Our team


Natasha Larsen COO

Natasha Larsen


Natasha runs operations at the Harbus and previously worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. She spends her spare time reading books on social entrepreneurship, honing her culinary skills, and traveling, while dancing to 90-s pop music.

Israt Tarin CEO

Israt Tarin


Israt (MBA ’22) came to HBS after working in the Oil and Gas industry as a Chemical Engineer. She was born in Chittagong and raised in Dubai, and she lives in Houston.


Vaughn Kurtenbach


Vaughn is responsible for all communications with our advertising partners and for the compilation and marketing of the Harbus admissions products. She’s also the proud mother of one human and two Pomeranians.


Valentina Bulava


Valentina is an EC partner at HBS, with a background in journalism and publishing. Her responsibilities at the Harbus include analyzing and planning marketing strategies, and maintaining brand presence online. She also works at HBS and dedicates free time to creative writing.


Alex Smith


Alex Bailey Smith (MBA ’23) is a dog mom from Texas. She previously worked for Chevron Technology Ventures helping startups to scale. Laughing with friends and family, listening to podcasts on long walks, and singing Billy Joel on road trips are some of her favorite pastimes.

mike kelly

Mike Kelly

Entrepreneurship Editor

Mike grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to HBS, he worked in engineering, product strategy, and program management at Ford, where his work spanned both automotive and the future of mobility. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Mechanical Engineering degree, and he played trumpet in the marching band.

Felipe Cerón

Entertainment Editor

Felipe Cerón (MBA ’22) is a Chilean who previously worked in consulting and retail. He loves making music and acting, being an avid fan of film and television. Playing guitar, having a laugh over a beer, getting in the ring, and reading inspiring books are among his favorite pastimes.