Samantha is a first-year MBA student at Sloan, pursuing a Sustainability Certificate with a focus on sustainable operations in the food and agriculture industry. Samantha grew up in Larchmont, New York, and received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Prior to coming to Sloan, Samantha worked on Capitol Hill and at Booz Allen Hamilton, and also spent time volunteering on an urban farm. Samantha is an avid home cook and baker, as well as a lover of the outdoors, having completed a thru-hike of the 273-mile Long Trail in Vermont.
Favorite Food: Baked cauliflower
Ani Chilingirian is a junior at MIT studying mathematics and chemistry. Ani is interested in nutrition and the intersection between health and technology. She enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and trying out new dishes. She has a periodic table of vegetables poster hanging up in her room.
Favorite Food: sweet potato spinach coconut curry
Elaine Lin is a sophomore at MIT studying computer science. She cooks a lot and writes a food blog called Food Parsed to teach people about cooking. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing and power lifting.
Shelly Xu is a first-year MBA student at Sloan.
Prior to Sloan, she was engaged with private equity investments in Chinese agriculture and food industry. She is greatly interested in the innovation and entrepreneurship relating to food supply chain, and enthusiastic about bringing thoughts and resources together to build a more reliable food system in emerging markets.
Favorite food: mangoes
Jess Newman is a dual MBA candidate at MIT Sloan and MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her career in sustainability has spanned the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She is passionate about sustainability in agricultural systems, specifically how smallholder farmers can participate in corporate supply chains. Jess is an avid runner, reader, and board gamer.
Mi Shan Wong
Born and raised in Malaysia, Mi Shan is an MBA candidate, class of 2017 at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Mi Shan worked at Creador, a private equity fund investing in growth-stage companies in Southeast Asia and India. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Bates College. At Sloan, Mi Shan is also the Co-President of Effective Altruism Club and the VP of Project for the Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development.