Ayoub Abi Rafeh
Programme:
Full-Time MBA 2019
Nationality:
Lebanese
Undergraduate education:

Bachelor of Engineering, American University of Beirut

Job prior to studying at the Business School:

Supply Chain Project Manager, Henkel

Job after studying at the Business School:

Associate, Aurora Energy Research

Ayoub spent five years living and working in five different cities, switching between two industries, Oil and Gas, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods. He decided it time to expand his theoretical business knowledge, advance his career, and build a lasting network. So he took up the challenge of an MBA at Imperial with the aim of a triple jump change at the end of it. 

Your time at Imperial College Business School

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

The reason I chose Imperial College Business School was due to its people, programme and location. At Imperial, you learn from incredibly talented professionals, and get access to a renowned institution. The programme blends innovation and technology in a community that will help you grow on a personal and professional level. In a central location within the student city of the year, London, which presents the best location to network and explore the latest discoveries in every sector.

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

There are many learning points that you develop throughout the MBA year, on a personal and professional level. I believe I am a different person now on both levels. On a personal level, I learned to prioritise thoroughly, I also learned the importance of a community, and being a small cohort of 83 students you develop a sense of community that is second to none. On a professional level, I learned to network effectively and to work efficiently.

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

Firstly the year passes much faster than you anticipate, and it is crucial to enjoy every moment of it.

Secondly, the best investment you can make, is an investment in yourself. So, do not think twice about doing an MBA, it is exceptional self-investment.

What was the most surprising thing about the programme?

The diversity of the cohort is quite impressive. You sit in the same room with incredible engineers, lawyers, philosophers, artists, entrepreneurs and many more. People who come from all over the world, and who are ready to share their experiences thoroughly.

Tell us about your current job

How has your programme contributed to your career success? 

As with every investment the return is driven by the amount of investment, and MBA is no different. You reap the benefits of what you put in. I joined the MBA programme with the Triple Jump in mind, changing location, function and industry. I wanted to make a switch into the energy industry, specifically renewables, and work in a more business-oriented role, and to live in the UK. The MBA programme helped me reach this target, through the courses, and its network and outreach.

How do you plan to use the skills and knowledge you gained during the programme within your career going forward?

The positive thing about doing an MBA is that the learnings are not short term. You develop personally and professionally through an MBA, and as you advance your career you will come to understand how important the MBA learnings are.  

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

What is great about my current work is that it is very impactful. As part of the commissioned projects at Aurora, I work on projects ranging from transaction to policy advisory, within the energy and power sector. To know that your analysis would impact policy makers regarding climate change and renewables is something incredible, but also very challenging and comes with huge responsibility.  

What is your proudest achievement in the job so far?

I am still relatively new at my job. But so far, my proudest moment has been working on the biggest energy from waste transaction in the UK which was recently executed at more than £4 billion. I am especially proud as this was the first transaction I worked on, and to be able to directly see the impact of your work is something remarkable. 

Alumni community

In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?

This is incredibly important to me, and one of the positives of a relatively small cohort is that you stay connected. The Imperial network spans worldwide, and it is great to know that you can go to almost any corner of the world and you will find Imperial alumni. 

Programme:
Full-Time MBA 2019
Nationality:
Lebanese
Undergraduate education:

Bachelor of Engineering, American University of Beirut

Job prior to studying at the Business School:

Supply Chain Project Manager, Henkel

Job after studying at the Business School:

Associate, Aurora Energy Research