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Sonali Madia Patel

February 22, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Sonali Madia Patel

Sonali Madia Patel is a partner in Bridgespan’s New York office. She has been at Bridgespan since 2014 and has worked primarily in the philanthropy practice on a wide range of projects varying from initiative strategy to organizational design. She worked with the Tata Trusts developing their malnutrition strategy in India as well as supporting process redesign for grantmaking. She has spent the last two years working with the Rockefeller Foundation on the design of major initiatives in youth employment, global food systems, and science as well as a global scan to help them to develop a short-list of ideas for their next “big bet”. Most recently she worked with a large global family foundation first on supporting their foundation in developing its vision, mission, and principles and then in a separate effort to foster more collaboration and innovation amongst the family members. Sonali has also worked with large NGOs as well, most notably National Geographic Society on defining its mission and vision and critical pivots for the organization to achieve its goals and more recently on executive team effectiveness.

Prior to joining The Bridgespan Group, Sonali was at Bain & Company working primarily in the healthcare practice. While at Bain her work was focused on a wide range of issues including growth strategy, organizational and process redesign, and performance improvement.

Sonali graduated from Duke University with BS in Psychology and received her MBA from The Wharton School. She currently lives in Rye, NY with her husband and three children.


Monique Tú Nguyen

February 17, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Monique Tú Nguyen

Monique Tú Nguyen is the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and leads the department to advance stability, economic empowerment, civic ownership, and social integration for immigrants in Boston. She is committed to advocating for immigrants in Boston and building community to further equity and belonging.

Director Nguyen has extensive experience in community-driven leadership and economic and racial justice. Prior to this appointment, she served as Executive Director of Matahari Women Workers’ Center for 10 years, advancing the rights and protections for domestic workers, women, immigrants, and their families. She’s also been recognized for her leadership of the MassUndocuFund, a million dollar COVID-19 cash relief fund for immigrant workers, and for spearheading the successful passage of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2014.

Director Nguyen is from Vancouver, Canada, and a proud daughter of Vietnam War refugees. She speaks English, Vietnamese, and is learning Spanish. She loves to cook, dance, hike, and dream and scheme about community building.


Annick Hiensch

February 17, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Annick Hiensch

Annick has 15 years of experience in the United Nations and is currently serving as the Team Leader for Partnerships as well as Climate, Peace and Security in the Department of Peace Operations, which provides political and executive direction to UN peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates.

Before taking up this position, Annick was the counter-terrorism focal point in the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels.  She has also worked for the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the European Commission and the World Food Programme.

Annick holds a Master in Public Administration from Cornell University and speaks English, Dutch, French and Spanish


Satchit Balsari

February 11, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Satchit Balsari

Dr. Satchit Balsari is an emergency physician and public health practitioner. Over the past 20 years, his research has sought to advance the health and human rights of populations displaced by disasters and war, across the Middle East, South Asia and the Americas. He is assistant professor at Harvard’s medical and public health schools, and teaches courses across the University on disasters, war, and leveraging entrepreneurship to solve intractable socioeconomic problems.
Dr. Balsari is the co-director of CrisisReady, a research-response platform committed to advancing evidence-based decision making in disasters (crisisready.io). Dr. Balsari’s innovations in digital health implementation science include cloud-based disease surveillance systems deployed at some of the world’s largest gatherings, including the 2013 and 2015 Kumbh Melas in India. He directs the Harvard India Digital Health Network at the Mittal South Asia Institute (idhnet.org). IDHN’s policy outputs have helped shape the technological and policy landscape of digital health in India. He is founding director of the Climate and Human Health Fellowship at Harvard (climateandhumanhealth.org)
He is a graduate of Grant Medical College, Mumbai; and completed his training at Harvard, Cornell and Columbia. Dr. Balsari is an Asia Society Fellow, an Aspen Ideas Scholar, and the youngest recipient of the BC Roy Award awarded by the President of India, the nation’s highest honor in medicine.


Valeria Tiberi

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Valeria Tiberi

Valeria Tiberi is a first-year student at Harvard Business School. Born and raised in Italy, she had the chance to study and travel in several countries, including Australia and Brazil. These experiences allowed her to develop a passion for nature and better understand the risks related to climate change. Valeria is also the co-founder of Officine Italia, a nonprofit aimed at increasing young people exposure to jobs in the public sector and training trisector entrepreneurs in Italy. Before HBS, she spent 3 years working at Bain & Company mainly on Energy projects, where she witnessed firsthand the challenges companies face to advance the Energy Transition and integrate ESG strategy in their daily operations. After school, she is looking forward to fostering public-private partnerships to catalyze change and financing inclusive solutions against climate change.