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What is it really like to study for an MBA? How do the students juggle their work load and their personal life? What do they hope to achieve once they have gained an MBA? Read the FT's MBA blog to find out.
Zack Leguma, Judge Business School - Cambridge University Age: 34 Nationality: South African Background: Zack has extensive investment banking and private equity experience in Africa. He has been involved in numerous landmark mining, real estate and telecommunications transactions. Zack sees his MBA programme as an opportunity to gain a more global perspective of business.
Alex Singleton, Surrey Business School Age: 36 Nationality: British Background: Alex spent several years at Westminster think-tanks before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He now represents the capital’s business community at a lobby group.
Charles Street, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University Age: 35 Nationality: Australian & South African Background: Charles has been working as a strategist in various industries, focusing on business model transformation, customer experience and digital innovation. He sees his MBA as an opportunity to challenge traditional thinking.
Cordelia Shackleton, Harvard Business School Age: 27 Nationality: British Background: Cordelia studied Chemistry at New College, Oxford followed by a Masters in Finance at LSE. She has worked in investment banking and investment management and is pursuing an MBA to obtain management skills, leadership training and explore career options. She loves contemporary art, music and running.
Tarisai Garande, IE Age: 38 Nationality: British/Zimbabwean Background: Tarisai works for a global environmental, sustainability and social consulting firm. She chose IE because of its open and international perspective.
Luis Héctor Rubio, Columbia Business School Age: 29 Nationality: Spanish Background: Luis has spent five years working in consulting and ecommerce. He expects his MBA at Columbia to help him broaden his perspective of business and to provide a better understanding of financial markets.
Nabil Parkar, Durham University Business School Age: 27 Nationality: British Background: Nabil is a marketing professional with international experience. He sees an MBA as a way to develop analytical and leadership skills.
Jayesh Kannan, MIT Sloan School of Management Age: 26 Nationality: Indian Background: An engineer by training, Jayesh worked at an investment bank where he focused on emerging market equities. He hopes to learn more about corporate strategy and sustainable investing during his time at Sloan.
Patrick Nennewitz, Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) Age: 28 Nationality: German Background: After working several years in the strategy department of a big EU energy firm, Patrick experienced the challenges of restructuring a family owned business. He sees his MBA as a great chance to grow his network and increase his intercultural leadership skills.
Ronald AngSiy, Wharton Age: 26 Nationality: American Background: Ronald views his MBA as a way to accelerate his networks, skills and opportunities to eventually succeed as an entrepreneur and help change society for the better.
Ritesh Kotak, University of Edinburgh Business School Age: 28 Nationality: Canadian Background: Ritesh has worked with policing agencies around the world to research and provide training in cybercrime, analytics and next generation technologies. An MBA is a way for him to expand his critical thinking and develop the skills to lead the advancement of policing through innovation.
Harish Sivashanmugam: Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School Age: 28 Nationality: Indian Background: Harish is an engineer who juggles a range of interests such as film writing, cooking and philosophy. With an innate quest for finding solutions, Harish is drawn towards a consulting career. In order to achieve this, he is doing his MBA in CUHK which is known for instilling in its students a framework on consulting, finance and entrepreneurship.
Tim Hesler, Tsinghua-MIT Global MBA Age: 33 Nationality: USA Background: Tim spent several years working in attorney and faculty capacities in the U.S. while being captivated by cross-national learning contexts. For him, an MBA in China represents an opportunity to pivot towards an entrepreneurial role in international education.
Timo Marquez, HEC Paris Age: 39 Nationality: Venezuelan Background: Timo has a degree in mechanical engineering and plans to use his MBA to specialise in energy efficiency projects.
Sílvia Simões, IMD Business School Age: 32 Nationality: Brazilian, Italian Background: Sílvia has been a market strategist and intrapreneur in Technology for the past eight years. She chose to pursue an MBA to broaden her horizons and be able to make a global impact.
Pawan Kaul, London Business School Age: 33 Nationality: Indian Background: Pawan is a qualified chartered accountant and has worked in various roles within financial services. He is pursuing a MBA to transition from a functional role to a leadership position.
Brian Parsons, Warwick Business School Age: 44 Nationality: Irish Background: Brian has worked in banking, including capital markets and corporate banking, for nearly 20 years. He is doing a MBA both to challenge his own thinking and to bring those new challenges back to the workplace.
Rosen Enchev, European School of Management and Technology Age: 27 Nationality: Bulgarian Background: Rosen has worked as a management consultant in London where his focus was on strategic and operational challenges in the financial services industry. He hopes to further develop his leadership and analytical skills during his course.
Kim Johnstone, The University of Sydney Business School Age: 46 Nationality: Australian and New Zealander Background: Kim provides population insights to help plan for the future. In 2015 she was awarded the UN Women NC Australia MBA Scholarship with the University of Sydney Business School.
Laura Melina Loeven, Nanyang Business School, Singapore Age: 24 Nationality: German Background: Melina has been working as a procurement officer at a multinational life sciences company where she was responsible for sourcing of third party manufacturing services and sourcing event coordination on international scale. She perceives her MBA studies as a great opportunity to develop intercultural leadership skills and sharpen analytical thinking.
Eduardo Alvarado Vásquez, IE Business School Age: 31 Nationality: Peruvian Background: Eduardo is a medical resident using radiation therapy to improve cancer outcomes. He hopes to develop his management and leadership skills to increase the availability of quality treatments in cancer.
Luca Sabia, Durham University Business School Age: 35 Nationality: Italian Background: Luca is a communications professional with eight years' experience. He sees his MBA as a way to broaden his perspectives in marketing and leadership.
Sunny Sheng, Copenhagen Business School Age: 35 Nationality: Chinese Background: Sunny has led several projects on cost savings and CO2 reduction and is looking forward to broadening her knowledge on responsible leadership and sustainable business.
Julia McInnis, Chicago Booth Age: 26 Nationality: United States Background: Julia has been working in as a film producer at an independent studio. She is pursuing an MBA to transition into entrepreneurship and a new role in the entertainment industry.
Bo Zhang, Columbia Business School Age: 29 Nationality: British Background: Bo has a degree in economics and has worked in finance for several years. He chose Columbia because of the value investing programme it offers.