Reem Assi

MSc International Health Management 2010

Reem Assi

Programme: MSc International Health Management 2010

Nationality: Lebanese

Undergraduate: BSc Business Management, Lebanese American University, Beirut

Employment prior to studying at the Business School: Executive Administrator/Representative and Procurement Officer at Hopital Libano-Francais, Lebanon.

Employment after studying at the Business School: Intern in Social Media, Zakat House

Why did you choose to study the MSc International Health Management and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

My aim to develop myself professionally in order to become an expert in this field, as well as to broaden my understanding of global health issues, led me to undertake an MSc in International Health Management. The blend of business and health-oriented courses, along with the reputable name and ranking of Imperial College London in Europe, attracted me to this particular programme.

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

Network, network, network from the beginning of the academic year! Make use of the presentations and guest speakers that Imperial College Business School offers on a regular basis. This will enhance your knowledge and build a momentum in your future job hunt, as well as boost your communication skills and networks.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School? / What do you miss most from your days at the Business School?

Making friends from different countries was awesome. Working in teams was challenging yet rewarding. I mostly miss the celebrations after hard work.

How has the Business School helped develop your career? (If you have changed career since completing your studies, we would particularly like you to answer this question)

Coming from a hospital management background to the health sector, I learnt about health systems and policies worldwide, along with their political manoeuvres that do not always serve in the best interest of the general public. This awareness brought me closer to charity and international development principles and values, an area in which I am very keen to have a continuing impact.

How did you benefit from the services provided by the Business School’s Career and Professional Development Services Team?

Attending multiple career advice sessions and professional development workshops helped me to further build my transferable skills and pay attention to my weaknesses.

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

It has been a challenge as well as opportunity as well for me to intern in social media, an area in which my experience was previously just as a user. I have gained knowledge and practice in different media analytics programmes that help boost and manage user traffic and content. I am currently working on a research project to measure the effect of U.S. post 9/11 counter-terrorism laws on charities in the west, and how that burdened their ability to operate aid in the world’s poorest countries. The best part about my current internship is that it is in the third sector, a field I am keen to continue to work in.

How do you stay connected with others from your Business School alumni network?

The Business School’s Alumni Relations Office arranges alumni get-togethers every few months which I always enjoy attending. I am also a member of the Business School’s group for alumni on LinkedIn.

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

Being an active alumnus is important to me. It enables me to stay in touch with people from different industries and sectors, builds my network and keeps me in the loop for any prospective ideas and opportunities.