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).
Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Georgina Campbell Flatter, MEng (Oxon) SM, is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Executive Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship.
In her role as Director and Lecturer, she 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick Meyer is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Lecturer at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. His passion lies in pushing learning to be fun and hands on, smashing disciplines together, and supporting founders who believe the world can be better.
A serial co-founder, Nick has been product or engineering lead for software companies in industries as diverse as gaming, video, travel, music, social, and consumer products. While still in high school, he co-founded the MMOG (multi-player massive online game) Kings of Chaos, one of the first browser-based viral casual games. At peak, KoC attracted hundreds of thousands of daily active players and is still running 15 years later.
While an undergraduate student at MIT, Nick founded Reble.FM, a peer-to-peer streaming music service. Nick left MIT in 2006 to participate in Y Combinator, and then moved to San Francisco after raising seed capital from Tandem Entrepreneurs. Reble.FM was acquired by Playlist.com. After running Product at Playlist.com, Nick co-founded SocialShield, a subscription service for parents to protect their children from online bullying and cyber-stalking. SocialShield was later acquired by Avira.
In 2009, Nick moved to New York and joined Vinay Pulim, an old MIT buddy and co-founder of Reble.FM, in founding MileWise. Frequent travelers are demanding, and MileWise saved time and money by optimizing reward travel spend. As an engineer and designer, Nick wore every hat you could wear, until the company’s acquisition by Yahoo! in 2013. MileWise’s investors included General Catalyst, Founder Collective, Atlas, Mitch Kapor, Naval Ravikant, and Keith Rabois.
His most recent company was Sup, a mobile video app funded by Khosla Ventures. In a surprise twist, the company turned into Wim Yogurt, producing a kitchen appliance making healthy frozen yogurt right on your countertop.
As a lecturer, Nick teaches classes and workshops across the engineering and business schools. His current classes include “Building an Entrepreneurial Venture,” “Intro to Making,” and “Digital Product Management.” Last year Nick taught “Open Source Entrepreneurship” with Professor Saman Amarasinghe, a software lab that applied the Disciplined Entrepreneurship framework to Open Source Software projects. During MIT’s Independent Activities Period in January, Nick runs MIT fuse, an intense three-week program he jokingly calls “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Founders.
When not teaching, Nick loves sports and music. He is an IASI-certified alpine ski instructor and PADI-certified scuba diver, loves rock climbing, and is trying very hard at squash and golf. On Mondays, you’ll find him in the 9-ball tournament at Flat Top Johnny’s, and Wednesdays at the Plough and Stars working on his blues harmonica.
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.
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.