monica harnoto | managing Director
Monica is a 2020 MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Candidate pursuing an MBA and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to MIT, Monica worked at Bloom Energy starting as a Recruiting Sourcer and growing into a Senior Program Management Specialist on their product management team. While there, she was a lead for the Bloom Energy Women’s Initiative and a volunteer for Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Energy team. In addition to her role as Co-Managing Director of the Clean Energy Prize at MIT, Monica also serves as a Co-Managing Director for MIT Energy Night and Vice President for MIT’s Sloan Energy Club. Monica holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
wynn tucker | managing Director
Wynn is a first-year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT, he was Chief of Staff at the Climate Leadership Council, an international policy institute founded in collaboration with energy, corporate, environmental, and opinion leaders. He joined the Council as one of its first employees and worked across its research, communications, fundraising, corporate outreach, and operations during a period of rapid growth. Previously, he worked at Terra Alpha Investments, a firm that invests in companies with sustainable business models and superior operational efficiencies, on its Environmental Productivity team. He has also completed a Fellowship with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. Wynn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard University.
mengzhen lei | sponsorship Director
Mengzhen is a 2021 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. She is keen to explore Tech and Energy partnerships to unlock new opportunities for the energy industry and accelerate the energy transition. Prior to MIT, Mengzhen worked at Shell for 6 years. In the last two years, she was developing solar and storage business for Shell in Netherlands and Italy, under Shell New Energies, a fast growing low carbon business unit. Prior to that role, she rotated through various finance and strategy advisory roles in a few countries, including Australia, India, etc. Mengzhen holds a CFA charter, and graduated with distinguished in M.S. in Finance from Uppsala University (Sweden) and University of Groningen (Netherlands).
aparna pande | sponsorship Director
Aparna is a 2021 MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Aparna drove a number of initiatives for Bloomberg in New York and London, as the backup Team Lead for Fixed Income Data and Analytics, and as the Co-Lead for Bloomberg Women in Fixed Income. She led the initiative to add Convertibles to the FI Data Platform letting clients run cross-asset searches on the Bloomberg Terminal; and spearheaded the introduction of historical analytics for Fixed Income securities into the Bloomberg ecosystem, leading to various multi-year spinoff products. Additionally, as the Corporate Liaison for the London Impact Travel Alliance and the Engineering Sustainability Squad Rep for Bloomberg London, Aparna organized various initiatives including the Earth Month One Cup Pledge, and multiple panel and networking events promoting sustainable travel and workplace practices. Aparna holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (with a concentration in AI) from Cornell University's School of Engineering.
Anthony cheng | mentorship Director
Anthony Cheng is a senior at MIT majoring in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. He is very interested in the energy industry, particularly renewables penetration and energy storage, and hopes to found or join a cleantech startup that actually will make a significant impact on the global emissions crisis. Prior to his involvement with MIT CEP, he was the director of StartLabs (MIT's undergrad entrepreneurship club) and member of the Undergraduate Energy Club.
evan hamilton | judging Director
Evan Hamilton is a Los Angeles native who grew up watching the city evolve from an entertainment monoculture into a vibrant tech landscape. Evan's career started as an environmental scientist at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth where he created paleoclimatology proxy-records. Later, he entered into the startup world in the Bay Area where he did marketing and strategy at an electric motorcycle company, Alta Motors. Most recently, Evan served as a Senior Advisor at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator helping young companies grow, raise funds and enter the market. Evan is thrilled to join the CEP team as the Director of Judging to help identify new and innovative companies.
chantal sirisena | finance director
Chantal is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan and is also pursuing a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was born and raised in the UK. Prior to graduate school, Chantal worked at Macquarie, an Australian investment bank, in both London and Sydney where she developed a grounding in financial analysis. She moved to Sri Lanka after she met her now husband and combined her finance background with her true passion for development work. At Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance, Chantal worked with the World Bank on the creation of a new public-private partnership unit and PPP legislation, an important step in opening up government projects to private-sector financing. As the transactions manager, she led the procurement processes for new infrastructure projects.
Jenna dancewicz | Events Director
Jenna is a 2021 MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Jenna was a Project Manager at Suffolk Construction. From healthcare to commercial, Jenna worked on a variety of projects, including the renovation of the Burnham Building and building two of the tallest residential towers in Boston, Millennium Tower and One Dalton Four Seasons Hotel & Residences. Jenna has a passion for sustainability in the built environment. At Suffolk, she was the head of the Green Team and a subject matter expert for LEED. She is a lead volunteer at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Massachusetts Chapter (USGBC MA), where she is a Chair Emeritus on the Emerging Professionals Committee (EPMA) and on the board of directors for the USGBC MA, where she leads the branding committee. While on EPMA, she planned a variety of events, including building bike tours and sustainability career panels. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Brown University. While at Brown, Jenna played on the D1 varsity women’s ice hockey team, where she was Co-Captain her senior year, and performed in the tap dance company “What’s on Tap?”.
sade nabahe | Events Director
Sade is a first year MS Candidate in the MIT Technology Policy Program. In addition, as a research assistant, she studies the relationship between the energy industry and the broader US economy for the MIT Energy Initiative. Prior to MIT, Sade was the co-founder and project manager of The Okoa Project, a non-profit that aims to improve access for existing rural medical facilities in Tanzania. Her past work experiences include Intel and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She also spent a year working abroad for Fundación Chile, collaborating on a marine energy cost and supply chain study. Sade holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
mike schoder | director of applicant experience
Mike is a 2021 MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) candidate, pursuing an MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering. He is excited about the latest opportunities in clean energy, and is particularly interested in novel energy storage and transportation technologies. Prior to MIT, Mike worked as a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir Technologies, where he led data analytics and machine learning projects in the commercial energy and defense sectors. Previously, Mike served for eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, as an Infantry Officer and then as a Special Operations Officer. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
quadri oguntade | alumni relations Director
Quadri is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan who is passionate about clean energy and sustainability. He is pursuing the Entrepreneurship & Innovation track as part of his MBA degree. Prior to Sloan, Quadri worked for four years in management consulting at Deloitte Consulting. During his time in consulting, he implemented innovative technologies that helped Fortune 500 energy and power utilities clients improve their business operations. Prior to Deloitte, Quadri worked at Duke Energy, where he helped perform risk analysis on the feasibility of deploying large scale renewable energy systems and at ExxonMobil, where he helped design a wireless technology that helped improve a manufacturing plant efficiency. Quadri holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in renewable energy systems from North Carolina State University.
pulkit shamshery | alumni relations Director
Pulkit is a 2021 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Pulkit cofounded Illumina Africa Limited, an energy and agri-tech company based in Kenya. Illumina Africa focuses on delivering turn-key solar PV solutions for residential, commercial and industrial and agricultural projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, Illumina Africa has ventured into the development of mini-grids coupled with boreholes and cold storage to close the gap in the energy, water and agriculture infrastructure. Pulkit holds a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT School of Engineering.
Ashish kumar | partnerships Director
Ashish is a Sloan Fellow MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. He also serves as Sponsorship Director with the MIT Energy club. Prior to MIT, He was a Project Manager for energy majors (Fortune 25). He has managed multimillion dollar, high impact energy projects across 10 countries. Overall, these projects have made a significant impact in the lives of millions of people worldwide and uplifted their living standards in a sustainable way. He is passionate about the energy industry and feels motivated by the socio-economic impact of energy projects. Ashish holds a Masters & Bachelors degree in Engineering from Heriot Watt University UK & Jadavpur University India.
daniel lundberg | partnerships Director
A lemur lover and passionate about the environment, Daniel is pursuing his PhD in the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT—researching ways to use nanotechnology to improve human health and the environment. He has experience designing sustainable chemical processes as well as developing biorenewable and biodegradable plastic materials. Also pursuing a specialization in French Business and Communication, Daniel is enthusiastic about working across borders and cultures to make a sustainable future. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
sophia xing | partnerships Director
Sophia is a first-year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT, Sophia worked as a Product Manager at Flat World Technology, focused on designing, implementing and marketing a web application that empowers asset managers and investors to evaluate the sustainability footprint of their investment portfolios. Previously, Sophia served as a Client Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, focused on building and customizing quantitative strategies in the alternatives investment space for institutional investors. Sophia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science from Princeton University.
Kelsey lafreniere | marketing Director
Kelsey is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before coming to Sloan, she worked on energy, environmental, and disaster policy for Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer. Her past work includes policy and communications roles at the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, DC and the Northeast Clean Energy Council in Boston. Kelsey holds a BA in Politics from Bates College.