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March 4, 2011

Greetings from Tuck School of Business - $300 House India Team

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(L:R - Felipe Valdez, Gaurav Thapan-Raina, Sophie Roux, Antoine Brousse, Nitin Sharma)

GREETINGS from the students of Tuck School of Business @ Dartmouth!

We are a team of 5 passionate people who are working on making $300 house an economic reality in India. We are fortunate to have Dr. Vijay Govindarajan right across our classrooms, and we are excited to be on board.

Here is a quick background about us.

Antoine Brousse (antoine dot brousse at tuck.dartmouth.edu)

Antoine Brousse. French citizen, born in 1983. Prior to joining Tuck in 2010, Antoine was an Investment Director of La Cie Financiere dell'Aquila, a family office managing assets in France and in Belgium. Before that he worked for three years, between 2006 and 2009, as an analyst and assistant manager in the M&A department of Rothschild & Cie in Paris where he was involved in various LBO transactions. In 2006, he obtained a Master's degree in Finance and Strategy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). He is particularly interested in joining the $300-house project because he believes in the strong potential of this idea, both from a social and financial point of view. Indeed, finding a solution that will eventually give a decent shelter to hundreds of millions of people around the globe is one of the biggest social and technical challenges of the 21st century but is also a great business opportunity. Moreover, the multidisciplinary aspect of this project makes it even more exciting for Antoine.

Sophie Roux (sophie dot roux at tuck.dartmouth.edu)

Sophie is a first year student at Tuck interested in a long term career in Investment Banking. For the FYP (First-Year Project), Sophie will have an interest in determining the financial viability of the project. Prior to Tuck, Sophie worked for four years at New Harbor, an energy investment bank that provides M&A advice to the Power and Utility industry in the US. She worked on several buy-side and sell-side assignments both in the conventional and renewable fuel space. Outside of work, Sophie is very interested in social issues. Last year, Sophie co-founded the Dahlia Foundation, a New York based nonprofit with the goal to support other non-profits with their business needs. Dahlia is in the process of being filed as 501 (c) (3). Sophie was also very involved in the New York community as a Team Leader for New York Cares, a New York City based non-profit organization and with the Financial Women Association.  Sophie is originally from France and holds a BS in International Finance from the International Management Institute in Paris (MBA Institute). She also studied at the A.B. Freeman School of Business in Tulane University.

Nitin Sharma (nitin dot sharma at tuck.dartmouth.edu)

Nitin is ecstatic to be a proud member of the $300-house Tuck India team - all of whom bring diverse and fantastic experiences to the table. He hails from Vadodara, Gujarat in India, and has seen the immense poverty that has plagued his country for decades. Dharavi, one of Asia's biggest slums is based out of Mumbai (quite vividly captured in the movie: Slumdog Millionaire). The idea instantly captures the problem at heart of so many people around the world - can they afford one of the basic necessities of life: A house. If so, what is the price to pay for this? Nitin hopes to work on this problem and work with his team to figure out a viable business plan to make this dream a reality. Other than being from the country of origin where this idea is based, Nitin has 6 years of experience working in engineering, consulting, and strategy roles before coming to Tuck. He is an avid squash player and is trying his hands out at skiing at Dartmouth's skiway.

Gaurav Thapan-Raina (gaurav dot thapan-raina at tuck.dartmouth.edu)

Gaurav is a first year student at Tuck interested in a long term career in the energy industry. Prior to Tuck, Gaurav worked as an Economic and Environmental Advisor to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and helped developed bilateral and regional relations with the Central Asian states through cooperation in the areas of border security, counter-narcotics, and energy transit issues. Prior to that, he worked in Afghanistan on rural electrification and building electricity infrastructure on the Tajik-Afghan border. He has also worked with the World Bank on the Middle East and North Africa region on integrated natural resources management specifically in Iran and the Gulf countries. Gaurav is an avid open water swimmer and swum 13 miles on the Hudson river to raise funds for victims of the Bam earthquake in Iran in 2003. He was educated at the University of Virginia and completed a Masters in International Politics at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Felipe Valdez (felipe dot a dot valdez at tuck.dartmouth.edu)

A native of Washington, DC, Felipe graduated from Stanford University in 2005 with B.A. in History. He spent two years working as an Associate at DAI, an international development consulting firm based in Washington, DC. After DAI, Felipe worked at Goldman Sachs in New York as financial analyst in private wealth management. Most recently, he worked as a financial analyst in the capital markets group at FINCA International, a microfinance organization with 21 subsidiaries in developing countries. While at FINCA, Felipe also spent several months in Ecuador, helping the CFO of FINCA/Ecuador manage a grant from the Gates Foundation to mobilize savings from the poorest clients across the country.  Felipe is currently pursuing a dual degree (MBA / MPA) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is most passionate about grassroots economic development and was immediately drawn to the $300 House project because of its innovative approach to improving the lives of the poor in India and, potentially, worldwide.


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