17 MBA Students Making an Impact and coming to Web Summit

Update: Students! What’s 100 – 39? That’s right… 61. We still have 61 slots left in our Student Scholarship program. The world’s most promising future entrepreneurs, engineers, inventors and company leaders are coming, apply here and join them for FREE>> 


Following up on our last post about 22 students that have been invited to Web Summit 2014, we’re back with another stellar crop of future leaders of industry that are jetting to Dublin this November. Joining the original 22 are a further 17 MBA students that are already making a difference even at this early stage in their careers.

Since opening up the applications, we’ve had over 7,000 applications for our Student Scholarship program – 2,400 of which are MBAs – and interviewed close to a 1,000 applicants, all from 137 different academic institutions all over the world. When they touch down in Dublin, they’ll enjoy a 3-day tailored experience of the Web Summit event over the 3 days and 4 nights, with some special guests joining them along the way. If you’re a student, you still have the chance to join them. We have 61 slots still available in our Student Scholarship program, so apply today and you could join them at the tech conference with a difference.

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Ashwini Gokhale (Left) and Francis Wong (Right)

Ashwini Gokhale – University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Business School)

Ashwini is part of the Wharton MBA Class of 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree from MIT (Class of 2013) with a major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and minor in Economics. Ashwini has worked with ExxonMobil, Chevron, Boeing, and Caterpillar. Ashwini was also the recipient of Google Anita Borg Scholarship and the recipient of Society of Women Engineers scholarship. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, playing the viola, and water-skiing.

Francis Wong – UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Stepping away from a career as a doctor in the UK, Francis moved to Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, California to pursue a joint MBA/MPH and follow his passion for all things tech. In the past year he’s had the privilege to work at cutting-edge healthcare companies including Castlight Health, Augmedix (the largest Google Glass start-up) and 23andMe. Searching for the next big opportunity, Francis believes technology has the potential to radically improve the way we deliver healthcare.

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Perihan Abou-Zeid (Left) and Robert Fagnani (Right)

Perihan Abou-Zeid – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Perihan is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management where she’s a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship; and a recipient of the Legatum Fellowship for entrepreneurs. Prior to Sloan, she was the CEO and Co-Founder of Qabila Media Productions, a media production startup, based out of Cairo, serving the whole Arab region. She previously worked with Google Ireland as a Business Strategist. In 2012, she received the Best Female Entrepreneur Award from the MIT Enterprise Forum – Pan Arab Region.

Robert Fagnani – UCLA (The Anderson School of Management)

Rob is an MBA student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and he recently spent his summer as an intern at the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to business school, Rob worked for Morgan Stanley in the firm’s investment management and credit groups, where he covered companies in the healthcare, utilities, municipal, and asset management industries. He is a CFA Charterholder and he received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University where he launched a music management company that successfully signed a band to a major record label. He’s also a successful guitarist and has opened for notable acts such as Grammy Award winners The Roots. He also established a partnership with VH1 Save the Music Foundation to headline its concert series in September 2012.

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Sufen Fong (Left) and Cherry Liang (Right)

Sufen Fong – University of Michigan (Stephen M. Ross School of Business)

A geek at heart, Sufen Fong is often curious about how things work. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Ross School of Business, had obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and wants to make a positive impact on the world through technology. When she’s not talking business, Fong is quite keen on all kinds of dance (waltz, jazz, swing) and visiting museums.

Cherry Liang – MIT (Sloan School of Management)

Cherry is an MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. She serves as an officer for the MIT UAV and Sloan Sales clubs. Cherry has over six years of experience in finance and entrepreneurship. She also has a strong interest in bridging the gaps between innovation and commercialisation, and has worked with Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. Cherry sees her future career in business development. Cherry is also a native Mandarin speaker and a former professionally trained dancer and performs on-stage and on TV regularly.

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Laurens Priem (Left) and Ria Kapila (Right)

Laurens Priem – Columbia Business School

Laurens Priem founded a successful venture in music and performed as a guitarist around the world before switching to work as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. He served clients in High-Tech, Energy, Retail and Consumer Goods in Europe, the US and South Africa. Laurens is currently pursuing his MBA at Columbia Business School and plans to launch a startup in which he aims to combine his passions for technology and music. He holds a master degree in engineering and graduated cum laude as a Jazz guitarist.

Ria Kapila – Columbia Business School

Ria is a recent graduate from Columbia Business School, New York. Apart from focusing on entrepreneurship, marketing strategy and operations, she led the student research on Reverse Innovation in India and analysed consumer behavioural trends. She has over 7 years of experience working in different capacities at Microsoft where she played key roles in the launch of products like gaming console Xbox and tablet Surface. A gold-medalist in Computer Sciences, Ria has always been passionate about technology and constantly on the lookout for opportunities to integrate with business to deliver innovative customer products/services. After her MBA, Ria worked on helping a Seattle based startup called 9 Slides with their marketing strategy and customer engagement. She currently works at Amazon as a Senior Product Manager developing market growth and customer experience strategies for PC and Console Video games.

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Jennifer Ryback (Left) and Yuhang Vivian Wang (Right)

Jennifer Ryback – Harvard Business School

Jennifer is currently an MBA student at Harvard Business School (HBS). This summer she is working with UP Education Network, a non-profit school management organisation based in the Boston area. Prior to HBS, Jennifer worked at Bain & Company, Inc, a Boston-based management consulting firm, and at Teach For America. Originally from Clifton Park, NY, she received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Yuhang Vivian Wang – Harvard Business School

Vivian is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. In her previous role as the first analyst at a New York based investment fund, she conducted extensive research in technology and media public companies with a focus in China. Passionate for both fundamental investment analysis and the global tech sector, Vivian aspires to help investors understand how technology enhances and disrupts traditional industries and how this process evolves differently around the world. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton in 2009.

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Cheryl Silveri (Left) and Vivek Ladsariya (Right)

Cheryl Silveri – MIT (Sloan School of Management)

Currently leading a telepsychiatry startup in Boston, Cheryl is thrilled to be attending the MIT Sloan School of Management for her MBA. Prior to entering the startup world, Cheryl’s curiosity about the natural world led her to a degree in biology, which involved studying ant behaviour in the tropical rain forest. Along with running her startup, Incongnito Care, she is learning web design, Internet marketing and HTML/CSS.

Vivek Ladsariya – Yale University (Yale School of Management)

Vivek is an MBA student at Yale and a venture capital investor. He is passionate about early-stage technology and has spent his entire career working in or with startups. Before business school, Vivek ran a gaming technology company in India, following which he started a consulting business for early stage investors where he also launched an online platform to streamline the early stage investments in India. In his spare time, Vivek is an amateur stand-up comic.

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Caitlin Robinson (Left) and Anita Kibunguchy (Right)

Caitlin Robinson – New York University

Caitlin Robinson is a creative storyteller, with experience producing award-winning documentaries, broadcast television and branded content. Her clients have spanned the US, UK and her native country, South Africa. Currently, Caitlin is pursuing a joint MBA/MFA through NYU Stern and Tisch School of the Arts, focusing on the interplay between the development and distribution of content. She is interested in how technological innovation will impact audience appetites.

Anita Kibunguchy – MIT (Sloan School of Management)

Anita Kibunguchy is currently a 2nd year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, she worked for Accenture for over three years in IT Consulting. So far, her projects have focused on large IT transformational projects for the State of California which allowed Kibunguchy to solve complex business problems during different phases of the systems development life cycle. She is originally from Kenya and during her spare time enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching movies and cooking (when in the mood).

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Erica Swallow (Left) and Yangfeng Liu (Right)

Yangfeng Liu – MIT (Sloan School of Management)

Yangfeng Liu was born in China and grew up in both Japan and China. He started his career in McKinsey’s Tokyo office and then moved back to China to start his own company, Yo-ren, which is a leading digital marketing agency in Shanghai. Last year, he left China and Yo-ren to attend MIT Sloan School of Management. Recently, Yan started a new company in US to disrupt TV rating space.

Erica Swallow – MIT (Sloan School of Management)

Juggling two interesting lines of work, currently Erica Swallow is both a technology journalist and MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. She has written for publications including Forbes, Mashable, and The Huffington Post, and is an international thought-leader, having spoken about her work at industry-shaping conferences, such as SXSW and WOMMA Summit. Erica previously served as the director of community for tech startup Contently, as an editor at tech publication Mashable, and as a social media strategist at The New York Times, among other roles. She is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business and is passionate about the future of education and work.

Simon Yoo – UC Berkeley (Haas School of Business)

Simon Yoo is a 2nd year MBA student at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Prior to business school, he worked in the energy industry with General Electric, and more recently, spent a few years in the gaming world at Activision Blizzard. After completing his MBA, he is interested in pursuing a career in technology to help make the world smaller and more accessible to everyone. He was also part of the US National Kendo Team and participated in the 13th, 14th and 15th world championships.

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