Team

2021 Co-Directors

Sam Walsh
Conference Co-Director
Sam is a second-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan co-directing his second MIT Sustainability Summit. Sam spent the past summer working in the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Clean Energy group and with the Good Food Institute on their commercial operations team. Prior to Sloan, Sam worked in Strategy and Analytics at the National Basketball Association, helping teams improve their business operations. In Sam’s spare time he enjoys cooking, playing basketball, reading and building community with his MIT peers. After graduation, Sam will be joining the Boston Consulting Group in Boston.
Sam Walsh
Conference Co-Director
Sam is a second-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan co-directing his second MIT Sustainability Summit. Sam spent the past summer working in the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Clean Energy group and with the Good Food Institute on their commercial operations team. Prior to Sloan, Sam worked in Strategy and Analytics at the National Basketball Association, helping teams improve their business operations. In Sam’s spare time he enjoys cooking, playing basketball, reading and building community with his MIT peers. After graduation, Sam will be joining the Boston Consulting Group in Boston.


Christina Larson
Conference Co-Director
Christina is a second-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Christina spent five years in Washington, D.C. working as an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research. She spent this past summer working on a sustainability project within Global Operations at Nike. In addition to being passionate about sustainability, Christina is active in Sloan Women in Management and enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, and teaching yoga in her free time.
Christina Larson
Conference Co-Director
Christina is a second-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Christina spent five years in Washington, D.C. working as an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research. She spent this past summer working on a sustainability project within Global Operations at Nike. In addition to being passionate about sustainability, Christina is active in Sloan Women in Management and enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, and teaching yoga in her free time.


Content

Qing Qing Miao
Director of Content
Qing Qing is a first-year student at MIT Sloan who is deeply passionate about building sustainable food systems to combat climate change and to support our collective health. Before Sloan, she spent five years as a foresight strategist at Kantar helping companies imagine and execute against alternative visions of the future. Here, she became fluent in the industries of food & beverage and CPG. It was also here that she realized companies are not equipped to grapple with the realities of climate change, and how it would negatively affect the people and processes along their supply chains. She came to Sloan to explore how she could make a positive impact along the food & agricultural supply chain, and she is currently working with Bay State Milling, a 122-year old grain miller, to enhance the transparency of their supply chain.
Qing Qing Miao
Director of Content
Qing Qing is a first-year student at MIT Sloan who is deeply passionate about building sustainable food systems to combat climate change and to support our collective health. Before Sloan, she spent five years as a foresight strategist at Kantar helping companies imagine and execute against alternative visions of the future. Here, she became fluent in the industries of food & beverage and CPG. It was also here that she realized companies are not equipped to grapple with the realities of climate change, and how it would negatively affect the people and processes along their supply chains. She came to Sloan to explore how she could make a positive impact along the food & agricultural supply chain, and she is currently working with Bay State Milling, a 122-year old grain miller, to enhance the transparency of their supply chain.


John Liu
Director of Content
John is a second-year Master’s Candidate in the Integrated Design & Management program at MIT. He is passionate about building new ventures that tackle sustainability issues at the intersection of food, health, and the built environment. In addition to his role as Content Co-Director for this year’s Sustainability Summit, he is a Co-Founder of Planet D - MIT’s first campus club dedicated to the emerging discipline of human-centered systems design. Before MIT, John led Strategy & Finance for the Happy Valley Meat Co., a Brooklyn-based social impact food startup building a more ethical meat system for small-scale family farms in the Northeast. He started his career in corporate innovation and M&A at American Express. John majored in Finance & International Business at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In his free time, he enjoys listening to live jazz and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen!
John Liu
Director of Content
John is a second-year Master’s Candidate in the Integrated Design & Management program at MIT. He is passionate about building new ventures that tackle sustainability issues at the intersection of food, health, and the built environment. In addition to his role as Content Co-Director for this year’s Sustainability Summit, he is a Co-Founder of Planet D - MIT’s first campus club dedicated to the emerging discipline of human-centered systems design. Before MIT, John led Strategy & Finance for the Happy Valley Meat Co., a Brooklyn-based social impact food startup building a more ethical meat system for small-scale family farms in the Northeast. He started his career in corporate innovation and M&A at American Express. John majored in Finance & International Business at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In his free time, he enjoys listening to live jazz and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen!


Mengzhen Lei
Content VP
Meng is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. She spent the past summer as an intern with PIVA, working on early-stage venture investments in climate tech and fell in love with plant-based ice cream. Prior to Sloan, she led business development efforts for renewable power projects in Europe for Shell. She loves the ocean, be surfing above the waves or diving beneath the waves.
Mengzhen Lei
Content VP
Meng is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. She spent the past summer as an intern with PIVA, working on early-stage venture investments in climate tech and fell in love with plant-based ice cream. Prior to Sloan, she led business development efforts for renewable power projects in Europe for Shell. She loves the ocean, be surfing above the waves or diving beneath the waves.


Jessica Singh
Content VP
Jessica is a first-year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and the Finance Track. Prior to MIT, Jessica spent 3 years working in IFC, World Bank, supporting and monitoring infrastructure investments in South Asia, with a focus on renewable energy, logistics and clean water. She has always been passionate about environment conservation and investing for both sustainability and competitive returns. At Sloan, is excited to explore early-stage impact investing to support new-age technologies which can provide access to clean water, reduce food insecurity and help tackle climate change.
Jessica Singh
Content VP
Jessica is a first-year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and the Finance Track. Prior to MIT, Jessica spent 3 years working in IFC, World Bank, supporting and monitoring infrastructure investments in South Asia, with a focus on renewable energy, logistics and clean water. She has always been passionate about environment conservation and investing for both sustainability and competitive returns. At Sloan, is excited to explore early-stage impact investing to support new-age technologies which can provide access to clean water, reduce food insecurity and help tackle climate change.


Rosemburg Lopes Neto
Content VP
Rosemburg is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. During his years prior to Sloan, Rosemburg worked with management consulting at Bain & Company. In his free time, nothing makes him happier than a big plate of plant-based foods (be it cooking at home, be it in a new local restaurant).
Rosemburg Lopes Neto
Content VP
Rosemburg is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. During his years prior to Sloan, Rosemburg worked with management consulting at Bain & Company. In his free time, nothing makes him happier than a big plate of plant-based foods (be it cooking at home, be it in a new local restaurant).


Kara Hedges
Content VP
Kara is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability and Business Analytics certificates. Prior to Sloan, Kara spent six years working in global health and international development, all from the non-profit side. She is passionate about creating sustainable business models for global healthcare access and delivery. In her free time, Kara loves skiing, cycling, and searching for the best breakfast diners across New England.
Kara Hedges
Content VP
Kara is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability and Business Analytics certificates. Prior to Sloan, Kara spent six years working in global health and international development, all from the non-profit side. She is passionate about creating sustainable business models for global healthcare access and delivery. In her free time, Kara loves skiing, cycling, and searching for the best breakfast diners across New England.


Rebecca Lang
Content VP
Rebecca is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan and is excited to work on the Summit with a group of awesome peers! Prior to Sloan, Rebecca worked for four years in financial services and for one year at a social enterprise accelerator, where she found a passion for workforce development and impact management. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, playing tennis and doing yoga.
Rebecca Lang
Content VP
Rebecca is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan and is excited to work on the Summit with a group of awesome peers! Prior to Sloan, Rebecca worked for four years in financial services and for one year at a social enterprise accelerator, where she found a passion for workforce development and impact management. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, playing tennis and doing yoga.


Matias Gonzalez-Bunster
Content VP
Matias Gonzalez-Bunster began his career in financial services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2016. For two years he worked in wealth and investment management advising international clients. Matias has spent his life following and working with his family business, InterEnergy Group, a power and infrastructure fund focused in LATAM. It is his ambition to one day lead InterEnergy in a clean and sustainable manner. This summer Matias will be working as a Summer Associate in investment banking at Bank of America for their Power, Energy, & Renewables Group. He earned a BA from Georgetown University in economics, an MPA in energy & management from Columbia SIPA, and is now a candidate for an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Matias Gonzalez-Bunster
Content VP
Matias Gonzalez-Bunster began his career in financial services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2016. For two years he worked in wealth and investment management advising international clients. Matias has spent his life following and working with his family business, InterEnergy Group, a power and infrastructure fund focused in LATAM. It is his ambition to one day lead InterEnergy in a clean and sustainable manner. This summer Matias will be working as a Summer Associate in investment banking at Bank of America for their Power, Energy, & Renewables Group. He earned a BA from Georgetown University in economics, an MPA in energy & management from Columbia SIPA, and is now a candidate for an MBA from MIT Sloan.


Marketing

Alex Gerszten
Director of Marketing
Alex is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Alex worked in Washington, DC in public affairs and market research, using polling and focus group data to guide communications, branding, and government relations decisions for private companies. Most recently, he interned with Sanergy, a Nairobi, Kenya-based social enterprise that converts waste from non-sewered toilets into agricultural inputs. Alex is from Brookline, MA and enjoys visiting his parents across the river (not just for free food and laundry), watching Boston sports, and playing live music.
Alex Gerszten
Director of Marketing
Alex is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Alex worked in Washington, DC in public affairs and market research, using polling and focus group data to guide communications, branding, and government relations decisions for private companies. Most recently, he interned with Sanergy, a Nairobi, Kenya-based social enterprise that converts waste from non-sewered toilets into agricultural inputs. Alex is from Brookline, MA and enjoys visiting his parents across the river (not just for free food and laundry), watching Boston sports, and playing live music.


Lydia Kaprelian
Director of Marketing
Lydia is a first year Sloan MBA student pursuing MIT’s Sustainability Certificate and Enterprise Management Track. Before coming to Sloan, she worked for science nonprofits focused on improving science literacy and accessibility. She has always been interested in how sustainability can be translated for different audiences and so she’s super excited about working with the marketing team for this year’s Sustainability Summit!
Lydia Kaprelian
Director of Marketing
Lydia is a first year Sloan MBA student pursuing MIT’s Sustainability Certificate and Enterprise Management Track. Before coming to Sloan, she worked for science nonprofits focused on improving science literacy and accessibility. She has always been interested in how sustainability can be translated for different audiences and so she’s super excited about working with the marketing team for this year’s Sustainability Summit!


Kaylie Barger
Marketing VP
Kaylie Barger is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Kaylie received a degree in Civil Engineering and worked as a management consultant for clients in the energy industry. At Sloan, she is pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and is a VP of marketing for Sloan Women in Management. She is specifically interested in renewable energy and sustainable waste management. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing and trying new restaurants and foods with friends.
Kaylie Barger
Marketing VP
Kaylie Barger is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Kaylie received a degree in Civil Engineering and worked as a management consultant for clients in the energy industry. At Sloan, she is pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and is a VP of marketing for Sloan Women in Management. She is specifically interested in renewable energy and sustainable waste management. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing and trying new restaurants and foods with friends.


Haley Ketterer
Marketing VP
Haley is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her career prior to Sloan was focused on the financial technology space, where she developed brands, tested and scaled growth initiatives, and launched products at both startup and public companies. In her free time, Haley loves reading fiction, trying new restaurants, and spending time outdoors hiking and skiing.
Haley Ketterer
Marketing VP
Haley is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her career prior to Sloan was focused on the financial technology space, where she developed brands, tested and scaled growth initiatives, and launched products at both startup and public companies. In her free time, Haley loves reading fiction, trying new restaurants, and spending time outdoors hiking and skiing.


Richard Porteous
Marketing VP
Richard spent the majority of his career solving complex financial problems for hedge funds and other asset managers using equity derivatives. In addition to this decade of transactional experience across multiple bulge-bracket banks, he also co-founded an early education company and has advised companies on acquisitions and sustainability plans. Richard is currently pursuing the sustainability certificate while in the Sloan Fellows MBA program to focus on projects aligned with his passions: environmental and social causes. Richard enjoys running, cooking, soccer and spending time with family.
Richard Porteous
Marketing VP
Richard spent the majority of his career solving complex financial problems for hedge funds and other asset managers using equity derivatives. In addition to this decade of transactional experience across multiple bulge-bracket banks, he also co-founded an early education company and has advised companies on acquisitions and sustainability plans. Richard is currently pursuing the sustainability certificate while in the Sloan Fellows MBA program to focus on projects aligned with his passions: environmental and social causes. Richard enjoys running, cooking, soccer and spending time with family.


Operations

Lillian Kwang
Director of Operations
Lillian is a first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track. She loves discovering unique foods and was taught the importance of minimizing food waste by immigrant parents. Prior to Sloan, Lillian volunteered at food and community-focused organizations and worked at HR tech startup Betterworks and HR M&A consulting practices at KPMG and Willis Towers Watson. She now hopes to leverage her consulting and technology skill sets to help food companies drive social impact through sustainability. In her spare time, Lillian enjoys taking aerial and dance classes, reading miscellaneous fiction books, and exploring new places.
Lillian Kwang
Director of Operations
Lillian is a first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track. She loves discovering unique foods and was taught the importance of minimizing food waste by immigrant parents. Prior to Sloan, Lillian volunteered at food and community-focused organizations and worked at HR tech startup Betterworks and HR M&A consulting practices at KPMG and Willis Towers Watson. She now hopes to leverage her consulting and technology skill sets to help food companies drive social impact through sustainability. In her spare time, Lillian enjoys taking aerial and dance classes, reading miscellaneous fiction books, and exploring new places.


Valerie Kutsch
Director of Operations
Valerie Kutsch is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Valerie was an active duty military intelligence officer in the Army. Through assignments to Afghanistan, Korea and Chile, Valerie developed a passion for sustainable supply chain operations. She loves to backpack, cook and plan for exotic trips post COVID.
Valerie Kutsch
Director of Operations
Valerie Kutsch is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Valerie was an active duty military intelligence officer in the Army. Through assignments to Afghanistan, Korea and Chile, Valerie developed a passion for sustainable supply chain operations. She loves to backpack, cook and plan for exotic trips post COVID.


Kyle Langley
Operations VP
Kyle loves cooking up a storm and is very much at home in the kitchen. With a desire to always learn a new dish and explore exotic tastes from around the world. Coming from South Africa, he is still searching for authentic Mexican food and is always up to try a new restaurant At MIT, Kyle is currently participating in the MBA program as a Significant Other and is focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. He is particularly interested in how food waste can be minimized and waste streams integrated back into food production. At the Sustainability Summit this year, he looks forward to discovering as much as possible about the sustainable food industry.
Kyle Langley
Operations VP
Kyle loves cooking up a storm and is very much at home in the kitchen. With a desire to always learn a new dish and explore exotic tastes from around the world. Coming from South Africa, he is still searching for authentic Mexican food and is always up to try a new restaurant At MIT, Kyle is currently participating in the MBA program as a Significant Other and is focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. He is particularly interested in how food waste can be minimized and waste streams integrated back into food production. At the Sustainability Summit this year, he looks forward to discovering as much as possible about the sustainable food industry.


Brandon Lam
Operations VP
Brandon is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. While interested in all things sustainability, Brandon is particularly passionate about food sustainability and alternative protein. In addition to working on the Sustainability Summit, he is a president of the MIT Food & Agriculture Club. Before coming to MIT, Brandon worked in compliance strategy at Uber and in consulting at BCG. He majored in International Political Economy at Georgetown University. He enjoys cooking, bar trivia, learning foreign languages, and playing piano and guitar in Sloan’s rock band, the Rolling Sloans.
Brandon Lam
Operations VP
Brandon is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. While interested in all things sustainability, Brandon is particularly passionate about food sustainability and alternative protein. In addition to working on the Sustainability Summit, he is a president of the MIT Food & Agriculture Club. Before coming to MIT, Brandon worked in compliance strategy at Uber and in consulting at BCG. He majored in International Political Economy at Georgetown University. He enjoys cooking, bar trivia, learning foreign languages, and playing piano and guitar in Sloan’s rock band, the Rolling Sloans.


Sponsorship

Norally Radas
Director of Sponsorship
Norally is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan, she worked in Nexus Group, one of the largest PE funds in Peru, supporting the corporate strategy of the education portfolio. Norally is interested in the role of operational innovation and technology to unlock value in emerging markets. She enjoys classic literature and music (counting the days until concerts are safe again).
Norally Radas
Director of Sponsorship
Norally is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan, she worked in Nexus Group, one of the largest PE funds in Peru, supporting the corporate strategy of the education portfolio. Norally is interested in the role of operational innovation and technology to unlock value in emerging markets. She enjoys classic literature and music (counting the days until concerts are safe again).


Ryan Gaertner
Director of Sponsorship
Ryan is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan, he spent four years in Chicago & Denver with Deloitte Consulting, where he helped roadmap and build out analytics platforms for technology companies. At Sloan, he's interested in exploring the various components of sustainability to figure out the best place to make an impact. Ryan enjoys spending time outside skiing, running, rock climbing, and eating food with friends.
Ryan Gaertner
Director of Sponsorship
Ryan is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan, he spent four years in Chicago & Denver with Deloitte Consulting, where he helped roadmap and build out analytics platforms for technology companies. At Sloan, he's interested in exploring the various components of sustainability to figure out the best place to make an impact. Ryan enjoys spending time outside skiing, running, rock climbing, and eating food with friends.


Alex Potter
Sponsorship VP
Alex is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan Alex worked in management consulting in Boston, MA, working largely with clients in the Consumer Goods, Finance, and Energy sectors. At Sloan, Alex is involved with the Sloan Energy Club and is pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. In his free time, he loves to ski, play hockey, hike, and be outdoors.
Alex Potter
Sponsorship VP
Alex is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan Alex worked in management consulting in Boston, MA, working largely with clients in the Consumer Goods, Finance, and Energy sectors. At Sloan, Alex is involved with the Sloan Energy Club and is pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. In his free time, he loves to ski, play hockey, hike, and be outdoors.


George Switzer
Sponsorship VP
George is an architect experienced in a wide range of building types and leverages strategic insights and a data-driven analytical approach to accelerate sustainable real estate development. George currently works with OPAL, one of only 27 architecture firms in the US meeting the AIA’s 2030 GHG reduction targets, and is part of the EMBA Class of 2021.
George Switzer
Sponsorship VP
George is an architect experienced in a wide range of building types and leverages strategic insights and a data-driven analytical approach to accelerate sustainable real estate development. George currently works with OPAL, one of only 27 architecture firms in the US meeting the AIA’s 2030 GHG reduction targets, and is part of the EMBA Class of 2021.