Global Talent eBook 2017

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Global Talent 2017

the one planet


Change – for good

The place to develop innovation and new business models to tackle the global challenges that we face INNOVATIVE, AWARD WINNING, RECOGNISED INTERNATIONALLY

The One Planet MBA Global Talent Book 2017

Foreword Welcome to our Class of 2017, a special group of ambitious, talented, creative and collaborative professionals equipped with the desire to advance their career and contribute creative business intelligence. Throughout the year they have not only developed an understanding of the ways through which the global challenges that we face impact on business models and strategies, but they’ve also evidenced critical management and leadership skills while engaging and working closely with our expert faculty and business leaders for organisational impact.

Our Class of 2017 MBA participants have come to Exeter from more than 20 countries around the world. They offer an exceptional range of business and management skills, together with a ‘worldly’ outlook. I would like to recommend them to you, and I hope you will find many opportunities to engage and work with them.

Professor Nicolas Forsans Associate Professor in International Strategic Management Director, One Planet MBA Programmes University of Exeter Business School



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The One Planet MBA tackles global business challenges The world we live in is increasingly complex, risky, volatile and interconnected. More than ever, successful business leaders are those who understand the interconnections of our economies and societies and the ways through which global economic, societal, financial, environmental and technological challenges disrupt established businesses and strategies. The One Planet MBA is at the forefront of the circular economy and sustainable business. Our participants graduate with a strong business acumen and the critical, analytical and leadership skills that are required to work and lead collaboratively. They are uniquely placed to appreciate how understanding the fundamentals of the world we live in can lead to innovation and business transformation.

Academically rigorous, yet experiential in nature The One Planet MBA is a partnership between the University of Exeter Business School, leading FTSE 100 companies, NGOs and other progressive organisations. Our partners are leaders in their field, yet at the forefront of change. They co-deliver the programme along with our expert faculty and set real-life business challenges. Award winning, accredited and world leading MBA Our Full Time and Executive One Planet MBA programmes were selected for in-depth review by the EQUIS re-accreditation panel of experts earlier this year. The Business School successfully secured re-accreditation for a period of five years. Both programmes are also accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and ranked among the best in the world by CEO Magazine. The One Planet MBA is offered at the University of Exeter, a global leading and UK Top 10 Russell group University.


We need an MBA that is meaningful. The University of Exeter Business School had the foresight to put the One Planet MBA together. What we need are leaders willing to take action. PAUL POLMAN – CEO, UNILEVER


The digital revolution is transforming business and society

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Change – for good


IBM actively partners with the One Planet MBA ensuring the programme content is focused, relevant and informed by real global challenges. Through live consultancy projects, MBA participants get hands on experience and generate significant value, often through our clients, with whom we are focused on driving digital transformations through cognitive solutions on our cloud platform. MIKE BERNARD – HEAD, PORTFOLIO MARKETING, IBM EUROPE AND CHAIR, ONE PLANET MBA’S CORPORATE ADVISORY BOARD


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How we develop our global talent Working in a multinational cohort alongside academic faculty, business leaders and MBA alumni, our participants have access to inspiring conversations, challenging ideas, and innovative thinking. This vibrant learning environment provides the stimulus and support needed to prepare them for the impact that they will make in their future employment. The One Planet MBA places personal transformation at its heart, supporting participants to develop the skills and mind-set needed to lead within an uncertain global environment. The existing knowledge, skills, professional experience and personal attributes of our participants forms the focus of ongoing personal

reflection which results in an enhanced self-awareness. This stronger sense of “self” coupled with new knowledge gained from across their programme equips aspiring leaders with the confidence and tenacity to apply their learning to real world issues. By working with our leading partners on real business challenges, our participants have developed the essential communication, collaboration, and creative-thinking skills needed to bring value to their consultancy projects. Each participant is unique. What they share is a deep sense of purpose in their work, creating positive impact and creating change – for good.

The world has enough people with all the answers. What we develop at Exeter are leaders able to ask the right questions.” JACKIE BAGNALL, DIRECTOR PERSONAL TRANSFORMATIONS


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Supporting your talent search The One Planet MBA places a profound emphasis on the personal and professional development of its talent. MBA Career Consultant, Becky Kilsby, works with our participants and develops a personal understanding of the strengths, career achievements, personal attributes and aspirations of each candidate. Through 1-2-1 sessions, workshops, career development activities and career coaching, we ensure our graduates are ready for the next exciting challenge in their career. Whether you are eager to recruit our talent into a full-time position, into a consulting project or a post-MBA internship, we can help you and your talent search. Our suite of bespoke services include: n Advertising

your requirements throughout

the year n Opportunities

to pitch your consulting projects each year

Engagement Activities We know employers also value the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our candidates. We welcome your involvement in a range of engagement activities and to hearing your suggestions for other events you would like to see. Existing opportunities include: n Mock

Interviews and Assessment Centres on campus

n Campus

Presentations and Networking Events – an excellent way of showcasing your brand to this targeted audience

n Employer

Treks – our talent can come to you and will be able to develop a richer understanding of your culture and organisational ambitions

We look forward to gaining an understanding of your specific needs and to helping you identify your next leadership talent.

n Direct

access to our talent via our annual Talent Book, available in hard copy and online

n Discussion

of specific opportunities and hand-picked profiles for your consideration

To contact our global talent or discuss how we can facilitate your talent search: Becky Kilsby MBA Career Consultant +44 (0)1392 724483


We turned to the One Planet MBA to foster, develop and retain talent and improve our competitive edge. The Philosophy: Educate a few well for an impact on many. RICHARD WILSON – EXECUTIVE MANAGER, PROJECT OPERATIONS, CENTRAX


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Graduates of the One Planet MBA are world-class We equip professionals with the knowledge, tools and skills to harness innovative business thinking and new business models that can deliver organisational growth whilst addressing global economic, social, environmental and technological challenges. By engaging with, and recruiting our talent, your organisation will benefit from collaborative, aspiring business leaders equipped to drive and manage innovation and change.

Canada Germany Belgium

UK France


Spain Algeria

Mexico Venezuela Cameroon

Colombia Brazil

Nigeria Uruguay

Full-time Students 18 different nationalities represented Algeria

1 Mexico



1 Nigeria



1 Taiwan



1 Thailand



1 UK



3 Uruguay






1 Poland



1 Venezuela



1 Spain



1 Zimbabwe



1 UK


Executive Students 6 different nationalities represented

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Full-time Students 29 full time students, average age 33

40% Female

60% Male

Average work experience = 9 years


Kazakhstan Japan China Taiwan


Australia Zimbabwe

Executive Students 28 students, average age 37

74% Male

26% Female

Average work experience = 15 years



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Almaz Akhparov | Kazakh Future Career Objective Project management and business development/e-commerce/ techno-preneurship.

Email address Languages • Russian (native) • Kazakh (fluent) • English (high intermediate) Interests Football and travel

Career History n Head of the branch network in Sales (Retail sector), Kaspi Bank, Kazakhstan (7 years) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor of Finance Almaty University of International Business (UIB), Kazakhstan Achievements n Development of Net Promoter Score (NPS) ideology, a key performance indicator in the banking sector, motivating over 100 employees. Achieved high client satisfaction in service within 66% n

Designed a customer-engagement course for Managers and Heads of Department

Cesar Torres | Dual British and Venezuelan Future Career Objective Become a well-known leader championing innovations that place sustainability at the core of strategic business development.

Email address Languages • English • Spanish Interests Buddhism, veganism, environmental protection, animal welfare and motorbikes

Career History n Founder and Director, R&D Energy, UK (+1 year) n Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Business Development Support, UTEC Geomarine, UK (8 months) n Senior Geotechnical Engineer, LR Senergy Survey & GeoEngineering, UK (7 years) n Project Engineer, Geohidra Consultores, Venezuela (3 years) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management Robert Gordon University, UK MSc Geotechnical Engineering Design and Management Nottingham Trent University, UK Dipl. Ing. Civil Engineering Lisandro Alvarado Central-Western University, Venezuela Achievements n Led and managed multi-disciplinary teams for offshore infrastructure developments and risks assessments n Led and supervised several offshore geotechnical drilling operations worldwide n Co-led the development of new engineering capabilities and business lines, including staff training and equipment/technology acquisition

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Chayaporn Kongcharoenktikul | Thai Future Career Objective Aiming to be in managerial or coordinator roles in the private sector, preferably specialising in the intersection between accounting and information systems.

Email address Languages • Thai (native) • English (fluent) Interests Playing piano in a band, amateur photographer and watercolour painting

Career History n Audit Assistant, Ernst & Young, Bangkok, Thailand (1 year) n Commercial Accounting Analyst, ExxonMobil, Bangkok, Thailand (2 years) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor Degree in Accountancy Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Class of 2013) Achievements n Investigated and successfully amended system issues allowing fully effective use of a developed SAP script for invoice processing automation for PT EMLI, ExxonMobil affiliate n

Successfully migrated related tasks of invoicing and cash collections with improvement on invoice layout and simplified e-invoice issuance on SAP for IMTS, ExxonMobil affiliate

Christina Prasad | Canadian Future Career Objective As a Senior Trade Officer in government, I am interested in applying current knowledge and progressive thinking to international commerce.

Email address Languages • English (native) • Hindi (basic) Interests Hiking, kayaking and reading

Career History n Trade Officer, Department of Global Affairs Canada (4 years) n Regional Advisor, Department of Agriculture Canada (2 years) n Research Analyst, Department of Agriculture Canada (4 years) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Post Graduate Diploma Business Management B.C. Institute of Technology, Canada BA, Communication Simon Fraser University, Canada Achievements n Led international trade verifications of companies importing/exporting. Audited and analysed financial, customs and corporate documentation n

Administered community funding programme supporting businesscommunity activities


Collaborated on national Canadian project to evaluate the impact of financial contributions to regional development and develop knowledge on community-industry partnerships



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David Vazquez | Spanish Future Career Objective Leading positive change in forward-looking organisations.

Email address Languages • Spanish (native) • English (fluent) • Italian (fluent) • Portuguese (conversational) Interests Meditation practitioner, keen traveller and footballer hoping to help change things for the better

Career History n Group Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Manager, The Go-Ahead Group plc, UK (+4 years) n Guest lecturer, London College of Communications, UK (4 years) n Accounts payable, Hilton Worldwide, UK (+1 year) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK MA in Public Relations, London College of Communications, UK Certificate in Investor Relations, Investor Relations Society, UK PGCE, University of Vigo, Spain Achievements n Led sustainability integration across the subsidiary operating companies of a FTSE250 transport group; improving sustainability internal and external processes including a materiality review and KPI target setting n

Holder of best FTSE250 company for most effective integration of sustainability reporting into communications at the Investor Relations Society awards 2016


Founding member of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability; and Steering Group member of LBG, a global organisation shaping the future of community investment and impact

Delfina Zagarzazu | Uruguan/American Future Career Objective To join a forward thinking organization with a collaborative workplace to implement cutting edge practices for business resilience.

Email address Languages • Spanish (native) • English (native) • Portuguese (conversational) Interests Incessant change-maker, hiking Patagonian parks and sailing the Atlantic

Career History n Social Innovator, Innodriven, Uruguay n Executive Director, Sistema B, Uruguay n Brand Coordinator, 72andSunny, USA Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bsc International Relations and Economics Seton Hall University, USA Achievements n Co-led a young creative consulting firm using a human-centred approach with foundations, MNCs and public institutions n

Pioneered the growth of B Corporations in Uruguay alongside diverse stakeholders, empowering business as a force for good


Co-produced the first circular economy event in Brazil with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to disrupt traditional business paradigms


Selected to participate with 50 Global Shapers at Davos World Economic Forum 2013


The Fairtrade Foundation partners with the One Planet MBA to share its insights on how new business models can drive sustainable development. Fairtrade has benefited from several consultancy projects which have enabled the development and testing of new Fairtrade-business partnership concepts and supported the ongoing evolution of Fairtrade. DANIEL MOREY – HEAD OF INNOVATION AND BUSINESS SERVICES, FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION


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Festus Nwoko | Nigerian Future Career Objective Strategic Management Consultancy / Corporate Business Development.

Email address Languages • English (fluent) • Japanese (basic) Interests Football and chess

Career History n Operations Supervisor, Donell Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria n Finance and Accounts Operator, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Port-Harcourt Zonal Office, Nigeria n Logistics Coordinator, The Intelligent Investor, National Geographic Magazine, UK and Ghana Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BA Business Management University of Sunderland, UK BA Economics and Political Science University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana Achievements n Managed and coordinated a culturally diverse team of data analysts prescribing critical analysis on Ghana’s MDG goals. Our findings provided new pathways to business growth for Ghanaian companies and ministries n

Jointly established the Inspired Leadership Foundation in Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation which rehabilitates Niger-Delta Militants of Southern Nigeria and proliferates vocational skills amongst the region’s poor

Hao Tian | Chinese Future Career Objective Establish new ventures for my organisation.

Email address Languages • Chinese (native) • English (fluent) Interests Sports, movies – especially Matt Damon, music

Career History n Overseas Business Development Department (6 years) n Human Resource Management Department (5 years) n SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation, China Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor of Business Management Shandong University, China Achievements n As a regional BD head, I have successfully gained power plant projects worth USD 4 billion for the company

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Hugh St Aubyn | British Future Career Objective Business Psychologist and Consultant.

Email address Languages • English (first language) • French (basic) Interests Cornish artists, wild swimming and gothic novels

Career History n Management: St Aubyn Estates (2014 – date) n Highbury Counselling Center: Psychotherapist (2012 – 14) n Terrence Higgins Trust: Psychotherapist (2012 – 14) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Masters in Psychotherapy Regents University, UK Winning an Undergraduate Dissertation Prize SOAS, University of London, UK Achievements n Contributed to St Aubyn Estates Business over two years of meetings with the directors, management, and key stakeholders in the business. This included setting a direction through analysis of the different businesses in retail, catering and use of space n

Completed the taught Masters training in Psychotherapy at Regents University


Organised a support group for people suffering from paranoia and led different groups in the community over two years for Mind

Izzie Huang | Taiwanese Future Career Objective Project Manager IT sector.

Email address Languages • Chinese (native) • English (fluent) Interests Tennis, Marvel movies and swimming

Career History n Product Manager, ASUS, Taiwan (1 years, 4 months) n Planner, Akacia System, Taiwan (5 months) n Field Application Engineer, NUUO, Taiwan (1 years, 3 months) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK MSc Computer Science National Chengchi University, Taiwan BSc Computer Science National Chengchi University, Taiwan (2.1) Achievements n As a product manager for ASUSTek Computer Inc., managed several successful ASUS products such as ZenFone, ZenPads and Padfones n

Delivered high-quality results always within budget. As a manager I took pride in being reliable and trustworthy


As a Field Applications Engineer, provided product training and implemented cutting edge technologies, service orientated sales and increased revenue growth



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Jessica Ilyas | American Future Career Objective Managing Director in the Media, Arts and Entertainment, or Technology sectors. Open to diverse roles and opportunities.

Email address Languages • English (native) Interests Music, travel and conscious living

Career History n Account Executive, Live Nation Entertainment, USA, 6 years n Proprietor, Victoria James Productions, USA, 5 years n Director of Traffic and Continuity/ On-Air Talent, Entercom Communications, USA, 5 years Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelors Indiana University School of Journalism, USA Achievements n Account Manager and Marketing Specialist for one-third of the US, with annual revenue accruals of $2.5 million n

Project Manager for migration from 30-year corporate residency to new space, facilitating the relocation of offices, extensive financial records and millions of dollars in production equipment


Sales Agent and Production Manager of large-scale video capture and subsequent digital asset portfolio, turning a net profit of over $25,000 for firm

Jessica Meredith | British Future Career Objective Work in a role where I can make a difference to farmed animal welfare.

Email address Languages • English (native) Interests Structural engineering, skiing and animal welfare

Career History n Bridgezone Ltd, Lead Examiner, UK, Rail Sector, 2 years n Pell Frischmann, Civil Engineer, UK, Water Sector, 3.5 years n Property Development and Management, UK, 12 years Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK MEng Civil Engineering University of Exeter, UK Achievements n I continue to run all aspects of a small successful residential and student property portfolio I have developed over the last 12 years n

I was responsible for designing the interoffice workflow between Pell Frischmann’s Exeter and Mumbai offices, resulting in efficient transfer of work to Mumbai and downsizing of the Exeter office for cost saving purposes


As lead examiner at Bridgezone Ltd I identified several urgent defects whilst working on Network Rail structures and actioned immediate repair, stabilisation or rail closure


The Exeter One Planet MBA is the one MBA that reflects the business side, hard core MBA stuff you have to do with a sense of purpose, with a sense of ethics. We have been big fans of the MBA virtually since it started. MIKE JORDAN – PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE OWNER FOR ANALYTICS AND ACADEMIC AMBASSADOR, SAP


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Juan Esteban Ruiz Gómez | Colombian Future Career Objective Project Leader.

Email address Languages • Spanish (native) • English (fluent) Interests Sustainability, travel and learning about different cultures

Career History n Analytics Consultant, Premex S.A., Colombia (2 years, 8 months) n Professional in training, Premex S.A., Colombia-Perú (1 year, 6 months) n General Manager, Dairy Farm, Colombia (6 months) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science Universidad CES, Colombia (Academic excellence honour mention – Best student of the cohort) Achievements n Led the execution and implementation of business intelligence and data analysis projects, focused on enhancing the decision-making processes, sustainability, productivity and profitability of more than 100 Latin American animal protein production companies

Justin Turquet | British Future Career Objective Leadership, strategy, consultancy.

Email address Languages • English (native) Interests Golf, music and cycling

Career History n Director/ Owner, Golfkick Ltd. 2015 – present. Developing a smart phone app for golfers n General Manager, Trailfinders Ltd. UK (4 years) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BA (Hons) Political Science UWE, UK Achievements n Focused, performance-driven leadership, which delivered excellence in sales and customer service for an award winning industry leader n

Managing implementation of policy and change in a high pressure working environment


Led my team to maximise its potential and set the standards for others to follow

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Kavin Chalermrungroj | Thai Future Career Objective Sales and Marketing Director. Career History n Senior Accounting Analyst, Exxonmobil, Thailand (3 years) n Sales, Thai Envelope Manufacturing, Thailand (1 year) Email address

Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor in Entrepreneurial Economics Kasetsart University, Thailand

Languages • English (fluent) • Thai (native) • Chinese (basic)

Achievements n Successful in negotiating with the biggest stationery retailer in Thailand

Interests Rock music and Japanese food


Led a cross-function team to invent a new SAP tool to reduce in-process time. As a result, processing time was reduced by 60%


Represented the department in a multi-national meeting to align processes across the globe

Leilani Weier | Australian Future Career Objective To fuse the skills of the MBA with my passion, influence and effectiveness in being a dynamic, responsive, innovative and sustainability minded leader of the future; whether in the real estate, construction, legal, finance, insurance or agricultural sectors. Email address Languages • English (fluent) Interests Passionate about fitness and rock climbing, hiking in the wilds and cooking

Career History n Senior Manager, EHS & Operations, Linklaters, UK n Global Environmental Sustainability Manager, Linklaters, UK n Environmental Practitioner, Linklaters, UK Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor Environmental Science University of Queensland, Australia NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, UK Achievements n Delivered and led a global Environmental Sustainability Strategy, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by 22%, for a real estate portfolio of 30 offices in 20 countries n

Developed and implemented a supplier forum, engaging outsourced providers with a combined spend of £15m to strength the partnership, knowledge share and enable a one team ethos


Achieved savings of £750,000 over the life of a three year contract, through process improvement, change management, staff engagement and management reporting



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Loise Teigão | Brazilian Future Career Objective Management position that enables me to promote change on industrial operations, focusing on sustainability and innovative business practices.

Email address Languages • English (fluent) • Spanish (intermediate) • Portuguese (native) Interests Travelling

Career History n Process Improvement Engineer, Gerdau SA, Brazil (2.5 years) n Trainee Engineer, Gerdau SA, Brazil (1 year) n Internship, General Motors, Brazil (1 year) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BSc Industrial Engineering Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Achievements n Led a benchmarking project for three factories, resulting in 20% productivity increase on machining processes n

Designed and implemented new practices for effective visual management and supportive leadership


Published an academic paper on ‘Assembly line capacity analysis through simulation of the production process’ for the XIX Production Engineer Symposium of Bauru in 2012

Maria Otilia Perez-Gonzalez | Mexican Future Career Objective Being able to make a positive difference in the work that I do.

Email address Languages • Spanish (native) • English (fluent) Interests Passionate about fitness and wellbeing, enjoy experimenting in the kitchen

Career History n Manager Assistant/Accounts, Edmundson Electrical, UK, 3 years n Nursing Auxiliary/Mentor, Royal Devon & Exeter, UK, 11 years n Legal Department Clerical Assistant, Royal Devon & Exeter, UK, 1 year Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BA (Hons) Business Studies University of Exeter Business School, UK Achievements n With utmost accuracy and on time, paid over £2.5millions for yearly goods avoiding the necessity for duplicate invoices n

Implemented a coherent filing system which allowed the sales team and returns department to locate sale invoices in a timely manner and deliver more effective responses to customer queries


As accounts payable and petty cash custodian I was able to spot irregularities in the accounts; this led to findings of the misuse of just over £70,000 in a three year period


We need to enable prosperity for all in a world transformed by the digital revolution. In that context we need purpose-driven leaders who can think systemically, and this is what the One Planet MBA strives to achieve. KEN WEBSTER – HEAD OF INNOVATION, THE ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION


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Marina Leadbetter | British Future Career Objective Lead a business that acknowledges sustainability and corporate responsibility within their growth plan and strategy.

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Career History n Head of Fundraising, The Operation Henry Trust, 1 year n Events Manager, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), 3 years n Events Assistant, St Luke’s Hospice, 2 years

Languages • English (native)

Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BSc Events Management Plymouth University, UK

Interests Leading a healthy lifestyle, netball and sustainability

Achievements n Applied a fundraising strategy to create long-term income for UK charity, allowing for sustainable income growth and increased brand awareness n

Researched UK events market, identified a niche and implemented and brand new to mass participation event, raising £30k in first year


Managed 200 volunteers, streamlining processes, communications and feedback loops allowing for simple processes and templates, also gaining volunteer retention due to volunteer service

Mark Durham | British Future Career Objective Senior Leadership, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Career History n Diplomat, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007 to present) n Airline Pilot, British Airways (2001– 2007)

Email address Languages • English (native) Interests Skiing, climbing and family

Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK MA International Studies and Diplomacy SOAS, University of London, UK BA History and Politics Durham University Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence BAE Flight Training, Jerez, Spain Achievements n Delivered policy outcomes across range of subject areas in the UK and overseas n

Built and led teams to deliver change outcomes within the Foreign Office


The One Planet MBA allowed me to take stock of a career after I’d had a break to have a family and it ensured that all the business skills I had prior to that break were absolutely bang up to date in terms of sustainable business and how any business would move forward. It was a great time to reflect and it filled me with a huge amount of confidence. DIANE HAYMAN – ONE PLANET MBA 2014, MARKETING MANAGER, PARITOR LTD


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Mashiri Zvarimwa | Zimbabwean Future Career Objective To work with international organisations in sustainability, agri-business or related roles, developing strategy and creating shared value.

Email address Languages • English (Fluent) Interests Travelling and research

Career History n Operations Manager, Agri-Biotech, Zimbabwe (5 years) n Project Manager, TTO Climate, South Africa (1 year) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BSc (Hons) Agriculture University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Achievements n Successfully pioneered a cassava piloting project in South Africa that produced a bankable business case and is now being commercialised by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation n

Co-led a collaborative project by the University of Zimbabwe, Cornell University and the International Potato Centre, identifying and screening sweet potato viruses within the SADC region


Co-led the successful bidding and implementation of a project by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, delivering over 4 million seedlings to over 48 NGOs in Zimbabwe, benefiting over 5,000 households

Michael Jack Hesketh | British Future Career Objective To lead a large team in a multinational healthcare business, raising quality and service standards.

Email address Languages • English (native) Interests I run a football team, follow Exeter Chiefs Rugby and enjoy road cycling in fair weather

Career History n Director, The Exeter Dental Centre Ltd, UK, four years. n Senior Dental Officer, Royal Navy, UK and abroad, eight years. Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Initial Command and Staff Course Defence Academy of the United Kingdom Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BCHD) Leeds University, UK Achievements n Bought, then developed a single site dental practice, growing turnover from £480,000 per annum to over £2,000,000 within four years. The team grew from ten to 40 staff within this timeframe n

Ran a small team of Medics, Engineers and Information Operatives within the Helmand Valley Conflict Zone, Afghanistan. Co-ordinated medical and humanitarian care and logistics in an austere environment, often coming into contact with an enemy force


Worked as a Junior Doctor in the Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth caring for patients with head and neck trauma and cancer

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The One Planet MBA corporate challenge was run in collaboration with IDEO, Unilever and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The result of this one week intensive challenge resulted in solutions that have been described as ‘realistic’ and ‘innovative’. By engaging with progressive organisations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, IDEO, and Unilever the MBA is able to create a first class learning experience applicable to everyday business challenges.



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Naphannop Sereesongsaeng | Thai Future Career Objective Research and Development department in the cancer research centre or pharmaceutical company.

Email address Languages • Thai (native) • English (fluent) • Chinese (basic) Interests Technology and Innovation (especially on healthcare)

Career History n Medical Scientific Liaison (Diabetes), Sanofi-Aventis, Thailand, 1 year n Medical Scientific Liaison (Breast Cancer), Roche, Thailand, 2 years Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK M.S. (Pharmaceutics) Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand B.Sc. in Pharm. Srinakarinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand Achievements n Initiated a local clinical trial for diabetes and successfully defended research funding for the regional team. Nearly 300 diabetes patients accessed required medicine and were treated in line with global standards n

Created a network group of pathologists. An expert group was established and created many development programmes including quality assurance. The quality of testing was systematically increased and received good feedback from the upcountry hospitals

Nassim Rahmani | Algerian Future Career Objective Be a successful CEO.

Email address Languages • Arabic (native) • French (native) • English • Spanish (basic) Interests Politics, sport, Rotary International

Career History n Commercial Director at LafargeHolcim Algeria (1 year and 3 months) n Operational Marketing Director at LafargeHolcim Algeria (1 year and 6 months) n Performance Project Manager at LafargeHolcim Algeria (1 year and 4 months) n Senior Consultant Performance Improvement EY Algeria (3 years and 4 months) Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor of Management University of Saad Dahlab, Algeria Achievements n At LafargeHolcim, led a sales team of 15 with an annual sales target of $220 million and managed a $1milion Marketing budget n

In partnership with the Algerian Agency of Microfinance, led an initiative for our subcontractors to train and create 37 start-ups in the building segment


At EY, managed a pool of 7 consultants involved in the business development for family businesses and investment funds


The Thomson Reuters partnership with the MBA is really important to us as a company. It gives us access to a group of really smart thinking people. People that we can partner with on projects that are important to us RYAN SHEPPARD – VICE PRESIDENT, CONTENT STRATEGY, PRODUCTION AND PROMOTION, THOMSON REUTERS


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Norasawat Kitprasan | Thai Future Career Objective To obtain a position in project management and business development. Career History n Process Engineer and Project Coordinator, JSR BST Elastomer Co., Ltd(JBE), Thailand (5 years) Email address Languages • English (fluent) • Thai (native) Interests Exploring, travelling and cooking

Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand Achievements n As a Project Coordinator in Japanese/Thai joint-venture, became the diplomatic agent within and between associated companies during the execution of multi-million dollar projects n

With strong interpersonal skills and detailed understanding of the project specifications, my negotiations saved the company more than 90% in import-duty fines


As a Process Engineer, managed the design and construction from commissioning to plant start up

Serge Pavilly Mengue-Messomo | British Future Career Objective Commercial roles/ Operations / Circular Economy/ Consultancy.

Email address Languages • French (native) • English (highly proficient) • German (beginner) • Arabic (novice) • Swahili (learner) Interests Gymnastic rings fitness, exploring the Sahara desert on a camel and playing acoustic guitar

Career History n Statutory Accounts Content Development Specialist, Thomson Reuters, UK (2 years ongoing) n Accountant, Meritor, UK n Associate Accountant, Cartus, UK Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance De Montfort University Business School, UK ACCA (Finalist) London School of Business & Finance, UK Achievements n Management of a “Lift and Shift” project of a subsidiary company following an Acquisition n

Implementation of a new Global Financial Shared Service Centre bringing together 7 Business units


Development of a “Go to market” strategy to successfully penetrate 5 European countries

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Shanshan Sun, Savi | Chinese Future Career Objective Marketing, advertising, PR and communications roles in multinationals with ambition to become an entrepreneur.

Email address Languages • English (proficient) • German (proficient) • Chinese (native) Interests Skating, swimming, watching mystery and suspense movies, baking cakes and cookies for friends

Career History n Sales and Online Marketing Manager, AHK Greater China, Beijing, China (4 years) n Assistant Manager Marketing, DB Bahn, Beijing, China (2 years) n Marketing Assistant to Marketing Manager, Northern China, Global Blue, Beijing, China Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK B.A. German Language and Literature Beijing International Studies University, China + University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany Achievements n Led the re-launch of an online Sino-German recruiting platform, resulting in 40% increased functionality and 30% improvement in advertising n

Led the off-line marketing campaign at the bi-yearly Sino-German Job Fair, resulting in 25% increase in followers on our official WeChat, Weibo and LinkedIn account


Localisation of DB Bahn ticket booking website in Chinese market, achieving a 45% sales increase in the second year

Takahito Saikawa | Japanese / USA Future Career Objective Senior Marketing Executive. Career History n Domestic Sales Department Chief, Cosmetex Roland (Japan) n Overseas Sales Department General Manager, Cosmetex Roland (Japan) Email address Languages • Japanese (native) • English (fluent) Interests Travel and astrophysics

Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Graduate Diploma, Management University of Exeter, UK Bachelors of Law Nihon University, Japan Achievements n Achieved 10% sales increase year on year n

Worked on wide range of projects from original equipment manufacturing in Japan to exporting own products to foreign countries


Entered new foreign markets with parallel export management in each country



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Terry Webster | British Future Career Objective Establish an Employee Benefit Consultancy providing a variety of bespoke client services.

Email address Languages English (native) Interests Sport, especially squash and cycling, music and sailing

Career History n Scheme Actuary, Senior Consultant, Client Relationship Manager, JLT UK n Scheme Actuary, Corporate Pensions, Friends Provident UK n Project Actuary, Corporate Pensions, London & Manchester UK Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK BSc (Hons) MSOR University of Exeter, UK FIA Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, UK Achievements n Qualifying as an actuary within six years of completing first degree n

Managing various complex procedural and communication requirements for both clients and colleagues resulting from changes to legislation, smoothly and efficiently within exacting timescales


Winning the national award for Actuarial Post’s Pensions Actuary of the year 2015

Thomas Sisk | Belgian/Irish Future Career Objective Connecting capital to sustainable business projects, strategic consultant and business development.

Email address Languages • Dutch (fluent) • English (fluent) • French (fluent) • German (basic) • Afrikaans (proficient) Interests Poker, skiing and comedy

Career History n Exane BNP Paribas, Paris/New York, Managing Director Equity Derivatives – 11 years n ICAP NY, New Jersey USA, Senior Equity Derivatives broker – 2 years n Fortisbank NV, Brussels Belgium, Director and Senior Equity trader, Market maker and trader – 3 years Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Series 7 and Series 63 Achievements n At Exane, implemented two new business segments, in Europe and in the US n

At ICAP NY, co-managed the trading desk (15 people) and started commercialising variance swaps


As a senior trader at Fortisbank NV, traded technology stocks over a 3-year period


Throughout the programme, we have been pushed to work cross-culturally, constantly applying the art of listening to build constructive dialogues. This systemic understanding of relationships has built our personal resilience and will prove invaluable for our future in a complex society. DELFINA ZARGAZAZU – ONE PLANET MBA 2016


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Xie Jingshu | Chinese Future Career Objective Management position in NGOs, consulting firms or multinational enterprises.

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Career History n Tax Manager, Shanghai United Achievement Consulting Co. Ltd., China, 4 years n Senior Tax Accountant, SBA Stone Forest Corporate Advisory Co. Ltd. (Shanghai), China, 1 year n Senior Tax Consultant, Hendersen Consulting Co. Ltd., China, 3 years

Languages • Chinese (native) • English (fluent) • Korean (basic)

Education Highlights One Planet MBA University of Exeter Business School, UK Bachelor Degree of Economics and Law East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China

Interests Travel, playing the piano and cooking

Achievements n Led team on a tax audit project and assisted client in tracing missing 3,000,000RMB in bank deposit n

Represented my client in Transfer Pricing negotiations with tax authority, saving nearly 4,000,000RMB in taxes

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Our sincere thanks to Gerry and Clemencia Brown for their generous support through the Ayudar Scholarship, Trevor and Dominica Yang, Dennis Cheung and Syngenta for their generous support. Our thanks also to Trevor Worth from Portcullis Legals for sponsoring the Portcullis Award for Innovation. Our thanks to Markel International for hosting the MBA’s event: “Business Challenges and Developing the Talent to Solve Them” on 23rd March 2017 at Markel International, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3AZ


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