Graduate School of Business


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  • Maria Dimakopoulou

    Maria Dimakopoulou

    Affiliate, Graduate School of Business - Associate Academic Dean

    BioI am a PhD candidate in Management Science & Engineering department at Stanford University, where I work on machine learning. My research focuses on reinforcement learning, contextual bandits and causal inference. I am advised by Benjamin Van Roy and Susan Athey. My PhD is funded by the "Arvanitidis" Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Memory of William K. Linvill and by the Onassis Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

    In 2015, I received a MSc in Operations Research at Stanford University, graduating first of my class. In 2014, I received a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, graduating with the highest GPA in NTUA's 200-year history. Between 2012 and 2015, I spent time at Google Research, where I worked on the design and deployment of large-scale optimization algorithms for Google Technical Infrastructure and Google Ad Exchange. In 2016, I led the design of the multi-touch attribution product of Krux (now Salesforce Data Management Platform). I have been the recipient of the Intel Honorary Award, the Google Anita Borg Memorial Award, the Google Excellence Award, and the Stanford Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

    I enjoy swimming, travelling across the world with great company, and exploring impressionist and surrealist art.

  • Donna Wells

    Donna Wells

    Affiliate, Graduate School of Business - Associate Academic Dean

    BioDonna Wells is a former Tech CEO, Fortune 500 CMO, an experienced Board Director and an innovator in the financial services, FinTech and cloud software industries. She serves on the boards of Walker & Dunlop (WD), Mitek Systems (MITK), Apex Technology Acquisition Corp (APXT), and Betterment.

    Most recently, Donna was CEO of Mindflash Technologies, a private enterprise software company which she grew from product launch to a market leadership position and which was named a Top 50 Small Company to Work For by Fortune. Before leading Mindflash, she was the founding CMO for Mint.com from this breakthrough product's launch to the company's acquisition for 50X revenue two years later. Prior to Mint, Donna had a 20-year career in strategic B2C, B2B and product marketing with American Express and Charles Schwab and led marketing for two Fortune 500 companies: Intuit and Expedia.

    Ms. Wells’ teams’ work have won multiple Webby’s and recognition as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in Davos. She has been named a Top 25 Women in Tech to Watch by Accenture and a Marketing Executive of the Year Finalist by the Wall Street Journal. In 2018, Ms. Wells was named a finalist for the Women in IT/ Information Age Business Role Model of the Year Award. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.