Our 2016 Honor Roll: The 40 Under 40 Most Outstanding MBA Professors

Morela Hernandez of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business

Morela Hernandez of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

Among this year’s list, you’ll see that these young professors have reached mindblowing success. They’ve accomplished so much in their brief careers and, to think, they’re just getting started. Yet in many ways they’re just like you and I. There’s no shame in Laura Huang’s game when she tells us she loves rocking out to Miley Cyrus, while Professor Choi at Yale boyishly admits to a years-long crush on a woman whom he thought was way out of his league. Don’t worry, she then went on to become his wife. UCLA’s Jenessa Shapiro can barely contain her excitement about the Gilmore Girls reunion and has her donation ready to give to the next Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign.

They love everything from painting and cycling to hiking and yoga. They enjoy melodies sung by Taylor Swift and Beyonce. They tweet. And they have mentors and other professors whom they look up to for inspiration. Perhaps INSEAD’s Karan Girotra’s hobbies best demonstrate how even the world’s most talented business professors also take solace in the simple things in life. His hobbies are simply good food, good drink, and good friends.

To this we say cheers, and cheers to this year’s 40 outstanding business professors under the age of 40.

The Most Outstanding 40-Under-40 B-School Profs


Professor Age School Subjects
Sebastian Becker 34 HEC Paris Accounting
Lauren Beitelspacher 39 Babson College Marketing
Mary Brooke Billings 39 NYU (Stern) Accounting
Robert Boute 36 Vierick Business School Operations & Supply Chain Management
Moran Cerf 38 Northwestern (Kellogg) Business & Neuroscience
James Choi 39 Yale SOM Finance
Willie Choi 32 Pittsburgh (Katz) Business Administration
Marco Di Maggio 30 Columbia Finance & Economics
Thomas Gilbert 36 Washington (Foster) Finance
Karan Girotra 35 INSEAD Management
Erika Hall 31 Emory (Goizueta) Negotiations
Morela Hernandez 36 Virginia (Darden) Leadership
Laura Huang 37 Penn (Wharton) Entrepreneurship
Stacey Jacobsen 39 SMU (Cox) Finance
Valerie Karplus 35 MIT (Sloan) Global Business & Entrepreneurship
Marcus Kirk 37 Florida (Warrington) Accounting
Adam Kleinbaum 39 Dartmouth (Tuck) Business Administration
Allison Koester 35 Georgetown (McDonough) Accounting
M. Murat Kristal 39 York (Schulich) Business Analytics
Camelia Kuhnen 37 UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Finance
Yuri Levin 39 Queen’s (Smith) Analytics
Robert Lount 38 Ohio State (Fisher) Management & Human Resources
Gustavo Manso 38 UC-Berkeley (Haas) Finance
Rory McDonald 37 Harvard Management
Andrea Morales 39 Arizona State (Carey) Marketing
Carey K. Morewedge 38 Boston (Questrom) Marketing
Jeremy Petranka 39 Duke (Fuqua) Economics
Erin Reid 35 Boston (Questrom) Organizational Behavior
Angel Saz-Carranza 39 ESADE Strategy & Management
Matthias Seifert 37 IE Business School Decision Sciences
Jenessa Shapiro 35 UCLA (Anderson) Organizational Leadership
Joseph Simmons 38 Penn (Wharton) Operatons
Niro Sivanathan 37 London Business School Organizational Behavior
Michael Smets 38 Oxford (Said) Management
Isaac Smith 36 Cornell (Johnson) Organizational Behavior
Amir Sufi 39 Chicago (Booth) Finance
András Tilcsik 34 Toronto (Rotman) Management
Brian Wu 39 Michigan (Ross) Management
Kai Chi (Sam) Yam 27 NUS Organizational Behavior
Haoxiang Zhu 33 MIT (Sloan) Finance

Source: Poets&Quants

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