Sri Prakash Pathmanathan

Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I had a lot of technical leadership experiences in the Telecommunications industry, and I chose the Executive MBA program to help develop my commercial leadership experience (inclusive of marketing, financial management).

I chose the Imperial Executive MBA due to its excellent reputation and emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?

I would recommend researching the course requirements as it requires tremendous commitment and it is essential to get support from your company (even if they are not sponsoring you). Saying that, the reward from completing this course will far exceed the effort you will be putting in and hence I would sincerely recommend it.

How did you find living in London?

I grew up in London (Wimbledon) and London is wonderful with something for everyone – be it theatres, restaurants, parks. With its excellent transport network it possible to live here without the need for a car.

What was the Business School community like?

The staff are all wonderful and extremely helpful and always available to take questions. And the careers support should be noted as outstanding, with it available even after graduation. Additionally there are numerous clubs available within the Business School to help budding entrepreneurs, and potential future leaders of industry.

What was a typical day the Business School like?

Typically lectures start at 9:00am and finished at 6:00pm with an hour lunch. As we only visit the School twice a month, the day always starts in great spirits as my cohort is close to each other – without exception. It is a tough long day, but I have found the quality of lectures excellent throughout my time at the Business School, and I can honestly say I did not find a single boring lecture during my stay!

Once lectures finish, there is a lot of socialising amongst the class, usually starting at one of the many student bars and then moving onto some of the wonderful restaurants in South Kensington.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?

My new role has exposed me to the commercial side of the Sharp Telecommunication’s business, and I have been given a free-hand with the budget, thus giving me tremendous opportunity to structure and shape the direction that the company will head towards in the medium term.

My biggest challenge has been networking with potential customers, gauging their interests and providing bespoke solutions for them.

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you? What value do you get out of your connections with the Business School and your fellow alumni?

The alumni network is a valuable source of knowledge with opportunities to access skilled individuals using the College banner. For example I was aware of one of my colleagues having some legal questions and he was fortunate to get some valuable help from a fellow alumnus who was a lawyer by profession.

Have you volunteered at the Business School since you graduated?

I have not volunteered since graduation, however during my time in the College I was involved in many open days for prospective students. I would like to help with future open days. The Business School has given me a wonderful experience over two years and this is my way of thanking the School and helping it grow further.

Nationality: British

Undergraduate education: M-Eng in Electronics Engineering Design, King’s College London

Job prior to Imperial College Business School: Project Lead/Engineering Lead, Sharp Telecommunications of Europe Ltd

Employment after studying at the Business School: Head of Business Development, Sharp Telecommunications of Europe Ltd