students reach the milestone of college graduation.

I came to MIT Sloan to build a broader skillset for helping organizations, whether non-profit or for-profit – tackle complex social problems.

I spend most of my time cooking, walking unlikely distances, and playing electric guitar in a local rock band.
Elad Shoushan
Elad Shoushan flag086 Israel none none Tel Aviv, Israel Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 2008, Information Systems Engineering, Computer Science Faculty

Founder & CEO of LTG, a technology startup company developing a standardized test preparation platform for mobile devices (mainly iPhone). Team Leader & Software Engineer at GE Healthcare developing Medical Devices & Technology. Professional basketball player in Israel.

Entrepreneurship (startups) / VC & PE.

Basketball, puddle boarding, snowboarding, traveling, and reading.
Eduardo Tobias
Eduardo Tobias flag196 Venezuela none none Santiago, Chile Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas) and Uppsala University (Sweden), 2007, Electronic Engineering

In my exchange year in Sweden, I worked as a research engineer in an early-stage biotech start-up. After returning to Venezuela, I joined Procter&Gamble and held financial analysis and forecasting roles. For the past two years, I moved to Chile and worked as a consultant in Matrix Consulting (a Chilean strategy consulting firm co-founded by an MIT Sloan alum).

Strategy consulting/ Technology & Entrepreneurship.

Traveling, languages, tennis, music, and snowboarding.
Maria Troein
Maria Troein flag172 Sweden none none Beijing, China Harvard '07, Social Studies

Most recently I was with Wine Intelligence, a consulting company focused on the wine industry. I was based first in London for two years and then in Beijing for one year, where I worked on a huge range of projects for clients ranging from small wine producers to multinational retailers.

I'm planning on going back into consulting, ideally with an opportunity to work on projects related to supporting products (especially food) produced in a sustainable way. 

Travel, learning languages, and trying new wines - ideally all at once.
Zeliha Ustaoglu
Zeliha Ustaoglu flag026 Bulgaria none none Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Technical University, 2007, Industrial Product Design

Worked in two different interior design companies for a year after graduation. Then switched careers to become a banker and worked three years in Garanti Bank. For the last two years, I have been working for Ipsos Research company as operations financial analyst.

Leaning towards investment banking, but I am also open to new ideas.

Traveling, learning languages, meeting people, cooking and baking, wine tasting, extreme sports, coffee, puzzles and strategic games, and trying new things.
Patrick van Hoof
Patrick van Hoof flag128 Netherlands none none Amsterdam, the Netherlands & Tallinn, Estonia Vrije Universiteit, 2005, MSc in Business Studies (integrated undergrad-grad program), with courses in Industrial Design (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Policy Advisor & Investment Manager in the Treasury Department (Ministry of Finance), but started my own innovation company in the summer of 2011.

Innovation in the field of consumer products and (media entertainment) technology, at a startup, VC firm or a larger media (tech) company.

Film & animation, design, tennis, and fitness.
Amanda von Goetz
Amanda von Goetz flag191 United States none none New York, NY The Juilliard School, 2005, Piano Performance

Ran my own business in the web development space, founded various other creative projects: (,,

Launching businesses in the tech space (interested in both broad and niche verticals); accelerators, incubators, all kinds of creative Think Tanks.

Yoga, pool (billiards), studying languages.