We welcomed 67 students this September to make the new Full-Time MBA class. For one incredible year, these students will undertake their MBA journey to unlock their potential, develop their creative thinking and innovation skills and foster leadership talent in order to make global impact when they graduate.
The new class are a truly global cohort. Representing 29 different nationalities, the class speak 35 different languages between them with two students speaking five languages each. 34% of the class are female.
Assistant Director Hannah Daniels highlights the significance of studying with a varied cohort, “Key to an impactful and transformational MBA experience is being part of a global cohort, the diversity of perspective and experience in the classroom.”
The students make up a highly diverse pre-MBA work community. With an average age of 28, they bring an average of six years’ work experience to the classroom.
Nearly 40% of the class have backgrounds in banking, finance or engineering. A large group of the class has also come from the energy, consumer and IT/Tech sectors as well as the consulting and professional services industry. Some of the employers the students have joined us from include Nomura, Citibank, Samsung, PwC, Rothschild, Ogilvy and Mather, Accenture, KPMG, IBM and Tata Consulting.
While two thirds of the class previously worked in a large corporate, others have joined the programme from small and medium companies, family businesses and their own businesses.
Hannah adds, “I am incredibly excited about this MBA cohort. There is so much ambition and potential. I am looking forward to seeing how they grow both individually and collectively over the next year.”
Andrew Murray, one of our new class of MBA students, is already learning from his fellow classmates. “From my first day at the Business School I have been inspired by the calibre of my classmates,” he said.
“Working every day with a small cohort of talented people from such a diverse range of cultural and professional backgrounds is a privilege and an experience that I am determined to make the most of.”
The class have a varied academic background. 30% of the class have an undergraduate degree in engineering, and nearly a fifth have a business or management degree. Others in the class have degrees in humanities, economics, finance and accounting, computing and law. 19% of the class have a Master’s degree.
With such a range of experiences in the classroom, the first two weeks of induction have been focussed on helping the MBAs get to know each other and form bonds that will support them throughout the year and beyond. The cohort has enjoyed social activities, a leadership and team building away day as well as workshops designed to help them focus on their goals and self-development. During the first week, the MBAs heard from Cath Bishop, Olympic-medal-winning rower and diplomat, who underlined some of the traits successful leadership in her experiences. One of the themes of the year for the class will be resilient leadership, which will include a number of sporting activities held in conjunction with Move Imperial.
New MBA student Vicky Wilson said, “I’m already starting to feel like I’ve known my cohort for months and not weeks! The timetable is now in full swing, with homework assignments, quizzes and readings already piling up; so it is nice to think that we’re now facing the year as a team and not 67 individuals.”
The students have all thought about what they want after the MBA. Almost half of the class are looking to change their sector after their MBA finishes next summer, and one third are aiming to change the country they will work in after completion of the programme. 22% plan to accelerate their career with their current employer post MBA. The class has a distinctly entrepreneurial mindset, with more than a third of the MBAs planning on starting their own business in the future.
Andrew says, “The support I have received from Imperial, along with the location in such a historical and beautiful part of London, makes me very excited about the year ahead.”
Programme Director Professor Andreas B. Eisingerich has high aspirations for the class. “My hope for the Full-Time MBA class of 2016-17 is a simple one – that they will make the world a better place.”
Janaina Stewart-Richardson is from Brazil and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the prestigious IBMEC. Before joining the Imperial MBA she was working as a Senior M&A Analyst for an investment and financial advisory firm in Brazil. After finishing her MBA, she would like to work in the renewable energy and sustainability sector. In Rio de Janeiro, Janaina spent her spare time assisting in a NGO that works with underprivileged Brazilian youth as well as doing outdoor exercise activities.
Andrew Murray is from Ireland and after gaining his law degree, studied for the New York Bar Exam. In 2008, Andrew joined a prominent law firm in Manhattan, advocating in court on a regular basis. He then joined Research Foundation of the City University of New York, where before he joined the MBA he was overseeing the day-to-day operations of the legal department as Deputy Chief Counsel. As he’s grown in his career, he’s experienced organisation-wide challenges and has enjoyed dealing with problems involving strategic and business considerations.
Yvette Hakim attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Before starting her MBA in London, she was a Marketing Strategy Manager for her family’s business Soft Computer, a technology firm creating custom laboratory informations systems for the most innovative hospitals and clinics in North America. After completing her MBA, Yvette will pursue a career in branding and strategy to subsequently return to SCC and launch sales in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Yvette speaks fluent Farsi, is an avid art collector, and as a chef has also invested in a London juice company.
After early business experience in her family’s forestry business, engineer Vicky Wilson graduated from Imperial College with an MSc in Petroleum Geophysics, and has been working in a technical role in the upstream oil and gas industry since graduation. Her career has spanned the full oil and gas life cycle, from exploration to production and operations and after her MBA; she is looking to transition from a technical role into a business strategy role. In her spare time, she loves to ski and enjoys trekking and running.
Claudia Mair studied BA Classics at Cambridge before becoming a headhunter at an executive search firm specialising in senior level corporate affairs appointments, who are sponsoring her through her MBA. After her MBA, she is keen to develop her career with her employer, building on her experience so far combined with new skills and taking advantage of new international opportunities. She is a trustee of her company’s foundation, promoting diversity in the corporate affairs sector. In her spare time, Claudia plays the cello for an orchestra, and has performed in London’s Barbican and Royal Festival Hall.
After graduating from the Lahore University of Management Sciences with a degree in economics, Yasir Sohail has spent his career in a number of business development, supply chain and marketing roles in the petroleum industry in Pakistan. Before joining the MBA as a Chevening Scholar, he was Head of Sales and Supply at the second largest oil group in Pakistan, and hopes to use the MBA to increase his experience in other industries and regions. In his spare time, he enjoys cliff diving and tennis.
Daniel Rose is from Vienna, Austria. After studying business administration at Boston University, Daniel entered the fashion retail industry, managing Abercrombie & Fitch in locations across the US and Germany, opening the first German flagship store as General Manager. He joined his family’s business, Jones Fashion, a leading fashion retailer in Austria, where he was Director of Sales and Online before commencing the MBA. After his MBA, Daniel will assume a strategic role advising brands on marketing, business development and branding. Daniel speaks German, English, Cantonese and French.
Alison Lane is from the USA. An English Literature major at Duke University, she’s spent her career so far in the financial services sector. Most recently at Nomura Securities, she managed Leadership Development and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in the New York office. Post MBA, she’s keen to work in a brand management or consulting role in London. Alison is one of our Forté Foundation Fellows.
Henry Oakes is an entrepreneur who co-founded a gaming company in 2008, taking it from inception through the complete life-cycle to exit in March 2016. He plans to use his MBA experience to become a more analytical entrepreneur and to strengthen his leadership skills before returning to tech startups.
After a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, Suzy McClintock has been working as a producer in film, advertising and most recently television. This involved pitching ideas for TV series and formats to major broadcasters in the UK and US. She is passionate about creative problem solving and wants to use her MBA experience to leverage this talent along with business skills to move into a more strategically focused role in Media, Tech or Consulting. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing, climbing mountains and making films with her friends. Suzy was awarded a Brilliant Minds scholarship.