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Aparna Sundaram

Capital Markets Group
StormHarbour Partners
MBA/MS Program 2009

Aparna aims to finance the start-up, expansion, and growth of sustainable enterprises in the US and abroad. At Erb, she has pursued knowledge and skills in clean tech (solar PV, energy efficiency) and carbon finance, putting them to use in clean tech investment banking in New York, clean tech venture capital in Beijing. She has contributed to the Erb and Ross communities by leading the Erb student government's Speaker Series for 2 years, the Ross School's Emerging Markets Club (EMC) for one year, and the academics division of the EMC this year. Before school, Aparna launched and ran Aru Namgyal Consulting, and provided marketing, strategy, and operations advice to suppliers, buyers, and manufacturers of Tibetan Medicine and natural products, in Chengdu, P.R. China. Prior to that, she co-founded the Makye Ame Restaurant in Lhasa, Tibet. Aparna speaks fluent Tibetan and proficient Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and is literate in French.

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Kate Napolitan (Grimberg)

Innovation Marketing Manager
Eaton Corporation
MBA/MS Program 2006

Kate Napolitan is Global Marketing Manager of the Commercial Vehicle Transmission Business for Eaton Corporation, a global diversified industrial manufacturer. Since joining Eaton in 2006, she served in various roles where she focused on commercializing environmentally and economically sustainable technologies for the trucking industry. Prior to joining Eaton, Kate spent almost 10 years working on assignments around resource efficiency and process streamlining, environmental regulatory compliance and sustainability measurement tools for Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), and Meaden & Moore Management Consulting. On the side, Kate also provides marketing support to Bamboo Styles, an online bamboo apparel company started by her husband Greg. Napolitan holds postgraduate degrees in business and environmental science from University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering also from the University of Michigan.

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Michael Ott

Associate, Divestiture and Portfolio Management
EDF Renewable Energy
MBA/MS Program 2012

Mike is passionate about cleantech financing and strategy. Upon graduation from the Erb Institute in 2012, he joined the Project Finance team at EDF Renewable Energy based in San Diego responsible for raising tax equity on large-scale renewable projects. Currently, he is part of the Development and Sale of Structured Assets (DSSA) group at EDF, tasked with identifying and executing the asset divestiture strategy of the company. While enrolled at Michigan he interned after his second year with private equity fund U.S. Renewables Group (USRG). At USRG Mike was part of the final due diligence team in the successful equity investment in a leading private biochemical producer. After his first year of graduate school he interned with SunRun Inc., a San Francisco-based residential solar financing company. Prior to graduate school Mike worked in New York City for Sidley Austin LLP and Citadel Investment Group LLC where he was on a variety of structured finance transactional and compliance due diligence teams. He graduated from Princeton University with an AB in History and minored in Environmental Studies. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, biking, running, fly-fishing and traveling.

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