ABOUT THE TEAM

The 19th Annual Social Enterprise Conference (SECON), presented by
students at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, will bring together top leaders, practitioners and students on February 10-11, 2018 to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around Social Enterprise. Our mission is to educate participants about Social Enterprise’s potential in solving the world’s most pressing problems and to inspire meaningful discussion around the key challenges within the field. This year, SECON seeks to address the following: Mission vs Profit: what’s the balance?

Ketty is a dual MBA-MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. She has spent a wonderful year at HKS last year and is now a full-time student at HBS focusing on social entrepreneurship in the field of education and workforce development. She spent her last summer in Johannesburg, South Africa working in the CEO's Office of African Leadership Academy (ALA), a leading leadership and entrepreneurship program for African youths. Prior to HKS/HBS, Ketty has worked across various sectors from working in a microfinance non-profit to most recently an impact investment firm. Born and raised in Indonesia, one thing she misses the most about home is food ... and of course, family.

Ketty Lie

Co-Chair, MBA
Paul is Harvard Extension School senior who is passionate about creating sustainable communities through the built environment. He has worked with numerous affordable housing enterprises including Community Rebuilds, Bike and Build, and Habitat for Humanity while maintaining an emphasis on community-led development and environmental sustainability. An avid cyclist, Paul has toured across the US, down both its coasts, and throughout Europe. Most importantly, he takes great pride in his love of cats.

Paul Dodson

Director of Operations, HES
Bin is a dual MBA-MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Wharton School, where she focuses on how businesses and technology can build public-private partnerships to address human capital challenges facing society. Previous to returning to school, Bin spent four years in New York City at Morgan Stanley and mentored with the New York City Mentorship Program. Bin is an alumna of Education Pioneers and Bellwether Education Partners, where she worked with various clients to build talent-ready organizations that attract, develop, and retain talent. Bin is a proud UVA graduate and enjoys singing, playing jazz and baking.

Bin Xie

Sponsorships Chair, MBA/MPA
Tirzah is a first year MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, she conducted clinical research in military service members and veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while pursuing a MS in neuroscience. Prior to this, she served in the U.S. Army primarily as a medical evacuation pilot. She is interested in many aspects of social enterprise and applying effective altruism to do the most good for the most people. Tirzah graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Engineering Management and is originally from St. Louis, MO.

Tirzah VanDamme

Operations & Programming, MBA
Maddy Halyard is a first year MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Previously, she worked at Google as a Product Marketing Manager, focusing on initiatives to provide internet access to low income U.S. communities and emerging markets. She spent last summer working in Washington, D.C., as a Communications intern for New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. She is originally from Cedar, Rapids, IA, and in her free time, she enjoys running, adventuring outdoors, and political podcasts.

Maddy Halyard

Programming, MBA
Jill is a first year Master in Public Policy student at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, Jill worked in management consulting at Accenture, focused primarily on growth strategy and digital transformation in financial services and education. She believes that sustainable organizations need to have both social and financial impact. Jill graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in International Economics. She originally hails from Princeton, NJ.

Jill Ni

Programming & Sponsorships, MPP
Visraant is a first year MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, he worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), and as a Supply Chain and Purchasing manager for an industrial supply company. He enjoys reading and traveling (really, thinking he should read and travel more). In his spare time, he plays basketball, runs, and is trying to learn to play the guitar.

Visraant Iyer

CTO, MPP
Aparna is a second year Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focuses on innovation at the intersection of business and government. Prior to HKS, she worked at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, managing peacebuilding programs in Syria and research in Kenya on community resilience and institutions. She spent last summer working for the Market Development team of Mastercard in Europe.

Aparna Ramanan

Co-Chair, MPP
Kathryn is a first year MBA student at HBS. Before HBS she held multiple roles in healthcare strategy and innovation, most recently as an investment associate at Excel Venture Management, a venture capital firm in Boston. She remains passionate about healthcare innovation, and is also interested in exploring the evolving responsibilities of business and government in light of technological and societal change. In her spare time she enjoys walking and running around her adopted city of Boston.

Kathryn Taylor Reddy

Co-Director of Programming, MBA
Juliana is a second year MPP student at HKS. She is Colombian and she is currently working in her own venture empowering indigenous women in her home country. Before coming to graduate school, she also worked as a CMO in a startup in Latin America and was a Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company. Prior to that she worked in research in affordable housing in Colombia. She just finished her summer internship in the Inter American Development Bank in DC were she helped planning and structuring an accelerator for scale up projects in Latin America.

Juliana Castro

Director of Marketing/Attendee Relations, MPP
Michela is a first-year public policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her professional interests include economic development and the intersection between the public and private sectors. Prior to HKS, she worked at the International Monetary Fund, focusing on fiscal policy and public finance. She is a 2015 graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in international relations and economics.

Michela Schena

Operations & Sponsorships, MPP
Kirtika Singh is an MPA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and co-founder of East St. Louis Initiative. She has previously worked as Director, Enterprise Development at Mavuno, a grassroots development organization ending extreme poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kirtika is an alumnus of Teach For India Fellowship program and has over three years of managerial experience at Kirloskar Oil Engines, largest diesel engine manufacturing firm in India. She has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Washington University. Outside of work, she enjoys trekking and volunteering.

Kirtika Singh

Programming, MPA
Ryan is a first year MPP student at HKS. He recently worked as a liaison between governmental and academic stakeholders in Jordan, striving to cultivate a vertically integrated horticulture development by utilizing extant water resources to facilitate livelihoods and eventual land ownership for Syrian refugees, simultaneously supplying affordable fruit to the urban poor of Cairo, Istanbul and Baghdad. Ryan previously worked at Goldman Sachs and ZS Associates, and spent 2 years as a missionary for LDS Church in Indonesia. He graduated from BYU with a B.A. in International Relations, and enjoys playing basketball and composing music.

Ryan Madsen

Programming & Sponsorships, MPP
Ryan is a second-year MPA at Harvard Kennedy School. Ryan started his career in asset management before working with startups. Ryan worked on eradicating landmines in Angola with Terra Limpa Fund, and has most recently worked in early stage impact investing with Omidyar Network in Silicon Valley.

Ryan Alam

Programming, MPA
Clay is a second year Public Policy student at Harvard Kennedy School. Before attending HKS, Clay spent four years as an Army Officer, stationed at Fort Benning, GA. Clay has also worked at JPMorgan Chase in New York, NY and the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC. Clay graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in 2008. He originally hails from Magnolia Springs, AL.

Clay Holk

Co-Chair, MPP
Nick is a first year MBA student at HBS. Previously, he was a manager at Social Finance UK, a London-based nonprofit that specializes in impact investing and social impact bonds. Nick is studying at HBS on a Fulbright scholarship and received a Goldsmith Fellowship for non-profit leadership. He has a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Durham in England, and loves playing piano and any kind of outdoors activity.

Nick Matthews

Co-Director of Programming, MBA
Sara is a first year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, she lived at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, working for a natural foods company focused on producing healthy foods in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. She also spent two years in management consulting, working with clients in CPG and energy. Sara is interested in using private sector growth to deliver sustainable economic development in low-income communities through job creation.

Sara Marcus

Operations & Programming, MBA
Bi Huang is a dual degree candidate for MPA at Harvard Kennedy School, and MBA at the Wharton School at UPenn. She is actively exploring innovative solutions to solve social issues, especially on female empowerment. Before school, she worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company and in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation China Office on cross-border impact investing. She is co-founder of a social enterprise in education and a second social enterprise in fitness. She enjoys travelling and has been to 23 countries. She is also an award-winning pianist and singer.

Bi Huang

Programming, MPA & MBA
Suzy is a first year MPP student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, she was a high school math teacher and Teach for America corps member in New Orleans. From her time in the classroom, Suzy developed an interest in how teachers and school staff are incentivized at the district, state, and federal level. She is interested in bridging the gap between private sector human capital development and public/charter school staff management. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, and exchanging cheesy puns with friends.

Suzanne Wang

Programming, MPP
Katya is a first year Public Administration in International Development student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to HKS, she spent seven years at Google in Mountain View, California and Moscow, Russia, working in a variety of brand and product marketing roles, most recently leading the social media marketing practice for the Google Play division. Katya holds an Erasmus Mundus joint Master of Science degree from Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, University of Reading, UK, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics from Rostov State University, Russia. At HKS, Katya is exploring the intersection of technology, public policy and diplomacy to advance the movement towards a more equal, connected, collaborating and prosperous world.

Katya Klinova

Programming & Marketing, MPA
Yuwa is a first year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Previously, she worked at the UN World Food Programme in Malawi, serving as a field manager in monitoring and evaluation. She loved working and living in Africa, and is interested in exploring the intersection between the public and private sectors, particularly in the context of international development. Her professional experience also includes international tax consulting at Ernst & Young in New York City. She grew up in Japan and China, and enjoys backpacking different parts of the world.

Yuwa Maki

CFO, MBA
Sophia is a first year MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, she was a London-based consultant at McKinsey, advising private and social sectors organisations across seven countries. She worked for Gates Foundation in Policy Advocacy and Public Health in Affrica. She also has VC experience investing in EdTech and AI. Sophia is passionate about fostering multilaterial corpaortation between governement, NGOs, and corporates to drive systemic change for children's welfare. She is a certified wine and sake sommelier and enjoys reading novels.

Sophia Shao

Co-Director of Programming, MPA
Andrea is a first-year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, she worked at Marriott International headquarters in the Customer & Digital Analytics department. Outside of work, she has served on the board of a nonprofit focused on economic empowerment and is an energetic math tutor to elementary school students. She is passionate about education and helping social enterprises realize the potential of using data to optimize programs.

Andrea Frederick

Operations & Programming, MBA
Azeez Gupta is a first year MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Before HBS, he served at Pratham, one of India's largest education non-profits, as the Program Director of vocational training for more than three years. Azeez was formerly a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, after graduating with an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a recipient of the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for non-profit leadership at HBS. He loves reading, playing different sports and traveling.

Azeez Gupta

Programming, MBA
Yolanda is a first year MPP student at HKS. Her background is in the immigration law sector, working with businesses, as well as refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Central America. Prior to her professional work, she volunteered in the nonprofit sector with the local organization of Strong Women Strong Girls, as a mentor for at-risk girls in the Boston area. She strongly believes in the power of positive and continuous investment in the educational and professional skills development of youth. She is orignally from Pittsburgh, PA, and has been living in the Boston area for 5 years.

Yolanda Botti-Lodovico

Programming & Sponsorships, MPP
Akinwande has focused his studies on international development with an emphasis on using economic empowerment to eliminate poverty. Before coming to HKS, Akinwande spent 7 years in Egypt consulting public, private, and non-governmental organizations. He graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Akinwande’s goal upon graduation is to work in a firm that invests in and advises social entrepreneurial projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Akinwande Lalude

Attendee Relations, MPA

March 25

9:00 am -10:30 am
Memorial Hall, Harvard University
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138

11:15 am - 7:00 pm
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, Cambridge MA 02138

March 26

9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Harvard Business School
100 Western Ave. Boston, MA 02163