The Forbes 30 Under 30 list reveals the world’s best and brightest young minds. But where did they go to business school?
We took data* from all the Forbes lists—Asia, Europe, the US & Canada—with MBAs featuring in consumer tech, social entrepreneurship, healthcare, finance, energy, and venture capital.
But there are also representatives from schools like Duke Fuqua and Kellogg School of Management, as well as the National University of Singapore (NUS) and JP Jain Institute of Management.
Read on to find out more about the Forbes 30 Under 30s and where they did their MBAs. We've divided them up by the region they went to school in and the industry they work in now. You can skip to your area of interest by clicking the links below:
Category: Consumer Tech
Anna Wan, Harvard Business School
Kicking off our list of Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 is Harvard MBA Anna Wan. Anna’s career has been a conveyor belt of consumer tech company growth, her forte.
She is currently a general manager at $2 billion valued Bird, a company bringing scooters to most cities to the east of the Mississippi River. Think Atlanta, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
Anna was tailormade for Bird, having previously worked as a general manager for Chinese dock less bike sharing company, Ofo. There, she was responsible for launching, growing, and managing seven new markets—such as Seattle, San Diego & Los Angeles, and Greater New York—including what became Ofo’s largest market in the US.
Siqi Mou, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)
For a 29-year-old, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) MBA, Siqi Mou, has achieved a hell of a lot. She is the cofounder and CEO of HelloAva, an AI-driven personal skincare consultant that creates a customized routine of skincare products just for you. Oh, and it’s also raised $1.5 million of capital.
But, Siqi’s impressive resumé doesn’t start and end there. She’s also held roles with Morgan Stanley, the Federal Reserve, and Bloomberg TV Indonesia. Exhausted yet? No? Good, because Siqi is also the current music ambassador for the Carnegie Hall, as a seasoned concert pianist.
A worthy entrant to this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30.
Category: Social Entrepreneurship
Jarrid Tingle (pictured) & Henri Pierre-Jacques, Harvard Business School
Jarrid Tingle and Henri Pierre-Jacques are two names that probably don’t ring a bell with the everyday citizen. But, they’re two Harvard MBAs making waves in the venture capital industry.
Both cofounders and managing partners of Harlem Capital—along with colleagues Brandon Bryant and John Henry (not MBAs)—they are ‘changing the face of entrepreneurship’.
Harlem Capital is a minority-owned, New York based early stage venture capital firm. They are fighting the industry’s minority corner—where only 2% of venture capitalists are black—and have currently raised over $5 million.
Their goal? To invest in 1,000 diverse founders over the next 20 years.
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Saumya, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
The social impact sector has been at the heart of Saumya’s work since 2012. Her first foray was working for a skill development company in India. They’d take students from small villages and put them through vocational courses which led to employment.
Inoculated against the draw of working in finance—something she says she never wanted to do again after working as an analyst for a financial services company in Mumbai—she’s now taking on the impact of climate change one farmer at a time with her own startup.
Her venture is Kheyti, an agritech startup that helps small farmers earn regular and consistent incomes.
After doing the research with her cofounders—visiting 1,000 farmers over six months—they discovered the main struggles for farmers were more extreme heat than the past, and unpredictable rains. In other words, climate change was affecting their ability to sustain their yield.
“We want to make small farmers a lot more climate resilient,” she says. Part of that has been the greenhouse-in-a-box, a price-efficient greenhouse that fits into 2% of each farmers’ land, protecting crops from environmental risks.
Using the greenhouses, farmers can grow seven times more food using 90% less water. With training and market input, farmers earn twice as much as they would from the other 98% of their land, moving towards Kheyti’s goals of earning a minimum of $100 per month.
What’s the value of an MBA?
Saumya explains that the reason she embarked on the MBA at Kellogg School of Management was because she didn’t know how to scale the company to the next level.
She also wanted to build her network and understand how to craft a business plan that would lead to growth.
“I had always underestimated an MBA,” she explains. “All our fundraising, that happened with donors I connected with from the business school network.”
When meeting with advisors or investors, the credibility of an MBA also helped Saumya stand out, she adds, and is an invaluable tool when it comes to securing meetings.
Her passion for social impact comes not from being a ground breaker, or world changer, but simply asking the question, ‘Whatever I’m doing day to day, is it helping someone or not?’
Being on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, she says, in the US is one of the top 10 recognitions you can get. It’s good...
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