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Global Talent 2021

THE

EXETER MBA

Inspiring leaders for a better world


The Exeter MBA Global Talent Book 2021

Foreword Welcome to our Class of 2021 Global Talent book, an introduction to a group of ambitious, talented, and creative professionals who seek to advance their careers whilst taking up the responsibility of leading in a challenging global landscape. By joining The Exeter MBA programme, they develop a better understanding of the ways in which rapid environmental, technological and societal changes impact and disrupt existing business models. As part of their personal transformation they are supported to undertake a year of discovery, innovation, enterprise, collaboration and growth. MBA students at Exeter engage and work closely with our expert faculty and our wide network of responsible partners to deepen their knowledge, skills and behaviours. Our Class of 2021 MBA participants have come to Exeter from around the world. They bring with them an exceptional range of business and management experience, together with a curious mind and a global outlook. I would like to recommend them to you and I hope you will find many opportunities to engage and work with this talented group of individuals. If you would like to discuss how we can facilitate your talent search, please contact me.

Jacqueline Bagnall Director, The Exeter MBA University of Exeter Business School jackie.bagnall@exeter.ac.uk

We need an MBA that is meaningful. The University of Exeter Business School had the foresight to create the One Planet MBA. We know what we have to do to contribute to a more sustainable future. We have the possibilities to do it but we need the will power to do it and the will power is Leadership. That is why the MBA at Exeter is a great programme. PAUL POLMAN – FORMER CEO, UNILEVER

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The Exeter 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 Exeter MBA is at the forefront of the circular economy and sustainable business. The Exeter MBA is built around the very key set of values that define our elite Russell Group Business School: responsible leadership, innovation, technology, knowledge and practice. 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.

*The Sunday Times and The Times Good University Guide 2019

Academically rigorous, yet experiential in nature The Exeter MBA is a partnership between the University of Exeter Business School, leading global 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 MBA programme was selected for in-depth review by the EQUIS re-accreditation panel of experts where the Business School successfully secured re-accreditation for a period of five years. The Economist Which MBA? rankings 2019 named our MBA as a global top 100 MBA programme, and 5th in the world for student quality. The programme was also accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), ranked number 11 in the Corporate Knights’ 2020 Better World MBA Rankings and received “Tier One” status in the CEO Global MBA Rankings 2020. The Exeter MBA is offered at the University of Exeter, a global leading and UK Top 12 Russell Group University.*

The techniques I’ve learned in innovation have helped me connect the dots from challenges I encountered during my career as an IT consultant, and during the Consultancy Project where I was able to solve real-life problems for businesses. Ayan Chatterjee (MBA, 2018)


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Gemma Jones (MBA 2020)

Bringing innovative business thinking to your organisation Engaging with The Exeter MBA on a consultancy project is a great way for you to benefit from our talented, international professionals applying their innovative business thinking from a forwardlooking, cutting edge accredited MBA, to a business challenge you are facing. Our students, in the past, have worked with all types of organisations on issues ranging from developing the regional innovation ecosystem of the South West to defining the vision of a circular and healthy food system in an urban setting. Take a look at our project videos (nos 5 – 11) to see the impact and value that these projects have provided.

The project process n From

November to February, the students will be thinking through their different project options. If they are interested in exploring a project with your organisation, I will be in touch to make an introduction; they may also connect with you on LinkedIn. We are working towards 1 March for all students to have their projects.

n The

student will work with you, supported by their academic supervisor, to develop their project idea further and to produce their project proposal which they will need to have completed by 5 May.

n Students

will conduct their project between April and September, producing a consultancy report. Please bear in mind that, during this period, the student will still have modules and course work to complete, with the last module, for some students, not finishing until the end of June. We will be asking you for feedback on the student.

It was a joy working with Jumana on her project. Her work far exceeded what we would have expected and provided a great mix of well-researched theoretical insights into the challenges of collecting and using experience data, as well as practical recommendations for SAP. Mike Jordan, Global Portfolio Manager for Technology Innovations & Academic ambassador and Dr. Stuart Clarke, Principal Consultant, Analytics and Insight EMEA2 SAP

This was the first time we had engaged with the final year consultancy project process with The Exeter MBA. I am delighted with the level of insight, professionalism and collaboration from Gemma. The process was managed seamlessly from Exeter, Gemma was well supported by her academic tutor and produced important thinking for our organisation. Many thanks! Fiona McNae, CEO Space Doctors Ltd


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The digital revolution is transforming business and society

Inspiring leaders for a better world

It has been an absolute pleasure to oversee Paula’s MBA project. She has helped identify gaps in harmonising measurement of embodied carbon in the built environment with Environment Agency (EA) as a case study. She also explored the use of digital technologies such as block chain in measuring and monitoring embodied carbon and provided insightful recommendations for the EA. Her work will be very useful in helping us find solutions to one of society’s biggest challenges which is meeting the NetZero target and addressing the wider climate and ecological emergency. Anusha Shah, Director Resilient Cities – Arcadis


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The Exeter MBA Global Talent Book 2021

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 Exeter 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.

Supporting your talent search The Exeter MBA places a profound emphasis on the personal and professional development of its talent. MBA Careers Consultant, Dominic Prosser, works with our participants and develops a personal understanding of the strengths, career achievements, personal attributes and aspirations of each candidate. Through 1:1 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 talented graduates/participants into a full-time position, Consultancy 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 Consultancy Project

access to our talent via our Global Talent Book

Jacqueline Bagnall The Exeter MBA Programme Director

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 hearing your suggestions for other events you would like to see. Existing opportunities include: n Professional

Impact 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

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

n MBA

n Direct

The world has enough people with all the answers. What we develop at Exeter are leaders able to ask the right questions.

Engagement activities

Virtual Careers Fair 2021 in partnership with MBA students from the Universities of Bath and Cardiff

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

People who are successful have found their passion and work incredibly hard at it. Sir Chris Hoy, MBE Six time Olympic Champion Track Cyclist

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Graduates of The Exeter MBA are world-class

Full-time students 32 full time students, average age 33

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. 50% Male

By engaging with, and recruiting our talent, your organisation will benefit from collaborative, aspiring business leaders equipped to drive and manage innovation and change.

Denmark

Canada

Norway

50% Female

Average work experience = 9 years

Bulgaria

UK France

Japan

Italy China Taiwan Egypt

Colombia

Uganda Full-time students 15 different countries represented

Nigeria

British

2

Indian

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Bulgarian

1

Italian

1

Canadian

2

Japanese

1

Chinese

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Nigerian

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Colombian

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Norwegian

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Danish

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Taiwanese

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Egyptian

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Ugandan

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French

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India

2020/21 cohort

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Contact information For careers and recruitment: Dominic Prosser MBA Careers Consultant Tel: +44 (0) 1392 723829 Email: d.w.j.prosser@exeter.ac.uk

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The Exeter MBA engages with leading global and other progressive organisations. AARDVARK | ARCADIS | AVANADE | BALLOONS BAMBOO CLOTHING | BINIT | BMT | CANOPY CENTRAX | CO-CARS | COCA COLA | CREDITON COMMUNITY HUB | DANONE | THE DATA ANALYSIS BUREAU | DELOITTE | DEVON GARDEN

For partnerships and engagement opportunities: Camilla Norman MBA Stakeholder Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1392 725935 Email: c.norman2@exeter.ac.uk

THE DONKEY SANCTUARY | DOWNSIDE SCHOOL DRIVETECH | DRYROBE | THE ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION | ERNST & YOUNG | EXETER CITY COUNCIL | EXETER MOSQUE | EXETER SCIENCE PARK FEEDBACK | FLOOGLEBINDER | IBM | IDEO | IHG JP MORGAN | LEMON GAZELLE | MARKS & SPENCER MCCAIN | MCDONALD'S | MEMORY MATTERS | MET

For admissions and general enquiries: Emma Birch MBA Recruitment Lead Tel: +44 (0) 1392 725078 Email: emma.birch@exeter.ac.uk

OFFICE | MINIBEMS | MOBILOO | NESTLE | NINETY THE NORTH DEVON BIOSPHERE RESERVE FOUNDATION | PERFORMANCE CLIMATE SYSTEM PA CONSULTING | PORTCULLIS LEGALS | RANCHO MARGOT | RAPID ACTION PACKAGING | RARECAN RAW FOOD & DRINK PR | REFINITIV | ROWCROFT HOSPICE | SAP | SATELLITE APPLICATIONS CATAPULT | SETSQUARED | SEASALT | SOLVAY SOUTH WEST WINE SCHOOL | SOUTHERN HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST | SPACE DOCTORS SPACE PSM | TESCO | THOMSON REUTERS UNILEVER | VOLANS | THE WALKER INSTITUTE WHSMITH | WORKWELL | WORLD FAIR TRADE ORGANIZATION | WOW FACIAL


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Wonderful to have the Exeter MBA students so actively engaged and it’s clear they love the way the sustainability agenda is central to their education. Must become the B-school and university default in the 2020s. John Elkington Founder and Chief Pollinator, Volans


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Ahmed Sobhy | Egyptian

Amrita Verma | Indian

Results driven technical sales professional, with a proven record of success in business development, building strategic business plans, and taking the lead in client facing roles. Strong interpersonal skills, specialised in problem solving, handling clients, negotiations, and tailoring customised solutions matching the client’s requirements.

Astute Scrum Master focussed on supporting teams to increase customer satisfaction through process improvements. Respectful and respected professional. Exceptional knowledge of Agile development and Team leading. linkedin.com/in/amrita-verma1

linkedin.com/in/ahmedsobhymba

Akari Nakamoto | Japanese

Ananya Sah | Indian

MBA candidate with 15 years’ experience in managerial roles within the cosmetic industry. An experienced leader with expertise in leading and motivating teams working under pressure. Currently seeking a strategic role in an international organisation with a focus on sustainability.

Qualified doctor (MBBS, MD Pathology) with five years' clinical and laboratory work experience as a pathologist in India. With valuable experience and insights gained as a doctor, I am motivated to drive change in the healthcare industry. I am currently an MBA candidate and looking to explore healthcare consulting opportunities.

linkedin.com/in/akarinakamoto

linkedin.com/in/ananya-sah

Akshay Vinay Magdum | Indian

Ashwin Rasaiah | Indian

A highly capable manager across diverse roles. Strong leadership and decision – making to steer the business environment. Always energetic and ambitious to take on challenges presented. Excellent analytical and observational skills to decode and solve problems. Looking to pivot into a General Management role within an MNC.

A highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with an international exposure in Business Administration and looking for opportunities to formulate a value‐based approach for effective management.

linkedin.com/in/akshay‐magdum

linkedin.com/in/ashwinrasaiah

Alexsandra Marzocca | Canadian

Ben Uphill | British

Entrepreneur, leader and project manager able to look at challenges from many different perspectives to compare the consequences and benefits in a level‐headed manner for the best creative solution. Uses bigger picture focus alongside strong emotional intelligence to lead collaboratively and facilitate environments for teams to flourish and deliver. Passion to work on projects that have positive and enduring impact on society and the environment.

Results driven, highly strategic operations manager. Proven record of increasing productivity by strategic change management, initiating lean, innovation and exceptional budget creation and control. Achieves the highest levels of governance in Health & Safety and Risk Management. Acquiring commercial, mergers and acquisition experience.

linkedin.com/in/alexsandra‐marzocca

Bin Yang | Chinese

Amelia Nakiberu | Ugandan An advocate of High Court of Uganda, a Commissioner for Oaths with over six years’ experience providing legal advisory, due diligence, case analysis, mitigation, and dispute resolution services. Successfully grew recovery portfolios, client retention and referral acquisitions through building client trust and delivery of quality service. Looking to build on my MBA to pivot into Financial and Economic Consultancy.

Having worked as the Project Supervisor of a Government Institution and the General Manager of a start-up company for over six years, I have been even more drawn into the area of project management. My outgoing personality, along with my entrepreneurial mindset, allows me to network confidently with people. I firmly believe that the important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the determination to attain it; I am eager to dig deeper into the business field and become an outstanding entrepreneur and leader.

linkedin.com/in/amelianakiberu

linkedin.com/in/davidyangbb

linkedin.com/in/ben-uphill

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Chidinma Aroyewun | Nigerian

Guogang Wang | Chinese

Sales manager with significant expertise in digital marketing. Led sales in various industries including financial services, telecom VAS, digital marketing and cloud computing. Looking for opportunities to impact businesses in the financial services, retail, FMCG, or technology sectors

Project construction manager with 12 years’ experience in power engineering and proven expertise in project planning, EPC project supply chain and project construction management. Strong passion for sustainable business administration and project management consulting. linkedin.com/in/guogang-wang

linkedin.com/in/caroyewun

Chinelo Maureen Anako | Nigerian A highly organized, dedicated, and diplomatic Business Development Executive, with a proven ability in researching and identifying new opportunities and fostering a collaborative environment within the organisation. Strong interpersonal skills, utmost discretion and integrity help me forge authentic and enduring client relationships. Now looking to build on my commercial expertise and MBA to become a management consultant. linkedin.com/in/chinelo-anako-7865b41bb

Federica Franceschini | Italian Adaptable, culturally savvy, plurilingual and endlessly curious, I have a track record in creating new processes, thinking outside the box, and most recently leading a high‐performing team. I thrive when I am given the geographical flexibility I need as well as the freedom of a blank canvas to draw creative processes and innovative ideas upon. linkedin.com/in/federicafranceschini

Felix Chuang | Asia Pacific With practical experience of Asia Pacific market development in distinct industries such as precision instruments, hydraulic components, electrical items, pharmaceutical productions and medical devices. Aim to join the consulting industry to build on MBA and commercial knowledge and expertise. linkedin.com/in/felixgx

Georgie Hopkins | British As an experienced business founder and team motivator, I thrive on seeing the whole picture and find my passion in developing projects, solving problems and turning ideas into actions. Having chosen to consolidate my knowledge through an MBA, post‐study I plan to work more broadly to help organisations drive sustainable change from within. linkedin.com/in/georgie‐hopkins

Henrik Hannibal Ravn Lager | Danish Conscientious professional with experience in IT project management and a passion for transitioning into ESG related shareholder advocacy and sustainable long‐term investing. linkedin.com/in/henriklager

Idris Olisa | Nigerian Experienced Team Lead with a proven track record of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Data Analytics, Credit Collection, Customer Experience, Sales, Management and Leadership. Interested in credit risk and data analytics roles. linkedin.com/in/idris‐olisa

Jose Giraldo | Colombian Bilingual full time MBA student and electronics engineer with PG marketing studies. Experience in sourcing and contracting resulting in outstanding communication, collaboration, and negotiation skills. Proven leadership and teamwork with excellent feedback and results. Pursuing a career in Management Consultancy or FMCG post MBA linkedin.com/in/josegiraldoospina

Kit Onslow Smith | British British-American dual national with a track record of achievement in marketing and copywriting, digital market entry as part of the WPP group, and latterly in operations planning at a licensee of Discovery Communications Inc. Currently undertaking an MBA at the University of Exeter and seeking professional opportunities with a sustainable focus from September 2021. konslowsmith@gmail.com | www.linkedin.com/in/konslowsmith

Komal Bhalla | Indian A top performing manager with a proven track record of strategising and implementing various pan-nation projects while leading diverse teams and promoting avant-garde. Self-driven and passionate for creating a holistic impact with skills to solve creative and analytical problems. With the past experience of working on projects at scale and consolidated knowledge of an MBA centred towards responsible leadership, Komal aims to help corporates and governments lead and succeed with sustainable goals for a better tomorrow. linkedin.com/in/komalbhalla7

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Krithika Dhanapal | Indian

Rahul Aggarwal | Indian

Accomplished and goal‐driven Manager having more than 13 years of experience in supply chain management, aiming to obtain a challenging leadership position with an organisation that will utilise my management, supervision and administrative skills to benefit mutual growth and success.

Self-motivated and analytically minded, eager to contribute towards the strategy development for an organisation. 10 years’ hands-on experience in product development and automation across Ad-networks, insurance and other domains.

linkedin.com/in/Krithika‐Dhanapal

linkedin.com/rahulaggarwal

Martin Ivanov | Bulgarian

Ramachandran SE | Indian

Results driven professional with over 10 years’ experience mainly in the fields of finance and technology. Entrepreneurial skills going through a successful launch of own consultancy. Strong interest in FinTech and a passion for doing sustainable business.

Exeter MBA candidate from an IT background with significant experience in Business Analysis, looking to pivot to roles with a sustainable focus.

linkedin.com/in/martin-ivanov-mba/

linkedin.com/in/ramachandranse

Naomi Thellier de Poncheville | French

Somaya Tandon | Indian

Award Winning Strategic Creative Director with a proven track record in developing and managing internal and external creative teams, overseeing the design of interior environments from development to build and aftercare with a focus on sustainable and circular processes, suppliers and production methods.

A results oriented professional with experience in Audit and Taxation and keen interest in the recently introduced area of digital taxation. Learning new tasks and concepts quickly while managing time effectively to achieve optimal results in meeting quality and compliance targets.

linkedin.com/in/naomithellierdeponcheville

Nellie Salter | Canadian Exeter MBA Candidate ready to pivot into a role that moves businesses towards sustainability through the circular economy. Proficient at creative problem solving, client advocacy, customer focused solutions, and conflict resolution. linkedin.com/in/nelliesalter

Nigel Ghogale | Indian Highly motivated, teamwork oriented and responsible Shipboard Manager with significant experience in the maritime trade industry. A flair for business management and development with the application of problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. Currently pursuing the Exeter MBA 2020–2021. linkedin.com/in/nigel‐ghogale

linkedin.com/in/somaya‐tandon

Wenkun Wang | Chinese A dynamic professional with outstanding experience of financial operations and the ability to motivate, inspire, and lead a group of individuals with diverse skills and experience. linkedin.com/in/wenkunwang

Yan Sun | Chinese A highly motivated individual who has a strong passion for analytical and strategy‐making positions. With 8 years’ working experience in hospitality industry, I have developed the ability to find out problems, understand issues and provide solutions through communication and collaboration. linkedin.com/in/yan‐amber‐s

Yilong Li | Chinese Three years of human resources work experience, rich entrepreneurial expertise, good at analysing business models, optimising and integrating resources, and communicating with customers efficiently. linkedin.com/in/li-yilong

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