Nirali Desai is a design engineer, technical sales representative and a strategy consultant. She has experience working in the power technology and clean energy industry in India. In her role as a Proposals analyst at General Electric, she has worked with the Government of India to establish transformational guidelines that inform the decisions of large power producers installing pollution control equipment. Curiosity led Nirali to identify an unserved segment of the market and lead an initiative to launch a targeted multi-pollutant control for the segment, giving GE the edge over competition and a first movers advantage. She is very passionate about Women in Technology & Sports and has worked in the past with not for profit organizations as a teacher. Nirali is a music enthusiast and performs casually as a Singer. She holds a degree in electrical engineering and a diploma in Bharatnatyam (classical Indian Dance form).
Dr. Yutao Chen has worked in biotechnology / medical device companies, including a start-up as well as a Fortune 500 company, prior to his MBA program. Yutao worked primarily as an R&D scientist, from the product concept phase to the feasibility and development phase. He has conducted primary research and secondary research, including study design, literature review and data analytics. He has also worked on the market research, competitive landscape studies in support of new product design or acquisition decision. Yutao is keen to use a fact-based, data-driven approach to make informed decisions and give recommendations. His area of interests includes management consulting, healthcare, technology and entrepreneurship. Yutao is an enthusiast of automobile, high-tech gadgets and traveling. Yutao received his B.S. degree in Biology from Peking University, China and Ph.D. degree in Biology from Duke University, USA.
Trijya is a Risk Consultant with five years of experience in advising clients in the financial services sector. In this role, she was responsible for designing, managing project execution teams and liaising with firm and client leadership in delivering regulatory compliance and process enhancement reviews across the firm’s portfolio of some of India’s largest banking clients. She was designated by KPMG as Subject Matter Expert on Treasury and Custody Operations. She also served as a member of the Senior Service Delivery Management Team across Treasury and Trade Finance Projects where she designed and implemented a service team training program to facilitate inter-disciplinary learning. Trijya holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Mumbai and is passionate about coming up with innovative and data-driven problem-solving solutions for complex business problems. Outside of work she enjoys Bollywood dancing and nurtures a passion for photography.
Mark has experience working with Canada’s largest residential developers in the GTA’s competitive real estate market. As a junior project manager, Mark managed the civil and stormwater design of 100+ hectare residential properties and helped the client coordinate amongst a diversity of stakeholders, including regulatory agencies, consulting specialists and adjacent landowners. From his personal interest in sports analytics, Mark developed an interest in the data-driven solutions that are central to consulting and aspires to combine the client-focused nature of his previous experience with analytical and structured problem solving. Mark has an interest in strategic change specifically around the introduction of emerging technologies and implementation of best practices. Mark is an avid sports fan that follows all four North American sports (and others) and enjoys travelling to experience different cultures. Mark holds a degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University.
Ben Wedge is an engineer and management consultant who has spent over five years advising public sector clients on organizational strategy and IT transformations. In addition to this work, he led the Halifax Cycling Coalition, an urban cycling advocacy organization, through a period of massive growth, including the development of a strategic plan and hiring the organization’s first staff member. Ben delivers successful engagements by building buy-in and consensus using a bottom-up, collaborative approach that treats all participants with respect and dignity. Ben holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Applied Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax. His current topics of interest include urban transportation, sustainability, and artificial intelligence.