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EMBA students honoured


Two recent Executive MBA students at Cambridge Judge Business School, Christie Marr and John Lee, are named to the Best & Brightest Executive MBA list by publication Poets & Quants.

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Two recent Executive MBA (EMBA) students at Cambridge Judge Business School, Christie Marr and John Lee (both EMBA 2019), were named among the Best & Brightest Executive MBAs of 2021 by the business school publication Poets & Quants.

The publication’s seventh annual EMBA list recognises students who “personify excellence” through “their contributions to the class, academic performance, extracurricular involvement, professional achievement, and personal intangibles.”

Christie Marr.
Christie Marr (EMBA 2019)

Christie, who is Deputy Director at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, says in the article that while at Cambridge Judge she dusted off her coding skills “to build a prototype web-based mathematics home tutor app. It uses an algorithm-based approach to mimic the dialogue between tutor and tutee”.

“My advice to a student contemplating doing an Executive MBA programme is simply to go for it: it’s very easy to persuade yourself that now isn’t quite the right time. But if you waited for the right time you might never do it, so go for it and enjoy the ride!”, she says.

Dr Khaled Soufani, Director of the EMBA programme at Cambridge Judge, commented: “Christie brought a great deal of passion, drive and ambition to her Cambridge Executive MBA cohort”.

John Lee.
John Lee (EMBA 2019)

John, who hails from Sydney, Australia, leads Business Development for the London Stock Exchange Group Accelerator, which looks at emerging technologies in financial services. He was an EMBA class representative, and says he is proud to have helped support classmates through assignments and lectures during the extraordinary period of the global pandemic.

“‘Connection’ and ’empathy’ is everything,” he says in the article. “As individuals and as a cohort, we faced so many challenges and adversities during the pandemic. Many of us were affected in different ways, personally and professionally. But what makes a great leader is the ability to find meaning in what we do and how we do it. And this can be achieved through the connections with those around us.”

Says Dr Khaled Soufani: “John has been a tremendous asset to his Cambridge Executive MBA cohort. During the COVID-19 pandemic, John’s role as a class representative proved invaluable as he acted as a conduit between the class and the Business School.”