Avnish “Avi” Bajaj (MBA 1998) Fellowship
Avnish “Avi” Bajaj (MBA 1998) established this fellowship in honor of his 20th Reunion. He is the founder and managing partner of the investment firm Matrix Partners India, which focuses on early-growth stages of business in technology- related sectors. Previously, Bajaj served as the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Baazee.com, which was acquired by eBay. He also was an investment banker in the technology group at Goldman Sachs in New York and San Francisco and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He started his career with Apple Computer in the Bay Area. After earning his undergraduate degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Bajaj became a Baker Scholar at HBS and a WARF Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has received a number of awards, including the Midas Touch Award for Best Investor given by the Economic Times and the Distinguished Alumnus award from IIT, Kanpur.
Bekenstein (MBA 1984) Family Fellowship
Established through the generosity of Joshua “Josh” (MBA 1984) and Anita Bekenstein, this fellowship honors Josh’s 35th Reunion. He is co-chair of Bain Capital and serves as the global head of Bain Capital Private Equity’s consumer and retail vertical. He is active in a number of charitable and civic activities, and chairs the board of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Josh was named a successor trustee of his alma mater, Yale University, in 2013. Anita supports nonprofits primarily focused on health, education, the environment, and the arts. She serves as a trustee on several boards, including those of Upstream USA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. After receiving her master’s degree from Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy, she worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she specialized in neurology and pediatrics. The Bekensteins serve on the HBS Board of Dean’s Advisors.
Max Belingheri (MBA 2001) Fellowship
The Max Belingheri Fellowship was established through the generosity of Massimiliano “Max” Belingheri (MBA 2001) in honor of his 20th Reunion. Award preference will be given to students from Italy, or more broadly, those from Europe. Belingheri is the CEO of BFF Banking Group, a firm that operates in the factoring industry and is active in Southern and Eastern Europe. He was previously with Apax Partners and McKinsey & Company.
Belsky (MBA 2008) Fellowship
In honor of his 10th Reunion, Scott Belsky (MBA 2008) established this fellowship to support students from underrepresented groups at HBS. He is an entrepreneur, author, and investor, and currently serves as Adobe’s chief product officer and executive vice president for Creative Cloud. Belsky is a venture partner with Benchmark and an early advisor and investor in companies including Pinterest, Uber, sweetgreen, and Periscope. He is also cofounder and a board member of Prefer. He serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship Program and is president of the Board of Trustees for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Belsky received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 2002.
Benko (MBA 1989) and Duebner (MBA 1988) Family Fellowship
This fellowship was established through the generosity of Cathleen Benko (MBA 1989) in honor of her late husband, George Duebner (MBA 1988), on the occasion of her 30th Reunion. It supports students who are veterans of the US Armed Forces and, whenever possible, who did not attend a US military academy. She is former vice chairman and managing principal at Deloitte and is a member of NIKE Inc.’s board of directors. Benko chairs HBS’s Northern California Advisory Council and is a member of its Alumni Board. She is also a senior member on the advisory councils for Catalyst, ReBoot, and the Federal Institute for Inclusion. Benko has been recognized for her professional achievements, including Consulting Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Consultants and the Leadership Achievement Award for Women Leaders in Consulting. She was also inducted into the San Francisco Business Times Forever Influential Honor Roll.
Kristen and William J. “John” (MBA 2003) Berger Family Fellowship
This fellowship was established through the generosity of Kristen and William J. “John” Berger (MBA 2003) in honor of John’s 15th Reunion. The gift also honors John and Kristen’s shared passion for supporting entrepreneurs and for their home state of Texas. John is founder and CEO of Sunnova Energy Corporation, a leading residential solar and storage service provider in the United States. He is a serial entrepreneur who cofounded two other ventures in the solar and renewable energy sector, SunCap Financial and Standard Renewable Energy. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in civil engineering.
Lucinda (MBA 1997) and Avanish “Av” MBA 1997) Bhavsar Fellowship
Lucinda and Avanish “Av” Bhavsar (both MBA 1997) established this fellowship in honor of their 20th Reunion to provide support to students who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of an education at the School. Lucinda currently sits on the Board of Directors at the Fund for Lake George, a nonprofit using science to keep lakes clean; the HBS Fund Council; and the UVA Regional Board. She previously worked at Morgan Stanley and Procter & Gamble. Lucinda earned a BA with Distinction from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar. Av is a managing director and partner at Goldman Sachs, where he serves as co-head of the US FICC Sales. He has also served on the Board of StreetSquash, an urban squash program. Av received his AB from Dartmouth College. Lucinda and Av have three children.
Birk (MBA 2013) Family Fellowship
The Birk Family Fellowship was established by Maggie Lubbers Birk and Nick Birk (both MBA 2013) on the occasion of their 5th Reunion. Maggie works at Bain & Company, where she specializes in merger integration. She holds a BSBA in economics and accounting from the University of Richmond. Nick is a senior analyst at Wells Fargo Asset Management, focusing on investments in the technology sector. He began his career as a consultant at Deloitte. Nick received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. The couple resides in Indianapolis with their two daughters.
Katie (MBA 1993) and Don (MBA 1993) Bramley Fellowship
This fellowship was generously established by Katie and Don Bramley (both MBA 1993), in honor of their 25th Reunion. Katie is an independent consultant for nonprofit organizations. She graduated from Brown University in 1986 and currently serves on the HBS Alumni Board. Don is a managing director with Audax Group, a leading middle-market private capital investment firm. He received his BA from Middlebury College in 1988, majoring in economics. The Bramleys serve on Middlebury’s President’s Leadership Council. Additionally, they are both involved with the Wily Network, a not-for-profit focused on college success for students who have experienced foster care and homelessness.
Bruhn (MBA 2001) Family Fellowship
In honor of his 20th Reunion, Hermann Friedrich Bruhn (MBA 2001) and his wife, Victoria, established the Bruhn Family Fellowship and the Victoria and Hermann Friedrich Bruhn Fellowship, which respectively support MBA students who are the first in their families to go to college and students who are graduates of Brown University. Hermann is managing partner of the Bruhn Group, a family-owned group of real estate companies in Hamburg with a 60-year track record in German and US real estate assets. Over the past 20 years, Hermann has worked in all areas related to the company’s portfolio. He has also initiated joint ventures in real estate private equity and has overseen investment management for the family office. Hermann is a trustee of ClientEarth, a nonprofit environmental law organization that leverages the legal and regulatory system to fight climate change. He is also a founding member of the ClientEarth Association of Germany and a member of the Development Board of the Westminster School in London. Hermann and Victoria co-lead two philanthropic family foundations. They both received undergraduate degrees from Brown University.
Burden Family Fellowship
The Burden Family Fellowship was established to honor the family’s longstanding legacy and generosity to HBS. The family’s contributions to HBS and Harvard University include Burden Hall, the School’s former auditorium that was decommissioned in 2017 and reimagined as Burden Park—a place for exchange and socializing, recreation, and respite. Other gifts from the Burden family include an endowed photography professorship at Harvard University in Shirley Burden’s honor and annual gifts to the Harvard Graduate School of Design through the Florence V. Burden Foundation.