WIP Co-Director Preston is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of business and this is his second year with the Water Innovation Prize. He grew up in Vancouver, BC and studied civil engineering at BYU before working in the water resources group at the engineering consultancy AECOM. At AECOM, he designed water infrastructure, built flood models, and evaluated the environmental impacts of transportation projects. At MIT he is part of a startup that is developing a personal carbon footprinting app, and is pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. In his free time, he enjoys hiking & camping, playing basketball, sailing, and reading good non-fiction books.
WIP Co-Director Juan graduated from the Catholic University of Argentina with a BS in Industrial Engineering. After two years working in Industrial Sales for SKF Argentina, Juan went looking for new challenges and moved to South Africa for his first professional experience in the water industry. As a Project Manager for JOAT Group, an Engineering Consulting Firm specialized in Non-Revenue Water Reduction services, Juan was able to successfully design and implement infrastructure optimization programs that allowed local municipalities to save millions of liters of water for the community. Juan is currently pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management, where he wants to acquire innovative business frameworks to close the gap between technology and sustainability.
Team Member Cindy is an MPA/MBA dual degree candidate at MIT Sloan and the Harvard Kennedy School and has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown. She served as the WIP Co-Director last year. Prior to Sloan, Cindy advised US Government agencies as a consultant with Deloitte. She has experience volunteering, researching and living in Latin America and China and is interested in water management and sustainability in developing communities as well as in the U.S. She leads conflict resolution trainings in El Salvador every summer, is an involved board member of Bridges to Independence, and advises a water venture in Bangladesh as part of Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development. Cindy enjoys hiking, running, singing in the MIT Women’s Chorale, and attending music festivals and the Indy 500 with her husband Doug.
Marketing Chair & Founding Member Mariya is a senior pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering at MIT. Besides being a part of WIP organizing team, Mariya is also an International Student Association mentor, member of MIT Art Club and Kazakh Student Association. She greatly appreciates the arts of drawing, photography, and dancing. After spending three years in Boise, Idaho Mariya has grown to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and rock-climbing.
Final Pitch Event Chair Raj is a first-year MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Her interests include international development, sustainability, technology and analytics. She completed her undergraduate degree in economics at Duke University, and spent three years as a researcher at Stanford Law School and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As a researcher, Raj studied water infrastructure, health, and education in Malawi, innovation in Kenya and Uganda, and financial instruments in rural India. She has also worked with LinkedIn to measure gendered differences in professional self-promotion. At Sloan, Raj plans to help develop technology products that provide improved access to health, water, and sanitation around the world.
Team Member Adrien is a 2nd year SDM fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management and MIT School of Engineering. He holds a MS in process engineering from INSA Toulouse (France) and PhD in water management from TU-Delft (the Netherlands). Prior to Sloan, Adrien worked in the water industry for 8 years with roles ranging from product development and R&D project lead to technology leader for the Veolia Water Technologies in North and South America. Adrien is now interested in bridging the gap between technology and business to provide sustainable solutions for the environmental challenges of tomorrow. In his free time, he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife Flavie and his two daughters, Selene and Maeline, rock climbing, reading books, or slaying Dragons and building the highest tower in the Whole Universe.