Leadership Team


Akshay Krishnan
Co-President
MEM Degree Candidate 2021
  This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Krishnan-Akshay-2-739x1024.jpg Akshay Krishnan is a second year master’s student at the Master of Environmental Management Program, with an Energy and Environment concentration. Prior to joining Duke, Akshay completed a mechanical engineering degree and worked in the energy sector in India, focusing on renewable energy awareness and rural energy access. While at Duke, he is focusing on the clean tech sector (biased towards solar) and completed his internship with Rocky Mountain Institute’s City Renewable Accelerator team. His work focused on quantifying the potential for solar on landfill, looking at it from a technical and equity lens. Outside school, he loves to travel, hike and swim. He is also happy to engage in any discussion over your favorite movies and tv shows.
Ian Reichardt
Co-President
MEM Degree Candidate 2021
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is IMG_5371-1-1024x683.jpg Ian Reichardt is a second year MEM candidate with a concentration in Energy and Environment. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a major in Communication and minors in Computer Science and Sustainability. Before coming to the Nicholas School, Ian worked on the Dulcepamba Project, based in Provincia Bolivar, Ecuador, where he studied the region’s agriculture and hydrology in order to secure water rights for small-scale farmers whose access to irrigation was threatened by a hydroelectric project. After transitioning back to the states, Ian worked for the nonprofit Solar United Neighbors, where he fostered the growth of residential solar markets across the country through community-based bulk purchase programs. He is particularly interested now in the role of electric utilities and regulatory bodies in the clean energy transition, and recently completed an internship with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Abhishek Jain
Professional Development
MEM Degree Candidate 2021
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Abhishek-Jain-890x1024.jpg Abhishek Jain serves as the Professional Development Chair on the Energy Club Board. He is a second-year MEM EE student with strong interests in Energy Efficiency and Data Analytics! As the professional development chairs, he aims to furnish a Career-Guide for the students in Nicholas School that can help them explore various opportunities in the Energy Sector from podcasts to jobs and everything in between. He aims to facilitate dialogue between alumni and current students so that there is a good transfer of knowledge. As an engineer, Abhishek loves coding and is always excited about using his technical skills to the rescue!
Yezi Lyu
Communication & Outreach
MEM Degree Candidate 2021
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is WeChat-Image_20190927111358-2.jpg Yezi is a second year MEM student with Business and Environment concentration. She graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Environmental Science in 2018. Prior to Duke, Yezi worked as a consultant in WWF’s climate and energy department, where she helped promote renewable energy and green investment through China’s South-South cooperation and helped in the transition of low carbon cities in China. Her interests include clean energy finance and the promotion of renewable energy access in developing countries. In her free time, Yezi loves playing basketball, swimming, and acapella.
Hassan Nadeem
Career Trek Co-Coordinator
MEM Degree Candidate 2021
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is h.jpg Hassan is a second year Master of Environmental Management student at the Nicholas School, focusing on Energy and the Environment. He joined the Nicholas School Energy Club as a Trip Coordinator and will be focusing on bringing some valuable perspectives through virtual energy events. He is also the Co-Chair of the Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition at the Energy Week 2020 at Duke! Hassan has previously worked as an operations engineer at Engro Fertilizers Pakistan, and as a strategy analyst at the Engro Corporation. He did his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Pakistan.
Zukhruf Amjad
​Career Trek Co-Coordinator
MEM Degree Candidate 2021
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Zukhruf-Headshot-235x270-1.jpg Zukhruf Amjad is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment concentrating in Energy and the Environment. She is the Fall Trip Coordinator for the Nicholas School Energy Club. Prior to joining Duke, Zukhruf completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering after which she worked as a Process Engineer at P&G, Pakistan. At Duke, Zukhruf is interested in sustainability initiatives in the private and public sector and spent her summer working as a consultant through the EDF Climate Corps Fellowship for The City of Trenton, New Jersey in helping them develop and implement a sustainability roadmap for the upcoming year.
Ningjie Hu 
​​​PhD Representative
PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 75ECF4DC-09E4-4CA6-8286-379ED7D46BBE-1024x1024.jpeg Ningjie is a PhD student in the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the Nicholas School. Her research focuses on the coupling of coastal processes and their interaction with human dynamics. Prior to joining Duke, Ningjie graduated with a MS degree in geological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and completed internships in the oil and gas industry. Ningjie is interested in the energy industry and renewable energy transition and energy access in rural areas. Outside school, she loves outdoor activities, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and baking. 
Meagan Klebanoff
​​​Treasury
MEM Degree Candidate 2020
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Meagan is a MEM/MBA dual degree student, concentrating in Energy and Environment. She serves as the Nicholas School Energy Club Treasurer. Meagan is interested in renewable energy development and is currently a Business Development Intern at Apex Clean Energy. Previously, Meagan worked as a consultant at EY, where she provided financial and management consulting services to global chemical companies and electric utilities. Meagan graduated with a BA in environmental economics with honors from Colgate University.