BOSTON— Harvard Business School (HBS) announced the cohort of Executive Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. With its largest cohort to date, 36, the Executive Fellows program seeks to leverage the expertise of outstanding practitioners to enhance teaching and learning at the school . All fellows, including alumni, partner with at least one HBS faculty member to bring their business expertise to the HBS community.
Fellows contribute to the school by working with faculty and MBA students on curricular and co-curricular activities. These include, but are not limited to, co-taught courses in the elective curriculum, offering career counseling and development coaching, co-leading Short Intensive Programs (SIPs) and conducting workshop sessions. They also bring their expertise to the school’s HBS Online and Executive Education programs, collaborating with faculty on case studies and other research projects. Fellow appointments range from a few months to a year and may be extended.
“Since the inception of the Executive Fellows program, we have been fortunate to engage with an impressive array of experienced practitioners who contribute in many ways to HBS’s mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world,” said Professor Len Schlesinger, program chair. “This group of Executive Fellows, our largest to date, will provide important first-hand perspectives on real-world challenges and opportunities that will enrich the learning of our entire community.”
The 2022-2023 Executive Fellows and the HBS faculty members they will work with are:
Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Group
Abudu has worked with Henry McGee and Andy Wu on projects related to black women entrepreneurs in Africa, the US and Europe.
Franz Alphonse (MBA 2000), Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Project Black at Ariel Alternatives, LLC
Alphonse worked with McGee, Jeffrey Busgang, and Archie Jones on the Scaling Minority Enterprise MBA elective.
Peter Barrett, Partner, Atlas Venture
Working with the HBS Health Care Initiative, Barrett directs the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship, a one-year fellowship for HBS alumni who foster the entrepreneurship and commercialization of biomedical innovations from laboratories at Harvard University and its extended community of teaching hospitals.
Rob Biederman (MBA 2014), Co-Founder, Catalant Technologies and Managing Partner, Asymmetric Capital Partners
Biederman worked with Jeffrey Rayport on the MBA Scaling Technology Ventures elective course.
Bertrand Bodson (MBA 2003), CEO, Keyword Studios
Bodson works with Karim Lakhani on projects related to digital transformation.
Gerald Chertavian (1992 MBA), Founder and CEO, Year Up
Chertavian works with the Social Enterprise Initiative, collaborating with faculty and students on projects related to driving social change.
Paul Clancy, Board Member, various biotech companies including Agios Pharmaceuticals and Incyte Corporation
Clancy works with Amitabh Chandra on projects related to the joint MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences program. He also worked with Fritz Foley in teaching the MBA elective course Corporate Finance: Corporate Financial Operations.
Marcelo Claure, Chairman and CEO, Claure Capital
Claure works with Lakhani and Harvard’s Digital, Data, and Design Institute on various projects related to AI adoption and implications.
Tom Clay (MBA 1997), CEO, Xtalic Corporation
Clay worked with Josh Krieger and Jim Matheson on the Tough Tech Ventures MBA elective and with Tom Eisenman on projects related to the MS/MBA: Engineering Science Program.
Sam Clemons (MBA 2004), Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Reprise
Clemens is involved with the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, working with students and a number of HBS faculty members, including Eisenmann and Shikhar Ghosh.
Rana El Kalioubi, Deputy CEO, Smart Eye; Co-founder and CEO, Affectiva
El Kaliouby works with Lakhani on various AI and analytics projects, engaging both MBA and PhD students.
Sarah Endlein (MBA 2001), CEO, RIOT Strategic Advisory
Endline is engaged with the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, working with students and a number of HBS faculty members, including Eisenmann and Ghosh.
Peter Flaherty, Co-Founder and Director, Esplanade Strategies
Flaherty worked with Bob White on the MBA elective course Elections and Campaigns: A Private Sector Perspective on the 2022 US Midterm Elections.
Jennifer Fonstad (MBA 1997), Co-Founder, Owl Capital Group
Fonstad works with Lynn Paine on projects related to corporate governance and with Rayport on the Scaling Technology Ventures MBA elective.
Rachel Greenwald (MBA 1993), Founder and CEO, Elevated Connections
Greenwald worked with Jill Avery on the MBA elective Creating Brand Value.
Joseph Higgins (MBA 1995), former president, Visual Comfort & Co.
Higgins is working on the MBA Entrepreneurship through Acquisition and Financial Management of Smaller Firms electives with Richard Ruback and Royce Yudkoff.
Matt Higgins, Co-Founder and CEO, RSE Ventures, Managing Partner, Summa Equity
Higgins worked with Schlesinger and Ayelet Israeli on the short intensive MBA program Moving Beyond DTC.
Rainir Indal (MBA 1998), Managing Partner, Summa Equity
Indahl works with George Serafeim on projects related to climate and sustainability efforts in private equity.
Vladimir Yakimovich (MBA 1992), CEO and Founder, Continuum Capital Partners LLC and ContinuumLab.ai
Yachimowicz works with Lakhani on AI-first business issues. He will also engage with students and other HBS faculty members on various projects related to digital transformation.
Thomas Jones (MBA 1968), Founder/CEO, multiple technology businesses including Epsilon, Elm Square Interactive and EXIT41
Jones is working with Rayport on the Scaling Technology Ventures MBA elective.
Stephen Kaufman (MBA 1965), former HBS Senior Lecturer; retired chairman and CEO, Arrow Electronics; Board of Directors, Seek Thermal
Kaufman works with faculty in the Technology and Operations Management unit and collaborates on projects related to the Executive Education program, Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for Enterprise Success.
Anne Le Cam, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Production for Talent and Animation, Weta Digital
Le Cam is working with the Leadership Initiative and a number of HBS faculty members, including Linda Hill, exploring how to develop leadership for the digital world and build a culture of innovation.
Sabrina Lynch, senior vice president, culture and marketing communications, Taylor
Lynch works with Francesca Gino on personal branding and storytelling projects.
Harish Manwani, Senior Operating Partner, Blackstone
Manwani worked with Ranjay Gulati on the MBA elective course “Entrepreneurial Management in an Environment of Turnaround”.
Greg Marsh (MBA 2006), Co-Founder and CEO, Nous
Marsh works with Rayport to deliver the optional MBA Immersive Field Course: London; Entrepreneurship in the UK and Europe.
Sunand Menon (MBA 2001), Founder, New Media Insight; Chief Product Officer, RANE
Menon works with the Leadership Initiative and a number of HBS faculty members, including Hill, exploring how to develop leadership for the digital world and build a culture of innovation.
Michael Moynihan (MBA 1993), SVP Brand, Marketing, Insights & Partnerships, LEGO Group
Moynihan worked with Avery on the Creating Brand Value MBA elective.
Mary Nika, Product Manager, Meta
Nika works with Lakhani on a variety of topics including product management and strategy.
Andy Pforzheimer (AB 1984), Co-Founder and Former CEO, Barteca Restaurant Group
Pforzheimer worked with Michael Kaufman on the MBA elective Challenges and Opportunities in the Restaurant Industry.
Deepa Purushothaman, Co-Founder, nFormation
Purushothaman works with Robin Ely on projects related to the Race, Gender and Equity Initiative.
Simon Rothman (MBA 1995), Partner, Greylock Partners
Rothman works with faculty in the Entrepreneurship Management Department, including Bussgang and Eisenmann, on projects related to technology ventures and business incubators.
Alexandra Schweitzer, Consultant, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Schweitzer works with Dutch Leonard and the Social Enterprise Initiative on projects related to systems-level leadership.
Rudina Sesseri (MBA 2005), Founding Partner, Glasswing Ventures
Sesseri is involved with the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, working with students and a number of HBS faculty members, including Eisenmann and Ghosh.
Michael Skok, Founding Partner, Underscore VC
Skok is involved with the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, working with students and a number of HBS faculty members, including Eisenmann and Ghosh.
Charles Wu, Managing Director and Founding Partner of BayNorth Capital
Wu worked with various faculty in the finance department, including Arthur Segel, on projects and courses related to real estate.
Sheila Zemlin (MBA 1998), Chief Revenue Officer, Bakkt
Zemlin worked with Mark Roberge and Lou Shipley, collaborating on activities to enhance the MBA Entrepreneurial Sales elective and create additional connections between the school and Silicon Valley.