Team

Content Team

Ana Carolina Freire Gentil
Ana is a mid-career professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked for several years at the Brazilian law firm TozziniFreire Advogados, as an associate and later as a partner of the capital markets and banking areas of the firm. her most recent role was Legal and Compliance Director at AES Brasil S.A. (the Brazilian subsidiary of AES Energy Corp.), one of the largest energy companies in Latin America with operations in the generation and distribution sector. In June 2015, she left the company to pursue my MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, which is a 12 months, full time, executive program. Ana will graduate in June 2016. In her one year at MIT, she had the chance to deepen her experience in business strategy, sustainability and leadership.
Ana Carolina Freire Gentil
Ana is a mid-career professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked for several years at the Brazilian law firm TozziniFreire Advogados, as an associate and later as a partner of the capital markets and banking areas of the firm. her most recent role was Legal and Compliance Director at AES Brasil S.A. (the Brazilian subsidiary of AES Energy Corp.), one of the largest energy companies in Latin America with operations in the generation and distribution sector. In June 2015, she left the company to pursue my MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, which is a 12 months, full time, executive program. Ana will graduate in June 2016. In her one year at MIT, she had the chance to deepen her experience in business strategy, sustainability and leadership.


Danny Bressler
Danny is a researcher at Harvard Business School, working with Professor Michael Porter at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. His research covers business strategy, economic development, how business can contribute towards solving social problems, the effect of new technologies on competition and strategy, and providing strategic advice to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and other business leaders. Danny is passionate about sustainability and what can be done to secure a positive future for humanity. Prior to working at HBS, he worked for the strategy consulting firm Altman Vilandrie for 2.5 years, providing strategic advice to companies and investors in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries. Prior to that, he had internships at America’s Finest News Source (The Onion) and Goldman Sachs. He graduated from Brown University with a double-major in history and economics, and spent a year studying at Oxford University. Danny’s other interests include jazz, weightlifting, opera, backcountry backpacking, and competitive stairclimbing.
Danny Bressler
Danny is a researcher at Harvard Business School, working with Professor Michael Porter at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. His research covers business strategy, economic development, how business can contribute towards solving social problems, the effect of new technologies on competition and strategy, and providing strategic advice to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and other business leaders. Danny is passionate about sustainability and what can be done to secure a positive future for humanity. Prior to working at HBS, he worked for the strategy consulting firm Altman Vilandrie for 2.5 years, providing strategic advice to companies and investors in the technology, media, and telecommunications industries. Prior to that, he had internships at America’s Finest News Source (The Onion) and Goldman Sachs. He graduated from Brown University with a double-major in history and economics, and spent a year studying at Oxford University. Danny’s other interests include jazz, weightlifting, opera, backcountry backpacking, and competitive stairclimbing.


Leo Barlach
Leo Barlach graduated as a mining engineer from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2009. Throughout his career, he worked to improve the environmental performance of mining operations. Now at MIT he is studying to get the Sustainability Certificate to further specialize in this sector. His other hobbies include literature, rock music and world traveling
Leo Barlach
Leo Barlach graduated as a mining engineer from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2009. Throughout his career, he worked to improve the environmental performance of mining operations. Now at MIT he is studying to get the Sustainability Certificate to further specialize in this sector. His other hobbies include literature, rock music and world traveling


Samantha Fahrbach
Samantha is a MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, pursuing a Sustainability Certificate with a focus on sustainability in the food and beverage industry. Prior to coming to Sloan, Samantha worked as a staff assistance on Capitol Hill and as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting clients within the Department of Defense. At Sloan, she also leads the MIT Food and Agriculture Club. Samantha received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and is an avid home cook and baker, as well as a lover of the outdoors.
Samantha Fahrbach
Samantha is a MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, pursuing a Sustainability Certificate with a focus on sustainability in the food and beverage industry. Prior to coming to Sloan, Samantha worked as a staff assistance on Capitol Hill and as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting clients within the Department of Defense. At Sloan, she also leads the MIT Food and Agriculture Club. Samantha received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and is an avid home cook and baker, as well as a lover of the outdoors.


David Obermeier
Dave is U.S. Coast Guard Officer currently enrolled as a Fellow in MIT’s System Design and Management Program. He has served in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions about a polar ice breaker, led logistics and heavy weather response on the outer banks of North Carolina, and held multiple positions supporting USCG operations as a civil and industrial engineer. He most recently served as Chief of Operations for the USCG’s Shore Infrastructure Program, where he led multiple enterprise wide initiatives involving sustainability, public stewardship and organizational change. Dave is a candidate for MIT’s sustainability certificate and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Facility Manager. Dave hails from Warwick, RI.
David Obermeier
Dave is U.S. Coast Guard Officer currently enrolled as a Fellow in MIT’s System Design and Management Program. He has served in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions about a polar ice breaker, led logistics and heavy weather response on the outer banks of North Carolina, and held multiple positions supporting USCG operations as a civil and industrial engineer. He most recently served as Chief of Operations for the USCG’s Shore Infrastructure Program, where he led multiple enterprise wide initiatives involving sustainability, public stewardship and organizational change. Dave is a candidate for MIT’s sustainability certificate and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Facility Manager. Dave hails from Warwick, RI.


Macauley Kenney
Macauley is a recent graduate of the Technology and Policy Master’s Program at MIT, where she wrote her thesis on modeling growth in Indian cities. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Law and Technology in 2013 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Macauley has a personal interest in data-driven public service projects, particularly those focused on international development. In addition to her work in India she has spent time in South Africa analyzing urban drainage techniques, and co-authored the paper Hard rain gonna fall: Strategies for sustainable urban drainage in informal settlements. Macauley has served as a board member for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, an international non-profit, for the past three years. When not working, Macauley can be found out running or trying out local bakeries.
Macauley Kenney
Macauley is a recent graduate of the Technology and Policy Master’s Program at MIT, where she wrote her thesis on modeling growth in Indian cities. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Law and Technology in 2013 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Macauley has a personal interest in data-driven public service projects, particularly those focused on international development. In addition to her work in India she has spent time in South Africa analyzing urban drainage techniques, and co-authored the paper Hard rain gonna fall: Strategies for sustainable urban drainage in informal settlements. Macauley has served as a board member for the Institute of Engineering and Technology, an international non-profit, for the past three years. When not working, Macauley can be found out running or trying out local bakeries.


Leadership Team

Hanson Gong
Co-Managing Director
Hanson is a first-year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to MIT, Hanson worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting. His work in both strategy and operations spanned private, public, and non-profit sectors. During his time, Hanson was also selected as one of two inaugural Social Impact Fellows to work with The Monitor Institute with the launch of Deloitte’s new Social Impact Service Line. Additionally, Hanson is an avid adventure (adrenaline) seeker spending his time snowboarding, CrossFitting, rock climbing, hiking, traveling… anything that will get the heart pumping.
Hanson Gong
Co-Managing Director
Hanson is a first-year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to MIT, Hanson worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting. His work in both strategy and operations spanned private, public, and non-profit sectors. During his time, Hanson was also selected as one of two inaugural Social Impact Fellows to work with The Monitor Institute with the launch of Deloitte’s new Social Impact Service Line. Additionally, Hanson is an avid adventure (adrenaline) seeker spending his time snowboarding, CrossFitting, rock climbing, hiking, traveling… anything that will get the heart pumping.


Sarah Day Kalloch
Managing Co-Director
A second-year MBA at Sloan, Sarah focuses on business and social impact, sustainable supply chains and market-based solutions to poverty. She is co-president of Sloan’s Net Impact Chapter and served as a procurement-environment intern at Apple last summer. Prior to Sloan, Sarah worked at Oxfam America, supporting global food security policy and leading on partnerships for Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign, which assesses the agricultural sourcing policies of the world’s top food and beverage companies and advocates for better policies for communities in their supply chain. Sarah also served as Director of Outreach at Physicians for Human Rights, scaling two human rights organizations in Uganda and Kenya and advocating for improved HIV/AIDS and global health funding.
Sarah Day Kalloch
Managing Co-Director
A second-year MBA at Sloan, Sarah focuses on business and social impact, sustainable supply chains and market-based solutions to poverty. She is co-president of Sloan’s Net Impact Chapter and served as a procurement-environment intern at Apple last summer. Prior to Sloan, Sarah worked at Oxfam America, supporting global food security policy and leading on partnerships for Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign, which assesses the agricultural sourcing policies of the world’s top food and beverage companies and advocates for better policies for communities in their supply chain. Sarah also served as Director of Outreach at Physicians for Human Rights, scaling two human rights organizations in Uganda and Kenya and advocating for improved HIV/AIDS and global health funding.


Patrick Ford
Content Architect
Pat is a second year student in the Technology and Policy Program. Prior to MIT, Pat worked as an Engineer with Woodard & Curran, where he completed projects ranging from industrial storm water treatment facilities to flood insurance policy. Pat’s current research focuses on the economics of end of life electronic waste recycling, and identifying potential business opportunities within the system. Pat was awarded a 2015-2016 Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship, which focuses on the work needed to bring about a Circular Economy. His interest in sustainability oriented innovation stems from his study of the Circular Economy and the role that it can play as an innovative business model.
Patrick Ford
Content Architect
Pat is a second year student in the Technology and Policy Program. Prior to MIT, Pat worked as an Engineer with Woodard & Curran, where he completed projects ranging from industrial storm water treatment facilities to flood insurance policy. Pat’s current research focuses on the economics of end of life electronic waste recycling, and identifying potential business opportunities within the system. Pat was awarded a 2015-2016 Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship, which focuses on the work needed to bring about a Circular Economy. His interest in sustainability oriented innovation stems from his study of the Circular Economy and the role that it can play as an innovative business model.


Nina Birger
Content Co-Director
Nina is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to MIT, she spent three years working for Ceres, a non-profit organization mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy. At Ceres, Nina focused on the climate and clean energy programs, and thinks sustainability-oriented innovation is the way to tackle climate change at the pace and scale needed. Nina loves cities, mountains and stories. 
Nina Birger
Content Co-Director
Nina is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to MIT, she spent three years working for Ceres, a non-profit organization mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy. At Ceres, Nina focused on the climate and clean energy programs, and thinks sustainability-oriented innovation is the way to tackle climate change at the pace and scale needed. Nina loves cities, mountains and stories. 


Sergio Gonzalez
Content Co-Director
Sergio is a second year student in the Technology and Policy Program. Before MIT he attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he studied Civil Engineering. His current research is with the Sloan Sustainability Initiative on the summit's theme of sustainability-oriented innovation, and identifying how more private investment can be driven into early-stage clean technology companies. Sergio is an avid soccer player and mountain biker, and makes extremely delicious kale chips on Sundays. 
Sergio Gonzalez
Content Co-Director
Sergio is a second year student in the Technology and Policy Program. Before MIT he attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he studied Civil Engineering. His current research is with the Sloan Sustainability Initiative on the summit's theme of sustainability-oriented innovation, and identifying how more private investment can be driven into early-stage clean technology companies. Sergio is an avid soccer player and mountain biker, and makes extremely delicious kale chips on Sundays. 


Joe Lessard
Content Co-Director
Joe is a first year student in the System Design & Management (SDM) program, a degree jointly awarded through the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management. He holds two degrees (M.S. and B.S.) in chemical engineering from Tufts University where his research focused on renewable fuel production. Prior to joining MIT he worked as a consultant in the mining and metals industry with a particular emphasis on developing and commercializing efficiency technologies. He spends his time at MIT thinking about the e-waste recycling pipeline, drinking coffee, and sending emails.
Joe Lessard
Content Co-Director
Joe is a first year student in the System Design & Management (SDM) program, a degree jointly awarded through the School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management. He holds two degrees (M.S. and B.S.) in chemical engineering from Tufts University where his research focused on renewable fuel production. Prior to joining MIT he worked as a consultant in the mining and metals industry with a particular emphasis on developing and commercializing efficiency technologies. He spends his time at MIT thinking about the e-waste recycling pipeline, drinking coffee, and sending emails.


Allison Bard
Finance Co-Director
Allison Bard is a first-year student at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing her Masters in Business Administration and the Sustainability Certificate.  She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont.  Prior to attending Sloan, Allison worked in energy efficiency at a large energy utility and an energy consulting firm. Allison has an interest in corporate social responsibility and integrating environmental sustainability in global supply chains.  Allison loves exploring the outdoors, whether by playing sports, hiking and backpacking, splitting wood, or navigating city sidewalks.
Allison Bard
Finance Co-Director
Allison Bard is a first-year student at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing her Masters in Business Administration and the Sustainability Certificate.  She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont.  Prior to attending Sloan, Allison worked in energy efficiency at a large energy utility and an energy consulting firm. Allison has an interest in corporate social responsibility and integrating environmental sustainability in global supply chains.  Allison loves exploring the outdoors, whether by playing sports, hiking and backpacking, splitting wood, or navigating city sidewalks.


Sam Perlik
Operations Co-Director
Sam is a second-year pursing an MBA and the Sustainability Certificate. He is an active-duty Army infantry officer who is at Sloan en route to a teaching assignment at the United States Military Academy. Sam is interested in implementing sustainability in large organizations, and hopes to do so on behalf of the Army and Department of Defense following his time at West Point. Sam enjoys just about any activity that takes place outdoors.
Sam Perlik
Operations Co-Director
Sam is a second-year pursing an MBA and the Sustainability Certificate. He is an active-duty Army infantry officer who is at Sloan en route to a teaching assignment at the United States Military Academy. Sam is interested in implementing sustainability in large organizations, and hopes to do so on behalf of the Army and Department of Defense following his time at West Point. Sam enjoys just about any activity that takes place outdoors.


Sarah Nolet
Managing Co-Director
Sarah Nolet is jointly pursuing a Masters in Engineering and Management and a Sustainability Certificate. A three-sport varsity athlete and double major in computer science and human factors engineering from Tufts University, Sarah is passionate about using technology to create a more sustainable global food system. Sarah loves all sports, building rock walls, speaking Spanish, and deep-woods backpacking.
Sarah Nolet
Managing Co-Director
Sarah Nolet is jointly pursuing a Masters in Engineering and Management and a Sustainability Certificate. A three-sport varsity athlete and double major in computer science and human factors engineering from Tufts University, Sarah is passionate about using technology to create a more sustainable global food system. Sarah loves all sports, building rock walls, speaking Spanish, and deep-woods backpacking.


Peter Tiburzio
Finance Co-Director
Peter is a first-year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management.  Currently, he is pursuing a Sustainability Certificate in conjunction with the program’s Finance Track.  Prior to MIT, Peter worked as a Quantitative Specialist for FactSet Research Systems building stochastic financial models.  His interest in sustainability now ranges from renewable energy and clean tech to impact investing.  Outside of work, Peter is an avid skier, rock climber, surfer, and outdoors enthusiast.
Peter Tiburzio
Finance Co-Director
Peter is a first-year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management.  Currently, he is pursuing a Sustainability Certificate in conjunction with the program’s Finance Track.  Prior to MIT, Peter worked as a Quantitative Specialist for FactSet Research Systems building stochastic financial models.  His interest in sustainability now ranges from renewable energy and clean tech to impact investing.  Outside of work, Peter is an avid skier, rock climber, surfer, and outdoors enthusiast.


Linda Cheung
Marketing Co-Director
Linda worked for five years at American Express in New York City where she launched the company's first employee group for sustainability. Her passion to get into the clean tech industry led her to come to Sloan to pursue an MBA with the Sustainability Certificate.  Linda is combining her marketing experience and love of all things green as the Co-director of Marketing for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She is also involved in the Sloan Energy Club, Energy 4 Dev club, Clean Tech Prize and anything else green going on at MIT.
Linda Cheung
Marketing Co-Director
Linda worked for five years at American Express in New York City where she launched the company's first employee group for sustainability. Her passion to get into the clean tech industry led her to come to Sloan to pursue an MBA with the Sustainability Certificate.  Linda is combining her marketing experience and love of all things green as the Co-director of Marketing for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She is also involved in the Sloan Energy Club, Energy 4 Dev club, Clean Tech Prize and anything else green going on at MIT.


Anna Turskaya
Content Co-Director
Anna is currently a student in MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP) whereby she is a researcher in Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Systems for Saudi Arabia, looking at the questions of Inclusive Wealth of a nation. Anna is originally from Russia, grew up in the Netherlands, holds an MEng degree in Material Science from Oxford, and a Masters in Business from College des Ingenieurs in Paris, France. Her professional experience has been with several private and public organizations, always on the question of how to bring technologies to the society. When not doing that, she's found reading books, playing music and exploring new cities.
Anna Turskaya
Content Co-Director
Anna is currently a student in MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP) whereby she is a researcher in Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Systems for Saudi Arabia, looking at the questions of Inclusive Wealth of a nation. Anna is originally from Russia, grew up in the Netherlands, holds an MEng degree in Material Science from Oxford, and a Masters in Business from College des Ingenieurs in Paris, France. Her professional experience has been with several private and public organizations, always on the question of how to bring technologies to the society. When not doing that, she's found reading books, playing music and exploring new cities.


Carla Li-Carillo
Operations Co-Director
Carla Li-Carrillo is a first year Master's candidate jointly pursuing a SM in mechanical engineering and an MBA through MIT's Leaders for Global Operations program. Prior to MIT, Carla worked as a process engineer to optimize the creation of value added product from waste streams of the winemaking process. After that, she worked on protein research for a small food manufacturing startup with the goal of creating more sustainable foods. In her spare time, Carla enjoys doing things that scare her a little, such as performing aerial silks suspended high in the air and being a twenty-something year old who occasionally eats cotton candy.
Carla Li-Carillo
Operations Co-Director
Carla Li-Carrillo is a first year Master's candidate jointly pursuing a SM in mechanical engineering and an MBA through MIT's Leaders for Global Operations program. Prior to MIT, Carla worked as a process engineer to optimize the creation of value added product from waste streams of the winemaking process. After that, she worked on protein research for a small food manufacturing startup with the goal of creating more sustainable foods. In her spare time, Carla enjoys doing things that scare her a little, such as performing aerial silks suspended high in the air and being a twenty-something year old who occasionally eats cotton candy.