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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship

Our People

Meet the team behind the Legatum Center

Our People

Fiona E. MurrayFaculty Director, Legatum Center

William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship
Associate Dean of Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative
Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST)
Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship

Fiona Murray is the William Porter (1967) Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, the Faculty Director at both the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the Legatum Center. Professor Murray is also the Associate Dean for Innovation, Co-Director of the Innovation Initiative, and has most recently been appointed a Member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST).

Anjali SastryFaculty Advisor

Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics MIT Sloan

Anjali Sastry is senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her management science PhD in system dynamics, along with physics and Russian bachelor’s degrees, are from MIT. She began as a management consultant at Bain & Company, then investigated the practical application of electric end-use efficiency India for reducing climate change as research scholar at Rocky Mountain Institute and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories before becoming assistant professor at the University of Michigan and MIT.

Systems thinking, organizational change, social impact, and learning are her passions. In 2007, Anjali developed Global Health Lab to find practical ways for front-line enterprises to improve scope, efficiency, and quality in frontier markets. Through 100 on-the-ground projects, she built lasting collaborations in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere. Drawing on her grounding in system dynamics, her current work investigates how business models and organizational design enable the delivery of needed services and goods amid constraints.

Anjali serves on the Board of Directors of the global nongovernmental organization Management Sciences for Health and the educational non-profit ResearchILD and is a member of the Council on Extended Intelligence. At MIT, she works with the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and advises the Jameel World Education Lab and SOLVE, along with Harvard University’s Global Health Delivery Project. A former member of the Governing Body of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and advisor in residence to Tata Trusts on innovation and systems thinking, she is now founding advisor to a new company, shift7. Anjali shares her work widely. Her book Parenting Your Child with Autism: Practical Solutions, Strategies, and Advice (New Harbinger) pairs personal experience with research. Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner (HBS Press), is a guide to orchestrating learning in the workplace.

Megan MitchellActing Director of the Legatum Center

Director of Fellowships and Student Programs

Megan Mitchell is the Director of Fellowship and Student Programs for the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining MIT in January of 2017, Mitchell managed UBS Americas’ Elevating Entrepreneurs initiative, a portfolio of philanthropic partnerships and programs focused on driving toward a more inclusive entrepreneurial landscape. This included Project Entrepreneur, a collaboration with Rent the Runway Foundation to increase the pipeline of women building economically impactful companies. Prior to UBS, Mitchell oversaw co-curricular and experiential learning activities for Wharton Entrepreneurship, including the annual business plan competition and global internship program. She also served as a member of the Venture Initiation Program management team, and led development of the department’s venture development programs at the school’s San Francisco campus.
Mitchell holds a BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a MSEd from University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Artafern AfsarAssociate Director of Finance and Administration

Artafern Afsar joined the Legatum Center in February 2018 as the Associate Director of Finance and Administration. Previously, he had worked at Rio Olympic Committee in Brazil, managing the operations budget for the various committee units. During his time in Rio, he became fluent in Portuguese and acquired a taste for Brazilian cuisine. As part of his contribution to the Olympic Committee, he volunteered in improving the quality of life in Rio favelas. He has over 16 years of experience in the field of budgeting and finance and enjoys the ever changing financial environment. He holds a BA in Finance, with a Minor in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University.

Julia TurnbullAssistant Director, Student Programs

Julia Turnbull joined the Legatum Center as the Fellowship Program Associate in November 2014. She has experience evaluating the economic impact of infrastructure investments at the Inter-American Development Bank and growing investment portfolios that finance business in low-income markets for an international agriculture finance company. She has researched the outcomes of trade liberalization for political economies in Mexico’s urban neighborhoods and villages and taught financial literacy workshops for a savings and loan organization. Julia holds a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and an M.A. in International Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She speaks Spanish.

Eileen CarneySenior Administrative Assistant

Eileen has been a member of the Legatum Center team since October 2018. She manages our office space, tackles purchasing and accounting tasks, and provides logistical support for multiple projects, meetings, workshops and conferences.

A native Bostonian, Eileen has a B.A. in Romance Languages from Boston College, and an M.A. in Education from UMass Boston. She dabbles in language learning as a hobby, her latest interest being in Mandarin Chinese. With broad administrative experience in International Business and Higher Education—balanced by a multiyear stint in foreign language subtitling—Eileen is committed to supporting our mission and that of the larger MIT Sloan community. Staying near our campus shores, she sometimes sails the river Charles, musing upon science, art and song. Eileen is elated to be one of our crew.

James CooneyCommunications Coordinator

As Communications Coordinator, Jim is responsible for crafting a variety of content as well as providing a creative yet consistent voice across all Legatum Center communications. Prior to joining MIT, Jim created written and digital content for Leadership for a Networked World, supporting their mission to help leaders envisage and activate organizational transformations. For six years, Jim also worked for the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. There, he developed a program of Webinars for public-sector professionals as part of the Center’s mission to define, identify, and disseminate innovations in government. In the summer of 2010, Jim volunteered with former street children in Arusha, Tanzania, and for several years afterward he raised money to send eleven of them to private school. When he’s not writing about innovation, Jim is also a fiction writer, currently working on his second novel—he spent three years at the University of Florida teaching writing while honing his own craft. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University.

Kavan O’ConnorSenior Marketing and Events Associate

Kavan O’Connor received a B.A. in English from the University of Hartford. After graduation, he moved to Boston and began his career in marketing, database management, and event planning. In 2006, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he was stationed at Fort Devens. He served in Iraq, helping to train the Iraqi army. Upon his return, Kavan worked for the Boston Athletic Association, supervising the Mile Marker Program of the Boston Marathon. Kavan comes to the Legatum Center from DMSE, a national event planning company specializing in expositions and athletic events.

Georgina Campbell FlatterResearch Scientist, The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT

Georgina works to create and implement educational programming and curricula for MIT students who are building and scaling sustainable ventures across the developing world. Flatter has been emerged in, and an active contributor to, MIT’s innovation ecosystem for over ten years through her roles as Executive Director of MIT’s Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), Director and Lecturer of the XPRIZE Lab @ MIT and, as a student, a researcher at the Langer Lab, and Managing Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. She has also led several innovation projects at the World Bank and worked as a research associate at a renewable fuels spinout from MIT.

Flatter earned an MEng in materials science from the University of Oxford and an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT.

Asiedua AmoahResearch Lead

Asiedua Amoah is the Project Lead on “Learning from the vanguard: Exploratory study of gender-forward workplace practices in technology and entrepreneurship”.

Asiedua has over 12 years of experience spanning  private equity, accounting and  entrepreneurship in the US and Africa. She has worked in various capacities for Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young and American Capital in the US. She also brings to the team her experience working as an Investment Manager at a private equity fund, where she managed a portfolio of businesses, as well as her expertise as an entrepreneur connecting businesses to highly-sought middle and senior management talent in West Africa. She has led a number of entrepreneurship and youth development projects in partnership with government and international development bodies.

Her recent independent project at MIT Sloan was focused on innovative approaches in early stage investors, mainly in the technology space.  She holds an MBA from MIT, a BS in Accounting from Clarkson University, and is a CPA.