JASON PONTIN | Chairman
Jason Pontin is the Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum and CEO, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the award-winning magazine MIT Technology Review, a digitally-oriented media company founded by MIT whose analysis, features, reviews, interviews, and live events explain the commercial, social, and political impact of new technologies.
As editor-in-chief, he is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of MIT Technology Review, including the rapidly expanding U.S. and international websites, the award-winning print magazine, videos, newsletters, business reports, and live events such as EmTech, the company’s annual flagship conference focused on emerging technologies. He also serves as chairman of its international entrepreneurial network, MIT Enterprise Forum. As chairman, it is his job to ensure that all programs and chapters are aligned with the organization’s mission to foster growth in promising late-stage entrepreneurs around the world.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pontin was the editor of Red Herring, a business and technology publication. From 2002 to 2004 he served as editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, which he founded, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. Mr. Pontin joined MIT Technology Review in 2004 as its editor and was named publisher in August 2005.
He has written for national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Economist, the Financial Times, Wired, and the Believer. He is also a frequent guest on television and radio programs.
Mr. Pontin was born in London and raised in Northern California. He was educated in England, at Harrow School and Oxford University.
ELIZABETH BRAMSON-BOUDREAU | President
Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is President of the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Chief Operating Officer of MIT Technology Review.
At MIT Technology Review, Ms. Bramson-Boudreau has overall operational responsibility for new and existing programs and integrated product development efforts, providing leadership for the strategic planning process. As President of MIT Enterprise Forum, she will be focusing on setting the strategic direction of the organization’s global products, such as our regional startup competitions and local accelerator bootcamps.
Ms. Bramson-Boudreau has a nearly 20-year background in building and running teams in world-leading media companies. She has specialized knowledge about how media companies are commercializing content in new ways to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers and to B2B audiences.
Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth was the global managing director of the Economist Corporate Network (whose parent company publishes The Economist magazine), where she led editorial content creation, sales, marketing, and event operations. Prior to that, she spent a decade working as a consultant.
Ms. Bramson-Boudreau has presented to corporate audiences of all different types and has chaired conferences in front of audiences as large as 500 people.
Ms. Bramson-Boudreau holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.
ANTOINETTE MATTHEWS | Executive Director and Legal Clerk
Antoinette Matthews is the VP of Licensing & Communities at MIT Technology Review and Executive Director and Legal Clerk of MIT Enterprise Forum Global.
Ms. Matthews is responsible for building out the international licensing and community business for MIT Technology Review. Her responsibilities include evaluating existing licensing contracts to increase profitability and quality, expanding MIT Technology Review’s licenses internationally, and ensuring that contractual obligations are met and that quality controls are measured and adhered to. She provides support services to licensees across all MIT Technology Review product lines, including the MIT Enterprise Forum and Innovators Under 35 communities. As Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum, she is tasked with not only aligning MITEF more closely with the MIT Technology Review, but also with determining a new path forward for the organization, developing a sustainable business model and further expanding the global reach and impact of the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Additional entrepreneurial professional activities outside of MITEF involve supporting multiple startup and accelerator initiatives, such as the student-led MIT Global Start-up Workshop (2007 –2009). She also supported content production and syndication and raised visibility for the MIT Student Clean Energy Prize Competition in collaboration with the MIT Enterprise Forum (2008 - 2012). Ms. Matthews also served as a mentor for the MIT $100K Business Plan Competition (2013) and judge for competitions including Pipeline Entrepreneurs in the Midwest.
Prior to coming to the U.S.A. in 2001, Ms. Matthews was the Relationship Marketing Manager for JD Group Pty Ltd in South Africa, at that time the largest group of national retail chains in the Southern hemisphere, and the Marketing Manager for the first IT chain South Africa.
Ms. Matthews has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Financial Management from the University of Pretoria.
ENEJDA XHEBLATI | Treasurer
Enejda Xheblati is treasurer of the MIT Enterprise Forum and the Finance and Accounting Manager at MIT Technology Review.
Ms. Xheblati is responsible for managing all accounting and financial matters for both MIT Enterprise Forum and MIT Technology Review, including budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis, reporting and preparation of financial statements. She also oversees accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash management.
Before joining MIT Technology Review, she was a financial analyst at State Street Global Advisors, where she worked closely with senior executives to provide strategic decision-making analysis and reporting. She also worked for State Street Corporation as a mutual fund performance analyst and fund administration manager.
Ms. Xheblati holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Management and Accounting, with a minor in Economics, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is currently pursuing her CPA certification. She is fluent in Albanian, Spanish, and a beginner in Italian and German.
JOYCE CHEN | Director of Communications
Joyce Chen is part of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global team as the Director of Communications.
Ms. Chen comes to MITEF with extensive experience working with globally-focused organizations, including Sister Cities International, Wokai--a microfinance organization based in China, and the U.S. government. She has worked in event planning and management, and has helped plan the transportation logistics for U.S. President Obama’s Inauguration in 2009. Before joining the MIT Enterprise Forum, Joyce was at the Volpe Center, a systems research center within the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she helped build their communications function from the ground-up, launching a revamp of their intranet and external websites, as well as leading their rebranding efforts.
Ms. Chen graduated Wellesley College with a degree in Psychology and Economics. She speaks fluent Cantonese Chinese and is working on improving her Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
GAYLEE DUNCAN | Director of Chapter Leadership and Process
Gaylee Duncan is Director of Chapter Leadership and Process for the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Ms. Duncan’s focus with MIT Enterprise Forum is to develop training curricula and best practices to help recruit and nurture chapter leaders.
Her areas of expertise include leadership development, strategic market planning, communications and public affairs in the high tech, consumer and entrepreneurial/start-up sectors.
She has served on the Global Advisory Board of Directors and chaired the Leadership, Process and Development Working Group. She is a former chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest chapter and has been engaged with the organization for more than 15 years.
STEPHANIE ENG | Marketing & Events Coordinator
Stephanie Eng is the Events & Marketing Coordinator for MIT Enterprise Forum Global team.
She will be responsible for MIT Enterprise Forum’s digital media presence, brand identity, and global marketing/communications strategy. She will also execute events in tandem with and cultivate relationships with our international clients and partners.
Ms. Eng’s background includes international event planning and digital marketing. She managed clients and logistics for luxury events at Freespin, a Chinese consulting firm, and worked on advertising campaigns for clients like Ermenegildo Zegna, Estee Lauder, and Huawei at Wunderman Shanghai. She has also spearheaded numerous digital marketing and branding campaigns for EF Educational Tours and The Port Authority of NY & NJ.
Ms. Eng has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Marketing from Northeastern University, with minors in Chinese and International Affairs. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.