Alumni Advisory Board

Alumni Advisory board meeting

Established in October 2004, the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) provides an important vehicle to foster an active relationship between the Business School and our alumni in an advisory capacity.

The AAB serves to:

  • communicate alumni views and interests to the Business School
  • advise and support the Business School in creating and enhancing services and opportunities for alumni champion the Business School and communicate its vision externally

Alumni Advisory Board members

Chair: Joanne Linder (MBA 1996) is Co-Chair of the AAB, together with Professor Nelson Phillips, Acting Dean of Imperial College Business School.

The AAB is comprised of 21 alumni hailing from the Business School’s varied programmes. They meet three times a year, with each member’s term of office being for three years.

Read a message from the Co-Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board

Please note we are currently recruiting new Board members for 2017 – 2019/ If you are interested in applying and would like more information, please email alumni-business@imperial.ac.uk 

New Board members for 2017 are:

  • Elynor Chiu (Full-Time MBA 2011), Managing Director, EC Consulting
  • Yann Helle (Weekend Executive MBA 2010), Managing Director, 2H Offshore
  • Johnny Kwan (MSc Tech & Development 1979), Founder and Chairman, Bee Associates
  • Mathilda Nathan (MSc Management 2011),  Head of International Supply Strategy, Deliveroo
  • Eric Yu (MSc IHM 2007), Principal, Real World Evidence Solutions, QuintilesIMS
  • Sivan Zohar-Abenson (Weekend Executive  MBA 2015), portfolio career, including Management Consultant, Programme Manager, Senior Executive, Agile Coach

Meet our current Board members

What is your current role?

Chief Economist and Head of Research at TheCityUK

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I absolutely loved my time at Imperial, and so I was keen to maintain an active link with the school, and to try to give something back. The ambassadorial aspect appealed to me too—I think the business school has a great offering and I’d love to help champion the brand.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

Besides the obvious networking and career development opportunities, I value the idea of staying part of a very distinctive community.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I enjoyed almost all of it, but the study tours really stand out. Those inevitable late-night sessions finishing group projects are very memorable too. We may have been tired, but I’ll always remember the fun we had and the crazy conversations that came out of all those long hours we spent working together.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

There were a number of key lessons for me, but most of them come under the theme of discovery. For example, I learned that once you take yourself out of a familiar, comfortable environment, your skill set might get used in unexpected ways and your contributions might be very different to what you anticipate; and that even after many years of work experience, when you think you know your professional interests, you might still end up being intrigued by a subject or idea that you never imagined would grab your attention.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Try to engage as much as possible with people who work in completely different industries from you—people who have radically different training and ways of thinking about things. Most of us rarely get that opportunity in our professional lives.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

In so many fields the professional landscape is now incredibly competitive and is likely to become increasingly so, and so the old model where we study and gain qualifications first and then work seems insufficient. I think that, for better or for worse, we will increasingly have to embrace incremental, long-term development throughout our careers, whether this comes from attaining additional formal qualifications later in one’s career, independent coursework, practical training, or informal study—or a combination of these.

What is your current role?

Managing Director, 2H Offshore Engineering

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I consider my time doing the Executive MBA as the hardest and also most fulfilling 2 years of my ‘student’ life. I learnt a lot and this helped me grow to my current position. I really would like to give something back to Imperial College, and I believe the AAB to be a good place to help promote the School, and share my experience.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?
While you get better insight with experience, you never stop learning. I enjoy being able to discuss and share knowledge with other peers coming from multiple background, industries and disciplines. The relationships developed also during my time at the Business School are also very important to me and I believe those are shared values across the School.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?
Our MBA trip to China was memorable. The lectures were enlightening and we took an extra week while in China to travel around with other students. What a great time!

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?
Learning to think strategically, looking at the big picture and how to address it.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?
The actual content of the MBA course could be found in 8-10 selected books. However, the key learnings of the Business School is a combination of sharing different experiences and friendship with other students, lecturers and alumni. The networking generated out of this will last a lifetime and for me is a strong consideration for joining the Business School.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?
Be curious, do not stop learning and growing. This is a stepping stone to developing the confidence needed to do what will make you happy.

You can contact Yann via email.

What is your current role?

Founder and Director, Penatrada Ltd

Why did you want to be on the AAB? 

Having spent over six years at Imperial College and the Business School and having been active in representing postgraduate students at the College in 2005-06, I feel now is an appropriate time, whilst relatively young, to give something back and I see the Alumni Advisory Board as an ideal way to do this.

What value do you derive from being on the AAB?

I get to meet like-minded alumni and the opportunity to collaborate with other board members and to be able to exchange views and thoughts as to how we can assist the Business School going forward.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

Since leaving the Business School I have attended a number of Alumni functions which I found both stimulating and enjoyable.  And I derive great value from the opportunity of networking with my fellow alumni.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

My fondest memory during my time enrolling the MSc Finance programme at the Business School was in the Entrepreneurship class when my team of four won the ABN Amro prize for the best business plan, which we presented to a panel of judges and fellow students.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

The most important thing that I learnt was how to enhance my self-confidence and ability to communicate and build relationships with others in a challenging and technical business-like academic environment.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Research all available courses, attend open days and ask questions of course alumni representatives to further consolidate their thoughts on which programme is best suited for them to apply for.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Have a long-term career goal, focus on building the foundation, core skills and knowledge required, and ensure that you have a planned and structured pathway to get to that goal.

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What is your current role?

Chief Executive Officer, BiOZEEN

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

To contribute back to my college that put me on the road to success. Interaction across disciplines is the biggest strength at Imperial and alumni insights can be valuable resources for the school as it charts its future strategies. As an Advisory Board member, I will be able to voice current trends, suggest ways to engage with the student community, and contribute to furthering the interest of the business school around the world.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

The alumni network at Imperial is an ecosystem of successful yet supportive people. You get to engage across industries, geographies and many are close friends. The faculty is brilliant with many of them leading outstanding research initiatives; and they are always ready to give their valuable insights.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

Networking over lunch at the senior common room – The friends I have made across specializations and nationalities, and the discussions we have had from science to business to spirituality!

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Leveraging the strength of individuals. The several team course works at Imperial inspired creative leadership.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Great managers and companies are born when business knowledge translates ideas into value propositions. Learning business at a school that pushes the frontiers of research in engineering and sciences will provide ample opportunities to see ideas convert into favourable economics. If the number of companies born out of research ideas excites you, then this is the place to be. The international student and staff community at Imperial is an advantage in today’s globalized world.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Identify your purpose and develop your career around it. Plan a pathway to your purpose and focus on the technical, presentation and people skills to make a positive impact.

Vibin Joseph

What is your current role?

Global Head of Sales Enablement, Google Cloud

Why did you want to be on the AAB?

Undertaking an MBA is an amazing time for anyone. It is tough, hard work and great fun. Supporting people during that journey, coaching them and helping them maximize their ability to gain from the experience is immensely important. As a member of the AAB I am really excited to be able to support and contribute student cohorts working through their Business School studies.

What value do you derive from being on the AAB?

I gain tremendous insight and value from meeting MBA students and being able to talk with them and understand more about their industries and their own perspectives.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

The sense of giving back is very important to me, coupled with the ability to maintain and engage people from many industries and backgrounds.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

The China MBA study tour was just an amazing experience – spectacular and mind-blowing.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

To listen more and to speak less!

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Studying at this level is a serious commitment and not one to be undertaken lightly. Having said that, I’d say “Go for it!”

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Maintain a broad set of skills, don’t over specialise. The most sought after people are the people who can blend business skills, technical capability and creative aptitude, this to me is the dream profile.

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What is your current role?

After my retirement from BASF as a Senior Vice President in 2015, I founded, and serve as Chairman of, Bee Associates as a non-profit driven Sustainability and Management Consultancy Platform for SMEs in China.

I serve also as member of the Presidium of the United Nation Global Compact China Network and as advisor to its City Programs for Sustainable Development.

I am a senior advisor to Sinochem International, and consultant to a number of SMEs.

Why did you want to be on the AAB?

I spent 4 years in Imperial College, which has shaped my entire life, and I simply want to find a way to pay back.   I want to be able to connect Imperial College and the Business School with China’s development particularly in the area of sustainability and innovation.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

I like to connect up a large and fast developing economy of China with the Business School research and management theories, and its alumni network to create common shared values for the society.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I studied my Master degree in the Department of Social and Economic Studies in 1978, prior to the formation of the Business School.  However, the said department was ultimately merged into the Business School.  My fondest memory was the setting of my post-graduate department, as it was very small, one of those old Victoria buildings opposite the current Business School along the Exhibition Road, its was like a family.  And also I was privileged to engage as part-time helper to the Central Library.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

It gave me great inspiration on respecting stakeholders and imprinting the fundamentals of societal and economic principles, which subsequently developed as the triple bottom line.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Business should be built on the right business ethics and values while embracing continuous changes in the business model of accomplishing the result. Business is also the best lever to realise scientific and engineering innovation.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

You must like what you are doing.  If you haven’t found your interests yet, explore any relationship between what you are learning academically with the society.  Look for what you can offer as a solution to societal and environmental issues.

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What is your current role?

Owner of Smartpitch, and Worksite Technology Limited.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

Completing the MBA, you become part of a group of people that has an enduring respect for one another. This respect has, for me, led to some lasting business relationships and close friendships.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Don’t be afraid of change. Grab every opportunity to try something different. Exploring the possibilities will help you discover what you’re best at and what you most enjoy.

What does success mean to you?

Choose your own measures of success, not other peoples, and make space in your life for achieving them. I’ve always been a strong advocate that your career, should, above all else be something you enjoy. Success will follow.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

Knowing that whatever we all went on to do, the experience enriched our lives. That we have all been braver with our careers since.

What is your current role?

Director, Management and Entrepreneurship, Koobe Global

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I am passionate about entrepreneurship, and I am always looking for opportunities to invest my experience and learning back into the startup community. By remaining active in the community, I keep abreast of which top universities and business schools are starting different initiatives to drive entrepreneurship and innovation.

As an alumnus of the Imperial Business school, I would like to contribute my experience, expertise and networking skills to help Imperial continue leading innovation and entrepreneurship and maintain its position in technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I have extensive experience in entrepreneurship, digital startups and hardware startups. I am confident that I can make significant contributions in those areas. I do not encounter Imperial Business School alumni often in my field. I would love to further engage with alumni in the tech startup field and collaborate with them to promote Imperial.

Since China has become another important hub for innovation, especially for hardware and Internet of Things startups, I have been building strong connections there. I would love to help any groups interested in entrepreneurship, fundraising or the Chinese/Asian market.

I can also help Imperial provide better career services and employer outreach by helping our students engage with tech startups and companies.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I always enjoyed a nice pint of beer in the Queens Gate pub after a long team project discussion.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

I’ve learned that I should not be afraid to be ambitious. Imperial helped me to build my confidence and ignite my entrepreneurial flair. I am willing to take more risk for the ventures I am involved in.

What is your current role?

Strategic Research, Rolls-Royce

Why did you want to be on the AAB?

In the 15 years since completing my MBA, my career path has taken directions that would never have been possible with a technical background alone.  Engagement with the AAB is both an opportunity to repay the Business School for the opportunities it presented, whilst at the same time building links and gaining insights into emerging business and technology areas.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

It is impossible to single out one memory from my studies as the fondest.  They would all be related to a common theme though – the very collegiate nature of the School which stems from the unique combination of MBA candidates and faculty. My overwhelming recollection of my studies was a keen desire to work together on problems.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

The answer to any manager’s current problems almost always exists already, sometimes in an entirely different sector or domain. My time at Imperial College Business School gave me the confidence to look beyond the immediate area when looking for such solutions.  As a very close second, I was part of a phenomenal syndicate group which reinforced the difference between being part of a truly high performing team, as opposed to a team of high performing individuals.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

The benefits of an MBA from a top school are spread over decades whilst the effort (and pain) of the study is squeezed into a relatively short time period.   This draws on reserves beyond the person undertaking the MBA. It is important to prepare family and loved ones for this challenge as well.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Predicting the future is inherently difficult, even for the outstanding people I met during my MBA. For most people, picking career strategies that are robust under a wide range of possible scenarios is preferable.  Conversely, I’ve come across visionary types who have had extraordinary success investing heavily in particular future outcomes.  The secret seems to be recognising if you are in the 95% group or the 5% one.

What is your current role?

I head up the International Sales Strategy division at Deliveroo, covering 10 countries across EU and APAC. More specifically, I look after the Commercial Strategy and Sales tools customisation and adoption, across our International Sales teams.

Why did you want to be on the AAB?

My experience while at Imperial College Business School was overwhelmingly positive. I am very keen to help shape the future development of the School.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I believe it is very important to share your experiences with current students, as it is a meaningful way to contribute to the Imperial College community. At the same time, the stronger the connection of the alumni network, the higher the impact when representing the School to future students.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I actually have two. The first one was during induction week. We had just been split into our study groups, and were asked to build one of London’s landmarks. We built the Royal Albert Hall from a pumpkin. The second one was during our Consulting project. We did a project for Tata Consulting, which was very hands-on, and gave us a taste of what life in a consulting firm looks like.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Working with multi-cultural groups was definitely one of the most valuable lessons I took from my time at the Business School. It is very important to be aware of the dynamics when working in an international environment, with cross-functional groups that are not under your direct management.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

I would highly encourage prospective students to take advantage of the Careers and Professional Development team services from day one. The resources they have and the alumni network they can connect you to are invaluable.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

What I learnt early on in my career was to fight for the things I want to accomplish rather that wait for them to happen to me. My advice to recent graduates would be to ‘never ask for permission, only for forgiveness’.

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What is your current role?

Head of EMEA Compliance at PayPal

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I really enjoyed my time at the Business School and gained a great deal out of the experience. The Business School continues to go from strength to strength and I wanted to be part of the Alumni Advisory Board so that I could help to shape the direction of the strategy going forward and share insights about the FinTech industry that I work in.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

Maintaining your connection with the Business School and the Alumni Network means that you have access to fantastic facilities and resources as well as an amazing network of talented people to help you continually learn and develop your career.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

Meeting and working with a group of like-minded people from a number of different backgrounds and industries who were looking to learn and take on new challenges.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

That you can do anything in your career if you really want to and you put your mind to it. Completing an MBA enabled me to think outside the box and not limit myself to a specific career path.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Really make the most of every opportunity. The Business School has great facilities and resources that you are able to take advantage of. Also take the opportunity to build some good networks which will endure long after you have completed the course.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Always be looking for new challenges and do not be afraid to take risks in your career as it is the only way that you truly develop and grow.

What is your current role?

Managing Director, Redcare HMO Nigeria

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I am passionate about sharing a 360-degree view of my experience at the business school with colleagues and prospective students within my region. In my experience, a lot of professionals are still uncertain about that next career leap for a taught course (either physically or remotely) because of numerous reasons. It is more convincing to relate with someone who has first-hand information and experience

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

It serves as a constant reminder on the net-worth of my professional network. In addition, there is a huge and diverse range of industry professionals who can continuously strengthen the alumni globally, and especially in my region.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

The entrepreneurship team challenge was amazing with lots of learning curves, fun and quite memorable. Also, the syndicate/group tours and hang-outs!

What is your current role?

Lead Project Engineer  – Global Projects Organisation, BP Plc

What value do you derive from being on the AAB?

I sincerely believe in the power of the alumni network and I see the AAB as a perfect platform to implement the right strategy to engage the alumni and harness this massive resource in providing benefit to both sides; School and alumni.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

During my MBA I have received great education, fantastic support from the staff and built an excellent network. I developed great relationships and kept close contact with a number of my peers and Imperial College after graduation. I have hugely benefited from sharing experiences and getting various perspectives from different sectors, seeking advice and giving and receiving support on career choices in the past 9 years. I really enjoy this relationship and would like to expand it in any way possible.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Power of teamwork and the ability to engage and interact in a diverse group to achieve a common goal.

What is your current role?

Director of Debt and Structured Finance, CBRE

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

There are several reasons I wanted to get involved in the Board. I was interested in providing diversity to the Board: my background (I grew up in Middle East, my first degree was in Civil Engineering, I worked in management consultancy then Finance). I also lived and worked in Middle East (incl Gulf), UK, USA, Western Mainland Europe. I also want to be able to give back, which is not new to me, as I lead Corporate Responsibility activities for a team of about 50, which volunteers c 400 hours a year and raised in excess of £3,000 for charities in 2014. I am also a qualified business mentor. I want to help contribute to Imperial College Business School and what better way to appreciate what the Business School has enabled me to achieve. This is both internally within the School (eg: being available to AAB board meetings and events) and being an ambassador for the College. It will also help raise my own profile.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School? strong>

Bring your work experience with you. Know exactly what you want to get out of the course before you embark (ie: have a plan). It is okay to change the plan once you are on the course, but you must always have a plan. That way, you will have focus which will help you maximise the value of what you get out of the course. Enjoy it – it is great fun to be student again. Not only that, but you are part of a grand University in a fantastic location in the most amazing city in the World. You will also be interacting with and learning from a collection of peers who bring so many different perspectives to life.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Understand yourself – your values, why you behave in certain ways, and what motivates you. For example, are you motivated by breadth or depth of experiences, where do you lie on a status vs knowledge spectrum, what value do you put on various rewards that may be on offer, etc?

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Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

The Executive MBA years have been the most formative period in my life so far and I felt like I wanted to give something back to Imperial College.What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

I try to participate in as many events organised by Imperial College as possible. It’s a tremendous opportunity to stay connected with a broad range of alumni in different industries and exchange ideas and insights. Some of the Imperial Alumni are also very close friends.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

The night before the deadline for the IE&D project we had been working overnight in the central library to complete the assignment. I still have a picture in my phone of the four of us sitting outside the library at dawn, super tired but happy.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

I decided to do the Executive MBA because I wanted to add business knowledge to my background combination of user-focused approach, technical know-how and creative flair. Two courses stood out in particular: accounting and negotiation. I believe they were the two most important of the entire programme and what I’ve learnt is still helping me today.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

The Executive MBA is an extremely powerful tool. It will change forever the way you see the business you work in and also shape the way you see yourself, stretching your threshold of stress and fatigue to unprecedented levels. But as with any tool, it really makes the difference only if you use it in the right way. So my advice would be: have a vision when you start, and never give up until you succeed.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Never stop being curious and keep learning new things. To survive the coming decades, let alone thrive, we need to recognise that learning is a lifetime pursuit.

What is your current role?

Director of Leidos Ltd, the UK Subsidiary of Leidos

Why did you want to be on the AAB?My key reasons for wanting to be on the AAB are that I enjoy having an ongoing relationship with the Business School having completed my MBA and I would like to encourage other students to get involved and further enhance the alumni experience.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?

The alumni network provides access to high-calibre professionals in different industries to your own that typically you would not encounter in your day to day career. This can be useful from a business point of view but is certainly an enriching personal experience and the alumni social events are enjoyable.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

There are so many to choose from but I have to say working with the industrial designers at the Royal College of Art as part of Design London certainly stands out.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Again there are several to choose from but I would say it is a different way of thinking about problems, looking more strategically rather than solely focussing on the day to day operational challenges.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Come! The Business School is a brilliant place to study, in particular the MBA’s focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and design while connected to a world leading university in the heart of the one of the world’s greatest cities is a difficult combination to beat.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Accept that change is constant and keep learning, developing and networking.

What is your current role?

Head of Fixed Income & Currencies (FIC) Cross Border Solutions, Markets – Institutional Client Group Asia at Deutsche Bank

What is your current role?

Principal, QuintilesIMS

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I wanted to use my experiences gained since completing my Masters to benefit the Business School.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Business School. What has stayed with me is how motivated people were to succeed. The business plan competition showcased this whilst highlighting the importance of teamwork and the value of diversity in teams.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

Prior to attending Business School I had no business experience and a background in healthcare. The Business School gave me the confidence to succeed in the commercial environment by approaching problems in a different way, irrespective of your background.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Studying at the Business School is like being in a living petri dish where you can meet people from diverse industries and backgrounds with a similar outlook as you. It will challenge and enrich your thinking in ways which will surprise you, I would encourage anyone to make the most of this.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

Try to continually stretch yourself, stay engaged, ensure you are growing personally and gaining skills over time. You’ll get lots of advice along the way, ultimately do what you feel is right for your career.

What is your current role?

COO of innovative healthcare solution, I also have my own consulting and advisory firm for high growth start-up companies.

Why did you want to be on the Alumni Advisory Board?

I really enjoyed my time at Imperial College Business School and I thought that this would be a great way to stay in touch and being part of the community. I also thought that my experience and skills could benefit the School and its alumni and that I could give back this way.

What value do you get from actively maintaining your connection with the Business School and Alumni Network?

The value that I get is being part of a large group of ingenious and like-minded individuals. It is fantastic for networking, but also for exchanging and validating ideas and socialising. Actively maintaining connection with the School really makes you feel like being part of a community.

What is your fondest memory from your time at the Business School?

There were a few great moments, but from me the most memorable was the international business tour. I was lucky enough to take part in two of them one to China and the other to South America. I had never been to China before so for me it was fascinating exposure to both the business eco-system and the Chinese culture.
I had been to both Argentina and Chile a couple of times before, however during this tour I was exposed to other aspects of these countries and I was able to get a different perspective. Above all the tour was fun, we got the chance to socialise a lot and to really get to know each other and build relationships with my fellow students which will be with me for life.

What was the most important learning you took away with you from the Business School?

The quality of studies in the Business School is superb. I was particularly interested in developing my entrepreneurial skills and benefited immensely from the IED project (Innovation, entrepreneurship and design) which gave me hands-on experience in commercializing business ideas, some of the tools that I received from this course help me today with my entrepreneurial career. I also learnt the value of networking and participating in extracurricular activities and societies.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying at the Business School?

Joining Imperial College Business School is a great investment, in terms of time and also financially. Before you join think to yourself what do you want to get from your time at the School. Being focused on what you want whether in terms of career or self-development is very important. There are many societies and extracurricular activities on offer which provide excellent opportunities to network, to get exposure and hands-on experience. As a summary I would say, be inquisitive, curious and proactive.

What do you feel is a key consideration that people need to take into account as they develop their career?

A key consideration would be to really think to yourself what do you enjoy doing? Most of us will spend many years in our careers and it is vital that it is going to be something that gets you up in the morning when the going gets tough.  Another consideration to take is to approach yourself as a brand and think to yourself what my added value is, and what is my unique selling proposition? What am I good at and what I would like to be remembered for? Networking and socialising is also a very important part in your career development, make time to network and do not be afraid to ask for help.

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