CALLING ALL FUTURE ENERGY LEADERS:
We are looking 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
LISA Khanna | Managing Director
Lisa is a 2018 MIT Sloan MBA Candidate pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to MIT, Lisa worked at Citigroup in high yield energy research, analyzing companies across the energy value chain. Over the summer, she worked at Rocky Mountain Institute in Sustainable Finance, where she focused on the value proposition of city-specific climate funds focused on building-level energy efficiency as well as business and financing models for Green and Net Zero Energy Districts. In addition to her role at the Clean Energy Prize, Lisa is also serves as a Vice President in MIT's Impact Investing Initiative. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Math and Economics from Brown University.
MIGUEL JIMENEZ | Managing Director
Miguel Jimenez is a 2019 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Miguel was an Energy Consulting Manager at PowerAdvocate, a boutique consulting firm that provides market and cost intelligence to energy companies. In this role, Miguel led supply chain transformations for large electrical utilities by employing category management programs in procurement divisions using a data-driven approach. Prior to PowerAdvocate, Miguel worked as an Application Engineering Team Leader at Cummins Inc., the world’s largest independent diesel and alternative fuel engine manufacturer. During this time, Miguel covered a variety of positions in Minneapolis and Melbourne, Australia, specializing in electrical generator set mechanical system integration, biofuels and emission control systems.
LIam fenlon | Mentorship Director
Liam Fenlon is an undergraduate sophomore at MIT majoring in computer science, economics, and data science. He's passionate about renewable energy, climate science, and the environment, and plans to pursue a career in the energy sector upon graduating. Now in his second 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.
dana zhu | Mentorship director
Dana is a 2019 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan, pursuing both the Sustainability and Business Analytics Certificates. Prior to Sloan, she spent five years running a New York-based healthcare reform venture. As Chief Operating Officer at her last company, Dana ran all aspects of the business, including operations, finance, HR and compliance, and steered the company towards 400% growth. She came to Sloan to move into a sustainability-oriented career and is specifically interested in sustainable supply chain, operations and renewable energy. Dana has a BA from Yale University and enjoys desert camping, ultra-long pilgrimages on foot and first principles thinking.
alexander beltes | Development prize director
Alexander is a 2019 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to MIT, Alexander was the Finance Project Manager at Kamworks, Cambodia’s leading solar energy company. At Kamworks, he focused on providing sustainable credit for rural off-grid customers of solar home systems and on developing new commercial and industrial solar projects. Before Kamworks, Alexander was a senior analyst at the NorthBridge Group, an economic and strategic consulting firm serving the electricity and natural gas industries. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Yale University.
matt perkins | Sponsorship Director
Matt leads the digital industrial transformation at GE’s Power Conversion business. Prior, he led sales and commercialization for the disruptive energy technologies platform at Current, GE’s new distributed generation division which he co-founded at GE Ventures in 2015. Previously, he led GE’s commercialization efforts for new technologies at GE Power Conversion based in China. Prior to that he led solar sales for Power & Water across Canada and the Northeastern/Midwestern United States. Matt’s career in engineering and technology began in energy efficiency work at Chevron. Matt holds a Materials Science & Engineering degree from Cornell University. He sings professionally as a tenor and competes frequently in cross-country skiing and trail running half-marathons.
Caitlin Keegan | communications Director
Caitlin Keegan is a 2020 B.Sc. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She is interested in the impact of data on the success of emerging energy technologies. She has previously conducted research on anthropogenic aerosol emissions in the Southeast Asia region and on the effects of fuel type on short- and long-lived vehicle emissions. Before joining the CEP team, she served as Co-Managing Director of MIT Energy Night, and held positions in the undergraduate energy community at MIT.
uvini lokuge | Alumni Director
Uvini is a 2019 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Uvini was a Product Development Manager for Crius Solar, where she was responsible for directing market entry, product launches and pricing for Loan, Cash and PPA residential solar products. Previous to Crius Solar, Uvini worked in management consulting at Bain and Cleanreturns, advising regulated utilities, retail energy providers and home improvement firms in the U.S. and Europe on topics such as long-term strategy, demand response and Connected Home/IOT offerings. Uvini is interested in the future of how clean technologies such as solar, EVs, and storage will converge. She is also newly curious about the potential to create sustainable physical products, using the principles of Cradle to Cradle and Upcycling.
Katie hsia-kiung | Judging Director
Katie Hsia-Kiung is a 2019 MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, she worked on the Market Intelligence and Business Development teams at Enphase Energy, a solar technology and manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before Enphase, she served as a Princeton High Meadows Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she helped to inform the organization's climate and energy strategy through the evaluation of carbon market data and carbon price modeling. Right before starting business school, she completed an internship with Off Grid Electric, a solar kit company in Sub-Saharan Africa.
nick Danforth | Judging Director
Prior to starting his MBA at Sloan, Nick spent eight years at EnerNOC (recently acquired by Enel Energy), a leading provider of demand response services and enterprise energy intelligence software. At EnerNOC, Nick primarily focused on M&A, strategic partnerships, and international market development. Earlier in his career, Nick worked in various operations and product launch roles within EnerNOC’s global demand response business. Nick has a BA in International Relations and Environmental Economics from Tufts University and is a member of the MIT Sloan class of 2019.
| Events Director
Kshitij is a clean energy enthusiast who is developing novel technologies through various clean energy generation projects that are either published or patent pending. He is currently pursuing MS in Energy Systems at Northeastern University (Class of 2019), prior to that he completed his B. Tech in Electronics and Communications and M.B.A. in Finance & Marketing. Furthering his hopes for a sustainable future, he hopes to lead an enterprise that combines sustainability, technology and business leadership for the betterment of the society.
Ignacio flores | events Director
Ignacio is a 2019 MBA Candidate pursuing the Business Analytics Certificate at MIT Sloan. Originally from Argentina, he holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and has extensive experience in Project Management with Operations focus. He worked for Latam Airlines, a major carrier in South America and has come to MIT to expand his knowledge and expertise on clean energy and other clean technologies.