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Khayala Eylazova joins PwC from Microsoft

Executive MBA alumna Khayala Eylazova (EMBA 2014) joins PwC as a Senior Manager from Microsoft.

Khayala Eylazova (EMBA 2014)

Khayala Eylazova (EMBA 2014) has made a career transition from technology to professional services by joining PwC after nine years at Microsoft.

“I was appointed as a Senior Manager within PwC’s financial services department. Working closely with the industry leadership team and senior clients, I am responsible for developing consulting, insurance and investment management propositions across all service areas. I am also leading the firm’s ‘Women in Insurance Tech’ initiative, which aims to empower the next generation of female leadership by providing mentorship, coaching and support.”

Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, Khayala had previously worked for Microsoft since 2008, developing her career across a variety of global roles involving business development, consulting and sales. Despite her successes, Khayala had wanted to take her career in a different direction by the time she joined the Cambridge Executive MBA programme.

“I wanted to make changes, intellectually challenge myself and get out my comfort zone. I had two aims going into the programme: first, establish my own start-up; second, join one the most prestigious consulting and professional services firms, PwC. I’m delighted that Cambridge’s EMBA programme enabled me to achieve both.”

Khayala’s experience on the EMBA allowed her to manage an industry sector change after graduating, as well as explore her entrepreneurial ambitions. “I loved that the EMBA is designed for executives with different backgrounds and experiences. It helped me enhance my leadership abilities, acquire new skills and motivate me in moving to the next level in my career.” Khayala joined forces with fellow EMBA alumna Angela Single (EMBA 2013) in proposing a bracelet for epileptic suffers, which was awarded “Best Start-Up” at a Venture Creation Weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School in 2016.