BSc (Eng) in Computing Science, Imperial College MSc in Foundations of Advanced Information Technology – Imperial College MSc in Foundations of Advanced Information Technology, Imperial College
CTO, Federation One
Chief Information Officer, EMEA Region, Ipsos
Why did you choose to study the Full-Time MBA and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
I always planned to study an MBA, it was just a question of finding the right time to do so. I saw it as a way of increasing my chances of working in a more strategic position within a corporate environment. My background was previously very technical, so this step was almost a pre-requisite in my mind, as I wanted to be in an environment where I can work with senior colleagues as equals, using a language that we both understand.
The choice of business school was not easy, in fact I would go as far as saying that it was agonising. I paid for the MBA out of my own pocket so I wanted to be 100% happy with my choice of school. Having had interviews and offers from 4 business schools, I decided Imperial was the best match for me, due to its location, standing, and focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the Full-Time MBA?
It is very important to have a clear goal about what you want to do once you finish your studies so that you increase your chances of getting a return on your investment. If you start planning before the course begins, you will be better prepared to select the right modules, and start planning your future career early, including applying for a job and going to interviews. It will also help you with the career advice that Imperial provides during the course.
What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School? / What do you miss most from your days at the Business School?
I really enjoyed working in groups with my fellow students. It was a unique experience of people with different backgrounds, knowledge and expertise coming together to work on a project or solve a problem. You realise that there is always another approach or angle you could use.
What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?
Luck helps, but nothing beats hard work
How has the Business School helped develop your career?
My career took off following the course. Whereas previously I was a senior technologist, I am now a senior business person that happens to own the IT function. I am part of the regional management board and therefore involved in the strategic direction of the business.
How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?
The most important element in my mind was the help I got with re-writing my CV, moving away from using technical words, instead using language that showed I can add value as a senior business person.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?
The company I work for relies on the information we produce, manage and present, as well as the innovative products we launch for our clients. Both of these things cannot be achieved without IT. That means my team and I are at the core of the P&L, together with the other functions of the business, we are not just a support function. I enjoy working together with colleagues from outside the IT function to set and execute business strategy, e.g. which product we should prioritise for development keeping in mind the limited resources we have. I do like working with people, so this is the best part of my job.
How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?
By email mostly, although time to time I meet some of them