In summer session, new MIT Sloan Fellows class finds fresh ideas and perspective

Published: August 24, 2012

Welcome to the MIT Sloan Fellows Class of 2013!


Snejina ZachariaSnejina Zacharia, SF ’13

Members of the MIT Sloan Fellows Class of 2013 are calling their summer cohort an early highlight of the program, one where geographical and professional diversity are both on display.

The 120 members of the class hail from 34 countries and from industries including technology, financial services, banking, government, and health care.

“The cohort has been the best part,” said Snejina Zacharia, SF ’13. “It’s amazing to be among a group of successful individuals who have such diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Just being able to share ideas with these people helps you develop yourself and fill your gaps. It’s inspiring.”

The MIT Sloan Fellows Program is a 12-month, full-time executive MBA program designed to prepare an elite group of global mid-career managers to magnify their impact as leaders.

Daan ArcherDaan Archer, SF ’13

“Many of the cohort entered the program humble and open for multiple perspectives, which is something you don't often get in business and larger organizations,” said Daan Archer, SF ’13. “It has truly allowed for the cohort to be open and experience new ideas.”

Over the summer session, the Class of 2013 participated in lectures, case studies, and various projects to get them rooted in facets of economics, finance, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, statistics (Data Modeling Decisions), and operations management.

“Our MIT professors are leading experts in their domains,” said Zacharia, “and they have the capability to create a very collaborative learning experience and put very quantitative and sometimes complex strategies in a way that is well understood by the students regardless of their background.”

Both Zacharia and Archer are examples of the visionary leaders and executives who are attracted to the MIT Sloan Fellows program.

Zacharia worked as a channel director at Gartner Inc., where she developed three distinct lines of business across the United States and around the world. Her goals for the MIT Sloan Fellows program are to “build well-rounded skills, new ideas, and new perspective and to create a global network of extraordinary individuals, all essential for achieving my career objective of starting a new business.”

Archer developed strategic Netherlands-Japan research and development collaborations involving government, industry, and academia. During his year at MIT he will “focus on emerging technologies and learn advanced quantitative techniques for decision making in large scale projects.” He also wants to “learn from my cohort about their professional experiences and problem-solving skills applied in different disciplines.”