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Tobaccowala Scholars

Akshay Sharma,  First Tobaccowala Scholar Wins 2012 Venture Challenge + Interns at Apple: Akshay Sharma had a busy first year at Booth. In addition to being a part of the team that won the 2012 Venture Challenge ( ), Akshay was also selected by Apple to intern in Cupertino this summer to learn about logistics and their supply chain.

Akshay is the first Tobaccowala Scholar - part of the Chicago Booth MBA Class of 2013. While at Booth, he focused on learning about finance & entrepreneurship. His fondest memories at Booth are of team winning the New Venture Challenge'2012 business plan competition and that of organizing the TEDxUChicago 2013 conference. His interest in entrepreneurship drew him to Silicon Valley and Apple Inc, where he spent a summer in their worldwide sales and operations group. After graduation, Akshay joined McKinsey & Co in San Francisco where he works with leading tech companies, consulting with them on strategy and operations challenges. Apart from work, Akshay has been advising the United Way of Bay Area on strategic issues and is exploring the natural beauty in and around San Francisco. 


Prior to Booth, Akshay had worked in the high tech space in India, first as co-founder of a wireless communication start-up, VirtualWire, and later in various customer focused roles at Precision Electronics and Zomato.  Akshay holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi (2003). 


Pranay Gupta 2013/2014


Pranay graduated with an MBA from Booth in 2014 and had previously completed a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Mumbai in 2009. During the summer of 2013, he interned at McKinsey & Co's Chicago office and returned to McKinsey & Co. after the completion of his MBA at Booth. Prior to Booth, Pranay worked as a consultant at Deloitte Consulting and also co-founded The Opinion Magazine in Bombay, India.


Jatin Jindal       2014/2015


Jatin graduated from Booth Full-Time MBA program in 2015. Jatin spent 2015 summer interning at Amazon Web Services, and joined Amazon Video as a Sr. Product Manager right after graduation. Prior to Booth, Jatin worked at Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst, and co-founded in 2006. Jatin's previous degrees include a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.


Jatin Jindal is currently working as a Senior Product Manager Intern at Amazon Web Services for their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) team, specifically working on the Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) service. Besides, he is Class of 2015 Full Time MBA student at University of Chicago Booth School of Business and expect to graduate in 2015 with concentrations in Marketing, Operations, General Management and Entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, he has had experience working with multiple startups. First of them – Hellointern, was founded by him along with his classmates during his undergrad and was sold to Angaros Group in 2012. Hellointern is a platform to connect students and companies for internships in India. In 2013, he worked briefly for a startup in cab service space – Bookmycab, which provides cheapest cab services in Mumbai. My work at Bookmycab involved revamping the technology platform of the company to keep it ahead of its competition. Prior to that, he worked in Mumbai and London offices of Investment Banking Department of Credit Suisse from 2009 to 2013, advising clients engaged in oil & gas sector on raising capital as well as M&A transactions. He obtained degrees in Masters and Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2009.


In his free time he loves reading, cooking and playing music. He specifically loves post-rock and never misses a concert when a post-rock band is in town. Also, he is an avid trekker and loves exploring the nature around the world. Besides, he has been a passionate Arsenal FC fan for more than a decade now, and on most of the weekends you can find him at a local bar cheering his team.


Saurabh Garg   2015/2016


Saurabh graduated with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in June 2016 with a High Honors distinction and concentrations in Strategy, Operations, and Entrepreneurship.


Saurabh also holds a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati and a M.S. from University of California, Berkeley specializing in Sustainable Manufacturing.


Saurabh interned with McKinsey & Co. last summer in the Operations practice working with clients in the High Tech and Consumer Packaged Goods industries. He will be joining the firm full-time upon graduation.


Prior to Chicago Booth, Saurabh worked in engineering program management at Applied Materials Inc. where he focused on new product development and commercialization of semiconductor processing equipment. He also has experience working in the R&D environment of automotive industry at Daimler (Mercedes Benz Cars).

Saurabh Garg is a student in the MBA Class of 2016 at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is the latest recipient of Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala scholarship. Saurabh’s professional background includes work in technology industries as diverse as automotive (Daimler/Mercedes Benz) and semiconductor (Applied Materials, Inc.) and in roles spanning program management, new product development, and technology commercialization. He holds key industry patents and has authored several international, peer-reviewed, scientific journal publications. Outside work, Saurabh recently published a co-edited book volume, “Livelihood & Resource Utilization in North-East India: Participating in Global Discourse of Sustainability” that is one of the several outreach activities undertaken by his founding social initiative “Global Initiative for Sustainable Development and Planning (GISDP)” based in North-East India. 


Saurabh holds a Master of Science (MS) and a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati respectively. His long-term interests lie in exploring sustainability at the intersection of technology and society, including its implications for both the developing and the developed world.


Shivangi Shah 2016/2017


Shivangi graduated with an MBA from Chicago Booth in 2017. Her previous degrees included an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics (Honours) from St. Xavier's College. She will spend the summer interning at The Principal Financial Group. Prior to Booth she worked at Societe Generale and at Ernst & Young. When she's not working on stock pitches, she can be found debating politics with friends or watching British comedies.