Who we are

2014 Team

Caroline Mauldin – Co- President


Caroline Mauldin is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to starting at Sloan, she was an advisor and speechwriter to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, Caroline led the U.S. government’s launch of a new global initiative, the Open Government Partnership, later serving as Acting Director of its secretariat. Prior to the State Department, Caroline worked for global microfinance leader, Accion, and was on the founding team of its affiliated think-tank, the Center for Financial Inclusion.

Ryan Sturgill – Co-President 


Ryan Sturgill is interested in infrastructure development and the power of mobile technology to improve people’s lives in frontier markets.  After working in investment banking, he spent two years with the US Government in Iraq and Afghanistan connecting entrepreneurs with mentorship resources and growth capital.  He’s jointly pursuing an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Daniel Heyman - VP Social Enterprise Ecosystem

Daniel Heyman is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to joining Sloan, he worked as a Senior Project Manager for MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab, creating and managing research projects on technology adoption in East and West Africa. Before this position, he worked and lived in Sierra Leone running a randomized evaluation of a rural micro-credit product. In addition to his work with SEID, he is a fellow at MITs Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, a VP in the African Business Club and co-founder of Bureh, a start-up social enterprise that tries to share Sierra Leone’s beauty and fashion with the world.

David Chen – VP Social Enterprise Ecosystem

David Chen is interested in the development of public infrastructure, especially inclusive educational institutions, in emerging markets. Prior to Sloan, he served as a Teach For America corps member in the Bay Area working with special needs learners at the high school level. In addition to his work with SEID, David serves as co-President of the Social Impact Club, sits on the board of a local nonprofit, and organizes the annual MIT Sloan EdTech Case Competition.

Ilana Grimberg – VP Speakers and Events

Ilana Grimberg is a first year MBA at MIT Sloan. Prior to graduate school, Ilana worked for five years in the financial services industry in Latin America. At MIT Sloan, she is engaged in the activities of Sloan women in management and Finance Track. At SEID, Ilana holds the position of VP of speakers and is currently working on a SEID project focused on developing a cooperative business model for waste management in Central America.

Manoah Koletty – VP Projects

Manoah Koletty is a first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan, concurrently pursuing an MPA/ID at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to graduate school, Manoah worked broadly in the field of international development. He has spent time building schools in rural Indonesia, implementing and monitoring urban poverty alleviation programs at the World Bank, and investing in clean sources of power in LAC and SE Asia.

Arvind Nagarajan – VP Careers

Arvind Nagarajan is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Before business school, Arvind worked for 2 years in management consulting. Most recently, Arvind was at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, working on malaria treatment programs in Africa and Asia.

Ali Kamil- VP Careers

Ali Kamil is an SDM Fellow at Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering. Prior to joining MIT, he was a strategy consultant for Deloitte focusing on technology, media, and entertainment clients. Since joining MIT, he has cofounded two companies in the renewable energy sector, one of which won the renewable energy track of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. He is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship for a better world.

Eric Mills – VP Finance and Communication

Eric Mills is a Master of Finance Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  Prior to coming to Sloan, Eric completed a Master of Financial Engineering at the University of Hawaii where he served as an Economic Advisor for the program’s hedge fund.

Saurabh Sanghvi – VP Alumni

Saurabh Sanghvi is a class of 2014 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to school, Saurabh worked at Microsoft and co-founded a non-profit, Development Solutions Organization, focusing on international development consulting.

2013 Team

Xi Wang – President

Xi Wang is currently pursuing a MBA-MPA dual degree at MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to graduate school, Xi was a Project Manager at Monitor Group, a strategy consulting firm. During her years with Monitor, Xi focused on emerging markets and lived in Kampala, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Riyadh. While in India, she helped the Gates Foundation facilitate partnerships between Indian entrepreneurs, corporations, and government agencies to increase access to financial products for the poor. In Saudi Arabia, she advised the Saudi government in their efforts to stimulate private sector growth and increase job creation. Such experiences have shaped and reinforced Xi’s interests in pursuing a career in international development.

While at MIT Sloan, Xi’s main activity has been serving as the president of SEID (Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development). Through SEID, Xi also had the chance to work with Sanergy, a start-up launched by Sloan alums focusing on sanitation in urban slums.  She and her teammates spent January 2012 working in East Africa to assess expansion opportunities for Sanergy and possible value chains for Sanergy’s innovative eco-sanitation services. Their field work entailed visiting and evaluating local markets in Kampala and Dar es Salaam, including meetings with diverse stakeholders such as the World Bank, municipal governments, entrepreneurs, and slum inhabitants. The first hand perspective proved invaluable in allowing the team to test preliminary hypotheses generated from secondary research and to adapt Sanergy’s offerings to ensure a greater fit for the needs and culture of the local communities.

Pablo Alejandro Reinoso – VP Career 

Pablo Reinoso is an MBA candidate at The MIT Sloan School of Management. Pablo was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. Before business school he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for companies such as Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Pablo holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Minor Degree in Management Science and Systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Pablo has also volunteered time through various organizations in the U.S. such as NYCares, Habitat for Humanity and Cradles to Crayons. Before moving to Cambridge, Pablo also spent 3 months back in Ecuador working with a humanitarian aid organization called Extreme Response International where he concentrated his time in the Quito City Dump Project focusing on the care and education of children from families that suffer from extreme poverty. Pablo wishes he could be playing as left-winger for Barcelona F.C., but he thinks that helping other students learn about work opportunities in social impact driven organizations is just as cool.

Chiharu Shirai – VP Career

Chiharu Shirai has worked for 8 years as a project coordinator at Mitsubishi in the power business group. She has managed a number of power projects in Canada, the US, Mexico, Spain and Ireland. She majored in international law, and worked for an Indian NGO during her study at Univ. of Tokyo.

At MIT Sloan she has been engaged in a social venture in Kolkata, India as a finance manager. Through summer internships at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Inter-American Development Bank, she has sharpened her development finance skills.

Kara Valikai – VP Speakers and Events

Kara is interested in how extractive companies can be more responsible in the countries where they operate. She spent her summer working for the ExxonMobil Foundation, identifying ways for women-owned businesses to be better integrated into ExxonMobil’s supply chain. She is passionate about gender equality in the world and corporate social responsibility beyond philanthropy. She is pursuing dual MBA/MPA degrees from MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School.

Ted Perkins – VP Speakers and Events

Ted Perkins is the co-founder of Now Onboard, a company that will extend commerce to isolated markets throughout the Caribbean. Now Onboard will source and import goods, by container, from within the Caricom free trade zone as well as bulk orders from the mainland. It will improve selection and affordability for people in the Caribbean while also supporting the development of local manufacturing sectors.

Ted’s interest in emerging economies was fueled by his work as a financial advisor to debt distressed governments. Ted worked with island countries such as the Seychelles, Antigua and Barbuda, while employed at the London-based investment bank Houlihan Lokey and Newstate Partners. He also advised the governments of Belize, the Dominican Republic, Iraq and Russia on a variety of financial and trade-related topics.

Ted is currently an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and co-Director of the MIT Sloan Policy Forum. He holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Magali Bodeux – VP Projects and website

Magali is a joint degree student pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan and a MPA at Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining Sloan, Magali worked for 2 years in consulting and 3 years in the energy sector. She spent part of the summer working with the World Food Program on impact assessment issues and the other part with OCP, developing a strategy to support small entrepreneurs Morocco.

Magali is very interested in engaging the private sector on issues of development. Apart from being involved in this SEID project, Magali also co-organized a study tour to East Africa focusing on sustainable social impact in the region.

Vanessa Mendoza – VP Projects

Prior to entering MIT Sloan, Vanessa worked as an Architect/Designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, where she helped to coordinate and design a variety of large-scale, mixed-use projects across the globe. Previously, Vanessa worked on a variety of consulting projects for community-related design studies. With a background in both design and community development, Vanessa is passionate about finding innovative ways to provide better access to housing and sanitation for slum dwellers. After Sloan, Vanessa hopes to work full-time to provide these services in Africa.

Jose Quintana – VP Projects

Pepe is pursuing an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School. Before school Pepe was part of Evercore Partners’ public sector coverage group for Latin America where he participated in state debt restructuring and project financing. Before Evercore, Pepe was at an economic consulting firm in Mexico City. During the summer Pepe designed the Brazilian market entry strategy for Cinepolis (world’s fourth largest movie theater company).

In addition to SEID, Pepe is a collaborator of the MIT Sloan Latin Business Conference, the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference and Sloan Gear (a student run apparel company). Pepe holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Political Science from the Autonomous Mexican Institute of Technology (ITAM).

Mio Yamamoto – VP Social Enterprise Ecosystem

Mio Yamamoto is a class of 2013 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan. She has been supported social entrepreneurs in many ways in her career, a Partner at Social Venture Partners Tokyo since 2005, a Net Impact Board Fellow in 2013, a IDEAS Global Challenge reviewer in 2013, and a VP of Social Enterprise Ecosystem at SEID.

She is also a social entrepreneur by herself. As one of the founding team and Director of World in Asia, she provides social entrepreneurs in Japan with incubation services and fundraising support and aims at expanding into Asia.

This summer, Mio worked for McKinsey and World in Asia. Prior to Sloan, she worked for Sumitomo Chemical after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a major in International Relations.

Anya Priester – VP Social Enterprise Ecosystem

Anya Priester is a class of 2013 MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan.  With a focus on social impact, entrepreneurship and sustainability, Anya is a leader in SEID and in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

This summer, Anya worked as an intern at Coinstar/Redbox where she evaluated their sustainability strategy and operational efficiency. While at MIT, Anya has consulted for two global energy start-ups, one in Tanzania and one in China.

Before joining MIT Sloan, Anya worked in the non-profit sector, most recently as Associate Director of Programs at YWCA Boston.  She holds a BA from Cornell University in Government with a concentration in International Relations.

Priyanka Ramamurthy – VP Finance and Communication

Priyanka Ramamurthy is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to attending MITSloan, Priyanka worked Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm, where she focused on the health care industry, for health outcomes research, as well as strategy and litigation support. Concurrently, was a volunteer at Barakat Inc., where she launched and ran a malaria prevention program for women and children in Uttar Pradesh, India. Through this program, she provided insecticide treated bed-nets and created a public health class that covered techniques to prevent malaria, as well as steps for symptom identification. In addition to her work with SEID, Priyanka serves as co-president of Sloan Women in Management (SWIM), and most recently was the VP of Mentorship and captain of the promotions team for the SWIM annual conference. Priyanka graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics.

Jane Chipman – VP Alumni

Jane is a second year MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan, where she is focusing on sustainability, analytics and entrepreneurship. Jane spent her summer with the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to Sloan, she worked with river conservation and recreation in Western China. When not trying to save the world, Jane occupies her time trying to learn how to sail

2013 Team

  • Xi Wang
  • Pablo Reinoso
  • Chiharu Shirai
  • Kara Valikai
  • Ted Perkins
  • Magali Bodeux
  • Vanessa Mendoza
  • Jose Quintana
  • Mio Yamamoto
  • Anya Priester
  • Priyanka Ramamurthy
  • Jane Chipman

2012 Team

  • Edward Hallen
  • Marisa Gerla
  • Joyce Fong
  • Robin Bose
  • Rachel Krantz
  • Tiago Wright
  • Laura Esnaola
  • Elinor Huang
  • Dan Siegel

2011 Team

  • David Auerbach
  • Anna Capetanakis
  • Liza Gutina
  • Alex Shih
  • Vimala Palaniswamy
  • Lilian Tse
  • Ani Vallabhaneni
  • Jeff Zira

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