Andre Akira Kashiwara
Full-Time MBA

Why did you choose to study for a Full-Time MBA and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

I was at that point in my career that I felt I needed help to further expand my ‘general management’ knowledge, especially about the ‘European’ way of doing business and to take some time to think about the next steps in my career. I decided that a full-time MBA would give me that time and equip me with the necessary skill set. Considering how much technology is now part of our lives and the vibrant start-up environment of the city, Imperial College London was an easy choice considering how strong the Business School is in all these areas. And of course London being the biggest economical centre in Europe, it was the perfect option.

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

Network as much as possible. Having coffees with alumni and current students will give you a clear picture of what the Business School can offer you and make you understand if the programme is the right fit for you, meaning meeting your needs, helping you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be in the future.

How did you find living in London?

The most exciting city in the world! You can choose from going to one of the million start-up events available in Shoreditch, to eating amazing food in the Borough Market. No city can offer you that other than London, whatever you want to do, it will be available 24 7.

What was the Business School community like?

The Imperial College Business School community is everything you could ask for and even more. Since the beginning of the admissions’ process I felt welcomed and part of the Business School even before receiving the offer letter. After I’ve arrived I was really impressed by the diversity of the students, just in my cohort alone we had more than 30 different nationalities.

In addition to that, the staff and alumni network help to provide the best experience to the MBA candidates, helping to create a strong sense of belonging – part of a big family.

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

What I enjoy the most about my work is the opportunity to learn different aspects of operations every single day. It is amazing how true Amazon’s motto is: “Every day is Day 1”. After facing the strongest competition from the top MBAs in the world to join Amazon, I’ve never had a day that I could say is the same as the one before, so it is impossible to get bored. The most challenging part of my work is to be able to make quick and effective decisions in such fast-changing environment.

Have you volunteered at the Business School since you graduated?

Since I graduated, I signed up to become a Student Ambassador at events, helping the School to attract more good MBA candidates. I also still act as a Career Representative from my cohort, supporting School staff to interact with my classmates.

As an alumnus, after having experienced some of the best moments I’ve ever had in my life during my MBA journey, giving back to the Business School my time and experience is the least I can do to contribute to its development and to help other students to have the same, or even better experience as I did.

Full-Time MBA 2016
Undergraduate education :

Bachelor in Business Administration from University of Sao Paulo (2004-2008) and Advanced Management studies from Stanford University (2012-2013)

Employment prior to studying at the Business School :

Senior Executive (Director), Misys, a financial software company

Employment after studying at the Business School :

Senior Manager, Worldwide Special Projects, Amazon