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).
Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Georgina Campbell Flatter, MEng (Oxon) SM, is the Executive Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
In her role as Director and Lecturer, she works to implement educational programming and curricula for MIT students who are building and scaling sustainable impact-ventures across the world. Flatter has been emerged in, and an active contributor to, MIT’s innovation ecosystem for several years through her roles as Executive Director of MIT 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.
Anna Omura joined the Legatum Center in 2008 as the Operations Manager after working in Togo, West Africa as a natural resource management extension agent for the Peace Corps. Previously, Anna was a founding partner in Breaking the Mold Candle Company in Denver, CO. She is a dean’s list graduate from Harvard Extension School where she earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in finance. Previously, she graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in public relations. Since 2014, Anna’s role within the Center has been as the Assistant Director of Administration and Resources.
Sorin Grama is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship where he brings experience of starting & scaling a hardware business in a developing economy.
Sorin co-founded and served as CEO/CTO of Promethean Power Systems, a manufacturer of thermal energy storage systems for refrigeration & cold-storage applications. Sorin was the principal inventor of Promethean’s thermal battery, an energy storage device that provides effective backup in areas with unpredictable grid power. Dairy farmers & processors in rural India are using this battery to chill milk at village collection centers. Sorin’s company was also one of the four founding companies of Greentown Labs, a grassroots effort which has grown to become the nation’s largest cleantech incubator.
Sorin is trained as an electrical engineer and holds an MS in Engineering and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SDM ‘07. He is originally from Romania.
Megan Mitchell is the Fellowship and Student Programs Manager 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.
Ali is an American venture builder and entrepreneur of Senegalese descent focused on innovation, network economics and frontier markets. He joined MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship in February 2017 as the Global Programs Manager. He is a Partner at United+, a Silicon Valley-based venture network of frontier investors, startup studios and leaders that contribute to financial inclusion and to the advancement of the venture studio model. Ali built the startup operations of the world’s first telecom ad network in Dubai and was a member of the world’s largest provider of mobile financial services. Prior to this engagement, he served as Managing Partner at Media Investment Tech Ventures; VP of Operations at Quake Marketing and Advertising Operations Manager at Gannett/USA Today.
Ali is a Board Advisor of Reewire, a Danish fintech group operating in ten emerging markets and a cofounder of a publishing house for thought leaders, entrepreneurs and international authors. He authored a book on Persian poetry, numerous articles on startup innovation and an upcoming book on entrepreneurship. His work has been featured in Silicon Valley’s VentureBeat, Tech Cabal and in Dubai’s Khaleej Times.
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.
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.