Team

Conference Directors

Brandon Lam
Conference Co-Director
Brandon is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Food sustainability combines his passion of cooking and eating with mitigating and adapting to climate change. In addition to managing director of 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
Conference Co-Director
Brandon is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Food sustainability combines his passion of cooking and eating with mitigating and adapting to climate change. In addition to managing director of 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.


Sam Walsh
Conference Co-Director
Sam is a second year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan he worked for the National Basketball Association as part of the league's internal consulting group to its teams. Sam enjoys procuring, cooking, eating and thinking about food all of the time.
Sam Walsh
Conference Co-Director
Sam is a second year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan he worked for the National Basketball Association as part of the league's internal consulting group to its teams. Sam enjoys procuring, cooking, eating and thinking about food all of the time.


Content

Meggan Davis
Director of Content
Meggan is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. After Sloan, she plans to join BCG in Denver. Prior to Sloan, she worked for the city of Washington, DC on sustainability and energy projects spanning topics from food and waste management, to green building. She also served as a Board Member for the DC Food Recovery Working Group and was on the founding team of RescueDishDC, an initiative that highlights businesses and chefs who find creative uses for ingredients that would normally be thrown away. Meggan holds a BA from The George Washington University in International Environmental Studies.
Meggan Davis
Director of Content
Meggan is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. After Sloan, she plans to join BCG in Denver. Prior to Sloan, she worked for the city of Washington, DC on sustainability and energy projects spanning topics from food and waste management, to green building. She also served as a Board Member for the DC Food Recovery Working Group and was on the founding team of RescueDishDC, an initiative that highlights businesses and chefs who find creative uses for ingredients that would normally be thrown away. Meggan holds a BA from The George Washington University in International Environmental Studies.


Christina Larson
Director of Content
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
Director of Content
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.


Della Bradt
Content VP
Della is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, she spent six years in business development and project management roles in the international development field. This summer, she worked on the sustainability team at Apeel Sciences, a start-up with a shelf life extension technology for fresh produce that helps fight food waste. In addition to mitigating food waste, she is passionate about sustainable retail and led the winning team from MIT in the 2020 Patagonia Case competition for a solution to reduce textile waste. In her free time, Della enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring new restaurants.
Della Bradt
Content VP
Della is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, she spent six years in business development and project management roles in the international development field. This summer, she worked on the sustainability team at Apeel Sciences, a start-up with a shelf life extension technology for fresh produce that helps fight food waste. In addition to mitigating food waste, she is passionate about sustainable retail and led the winning team from MIT in the 2020 Patagonia Case competition for a solution to reduce textile waste. In her free time, Della enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring new restaurants.


Rachel Morpeth
Content VP
Rachel is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her passion for sustainable food systems stems from her first job at her neighborhood farmers’ market on the central coast of California, where she spent 6 years working with local producers. This love for whole foods followed her to Australia, where she spent a year working as a plant-based pastry chef. She has spent the past few years in emerging market impact investing, helping small businesses and farmers obtain affordable, high quality financial services. At MIT, she is exploring the intersection of many issues related to our food system – including climate change, healthcare policy, and labor rights – to understand how to create a more equitable, sustainable future.
Rachel Morpeth
Content VP
Rachel is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her passion for sustainable food systems stems from her first job at her neighborhood farmers’ market on the central coast of California, where she spent 6 years working with local producers. This love for whole foods followed her to Australia, where she spent a year working as a plant-based pastry chef. She has spent the past few years in emerging market impact investing, helping small businesses and farmers obtain affordable, high quality financial services. At MIT, she is exploring the intersection of many issues related to our food system – including climate change, healthcare policy, and labor rights – to understand how to create a more equitable, sustainable future.


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).


Hayley Hanes
Content VP
Hayley is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track. She spent the past summer as an intern with ZX Ventures, working on an early-stage venture in upcycled, plant-based foods and prior to Sloan, worked in strategy consulting. Hayley loves experimental cooking, trying new restaurants, breweries, and wine bars, and spending time outdoors hiking, cycling, and skiing.
Hayley Hanes
Content VP
Hayley is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track. She spent the past summer as an intern with ZX Ventures, working on an early-stage venture in upcycled, plant-based foods and prior to Sloan, worked in strategy consulting. Hayley loves experimental cooking, trying new restaurants, breweries, and wine bars, and spending time outdoors hiking, cycling, and skiing.


Kendall MacRae
Content VP
Kendall is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan exploring ways to build healthier communities through expanded access to nutritious foods by pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track. Before Sloan, she worked at UNREAL Snacks, a better-for-you, mission-based chocolate company made with non-GMO, organic, and responsibly-sourced Fair Trade ingredients. Outside of Sloan, Kendall is also the Co-Chair of The Food Project’s Young Professional Committee, a local Boston non-profit with the mission to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.
Kendall MacRae
Content VP
Kendall is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan exploring ways to build healthier communities through expanded access to nutritious foods by pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track. Before Sloan, she worked at UNREAL Snacks, a better-for-you, mission-based chocolate company made with non-GMO, organic, and responsibly-sourced Fair Trade ingredients. Outside of Sloan, Kendall is also the Co-Chair of The Food Project’s Young Professional Committee, a local Boston non-profit with the mission to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.


Marketing

Krystal Le
Director of Marketing
Krystal is the quintessential foodie—she delights in learning about food, reading about food, and, of course, consuming all kinds of foods. While there’s no cuisine she doesn’t like (or wouldn’t try), her absolute favorite is Vietnamese—followed closely by Japanese, Korean and Italian. At MIT, Krystal is currently pursuing her MBA at Sloan with a focus on entrepreneurship, product management, tech innovation and business analytics. Before Sloan, she managed public relations and marketing for a $1B+ client at a boutique agency in NYC; ran operations, growth and product at a VC-backed start-up in San Francisco as its fourth employee; and worked at Oracle in its business development program. Her passion for sustainability stems from her fervent belief that success has to be three-fold—good for business, people and the environment.
Krystal Le
Director of Marketing
Krystal is the quintessential foodie—she delights in learning about food, reading about food, and, of course, consuming all kinds of foods. While there’s no cuisine she doesn’t like (or wouldn’t try), her absolute favorite is Vietnamese—followed closely by Japanese, Korean and Italian. At MIT, Krystal is currently pursuing her MBA at Sloan with a focus on entrepreneurship, product management, tech innovation and business analytics. Before Sloan, she managed public relations and marketing for a $1B+ client at a boutique agency in NYC; ran operations, growth and product at a VC-backed start-up in San Francisco as its fourth employee; and worked at Oracle in its business development program. Her passion for sustainability stems from her fervent belief that success has to be three-fold—good for business, people and the environment.


Claire Matthews
Marketing VP
Claire’s activity of choice is going out to dinner. She has moved around quite a bit and loves to explore the restaurants in each new city. Sometimes she will even try two or three restaurants in one night! At MIT, Claire is pursuing her MBA with a focus on sustainability and business analytics. She is particularly interested in the intersection of these two areas. At the Sustainability Summit this year, she looks forward to hearing about how data can help to create a more sustainable food industry.
Claire Matthews
Marketing VP
Claire’s activity of choice is going out to dinner. She has moved around quite a bit and loves to explore the restaurants in each new city. Sometimes she will even try two or three restaurants in one night! At MIT, Claire is pursuing her MBA with a focus on sustainability and business analytics. She is particularly interested in the intersection of these two areas. At the Sustainability Summit this year, she looks forward to hearing about how data can help to create a more sustainable food industry.


Kyle Langley
Marketing 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
Marketing 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.


Jessica Pedersen
Marketing VP
Jess is a first-year MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is pursuing the sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan, she worked on impact investing initiatives increasing healthy food access in low-income communities and, before that, growth strategies for CPG brands. At Sloan, she's interested in exploring opportunities for AgTech to foster a more sustainable, inclusive food system. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, rowing, eating, and exploring coffee shops/breweries.
Jessica Pedersen
Marketing VP
Jess is a first-year MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is pursuing the sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan, she worked on impact investing initiatives increasing healthy food access in low-income communities and, before that, growth strategies for CPG brands. At Sloan, she's interested in exploring opportunities for AgTech to foster a more sustainable, inclusive food system. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, rowing, eating, and exploring coffee shops/breweries.


Qing Qing Miao
Marketing VP
Qing Qing is a purist when it comes to food and loves savoring the flavor of raw fruits and veggies in their natural, straight-from-the-soil form. With her name literally meaning “green green sprout,” Qing Qing is passionate about many aspects of food and agriculture, but particularly about the impacts of our global food system on climate change (and vice-versa). At MIT, she is currently exploring ways to mitigate climate risks for small-scale farmers by pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and taking classes in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Her professional background in strategic foresight - helping clients plan 7-10+ years down the road - and experience volunteering with composting communities inform her belief that we can achieve an equitable, sustainable food future.
Qing Qing Miao
Marketing VP
Qing Qing is a purist when it comes to food and loves savoring the flavor of raw fruits and veggies in their natural, straight-from-the-soil form. With her name literally meaning “green green sprout,” Qing Qing is passionate about many aspects of food and agriculture, but particularly about the impacts of our global food system on climate change (and vice-versa). At MIT, she is currently exploring ways to mitigate climate risks for small-scale farmers by pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and taking classes in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Her professional background in strategic foresight - helping clients plan 7-10+ years down the road - and experience volunteering with composting communities inform her belief that we can achieve an equitable, sustainable food future.


Sponsorship

Alex Gerszten
Director of Sponsorship
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 Sponsorship
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.


Amrit Malothra
Sponsorship VP
Amrit is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Amrit was an Associate at Summit Rock Advisors, an investment advisor in New York City. She started her career in corporate and investment banking at Citi, covering government and multilateral clients, with a particular focus on green finance. As an almost-lifelong vegetarian, Amrit is particularly excited about the intersection of food, sustainability and the environment. She is excited for any excuse to spend time outdoors and enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking. She is thrilled that MIT Sloan has brought her closer to nature in New England.
Amrit Malothra
Sponsorship VP
Amrit is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Amrit was an Associate at Summit Rock Advisors, an investment advisor in New York City. She started her career in corporate and investment banking at Citi, covering government and multilateral clients, with a particular focus on green finance. As an almost-lifelong vegetarian, Amrit is particularly excited about the intersection of food, sustainability and the environment. She is excited for any excuse to spend time outdoors and enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking. She is thrilled that MIT Sloan has brought her closer to nature in New England.


Lydia Kaprealian
Sponsorship VP
Easily hangry, Lydia is always excited for her next meal. She is a first year Sloan MBA student pursuing MIT’s Sustainability Certificate and focusing on Enterprise Management. Before coming to Sloan, she worked for science nonprofits focused on improving science literacy and accessibility. With a degree in agricultural sciences, Lydia loves delving deep into the wild world of how we grow, transport, obtain, waste, and eat food. She is interested in designing and implementing more sustainable and just supply chains.
Lydia Kaprealian
Sponsorship VP
Easily hangry, Lydia is always excited for her next meal. She is a first year Sloan MBA student pursuing MIT’s Sustainability Certificate and focusing on Enterprise Management. Before coming to Sloan, she worked for science nonprofits focused on improving science literacy and accessibility. With a degree in agricultural sciences, Lydia loves delving deep into the wild world of how we grow, transport, obtain, waste, and eat food. She is interested in designing and implementing more sustainable and just supply chains.


Katherine Boe
Sponsorship VP
Kate is a first year MBA student. She previously worked in Shanghai as the program and engagement manager for the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE). At JUCCCE, Kate worked with the public and private sector on transformational sustainability initiatives for China, specializing in sustainable consumption, food products, and innovating business models. Additionally, Kate was the driving force behind Food Heroes, a gamified sustainable eating program aimed at inspiring children to eat better for themselves and for their planet. She is excited to work on the Sponsorships team for the Sustainability Summit. Kate also is a Venture Capital Intern for Metaprop VC, a proptech venture capital fund, where she supports deal flow and due diligence, and looks to bring more sustainable solutions to the real estate and construction industry.
Katherine Boe
Sponsorship VP
Kate is a first year MBA student. She previously worked in Shanghai as the program and engagement manager for the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE). At JUCCCE, Kate worked with the public and private sector on transformational sustainability initiatives for China, specializing in sustainable consumption, food products, and innovating business models. Additionally, Kate was the driving force behind Food Heroes, a gamified sustainable eating program aimed at inspiring children to eat better for themselves and for their planet. She is excited to work on the Sponsorships team for the Sustainability Summit. Kate also is a Venture Capital Intern for Metaprop VC, a proptech venture capital fund, where she supports deal flow and due diligence, and looks to bring more sustainable solutions to the real estate and construction industry.


Operations

Jonny Wong
Director of Operations
Jonny is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. He studied Mechanical Engineering in London before joining L.E.K. Consulting for three years, where he advised a number of businesses and investors on commercial and strategic issues. Jonny’s interest in sustainability stems from his desire to make cities smarter, cleaner, and easier to move around. His favourite cuisine is Japanese food, which proved convenient when he worked in Tokyo for five months before Sloan.
Jonny Wong
Director of Operations
Jonny is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. He studied Mechanical Engineering in London before joining L.E.K. Consulting for three years, where he advised a number of businesses and investors on commercial and strategic issues. Jonny’s interest in sustainability stems from his desire to make cities smarter, cleaner, and easier to move around. His favourite cuisine is Japanese food, which proved convenient when he worked in Tokyo for five months before Sloan.


Haruna Fujita
Operations VP
Haruna is a second-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan pursuing certificates in both Business Analytics and Sustainability. Prior to Sloan, she studied Economics at Yale University and worked at The Brattle Group in the US and Australia on a wide range of topics including technology, finance, and renewable energy. Outside of work, Haruna served as Brattle’s inaugural Sustainability Coordinator and helped launch a CSR program focusing on carbon neutrality. She is passionate about using data-driven insights to help companies and governments make smarter decisions that advance sustainability. At MIT, she is also serving as Co-President of the MIT Energy Club.
Haruna Fujita
Operations VP
Haruna is a second-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan pursuing certificates in both Business Analytics and Sustainability. Prior to Sloan, she studied Economics at Yale University and worked at The Brattle Group in the US and Australia on a wide range of topics including technology, finance, and renewable energy. Outside of work, Haruna served as Brattle’s inaugural Sustainability Coordinator and helped launch a CSR program focusing on carbon neutrality. She is passionate about using data-driven insights to help companies and governments make smarter decisions that advance sustainability. At MIT, she is also serving as Co-President of the MIT Energy Club.


Liz Fireman
Operations VP
Liz is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing certificates in both Business Analytics Certificate and Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Liz was an Investment Officer within the Business Development Group at Millennium Partners (MLP)where she focused on sourcing, evaluating, and allocating capital to new systematic trading teams/funds. In addition, Liz loves fitness and outdoor adventures spending her time running, hiking and surfing!
Liz Fireman
Operations VP
Liz is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing certificates in both Business Analytics Certificate and Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Liz was an Investment Officer within the Business Development Group at Millennium Partners (MLP)where she focused on sourcing, evaluating, and allocating capital to new systematic trading teams/funds. In addition, Liz loves fitness and outdoor adventures spending her time running, hiking and surfing!


Varun Kumar
Operations VP
Varun is a Sloan Fellows MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan he worked in the Deal Advisory business for KPMG in the UK working for large corporates across sectors. Varun enjoys running and staying fit, trying out new restaurants and providing online reviews on new and interesting places to visit.
Varun Kumar
Operations VP
Varun is a Sloan Fellows MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan he worked in the Deal Advisory business for KPMG in the UK working for large corporates across sectors. Varun enjoys running and staying fit, trying out new restaurants and providing online reviews on new and interesting places to visit.


Lillian Kwang
Operations VP
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
Operations VP
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.