Meet Our Team
Devin Walsh, Co-Managing Director
Devin is one of the Co-MDs of the 2018 MIT Fintech Conference. She is also currently interning for uPort, a self-sovereign identity platform, which is housed within Consensys, the Ethereum venture production studio. She is in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track, and in addition to her work in the Fintech Club has spent time working with the Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) within the MIT Media Lab. Prior to Sloan, she worked as an internal strategist and project manager at BlackRock. She is from New Jersey.
Marisa DeAngelis, co-Managing Director
Marisa is a second year MBA candidate in the Finance Track. She is also co-directing the MIT Bitcoin Expo and leads the Emerging Technology and Government Club. This past summer, she worked for a venture capital fund investing in hi-tech startups. From 2014-2016, Marisa was based in Myanmar with the International Finance Corporation investing in financial institutions. Prior to that, she was in Washington, DC with Albright Stonebridge Group. Marisa earned her Bachelor degree at Georgetown University and is passionate about using technology to increase access to finance in emerging markets.
Taylor Newell, SPONSORSHIP CHAIR
Taylor is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan and Co-President of the MIT FinTech Club. Prior to MIT, he worked as a product manager at Credit Suisse, where he helped design new client solutions in the firm’s private banking division. This past summer, he worked as an investment associate at Riot Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund focused on emerging technology. At Sloan, Taylor is primarily focused on FinTech and its applications in asset management and capital markets.
Kashif Qadeer, Content CHAIR
Kashif is a Sloan Fellow at MIT. Prior to MIT, he was heading financial planning & analysis for Alghanim Industries, Kuwait, where he helped streamline the annual planning process as well as drive innovation efforts across the finance function. Prior to Alghanim, he worked as a corporate finance advisor with EY Canada for 8 years.
A native of Toronto, Kashif is focusing at MIT on innovation in finance and its repercussions for the CFOs of the future.
Rajeet is a Sloan Fellow at MIT Sloan. Prior to joining MIT, Rajeet worked in Corporate Banking at HSBC Bank Middle East covering the MENA region and working mainly on cross-border project finance for large corporations. He also spent three years as a Director within his family business based out of the Sultanate of Oman, managing the Chemicals Sales division and working closely with multinational oil and gas producers as well as government entities. At MIT, Rajeet is currently engaged in a FinTech startup and is working on a blockchain project under MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative.
Neel is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan and a VP of the MIT FinTech Club. With undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Finance, he also is a CFA charter holder. Prior to MIT, he worked leading a strategy team at one of Australia’s largest banks after a seven-year stint as a consultant focussing on financial services across Asia Pacific and Europe. Over summer, he worked at N26, a European mobile bank backed by Valar ventures and New Horizons. Neel is passionate about improving financial services and is focussed on exploring entrepreneurial pursuits within a corporation after he completes his MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jasmine is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to business school, Jasmine worked at a number of software companies in the software-as-a-service and e-commerce spaces. Her latest project was at IBM, using Watson to help innovate the shopping experience for clients like The North Face and 1-800-Flowers.com. While at Sloan, she is interested in learning more about FinTech, cybersecurity, and entrepreneurship. Jasmine attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a minor in English language. Outside of school, Jasmine enjoys salsa dancing, finding new dessert places, and exploring Boston with friends.
Aline Oliveira Pezente
Aline is a MBA candidate at Sloan Fellows Program, member of MIT FinTech Club.Before MIT, Aline was Head of Business Development and M&A for Latin America for Louis Dreyfus Company. At MIT she is part of the Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) within MIT Media Lab, leading a working group focused on the application of Blockchain and Smart Contracts to improve efficiency in the financing of commodities supply chain. She is also working on an interesting Startup Fintech project that utilizes technology to improve the financial services in Agriculture market.
Andrew Geraghty, Startups and Partnerships CHAIR
Andrew is a second year MBA candidate. This past summer, he worked for Stash Invest, a FinTech startup in New York City focused on making investing more accessible to Millennials. Prior to starting at Sloan, he was a risk analyst for Eaton Vance Management in Boston where he focused on modeling risk for investment teams and implementing new processes for investment teams, compliance, and corporate reporting requirements. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is interested in investing and the impact of technology on investment management.
Fabricio is a MBA candidate in the MIT Sloan Fellows Program and member of the MIT FinTech Club. Prior to MIT, he worked for 13 years in Credit Suisse Brazil where he led the mathematical modeling group, traded fixed income derivatives, structured hedges for corporate and financial institutions, and distributed credit assets worldwide. In the MIT, he founded and is developing a Fintech startup, which aims to unlock credit to small and medium farmers by connecting them directly to lenders. Besides, he is working for the Digital Currency Initiative (DCI) in the Media Lab.
Emily LeStrange, OPERATIONS CHAIR
Emily is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to coming to Sloan, Emily worked at The Vanguard Group in Malvern, PA. While at Vanguard, Emily was a Corporate Strategy analyst and worked on a number of initiatives focused on expanding Vanguard’s global presence and deepening relationships with Vanguard’s retail clients. After Corporate Strategy, Emily led a team of program managers in Vanguard’s high-net-worth retail business and was responsible for setting and executing against the strategic agenda for the division. Emily attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies. While not in class, Emily enjoys exploring her new city of Boston and meeting up with her new classmates for coffee.
Daniel’s worked in several areas at Itau Unibanco for the last 20 years, mostly functioning as a Corporate Entrepreneur. In 2011, he was responsible for creating the Financial Sponsor coverage effort for Commercial Banking. In 2004, he moved to Shanghai to establish and run the Bank’s operation in China. In 1999 he was part of the small team that stablished the Project Finance division. In parallel, in 2013, he co-found Jack the Barber, a menswear brand start-up based on an online platform, after raising $1M in funding. He's also mentored some projects and seed-invested in others. He is currently engaged at MIT Sloan Fellows Program, where is part of the leadership of MIT FinTech Club.
Sam is currently at MIT as part of the Sloan Fellows program. Prior to his time here, he spent 10 years working for Citi in their European Healthcare Investment Banking team, focused on M&A advisory services for clients in the Pharmaceutical sector. He has held a long interest in FinTech, both from an investing and an entrepreneurial perspective, and is currently spending time in the Insurance market.