Gautam Kaul, Managing Director
Gautam Kaul is the John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance at the Ross School of Business (RSB). Gautam has published extensively on the behavior of asset prices. Gautam was awarded the Senior Faculty Research Award in 2003 for sustained, exceptional, and continuing contributions to scholarly research in the field of business, and noteworthy contributions to building and maintaining a strong research environment at RSB. Gautam has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D., and Executive levels and in courses ranging from Corporate Finance, Investment and Financial Institutions, to advanced courses on Empirical Methods in Finance and, more recently, Sustainability. His class on Finance and the Sustainable Business has drawn special recognition from students. Gautam has been nominated for the MBA Teaching Excellence Award several times, and was the winner of the award in 1996, 2006, and 2009. He also won the Global MBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. Gautam was recently awarded the 2009 Victor L. Bernard Leadership in Teaching Award by the RSB faculty.
Pratik Butala (MBA ’14) – Director of Portfolio Management
Pratik is a second-year MBA student focusing on Strategy and Entrepreneurship. In between his first and second year, Pratik served as an Education Pioneers Fellow with Uncommon Schools, Inc. in New York City. Prior to his MBA studies, Pratik worked as a consultant with Deloitte Consulting helping clients to design, develop, and refine their business models and strategy. His interest in social ventures and enterprise arises from the belief that business, in conjunction with altruism, will change our current society from an exclusive to an inclusive one. Pratik holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University in Management & Organizational Behavior and International Business.
Alicia Chin (MBA ’14) – Director of Fund Development
Alicia is a second-year MBA student focusing on Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Operations Management. She is passionate about using the power of the private sector to innovate and create environmental and social change. Prior to Ross, Alicia worked for three years at Viridis Strategy Group, a boutique corporate sustainability consulting firm, in Washington, DC. As a consultant, she helped Fortune 500 companies to develop and strengthen their sustainability strategies and implement key aspects, such as employee engagement and goal setting, in order to integrate sustainability into their core business. This past summer, Alicia interned at H&M, analyzing the company’s efforts to engage suppliers on energy efficiency. Alicia holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.
Owen Henkel (MBA/MA ’15) – Director of Fund Development
Owen is a second-year MBA/MA Education dual degree student. He is focusing his coursework on strategy, education reform, and new business technologies. This summer, Owen interned with Grassroots Business Fund working with one of their portfolio companies in Mozambique. Previously, Owen was a Teach for America corps member in post-Katrina New Orleans, and the director of social media for a New York based legal advocacy organization. Outside of work, Owen has visited over 30 countries, including a 3-month, solo, motorcycle expedition through Mexico, is an advanced open water scuba diver, and is a Nationally Certified EMT. Owen has work experience in Nicaragua, India and Ecuador and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. He holds a B.A. from Vassar College.
Dan Rosen (MBA ’14) – Director of Operations
Dan is a second-year MBA student focusing on mission-driven technology companies. This summer, Dan interned at athenahealth, a mission-driven healthcare technology company. In his first-year at Ross, Dan co-lead SvF’s third-ever investment in the education technology company Mytonomy. Prior to Ross, Dan was an independent consultant where he helped launch two start-ups and conducted market strategy research in buyer-to-buyer and consumer-focused industries. Prior to these roles, Dan managed a student program of over 1,000 students in the city of Boston at Citizen Schools, a national education non-profit. Dan started his career and as a teaching assistant for the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory, a social enterprise incubator at the Harvard Kennedy and Extension Schools, and teaching English in Quito, Ecuador. Dan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Will Morrison (MBA/MS ’15) - Director of Investments
Will is interested in using creative financing and business models to bring to market technologies that target opportunities created by pressing social and environmental issues. During his first year as a joint MBA/MS student in the Erb Institute, Will worked with DTE Energy to value distributed solar generation, with BluePath Finance to identify opportunities to finance energy efficiency projects in buildings in Latin America, and with Mexican bank Banorte to design a debt financing product for women entrepreneurs. Before coming to Michigan, Will worked at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where he helped leading financial services firms identify new products and services that generate business and address emerging social and environmental challenges. He also worked at Net Impact in San Francisco where he led efforts establish Net Impact in India, China, and Europe and at Treesleeper Camp in Namibia where he helped build a business based on cultural tourism. Outside work and school, Will bikes when he can and eats as adventurously as possible. Will received his AB from Dartmouth College in economics and environmental studies and will graduate with his MBA/MS in 2015.
Investment Circle Leaders
Nancy Gephart (MBA/MS ’14) - Food Systems / Environment, Circle Lead
Nancy is a third year dual degree student in the Ross School of Business and School for Natural Resources and the Environment. She is interested in social and environmental venture capital, and is the head of the Food Systems and Environment Circle in SVF. Prior to coming to Michigan, she worked throughout Southeast Asia on an IKEA/European Union/World Wildlife Fund project aimed at creating a more sustainable supply chain for rattan furniture. She completed her first summer internship at Terra Global Capital (a carbon investment firm) and spent this past summer managing an angel investment fund in Indonesia. She has a BA from Williams College and enjoys traveling, skiing, rowing, and delicious food.
Sara Hohenstein (MBA ’14) – Health, Circle Lead
Sara is a second-year MBA student interested in public health, philanthropy, and impact evaluation. She recently spent two months in Ghana diagnosing a medical supply chain issue as an intern with Abt Associates. She is currently completing a second internship with GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to business school, Sara lived in Nicaragua and worked in nonprofit marketing. Sara serves on the board of directors for Third Wave, a foundation dedicated to developing youth leadership and expanding capacity in emerging organizations. Sara holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she was a Robertson Scholar in a joint program with Duke University.
Ira Rigaud (MBA ’14) – Education, Circle Lead
Ira Rigaud, a second year MBA student at the Ross School of Business, is the head of the Education Circle within the Social Venture Fund. This summer he was an ALP intern at Intel Corporation, where he developed a MOOC strategy for Intel’s higher education team. Prior to school, he taught for eight years, most recently as a founding teacher at Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, part of the Uncommon Schools network. He was also a 2004 Teach for America Corps Member in the Bronx, where he taught middle school English and second grade. Ira has worked to train and develop new teachers, most directly during his time as a curriculum specialist and instructional leader At TFA’s Summer Institute. Ira speaks French and Haitian Creole and received his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Perry Teicher (MBA/JD ’15)- Urban Revitalization, Circle Lead
Perry is thrilled to be the Urban Revitalization Circle lead for the coming year. Perry is in his third year of a four-year JD/MBA program and is very excited to dedicate even more time to working in Detroit and building new strategies to support meaningful, innovative, and collaborative social change and economic revitalization in Detroit. This past summer, Perry interned at Mission Throttle, a Michigan-focused impact investment fund. Prior to returning to Michigan, Perry served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan, working with a disabled persons’ organization. Perry holds a B.A. in Organizational Studies and Political Science from University of Michigan.