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Erb Institute alumni work all over the world and in every sector of society and maintain strong links to the Erb Institute, supporting our work by making donations, sponsoring research, collaborating on new projects, or by serving on the Institute’s External Advisory Board.

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Ajay Gupta

MBA/MS Program 2003

Ajay runs Sport365 India, which organizes sports events across India, including triathlons, cycle races and obstacle races. Before moving back to India, Ajay worked with Cummins Power Gen setting up a in-house startup focused on rural electrification in developing countries and leading renewable energy activities. Prior to this, he led the implementation of several strategic initiatives for the company and reported to the president while developing a turnaround strategy for the Company. Before attending the Erb Program, Ajay worked for several years with a UN fund called the 'Global Environment Facility' where he originated, developed and managed multi million dollar investments in environment and energy projects around the world. Wanting to get his hands dirty, he moved from New York City to the Brazilian rainforest and then India for several years to set up community owned eco enterprises. Ajay received a BS from Allegheny College in Environmental Studies. Ajay loves photography, motorcycling, travel, and playing soccer, and speaks several languages including Portuguese.

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Rachana Shah (Patel)Resume

MBA/MS Program 2012

Rachana has a background in and appreciation for information technology and systems analysis and design. She first wants to see where technological innovation can be enhanced by behavior change in order to achieve sustainable development. Then, she'd like to investigate the best strategies to motivate widespread behavior change, drawing on Marketing and Communication principles. In addition to her MS/MBA degrees, she also holds a Certificate in Complex Systems as she recognizes that the increasing complexity of sustainability and consumption issues require another dimension of leadership. Her professional experience consists of consulting within Deloitte’s SAP Practice and doing business and infrastructure analysis at both Banc of America Securities and Citigroup. She received a B.S. from NYU’s Stern School of Business. She loves cultural immersions as she has lived in both Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Gujarati, and some Hindi.

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Michael Ott

Vice President
MBA/MS Program 2012

Mike is a member of the North American Renewable Power Team within BlackRock's Infrastructure Investment Group. He is responsible for sourcing and executing new equity investments for the Global Renewable Power Fund private equity platform and supporting existing portfolio investments. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2015, he was a member of both the equity sales and project financing teams at EDF Renewable Energy based in San Diego from 2012-2015. At EDF, he was responsible for managing the company's relationships for utility scale wind and solar power asset sales and project financing for one of the largest North American renewable power developers. Mike's background prior to enrolling at University of Michigan was in structured finance and fund compliance at Sidley Austin LLP and Citadel Investment Group in New York. He graduated from Princeton University with an AB in History and minored in Environmental Studies. In his spare time he competes in triathlons and plays golf.

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