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About Us

Founded in June 2020, Kuleana Consulting was started as a global network of undergraduate university students committed to creating a positive social impact through business. We work with organizations and businesses of all sizes to connect our consultants with opportunities to provide high-quality consulting services and analyst support to impact-focused companies and organizations around the world.

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Our Leadership Team

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Alivia Kaplan

Founder and Managing Partner

Alivia is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying Economics & Strategy and Chinese Language & Culture. Through her experience leading, supporting, and working as a consultant on over 40 consulting projects for ventures operating in a wide variety of industries and impact areas, Alivia has developed a passion for helping impact-focused businesses and organizations work to create a more equitable and sustainable society. In addition to founding Kuleana, Alivia has previously held positions within nonprofit organizations, including UN Women Los Angeles and Fostering Hope, a nonprofit she co-founded, and within a variety of social impact-centered companies in tech and retail. Alivia is also a Business Research Scholar at Olin's Center for Research in Economics and Strategy, where she has worked to provide support to small businesses during the Covid pandemic.


Annika Andersson

Managing Partner

Annika Andersson is currently a BSBA student at Washington University’s Olin Business School studying Economics & Strategy and Finance. Previously, Annika spent three years as a financial analyst and then associate at Incentrum Group, a merchant bank in New York City. While there, she worked primarily with healthcare, technology, and life sciences companies, working as lead analyst on multiple M&A advisory and PE projects. Annika is passionate about sustainability and social impact, especially in the healthcare and technology space. She was born and raised in New York City, and speaks Swedish fluently.


Max Klapow

Founding Partner and Chief Strategy Officer

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Max is a Truman Scholar reading for a MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford. Broadly, Max is dedicated to bringing together science, policy, and practice to address systemic social issues. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy. At WashU, Max was both a William H. Danforth Scholar and Stern Family Civic Scholar, which supported his work developing an evidence-based psychological intervention program for incarcerated individuals, researching lay first-responder programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and worked as a strategy consultant. A TEDx speaker, writer, and entrepreneur, Max has spoken at conferences around the country and consulted with Forbes 500 companies in addition to a variety of social impact ventures.

Advisory Board

Glenn MacDonald

Glenn MacDonald is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and Strategy at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, and a professor of economics in the department of economics in the school's College of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as the director of the Center for Research in Economics and Strategy at Olin. He has extensive experience in consulting and has worked with a wide variety of startups, nonprofits, and large corporations.


Sheenagh Beadell

Sheenagh is a Certified Personnel Consultant with over 20 years’ experience in recruitment, retention, training, policy development, succession planning, database administration, coaching, team building, mentoring and client and customer care. She has recently been honored as an industry sector leader and entrepreneurial woman serving on the National Board of ACSESS (Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services).


Tony Sims

Tony Sims II is currently a BSBA student at Washington University’s Olin Business School studying Entrepreneurship. Tony is acting as program manager and entrepreneurial support for St. Louis non-profit Arch Grants. Finishing up his last year at Olin, Tony has become a budding talent in the entrepreneurial space winning in the Olin Big Idea Bounce competition twice, being a finalist in the Skandalaris Venture Competition, and having networks with some of St. Louis’s growing startup and established business founders. Outside of entrepreneurship and private equity analysis, Tony is a fan and has an extensive background in videography, music production, and activism.

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