Nadia Boukhetaia | Managing Director

Nadia Boukhetaia is a 2017 MBA Candidate of the Sloan Fellow Program. Prior to Sloan, she had several positions in Energy and Sustainable Development in both the public and the private sector. She holds two Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Chemistry. After some Research inspired of the current Nobel Prize in Chemistry on OLED for PHILIPS, she conducted several studies in Marketing and Strategy for main Companies in Energy and Chemistry in a consulting firm. Then after two years, in the Ministry of Ecology in charge of biofuels, she joined the Prime Minister Office and under the supervision of Louis Gallois (ex-CEO of AIRBUS), she managed the most important financing program in France for Innovation on Energy, Circular Economy and Smart Grids (Investissements d’Avenir). She is currently Head of Innovation of Séché Environnement, number 3 of waste management in France. Energy expert, she has a focus on energy, artificial intelligence, innovation on business models, entrepreneurship and public policies. 

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Rohit Gawande | Managing Director

Rohit is a first year MBA / MPA Candidate at MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Rohit spent five years at Acumen, a social impact investment fund, based in Nairobi, Kenya and in New York, USA. Rohit worked across Acumen’s Business Development, Portfolio, and Impact teams, and helped launch Acumen’s Lean Data Initiative, a new way to measure the impact of social enterprises. Prior to Acumen, Rohit was a research intern at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Rohit is primarily interested in the intersection of climate change and poverty in emerging and developing markets. Rohit received an A.B. from Princeton University at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. 

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Amanda Li | Mentorship Director

Amanda Li is a 2018 MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, Amanda was an Investment Associate at Generate Capital in San Francisco, where she sourced, underwrote, and financed energy storage and solar projects. Before Generate Capital, Amanda was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Mechatronics, from the University of British Columbia.

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Michael Maruca | Mentorship director

Mike Maruca is a DC native who came to Harvard Law School via Yale and the Peace Corps in Morocco. He was the Competition Director for the Hello Tomorrow start-up conference in 2014 and then briefly worked as a policy analyst at the OECD Development Centre. He plans on practicing law in the international development field. He is interested in energy, health, education, and social enterprise in Africa.

Drew Walker | Mentorship Director

Drew Walker is a first-year Leaders for Global Operations student (MBA+SM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to graduate school, Drew worked as an engineer at a Cambridge-area startup called 24M Technologies, which develops batteries for grid energy storage. Previously, Drew earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

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Archer kilpatrick | Development prize director

Archer is a 2018 MBA candidate at Harvard Business School (HBS). Prior to starting at HBS, Archer worked for six years in London, first in energy project finance and latterly for a utility scale solar developer, in which he was also a shareholder. To date he has financed 14 renewable energy projects. Archer is very interested in the development of the energy sector in emerging markets, especially Africa, and undertook a three-month internship in summer 2016 working for a micro-grid developer in Nairobi, Kenya, where he assisted with their fundraising activities. A graduate of the University of Manchester, Archer completed a first-class degree in Economics and Politics in 2010, undertaking his dissertation on electricity policy in the UK.

 
 

Allison Dorey | Development Prize Director

Allison Dorey is currently pursuing an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management with a focus on entrepreneurship and technology. Before Sloan, Allison was a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City focusing on energy and environmental issues. Allison spent this past summer working at a clean energy startup in Nairobi, Kenya.

 
 

Javier Canon | Sponsorship Director

Javier is a 2017 MBA Candidate of the Sloan Fellow Program. Prior to Sloan, Javier worked over 16 years in the oil & gas industry, leading engineering teams in major capital projects and large operating assets in the US, Europe and West Africa. Javier has also championed the introduction of Digital Technologies in the energy industry and has authored different publications in the subject. Javier’s current interests are around technical and organizational challenges in the area of Data Analytics and the Industrial Internet and their application in energy efficiency and risk management domains. Javier holds BSc and MSc degrees in Engineering from Texas A&M University. 

 
 

SHAUNA THEEL | Finance Director

Shauna B. Theel is currently pursuing a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School with support from the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellowship. Prior to graduate school, she was the Deputy Director of Digital Media at the American Wind Energy Association, the trade association for the over 1,000 companies comprising the U.S. wind industry. Previously, she served as the Climate and Energy Program Director at Media Matters for America. This summer, she worked as a consultant for public utilities and energy companies at Strategy&, a part of the PwC network. She also wrote a forthcoming publication for the United Nations on mini-grids that the UN is developing in Africa. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley.

 
 

Maha Salih | Alumni Director

Maha Salih is a 2017 MBA Candidate of the Sloan Fellow program. Prior to Sloan Maha worked at Schlumberger as the Technical Sales Manager for Europe and Africa. Maha has bachelor’s degree with Honors in Chemical Engineering from University of Khartoum and Master in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University.

 
 

Max Tuttman | Judging Director

Max is a 2018 MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Fellow pursuing an MBA and SM Mechanical Engineering. Prior to starting at MIT, Max worked for seven years in the energy sector in Greater Boston. He began his career at the solar fuels startup Joule Unlimited, before becoming a Product Manager at PowerAdvocate, a company that provides supply chain management software and services to a wide variety of energy firms. Max’s primary area of interest is the evolution of the electricity sector and the integration of new technologies into existing grid infrastructure. Max received a Sc.B. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University.

 
 

Spencer Barnes | Events Director

Spencer Barnes is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Spencer worked in Japan as a participant on the JET Programme and later as adviser to Japan at the United Nations in New York. Having lived in windswept Iowa and Hokkaido for most of his life, Spencer has developed a strong appreciation for wind turbines as generators of both clean energy and renewed investment into rural areas. Spencer has undergraduate degrees in Finance and Japanese Language and Literature from George Washington University. 

 
 

Sophie LiaO | Communications Director

Sophie is a 2018 MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, She worked for four years as a chemical engineer and a marketing specialist in the chemical industry, providing new market entry analysis from renewable energy to energy storage industries in Asia market. She published papers and patents on microbattery applications and material innovation. Her interests include energy material development, energy efficiency improvement and the integration of power supply and energy storage systems. Now she is a marketing director of Sloan Energy Club. At her leisure, she writes science articles about state-of-the-art scientific discoveries. Sophie received a B.S in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University and a M.S in Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion from Erasmus Mundus Program.

 
 
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Anoushka Bose | Communications Director

Anoushka is a current undergraduate at MIT. She is majoring in Nuclear Science and Engineering with a minor in Public Policy. On campus, she serves as the Vice President of Corporate Relations for the MIT Women in Energy Club and serves nationally on a council for women in STEM sponsored by Disney and the National Academies of Science.

 

Will Ferrer | Marketing Director

Will is currently a first-year MBA student at Sloan, focusing on innovation strategy, entrepreneurial finance, and operations management, while also pursuing a certificate in Sustainability. After graduating Amherst College in 2008, Will worked for Lazard Capital Markets in their equity research group covering Shipping & Logistics. After Lazard, he worked in sales and marketing strategy and operations at Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, an EHR-based analytics firm located in Burlington, MA. He also serves on the leadership team of the MIT Water Innovation Prize.