Meet five of our new Student Ambassadors from the Global Online MBA class of 2017-19. These students join Imperial College Business School from all over the world, including Russia, Nigeria and beyond. Find out more about these student ambassadors and their favourite part of the Global Online MBA induction week in London.

Mohamad El OmarMohamad El Omar

Job title: Sub-contracting Procurement Manager

Organisation: KONE Corporation

Location: Nice, France

Nationality: Lebanon/France

Born and raised in Lebanon, Mohamad El Omar moved to France at age 18 to pursue his higher education in mechanical engineering. As the Sub-Contracting Procurement Manager for KONE France, he is responsible for the sub-contracting development as well as managing a nine-person team.

Relocating internationally, including a year spent in the United States for a student exchange project, has enabled Mohamad to celebrate diversity and embrace new cultures with ease. He hopes that studying the Global Online MBA programme will further develop his understanding of how culture impacts the way of thinking in the business environment.

The induction week was a great experience; Imperial is a great place to be and I felt privileged spending time with brilliant people from across the globe. Believe it or not, one week was more than enough to make new friendships that will last long!

Tega ErhiwhaTega Erhiwha

Job Title: Power Plant Project Superintendent

Organisation: Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL Free Zone)

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Falling in love with physics and mathematics in high school and excelling at his university studies in Electrical Engineering, Tega has spent the past five years in various fields in energy and engineering.

As a Power Plant Superintendent at LADOL Free Zone, Tega works on large-scale multi-billion dollar projects including power plants, water reticulations and more. His interest in this work has motivated him to drive his career in the direction of entrepreneurship in the power and gas industry. Tega has decided to pursue an MBA to achieve this goal.

My experience can be described in one word: awesome! This is one of the few words that can describe sitting in a class filled with over 60 professionals, from 25 countries for five days. During the induction week, I had the opportunity to bond and learn the cultures of both students and faculty. Moreover, if you are introverted like me, you are sure to spring out of your shell, as there are out of classroom activities such as dinners and cocktail parties that provided an opportunity to network actively.

Vera KovalevaVera Kovaleva

Job Title: Senior Manager

Organisation: Deloitte & Touche CIS

Location: Moscow, Russia / Kazakhstan

Nationality: Russia

With 11 years of career experience, Vera currently holds the position of Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche CIS. She began her career working at KPMG in the Risk Advisory Department before moving into fraud investigations in 2008. Vera now leads a project at an oil and gas major in Kazakhstan.

With the help of the Global Online MBA, Vera hopes to better understand the direction of her personal development path and learn the techniques and skills that will quickly take her to that next level.

The induction week was a breath of fresh air to me. I really liked to meet the programme team who were doing their best to make our experience great, and, of course, the cohort – motivated professionals, vocal, intelligent and nice people. It inspired me and made me feel proud of being part of the community.

KM LauKM Lau

Job Title: Sales and Operation Planning Manager

Organisation: APRIL Group

Location: Singapore

Nationality: Malaysia

KM Lau has come to Imperial College Business School with the ambition to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. After beginning his career as a hands-on drilling field engineer, he moved to a junior managerial role which opened his eyes to the realm of business and the new skill set that comes along with it.

After spending five years working in operation execution and management environments in Saudi Arabia, he developed his management consulting skill for three years in South East Asia. He has also worked in business development functions and country sales management roles for another three years before moving to his recent job as Sales and Operation Planning Management role at the APRIL Group.

It was a great week for me. I had the opportunity to meet open-minded people with experiences from various backgrounds.

Polly YeungPolly Yeung

Job title: Associate Director, Global Reporting & Analytics COE

Organisation: Ernst & Young US

Nationality: China/Hong Kong

With 16 years’ experience in commercial finance, Polly has worked with Ernst & Young for half that time. Having recently secured a position with the company in a new global role involving analytics and reporting, she is ultimately planning on becoming a global finance executive with the help of the Global Online MBA.

Having accumulated first-hand business insights, tactful problem-solving techniques and diverse cultural experiences across industries, Polly is on ‘a quest for advanced knowledge’ and hopes to learn the latest business research theories and state-of-the-art analytics.

Coming from a strong finance background that will spark inspiration and innovation in her cohort, Polly believes that her studies at Imperial will equip her with the skills and confidence required to advance her career.

The on-campus induction week was energising and engaging. All cohorts were excited about the new learning journey, the networking opportunity and the on-campus experience in South Kensington. The knowledge exchange and activities were mind-provoking and motivating.