Innovation Advisors

ARIEL HUDES
ARIEL HUDES

Ariel Hudes (SOM ’18) is the Lead Innovation Advisor and a second year MBA student at the Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, Ariel founded a communications consulting firm that specialized in clients in the commercial and non-profit arts space, including leading museums and art galleries across the country and internationally. Ariel spent the past summer working for BCG in their Detroit office. She is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, promoting values-driven company cultures, and providing mentorship, especially for young women.

Rakesh Saha
Rakesh Saha

Rakesh, a first-year student at Yale School of Management, is passionate about developing, managing and scaling solutions focused on improving the quality of life outcomes for vulnerable people across the world. He has experiences in both strategic design of impact programs and operations, as well as large scale delivery and implementation. He was formerly the Director of an Indian non-profit called Make A Difference, originally designing their flagship Education Program and then scaling it from a pilot into a Pan-India program operating in 23 cities across 14 states, and managing a complex, distributed team of 2500 people. The program is pioneering in its ability to provide cost efficient personal care and long term learning and academic support to over 3800 children living in shelter homes, ensuring that they are able to pursue higher education and transition from shelters into the real world in a way that breaks the poverty cycle, with stable long-term outcomes.

Before working for Make a Difference, Rakesh worked as a Software Engineer at Ellucian, a leading provider of educational technology services, improving internal process automation and creating technologies to help scale the operations of leading universities across the world.

Sami Boghos
Sami Boghos

Sami is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Previously, he was a consultant at a boutique consulting firm assisting private equity clients in assessing new deals and defining strategic growth initiatives for portfolio companies. He received a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.

Katie Thatcher
Katie Thatcher

Driven by a fascination in the intersection of business and human rights, Katie started business school this fall. Prior to starting school, Katie worked in fundraising and development at human rights non-profit, EarthRights International. 

She is also committed to environmental sustainability and justice, and has worked at a variety of environmental and food-access related nonprofits. Katie graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. Environmental Policy and Anthropology. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking and camping

Parag Jalan
Parag Jalan

Parag Jalan is an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale, Parag worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Cambodia and Swaziland where he helped governments bridge budgetary gaps in the health portfolio, scale-up national health programs, and improve access to life-saving drugs. Over the last few years, Parag has served as a business advisor to numerous start-ups that span access to healthcare, affordable housing, job search optimizers, organic grocery delivery apps etc. While in Cambodia, Parag started a ‘Shark Tank’-like Social Enterprise Pitch competition to assist entrepreneurs develop their business ideas, generate local interest and obtain seed funding for financing their enterprises. 

Parag started his career in finance working for BlackRock in New York shifting between roles in the Trading and Analytics team and Business Development for the firm’s risk management division. Given his private and social sector background, Parag is passionate about helping socially conscious businesses and organizations maximize their impact.

Andy Kim
Andy Kim

Andy Kim is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management and holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of Washington. Prior to Yale, Andy worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; first as an analyst and then later in product management, managing technology and regulatory projects. He is very passionate about the technology space and is excited to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs. In his free time, Andy enjoys being outdoors (hiking, snowboarding, and scuba diving).

Manning Ding
Manning Ding

Manning Ding is a first-year student at Yale Law School, where she focuses on legislative advocacy for economic development. Prior to law school, she was an industrials investor at the global private equity firm Advent International. Before Advent, she was a consultant with McKinsey, advising companies in U.S., Asia, and Europe on strategy, operations, and diligence work. She also held a Fulbright Scholarship in Beijing, China, where she researched social enterprises and economic development. In Beijing, Manning worked with mission-driven start-ups aiming to achieve financial independence. She is interested in applying that model broadly to under-served areas within the United States. Manning received her B.A. in economics from Harvard University.

Haywood Perry III
Haywood Perry III

Haywood’s pursuit of the Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School (YDS) is in response to a calling to both connect people to their purpose, while bridging institutions with resources to the communities most in need. He’s a Graduate Assistant at the Afro-American Cultural Center, and he actively supports members of the House as they discern and explore potential professional pathways. Prior to matriculating at Yale, Haywood served as a Graduate Fellow & Program Associate supporting the Youth & Engagement division of the Aspen Institute; as an intern in the White House Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation; and as an analyst in the Global Philanthropy division of JPMorgan Chase. He has worked on and conducted research in social enterprises, community building & youth development in Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa and Bangalore & Chennai, India. He earned his B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Igor Lichtmann
Igor Lichtmann

Igor Lichtmann is musician, guitarist and entrepreneur who seeks to contribute to society through social engagement, administrative work and ideas to facilitate cultural exchange and development. Igor is the cofounder of tonebase, a platform that democratizes high-level music education by offering online master classes from the world’s greatest artists, educators and performers. He is pursuing a Master’s in Musical Arts at Yale with a focus on classical guitar.

Katharina Davies
Katharina Davies

Katharina Davies is an MBA student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her first full-time work experience was actually as an entrepreneur, where she gained experience starting and managing a business for three years. Even though she eventually moved on to consulting, she has maintained her passion for helping entrepreneurs and start-ups get their businesses out of the ground, scale and find solutions for their problems. For one year, she helped an NGO start a new unit in Rio de Janeiro. She also did a fellowship in Mozambique where she created an impact measurement tools for small farmers who were scaling their production. At Yale, she is mostly involved in the social impact scene, having worked in a project for a social entrepreneur in South Africa as well as in a large NGO focused on social entrepreneurship during the summer.

Jacklyne Keomany
Jacklyne Keomany

Jacklyne is a second-year MBA student at Yale School of Management. She is passionate about human-centered design and technology innovation. Prior to Yale, she collaborated with start-up founders, accelerators and incubators in China to develop creative tech solutions for Anheuser-Busch InBev as the Innovation Manager. During the past summer, she interned at Digital McKinsey as a management consultant.

Alexander Popper
Alexander Popper

Bio coming soon

Matt Piva
Matt Piva

Bio coming soon

PRANNOY NAMBIAR
PRANNOY NAMBIAR

As a former middle school educator turned strategy consultant, Prannoy’s experience has spanned multiple industries and functions. Most recently, Prannoy served as an Education Pioneer for Washington Leadership Academy, a startup charter school based in Washington, DC. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Marketing from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

SHELBY LAYNE
SHELBY LAYNE

Shelby Layne is a first-year MBA student at the Yale School of Management. Prior to her studies, she worked at Goldman Sachs for nearly four years in both Sales & Trading and Asset Management. She has also worked in social impact consulting and with various non-profits. For the next step in her career, she is interested in moving into social entrepreneurship in the food space. On campus, she currently serves as an Innovation Advisor, advising startups through the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and attended Barnard College of Columbia University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude.