The SA+P Dean’s Advisory Council

The SA+P Dean’s Advisory Council is a group of alumni and friends of the school and the Institute who support the MIT School of Architecture and Planning’s educational and research activities, on campus and worldwide. Drawn from a range of backgrounds and expertise, they share a commitment to the school’s mission to apply our strengths in architecture, planning, design, art, urbanism, media, and real estate to discover—and deliver—better futures.

The council’s members advise and guide the dean on a variety of topics to help hone the vision for school-wide initiatives, programs, and priorities. They serve the school community and MIT by strengthening SA+P networks, connections, and resources around the globe. Members serve three-year terms and meet as a full group at MIT once a year.


Paola Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. With a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan, Paola Antonelli has also earned Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Royal College of Art and Kingston University, London; the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; and Pratt Institute in New York. She has curated numerous shows, lectured worldwide, and has served on several international architecture and design juries.

Her most recent exhibition, Items: Is Fashion Modern?, devoted to 111 items of clothing that have had a strong impact on the world in the past 100 years, opened at MoMA in October 2017. She is currently working on the next Triennale di Milano, entitled Broken Nature (March 2019); on the book, States of Design; and on a new Theory of Everything for design.

She can be found on Twitter as @CuriousOctopus, and on Instagram as @paolantonelli.

José Miguel Bejos is the Vice President for Grupo PRODI, in Mexico. A graduate of Universidad Anáhuac, Bejos became Vice President of Compañía lnversora Corporativa (CIC), the Mexican holding company founded by his family two generations ago and composed of operations in sectors such as construction, outdoor advertising, mass transit operations, aeronautics, and marine activities.

Among his showcase accomplishments during his time at CIC is the design and construction of the Mexipuerto Ciudad Azteca, the first high-quality transit-oriented development in Mexico. The project was undertaken in partnership with lmpulsora del Desarrollo y Empleo en América Latina (IDEAL) of Grupo Carso. This project marked a new standard in the development of transportation infrastructure designed with the passenger in mind.

Grupo Promotor de Desarrollo e lnfraestructura (Grupo PRODI) was created to incorporate the expanded activities of the conglomerate, where Mr. Bejos has presided in a role of leadership since its inception four years ago. Grupo PRODI continues the original vision of CIC, providing comprehensive services for the design and construction of medium- and large-scale infrastructure projects with presence in various states of the Mexican Republic. Grupo PRODI, in partnership with Shaw Group, has financed and built petroleum production platforms at the Lobina site for the Mexican oil monopoly, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). Among Grupo PRODI's previous clients are: the Mexican Federal Government, various state governments, PEMEX, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), and various private sector clients.

In the outdoor advertising industry, Mr. Bejos is a founding partner of lmágenes y Muebles Urbanos (IMU), where he holds the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. IMU is an outdoor furniture company that services Mexico's largest city with more than 20,000 advertising podiums, benches, etc. IMU also operates publicity installations in 15 other Mexican cities. As a member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Mexicano de Aeronáutica (GMA), which includes companies such as Bell Helicopter Mexico and Servicio Técnico Aéreo México (STAM), Mr. Bejos has achieved market leadership in rotary wing transport, carrying more than 1.5 million passengers annually, with operations in five Mexican cities.

Vuslat Doğan Sabancı is an international business leader, philanthropist, and leading voice on human rights, gender equality, and independent media in Turkey.  She is the founder of the Vuslat Foundation, a global initiative to create an ecosystem of generous listening for youth and civil society. The foundation aims to place the skill of generous listening—hearing beyond words—at the center of all our connections by 2030; it supports academic research regarding listening, creating awareness with artists and  storytellers, and developing generous listening practices.

Ms. Doğan Sabancı is the former chairwoman of Hürriyet Publishing, Turkey’s largest independent news outlet. Under her leadership, the paper became one of Turkey’s largest internet groups in digital content and spearheaded an editorial policy that focused on issues of gender equality and human rights. 

Ms. Doğan Sabancı holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bilkent University and master’s degree in International Media and Communications from Columbia University. She is a board member of several  prominent organizations that support peace, women’s advancement, entrepreneurship, and freedom of expression.

Nina Fialkow is an Emmy Award winning producer and a member of Impact Partners, a New York-based film funding group focused on telling stories around social justice. She is Executive Producer of The Vow (HBO). Additional EP credits include; Rebel Hearts (premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival) The Great Hack (Netflix, currently), The Fourth Estate (HBO), Bending the Arc, Our New President, and Chuck Norris vs. Communism.

Current appointments include Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, appointed in 2016 by Governor Charlie Baker. Nina has played a direct role in launching the Transmedia Storytelling Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which will teach media-based storytelling from film through augmented reality. In 2019, Nina was nominated to join the International Council for The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a think tank within the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Nina also serves on the National Committee for Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C where she is Executive Chair of the Executive Committee.

Hadeel Ibrahim is the founding Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was established in 2006 to support leadership and governance in Africa. Ms. Ibrahim is also co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Africa Center in New York, whose mission is to promote partnership, collaboration, dialogue, and understanding between African artists, business leaders, and civil society and their counterparts in the United States and beyond.

Ms. Ibrahim sits of the boards of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Clinton Foundation, Synergos Institute, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, and the Governing Board of the African Governance Institute (AGI). She is also a Patron of Restless Development, a youth-led development agency. 

Ms. Ibrahim previously served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, on the Boards of Refugees International, the Carter Center (UK), and the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards Judging Panel. 

Fady Jameel is Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel – a family- owned diversified business, founded in 1945 by the late Abdul Latif Jameel. He heads the international operations of Abdul Latif Jameel globally and is a member of the board. Mr. Jameel has been a strong proponent of renewables and water. Under his leadership, Abdul Latif Jameel has taken strategic steps to build its capabilities, partnerships and expertise in these key sectors.

Mr. Jameel has been deeply involved in philanthropy and the arts throughout his career. He is Vice Chairman of Community Jameel, an international organization tackling some of the world’s most urgent challenges with a pioneering approach that is grounded in evidence, science, data and technology. Mr. Jameel helped develop Community Jameel’s programs on climate change, including innovative projects to strength food and water systems in at-risk communities.

Mr. Jameel is also the Chairman and founder of Art Jameel. Art Jameel runs numerous programs with a focus on supporting artists, creative practitioners and communities, and building access to the arts for all. Art Jameel has longstanding partnerships with the V&A in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among other collaborations. He sits on several international museum boards and committees.

Mr. Jameel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. He speaks English, Arabic, and Japanese.

Scott Lawin is a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer of Moore Capital Management, a global alternative investment firm.

Prior to joining Moore in 2010, Mr. Lawin was a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Liquid Markets Hedge Fund business at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to joining Fortress in 2005, Mr. Lawin spent 12 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., serving as Global Head of the Credit Liability Management business, Head of Global Strategy and Chief of Staff of the Fixed Income, Currency & Commodity Division, founding member and Chief Operating Officer of GS Ventures, and Head of the Energy & Power Capital Markets group.

Mr. Lawin earned his SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993.

Alain Levy is a civil engineer who holds an MS from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and an MS from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program (1987). Beginning as a commodity trader (sugar, cocoa) with Sucden, he subsequently founded several digital companies that have an international presence (United States, Latin America, Europe, Russia) in the areas of cloud computing, data, natural language processing, and Blockchain. 

Mr. Levy is CEO of Weborama, a publicly traded company that helps data-driven marketers to ignite growth by leveraging consumer  knowledge, using semantic AI.

He is also General Partner at Ycor, a company with a focus on the future of interactions between companies and citizens. Mr. Levy is the author of the 2010 volume Sur les Traces de Big Brother (Tracking Big Brother), analyzing the future of privacy in the digital era. 

Hussa Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah is the co-owner of The al-Sabah Collection, the private collection of art from the Islamic World started by her late husband, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and eldest son of the late Amir, Sheikh Sabah Ahmed al- Sabah, in 1975. Sheikha Hussa Sabah Salem al-Sabah is the daughter of the late Amir, Sheikh Sabah Salem al-Sabah who ruled Kuwait from 1965 to 1977. With over 37,000 pieces from the Bronze Age through the 18th century, The al-Sabah Collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive privately owned art collections in the world. Portions of the collection have been on loan to the State of Kuwait since 1983, under the auspices of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters.

Marisa Moreira Salles is a publisher, editor, and book designer, as well as an entrepreneur in the technology space.

She co-founded BEI.Editora, a Brazilian publishing house, in 1995. From 2003 to 2010, she was the CEO of U.NEAR, an IT company she established, with longstanding partners, in 2000. In 2010, she launched Arq.Futuro, a think-tank to discuss architecture and the future of cities. And, in 2014, she set up POR QUÊ?, a digital platform dedicated to making Economics accessible to the general public.

Today, Ms. Salles co-chairs the publishing house and Arq.Futuro and runs POR QUÊ?. She is also a curator for Arq.Futuro debates and BEI.Editora exhibitions. With the help of the Arq.Futuro team, she is currently advising on the project of the new YouTube space in Rio de Janeiro.

Ms. Salles also holds board positions in several philanthropic organizations, including the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Instituto Parque do Flamengo, the Instituto Parque Ecologico Sitiê, and Urbem (the Institute of Urbanism and Studies for the Metropolis).

Talal K Shair

  • Chairman-CEO of Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners) and of the Dar Group it founded comprising Perkins + Will USA, T.Y. Lin Group USA, PYR Interiors France, Penspen Group UK, IPA Energy + Water Economics UK, Landrum & Brown USA, D2 Consult Austria, Ross & Baruzzini USA, Currie & Brown UK, and Maffeis Engineering Italy.
  • Member - Young Presidents Organization.
  • Founding Member - Young Presidents Organization, Cairo Chapter.
  • Member - Board of Trustees of American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Member - Board of Trustees of International College, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Member - Board of Trustees of King’s Academy, Jordan.
  • Member - LAU Advisory Board.

Alan Spoon is Board Chair at Fortive, Inc. (FTV) and Partner Emeritus at Polaris Partners (a venture capital firm with investments in life sciences and technology). 

Today he serves on a variety of public company boards —FORTIVE, Inc. (FTV: businesses include Fluke Instruments, Tektronix, Gilbarco, etc.);  Danaher Inc (DHR), IAC, Inc. (IAC), The Match Group (MTCH), and CableOne (CABO).  At Polaris, Alan currently leads investments in Phreesia,, Earth Networks and others.  His past venture investments included Focus Financial Partners,  LegalZoom, MatrixRFID, Cushcraft Wireless, TechTarget (TTGT, NASDAQ), Internet Brands (Hellman Friedman), Paratek Adaptive RF (RIM), and Cardlytics (CDLX).

Prior to joining Polaris, Alan served as President and Board member of The Washington Post Company, a multimedia and education corporation. Earlier he served as Post Company CFO, President of Newsweek, and earlier held top marketing and finance positions at The Washington Post newspaper.

At The Post Company, Alan initiated and oversaw He also led investments in a successful portfolio of early stage companies, in cellular (Cellular One), distance learning (Kaplan), and educational software, digital media (WebTV) and e-commerce (, TicketmasterOnline,  Alan began his career at and later became a partner of The Boston Consulting Group, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate strategy.

In his not-for-profit activities, Alan is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Corporation (Executive Committee) and serves on the boards of (Harvard/MIT online education platform, and MIT Technology Review). Alan was instrumental in creating MIT Sandbox Innovation program and the Community Catalyst Leadership Program for MIT students.  Alan is Regent Emeritus (former Vice Chairman and Executive Committee) of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents. He was co-chair of the Smithsonian’s first-ever Capital Campaign.  He is also a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.

Alan received his Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his Master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; and his J.D., from Harvard Law School.

Alan and his wife, Terri, are relishing these special years when all the kids and grandkids are within a three-hour drive. When not visiting family, Alan stays fit with tennis and ever-challenged with golf.

Kenneth Wang ’71 graduated from MIT with an SB in economics (Course XIV) and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976. He worked with Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd. and Bank of America in the area of shipping and ship financing for six years before joining a family-owned company, Oceanic Petroleum Corporation, in 1980.

Oceanic, since sold, was involved in the refining and marketing of oil and related petroleum products in Southeast Asia. Since 1983, Mr. Wang has been active as President of U.S. Summit Company, based in New York City. This company’s primary activities involve marketing and distribution of ethical pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and industrial chemicals in Southeast Asia. Other activities include development, ownership, and operation of golf-related properties in the tri-state NYC area.

Mr. Wang has been a member of the MIT Corporation since 2005. He served on numerous Corporation committees, including the MIT Architecture Visiting Committee (2005-2015) and the Corporation Development Committee (1990-2005), and has served in numerous leadership roles for the MIT Alumni Association, including as a Board Member from 2003 to 2005, President’s Committee Member from 2008 to 2012, and President from 2009 to 2010.