Alumni Advisory Board

students and alumni network

Established in October 2004, the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) provides an important vehicle to foster an active relationship between the Business School and our alumni in an advisory capacity.

The AAB serves to:

  • communicate alumni views and interests to the Business School
  • advise and support the Business School in creating and enhancing services and opportunities for alumni, champion the Business School and communicate its vision externally

Alumni Advisory Board members

Chair: Joanne Linder (MBA 1996) is Co-Chair of the AAB, together with Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School.

The AAB is comprised of 20 alumni hailing from the Business School’s varied programmes. They meet three times a year, with each member’s term of office being for three years.

Read a message from the Co-Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board

New Board members for 2018 are:

  • Troy Ballesteros (Weekend Executive MBA 2015), Principal Customer Experience Lead, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
  • Andrew Fernando (MSc Finance 2007), Senior Manager, EY
  • Heather Mack (Weekend Executive MBA 2017), Management Consultant, KPMG
  • Bianca Rangecroft (MSc Management 2015), Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Andrea Scarabello (Weekend Executive MBA 2012), Principal Strategy Analyst, Statoil
  • Haris Sitzoglou (MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 2008), Director, Credit Agricole CIB
  • Melanie York (Full-Time MBA 1993), Owner/Director, My Marketing Communication Ltd

Meet our current Board members

What is your current role?

Chief Economist and Head of Research at TheCityUK

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I absolutely loved my time at Imperial, and so I was keen to maintain an active link with the school, and to try to give something back. The ambassadorial aspect appealed to me too—I think the business school has a great offering and I’d love to help champion the brand.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

Besides the obvious networking and career development opportunities, I value the idea of staying part of a very distinctive community.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I enjoyed almost all of it, but the study tours really stand out. Those inevitable late-night sessions finishing group projects are very memorable too. We may have been tired, but I’ll always remember the fun we had and the crazy conversations that came out of all those long hours we spent working together.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

There were a number of key lessons for me, but most of them come under the theme of discovery. For example, I learned that once you take yourself out of a familiar, comfortable environment, your skill set might get used in unexpected ways and your contributions might be very different to what you anticipate; and that even after many years of work experience, when you think you know your professional interests, you might still end up being intrigued by a subject or idea that you never imagined would grab your attention.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Try to engage as much as possible with people who work in completely different industries from you—people who have radically different training and ways of thinking about things. Most of us rarely get that opportunity in our professional lives.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

In so many fields the professional landscape is now incredibly competitive and is likely to become increasingly so, and so the old model where we study and gain qualifications first and then work seems insufficient. I think that, for better or for worse, we will increasingly have to embrace incremental, long-term development throughout our careers, whether this comes from attaining additional formal qualifications later in one’s career, independent coursework, practical training, or informal study—or a combination of these.

What is your current role?

Principal Customer Experience Lead at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I’d like to influence where the Business School is heading in terms of brand recognition, alumni outreach, and increasing work opportunities for students and alumni. In addition, I have the ability to connect people of all ages, gender, and nationality, which are important traits when engaging with the thousands of Imperial College Business School alumni. 

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

The values I get from maintaining connection with the Business School and alumni network are instant network/connections and natural affinity to shared experiences with Imperial, London, and beyond. In 2015, I moved to Seattle, the fastest growing city in the United States and home to Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, Starbucks, and T-Mobile. I used my existing Imperial alumni network to land a job. I established the first Pacific Northwest’s Imperial College alumni group and grew the group from 6 people to 50 members.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

People I’ve met were driven and ready to work hard and play hard. The culture is friendly, supportive, and non-cut throat.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

The Business School taught me the foundations for the real world. However, the most important thing I learned was connecting with people and the importance of listening and getting your thoughts across without being condescending.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Set your priorities correctly and ask yourself whether obtaining a business degree is for you. A business degree isn’t for everyone. Money should not be the reason for going to business school, but rather one of many factors. Enjoy the course, have fun, and connect with people. Staying in the library daily won’t get you anywhere.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Become mobile/go abroad and take roles/jobs that are outside of your boundaries/areas of expertise.

You can contact Troy via email or connect with him on LinkedIn

What is your current role?

I am a Consultative Project Manager at a fast-growing software company. A key part of my role is to help companies understand the capabilities of our solution as they relate to that organisation’s needs and processes, which enables them to reap the fullest benefit from our software.

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

While I am very active in attending and creating events, I am interested in doing more for the alumni network, especially for the Business School.  I am still amazed every time I learn more about Imperial College Business School and its accomplishments. I believe the School has potential to be world-class MBA programme, and I would like to contribute to making this happen.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

Lots!  Not only is it a way to keep in touch with my cohort, it is a fantastic way to be connected to the community and learn what is new.  The best part though, is meeting our talented alumni and learning how their Imperial experience still contributes to their lives, whether professional or personal.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

The rockets we launched in Prince’s Garden the first week of the MBA – and the ensuing police visit!

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

How to really concentrate on polishing your strengths – let those tell your story.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Sound advice someone gave me the first week that I would like to pass on – you get what you put into it.  So dive in!

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Patience and resilience.

What is your current role?

I am a Senior Manager within Ernst and Young’s Advisory practice. I help Tier 1 Investment Banks address strategic and regulatory challenges.

I have worked across various projects which include; Brexit, MiFID II, governance restructuring and the automation of processes within Capital Markets.

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

The experience and knowledge gained at the Business School helped to accelerate my career. I would now like to take the opportunity to give back to the School’s community by dedicating my time and experience to help the Alumni Advisory Board with their initiatives.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

Given the evolving financial landscape, having a strong connection with the Business School and Alumni Network is extremely important for your career progression.

For example, the Imperial Alumni network has a vast array of practitioners across various specialisms that can share industry knowledge and discuss cutting edge changes in the market. Also the Imperial network is very much global, which means you have access to this knowledge anywhere in the world.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

Being able to meet like-minded students from all over the world and share experiences and ambitions together.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Never underestimate the power of a good network

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Imperial College Business School is a fantastic place to study. They have a global reputation for excellence and being invited for an initial interview at a Hedge Fund, Investment Bank or Consultancy firms is easier with the Business School on your CV. They also have a great careers team who can help with interview prep, case studies and negotiating job offers.

However, be prepared to hit the ground running. Most firms start their recruitment cycle within the first few months of term and you will need to balance interviews and course workload effectively.

The programmes at the Business School are demanding, but if you are successful, you will graduate with a degree that is highly desirable among employers.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Never stop learning – always strive to further develop yourself by broadening your knowledge.

What is your current role?

Managing Director, 2H Offshore Engineering

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I consider my time doing the Executive MBA as the hardest and also most fulfilling 2 years of my ‘student’ life. I learnt a lot and this helped me grow to my current position. I really would like to give something back to Imperial College, and I believe the AAB to be a good place to help promote the School, and share my experience.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?
While you get better insight with experience, you never stop learning. I enjoy being able to discuss and share knowledge with other peers coming from multiple background, industries and disciplines. The relationships developed also during my time at the Business School are also very important to me and I believe those are shared values across the School.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
Our MBA trip to China was memorable. The lectures were enlightening and we took an extra week while in China to travel around with other students. What a great time!

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?
Learning to think strategically, looking at the big picture and how to address it.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?
The actual content of the MBA course could be found in 8-10 selected books. However, the key learnings of the Business School is a combination of sharing different experiences and friendship with other students, lecturers and alumni. The networking generated out of this will last a lifetime and for me is a strong consideration for joining the Business School.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?
Be curious, do not stop learning and growing. This is a stepping stone to developing the confidence needed to do what will make you happy.

You can contact Yann via email.

What is your current role?

Executive Director, BiOZEEN

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

To contribute back to my college that put me on the road to success. Interaction across disciplines is the biggest strength at Imperial and alumni insights can be valuable resources for the school as it charts its future strategies. As an Advisory Board member, I will be able to voice current trends, suggest ways to engage with the student community, and contribute to furthering the interest of the business school around the world.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

The alumni network at Imperial is an ecosystem of successful yet supportive people. You get to engage across industries, geographies and many are close friends. The faculty is brilliant with many of them leading outstanding research initiatives; and they are always ready to give their valuable insights.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

Networking over lunch at the senior common room – The friends I have made across specializations and nationalities, and the discussions we have had from science to business to spirituality!

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Leveraging the strength of individuals. The several team course works at Imperial inspired creative leadership.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Great managers and companies are born when business knowledge translates ideas into value propositions. Learning business at a school that pushes the frontiers of research in engineering and sciences will provide ample opportunities to see ideas convert into favourable economics. If the number of companies born out of research ideas excites you, then this is the place to be. The international student and staff community at Imperial is an advantage in today’s globalized world.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Identify your purpose and develop your career around it. Plan a pathway to your purpose and focus on the technical, presentation and people skills to make a positive impact.

Vibin Joseph

What is your current role?

After my retirement from BASF as a Senior Vice President in 2015, I founded, and serve as Chairman of, Bee Associates as a non-profit driven Sustainability and Management Consultancy Platform for SMEs in China.

I serve also as member of the Presidium of the United Nation Global Compact China Network and as advisor to its City Programs for Sustainable Development.

I am a senior advisor to Sinochem International, and consultant to a number of SMEs.

Why did you want to be on the AAB?

I spent 4 years in Imperial College, which has shaped my entire life, and I simply want to find a way to pay back.   I want to be able to connect Imperial College and the Business School with China’s development particularly in the area of sustainability and innovation.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

I like to connect up a large and fast developing economy of China with the Business School research and management theories, and its alumni network to create common shared values for the society.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I studied my Master degree in the Department of Social and Economic Studies in 1978, prior to the formation of the Business School.  However, the said department was ultimately merged into the Business School.  My fondest memory was the setting of my post-graduate department, as it was very small, one of those old Victoria buildings opposite the current Business School along the Exhibition Road, its was like a family.  And also I was privileged to engage as part-time helper to the Central Library.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

It gave me great inspiration on respecting stakeholders and imprinting the fundamentals of societal and economic principles, which subsequently developed as the triple bottom line.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Business should be built on the right business ethics and values while embracing continuous changes in the business model of accomplishing the result. Business is also the best lever to realise scientific and engineering innovation.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

You must like what you are doing.  If you haven’t found your interests yet, explore any relationship between what you are learning academically with the society.  Look for what you can offer as a solution to societal and environmental issues.

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What is your current role?

Owner of Smartpitch, and Worksite Technology Limited.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

Completing the MBA, you become part of a group of people that has an enduring respect for one another. This respect has, for me, led to some lasting business relationships and close friendships.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Don’t be afraid of change. Grab every opportunity to try something different. Exploring the possibilities will help you discover what you’re best at and what you most enjoy.

What does success mean to you?

Choose your own measures of success, not other peoples, and make space in your life for achieving them. I’ve always been a strong advocate that your career, should, above all else be something you enjoy. Success will follow.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

Knowing that whatever we all went on to do, the experience enriched our lives. That we have all been braver with our careers since.

What is your current role?

Founder, Honor Cycles

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I am passionate about entrepreneurship, and I am always looking for opportunities to invest my experience and learning back into the startup community. By remaining active in the community, I keep abreast of which top universities and business schools are starting different initiatives to drive entrepreneurship and innovation.

As an alumnus of the Imperial Business school, I would like to contribute my experience, expertise and networking skills to help Imperial continue leading innovation and entrepreneurship and maintain its position in technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I have extensive experience in entrepreneurship, digital startups and hardware startups. I am confident that I can make significant contributions in those areas. I do not encounter Imperial Business School alumni often in my field. I would love to further engage with alumni in the tech startup field and collaborate with them to promote Imperial.

Since China has become another important hub for innovation, especially for hardware and Internet of Things startups, I have been building strong connections there. I would love to help any groups interested in entrepreneurship, fundraising or the Chinese/Asian market.

I can also help Imperial provide better career services and employer outreach by helping our students engage with tech startups and companies.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I always enjoyed a nice pint of beer in the Queens Gate pub after a long team project discussion.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

I’ve learned that I should not be afraid to be ambitious. Imperial helped me to build my confidence and ignite my entrepreneurial flair. I am willing to take more risk for the ventures I am involved in.

What is your current role?

Management Consultant at KPMG.

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I really enjoyed my time at Imperial College Business School and I wanted to maintain my connection by becoming part of the Alumni Advisory Board. I made such great friends from within my cohort, that I also wanted to meet people from across other years, whilst giving back to the School.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

It’s great to hear what other people have achieved since leaving the Business School, and it’s a strong reminder that I should continue to push myself and make sure I’m putting my knowledge in to practice.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

My Global Experience Week in South Africa and Botswana was amazing. On no other occasion could I have had the opportunity to visit a diamond mine and experience the huge scale of the mine, where dumper trucks, whose tyres were three times my height, looked like tiny Lego toys when looking down in to the depths of the mine from the top.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

I learnt that I can make time for the things that are important to me, and that with the right approach you can juggle work, relationship and friendship commitments.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Don’t believe some of the myths; you can make the MBA work for you and it will be a life-changing experience.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Make sure you don’t pigeon hole yourself and impose your own glass ceiling. Talk to the right people and find a sponsor, if necessary, who can open doors and help support you in getting to the next level.

What is your current role?

I head up the International Sales Strategy division at Deliveroo, covering 10 countries across EU and APAC. More specifically, I look after the Commercial Strategy and Sales tools customisation and adoption, across our International Sales teams.

Why did you want to be on the AAB?

My experience while at Imperial College Business School was overwhelmingly positive. I am very keen to help shape the future development of the School.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I believe it is very important to share your experiences with current students, as it is a meaningful way to contribute to the Imperial College community. At the same time, the stronger the connection of the alumni network, the higher the impact when representing the School to future students.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I actually have two. The first one was during induction week. We had just been split into our study groups, and were asked to build one of London’s landmarks. We built the Royal Albert Hall from a pumpkin. The second one was during our Consulting project. We did a project for Tata Consulting, which was very hands-on, and gave us a taste of what life in a consulting firm looks like.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Working with multi-cultural groups was definitely one of the most valuable lessons I took from my time at the Business School. It is very important to be aware of the dynamics when working in an international environment, with cross-functional groups that are not under your direct management.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

I would highly encourage prospective students to take advantage of the Careers and Professional Development team services from day one. The resources they have and the alumni network they can connect you to are invaluable.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

What I learnt early on in my career was to fight for the things I want to accomplish rather that wait for them to happen to me. My advice to recent graduates would be to ‘never ask for permission, only for forgiveness’.

You can contact Mathilda via email or LinkedIn.

What is your current role?

Financial Analyst, Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I am extremely passionate about giving back to the School after having been so marked by the many extraordinary people I interacted with during my time at Imperial College. I am determined to be one of those that play a role in maintaining the first class experience I received. I believe the alumni community is an incredible asset and resolved to contribute to the strengthening of this base globally. I equally want to help drive an agenda in which gender equity is paramount in forging lasting relationships with our alumni and am keen to offer my skills to help shape a strategy that will meet the needs of future alumni generations.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

From a professional perspective, having secured a summer internship, and then a full-time offer in banking, I am well placed to understand the facilities and on-going support the Business School offers (notably the Careers Service) which I am delighted to help raise awareness for. I also draw upon their excellent facilities and materials to continue my education and development, but equally to explore career options and solicit advice. The Business School hosts a number of finance related (and many more) events and panel discussions that are fascinating to attend and excellent networking opportunities, which help me broaden my network and stay in contact with fellow alumni. By maintaining an active connection to the Business School I also derive a sense of being able to give back to such a wonderful institution by attending various events as a panellist and networking sessions as an alumni ambassador, as well as helping applicants and students with questions.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I was one of the Social Representatives for my stream, and had spent the entire year cementing relationships with a wide range of Business School students. The culmination was our end of year ball which we organised for months and spent countless hours planning. The resourcefulness, spirit of collaboration and teamwork in pulling it all together left a lasting impression (as well as the after party!). It also helped me realise that many of these friendships would be lifelong connections, while others vital business contacts for the future.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

I am a firm believer in creative abrasion. I have always been inspired by the truly a-typical solutions some of my colleagues, friends and alumni have come up with, all from very different backgrounds, so for me diversity is one of the most important facets of my time at Imperial College. It allowed me to truly understand the importance of and the challenge derived from teamwork and gave me the ability to see the value in conflicting perspectives and adapt my leadership and management style accordingly. Learning the significance of being different also gave me the confidence to speak up, irrespective of my non-business background and to find ways to leverage my transferable skills in a business context and own my edge.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Take on the challenge. The School will allow you to grow in maturity, develop a broad set of skills and enable you to envisage a future path that may be different to your current plan. This is a place that by its academic nature and the breadth of its students will stretch you in ways you perhaps hadn’t considered when writing your application. It will open your eyes to a myriad of different ways of approaching a problem, a solution, and instil a true sense of inclusion and community as well as act as a valuable springboard for an enriching career. It is a melting pot of cultures and academic backgrounds and will enrich your thinking in both an academic and personal context. These connections are invaluable, nurture them during your time at Imperial and beyond.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Keep learning and broadening your skills. Try to find out what you are truly passionate about. Widen your horizon whenever possible, by seeking to continuously jump out of your comfort zone when you become too settled. Capitalize on your personality and key attributes; stay the course (don’t compare yourself to others) and learn to make the most out of opportunities that present themselves (mostly by following your instinct). And don’t forget to help others along the way.

You can contact Bianca by email or connect with her via LinkedIn.

What is your current role?

Compliance Services and Strategy, Barclays

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I really enjoyed my time at the Business School and gained a great deal out of the experience. The Business School continues to go from strength to strength and I wanted to be part of the Alumni Advisory Board so that I could help to shape the direction of the strategy going forward and share insights about the FinTech industry that I work in.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

Maintaining your connection with the Business School and the Alumni Network means that you have access to fantastic facilities and resources as well as an amazing network of talented people to help you continually learn and develop your career.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

Meeting and working with a group of like-minded people from a number of different backgrounds and industries who were looking to learn and take on new challenges.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

That you can do anything in your career if you really want to and you put your mind to it. Completing an MBA enabled me to think outside the box and not limit myself to a specific career path.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Really make the most of every opportunity. The Business School has great facilities and resources that you are able to take advantage of. Also take the opportunity to build some good networks which will endure long after you have completed the course.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Always be looking for new challenges and do not be afraid to take risks in your career as it is the only way that you truly develop and grow.

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Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

The Executive MBA years have been the most formative period in my life so far and I felt like I wanted to give something back to Imperial College.What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I try to participate in as many events organised by Imperial College as possible. It’s a tremendous opportunity to stay connected with a broad range of alumni in different industries and exchange ideas and insights. Some of the Imperial Alumni are also very close friends.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

The night before the deadline for the IE&D project we had been working overnight in the central library to complete the assignment. I still have a picture in my phone of the four of us sitting outside the library at dawn, super tired but happy.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

I decided to do the Executive MBA because I wanted to add business knowledge to my background combination of user-focused approach, technical know-how and creative flair. Two courses stood out in particular: accounting and negotiation. I believe they were the two most important of the entire programme and what I’ve learnt is still helping me today.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

The Executive MBA is an extremely powerful tool. It will change forever the way you see the business you work in and also shape the way you see yourself, stretching your threshold of stress and fatigue to unprecedented levels. But as with any tool, it really makes the difference only if you use it in the right way. So my advice would be: have a vision when you start, and never give up until you succeed.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Never stop being curious and keep learning new things. To survive the coming decades, let alone thrive, we need to recognise that learning is a lifetime pursuit.

What is your current role?

Head of Fixed Income & Currencies (FIC) Cross Border Solutions, Markets – Institutional Client Group Asia at Deutsche Bank

What is your current role?

Principal Strategy Consultant, Statoil

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

Since completing my MBA I have been fairly active attending and contributing to several events organised by Imperial College Business School. Following these positive and personally enriching experiences I realised that being part of the Alumni Advisory Board would be a great opportunity to act as an ambassador for the Business School and to share my expertise and support to further contribute to the development of the Business School and the alumni network whilst strengthening the links with the industry and fellow alumni.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I enjoy being with people, sharing my experience and learning from others. This is something that I have been able to do through my connection with the Business School and the alumni network. Such connection is also a great way to network and meet new people.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

The study trip to China, where we visited Beijing and Shanghai was an amazing experience, still vivid in my memory. The trip provided the amazing opportunity to learn about China from a business and cultural perspective while having fun and strengthening the bond with my cohort.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

I would say working with such a diverse group of people, culturally and professionally. It allows you to experience different team dynamics and learnings. Understanding who you work with and be open to listen to different views and perspectives can only enrich the outcome of a team work!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

If you are considering learning from great minds and working with people from all corners of the world, this is the place to be! Studying at the Business School will also give you the great opportunity to challenge yourself and to grow as an individual.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Be open to changes and be ready to embrace them. There could be new and exciting opportunities where you least expect them to be.

You can contact Andrea by email or connect with him via LinkedIn.

What is your current role?

Director, High Yield Capital Markets at Credit Agricole CIB

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

Over the last few years and as I continue to progress in my professional career and personal life, I have developed a strong and growing interest to get more involved, contribute and give back in ways I can. There is a plethora of ways to contribute, but getting directly involved and bringing experience from the industry back to the Business School seems to me enormously beneficial and something I would truly enjoy doing.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

The benefit of interacting with bright and successful individuals from a variety of industries, sharing experiences, challenging and guiding each other as well as exploring opportunities, collaborations and new ideas.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

It has to be the sleepless nights studying before the exams, and the ‘reward’ kebab down the road from the campus!

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Being amongst smart and hardworking people will motivate you and challenge you to be better. You fuel yourselves through each other’s ambitions and goals.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Studying at Imperial College Business School provides you with both the advantage of being in a top school in terms of academics and innovation and also the benefit of living in London, a global metropolis and one of the few cities to combine culture, history and great social life while being a top financial and business centre with countless opportunities. It is up to you to make the most out of both..!

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Building strong and lasting relationships. Relationships that are built through trust and mutual respect will help you get far in life and are truly essential if you have ambitions in your professional career.

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What is your current role?

Director and Founder of My Marketing Communications Ltd

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I undertook the MBA in order to switch careers from science into business and marketing. The course and name of Imperial College enabled me to do so.  I would like to give back to the Business School in acknowledgement of helping me achieve this career goal.  Also I thoroughly enjoyed my time as Vice President of the (early) MBA Alumni association and have noted with increasing pleasure the direction the Alumni Advisory Board has taken over the years. I remain passionate about what it can do for the Business School, for its students and alumni.

In recent years through One Young World I have worked closely with millennials and have developed an understanding of their desire, for change in society and in business, and their belief that technology is a key enabler in helping them achieve the changes they seek.  So I am interested to explore how the School will meet the unique needs of these young people in the future and to offer my experience and skills to improve theirs.

Those alumni who graduated around the same time as myself, are seeking new directions in their careers; some into entrepreneurship, some into greater social business ventures, some a completely new career path.  I am keen to explore how the AAB is supporting such transitions and what more can be done to help and re-engage them with the School.  A lot has been achieved already and I am sure much is planned by the School. I am also keen to explore what more can be done for those alumni who now live overseas. All this to encourage greater success for, and stronger engagement by some of these “older” alumni, who I am sure have more to give in supporting the School’s ambitions and that of their fellow alumni.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I have met and retain fantastic relations with people from my course, through my involvement on the early Alumni Association Board. I have also had great access to continuing education and support through completing a Brand Marketing Course, and using the excellent Careers and Professional Development Service.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

My fondest memory is the team competition to transport a bucket of water around an obstacle course, including over a high wire, in the shortest time trying not to spill anything. It was the first opportunity to see this innovative, fun, collaborative and supportive group of talented students work together. That inventive team spirit was echoed throughout the year and left a lasting impression.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Be passionate about what you do and the people you work with.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Be prepared to work hard and learn a lot. The knowledge gained will help you as you embark on the next phase of your career. However the people you meet and the connections you make will be important throughout your life so work hard to build and maintain those relationships both at the School and beyond. They are invaluable.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Focus on what you are truly passionate about, and keep learning. The MBA teaches you about business and just as importantly gives you the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and different industries. Use this time to work out what you really enjoy doing and afterwards continue to take every opportunity throughout your career to keep learning, exploring and growing.

What is your current role?

Lead Principal, Real World Evidence Solutions and HEOR at IQVIA

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I wanted to use my experiences gained since completing my Masters to benefit the Business School.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Business School. What has stayed with me is how motivated people were to succeed. The business plan competition showcased this whilst highlighting the importance of teamwork and the value of diversity in teams.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Prior to attending Business School I had no business experience and a background in healthcare. The Business School gave me the confidence to succeed in the commercial environment by approaching problems in a different way, irrespective of your background.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Studying at the Business School is like being in a living petri dish where you can meet people from diverse industries and backgrounds with a similar outlook as you. It will challenge and enrich your thinking in ways which will surprise you, I would encourage anyone to make the most of this.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Try to continually stretch yourself, stay engaged, ensure you are growing personally and gaining skills over time. You’ll get lots of advice along the way, ultimately do what you feel is right for your career.

What is your current role?

COO of innovative healthcare solution, I also have my own consulting and advisory firm for high growth start-up companies.

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I really enjoyed my time at Imperial College Business School and I thought that this would be a great way to stay in touch and being part of the community. I also thought that my experience and skills could benefit the School and its alumni and that I could give back this way.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

The value that I get is being part of a large group of ingenious and like-minded individuals. It is fantastic for networking, but also for exchanging and validating ideas and socialising. Actively maintaining connection with the School really makes you feel like being part of a community.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

There were a few great moments, but from me the most memorable was the international business tour. I was lucky enough to take part in two of them one to China and the other to South America. I had never been to China before so for me it was fascinating exposure to both the business eco-system and the Chinese culture.
I had been to both Argentina and Chile a couple of times before, however during this tour I was exposed to other aspects of these countries and I was able to get a different perspective. Above all the tour was fun, we got the chance to socialise a lot and to really get to know each other and build relationships with my fellow students which will be with me for life.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

The quality of studies in the Business School is superb. I was particularly interested in developing my entrepreneurial skills and benefited immensely from the IED project (Innovation, entrepreneurship and design) which gave me hands-on experience in commercializing business ideas, some of the tools that I received from this course help me today with my entrepreneurial career. I also learnt the value of networking and participating in extracurricular activities and societies.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Joining Imperial College Business School is a great investment, in terms of time and also financially. Before you join think to yourself what do you want to get from your time at the School. Being focused on what you want whether in terms of career or self-development is very important. There are many societies and extracurricular activities on offer which provide excellent opportunities to network, to get exposure and hands-on experience. As a summary I would say, be inquisitive, curious and proactive.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

A key consideration would be to really think to yourself what do you enjoy doing? Most of us will spend many years in our careers and it is vital that it is going to be something that gets you up in the morning when the going gets tough.  Another consideration to take is to approach yourself as a brand and think to yourself what my added value is, and what is my unique selling proposition? What am I good at and what I would like to be remembered for? Networking and socialising is also a very important part in your career development, make time to network and do not be afraid to ask for help.

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