Saida Benhayoune, Program Directors contact:

Captivated by D-Lab's mission of poverty alleviation through technology design and dissemination, Saida joined the staff in 2011 to launch D-Lab Scale-Ups, which launched the D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship, the Scaling Development Ventures conference, the Practical Impact Alliance, and several D-Lab research groups. She now co-leads D-Lab's Innovation Practice group and leads D-Lab's strategy for social entrepreneurship and inclusive business. Saida holds a biochemical engineering degree and an MBA and prior to D-Lab gained 10 years of experience in manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability for the food industry, including programs linking small-scale farmers to international markets. Fluent in French, Spanish, English and Arabic, she is a passionate advocate of organic agriculture and the busy mom of two young children.

Mouna Boujmal, Atlas Corps Fellow, MIT Practical Impact Alliance  contact:

Mouna joined MIT D-Lab to lead the design and implementation of the MIT Practical Impact Alliance Co-Design Summit taking place in Morocco in the fall of 2018. Prior to D-Lab, she worked for five years to develop and execute programs that enable strong entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship ecosystems in Morocco, India, and Egypt. Mouna holds a Masters Degree in Engineering of Water and Environment Management from Rabat, her home town. In addition to her passion for contributing to economic inclusion in our societies, she is a passionate hiker.

Amanda Epting, Manager, PIA contact:

Amanda Epting joins MIT D-Lab as Manager for the MIT Practical Impact Alliance. She has spent the last 10 years working across corporate, startup, and international NGO ecosystems on how to build inclusive businesses and technology in emerging markets. Prior to joining D-Lab, Amanda contributed to digital product development for Mastercard, built content and connected FinTech and microfinance professionals for Accion International and Digital Frontiers Institute, and managed an entrepreneurship and financial inclusion program for Pact. Amanda holds an MA in International Business and Development Economics from The Fletcher School, Tufts University and a BA in History from Villanova University.

Melissa Mangino, PIA Student Engagement Coordinator contact:

Melissa came to D-Lab in 2014 and provides administrative support for D-Lab academics and the Scale Ups program. In her previous life, Melissa was a high school social studies teacher and has many years of experience in K-12 education advocacy, community outreach, and engagement. Melissa has a passion for learning about diverse cultures and working with students to create a better understanding of how and why the world is what it is today. She is originally from New York state but has always been an avid Red Sox fan, likes to spend summers on the Cape and loves to make homemade pasta. Melissa holds an M.Ed from the University at Albany and hopes to become fluent in Spanish and Italian.


PIA Advisors

PIA is forming an advisory group comprised of inclusive business and innovation experts whose work aligns with PIA's mission and programming. PIA advisors provide guidance on the program strategies and contribute their knowledge and networks to the content offerings.

Simone Ahuja
Dr. Simone Ahuja serves as an advisor to MIT’s Practical Impact Alliance where she guides members of PIA’s working groups, including stakeholders from corporations, social venture organizations, NGOs  and social innovators, as they create collaborative, market-based solutions for global poverty alleviation. She is the founder of Blood Orange, an innovation and strategy advisory firm, and co-author of the international bestseller, Jugaad Innovation - Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth. Dr. Ahuja has served as a consultant to the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and as an associate Fellow for the Asia Society in New York City.  Simone provides innovation and intrapreneurship keynotes, interactive labs and advisory services to organizations including 3M, Procter & Gamble, Target Corp, Medtronic, Stanley Black and Decker, and the World Economic Forum. Her forthcoming book on intrapreneurship, Disrupt-It-Yourself - Hacking the Corporation to Make it Fast, Fluid and Frugal, is due out in 2017.

   Nicolas Chevrollier
Nicolas is an executive in residence at BoPInc. He is currently the director of the Inclusive Business Accelerator, a social enterprise that provides critical business, educational and financial support services to grow inclusive businesses. He is also a visiting fellow at Nyenrode Business School lecturing, researching and consulting on the topic of Future Proof Organizations (FPO) or how companies develop innovations in management like self-organization to increase employee engagement and successfully face a volatile and uncertain market environment. Until 2016, Nicolas was a programme manager at BoPInc. initiating, building and nurturing partnerships with industrial partners, international organizations, public authorities, NGOs, and social entrepreneurs to develop and scale Base of the Pyramid ventures. Prior to joining BoPInc., he was the deputy manager of the programme "Innovation for Development" and the co-founder and leader of the "ICT for Development" market team at TNO, the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research. Adding to his international experience, Nicolas had been a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards at Technology (NIST) USA to carry out his PhD work, and an international volunteer for the organization "Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie" in Madagascar. Nicolas holds a PhD in engineering from the National Institute of Telecommunications (France) and completed his education with executive training in social entrepreneurship at INSEAD.