MSMS

Meet Our MSMS Students


Meet Our MSMS Students

What is it like to be an MSMS student here? Our students represent a range of backgrounds and interests. They experience MIT Sloan in their own way, yet create a cohesive community.

Ponce Pineda Samaniego, MSMS '20

Citizenship:  Phillipines

Recent Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Partner School: Asia School of Business

Pre-MSMS Experience
I’m a global program and business manager leading at the intersection of innovation, technology, and social impact. With 7 years of professional experience, I have managed over 80 programs in 17 countries for organizations such as United Nations, Asian Development Bank, and Asia School of Business. I have extensive hands on experience supervising diverse teams (with up to 20 members from 8 countries) to successfully undertake initiatives from conception to execution. Through a full fellowship award, I completed my MBA at Asia School of Business where I received the President’s Leadership and Best Action Learning Project awards upon graduation.

Post-MSMS Ambitions
At Sloan, I focused on innovation and entrepreneurship courses to take advantage of MIT’s unique entrepreneurial ecosystem. After graduating from the MSMS program, I will be moving to Seattle to join Amazon as Senior Program Manager.

Interests/Hobbies
While residing in the Greater Boston area, I lived off campus in an artists’ building where there are about 150 art studios and residences. I immersed myself in the local art community, found artistic friends, and practiced drawing during my free time.

Lucia Chai, MSMS '20         

Citizenship: USA

Recent Location: Beijing, China

Partner School: Tsinghua University

Pre-MSMS Experience
Prior to Sloan, I worked at a Chinese start-up company called YOAI Technology; prior to that, I spent three years at Kimberly-Clark as a process engineer and project scientist across business units and functions. At YOAI, I  headed the R&D team to drive consumer insights and product developments within the aggressive lead time and budget.

Post-MSMS Ambitions
While at Sloan, I plan to spend more time developing my finance and leadership skills. Leveraging these skills, I aim to transition into general management or management consulting role at a large company, with a focus in international business development and management.

Interests/Hobbies
Being a creative home chef. I am an avid backpacker and enjoying traveling and learning about different cultures.

Donald Aka, MSMS '19

Citizenship: Ivory Coast

Recent Location: Malaysia

Partner School: Asia Business School

Pre-MSMS Experience
I worked for 5 years as a Project and Service Delivery Engineer for Ericsson focusing on project and incident management. In this role, I was part of the team that first brought 3G to many people in Ivory Coast. Passionate about entrepreneurship, I co-founded a small company that develops software application for SMEs in Ivory Coast and worked as a Digital Product Manager for a startup in Malaysia.

Post-MSMS Ambitions
At Sloan, I focused on building my capability as a future leader of an organization. I prioritized strategy and leadership courses and was interested in finance and marketing as well. After Sloan, I joined one of the leading hotel chains in Africa, Azalai Hotels, as Chief Marketing Officer.

Interests/Hobbies
I enjoy travel, food, and learning new things, having lived in 3 continents in the last 5 years. Along these travel adventures, I picked up new hobbies such as badminton and biking.

Jingjing Jun, MSMS '20

Citizenship: China

Recent Location: Beijing, China

Partner School: Fudan University

Pre-MSMS Experience
Prior to Sloan, I worked as a Vendor Manager at Kindle, Amazon. I was managing relationships with key publishers in China and abroad to expand content coverage in the Chinese marketplace.

Post-MSMS Ambitions
While at Sloan, I have had the opportunity to immerse myself in an authentic international environment. Sloan has helped me in developing a global vision and in understanding the cultural and ethical elements in doing business owing to the diversity of its student body and the faculty group. In the future, I would like to pursue professional opportunities that can help make an impact in promoting lifelong learning opportunities.

Interests/Hobbies
 I like watercolor painting and yoga as ways to relieve stress. I also enjoy reading exploratory essays as a pastime.

Jeremy Kek, MSMS '20

Citizenship: Singapore

Recent Location: Beijing, China

Partner School: Tsinghua University

Pre-MSMS Experience
Before graduate school, I worked as an Aircraft Engineer at Pratt and Whitney their Singapore office. I helped airline clients make better maintenance decision through data analytics.

Post-MSMS Ambitions
My goal is to stay in the consulting industry for at least a couple of years, build up experience and move on to do economic development or work in a non-profit organization in the longer term. 

Interests/Hobbies
Reading, Watching sports, movies and drama.