Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the cohort of Executive Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. With its largest cohort yet, 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 experience into the HBS community.
The 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-teaching course sessions in the elective curriculum, offering career counseling and development coaching, co-leading Short Intensive Programs (SIPs), and delivering workshop sessions. They also bring their expertise to the School’s HBS Online and Executive Education programs by collaborating with faculty in case development and other research projects. Fellow appointments range from a few months to one year and may be extended.
“Since the inception of the Executive Fellows program, we have had the good fortune to engage with an impressive array of experienced practitioners who contribute in many ways to the HBS mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world,” said Professor Len Schlesinger, chair of the program. “This cohort of Executive Fellows, our largest yet, 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 with whom they will be working are:
Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Group
Abudu is working with Henry McGee and Andy Wu on projects related to black women entrepreneurs in Africa, the US, and Europe.
Frantz Alphonse (MBA 2000), Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Project Black at Ariel Alternatives, LLC
Alphonse is working with McGee, Jeffrey Bussgang, and Archie Jones on the MBA elective curriculum course Scaling Minority Businesses.
Peter Barrett, Partner, Atlas Venture
Working with the HBS Health Care Initiative, Barrett leads the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship, a one-year fellowship for HBS alumni who foster entrepreneurship and commercialization of biomedical innovation from laboratories throughout Harvard University and its extended community of teaching hospitals.
Rob Biederman (MBA 2014), Co-Founder, Catalant Technologies and Managing Partner, Asymmetric Capital Partners
Biederman is working with Jeffrey Rayport on the MBA elective curriculum course Scaling Technology Ventures.
Bertrand Bodson (MBA 2003), CEO, Keyword Studios
Bodson is working with Karim Lakhani on projects related to digital transformation.
Gerald Chertavian (MBA 1992), Founder and CEO, Year Up
Chertavian is working with the Social Enterprise Initiative, collaborating with faculty and students on projects related to driving social change.
Paul Clancy, Board of Directors Member, various biotech companies including Agios Pharmaceuticals and Incyte Corporation
Clancy is working with Amitabh Chandra on projects related to the joint degree MS/MBA Biotechnology: Life Sciences program. He’s also working with Fritz Foley on the delivery of the MBA elective curriculum course Corporate Finance: Corporate Financial Operations.
Marcelo Claure, Chairman and CEO, Claure Capital
Claure is working with Lakhani and the Digital, Data, and Design Institute at Harvard on various projects related to artificial intelligence adoption and implications.
Tom Clay (MBA 1997), CEO, Xtalic Corporation
Clay is working with Josh Krieger and Jim Matheson on the MBA elective curriculum course Tough Tech Ventures, and with Tom Eisenmann on projects related to the MS/MBA: Engineering Sciences program.
Sam Clemens (MBA 2004), Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Reprise
Clemens is engaged with the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, working with students and a number of HBS faculty members, including Eisenmann and Shikhar Ghosh.
Rana el Kaliouby, Deputy CEO, Smart Eye; Co-Founder and CEO, Affectiva
El Kaliouby is working with Lakhani on various projects related to artificial intelligence and analytics, engaging with both MBA and Doctoral students.
Sarah Endline (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 Principal, Esplanade Strategies
Flaherty is working with Bob White on the MBA elective curriculum course Elections and Campaigns: A Private Sector Perspective on the 2022 US Midterm Elections.
Jennifer Fonstad (MBA 1997), Co-Founder, Owl Capital Group
Fonstad is working with Lynn Paine on projects related to corporate governance, and with Rayport on the MBA elective curriculum course Scaling Technology Ventures.
Rachel Greenwald (MBA 1993), Founder and CEO, Elevated Connections
Greenwald is working with Jill Avery on the MBA elective curriculum course Creating Brand Value.
Joseph Higgins (MBA 1995), Former President, Visual Comfort & Co.
Higgins is working on the MBA elective curriculum courses Entrepreneurship through Acquisition and Financial Management of Smaller Firms with Richard Ruback and Royce Yudkoff.
Matt Higgins, Co-Founder and CEO, RSE Ventures, Managing Partner, Summa Equity
Higgins is working with Schlesinger and Ayelet Israeli on the MBA Short Intensive Program Moving Beyond DTC.
Reynir Indahl (MBA 1998), Managing Partner, Summa Equity
Indahl is working with George Serafeim on projects related to climate and sustainability efforts in private equity.
Vladimir Jacimovic (MBA 1992), CEO and Founder, Continuum Capital Partners LLC and ContinuumLab.ai
Jacimovic is working with Lakhani on issues of AI-first businesses. 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 MBA elective curriculum course Scaling Technology Ventures.
Stephen Kaufman (MBA 1965), Former HBS Senior Lecturer; retired Chairman and CEO, Arrow Electronics; Board of Directors, Seek Thermal
Kaufman is working with faculty from the Technology and Operations Management unit and collaborating on projects related to the Executive Education program, Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for a Successful Enterprise.
Ann Le Cam, SVP, Global Head of Talent and Animation Production, 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 building a culture of innovation.
Sabrina Lynch, Senior Vice President, Culture and Marketing Communications, Taylor
Lynch is working with Francesca Gino on projects related to personal branding and storytelling.
Harish Manwani, Senior Operating Partner, Blackstone
Manwani is working with Ranjay Gulati on the MBA elective course Entrepreneurial Management in a Turnaround Environment.
Greg Marsh (MBA 2006), Co-Founder and CEO, Nous
Marsh is working with Rayport to deliver the MBA elective curriculum Immersive Field Course: London; Entrepreneurship in the UK and Europe.
Sunand Menon (MBA 2001), Founder, New Media Insight; Chief Product Officer, RANE
Menon is working with the Leadership Initiative and a number of HBS faculty members, including Hill, exploring how to develop leadership for the digital world and building a culture of innovation.
Michael Moynihan (MBA 1993), Senior Vice President of Brand, Marketing, Insights and Partnerships, LEGO Group
Moynihan is working with Avery on the MBA elective curriculum course Creating Brand Value.
Marily Nika, Product Lead, Meta
Nika is working 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 is working with Michael Kaufman on the MBA elective course Challenges and Opportunities in the Restaurant Industry.
Deepa Purushothaman, Co-Founder, nFormation
Purushothaman is working with Robin Ely on projects related to the Race, Gender, and Equity Initiative .
Simon Rothman (MBA 1995), Partner, Greylock Partners
Rothman is working with faculty in the Entrepreneurial Management unit, including Bussgang and Eisenmann, on projects related to tech ventures and business incubators.
Alexandra Schweitzer, Consultant, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Schweitzer is working with Dutch Leonard and the Social Enterprise Initiative on projects related to systems-level leadership.
Rudina Seseri (MBA 2005), Founding Partner, Glasswing Ventures
Seseri is engaged 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 engaged 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 is working with various faculty in the Finance unit, including Arthur Segel, on projects and courses related to real estate.
Sheela Zemlin (MBA 1998), Chief Revenue Officer, Bakkt
Zemlin is working with Mark Roberge and Lou Shipley, collaborating on activities to enhance the MBA elective curriculum course Entrepreneurial Sales and create additional connections between the school and Silicon Valley.