Introducing Our T’23 MBA Fellows

April 15th, 2022

About the CDS MBA Fellows Program

Two decades ago, thanks to the generosity of Ed Glassmeyer, Roger McNamee and others, the Center for Digital Strategies opened its doors to MBA students at the Tuck School of Business. The mission of the center has always focused on educating business leaders, and in particular Tuck MBAs, on the enabling role of technology in modern businesses.

In our first year, the center welcomed three fellows into the center. Since 2000, more than 200 MBA students benefited from the program, which has evolved to incorporate in-depth research projects, experiential learning trips, corporate research partnerships, case writing for Tuck professors, and customized learning opportunities tailored to each student’s interests.

The T’23 class represents our 23rd class of fellows, and we’re excited to share a little about these fantastic students. If you’d like to learn more and/or want to support the program, please reach out to Executive Director, Patrick Wheeler (

Please join us in welcoming this extraordinary group of students to the MBA Fellows Program with the Center for Digital Strategies!

CDS T’23 MBA Fellows

Andrew Chen joins the CDS with a background in consulting and product management. A mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Virginia, Andrew spent time in the Washington, DC area as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting, focusing on strategy and operations. Deeply interested in fitness and the connected fitness space, he completed a product management internship with startup 18Birdies and will spend his summer interning with Nike in a Digital Product Management role.

Jessica Jiang brings deep international experience, having spent several years working in Singapore before matriculating to Tuck. A graduate of Nanyang Technological University Singapore, she combines investment banking experience, working for China International Capital Corporation with strategy and M&A experience gained as a member of the corporate strategy team with Cargill (also in Singapore). Jessica will focus on FinTech this summer as an intern with Ripple in San Francisco.

Amit Lakamsani enhances the fellows program with his deep software engineering knowledge acquired from his time with Workday prior to Tuck. A California native, Amit attended UC San Diego, where he studied computer science and interned with ServiceNow. Amit will spend his summer interning with BCG as a strategy consultant.

Bharati Manandahar brings important analytical experience to the program, having worked several years with Impendi Analytics prior to her time at Tuck, where she focused on supply chain and operational challenges. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in economics. Bharati will spend her summer with Meta (Facebook), where she will be a Strategic Sourcing Management Intern.

Emily Muller provides a local point of view to her peers as a native of the Upper Valley as well as prior Tuck experience from her time as a student in the Business Bridge Program. Emily graduated from Colby College with a degree in government and Global Studies before working as an associate with Investor Group Services in Boston. After her tie with IGS she joined leading TMT consulting firm, Altman Solon, where she led a team of analysts researching and advising clients in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors.

Julia Pearl adds deep nonprofit experience and a passion for social impact to the fellows program, as well as interest in technology. She is a graduate of UCLA and NYU, where she focused on performing arts administration before joining the NYC Ballet as a fundraiser. Julia then moved to CCS Fundraising, where she served as Executive Director supporting nonprofits with fundraising, strategy, and transformational support. Julia is also a Co-chair of the Tuck Technology Club, and will spend her summer interning with Amazon in a Senior PM role.

Rahul Polu, like Julia Pearl, is also a Technology Club Co-chair at Tuck. He joins Tuck after a successful career in consulting, having worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and IQVIA, where he worked with clients both in the US and the Middle Eastern market. Rahul is a graduate of Tulane University, where he majored in both Public Health and Political Science. Rahul will spend his summer internship as a Senior PM with Amazon.

Adrian Rodriguez brings extensive partnership experience with both big tech firms and startups. A veteran of Google, Adrian worked as a member of the Online Partnerships Group, as well as with Google’s Latin American market team. He then brought his partnerships knowledge to startups Smaato and Criteo, both startups in the mobile advertising space. Adrian is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and is a Co-chair of Tuck’s Hispanic-American Student Association (HASA). He will spend his summer interning with Microsoft as a Business Program Manager for their Health & Life Sciences Division.

Kenan Sakarcan injects important retail experience to the fellows program from his time with Starbucks prior to joining Tuck. Kenan also spent time as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, focused on digital transformation in the healthcare sector, among other work. An outdoor enthusiast, Kenan is a Co-chair of Tuck’s Outdoors Club. He is a graduate of Clemson University, where he studied business administration, biology and philosophy. Kenan will spend his summer as a Senior Technical Product Manager with Intuit, where he will focus on FinTech and the SMB space.

Kakeru Tsubota brings deep enterprise software experience to the fellows program, with more than a decade of diverse experience working for Oracle and SAP in Japan and Silicon Valley. His experience includes sales, corporate venture, innovation, and organizational transformation, including time as a leader inside SAP’s transformation office, working directly with the c-suite at SAP. Kakeru is a graduate of International Christian University. He also serves as a Technology Club Co-chair at Tuck and is a member of the Student Leadership Board for the Dartmouth COllege Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship. Kakeru will intern in strategy operations with ServiceNow this summer.

Jeffrey Williams Navarro adds more than a decade of experience working for Alphabet, spending time at both Google and YouTube prior to attending Tuck. Jeffrey worked across a diverse array of teams at Google, including public policy, advertising, and ethics & compliance. Jeffrey joined Google and focused his time on music, including managing partnerships for the LATAM team. Jeffrey graduated from The George Washington University, majoring in Political Communications. At Tuck, he is a Director of the Tuck Social Venture Fund, among other activities. Jeffrey will return to the Bay Area this summer, where he will intern with LinkedIn as a Business Transformation MBA Intern.

Carly Wolberg enhances the fellows program with her deep experience at Amazon, including several years working on the Prime Video team as a technical product manager focused on APIs, including launching the company’s Live Sports platform. Carly is a proud Tarheel, graduating from the University of Carolina with degrees in business, hispanic literature, and marketing. Carly is the technology representative on the Tuck student board and will intern with WillowTree this summer.

Learn more about the MBA Fellows Program on our website. A complete list of Alumni MBA Fellows from the last 20 years is also available.

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