36th Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: Benjamin Mensah

Benjamin Mensah ’11

Junior at the MIT Sloan School of Management

36th Annual MLK Leadership Award

Benjamin Mensah '11 is a junior at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

A Harlem-native, he is inspired by the work ethic and perseverance of his grandparents, who emigrated from Ghana, and determined to help develop and cultivate the potential of the countries in Africa. Mensah believes that through increased educational awareness and business literacy they can strengthen their position in the global community.

Mensah was nominated for an MLK Leadership Award for his mentoring work, both at MIT and with Project LEAD, a program for high school boys of color designed and created by Mensah and several other MIT undergraduates.

In 2011, MIT also honored Mensah with a Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service and an Albert G. Hill Prize. He went on to earn a double Bachelor of Science in Economics and in Management Science (Finance Concentration).

Post-graduation, Mensah worked as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and is currently an MBA candidate at the Harvard Business School.