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


Sebastian Becker34HEC ParisAccounting
Lauren Beitelspacher39Babson CollegeMarketing
Mary Brooke Billings39NYU (Stern)Accounting
Robert Boute36Vierick Business SchoolOperations & Supply Chain Management
Moran Cerf38Northwestern (Kellogg)Business & Neuroscience
James Choi39Yale SOMFinance
Willie Choi32Pittsburgh (Katz)Business Administration
Marco Di Maggio30ColumbiaFinance & Economics
Thomas Gilbert36Washington (Foster)Finance
Karan Girotra35INSEADManagement
Erika Hall31Emory (Goizueta)Negotiations
Morela Hernandez36Virginia (Darden)Leadership
Laura Huang37Penn (Wharton)Entrepreneurship
Stacey Jacobsen39SMU (Cox)Finance
Valerie Karplus35MIT (Sloan)Global Business & Entrepreneurship
Marcus Kirk37Florida (Warrington)Accounting
Adam Kleinbaum39Dartmouth (Tuck)Business Administration
Allison Koester35Georgetown (McDonough)Accounting
M. Murat Kristal39York (Schulich)Business Analytics
Camelia Kuhnen37UNC (Kenan-Flagler)Finance
Yuri Levin39Queen’s (Smith)Analytics
Robert Lount38Ohio State (Fisher)Management & Human Resources
Gustavo Manso38UC-Berkeley (Haas)Finance
Rory McDonald37HarvardManagement
Andrea Morales39Arizona State (Carey)Marketing
Carey K. Morewedge38Boston (Questrom)Marketing
Jeremy Petranka39Duke (Fuqua)Economics
Erin Reid35Boston (Questrom)Organizational Behavior
Angel Saz-Carranza39ESADEStrategy & Management
Matthias Seifert37IE Business SchoolDecision Sciences
Jenessa Shapiro35UCLA (Anderson)Organizational Leadership
Joseph Simmons38Penn (Wharton)Operatons
Niro Sivanathan37London Business SchoolOrganizational Behavior
Michael Smets38Oxford (Said)Management
Isaac Smith36Cornell (Johnson)Organizational Behavior
Amir Sufi39Chicago (Booth)Finance
András Tilcsik34Toronto (Rotman)Management
Brian Wu39Michigan (Ross)Management
Kai Chi (Sam) Yam27NUSOrganizational Behavior
Haoxiang Zhu33MIT (Sloan)Finance

Source: Poets&Quants

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