Bachelor of Commerce, H.R. College of Commerce and Economics
Finance Manager at Marico in Mumbai, India, a listed FMCG company
Executive Director at Indo Global Commercials, Dubai U.A.E.
Saksham already had valuable corporate experience after working for Deloitte and KPMG when he came to Imperial, but his goal was to expand his family’s existing business, based in India. The MSc International Management gave him the opportunity for experiential learning in international business to expand his business on a global scale.
Your time at Imperial College Business School
Why did you choose to study your programme and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?
My career objective is to expand my family’s existing business in India on an international scale, which would need foreign exposure and experiential learning of managing an international business. The modules of MSc programme would teach me the basics of business and management, while the international trips and diverse cohort would challenge me to sharpen leadership skills in culturally diverse environments. Imperial College Business School is a renowned business school with world-class faculty, strong focus on entrepreneurship and the added bonus of living in one the most happening cities of the world.
What was the most important learning point you took with you from the Business School? And the most surprising thing about the programme?
What surprised me the most was how our programme made us introspective and assess our individual/group behaviour across various modules, allowing us to self-reflect and grow continuously. This simple tool helped us extract maximum value from the programme, so it was also the most rewarding thing for me.
What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same programme as you?
I honestly believed that this programme was the most experiential MSc programme across the College and made learning extremely fun for us. My advice would be to give full focus on in-class participation and not to avoid leadership opportunities during group assignments. These challenges would help you prepare for life after graduation.
Tell us about your current job
How has your programme contributed to your career success?
The programme has made me independent and confident in my leadership and business abilities. I have been able to move to another country to work on the expansion of the business internationally.
What do you enjoy most about your current work? And what is your proudest achievement in the job so far?
I have been lucky to be able to build a market presence in 11 new countries for our business in the last year. Building long-term relationships with new suppliers and customers while learning their cultures is one of the most rewarding part of my job. These skills are largely developed while working in diverse groups during the programme’s assignments.
What are the most exciting/difficult challenges facing your sector currently?
My sector (industrial paper and sustainable packaging) is going through a very dynamic phase since COVID-19. As e-commerce deliveries shot up across the globe, there was a boost in demand for recycled paper packaging for replacing plastics. At the same time, the availability of recycled paper reduced as lockdowns created barriers in collection of municipal waste. This demand-supply imbalance adversely affected the market, but has also created fresh opportunities for companies to enter the market or diversify their product lines.
In what way is remaining connected to your alumni network important to you?
The importance of having a network of friends from over 30 countries cannot be stressed enough. I am very sure this network will be an important part of my journey as I travel to different countries and develop business contacts in my industry over the next few decades.