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The London Business School student views blog is written by a cross section of the London Business School student community. Its purpose is to give an insight into the vibrant culture, activities and experiences of the community. We welcome your feedback! (Please note that comments will be reviewed by the site administrator prior to publishing). The contributing authors on this site are all members of the London Business School community. The opinions expressed here are their own, and are not reviewed or edited in advance by anyone but the individual authors. Neither London Business School nor any other party necessarily agrees with them.


Daniel

Daniel Class: EMBA (London) 2013
Nationality:
German
Occupation before London Business School:
Software Sales Lead at IBM
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school:
Spend as much time as you can with the people you love, you’ll be asking a lot of them during the MBA.
About me:
Extensive experience in consulting and system integration projects for multinational enterprise clients. Currently leading software accounts and bringing technology-led solutions to market. Entrepreneurial background in multimedia technology start-ups. Developed patents for adaptive mobile phone technology. Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Dominik

Dominik Class: EMBA (London) 2014
Nationality: Polish
Occupation before London Business School: Chemical Engineer – Project Coordinator
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: before you start writing an application, ask yourself what are your future goals and ambitions.
About me: Chemical engineer with cross-functional experience in industrial operations including optimization, process design and troubleshooting of world scale production units. Lead multinational teams on the global cost saving project and generated multimillion cost savings for the leading chemical and pharmaceutical company. Currently responsible for the management of the 100M € investment project.

Elizabeth

Class: EMBA (London) 2011
Nationality: American
Occupation before London Business School: Self-employed as a consultant
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Make sure you are clear on why you doing this and what it will change for you.
About me: I’m a full-time executive at the Economist Intelligence Unit and a part-time EMBA student. I live in London with my husband and our two daughters.

Gonzalo

Class: EMBA (London) 2015
Nationality: Peruvian
Occupation before London Business School: Engineer
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: The GMAT is a test of will not of skill
About me: I have been living in the UK for around 5 years (Lancaster and London) after 25 and a bit in Peru. I currently live in NW London with my girlfriend in a flat affectionately known as “The Cone” (nothing related to shape, see Correction by Thomas Bernhard for origins). Interested in slow walks, quiet conversations, some pubs, new primal recipes, and the odd book (although some old friends may find this all peculiar). Last time I was asked about life goals I answered: to have a family, to complete my education and to live in Asia.

Heather

Class: EMBA (London) 2012
Nationality: South African
Occupation before London Business School: Founder and MD, TopLine Communications
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Never put metal in a microwave.
About me: I am founder and managing director of TopLine Communications, a B2B PR and social media consultancy based in London. Besides the EMBA, other hobbies include talking about myself and my company, finding ways to include subliminal references to my cat Klaus in business copy, stalking potential clients on LinkedIn and blogging on the B2B guide to social media (which I also like to promote).


Jaspreet

Jaspreet Class: EMBA (London) 2014
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: Software Development Manager
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be sure what you want to get out of B School before applying.
About me: I was born and brought up in India. Having graduated from IIT Delhi, I settled in London where I got opportunity to work in software development for various prestigious business houses spanning multiple sectors such as energy, utilities and telecommunications. Currently, I manage a suite of mission critical IT applications for a Telecom operator by heading a medium size global distributed team. I am entrepreneurial minded and my passion for innovation and improvements have helped to improve the IT systems and processes of the organisations helping them save over a million pounds.

Maria

Class: EMBA (London) 2012
Nationality: Bulgarian
Occupation before London Business School: Senior Communications Consultant, Sermelo
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself when writing the application essays.
About me: I am a senior communications professional with seven years experience in project managing global and UK multimedia integrated campaigns, spanning stakeholder engagement, internal communications, issues management, website communications and media relations. My philosophy is that excellence is not only about skills, but also about attitude and the unrelenting passion for learning and progress. I love good music, good food and getting to know people. One of my favourite shows is South Park so in the MBA spirit, here is some economics advice from Eric Cartman: “Don’t you know the first law of physics? Anything that’s fun costs at least eight dollars!”

Nav

Nav Class: EMBA (London) 2014
Nationality: Indian/British Permanent Resident
Occupation before London Business School: Project Manager
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: ‘Enjoy’ the process and you will definitely be successful.
About me: An Independent Consultant who started my own consulting company at the peak of the recession in autumn 2008. Project Manager who specialises in implementing Financial, HR and Procurement Back Office systems for public and private sector clients. Parent of a 2-year old daughter and a semi-experienced blogger -created a blog for future parents sharing the birthing experience of our daughter’s birth (http://www.newdaddiary.com)

Poonam

Class: EMBA (Dubai) 2014
Nationality: Indian
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: When writing your essays, show your true self. Do not write your essays to impress adcom but write your essays to give a true picture about your strengths, accomplishments, failures, struggle and your desire to do MBA/EMBA.
About me: I am IT professional and an Entrepreneur. I worked in the IT industry for 13 years with IBM being my last company. I started 3 new ventures in 4 years in different industries. I am into IT, hospitality, retail and event management.

Rajen

Class: EMBA (London) 2012
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: CEO, One Cause UK; Vice President, Deutsche Bank
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be clear on why you are doing this and be prepared for a 20 month roller-coaster ride!
About me: I was born in Mombasa, Kenya and have been living in the United Kingdom for the past 11 years. I work for an investment bank and run an educational charity (One Cause UK) that runs projects in Uganda and India. Travelling is my passion – I have worked in Japan, Germany, South Africa, UAE, Qatar, Austria, India and Uganda so far…. and more to come if I have my way!

Ronald

Class: EMBA (London) 2011
Nationality: Australian, British
Occupation before London Business School: Technical Solutions Manager, IBM
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Know what you want to get out of the programme because there will be very hard choices ahead.
About me: Born in Australia and raised in Australia and Hong Kong, I love food and Formula 1 racing. I have spent 10 years at IBM in both Australia and U.K. My background is engineering, however I have broaden the skills to architecture, service management and business development. I’m interested in disruptive technologies, start-up tech companies, mergers and acquisitions and for a fresh batch of olive tear and shares to come out of the oven.