CALLING ALL FUTURE ENERGY LEADERS:
We are looking for the 2019 CEP leadership team! If you are a Boston-based student interested in engaging with the clean energy entrepreneurship community, gaining valuable leadership and management experience, and driving the success and evolution of the prize, apply here
Aditya Srujan Jandhyala | Managing Director
Aditya is a 2019 MBA candidate under the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program. Prior to MIT, Aditya has over 10 years of experience in Energy and Infrastructure. Aditya was the Head of Business Development (India) for the Energy platform of Equis, Asia’s largest independent Infra and Energy Investor. He was in charge of ideation, deal sourcing, and investment strategy to incubate and grow platforms in South Asia, and part of management with over 1 GW of renewable energy assets.
Aditya has equity ownership in SSAEL, a World Bank incubated Solar Energy company. In 2012, at the nascent stage of Solar in India, he closed a deal to build a 50MW asset with India’s largest private utility. In 2013, CTIPFAN, US-Aid, and ADB named SSAEL as one of Asia’s most Promising Companies in Energy.
Earlier in his career, Aditya was a policy analyst and consultant, having worked with varied stakeholders such as Government Institutions, MNCs, and Multilaterals.
Rukmini Sarkar | Managing Director
Rukmini is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan who is passionate about renewable energy and sustainability. She is pursuing the Entrepreneurship & Innovation track as well as the Sustainability Certificate as part of her MBA degree. Prior to Sloan, she worked for five years in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group in the Middle East and in the Energy, Chemicals & Utilities practice at Strategy& in the U.S. During her time in consulting, she has completed 20 projects, of which 15 were in the energy & utilities sectors and include mergers & acquisitions, growth strategy, cost optimization, and operating model transformation. In addition to her role at the MIT Clean Energy Prize, she is also a Trek Leader for the Sloan Energy Club. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nick Eidemiller | Sponsorship director
Nick is a 2008 Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He served for over a decade in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. During the initial part of his career, as an Infantry officer, he was assigned to 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), stationed in Vicenza, Italy.
During this time, Nick deployed to the provinces of Kunar and Wardak, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X. In Kunar Province, while in charge of Noorgal District, he completed nine CERP projects, improved multiple roadways, implemented ten civil works programs, and instilled an enduring municipal government. In Wardak Province, he spearheaded the development of Combat Outpost Jaghatu and mapped the geographical, social and tribal landscape of an area which had never been successfully occupied by American Forces.
Nick departed from active duty military service in 2017, dedicated to launching a venture to deliver energy to the developing world. To make this vision a reality, Nick is currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with plans to subsequently pursue a Master of Business Administration at The Wharton School. Combining his past experiences with new knowledge, skills and relationships in both the government and business spheres, Nick will be equipped to truly make an impact.
monica Harnoto | Sponsorship 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 at the Clean Energy Prize, Monica also serves as a Vice President for MIT’s Sloan Energy Club. Monica holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Natasha Stamler | communications Director
Natasha is a 2022 B.Sc. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She is passionate about how alternative energy and sustainable development interact. In addition to being Communications Director for MIT CEP, Natasha is one of the Communications Directors for MIT EnergyHack, a mechanical engineer for MIT's Solar Electric Vehicle Team, and a member of the Maker Committee of MIT's Undergraduate Energy Club. Natasha is excited to learn about energy's economic side and meet entrepreneurs as well as established companies innovating to create a sustainable future.
Saif Benelhani | Finance Director
Seif’s professional journey is deeply rooted in energy world. After graduating with an MSc in management (HEC Paris) in 2007, he joined the French major Total. During seven years within their Strategy, Economics, and Growth department, he had the chance to get acquainted with different business and cultural environments spanning West Africa, CIS, and the MENA regions. His assignments included building ad-hoc financial models, elaborating regional strategic plans, negotiating new E&P ventures and leading the financial management of the largest integrated gas project in the Middle-East (Dolphin Gas).
In 2014, he joined the energy arm of the Abu Dhabi-owned Sovereign Wealth Fund Mubadala to help it - in his capacity of lead investment strategist - cope with the worst decline in oil and gas prices in many decades. At Mubadala, Seif built from scratch the Market research unit in charge of monitoring the energy market fundamentals, forecasting the essential macro-economic indicators and advising the fund on future O&G deals.
Since 2018, Seif has been a full-time sustainability student at Harvard University where he is developing a thorough understanding of clean energy drivers in terms of technology, policies and business models.
Benjamin Boutboul | Judging Director
Benjamin is a 2020 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Benjamin worked at Fenix International, an off-grid solar company headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. There, he helped the team set up operations in a new country, Ivory Coast, working across multiple functions (operations, sales, product development).
Prior to Fenix, Benjamin worked at Capital Dynamics, a renewable energy fund investing in onshore wind and solar PV projects in Europe. Benjamin started his career at Société Générale in energy project finance, where he advised clients raising capital for large-scale energy projects with broad sector (oil & gas, petrochemicals, LNG, offshore wind, solar PV) and geographical (Americas and EMEA) focus.
He holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.
LIAM FENLON | Alumni DIRECTOR
Liam is an undergraduate junior at MIT majoring in computer science, economics, and data science. He is passionate about renewable energy, climate science, and the environment, and plans to pursue a career in the energy sector upon graduating. Now in his third year on the CEP leadership team, Liam has also helped to organize the MIT Energy Hackathon and MIT Energy Conference. He currently works as a researcher at the MIT Joint Program, examining how uncertainty can influence investments in energy, and spent last summer working at a Belgian cleantech startup. An avid road cyclist and musician, Liam races for MIT Cycling and performs with a piano trio as part of the MIT Chamber Music Society.
Jordan Landis | Mentorship Director
Jordan is a 2020 LGO Fellow pursuing an MBA, SM in Mechanical Engineering (with a focus on clean energy and product design for emerging markets) and the Sustainability Certificate at MIT. Originally from Lancaster PA, he holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and has extensive experience in Project Management with Operations focus. Prior to MIT, Jordan worked in the nuclear power sector managing nuclear waste storage and clean-up projects. He spent six months at Chernobyl nuclear power plant leading final site preparations for the transition to dry cask storage. He also spent two years building a team to work with the South African government-owned utility, Eskom, to address their nuclear waste storage challenges. He came to MIT to move into a sustainability-oriented career and is specifically interested in sustainable supply chain, operations, and renewable energy.
JAmie Niu | Events Director
Jamie is a 2020 MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition to the Clean Energy Prize, Jamie is involved in MIT’s energy community as the Showcase Director for the MIT Energy Conference. This semester she is working with Infinite Cooling, an MIT start-up and former Clean Energy Prize winner working to enable water-sustainable thermoelectric power.
Prior to MIT, Jamie was a Business Operations Manager at Tesla, where she worked on a variety of cross-functional projects to create scalable and efficient processes during the Model 3 ramp. She also has 3 years of management consulting experience at PwC Advisory in New York, where she worked on large-scale mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 500 companies.
Jamie holds a B.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Andrew Mowry | Events Director
Andrew is an S.M. candidate in Technology & Policy from MIT, where he is engaged with the MIT Energy Initiative to research the deployment of distributed energy resources. Prior to MIT he worked with LS Power in New York City on the acquisition and operation of large-scale generation assets, and previous to that with DC Energy's power trading business.
Andrew graduated Amherst College with a B.A. in Physics, cum laude.