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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.

Akansh

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Consultant at Bain & Company
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: B-school is an investment for lifetime – join a school that you really want to attend. Do a thorough research to find that school, and when you do, put your heart and soul into completing that school’s application.
About me: Having grown up in one state in India, studied in another and worked in a range of other Indian states, I have been fortunate to learn about diverse Indian cultures and backgrounds. While pre-MBA work also offered me an opportunity to work with some international clients, I do look forward to experiencing a much wider international opportunity base during and post London Business School. I also hope to continue working towards my passion for social service and philanthropy, badminton and squash, and music and percussion.

Akash

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Senior IT Consultant at TATA Consultancy Services Limited
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Know myself really well and portray the same in the best possible way in the applications.
About me: After spending my first 17 years in India, I went on a voyage to explore new places and meet new people. I travelled to places as varied as Sri Lanka and Nepal for work and for my participation in Football tournaments. I have worked with TATA Consultancy Services Limited, one of the key players in the Indian IT industry, for last 7 years. Have already spent 4.5 years working in London before coming to London Business School and trying to help the fellow students to find cheap places to eat and drink. I have keen interest in sports, travelling, learning new languages, photography and cooking.

Allen

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Don’t underestimate how much time a great application takes to put together – it takes real time to figure out why an MBA is the absolute best next step in your career, why London Business School is the best place in the world for you and why now is the correct point in your career to go to business school.
About me: Originally from Stoke-on-Trent (a city in the UK quite near to Manchester), I studied Business Administration at the University of Bath before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers’ auditing practice in London. Qualifying as an accountant in 2007, I went on to spend almost 3 years with PwC’s Transaction Services team (focusing on financial due diligence in the Financial Services and Real Estate sectors) before entering London Business School’s MBA programme. Away from work I particularly enjoy swimming, running and reading (where I’m a sucker for anything sci-fi related).During my time at London Business School I plan to take full advantage of the unbelievably wide range clubs and communities there are on campus, as well as getting to know the most amazingly diverse and genuinely interesting group of people I’ve ever seen.

Alex

Class: MBA2011
Nationality: Israeli
Occupation before London Business School: Team Manager at Intel (Mobile Wireless Group)
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself
About me: Currently MBA student at the London Business School (Class of 2011). Previously, RT SW Team manager at Intel’s WiFi department (BSc in Computer Engineering). Enjoy inline skating across the city, watching movies and gourmet dinners with my wife.

Alonso

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Mexican
Occupation before London Business School: Venture Capital – Impact Investing
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: “The experience is all about those sitting next to you in class, find the place that has people you want to sit next to.”
About me: Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico.Undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. Background in venture capital as founding member of IGNIA, an impact investing fund focused on Latin America. Avid soccer fan. Wine enthusiast.

Amritha

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Research Scientist in a Biotech start-up
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Talk to as many people as you can come from the community to get a pulse of the place and the values that bind them. And decide if the strengths of the school are aligned with your goals for the future.
About me: Hi there! I’m from India originally, but I spent a good part of my childhood growing up in different parts of the Middle East, and later moving around within India. Before moving to London, I spent about 7 years in the bay area in the US. I am passionate about healthcare and social enterprises. I love traveling, the great outdoors, music and art. And I enjoy cooking and writing. I am inspired by the community of people here at LBS; people who are genuinely interested in learning from others and making a difference. I hope to come out of the next two years with an understanding of how to run a business, to be comfortable with managing teams that are diverse and multi-disciplinary and to have a clearer vision of how to use my skills to make a positive impact.

Ana

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Brazilian
Occupation before London Business School: Environmental Project Manager
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself!
About me: Female, 27 years. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Living the past 4 years in Miami, FL USA and working as a project manager for an environmental consultancy company, which gave me the opportunity to travel to several countries around the world: from Japan to Argentina including several trips to China, Vietnam, Ukraine, Germany, Jordan, Canada… Love sports (all kinds!) and absolutely crazy for the Brazilian soccer team (no matter if winning or losing).

Andrew

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Canadian
Occupation before London Business School: Consultant at Monitor Group
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Make sure this is the right step for you. Don’t apply for the sake of change as it will be readily apparent in your application.
About me: My journey started in Vancouver, Canada where I was born and raised. However, after 17 years of temperate weather, beaches, and mountains adventure called. In 2001 I bundled myself off to Montreal to attend McGill University. While there I spent 6 months on exchange in Vienna, Austria. I graduated in December 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce (and my eventual fiancée). Continuing my Canadian adventure, I moved to Toronto where I began working for the management consulting firm Monitor Group. While a large portion of my time was spent working in the media space (publishing, television, sports, and consumer technology), I also worked on mining, retail banking, asset management, business services, oil and gas, and economic development projects. Over my time there I had the opportunity to work in Canada, the USA, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. However, after four years I decided to seek new adventures and left Toronto for London.Consistently told I am a child at heart, I am insatiably curious, optimistic, friendly, and take pleasure in many of the ‘small’ things in life. I’m an avid learner with a love for reading and travel. I’m fiercely Canadian, stereotypically passionate about poutine and ice hockey. I enjoy both playing and watching sports, particularly football (soccer), rugby, running, and, as mentioned, hockey. Finally, I’m a technophile and media junky (some might call me a geek).To date, my experiences at London Business School have been great. The diverse and interesting experiences of everyone I’ve met have exceeded expectations. I very much look forward to the continued adventure.

Ankeet

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Head of Collections & Recoveries Strategy, Barclays Bank, Dubai
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Enjoy the experience, but do your own thing.
About me: Consumer risk professional; was looking for a change in career. What better means than an MBA and what better place than London Business School. Love to work, play and party hard. Hoping to get the most out of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Avik

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Entrepreneurship (Design games to make finance more intuitive) & Financial Services.
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: I got 2 great pieces of advice, which I would like to share. Firstly, go to a B-School where you will have a lot of fun; you are spending a lot of time and money on the b-school, so might as well have loads of fun. Second, don’t underestimate the impact of studying in a fantastic city, in terms of the opportunities, events, exposure and even to meet up alumni.
About me: An Indian who has flavoured the different parts of India (From Jodhpur, born in Kolkatta, schooled in Delhi, went to college at IIT Kanpur and working for a while in Mumbai). Professionally, I have lived the life of an Investment Banker (Lehman Brothers, Mumbai), been part of the highs and lows of the market as a derivative trader (RBS, London) and experienced the thrills of starting my own firm. Beyond that I love travelling and have travelled extensively in both India and Europe, reading science and historical fiction and interacting with different kinds of people. I am also quite into sports and am a decent swimmer and water polo player and am an avid fan of Manchester United.

Bavan

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Australian
Occupation before London Business School: Strategy Consultant at Booz & Company
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be honest
About me:
I am an erstwhile consultant from Australia, here at business school to get an education, meet some interesting people and have a whole lot of fun.

Carolina

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Venezuelan/UK
Occupation before London Business School: Associate at Straumur Investment Bank
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Just be yourself and cut the crap.
About me:
IVenezuelan export to Britain with a penchant for travelling, writing and partying.

Christine

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Canadian
Occupation before London Business School: Merger Arbitrage Strategy at Scotia Capital
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: “Be ready to give up your addiction to Balenciaga bags because b-school will bankrupt you.” – Erika Peterson, CFA. Oh, and then, “Use the application process to discover yourself and what you want in life.”
About me:
I’m a Canadian-born Chinese. My hometown is Toronto, one of the most diverse cities in the world, which has afforded me the opportunity to have friends of many races and religions – not a bad training ground for London Business School! I have spent the last six years working in capital markets and learned you need to be lucky to be good but good to be lucky. I like to laugh, learn random things, eat cake, conjure up tacky business ideas, and spin. And many other things.

Daphne

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: British/Hong Kong Chinese
Occupation before London Business School: Creative Account Director at a medical communications agency in London
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Enjoy the process
About me:
Proud to be a Londoner, born and bred in the UK, but with a little time out in Hong Kong. I spent 6 years in pharma advertising, then decided it was time for a career change – hence my MBA at London Business School. My greatest challenge will probably be running a small business alongside my academics, but when I’m not thinking about that, I’ll be chilling out to bossa nova or enjoying a cocktail somewhere with likeminded b-school friends…

Eduardo

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Occupation before London Business School: Maracuyá, Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Dream hard and far, set high expectations. And once the visceral part is over: Research! Research! and research! Investigate thoroughly the programmes until you find the right fit.
About me:
I was born and bred in Quito, Ecuador. Post graduating from university (Economics and Political Science) in 2004, I joined Goldman Sachs. At the New York office, I joined International Equities, focusing in Pan European shares s-trading. During this tenure I managed the Carbon Emissions Americas business which was absolutely amazing and incredibly rewarding.
After receiving my offer to London Business School I deferred my place and joined a venture capitalist fund, setting up and managing strategy and operations for a tropical fruit trading firm, Soleil Fresh, in NYC. A year later, I went back to Ecuador to set up a) a boutique interior design firm, b) think-do tank focused in incubating projects for entrepreneurs in design and architecture and art, and c) a media advertising business that was not capitalized. Amazing experiences all around that rounded up my corporate experience and planted seeds for thought ahead of my MBA.
Travelling is a passion and so is discovering life’s aesthetics, silences, and, sights. Love bohemian life, art, culture, film, underground artist life. Recently started painting and working on a 1st art show. Love to write.
Very much into sports, diving, running, working out. Love the ocean, the beach. Like cities and architecture. Passionate about development (philanthropy or advancement) and hope to get an initiative started at London Business School. So many more likes.

Hamad

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Saudi
Occupation before London Business School: Head of Quality Assurance, Ras Tanura Refinery, Saudi Aramco
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Go to London Business School.
About me:
I spent most of my life in Saudi Arabia, lived in the USA, France, and now in London while attending London Business School MBA class of 2012. I did my undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering and Economics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. I worked for 7 years in the Oil & Gas Downstream industry which included 18 months in Paris, France. I am married and recently blessed with a daughter who is now 1 month old as we move into London. I love traveling, reading, meeting people and I look forward to having a great time and enjoying all that London has to offer.

Hamdi

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality:
Saudi Arabian
Occupation before London Business School: Relationship Manager – Corporate Banking
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Admission officers are looking for personalities, not data
About me: Graduated with an engineering degree but ended up working in banking for 4 years before joining the MBA. My plan is to go back to Saudi Arabia to open my own business.

Harpreet

Class: MBA2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Social Entrepreneur
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Honestly reflect on your true ‘story’ than thinking on what the admissions committee wants to hear.
About me: Simple living, passionate doing, honest thinking.

Ingrid

Ingrid Class: MBA2014
Nationality: French
Occupation before London Business School: Don’t try to have everyone else’s MBA
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself
About me: I am passionate about biotechnology, cleantech and sustainability. I have a PhD in biochemistry and then have worked in business development in a biotech company with a focus on environmental and chemical applications. During my MBA I want to develop my knowledge in marketing and explore sustainability issues, and I am targeting the cleantech industry. I am also a mother of two kids so I might be partying a little less than my fellow students, but I am decided to make the most of my MBA!

Ira

Class: MBA2013
Nationality: Canadian
Occupation before London Business School: Senior IT Consultant at TATA Consultancy Services Limited
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Think about the school culture as well as the academics.
About me: I grew up in Montreal and have also lived in Ottawa and Toronto. I have always been interested in technology and started my own company when I was in high school. Before starting my MBA, I worked as a marketing and communications strategist for a political party in Canada. I’m loving living in London and the whole MBA experience.

James

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: New Zealand
Occupation before London Business School: Project Manager
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Double the amount of time you think you need go through the application process; studying for the GMAT and writing quality essays is incredibly time consuming and you need to allow some space for mistakes and personal reflection along the way.
About me: I studied law for my undergraduate degree and worked as a corporate lawyer in New Zealand for a number of years. I then felt a desire to break away from the legal world and reform; this led me to try my hand at project management and then to apply for the MBA programme. In my spare time I enjoy running, hiking, and sailing, as well as watching rugby and animated movies..

Jann

Class: MBA2010
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation before London Business School: Demand Planning Exec at Nestle
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Make an effort to find out if the school fits your goals both while attending b-school and after you graduate.
About me: I was born and raised in the tropical archipelago of The Philippines. As most Filipinos, I grew up with influences from American and Spanish cultures. I have a degree in Industrial Engineering and was previously working as Demand Planning Executive for Nescafe. I love anything that has to do with entertainment – music, movies, theatre, musicals, TV. I’m not an athletic person but I enjoy watching sports like tennis, baseball, and basketball. I don’t know how to play them but I surely know the rules of the game. I love travelling and experiencing different cultures, one of the main reasons why I chose to study in London.

Jenny

Class: MBA2011
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation before London Business School: Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young Japan
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Worry about financing later, just apply!
About me: Having been raised in the tropical weather in the Philippines and having worked in Tokyo for the past 3 years, I really have no idea why I chose to study in London. Seriously – English summer is no summer at all! I miss the sandy beaches in Boracay and the spring breeze in Tokyo. Take my advice and learn from my mistake – Tank tops and summer dresses? Useless! Do NOT think that it’s alright to get your heavy coats and boots shipped in October. Get them shipped early! Or better yet, bring them with you in August!

Jing (Maggie)

Maggie Class: MBA2014
Nationality: Chinese
Occupation before London Business School: Trade & Investment Manager in British Embassy Beijing
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: MBA will open a new door in your life. (Intrigued by what’s behind the door, I applied for LBS MBA and here I am.)
About me: Most of my career was focused on helping foreign companies to develop their market entry strategies in China. I travelled extensively in North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. I didn’t know how right LBS was for me until I really came here. Never regretted my choice for a moment.

John

John Class: MBA2014
Nationality: American
Occupation before London Business School: Finance/ Non Profit
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Know your story. Just like when prepping your CV for internships, figure out what picture you want to paint and use everything you submit to fully illustrate that.
About me: I’m the token American. Born and raised in South Florida. London is giving me the experience of a lifetime. I am enjoying my time reading, studying, going to museums, hitting the gym, seeing lectures, traveling all over this country and continent. I love Exercise, Rugby, (American) Football, Basketball, Rock Music, Photography, Theater (and that is with an “er” not an “re”), Philosophy, Science, History, Media, and Technology. This is the BEST city for it ALL.

Joyce

Class: MBA2010
Nationality:
Canadian / Hong Kong SAR
Occupation before London Business School: Business Development Analyst at Canadian Pacific Railway
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be honest. Don’t compose something that you think the school wants to hear.
About me: I come from “rural” Hong Kong, spending the first few years of my life in a small farming village which the Pearl of the Orient has managed to grow around. I have since moved around and lived in most major cities in Canada, most recently working in Toronto for Canadian Pacific Railway – one of the friendliest companies in Canada, if not the world! Leaving the job was a hard decision, but I couldn’t pass up the LBS opportunity. It was the right fit for my career goals and I have dreamed of being in London since childhood!

Justin

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Canadian
Occupation before London Business School: Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Clinton Health Access Initiative
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be authentic in your essays and let your voice shine through.
About me: I love thinking about the future and finding innovative solutions to improve the way we live, both collectively and individually. I am an optimist by nature and believe that we can leave the world better than when we entered it through bold thinking and collaboration. Before coming to LBS, I worked on strategic and operational projects for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, an organization that applies a market-based approach to increase access of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other essential medicines to people in developing countries. Prior to this role, I worked as a management consultant and accountant where my clients included mining and investment management companies, and not-for-profit organizations. I previously lived in Tanzania, Ireland, USA and Canada, and currently live in London with my very patient girlfriend.

Karen

Class: MBA2014
Nationality: Lebanese
Occupation before London Business School: Advertising
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: “Take it all in and make the best out of it, but when you need to, take some time off to reflect, it’s important stop and breathe once in a while!” I’m just 3 weeks into the program and I find that taking some time to reflect have given me the drive I need to carry on.
About me: I am Lebanese born but raised in the UAE and my background is Advertising. If you ever hear me speaking about what I do, you’ll immediately get the sense of how passionate I am about it. I even blog about my experience in the Ad world on betweengoodandevil.tumblr.com or karensaba.com. I’m also a proud introvert and enjoy some time off alone, hence the importance of recharging and reflecting. The MBA experience so far has completely taken me out of my comfort zone and I hope to approach the LBS blog from this perspective.

Krassy

Krassy Class: MBA2014
Nationality: Bulgarian
Occupation before London Business School: Business Development in Telecom company
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Pace yourself: life is not a sprint, not even a marathon; life is a series of sprints all strung together.
About me: I grew up in Bulgaria, went to college in the US, then worked in France and now I’m in London, so as you might have guessed it, I just love travelling. I was just 20 years old when I circumnavigated the globe onboard of the ship and I just fell in love with the world. I love foreign cultures and languages, and in the past I have tried to study 7 languages of which now I speak just 3 unfortunately. I’m curious and excited to meet people and start adventures so if you like new experiences just come find me and I’ll be up for anything.

Kimmi

Class: MBA2011
Nationality: American by way of India
Last job: Management Consulting
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: You will have a lot of things thrown at you, just don’t lose sight of why you are there and who you are along the way.
About me:
I could write a novel here, but in a nutshell, I generally stick to the following attributes/activities. Dream. Learn. Run. Eat. Drink. Laugh. Sleep. Play. Repeat.

Luiz

Class: MBA2011
Nationality: Brazilian Occupation before London Business School Marketing & Sales at Gerdau
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: To go visit the schools that I was applying to
About me: I grew up in Sao Paulo and lived there almost my whole life. Before completing my undergrad I spent six months in London. I liked my time in London so much that I always wanted to come back and here I am again! For the past 2.5 years before coming to LBS I lived in Tampa, FL. I enjoy going to concerts, trying new wines and foods, travelling, and playing volleyball and tennis.

Manish

Class: MBA2008
Nationality: Indian
Last job: Software Engineer
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Shower your love on the school
About me:
I’m a jack of many trades and a master of a few. I love music of all kinds and am deeply interested in the business of music. People generally like my company and I enjoy being with people. I am married and have a 2 year old daughter.

Mark

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: Senior Business Consultant for IBM
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: It’s all about the people, so talk to the current students and work out whether you want to spend the majority of your life with them for the next two years. Luckily, the answer was yes!
About me:
Seize the day. Try everything once. The hardest choice is often the right one. Do all of the above, do it well, but definitely don’t take yourself too seriously.

Martim

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Portugal
Occupation before London Business School: Finance
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing” – Benjamin Franklin (love this one)
About me: I’m Portuguese, way below average height as became oh so apparent during the LBS group photo. I’ve been in banking all my working life, and have a dream to open my own business. Love surfing (but in London will have to stick with Football and Rugby). I’m very open and relaxed, and my mother can’t stand my jokes.

Michael

Class: MBA 2014
Nationality: Australian
Occupation before London Business School: Student, Former Marketer
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Write an essay the admission officers will find interesting.
About me: Marketer who is exploring the world of the entrepreneurial process, design elements, business innovation/change, and living life!

Nayan

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: SGlobal Trial Manager at Johnson & Johnson
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Start early and don’t lose momentum
About me:
I grew up in South India. Within a year (in fact only after 10 months) of graduating from medical college I joined drug development. I have spent the past 6 years in pharmaceutical research and development. It has been an enriching experience working with people from different parts of the world. My hope, after the MBA, is to go back to healthcare with fresh ideas and different perspective.

Palvi

Palvi Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: Senior Audit Manager at BDO
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Get a good friend to read your application. They will be able to give you the best sense of whether or not your true self is coming across in your answers. And it really really is important to be yourself!

About me:
I am originally from Kenya, but have lived in the UK for 13 years. I am a Chartered Accountant, and prior to the MBA I worked in Audit & Advisory for 7.5 years. However, I decided that a future life as an audit partner was not for me and opted to do an MBA to explore the different career choices available to me. I am still debating the possibilities, but I now know that I want to make the move back to Africa post MBA because I think that Africa will be an incredibly exciting and challenging space over the next few decades. At London Business School, I am involved many clubs and societies and help to run the Volunteer Club, Africa Club, Squash Club and the Climbing and Mountaineering Society. This provides a fairly good cross section of my various interests!

Pranav

Pranav Class: MBA2014
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Entrepreneur
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Run your own race. A big part of the business school experience is exploring, sharing ideas and broadening your perspectives. Be open, learn from your classmates and don’t lose focus on what you REALLY love and want to do. Prioritize wisely.
About me: I grew up in India and then went to US for masters in financial engineering (I was a bit of a geek back then and have pictures from that time to prove that). I then worked as a risk manager on the mortages and credit products desk in New York. I think the credit crisis would have been a lot worse if not for me manning the desks on Wall Street. Entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in particular excites me. I have a solar start-up in India that I hope to build on while at school. I am always open to discussing Cleantech so please feel free to drop me a line. This has been my first trip to London and I am really enjoying what the school and London have to offer. The London experience – diversity, friends and academics have already surpassed my already high expectations. Outside of school, I enjoy Cricket, formula-1, traveling, food (more exotic the better) and watching B-grade Bollywood movies. What better place than London to experience all these?

Pranav G

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: MBA Exchange Student at Wharton for Spring 2013
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: It is all about networks (of course it does not mean that I understood the gravity of it until I came to London)
About me: Professional: Pre-MBA: Private Equity for 3.5 years, Consulting – 2 years, Startup – 1 year
Personal: Interests in problem solving and dramatics. Was married when stepping into MBA journey.

Ramit

Ramit Class: MBA 2014
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Consultant, Bain & Company
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Choose the school which you can relate to. This connection with the school could break off due to number of reasons which include the social construct of the school, the location, the values the school stands for etc. At the end of the day, coming to b-school means a significant investment from a time and money point of view. Therefore it is essential not to go from the brand only but more importantly to find hooks which make a particular school appeal to you.
About me: I was born and brought up in a small hill town in Northern India. Post school, I come to Delhi for my under-graduation enrolling in St. Stephen’s College as a liberal arts student. After college, I spent the next 5 years working for Bain & Company, a management consulting firm before joining London Business School as a part of MBA 2014 batch. I am an outdoors person and love to trek, camp out etc. Sporting passions include basket ball, badminton, cycling and jogging. I am a big fan of cars which makes me indulge in collection of die cast models, racing R/C models and of course owning the real machines.

Richard

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: Senior Online Analyst at Experian Hitwise
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Make sure you have a clear and focused theme (Why MBA? Why LBS?) that you can follow through from essays to interview.
About me: I’m a Londoner, born and bred, which is quite a rarity on the MBA! On top of the MBA, my most exciting and challenging experience is to come, as my wife is expecting our first baby at the end of October!

Ryan

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: American
Occupation before London Business School: Investment Analyst with The Carlyle Group
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Have focused essays, have at least one MBA write you a recommendation and allocate at least 3 months studying for your GMAT
About me:
I was born and raised in California and recently moved to Washington D.C. I’ve lived in the United States my entire life but attended UC Berkeley which is considered by many to be the most diverse campus milieu in the U.S. I am looking forward to increasing my global IQ abroad. I am in the process of creating my international “bucket list” for the two years I am attending London Business School and welcome any suggestions you may have.
I married my dream girl last year, she is a native Texan who speaks French and is just as excited as I am for a tour of duty overseas. My in-laws live here in London only a few miles from campus and have already stocked my fridge once. They are great!
My passion is investing in and managing real estate property and businesses. I love snowboarding, American football and participating in just about any outdoor activity. Finally, I can’t wait to get involved at London Business School and serve the classroom and community in any capacity that will further the strength of the school and community.

Samir

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: South African
Occupation before London Business School: Regional Sales Execution Manager for a Coca-Cola Bottler in South Africa
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Don’t worry about the academics
About me: No man is an island, shared experiences are what connect us all. Hopefully this blog helps in its own little way to share those experiences that have already connected us.

Samuel

Class: MBA2011
Nationality:
French (born and bred in Reunion Island)
Occupation before London Business School Manager at KPMG in Paris
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Do your research about the school you’re applying to and go beyond the rankings!
About me: I grew up on Reunion Island, a small french island located in the Indian Ocean, about 200km from the nearest terra firma (Google it to find more!). I majored in Computer Science in France and worked for 5 years for a big 4 accounting firm in Paris. During my professional life, I travelled exstensively (the hectic life off a consultant…) so I’m very happy to settle down in London for a while. Can’t wait to know the ins and outs of this wonderful city!

Sanjeev

Class: MBA2011
Nationality:
Singapore/India
Occupation before London Business School: WW Product Marketing Manager at Oracle
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: It will be a life-changing experience
About me: Born in Jalandhar (India) and raised in Delhi (India), Miri (East Malaysia) and Singapore. Worked in customer advocacy and evangelism roles at Microsoft and Oracle. Travelled to over 30 destinations across Asia, US, Europe and Latin America for work (In hindsight, for pleasure)

Sarthak

Class: MBA 2014
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: Primary care physician in the NHS
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: IBe yourself – both in your essays and in the interview.
About me: Doctor turned MBA. Grew up in India and moved to the UK 9 years ago. Passionate about solving complex healthcare problems.

Sherene

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Product Controller at Standard Chartered Bank in London
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Apply! (For various reasons, I was quite resistant to the idea of an MBA until I applied :P)
About me: I was born and raised in India, living a nomadic life there (because Dad used to be in the Army) until 10th grade, after which I headed to Singapore for my A-levels and undergraduate studies on scholarship. I joined the banking industry thereafter and moved to London, all the while tinkering in my free time in the tech start-up world, interning in a company that got acquired by McAfee at one point and launching a business plan at another. I love travelling (I’m a backpacker all the way!), reading, photography, theatre, exotic cuisines and a bit of running to counter their effects ;).

Shiv

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Director of Product Development at DATABASICS Inc, USA
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Apply Early and Be yourself.
About me:
Born in Bangalore, India, I moved to the US to do my graduate studies in Computer Science. Since my graduation in 2004, I have been working in the technology industry as an engineer and most recently heading the product development division. Over the last eight years, I have lived in upstate New York, Washington DC and California. I love music of all kinds and like to follow politics. I enjoy writing as well as cooking.

Shrutisagar (Shruti)

Shrutisagar Class: MBA 2014
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Quantitative Analyst
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Sleep as much as you can before the MBA to make up for the next two years of Red-bull life.
About me: Ex-scientist. Londoner (8+ years). Chef. Photographer. Cyclist. Intrepid traveller. Tech geek. Music lover.

Sid

Class: MBA2012
Nationality: British / Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Business Manager in Equity Derivatives and Structured Retail Sales, RBS
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself!
About me:
I was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. After finishing high school, I moved to Manchester to do Software Engineering. Thereafter, I worked for Accenture (a technology consulting firm) and Royal Bank of Scotland for a total of 8 years. I wish to become an entrepreneur which is the primary reason for pursuing an MBA at London Business School.

Stelios

Stelios Class: MBA2013
Nationality: Greek
Occupation before London Business School: Associate Investment Director at a private equity firm

Steve

Class: MBA2011
Nationality: British
Occupation before London Business School: banking consultant for pricewaterhousecoopers in Sydney
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: I didn’t really receive any advice, I don’t know anyone else with an MBA so most of my friends were and are unaware of what one is!
About me: I grew up in Spain and have since lived in chile and Australia. I am a chartered accountant and spent six years working in London and Sydney before lbs after studying Politics at university. I am a huge Sports fan and will watch almost anything, but given the choice it’s football all the way.

Tapiwa

Class: MBA 2014
Nationality: South African
Occupation before London Business School: Performance Reporting Analyst at Anglo American plc
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Don’t be afraid to apply to LBS if you are not from a consulting or banking background. Your experience will bring a valuable and unique perspective to the classroom.
About me: Born in Ethiopia, raised in Zimbabwe, educated in South Africa. I qualified as a chartered accountant in 2007 and subsequently spent four years working in the mining industry in roles spanning strategy, business development and financial performance analysis. I began my career in South Africa, and subsequently worked in Brazil and now in the UK. I am an absolute travel fanatic and love all things to do with antiquity and the ancient world. Unsurprisingly Rome is far and away my favourite city to visit, but I am also particularly fond of London, Istanbul, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg.

William

William Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: French
Occupation before London Business School: Entrepreneur
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: “Be Yourself”
About me: “You can’t win if you don’t play”

Wouter

Class: MBA2013
Nationality: Belgian
Occupation before London Business School: Marketing Director L’Oréal
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Show your engine, not your body
About me: I’m an engineer turned logistician turned product developer turned globe trotter turned marketing director turned LBS student turning euh… millionaire? ;-)

Yogesh

Yogesh Class: MBA2014
Nationality: Indian
Occupation before London Business School: Risk Management Team Lead, Shell (Energy consulting and investment screening)
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Huma Ahmed (MBA 1997) advised me to find the right fit; rather than selling myself and trying to tailor to top b-schools of the world, she challenged me to find the school that is right for you and put in an honest application. This advice worked wonders and has helped me in LBS application and way beyond.
About me: I come for a humble Indian family that broke the shackles of poverty to provide me with education and courage. Being well rooted to my beginnings, I have traversed 25 countries and build strong and vibrant network for friends across the globe. After graduating from IIT in Engineers, I have worked for Shell in Holland, Malaysia and India, screening and monitoring shell’s investments in energy infrastructure projects ranging from $100 m to $10 b. Outside work, I teach Yoga and feel proud of having impacted lives through a Yoga Club that I started in Kuala Lumpur. I am an avid squash player and see fusion innovative cooking as an outlet to my engineer skills!

Yuan

Class: MBA 2013
Nationality: Chinese
Occupation before London Business School: Assistant Editor, Harvard Business Review China
Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
About me: Born in Sichuan Province, Southwest China, I have studied, worked and lived in Shanghai for 10 years. With a degree of Journalism, I started my career in a global management consulting firm. Driven by the interest in entrepreneurship and investment, I worked for an angel investment group and later embarked on a new-media project in Harvard Business Review China. I came to London Business School for systematic training in finance, extended international experience, and most importantly life-long friendship. I like all sorts of artistic things, not very into sports, but enjoys running and yoga. And hopefully I can pick up my salsa dancing in the student club. Oh Gosh! I was indeed a terrible dancer…