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From the Editor’s Desk

Alexandra Bailey Smith, Editor-in-Chief


Welcome your new topic editors!

Welcome to the incoming class of 2024 and the returning class of 2023! It has been such a joy to feel the excitement around campus as we all repopulate the lawn outside Spangler, get our new class schedules, meet our new section mates and to-be lifelong friends, or re-engage with those who we missed all summer!

Reflecting back on my RC experience, it really is a blur of bright new faces, aha moments, and a feeling of limitless opportunity. My piece of advice for the incoming class is to enjoy every minute of these next two years and consider jotting down a few thoughts along the way to commemorate those special  moments.

For our September issue of the Harbus, we kick-off the year  introducing the new Student Association Co-Presidents, sharing reflections from incoming international students, processing a mice nightmare at SFP, and more! We have a team of talented new editors joining us this year who bring a swath of perspective, thoughtfulness, and humor to the Harbus. Please help me welcome our new team!

Loujaine AlMoallim, Women’s Leadership Editor

Loujaine (MBA ’24 ) is a Saudi Arabian who spent most of her formative years in Canada. After completing her undergraduate degree at McGill University majoring in International Management, she moved back to Saudi Arabia and worked in Consulting. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places, hosting people over for small gatherings and baking and decorating cakes.

Aishwarya Amuda, Women’s Leadership and Social Equity Editor

Aishwarya Amuda (MBA 2024) comes to HBS from the EdTech industry, where she worked as an investor, strategist, and investment banker in India. She grew up in Hyderabad, India, known for the best “Biryani” in the world. She is deeply passionate about women’s leadership and social equality, which also will be the topics she will be covering at Harbus. She likes to cook and kayak and appreciate nature in her free time. 

Pallavi Chadha, Community Editor

Pallavi Chadha (MBA ’24) comes to HBS having spent the past few years understanding the Indian startup ecosystem as a consumer VC investor. What she enjoyed most about that life was getting to know people and truly listening and understanding the stories behind their journeys. As a community editor at The Harbus, she looks forward to meeting people that make HBS and bringing their stories to fore.

In her free time, Pallavi can be found curled up with a good fantasy book wishing to escape the mundane, performing improv comedy with strangers and listening to a very eclectic variety of music.

Rory Finnegan, Community Editor

A former poetry major and a lifelong lover of the written word, Rory Finnegan (MBA ’24) is excited to try her hand at journalism for the first time. She’s moving to Boston from New York, where she spent two years as a management consultant and another two doing special projects and communications for the firm’s CEO. When not in class, you’ll find her making cocktails, baking bread, running along the Charles, sending snail mail, or hanging out with friends. As an editor for the Community section, she’s looking forward to uncovering personal narratives and elevating student voices.

Brynne Gosch, Satire and Industry Insights Editor

Brynne Gosch is a HBS partner (her husband, Alex, is an RC in the MBA/MS Biotechnology). Brynne holds a Master’s in Public Health from University of California – Los Angeles and most recently worked in market access (insurance) for infectious disease diagnostics. She minored in editing as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University and is excited to join the Harbus team.

Edgard Mejico Salinas, Industry Insights and Geopolitics

Edgard Mejico (MBA ’24) is originally from Lima, Peru. He graduated from Universidad del Pacifico, Peru with a degree in Business Engineering in 2016. Prior to the HBS MBA, he worked for 6 years in Brand Management and Sales in Colgate-Palmolive Latin America.

 

Alex Smith (MBA ’23) is a dog mom from Texas. She previously worked for Chevron Technology Ventures helping startups to scale. Skiing with friends, listening to podcasts on long walks, and singing Billy Joel on road trips are some of her favorite pastimes. 

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