Team

Marianna Novellino
Managing Co-Director
Marianna Novellino is a first year graduate student attending the System Design and Management program offered through both MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. Marianna received her BS in mechanical engineering at the Universidad del Táchira at her native Venezuela and her MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Marianna has worked for several years in the water treatment industry and has deep interest in sustainability and environmental resources management.
Marianna Novellino
Managing Co-Director
Marianna Novellino is a first year graduate student attending the System Design and Management program offered through both MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. Marianna received her BS in mechanical engineering at the Universidad del Táchira at her native Venezuela and her MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Marianna has worked for several years in the water treatment industry and has deep interest in sustainability and environmental resources management.


Anne-Flore Elard
Managing Co-Director
Anne-Flore Elard is a second year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Before Sloan, Anne-Flore received a Master in Public Policy in France with a focus on Environmental Economics and Finance. Anne-Flore has worked first in the capital risk sector for technology and then for several years in project management in the energy industry. While deepening her knowledge of sustainability at Sloan, Anne-Flore is focusing on sustainable finance and sustainable innovation design.
Anne-Flore Elard
Managing Co-Director
Anne-Flore Elard is a second year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Before Sloan, Anne-Flore received a Master in Public Policy in France with a focus on Environmental Economics and Finance. Anne-Flore has worked first in the capital risk sector for technology and then for several years in project management in the energy industry. While deepening her knowledge of sustainability at Sloan, Anne-Flore is focusing on sustainable finance and sustainable innovation design.


Ammar Asfour
Operations Co-Director
Ammar is a first year student at the Leaders for Global Operations program through which he is working on his MBA and Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. While working with several grass-root organizations on youth development programs during a six months sabbatical, Ammar realized the value of involving large organizations in the social impact issues. Consequently, he joined Sustainability Excellence, a boutique sustainability consulting firm in the Middle East, where he worked with industrial, governmental, and investment institutions in developing their positive environmental, economic, and social impact. At Sloan, Ammar is developing his sustainability knowledge and leadership skills hoping to utilize both skills in the Aviation industry post graduation.
Ammar Asfour
Operations Co-Director
Ammar is a first year student at the Leaders for Global Operations program through which he is working on his MBA and Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. While working with several grass-root organizations on youth development programs during a six months sabbatical, Ammar realized the value of involving large organizations in the social impact issues. Consequently, he joined Sustainability Excellence, a boutique sustainability consulting firm in the Middle East, where he worked with industrial, governmental, and investment institutions in developing their positive environmental, economic, and social impact. At Sloan, Ammar is developing his sustainability knowledge and leadership skills hoping to utilize both skills in the Aviation industry post graduation.


Ariel Chua
Content Co-Director
Ariel Chua is a first-year student in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) engineering MBA program. Prior to LGO, Ariel worked as a civil engineer at MTR Corporation, a Hong Kong conglomerate that constructs and operates railway as well as runs the adjacent retail and property business. As part of her executive training, Ariel was an Investor Relations Manager for 1.5 years, and was the Sustainability Development Manager right before joining LGO. She holds a BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Ariel Chua
Content Co-Director
Ariel Chua is a first-year student in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) engineering MBA program. Prior to LGO, Ariel worked as a civil engineer at MTR Corporation, a Hong Kong conglomerate that constructs and operates railway as well as runs the adjacent retail and property business. As part of her executive training, Ariel was an Investor Relations Manager for 1.5 years, and was the Sustainability Development Manager right before joining LGO. She holds a BEng in Civil and Structural Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Nihar Dalmia
Sponsorship Co-Director
Nihar is a Master of Science in Management Studies student at MIT Sloan School of Management. He recently graduated with an MBA from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Saïd Scholarship. Along with regular coursework at MIT, he is focusing on sustainability issues for his thesis area and is also pursuing MIT Sloan’s Sustainability Certificate. Nihar started his career as a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant before moving on to technology consulting with Deloitte and PwC in India, and niche consulting firms in Singapore and Toronto. He is particularly interested in the intersection of sustainability and analytics, and in energy efficiency. Always looking for an adventure, he has lived in 5 countries on 3 continents and enjoys traveling, photography, sports and playing the piano.
Nihar Dalmia
Sponsorship Co-Director
Nihar is a Master of Science in Management Studies student at MIT Sloan School of Management. He recently graduated with an MBA from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Saïd Scholarship. Along with regular coursework at MIT, he is focusing on sustainability issues for his thesis area and is also pursuing MIT Sloan’s Sustainability Certificate. Nihar started his career as a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant before moving on to technology consulting with Deloitte and PwC in India, and niche consulting firms in Singapore and Toronto. He is particularly interested in the intersection of sustainability and analytics, and in energy efficiency. Always looking for an adventure, he has lived in 5 countries on 3 continents and enjoys traveling, photography, sports and playing the piano.


Niraj Dalmia
Marketing Co-Director
Niraj has been a veteran technology and performance management consultant for the last 5 years with firms such as Deloitte and PwC. He recently finished his MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford where he specialized in strategy and social finance, and now is combining that expertise with the MSMS program and the Sustainability Certificate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Niraj has been working on issues such as clean water business models and impact investing valuations, and his thesis is geared towards the relationship between corporate strategy and sustainability. As a Royal Conservatory guitarist, having previously worked on events such as TEDx and after spending his Summer in Kenya providing sustainable solutions to wildlife conservatories, Niraj looks for exciting projects, interesting people, big ideas and crazy adventures.
Niraj Dalmia
Marketing Co-Director
Niraj has been a veteran technology and performance management consultant for the last 5 years with firms such as Deloitte and PwC. He recently finished his MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford where he specialized in strategy and social finance, and now is combining that expertise with the MSMS program and the Sustainability Certificate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Niraj has been working on issues such as clean water business models and impact investing valuations, and his thesis is geared towards the relationship between corporate strategy and sustainability. As a Royal Conservatory guitarist, having previously worked on events such as TEDx and after spending his Summer in Kenya providing sustainable solutions to wildlife conservatories, Niraj looks for exciting projects, interesting people, big ideas and crazy adventures.


Carolyn DuPont
Sponsorship Co-Director
Carolyn Mansfield duPont comes to Sloan after 3 1/2 years working in San Francisco as a project manager for the geopolitical strategy consulting firm Monitor 360, previously part of Monitor Group. At Monitor, she led a broad range of projects mostly focused on socio-cultural analysis, helping the US Government better understand and message toward foreign audiences. She also helped develop a 10-year African soil health investment strategy for one of the largest foundations in the United States. Prior to Monitor, Carolyn worked in executive search and recruiting for environmentally-oriented companies, social enterprises, and foundations. Carolyn received her BA in Anthropological Science from Stanford, with a focus in sustainable development and environmental resource management. At Sloan, Carolyn serves as co-president of the Sloan Net Impact Chapter, VP for Sloan Entrepreneurs in International Development, and a board fellow for the Trust for Public Land.
Carolyn DuPont
Sponsorship Co-Director
Carolyn Mansfield duPont comes to Sloan after 3 1/2 years working in San Francisco as a project manager for the geopolitical strategy consulting firm Monitor 360, previously part of Monitor Group. At Monitor, she led a broad range of projects mostly focused on socio-cultural analysis, helping the US Government better understand and message toward foreign audiences. She also helped develop a 10-year African soil health investment strategy for one of the largest foundations in the United States. Prior to Monitor, Carolyn worked in executive search and recruiting for environmentally-oriented companies, social enterprises, and foundations. Carolyn received her BA in Anthropological Science from Stanford, with a focus in sustainable development and environmental resource management. At Sloan, Carolyn serves as co-president of the Sloan Net Impact Chapter, VP for Sloan Entrepreneurs in International Development, and a board fellow for the Trust for Public Land.


Marine Gerard
Sponsorship Co-Director
Marine Gerard is an MSMS Student at Sloan, where she is writing a thesis on the use of technological innovation for sustainable, inclusive development. Passionate about "good people doing good things" all around the world, Marine is deeply involved in the sustainability and international development initiatives on campus. Prior to MIT, Marine worked for Google in Singapore where she advised top FMCG advertisers' on their digital communication and marketing strategy throughout Asia-Pacific, which gave her the opportunity to explore more than 8 countries in the region. In her free time, Marine is passionate about traveling, learning foreign languages… and dancing.
Marine Gerard
Sponsorship Co-Director
Marine Gerard is an MSMS Student at Sloan, where she is writing a thesis on the use of technological innovation for sustainable, inclusive development. Passionate about "good people doing good things" all around the world, Marine is deeply involved in the sustainability and international development initiatives on campus. Prior to MIT, Marine worked for Google in Singapore where she advised top FMCG advertisers' on their digital communication and marketing strategy throughout Asia-Pacific, which gave her the opportunity to explore more than 8 countries in the region. In her free time, Marine is passionate about traveling, learning foreign languages… and dancing.


Cynthia Lin
Marketing Co-Director
Cynthia Lin is a first-year student in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, working towards an MBA and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, after which she worked in renewable energy technologies in Iceland and Spain. She then moved to the U.S. Department of Energy working on energy and science policy in China and the US. Cynthia is interested in applying sustainability concepts to product and service design, manufacturing, and supply chain management. Cynthia enjoys adventuring outdoors, running overnight relay races, and rock climbing.
Cynthia Lin
Marketing Co-Director
Cynthia Lin is a first-year student in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, working towards an MBA and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, after which she worked in renewable energy technologies in Iceland and Spain. She then moved to the U.S. Department of Energy working on energy and science policy in China and the US. Cynthia is interested in applying sustainability concepts to product and service design, manufacturing, and supply chain management. Cynthia enjoys adventuring outdoors, running overnight relay races, and rock climbing.


Ethan McCall
Content Co-Director
Ethan is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management where he is concentrating on sustainability economics within the built environment. Prior to MIT, Ethan was a research consultant in the private equity team at Cambridge Associates where he focused on investment opportunities within energy, infrastructure and real estate markets globally. A city kid his whole life, Ethan is passionate about solving sustainability issues and trends within an urban context. He is a LEED Green Associate and holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College.
Ethan McCall
Content Co-Director
Ethan is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management where he is concentrating on sustainability economics within the built environment. Prior to MIT, Ethan was a research consultant in the private equity team at Cambridge Associates where he focused on investment opportunities within energy, infrastructure and real estate markets globally. A city kid his whole life, Ethan is passionate about solving sustainability issues and trends within an urban context. He is a LEED Green Associate and holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College.


Kara Pydynkowski
Operations Co-Director
Kara Pydynkowski is a first-year student in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program. At MIT she is working towards an MBA and an MS in Systems Engineering through the Energy and Sustainability track. Prior to LGO, Kara worked as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at National Grid, working to improve processes across the company’s US Operations group. She holds a BE in Environmental Engineering and a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Kara Pydynkowski
Operations Co-Director
Kara Pydynkowski is a first-year student in the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program. At MIT she is working towards an MBA and an MS in Systems Engineering through the Energy and Sustainability track. Prior to LGO, Kara worked as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at National Grid, working to improve processes across the company’s US Operations group. She holds a BE in Environmental Engineering and a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.


Dheera Venkatraman
Co-Director of Marketing and Web
Dheera is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT EECS and works at the Optical and Quantum Communications Group. He served on the board and as IT director of the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum for its first 2 years in 2011-2012. He also volunteers with the Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation and has participated in an international disaster relief mission to Haiti as well as numerous local charity projects. Earlier, he led a number of environmental initiatives at Ashdown House, an MIT graduate residence hall where he served on the executive committee for 2 years. Dheera strongly believes in sustainability as a common social responsibility of all researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders alike. He enjoys travelling long distances by train and bicycle and is motivated much by the environmental problems he sees first-hand across the globe.
Dheera Venkatraman
Co-Director of Marketing and Web
Dheera is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT EECS and works at the Optical and Quantum Communications Group. He served on the board and as IT director of the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum for its first 2 years in 2011-2012. He also volunteers with the Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation and has participated in an international disaster relief mission to Haiti as well as numerous local charity projects. Earlier, he led a number of environmental initiatives at Ashdown House, an MIT graduate residence hall where he served on the executive committee for 2 years. Dheera strongly believes in sustainability as a common social responsibility of all researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders alike. He enjoys travelling long distances by train and bicycle and is motivated much by the environmental problems he sees first-hand across the globe.


Content Team

Bruno Agosta
Bruno Agosta is a civil engineer from the Catholic University of Argentina and Master of Science in Transportation candidate class 2015. He is a Fulbright Fellow and also earned the Organization of American State Scholarship representing Argentina. He has five years of experience in logistics and transportation infrastructure projects in Europe and Latin-America, both from the industry and the consultancy side. During these years, he has led engineering teams to develop projects related to the operation of supply chains of automotive supplies beyond leading teams for design and supervision of civil infrastructure projects. His primary interest at MIT is the transportation and infrastructure planning.
Bruno Agosta
Bruno Agosta is a civil engineer from the Catholic University of Argentina and Master of Science in Transportation candidate class 2015. He is a Fulbright Fellow and also earned the Organization of American State Scholarship representing Argentina. He has five years of experience in logistics and transportation infrastructure projects in Europe and Latin-America, both from the industry and the consultancy side. During these years, he has led engineering teams to develop projects related to the operation of supply chains of automotive supplies beyond leading teams for design and supervision of civil infrastructure projects. His primary interest at MIT is the transportation and infrastructure planning.


Jessica Bryant
Jessica Bryant is a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at MIT, where she is currently conducting research on the ecology of microorganisms in the open ocean. Previous to MIT, Jessica was the field manager for a variety of biodiversity and sustainability studies that have taken her to exciting ecosystems around the globe.  Jessica's fascination with the natural world fuels a deep passion and urgency for sustainability in urban environments.
Jessica Bryant
Jessica Bryant is a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at MIT, where she is currently conducting research on the ecology of microorganisms in the open ocean. Previous to MIT, Jessica was the field manager for a variety of biodiversity and sustainability studies that have taken her to exciting ecosystems around the globe.  Jessica's fascination with the natural world fuels a deep passion and urgency for sustainability in urban environments.


Oscar de la Mora
Oscar de la Mora is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Oscar was a consultant in the Strategy & Operations team at Deloitte Consulting, where he worked with clients in the energy and real estate sectors. Oscar is deeply interested in urban sustainability and is currently involved in the Sustainability Board at one of Mexico's leading master-planned community developers, where he creates and promotes initiatives to optimize the company's contribution to urban living. Oscar holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Mexico's Universidad Iberoamericana.
Oscar de la Mora
Oscar de la Mora is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Oscar was a consultant in the Strategy & Operations team at Deloitte Consulting, where he worked with clients in the energy and real estate sectors. Oscar is deeply interested in urban sustainability and is currently involved in the Sustainability Board at one of Mexico's leading master-planned community developers, where he creates and promotes initiatives to optimize the company's contribution to urban living. Oscar holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Mexico's Universidad Iberoamericana.


Ellen Ebner
Ellen Ebner is a Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Fellow and candidate for MBA and MS Systems Engineering degrees at MIT.  Previously, she played a key role in developing renewable energy services for a mid-size engineering firm.  Ellen completed environmental, regulatory, engineering, and financial assessments for projects throughout New England and provided civil engineering designs for site developments and landfill-mounted solar projects.  Ellen holds a B.Eng (Bioresource) from McGill University.
Ellen Ebner
Ellen Ebner is a Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Fellow and candidate for MBA and MS Systems Engineering degrees at MIT.  Previously, she played a key role in developing renewable energy services for a mid-size engineering firm.  Ellen completed environmental, regulatory, engineering, and financial assessments for projects throughout New England and provided civil engineering designs for site developments and landfill-mounted solar projects.  Ellen holds a B.Eng (Bioresource) from McGill University.


David Feliciano
David Feliciano is a first-year student in the MIT Leaders for Global Operation (LGO) program. He is working towards an MBA and an MS in Engineering Systems with a focus on energy and environmental sustainability. Prior to LGO, David attended Princeton where he studied energy systems and material science and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then joined the energy practice of Navigant Consulting where he helped utilities, government agencies, and equipment manufacturers understand and analyze smart grid, energy storage, and other emerging energy technologies. While at MIT David hopes to deepen his understanding of sustainability and gain firsthand experience into how manufacturing companies can incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday operations.
David Feliciano
David Feliciano is a first-year student in the MIT Leaders for Global Operation (LGO) program. He is working towards an MBA and an MS in Engineering Systems with a focus on energy and environmental sustainability. Prior to LGO, David attended Princeton where he studied energy systems and material science and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then joined the energy practice of Navigant Consulting where he helped utilities, government agencies, and equipment manufacturers understand and analyze smart grid, energy storage, and other emerging energy technologies. While at MIT David hopes to deepen his understanding of sustainability and gain firsthand experience into how manufacturing companies can incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday operations.


Caroline Howe
Caroline Howe is a Master's Student in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where she is focused on building community-driven waste-based enterprises. This includes work supporting wastepickers' groups to find solutions to undervalued waste in India, building a water business in the Nicaraguan Corn Islands to eliminate plastic water bottles, and creating a sustainable model around furniture reuse and recycling in the Boston area. In addition, Caroline is a Senior Fellow at Groundswell, a DC-based social enterprise, and supports their work to build the field of civic consumption -- consumer demand aggregation to drive social change. When notthinking about waste systems and consumption, Caroline loves improv comedy,spending time in the woods, salsa dancing, and bringing communities together around good healthy food.
Caroline Howe
Caroline Howe is a Master's Student in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where she is focused on building community-driven waste-based enterprises. This includes work supporting wastepickers' groups to find solutions to undervalued waste in India, building a water business in the Nicaraguan Corn Islands to eliminate plastic water bottles, and creating a sustainable model around furniture reuse and recycling in the Boston area. In addition, Caroline is a Senior Fellow at Groundswell, a DC-based social enterprise, and supports their work to build the field of civic consumption -- consumer demand aggregation to drive social change. When notthinking about waste systems and consumption, Caroline loves improv comedy,spending time in the woods, salsa dancing, and bringing communities together around good healthy food.


Corinna Li
Having lived in Shenzhen, Toronto, Paris, New York City and Beijing, Corinna brought her love for cities and sustainable transportation to Boston, where she is pursuing a Masters in City Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research examines innovative mobile technology for sustainable urban transportation. Prior to MIT, she was a sustainability consultant at GreenOrder, and worked in urban infrastructure development at the Chinese Ministry of Transport and Urban China Initiative. She holds a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University.
Corinna Li
Having lived in Shenzhen, Toronto, Paris, New York City and Beijing, Corinna brought her love for cities and sustainable transportation to Boston, where she is pursuing a Masters in City Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research examines innovative mobile technology for sustainable urban transportation. Prior to MIT, she was a sustainability consultant at GreenOrder, and worked in urban infrastructure development at the Chinese Ministry of Transport and Urban China Initiative. She holds a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University.


Emily Malina
Emily Malina is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management where she is concentrating on sustainability and supply chain. She currently serves as a Director of MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. Prior to MIT, she was a consultant at Deloitte, advising Federal agencies on change management for the adoption of new technology. She spent the last year as a Fellow in her firm’s public sector innovation think tank, where she conducted research on community-based problem solving, crowdsourcing, and social enterprises. She graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, majoring in Psychology and Linguistics.
Emily Malina
Emily Malina is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management where she is concentrating on sustainability and supply chain. She currently serves as a Director of MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. Prior to MIT, she was a consultant at Deloitte, advising Federal agencies on change management for the adoption of new technology. She spent the last year as a Fellow in her firm’s public sector innovation think tank, where she conducted research on community-based problem solving, crowdsourcing, and social enterprises. She graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, majoring in Psychology and Linguistics.


Karen Noiva
Karen is a Ph.D. candidate in Building Technology in the Department of Architecture at MIT. She has an S.M. in Building Technology and an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Her research focuses on modeling integrated resource use in the urban context, with a focus on decision-making for sustainable water resources in an uncertain future. She is particularly interested in how these decisions can be made in the developing world and this past summer she worked for IBM Research in Nairobi, Kenya developing products and services for growth markets. When not working she enjoys making things, learning new skills, and traveling—especially by bicycle.
Karen Noiva
Karen is a Ph.D. candidate in Building Technology in the Department of Architecture at MIT. She has an S.M. in Building Technology and an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Her research focuses on modeling integrated resource use in the urban context, with a focus on decision-making for sustainable water resources in an uncertain future. She is particularly interested in how these decisions can be made in the developing world and this past summer she worked for IBM Research in Nairobi, Kenya developing products and services for growth markets. When not working she enjoys making things, learning new skills, and traveling—especially by bicycle.


Zaahir Papar
Zaahir grew up in Mumbai and holds a BS in Marine Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India. He is presently pursuing his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT, he worked for Shell for over 6 years. His last role was as a Ship Quality Assessor based out of Shell Shipping’s offices in London. Before that, the worked as an engineer on Shell’s LNG and oil tankers, sailing to various ports around the world. Zaahir has a keen interest in the fields of energy and sustainability and is looking for a summer internship in an operations, strategy or business development role.
Zaahir Papar
Zaahir grew up in Mumbai and holds a BS in Marine Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India. He is presently pursuing his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT, he worked for Shell for over 6 years. His last role was as a Ship Quality Assessor based out of Shell Shipping’s offices in London. Before that, the worked as an engineer on Shell’s LNG and oil tankers, sailing to various ports around the world. Zaahir has a keen interest in the fields of energy and sustainability and is looking for a summer internship in an operations, strategy or business development role.


Charles Repoux
Charles is a Master of Science in Management Studies student at MIT Sloan, which he is completing through a double degree program with HEC Paris. He has worked in Management Consulting at Accenture and Global Project Management at AXA Insurance in Paris. Prior to this, Charles completed his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, while focusing his research on new forms of renewable energies such as Thermo-photovoltaics.
Charles Repoux
Charles is a Master of Science in Management Studies student at MIT Sloan, which he is completing through a double degree program with HEC Paris. He has worked in Management Consulting at Accenture and Global Project Management at AXA Insurance in Paris. Prior to this, Charles completed his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, while focusing his research on new forms of renewable energies such as Thermo-photovoltaics.


Mark Anthony Thomas
Mark Anthony Thomas is a MIT Sloan Fellow in Innovation & Global Leadership & public sector executive—with over 12 years’ management experience—in publishing/media, corporate social responsibility, and community investing. The Atlanta-native is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs, and a former adjunct at the City University of New York.
Mark Anthony Thomas
Mark Anthony Thomas is a MIT Sloan Fellow in Innovation & Global Leadership & public sector executive—with over 12 years’ management experience—in publishing/media, corporate social responsibility, and community investing. The Atlanta-native is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs, and a former adjunct at the City University of New York.


Laurie Zapalac
Ph.D. Candidate
Laurie Zapalac is a PhD candidate and the Norman B. Leventhal Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.  She is an urban planner/designer interested in trends impacting urban regeneration, particularly how digital technology is changing the nature of work.  In her dissertation research, she examines why entrepreneurs are tending to prefer historically varied urban districts and what insight this reveals about the relationship between new forms of productivity and specific qualities of the built environment.  Prior to coming to MIT, Laurie led a consulting practice in museum and historic site planning and development, and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin in the School of Architecture and the School of Information.  Laurie holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Architectural History and Bachelor of Science in Archaeology from the University of Virginia.
Laurie Zapalac
Ph.D. Candidate
Laurie Zapalac is a PhD candidate and the Norman B. Leventhal Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.  She is an urban planner/designer interested in trends impacting urban regeneration, particularly how digital technology is changing the nature of work.  In her dissertation research, she examines why entrepreneurs are tending to prefer historically varied urban districts and what insight this reveals about the relationship between new forms of productivity and specific qualities of the built environment.  Prior to coming to MIT, Laurie led a consulting practice in museum and historic site planning and development, and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin in the School of Architecture and the School of Information.  Laurie holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Architectural History and Bachelor of Science in Archaeology from the University of Virginia.


Zhan Zhao
Zhan is a first year graduate student in the Master of Science in Transportation (MST) program. His study and research mostly focus on public transportation and travel behavior. He has authored or co-authored several papers published in Transportation Research Records and Transportation Research Part C. Prior to attending MIT, he studied transportation engineering and planning in China and Canada. He also worked as an intern for Translink, where he used automatic vehicle location data to analyze bus service reliability in Greater Vancouver area. Outside of school, he enjoys traveling, watching movies and playing basketball.
Zhan Zhao
Zhan is a first year graduate student in the Master of Science in Transportation (MST) program. His study and research mostly focus on public transportation and travel behavior. He has authored or co-authored several papers published in Transportation Research Records and Transportation Research Part C. Prior to attending MIT, he studied transportation engineering and planning in China and Canada. He also worked as an intern for Translink, where he used automatic vehicle location data to analyze bus service reliability in Greater Vancouver area. Outside of school, he enjoys traveling, watching movies and playing basketball.


Scribe

Jocelyn Compton
Scribe
Jocelyn is the scribe for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She began finger painting at a young age, and worked as a cartoonist for the Yale Daily News in college. As a medical student, she has continued capturing complex concepts as a medical illustrator and tutor for the medical licensing exams. She's very excited to draw in this new venue!
Jocelyn Compton
Scribe
Jocelyn is the scribe for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She began finger painting at a young age, and worked as a cartoonist for the Yale Daily News in college. As a medical student, she has continued capturing complex concepts as a medical illustrator and tutor for the medical licensing exams. She's very excited to draw in this new venue!