Christina Riechers's Profile

Affiliation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Company

MIT Sloan School of Management

Job Title

MBA

Home

Cambridge, MA, United States

Bio

Christina is passionate about starting for-profit businesses in East Africa that use mobile technology to systematically transform the way the poor interact with each other and formal institutions – from accessing information previously only available on computers, to earning interest on assets, to transferring money long distances without prohibitive cost. Christina is pursuing a dual degree with the Harvard Kennedy School's Masters in Public Administration for International Development (MPA/ID) program and the MIT Sloan MBA program. Prior to graduate school, Christina worked in India for d.light design, a for-profit social enterprise that develops solar products for households without electricity. At d.light she developed consumer financing partnerships with microfinance institutions to enable households that needed a piecemeal payment option to invest in our solar lights, and expanded rural sales and marketing efforts. Before d.light she worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company in the Boston office. Prior to that she worked in East Africa for Village Enterprise Fund, where she evaluated the NGO’s microentrepreneurs and conducted business trainings in rural areas. Christina's foray into social enterprise and passion for African development sprung from her involvement in HIV/AIDS activism as an undergraduate at Stanford University, where she started a nationwide non-profit that mobilized college students to raise awareness about the global AIDS pandemic and advocate for treatment access. She grew up in Northern California, and studied history and economics at Stanford University.

Entrepreneurship Lead Instructor

Rwanda Summer 2011