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“I love working on the margins of different disciplines,” she says, “in order to find hidden connections that can help improve socioeconomic outcomes for all.”

Prerna grew up in New Delhi, India, and earned her BA in economics and political science from Yale University. After graduating from college, she worked as a management consultant with various departments of the Indian government on projects that included strategic organizational visioning and design, drafting public policy, and management and technology transformation. During her time as a product and marketing manager in San Francisco, Prerna worked for a startup focused on consumer data privacy. At MIT, she is pursuing dual MS and MBA degrees through IDM and MIT Sloan. In the Spring 2016 semester, she assisted in teaching the undergraduate course, “Design: Your Life,” which integrates human-centered design and behavioral science to solve a personal challenge. After completing her first year of the MBA program, Prerna worked as the innovation intern at the UN World Food Programme headquarters in Rome. She also is involved in running the school’s flagship innovation and social enterprise competition, the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge.

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