Anneclaire van Not graduated from MSc International Health Management in 2013 and went on to work as a Healthcare & Life sciences Consultant at DXC and then Researcher at Leading Edge Forum. She was recently awarded the ‘WeAreTheCity’ Rising Star in Technology Award 2017 for her work on health innovation and optimising patient flow. Here she talks about her time at the Business School and how it helped her prepare for more strategic roles in healthcare.
Current work experience
What do you enjoy most about your current work and what are the main challenges that you face?
I love my job as an Innovation Specialist for Cancer Research UK. It is the perfect balance between making an impact (beating cancer sooner), using my technological and creative skills as well as leveraging the inquisitive and critical thinking I developed at Imperial College Business School and during my previous work with the Leading Edge Forum. Plus, they provide lots of opportunity for personal development and have a great culture. The main challenge is that there are not enough hours in the day!
How did it come about that you were nominated as a Rising Star?
My manager and several colleagues nominated me for the award because of the work I had been doing at both DXC and the Leading Edge Forum prior to joining Cancer Research, focusing on health innovation and optimising patient flow across care systems as well as delivering digital skills training to executives. I was very honoured and excited to be nominated.
The awards were entered by 1,250 individuals and were judged by a panel of 33 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. It was incredible to find out I won the Rising Star Award for the Technology category.
Studying MSc International Health Management
Why did you choose Imperial College Business School?
I always have been very interested in medicine and healthcare provision from an organisational and strategy perspective. The MSc International Health Management course gave me a unique opportunity to learn from, and with, the best at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The course modules were highly diverse and challenging and prepared me to take on strategy roles in the healthcare IT and technology sector.
What was the highlight of the programme?
The independent and inquisitive way of thinking and key insights from modules such as Health Informatics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy. It was also wonderful to win the annual programme business plan competition.
What advice would you give to students considering studying the MSc International Health Management?
Go for it and make the most of all the opportunities the Business School and the programme provides. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind experience that will teach you to think differently and give you the tools and skills to progress in the health management field.
What was the Business School community like?
It is a very supportive community filled with clever and critical thinkers that will be friends for life!
The alumni network
Have you volunteered at the Business School since you graduated? Why do you feel it’s important to volunteer your time and experience?
I have volunteered at events for prospective students. I believe it is important to volunteer my time and experience, especially to reach out to prospective students and give them information beyond the brochure and answer any questions they might have.