MBA scholarship recipients

These are the recipients of our MBA scholarships in the 2023/24 cohort.

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Please note: our scholarships are subject to change each recruitment cycle, so you may not find the ones listed below among our currently available scholarships.

Forté Foundation scholarship recipients

Bhaskaran Soumya.

Soumya Bhaskaran

PG Diploma in Liberal Arts (Young India Fellowship)
Ashoka University, India; Bachelor’s in Business Studies, Delhi University, India

Nationality: Indian
Pre-MBA career: International Sales Manager, Great Learning, Gurgaon, India

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After spending over 4 years in the Business Development field across tech-based startups, I realised that I had reached a point where I wanted to elevate my career to the next level. I was looking for a fresh perspective, a deeper understanding of global business dynamics, and a strong network of like-minded professionals. That’s when I decided to pursue the Cambridge MBA.

The programme’s reputation for academic excellence, emphasis on practical application, and a diverse cohort really resonated with me. I saw it as an opportunity to, not only refine my existing skills, but to also gain a holistic understanding of business operations, strategy, and leadership. With the goal of expanding my horizons and taking on more strategic roles, the Cambridge MBA seemed like the perfect platform to challenge myself, learn from world class faculty, and collaborate with international global peers.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I had the privilege to spearhead a cross-functional team in launching a prestigious professional online learning program in Data Science and Machine Learning from MIT in the South-East Asia market. Through meticulous market analysis and strategic collaboration with various departments, we tailored the product to meet local needs, ensuring seamless integration with diverse educational systems.

The launch of the program resulted in, not only a substantial revenue growth, but also a significant increase in the user engagement and positive feedback from learners. This accomplishment highlighted the significance of cohesive teamwork, adaptable strategies, and a deep understanding of market dynamics in achieving sustainable growth in the ever-evolving landscape of edtech.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I’m absolutely thrilled about being awarded the Forté Scholarship! It’s such an incredible honour and opportunity for me.

This recognition feels like a validation of all the hard work I’ve put into my academic and professional journey thus far. The Forté Foundation’s commitment to advancing women in business aligns perfectly with my aspirations, and this scholarship not only provides financial support but also opens doors to a network of inspiring women leaders. I’m excited to engage with fellow scholarship recipients and leverage this experience to further develop my skills and contribute meaningfully to the business world.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

In the upcoming year of my MBA journey, my primary goal is to cultivate a robust foundation of knowledge and skills across various business disciplines. However, beyond the academic aspect, I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse cohort of over 200 fellow students.

Learning from their unique perspectives and experiences will broaden my horizons and expose me to different approaches to solving complex business challenges. Moreover, I look forward to engaging in hands-on projects, internships, and networking opportunities that will help me bridge the gap between theory and practice. By the end of this year, I hope to have not only expanded my knowledge but also developed strong relationships, practical insights, and a clear sense of direction for my post-MBA career path.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

My MBA journey is a strategic investment in my future career trajectory. With the knowledge, skills, and network I’m cultivating, I envision stepping into more strategic and leadership roles. Whether that means spearheading innovation in a dynamic tech company or contributing to sustainable business practices in a global corporation, my MBA is the launchpad for it all.

I also see myself exploring entrepreneurship, using the entrepreneurial insights from my MBA to potentially launch my own venture. Whatever the destination, I’m confident that this journey will empower me to make a meaningful impact in the business world while continuously learning and growing.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge for me is a beacon of intellectual curiosity and innovation, a place where ideas ignite, and dreams take flight. It’s where knowledge isn’t just learned, but also passionately explored and shared.

Something that few people may know about you…

I absolutely love handwritten letters – I’m a sentimental keeper of heartfelt words!

Su QinQin.

Su QinQin

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Economics, Australian National University, Australia

Nationality: Australian
Pre-MBA career: Venture Capital Investor, Shanghai Kunyan Capital, China

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

My decision to pursue the Cambridge MBA is driven by my aspiration to establish my own venture capital fund. Having spent 3 years as a venture investor in Shanghai, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed supporting innovative businesses to scale and grow. I believe more business solutions need to be cultivated for the healthcare industry, which faces unprecedented challenges worldwide.

The Cambridge MBA’s many entrepreneurship and venture capital courses, along with additional resources at the Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship Centre, will equip me with the tools to help startups in the healthcare sector. What sets Cambridge apart for me is the Cambridge Centre for Health Leadership and Enterprise (CCHLE), a research centre based at Cambridge Judge, which offers cutting-edge research and insights into the healthcare industry. CCHLE’s mission to enhance academic knowledge and management practices in healthcare aligns perfectly with my aspirations.

I believe that Cambridge offers the resources and opportunities to significantly enhance my capabilities as an investor, and that’s my motivation for applying to the Cambridge MBA programme.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

As an investor, my most significant achievement lies in the successful initial public offerings (IPOs) of 2 companies within my portfolio: Olymvax in 2020 and Kelun Biotech in 2023. Both firms operate in the pharmaceutical industry, known for substantial upfront research costs that conventional financing sources, such as banks, often hesitate to fund.

As a venture capital investor, I derive profound fulfilment from supporting these companies as they transform visionary concepts into tangible products and services that address the needs of customers and patients.

Their triumphant IPOs not only attest to the market’s recognition of their value but also underscore the enduring impact of venture capital on pioneering enterprises.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am both surprised and deeply humbled to have been granted the prestigious and competitive Forté Fellowships. This scholarship underscores my dedication to contributing meaningfully to the growth of the venture capital industry and reinforces my resolve to further refine my skills and knowledge through the Cambridge MBA programme.

I am eager to fully engage with the fellowship’s offerings and wholeheartedly contribute to its initiatives. Empowered by Forté Fellowships’ invaluable resources and that of the Business School, I am confident in my ability to make a meaningful impact and contribute to the empowerment of women within the business community.

I will leverage my experience and network within the venture capital industry to support and champion fellow women entrepreneurs and investors on their journey to success.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

My primary goal is to cultivate a strong network of mentors and peers who share my passion for investing. I want to forge a lasting career as a professional investor and successful investments require close collaboration between industry and financial experts over a considerable timeframe.

Therefore, I am particularly excited to become part of Cambridge’s diverse community of esteemed alumni and faculty members. I am confident that their invaluable support, guidance, and knowledge will empower me to better navigate challenges and seize opportunities in the dynamic world of healthcare investment.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

The path of my MBA journey, enriched by the insights gained from CCHLE, leads me towards a future career as a distinguished healthcare venture capital investor. I believe that the Cambridge MBA will serve as a gateway for me to actively engage with healthcare VC funds or startups within the vibrant Silicon Fen community. This experience will not only broaden my understanding of global healthcare innovations but also solidify my role in driving transformative changes within the industry.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge embodies unparalleled opportunities for intellectual growth and career development. It signifies a platform where I can sharpen my investment acumen, broaden my horizons, and build the knowledge and network essential for success in healthcare venture capital. The prospect of engaging with like-minded peers and exchanging insights excites me as we collectively explore the venture capital and healthcare industries.

Something that few people may know about you….

I haven’t shared this with anyone, but I’ve spent 3 years documenting my venture capital experiences, resulting in a comprehensive record of 600 pages and 500,000 characters covering over 200 companies. I plan to share this online for free, which I think may be valuable for entrepreneurs, investors, and students who are interested in China’s venture capital industry.

Susanne Andreson.

Susanne Andresen

BA Literature and Writing, University of California, San Diego

Nationality: American
Pre-MBA career: Senior Analyst/Consultant, Esgian Offshore Wind

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I was at a point in my career where I’d clarified my personal goals and was ready for a catalyst to launch me into the next phase.

With a background in renewable energy analysis and consulting, I was looking for a programme with a collaborative approach where I could rub shoulders with researchers in other disciplines. Cambridge was leagues beyond what any other MBA programmes could offer and felt like an obvious choice!

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

In my last role I helped build a Life Cycle Assessment model for commercial use in the offshore wind industry. Our team used this tool in our consulting practice to help governments and developers quantify emissions at every level and stage of offshore wind development. Practically speaking, this meant helping renewable energy actors define and apply for a bid process that will further offshore wind deployment in a sustainable and equitable way. Having a tangible impact on project execution was exhilarating!

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Incredibly humbled. The cohort of women in the Cambridge MBA is exemplary, and I feel honoured to have been selected by Forté to further the foundation’s mission of getting more women into global executive leadership.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

There are a variety of hard skills I’m keen to learn, but most of all, I want to become a person who leads from a place of effective influence and heart.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

In my future career I’m excited to join a renewable energy focused organisation and lead teams involved in commercial strategy and investment.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge means boundless opportunity anchored by a rich and expansive history.

Something that few people may know about you…

One of my first jobs was working as a wilderness guide in the mountains of Northern California. Many of the critical decision-making skills I gained during that time have proven invaluable in my professional career!

Tehreem Qureshi.

Tehreem Qureshi

Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

Nationality: Pakistani
Pre-MBA career: Procurement Manager (Skin Cleansing and Vegetable Oils), Unilever, Pakistan

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

When you think about Cambridge, it is arguably one of the world’s most prestigious institutions where every student dreams of studying. I have always wanted to challenge myself and the biggest academic achievement I could ever have was to get into Cambridge. My dream came true earlier this year when I received the acceptance! Although I had an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, my different roles while leading impactful projects in M&Cs enabled me to get exposure to supply chain, marketing, and sales. I enjoyed working on these diverse projects and I am now pursuing an MBA to strengthen my management and leadership skills.

Coming from a stable professional career and intending to return to it right after graduation, my biggest requirement for an MBA degree was to be as close to the real world as possible and Cambridge offers this. From the opportunity to dwell on real-life projects to exploring an entrepreneurship paradise in Cambridge, I’m certain that this experience will bolster me to get a better understanding of the ever-changing world around me and provide me with an innovative lens to change it for the better. 

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I would say the biggest accomplishment in my career so far was to lead a project where I worked towards transiting palm oil procurement from 100% sustainable sources. Pakistan is one of the world’s largest consumers of palm oil and managing its procurement for the biggest skin cleansing brand in the country was especially challenging during a nationally imposed import ban and the country’s worst economic downfall. Being new to the company and having no prior experience in procurement added to the complexity.

However, working on this project gave me a sense of direction. By making a positive impact on that huge scale, I realised that to genuinely feel fulfilled in my job, I need to be able to work towards sustainability and reducing adverse environmental impact. This is my biggest accomplishment because it introduced me to my values of accountability, sustainability, and responsibility in business. I expect to hold on to these in every company I work for. 

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I’m extremely grateful, humbled, and excited to be awarded this wonderful scholarship. Being brought up in a family with 3 sisters, I was always very keen and passionate about women’s rights to education, to advance in their careers, and to become key decision-makers in society.

This was because I saw that in Pakistani society, women were pushed back to dream small and not move up the ladder. This was coupled with cultural expectations to not go for challenging careers, not be exposed to development resources, and more importantly, a complete lack of professional guidance for women in the country.

Therefore, in 2020, after reading about Forté Foundation, I started my own initiative for women’s personal and professional advancement called “Femtor Pakistan” which helps women (and minority groups) to become their best versions. Having received this scholarship is such a full-circle moment for me and I’m more than honoured to be a Forté Fellow. It was because of this scholarship that I was able to fulfil my dream of the Cambridge MBA and for this, I am genuinely grateful to the Forté Foundation. 

As a Forté Fellow, I plan to take my vision forward and use the opportunities I get in Cambridge and through the Forté Foundation network. I look forward to making a lasting impact and supporting Forté in its mission to change the balance in the workplace. 

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Since my undergraduate degree was in Electrical Engineering, I am excited to dive into a new and different stream of business, management, and innovation. Most importantly, I want to challenge myself and explore what scares me because if I am a little scared to do something, that means I’m pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and traversing new avenues.

One year seems to offer so many opportunities in Cambridge but I hope to go the last mile and make the most out of it. I plan to be an active part of the ‘Women in Business’ and Consulting Special Interest Groups. I’m also looking forward to learning from my diverse group of peers and working on impactful, real-world projects. 

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

To make a global impact in meaningful projects, to have a vibrant network of inspirational individuals, and to make life-long friends. Whatever the path I choose in terms of a career, the biggest priority would be to work in an accepting and respectful environment.

To understand obstacles in the path as well the path itself. What I am the most excited about is working in diverse teams which will help me to effectively treat diversity as a superpower and be more empathetic and open-minded. Since I worked with consultants in my previous role, I plan to become a versatile consultant or a project manager while working on my business acumen. 

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge means to me not a place, but a journey of self-realisation, self-challenge, and a better understanding of the world around you. 

Something that few people may know about you….

I’m a national inter-university silver medallist in Rifle shooting and I used to have 11 cats at one point! 

Toyosi Oni.

Toyosi Oni

BSc Finance & Management, University of East Anglia, UK

Nationality: Nigeria
Pre-MBA career: Senior Associate, CRE Venture Capital, Nigeria

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

One of my favourite quotes is from Anais Nin. She said, “there came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. This quote typically comes to my mind when I know that I need to push myself and was ultimately the catalyst that facilitated my MBA journey.

While researching different MBA programmes, it only seemed right to apply to Cambridge Judge Business School because I felt very aligned with its ethos. What stood out to me was the focus on collaboration and cooperation between students. The robust curriculum, wide range of MBA Electives and the attention paid to technology and innovation further cemented my decision.

By being in Silicon Fen, the Business School has great proximity to one of the world’s leading centres of technological advancement. I took particular interest in the Cambridge Venture Project which will give me the chance to work closely with an innovative start-up and gain rare practical insights into real business operations.

In addition, Cambridge Judge has demonstrated its support for innovation through the establishment of Accelerate Cambridge and I believe that learning in such an environment will greatly improve my understanding of entrepreneurship. Joining Special Interest Groups like the Venture Capital and Private Equity Society will give me access to like-minded individuals who are as passionate about the industry as I am. I also look forward to benefitting from the broader excellence that the University of Cambridge offers.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

The biggest accomplishment in my career so far was being rated 1st in Financial Mail’s “Ranking the Analysts Award” for Sub-Saharan African equities in 2020, alongside a truly supportive and inspiring team. This is the most prestigious award for Africa-focused research analysts because it is judged by major institutional investors who have invested meaningfully across African stock exchanges. It was extremely rewarding to learn that the clients valued my work and found it useful for their investment decisions.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I was already elated to be admitted into the highly competitive Cambridge MBA programme and learning that I was a recipient of the Forté Foundation Scholarship was an incredible honour that left me speechless. While working as a research analyst, I often had to engage with senior management and the lack of female representation was quite stark. Scholarships like this propel ambitious women to the top, and I am very grateful to be a recipient. I look forward to being a lifelong ambassador of both the Cambridge MBA and Forté Foundation, and I cannot wait to pay it forward.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I want to emerge from the Cambridge MBA as a better version of myself in all facets whether academically, professionally or the strength of my network. I want to learn valuable lessons that I can apply for the rest of my life.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

Only 1% of total venture funding goes to Africa, compared to 33% to North America, 13% to Europe and 10% to Asia. Although low, this signifies tremendous opportunity. Africa is the world’s fastest growing continent. Factors such as higher internet penetration are driving the continent’s development. It has the world’s youngest population and will be a significant source of global human capital. As a young African woman, I want to be a part of this story and I believe that my MBA will facilitate this dream of mine.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge means growth. The first time I came to Cambridge was 13 years ago to start my A ‘levels at St Mary’s School, Cambridge. It was my first time living away from home and really shaped my coming-of-age. I grew tremendously in those years and was a very pivotal part of my life. Returning to Cambridge, now as a student at the University, feels like a full circle moment. I fell in love with it as a teenager, and I am looking forward to experiencing it again.

Something that few people may know about you….

I have a deep appreciation for art in all its forms and expressions. I am a self-taught painter, and I am building a collection of artworks collected through my travels.

ROMBA LGBTQ+ scholarship recipient

Fernanda Talentino.

Fernanda Tolentino

Bachelor of Engineering – BE, Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

Nationality: Brazilian
Pre-MBA career: Associate Chief of Staff, Wildlife Studios, Sao Paulo, Brazil

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After a successful career in tech and marketing industries, where I embraced various strategic and operational roles, I recognised the need to further cultivate my business acumen and global network. The Cambridge MBA stood out due to its rich legacy, cutting-edge curriculum, and the diversity of thought it promised.

The opportunity to learn from an eclectic mix of peers and faculties, and to leverage the University’s vast resources, greatly influenced my decision.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I strongly support a diverse work environment as a means to elevate the exchange of ideas, backgrounds, and expertise. When I joined Wildlife Studios, I also volunteered to join Women++, the company’s gender diversity ERG, later becoming its main lead.

While in the group, I actively worked on recruiting and retention, and I consider the results obtained during my leadership period to be my most significant recent professional achievement, especially because it was something I managed to do in my extra hours, besides my usual activities. I revamped the recruiting process in my area and as a direct result of my efforts, we increased the percentage of women hired by 50%, comparing the same period before and after my project.

Also, I led a company-wide effort to bring a formal mentorship program to the company, working with an external diversity and inclusion expert to develop a program that reached almost 70% of the women in Wildlife Studios, helping them to have a more fulfilling career. This mentorship program was highly recognised by the leadership team and other employees, with an NPS above 90% from mentors and mentees.

Being able to create opportunities and collaborate with these women’s achievements led me to understand that anyone driven by genuine purpose can do something to elevate others. With this ‘can-do’ mindset, I was inspired to join ImpulsoGov, the NGO where I worked immediately before coming to the MBA programme and I was inspired to do something beyond myself.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Being awarded the scholarship that aims to empower LGBTQ+ people is profoundly meaningful and a great honour. It feels like a powerful affirmation of my journey and the potential impact I can make. I am deeply grateful and inspired by the responsibility that this brings.

This empowerment reiterates my commitment to championing LGBTQ+ representation and inclusivity in the workforce. During and post-MBA, my resolve is to harness this privileged platform to influence, advocate, and drive initiatives that will catalyse a more inclusive, respectful, and equitable professional environment for the LGBTQ+ community. 

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I aim to immerse myself in a transformative learning experience, absorbing knowledge, embracing diverse perspectives, and fostering lasting relationships.

The goal is to refine my strategic outlook, leadership capabilities, and industry insights, propelling me towards impactful contributions in the healthcare sector post-MBA. 

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

Post-MBA, I envision myself navigating the intersection of technology and healthcare.

Leveraging the learnings and network from Cambridge, I aspire to lead initiatives that blend public and private sectors, aiming for innovative solutions and policies that enhance healthcare delivery and access.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge represents a transformative journey. It’s a convergence of legacy, innovation, diversity, and opportunity, where intellectual curiosity is nurtured, and global leaders are moulded.

It’s a platform where my aspirations find a trajectory, and my visions a clarity.

Yoon Kim.

Yoon Kim

Bachelor of Arts, Chinese Language and Literature, University of Suwon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korean/British
Pre-MBA career: Brand Manager at Amazon, UK

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Pursuing an MBA has been a goal I have had for a long time. Having worked for over 9 years following my undergraduate degree, I have worked across 3 different sectors, but have equally felt a gap in my business knowledge. Although my language degree has always helped in becoming a better communicator and connecting with people from all over the world, I have felt that I must improve my business management knowledge to be able to accelerate my career.

In my search for MBA programmes across the UK, my top priority was to choose a programme that is academically rigorous and provides a learning environment with peers that I can also learn from. Cambridge MBA stood out to me the most in both criteria, which I learned through connecting with the MBA Admissions team, alumni and current students. I still vividly remember meeting the current cohort of MBA students at the MBA open day and being wildly impressed with their different stories and ambitions.

I strongly believe that Cambridge as a Business School naturally attracts some of the most incredible people from all over the world, and I cannot wait to learn from each other in the coming year!

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

As a professional with a passion for EDI, some of my proudest accomplishments come from my time at London Business School as a Recruitment and Admissions Manager. As the regional manager for Asia, one of my biggest responsibilities was to increase the number of female students in some of the regions where business education had been historically pursued by mostly men. This was true in stats where the gender ratio between male and female students had a significant imbalance.

Therefore, I actively reached out to the female students in the region by organising multiple information sessions, actively inviting those from female colleges and student clubs. I also advocated for these students within the admissions committee, who perhaps had had less opportunities in their education and career but have brilliant qualities that could change the way the world does business. Following these efforts from myself and the rest of the team, we had some incredible results where we recruited 51% female students in the region for the first time with some of the biggest scholarships awarded.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Pursuing the Cambridge MBA programme may be a strategic step I am taking for my career development, but it is also like a gift to myself. Having worked full time in the past 9 years and reaching my thirties have exposed me to many things. However, these have also put me in a certain comfort zone where I settle for comfort, and I have felt stagnant in myself for the past few years.

One thing I want to get out of this programme the most is to be inspired by numerous connections I will be making in and out of Cambridge Judge Business School and be able to say that I have transformed as a person and a professional after completing the MBA.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am a scholarship recipient of the ROMBA LGBTQ+ Scholarship and this has been incredibly meaningful to me. ROMBA is short for Reaching Out LGBTQ+ MBA, which is an organisation with a mission to increase the influence of the LGBTQ+ community. The same scholarship is available at some other comparable business schools, but Cambridge Judge Business School is one of the only ones that offers up to 50% of the tuition fees.

The only reason why I was able to accept my offer from Cambridge was thanks to this scholarship and I cannot be prouder of myself. Growing up as a gay person in a country where discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community is not legally prohibited, I couldn’t always fully open up to myself and be proud of who I was.

Going through your adolescence in such an environment does affect you as a person, even after you have become a grown up unfortunately, always having a sense of fear that you may be rejected and there is nothing you can do about it. Receiving the ROMBA Scholarship gave me confidence that I can contribute to changing this and work towards less people feeling this way in the future, especially in education. As a ROMBA Fellow, I have already connected with countless ROMBA Fellows from other business schools, and I very much look forward to learning and growing these connections during my MBA year.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

I would like to leverage the knowledge and experience I would be gaining from the MBA and secure a senior leadership position in a sector that I am interested in.

I am currently considering the edtech sector where I would be able to fulfil my passion for EDI and making education more accessible.

However, I am ready to learn and explore different professional paths at Cambridge and won’t limit myself in any way.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge means belonging to me. Since I received my offer back in March, I have been connecting with numerous people under the Cambridge umbrella and I have felt a strong sense of belonging even before starting the programme.

The Cambridge Judge Business School staff, alumni, current and incoming students I have connected with have been incredibly generous and kind, always open to connect and support. Making a big transition in life such as pursuing an MBA degree can be daunting, but it gives me great comfort that I will never be alone in this journey.

Something that few people may know about you..

I have worked as a farmer in Australia! As any clueless teenager would, I decided to go to Australia on a working-holiday when I turned 18 to figure out what I want to do in life.

This was the first time I went abroad, travelling on my own, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I worked at 2 different farms, meeting people from all over the world and made some long-lasting friendships. Some of the friends I met during this period convinced me to study Chinese at university, and it has opened many doors for me in my life.

Entrepreneurship scholarship recipient

Bence Arany.

Bence Arany

MA in Economics, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
BA in Applied Economics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Nationality: Hungarian
Pre-MBA career: Entrepreneur in media and healthcare; Founder, Mindset Pszichológia

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

For my MBA studies I did not want to attend a programme at a standalone business school. I hope that at Cambridge – with its classical university setting – and more broadly speaking in the Silicon Fen, I will be able to make connections from other scientific fields and departments, since a multidisciplinary approach is necessary for new ventures.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

As an entrepreneur, I would mention establishing and operating my own company. Although the path is often unclear and the processes are not always well-organised, for me, it is the act of creating something new from scratch that holds the greatest value.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am extremely honoured and will make the most of it! I will be happy to share my insights and experience of entrepreneurship with the Cambridge community.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Besides the academics, I would like to mention the personal connections. I would be glad to learn perspectives from different cultural and industrial backgrounds. I hope I will be part of a long-lasting, cohesive community.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

Even though I can’t predict the future, I hope this MBA will equip me with the skills and network that will assist me in my future endeavours. Apart from developing my own business, I would eagerly participate in other projects during and after the programme.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

For me Cambridge means the persistent intellectual tradition. Nowadays, it is one of the few institutions that transfer universal knowledge and common sense from generation to generation.

Something that few people may know about you….

In the future I will definitely have a stake in gastronomy.

Kai Hu.

Kai Hu

Bachelor’s degree Economics, Government Policy, UC San Diego, USA
Bachelor’s degree, International/Global Studies with an exchange programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Economics and Chinese Studies

Nationality: Chinese
Pre-MBA career: CEO, Evergreen Education Group, Changsha, China

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Cambridge Judge stands out to me because it aligns perfectly with my career transition into consulting. The courses offered, such as Corporate Finance, Manage Operations Management, and Financial Reporting and Analysis, will provide me with the necessary theoretical foundation to complement my expertise in finances and statistical analysis. Specifically, I am excited to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class to real-world projects through Cambridge Venture Capital, which will enhance my ability to tackle complex issues.

Moreover, Cambridge Judge Business School ‘s emphasis on entrepreneurship is another compelling reason for choosing this MBA programme at Cambridge. It offers a unique opportunity to explore and cultivate my entrepreneurial spirit. Lastly, pursuing an MBA at Cambridge Judge not only makes me a part of their community but also grants me access to the multidisciplinary knowledge and resources available across the wider University of Cambridge community.

Overall, Cambridge Judge’s comprehensive curriculum, practical approach to learning, and focus on entrepreneurship make it the ideal choice for my MBA journey.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

In 2015, I founded an education company that aimed to assist students in realising their full potential. By 2021, the company had more than 100 full time employees and 10 physical locations. I guided the evolution of the company from a struggling start-up to one with an effective management and operation structure.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Receiving this Entrepreneurship scholarship was an immensely uplifting experience for me. It filled me with a profound sense of encouragement and deep gratitude to know that the Admissions Team recognised and appreciated my entrepreneurial spirit and potential. This recognition extended not only to my past achievements but also to the exciting opportunities that await me in the future.

In light of this honour, I am eager to give back to the vibrant community of entrepreneurs at Cambridge Judge Business School . I am committed to actively participating in and initiating various entrepreneurial activities that will contribute to the growth and development of aspiring entrepreneurs. By sharing my knowledge and experiences, I hope to inspire and empower fellow students to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Given that starting my own consultancy is my long-term goal, I have decided to identify entrepreneurship as my Concentration pathway on the MBA so that I can further maximise and hone my entrepreneurial expertise, as well as build networks with professionals working in consulting, in preparation for my own consulting business.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

With over 8 years of hands-on experience in leading, operating, and managing a company, combined with the one year of practical learning on the Cambridge MBA, I am confident that I am ready to be challenged and thus thrive in the consulting profession, as I have done in my current career to date

Technology and Innovation scholarship recipients

Annie Wang.

Annie Wang

BS Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Southern California 

Nationality: American
Pre-MBA career: Google for Education Strategy & Operations; King Mao Baijiu (family business)

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Growing up in Beijing and California, I was always curious to experience other parts of the world. I witnessed the transformative impact of China and the incredible innovation taking place in Silicon Valley. This exposure to different cultures and dynamic industries fuelled my passion for learning and adapting to diverse environments.

After I studied Industrial Engineering, I started working at Google in Global Partnerships where I learned how to sell and manage client relationships. Transitioning to the Education team, I learned how to commercialise and lead annual planning for go-to-market teams. However, with my background in engineering, partnerships, and strategy and operations, I recognised that I was missing key foundational business skills to become a well-rounded leader.

My father, who was finishing up his PhD, taught me that regardless of age, learning doesn’t stop. This belief in continuous learning and growth has been a guiding principle in my life.

There is something beautiful about merging tradition and innovation, and that’s exactly what the Cambridge MBA offers. It provides a unique opportunity for me to bridge the gap between my engineering and business acumen, aligning with my passion for adapting to new environments and my commitment to lifelong learning. The Cambridge MBA programme, with its global perspective and emphasis on both tradition and innovation, is the perfect next step in my journey toward becoming a thoughtful leader in today’s dynamic world.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

One of the most significant milestones in my professional journey was tackling a major operational challenge within Google for Education. When I joined the team, we faced a complex issue of unreliable account mapping data scattered across various systems. Customer data inconsistencies were a significant roadblock to supporting our growing $1B business.

I resolved to get clean data by owning the end-to-end process from proposal to implementation. Despite widespread doubt, I identified the most efficient process for the sales team, secured buy-in from leadership, and successfully carried out the process in three phases with a team of 50 sales reps.

After 2 quarters, customer data reliability and auditing now serves as the foundation for all strategic business decisions (acquisitions, growth targets, re-orgs, 5-year plan, etc.) and the framework has scaled to the international EDU team for replication. As the youngest person in the organisation I’m proud to have solved the EDU team’s greatest operational challenge.

What was most fulfilling was knowing the positive impact it had on students. When distance learning was critical during the pandemic, reliable account mapping data meant we were able to extend our reach to more students.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

It’s incredibly encouraging. Working in Silicon Valley, where the majority of leadership is often by men, has its challenges. Yet, this scholarship fuels my ambition to inspire more women in tech leadership roles. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I’m honoured Cambridge Judge has the belief in me!

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I’m most excited about the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with a diverse group of talented and driven individuals. I’m particularly interested in exploring the intersection of technology and society, and how AI can be used to solve real-world problems and create a more equitable and sustainable future.

I’m eager to develop the skills and confidence to lead and innovate in a globalised world, and I believe it starts in the MBA classroom.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

I see my MBA journey as a gateway to a global network and a world of possibilities. Whether it’s making an impact in the realm of AI or expanding my family’s King Mao baijiu business (a traditional Chinese spirit), I’m ready to embrace whatever the future holds.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge represents a bridge between past and future. With its prestigious history and leading research, it merges tradition with progress. I’m thrilled to learn from this diverse community while enjoying its charm.

Something that few people may know about you…

I absolutely love spicy food, thanks to my Sichuan grandparents! I love getting a kick out of the numbing peppers. Food is culture, so I’m excited to learn and try out new flavours of different cuisines during my time at Cambridge.

Carlos Fernandez Musoles.

Carlos Fernandez Musoles

PhD in Computer Science (University of Sheffield)
MSc in Intelligent Systems (De Montfort University)
MSc in Biology (University of Valencia)
BSc AI and Computer Science (University of Sheffield)

Nationality: British / Spanish
Pre-MBA career: Entrepreneur; Director of AI; University Lecturer and programme coordinator

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After a few years in the industry and a successful exit of my digital consulting company I was ready for my next entrepreneurial challenge. I needed to be in an environment that could support me to set and grow my cloud platform business and the Cambridge MBA programme is the best suited for that with its vast global and Cambridge-based network of investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

After leaving a well-paid job and a stable position in IT consulting I decided to follow my gut and created my own software and consultancy firm. First through B2C and small contracts and then moving to B2B projects, I managed to grow the business to a team of 9, when I pivoted the company to focus on the emergent AI market and finally exited the company through a merger with our larger business customer.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Cambridge MBA Scholarship for Technology Advancement, not just for the welcomed financial aid, but for the prestige of being one of the selected few that gets to represent technological advancements in Cambridge and beyond.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Aside from building up on business knowledge, I’m looking forward to meeting like-minded individuals and mentors that I can take on my future entrepreneurship journey.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

The Cambridge MBA will provide a much-needed support system and accelerate the implementation of my next venture.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge means entrepreneurship and tradition, in a way a balanced mix of the new and the old. A reminder to us all that entrepreneurship cannot just be about chasing profit but also how we give back to society.

Something that few people may know about you…

I am an avid table tennis player! In a parallel universe (perhaps in a country that gives more opportunities to the sport than Spain) I may have been a professional player – a boy can dream!

Ken Wu.

Ken Wu

BA Economics, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Nationality: Taiwanese
Pre-MBA career: Global Commodity Manager, Dell Technologies, Taipei, Taiwan

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

The Cambridge MBA programme stands out as an ideal platform for me to enhance my business acumen in a highly effective manner. Drawing from my past professional experiences centred around strategy and operations, I have come to recognise the pivotal role that supplementary knowledge, particularly in finance, plays in propelling my career towards management level. I have been actively seeking an opportunity to fortify my long-standing aspiration – establishing my own business. The Cambridge MBA, with its comprehensive array of business courses geared towards bolstering both my technical competencies and interpersonal proficiencies, offers a compelling proposition. Moreover, it cultivates an ecosystem conducive to nurturing entrepreneurial aptitude which I value a lot.

The design of the class profile at Cambridge MBA further appeals to me. The deliberate absence of any dominant national representation signifies a commitment to fostering a harmoniously diverse learning community.

This aligns with my belief in the value of varied perspectives and cultural backgrounds. It’s the resources tailored to bridge the gaps in my career, coupled with the intentional inclusivity within the classroom, that solidified my decision to choose the Cambridge MBA.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My most significant career accomplishment so far is designing a series of strategic sourcing frameworks for a global leading computer company who I worked for.

The core objective of these sourcing strategies is to furnish a clear blueprint for constructing a competitive cost structure, fostering collaborations with cutting-edge technology providers, and perhaps most crucially, safeguarding against disruptions in the supply chain continuity.

In the pursuit of these objectives, the strategy must provide the answers to 3 questions: What constitutes the optimal count of suppliers? Who within the market can serve as our strategic partners? How do we optimally allocate sourcing volumes among these selected partners? The strategy imparts tailor-made answers to these questions. It’s important to note that while these strategies evolve with market dynamics, the foundational principles of this guiding framework have a profound and lasting impact on the operational landscape of the organisation.

My contributions to shaping and operationalising these sourcing strategies have not only demonstrated adaptability in response to market shifts but have also embedded a pivotal strategic foundation within the organisation’s operations.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Besides learning from the courses and my future classmates, I want to cultivate deeper relationships with people in this community and grow my network, as I know they will become an irreplaceable part of my future success in life.

I look forward to experiencing all the exciting times ahead with them.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am very honoured and humble as I know in my future class there are a lot of amazingly talented people who were also considered for this award. It is a true privilege to receive this scholarship and it will alleviate the burden for me to join this MBA programme.

With gratitude, I will be more than happy to contribute my knowledge and experiences and grow with my future peers.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

I am interested in strategy and supply chain management work, and I picture myself leveraging my skills in either the consulting sector or a company with complex supply chain needs after my MBA.

At a certain point in my career, I would like to start my own business and I believe the MBA learnings and the network I have established in the Business School will be the key factors to my success.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

It is a new chapter of my life that adds more colours and would create more paths ahead of me. From a personal perspective, the knowledge and network from across the University of Cambridge, will no doubt accelerate my career; from a family perspective, I am the first person in my family to go to Cambridge, meaning that it will become an encouragement for others to follow.

Cambridge is a game changer and has already had a great influence on me and those people around me.

Something that few people may know about you..

I am a believer of passion, it has always been my driving force, connecting the dots of my journey. During a transformative summer session at the University of California, Berkeley, I discovered my love for coaching people and fostering personal growth while immersing myself in their business courses.

The experience ignited a fire within me. After Berkeley, I set going back to business school as my career goal and I attended several info sessions where I met Ernest, a McKinsey professional who gave me his business card, which then became a symbol of inspiration for me, leading me to explore more about consulting, a career option aligned with my passion.
Thus, I founded the first Consulting Club at the University of California, and sought guidance from Ernest, whose help propelled our success. With support from 8 further McKinsey consultants, we organised mock case interview workshops and insightful sessions, leveraging the reputation of McKinsey to gain additional assistance from more consulting firms. The club flourished, attracting hundreds of applicants every year. To build my consulting experience, I joined the startup world in Beijing after my graduation, working as a consultant and witnessing the fascinating journey of businesses growing from scratch. One day I received a call from Dell HR, asking me whether I was interested in a role in a strategy team. After a few rounds of interviews, I joined the Dell Strategy team and, to my surprise, Ernest was the Dell Vice President building the team, and he was also the one who had asked HR to reach out to me.

This little story about me is that at the time I did not know how things will develop going forward. I could only follow my passion and believe that all the dots will somehow be connected, and looking back now, they did.

Regional Diversity scholarship recipients

Ahn Vu.

Anh Vu

Vietnamese BA International Business, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Nationality: Vietnamese
Pre-MBA career: Strategic Partnership Manager, TikTok Vietnam

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I have spent years in business and brand management across diverse industries from consumer product, healthcare or MarTech, with a passion for lifelong learning, I am constantly seeking opportunities to reinvent myself and create greater value to businesses and the communities that I serve.

And I strongly believe Cambridge Judge is the one place with the DNA to inspire innovation and to foster learning and experiencing. The school has been an inspiration not only for me but also for thousands of other young fellows. I was fortunate to join such a strong community and undoubtedly picture myself becoming a better version of myself day by day.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I’ve managed multiple projects during my professional life and successfully increased from double to triple my contribution to the business from within a channel I led, in the product line I launched or in the portfolio I managed.

I consider my biggest achievement is to constantly keep the mindset of continuously improving for excellence.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I felt honoured to be awarded the scholarship for regional diversity. It has validated my purpose to always impart greater confidence for people with the same background. I’m encouraged to contribute to expanding the programme’s international reputation in my region and broader, among the young professional communities.

To me, the scholarship is a genuine proof of Cambridge Judge’s commitment to an inclusive environment, enabling candidates to expose and connect at global scale.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I look forward to working with top candidates from different backgrounds and fields of knowledge. With all the knowledge I’ve harnessed, I’m heading to broaden my understanding in a wider selection of industries, to give better advice for businesses and to see bigger impact in a sector. Besides, the fast-paced and intellectual nature of the MBA programme at Cambridge Judge Business School, is well-suited for my personal development with which I visualise myself mature in leadership and master soft skills in a relatively short period.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

It is undoubted that Cambridge Judge Business School will open up more opportunities and boost my confidence to constantly raise the bar in my professional and personal life.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

A pleasant climb for a better me.

Dayo Lawal.

Dayo Lawal

BSc Economics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Nationality: Nigerian
Pre-MBA career: Associate Investment Banking, Afrinvest Capital Limited

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Growing up in Nigeria, I have personally witnessed and experienced the effects of poverty and inequalities, primarily stemming from limited access to capital.

As such I became devoted to a professional goal tailored around impacting and changing the narrative of private sector investment in Africa, specifically Nigeria. With a background in Finance, I believe a combination of transformative, visionary and strong governance in partnership with experienced, world-class and dedicated private sector will unlock Nigeria’s economic potential and reduce inequalities in the Country.

In other to fully actualise this goal, I intend to transition into the private equity space and gain a more global perspective, which I believe Cambridge MBA will help me achieve. Following my research, I chose the Cambridge MBA programme because it aligns perfectly with my professional aspiration and goals as it combines education, innovation, and the experiential nature of the MBA programme.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My most significant professional achievement was being the lead analyst on the first and largest private subnational bond in Nigeria. I was privileged to work on this pioneer large-scale transaction as a junior analyst.

The transaction was very challenging for all the members of the team as it was a new product in the market, we had to create a new transactional structure, documentations, and regulatory engagement.

The combination of the experience, challenge, importance, and accolades from this transaction makes it my most significant professional achievement.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to grow my network and cultivate lasting, significant connections with both the Cambridge Judge faculty and my fellow peers.

Moreover, I’m thrilled about engaging in hands-on team projects, where I can develop the essential investment, communication, and leadership proficiencies crucial for excelling in my future career beyond the MBA.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Being honoured with the Cambridge MBA Scholarship for Regional Diversity has bestowed upon me the sensation of being embraced by a network of supporting hands, ensuring my safe landing as I venture into the abyss of the future.

The knowledge that numerous magnanimous – Cambridge Judge Business School alumni and supporters have chosen to invest in and stand by me has proven to be an immeasurable asset, both mentally and financially.

This unwavering support has transformed my aspirations into a tangible reality, validating my courageous step to study for my MBA.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

In the short term, I envision my MBA journey equipping me for a leadership role within a private equity firm, specifically concentrating on the African market.

This role would allow me to contribute significantly to the firm’s growth while also playing a vital part in advancing the economies of African nations. Looking ahead to the long term, I aspire for my MBA experience to provide me with a robust blend of leadership and entrepreneurial skills. These skills will enable me to not only manage but also establish a private equity firm, dedicated to fostering sustainable private sector investments in developing countries.

Ultimately, I aim to catalyse positive change by mobilising private capital for the advancement of economies and societies.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge signifies the fulfilment of my father’s unattained dream, as well as my determination to make it a reality. It embodies a generational legacy, where past aspirations converge with present achievements.

This achievement isn’t just personal – it’s a tribute to my father’s aspirations and sacrifices. Being here validates the power of hope and resilience, reminding me that dreams can transcend generations.

Something that few people may know about you..

I support Manchester United Football Club, and I really enjoy cycling for fun.

I am also an avid stargazer, often finding solace in the quiet beauty of the night sky, contemplating the vastness of the universe and our place within it.

Gabriel Hilgado Loaiza.

Gabriel Loaiza Hidalgo

BA Economics, Universidad de las Américas, Ecuador

Nationality: Ecuadorian
Pre-MBA career: Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory Associate, Citi, Ecuador

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I have always envisioned that pursuing an MBA would be the perfect fit for my career. After working in finance for 8 years, I found myself at a point in my career where I thought that it was the perfect time to pursue an MBA to take my career to the next level and further develop important skills like management, strategy, and to expand my network.

As I started researching and comparing different MBA programmes, I found that the Cambridge MBA was the perfect fit! The reason I say this is that the Cambridge MBA combines academically rigorous classes with experiential learning, so you have the chance to put theory into practice, like during the Global Consulting Project or the Concentration Project. Moreover, the relatively small size of the cohort gives you the chance to develop closer partnerships with your classmates.

My decision was solidified when I approached some Cambridge alumni, and they told me the profound impact that the Cambridge MBA programme had had in their careers and how the network they build during their time in the University of Cambridge expanded their knowledge and their global viewpoint. After considering all the aspects I just mentioned, I am sure I made the right choice!

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

One of my biggest accomplishments was when I was designated to lead the ‘acquire’ initiative for Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia for my previous organisation. In this capacity, I led the strategy to onboard new multinational clients to the bank. This was an amazing opportunity to work in a cross-regional team towards a common goal, thinking outside the box to overcome setbacks to deliver outstanding results and bring new business opportunities.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am deeply honoured and humbled by the privilege of being awarded the Regional Diversity scholarship. This scholarship is a testament to the importance that the MBA programme gives to embracing diverse perspectives and collaborating with individuals from all nationalities and backgrounds. This scholarship also represents an opportunity for me to serve as an ambassador and to give back to the university, by advocating to maintain as diverse a cohort as possible and with a very ample representation from many nationalities.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I want to get the full Cambridge MBA experience! That is, learning as much as I can from my professors and all the different resources the programme gives you, such as the different SIGs, Concentration projects, GCP, conferences and many more! Equally important to me is the opportunity to learn from my classmates and the many different backgrounds and experiences they bring to the classroom.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

Without a doubt, the Cambridge MBA will help me achieve my short term and long-term goals. I want to continue working in the financial industry, helping my clients achieve their financial goals and become a trusted advisor for them.

Moreover, I want to acquire the management, strategy and communication skills that the MBA offers, to be able to manage a team of financial professionals to continue advancing my career further.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

I see Cambridge as an amazing university, with incredible professors and a network of diverse students with a passion for learning and challenging themselves. I also see Cambridge as a very innovative city, with outstanding contributions to scientific and technological advances. Finally, I see it as an opportunity to acquire friendships that will last a lifetime.

Something that few people may know about you….

Burgers are my favorite food. I like to eat the French fries first before eating the burger…

Rocío Acosta Andrade.

Rocío Acosta Andrade

BA in Economics, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru; Project Management Professional, USA

Nationality: Peruvian
Pre-MBA career: Controller of Projects and International Business Development, San Martin Contratistas Generales S.A., Lima, Peru

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After working as Controller Manager in Peru, Colombia and Spain for many years, I decided to study an MBA because I feel I have valuable experience to share with my classmates and have the necessary knowledge and skillset to assimilate the programme. I am sure the Cambridge MBA will potentiate my managerial and leadership skills in a global setting and provide formal theoretical foundations to my practical knowledge of areas such as operations, marketing, sales, human resources, among others. I want to learn from professors with global experience and acquire sophisticated tools to manage databases, interpret them, negotiate, and make strategic decisions.

I regard Cambridge Judge as my dream school because it is a worldwide renowned school for its top-level education supported by the vast experience of its faculty and for some major characteristics that I find crucial for my case: practical approach, entrepreneurship emphasis and the culture: This is something I cannot fail to mention. I have talked with many – Cambridge Judge Business School alumni and all them told me about the tightly-knit family, the friendly and collaborative culture, and people’s commitment; for me, this is one of the best assets I could find.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My proudest achievement is to have built a 10-year career with amazing diversity and international leadership experiences. I started in risk analysis and financial planning in the financial sector, and then moved to project management in market intelligence and business development in the oil and mining sectors. Moreover, my move to project management gave me the opportunity to change from a position of analysis to the other side of the table, where I manage end-to-end large-scale projects, from conception through implementation to outcome evaluation.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am highly grateful and humbled to be one of the recipients of the Regional Diversity Scholarship. I feel honoured to represent a country like Peru with its unique political, economic, social, and cultural features.

On the other hand, I feel empowered to be the first one in my family to study abroad and I also wish to be a leader that can help draw an ascending path for female Latin professionals. I am aware of the potential of Latin women and I am certain that by encouraging them to meet their goals, I am also helping the region to continue thriving. Additionally, I hope to give back by being an active ambassador for the Cambridge MBA programme.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

At Cambridge, I know I will strengthen my talents and work on my weaknesses; as importantly, I expect to contribute to my class with my special attributes and experiences. Therefore, while incorporating global knowledge into my background, making new friends, and living amazing international experiences, Cambridge will be the best experience of my life!

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

I am completely sure that my MBA will take me to amazing international challenges. In the short-term, my goal is to continue working in the extractive sector, preferably in mining or oil industries.

Even, though this is important, I would also like to become a more human, better prepared woman in business and contribute to helping companies make better decisions.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge has always been my aspiration, but at the beginning of the journey I thought it was an impossible dream; however, now I am part of the Cambridge Judge community, which is one of the most important business schools in Europe. I am completely sure that the MBA will help me become both an effective global leader and a principled manager, respectful of the environment and communities.

Moreover, Cambridge Judge is the correct place to have an integral experience of self-development not only intellectual but also personal, social and emotional development.

Undralbat Enkhbayar.

Undralbat Enkhbayar

Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan

Nationality: Mongolian
Pre-MBA career: Operation Specialist, DoorDash Inc, Tokyo, Japan

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I decided to pursue the Cambridge MBA for several compelling reasons. Firstly, its close proximity to Silicon Fen offers me invaluable access to the vibrant tech startup ecosystem in the UK.

Secondly, the international reach and influence of the Business School are palpable through the diverse conversations I’ve had with professionals from various companies. I am enthusiastic about expanding my global network by participating in the Business School networking events and engaging with a diverse cohort of peers. Lastly, I am particularly drawn to the Cambridge MBA because of the opportunities it offers to tackle complex challenges through initiatives like the Cambridge Venture Project and the MBA Global Consulting Project. These hands-on projects will enable me to apply the skills I acquired during the MBA year, such as project management and effective teamwork strategies, in a controlled and feedback-rich academic environment before re-entering the dynamic business world. This experiential learning approach aligns perfectly with my career aspirations and learning objectives.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My most significant career achievement involved successfully overseeing the transition of Doordash operations and over 17,000 logistics partners to the Wolt brand in Japan within a 2 month timeframe, exceeding conversion targets by 11%. This accomplishment was particularly noteworthy as it involved the merger of 2 unicorn companies, Doordash and Wolt, and significantly expanded my responsibilities in operations management.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Receiving the Cambridge MBA Scholarship for Regional Diversity, especially as someone from Mongolia, is an incredible honour and a source of immense pride for me. It not only acknowledges my professional experience and achievements but also highlights the importance of diverse perspectives from different regions, cultures, and backgrounds at Cambridge Judge. I am genuinely excited and grateful for this opportunity, and I believe it will significantly ease the financial commitment required to pursue this transformative MBA degree. This support will allow me to focus on my studies and actively contribute to the collaborative and diverse community at Cambridge Judge, representing Mongolia and adding its unique perspective to the mix.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

In the coming year of my MBA, my foremost goals are to hone specific skills, particularly problem-solving and cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset. Additionally, I aspire to delve into the Global Strategy and Strategy & Innovation Electives to gain deeper insights into the complexities of implementing strategies on a global scale. However, what I anticipate the most and value above all, is the opportunity to engage with and learn from my international peers, as their diverse perspectives and experiences will be invaluable to my personal and professional growth.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

In the near future, following the completion of my MBA at Cambridge, I envision myself stepping into the role of a Strategy & Operations Manager within a Series B or Series C platform-based start-up, where I can apply the knowledge and skills acquired during my MBA to drive growth and innovation.

Looking further ahead, my long-term career aspirations involve becoming a consultant specialising in assisting Mongolian start-ups in their journey to develop and expand their businesses in specific target markets. This path aligns with my goal to contribute to the growth and success of the Mongolian entrepreneurial ecosystem while leveraging the international perspective and expertise gained through my MBA education.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge holds a special place in my heart, not only as a hub for academic and professional growth but also as a welcoming home for my family. My one-year-old daughter is absolutely loving her time here, and my family are enchanted by the city’s rich diversity.

The Cambridge MBA class itself is a vibrant tapestry of cultures and backgrounds, and this dynamic environment fosters a unique learning experience that, as a family and across the class, we’ve come to adore. Cambridge has truly become a cherished destination for us to learn, connect, and thrive together, and we’re excited about all the adventures it has in store!

Something that few people may know about you….

I am often described by my friends as one of the most optimistic people they know. An incident that encapsulates this trait occurred while I was surfing near Mount Fuji and lost my glasses.

Rather than dwelling on the inconvenience, I couldn’t help but focus on the positive aspect of the situation – I had managed to find a swan feather. This perspective of finding joy and positivity even in challenging moments is something I bring to both my personal and professional life, making it a valuable part of who I am.

Dean’s scholarship recipients

Harry Toumazis.

Harry Toumazis

MEng Chemical Engineering, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom

Nationality: Cypriot/Greek/British
Pre-MBA career: Senior ESG Consultant, Deepki

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I chose to do an MBA as I feel that it will be a great platform to propel my career and help fulfil my aspiration of becoming a leader in the sustainable finance field. What drew me to the Cambridge MBA specifically was the entrepreneurial spirit of the programme and the reputation that Cambridge has as a sustainability hub and ‘the place to be for things happening’. At Cambridge, I will not only be able to strengthen my technical knowledge in finance and business management but also have the opportunity to witness, first-hand, the net zero entrepreneurship journey.

In addition, the Cambridge MBA offers me an opportunity to expand my horizon well beyond the MBA class, to be part of a wide number of varying communities across the wider Cambridge eco-system and connect with students and professionals from all sorts of backgrounds!

I am confident that the Cambridge MBA is an exceptional opportunity to grow and a significant step towards achieving my personal goal of having a positive impact in making our world more sustainable.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

During my secondment at Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, PACE, I led research on integrating a scientific basis into the development of circularity targets. As part of this work, I was able to identify perspective ‘scientific pathways’ for connecting circularity targets to environmental outcomes to support the overarching goal of establishing a more mature, coherent and credible target-setting approach for circularity.

Leveraging my findings, I then worked with the wider team to develop a first-of-its-kind value chain framework for circularity target-setting, paving the way towards a more sustainable, circular world.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

The Cambridge MBA is such a competitive programme, and the applicant pool is one of the most diverse and talented ones of any global business school. Being acknowledged for my abilities and achievements through the Dean’s Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement award is truly a great honour and one that motivates me to do better in my MBA year ahead.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

What I am most excited about the Cambridge MBA is the plethora of learning opportunities, both academic and through networking. The MBA programme offers in such a condensed period – something that would probably take years otherwise. I am therefore looking forward to connecting with my MBA cohort, as well as the wider Cambridge community, to share our experiences and viewpoints.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

Having spent some time in the sustainability consulting world, I am now eager to transition into the ‘financing’ of the ‘green transition’. I am confident that the Cambridge MBA is the ideal platform to support me in achieving my goal through not only developing the necessary technical knowledge and skillset, but also connecting with professionals currently active in the field.

Waritha Chiarnpattanodom.

Waritha Chiarnpattanodom

MLA Finance, Extension Studies, Harvard University, USA
BS in Chemical Engineering, additional major in Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Nationality: Thai
Pre-MBA career: Investment Banking Associate, Credit Suisse

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Cambridge MBA offers a comprehensive one-year programme that provides a holistic experience, offering opportunities for me to the experiences of other business leaders around the world and to grow as a person and a business leader.

Moreover, the Business School is in such a beautiful city as Cambridge and its location in Silicon Fen will also help foster a tech entrepreneurship and innovation culture in the MBA programme.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Starting a business is not easy, and it is even more so for a locally made product from a country such as Thailand to enter and have a foothold in the global market.

I have not started my own business (yet), but I am proud to be part of the team that brought a humble local Thai jewellery brand to the international market and established the brand’s position in the global jewellery market.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am incredibly thankful to be awarded the Cambridge MBA Dean’s Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement and am grateful for the support and encouragement this scholarship provides.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Cambridge, both the University and the city, offers endless opportunities and I hope to create memorable experiences that I will cherish long after completing the MBA programme.

Whether experiences with the programme or outside of Cambridge Judge, I hope to create experiences that will leave a mark in my life journey that I will be about years from now.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

I hope this journey will open a wide range of opportunities for me and my future career.

Professional diversity recipients

Ann Li.

Ann Louie Li

Fashion Design, IFA Paris, France

Nationality: Taiwanese, Filipino
Pre-MBA career: Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Blogger and Contributor; Vogue

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

My longstanding fascination with entrepreneurship ignited at the tender age of 15, launching my clothing line that I bootstrapped from my earnings as a child TV personality. As the company grew, it became evident to me that a solid business foundation was needed for a successful scale-up. It was clear then that I would one day pursue an MBA and Cambridge’s programme resonated with me the most, making it my top choice.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Looking back on my career journey, one milestone holds a special place – a memory that remains vivid from my time on the stage of the Times Center in New York City. Winning the inaugural award for “Best in Fashion on Social Media” at the Shorty Awards (Twitter Oscars) in an era, pre-Instagram, pre-TikTok was an achievement that symbolised a broader possibility. As a teenager from the Philippines, this meant that geographical boundaries were no longer a constraint and that anyone could share their voice on a global platform. It demonstrated that being a trailblazer was within reach.

At that point, I was simply someone who enjoyed sharing fashion content online with a modest following. The trip to New York became the birthplace of my blog, it marked the starting point of my fashion journey at a time before the term ‘influencer’ had been coined. This leap of faith became the cornerstone of my career. Now, as I look ahead, I find myself at another juncture, ready to embrace new avenues through my MBA.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Being awarded the scholarship for Professional Diversity is an immense honour and I am truly grateful. This recognition highlights Cambridge’s commitment to embracing diverse perspectives as integral to shaping the future of the ever-evolving business world. Representing the fashion, media, and entertainment industry in this capacity is a humbling privilege. I hope that this can serve as an inspiration to those coming from non-traditional backgrounds, letting them know that their contributions are just as valuable and significant.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

As someone who was home-schooled and took a non-traditional schooling route, I’m genuinely excited about immersing myself in the experiences that I have missed. The integration of the collegiate system in Cambridge adds an extra layer of excitement. I’m looking forward to exploring new ideas and tapping into the abundant resources available at both Cambridge Judge and the Entrepreneurship Lab at King’s College, my college in Cambridge. In addition, the prospect of trying out new sports like ice hockey holds a strong appeal to me. As a former figure skater, I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to get back on the ice!

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

With Cambridge setting the stage for my MBA, I envision a future career that is both dynamic and purpose driven. Enriched by the engaging curriculum of hands-on learning, I foresee the next 12 months to be pivotal in acquiring the right tools to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world practice. Working alongside peers hailing from all corners of the world will broaden my global outlook and enhance my comprehension of cultural nuances, factors that play a vital role in facilitating cross-border collaboration.

Moreover, Cambridge Judge’s commitment to sustainability and its initiatives centred around environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles along with circular economy initiatives like the Cambridge Judge Business School’s Circular Economy Centre, strongly align with my career aspirations. I’m especially compelled to integrate my passion for sustainability into my career trajectory, particularly within the realm of fashion and luxury. I aspire to challenge the notion that sustainability undermines financial success. My goal is to pioneer projects that demonstrate how ethical business practices can harmonise effectively with commercial success.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

To me, Cambridge signifies a realm of infinite possibilities. It’s where tradition meets innovation, a place where imagination drives leadership.

Something that few people may know about you…

I journal every single day, and I tend to draw out my notes. I’ve got so much content archived now that I plan to publish them into a book. Looking for literary agents…

Ge Yu.

Ge Yu

Undergraduate Degree in Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design, USA

Nationality: Chinese
Pre-MBA career: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Founder and CEO, ANNDERSTAND, Shenzhen, China

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I’ve always wanted to venture into the unknown and take on new challenges. In the face of unanticipated circumstances such as the global pandemic and today’s economic challenges, as well as my desire to enter larger international markets, I decided to obtain an MBA to improve my professional skills and widen my network with like-minded individuals. My motivation for applying to the Cambridge MBA programme is straightforward. I was drawn because of its stellar reputation and unparalleled learning opportunities. Cambridge’s emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact perfectly matches with my career goals in the sustainable fashion sector. I am certain that the Cambridge MBA will provide me with the necessary skills, knowledge, and a strong network to drive systemic change as I continue to develop a leading global fashion business.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

One of my notable accomplishments as an owner, of a fashion firm looking to introduce authentic Chinese designs to the world, was landing my first fully sponsored fashion show during London Fashion Week. I had the honour of becoming the youngest fashion designer to have the Minister Counsellor from the Chinese Embassy in London attend my show. I overcame many obstacles along the way, including leading a global team and juggling time-sensitive cross-industry co-operation. It was an extraordinary experience to overcome these challenges and build positive relationships with significant institutions, including the Chinese government.

Despite the unknowns, a cross-functional international team gave me a lot of support. We successfully presented my first fashion collection, which merged parts of Chinese and Western cultural heritage, at one of the world’s top fashion weeks, garnering praise from major media outlets such as the BBC, China Daily, and Vogue. My desire to use art and design to advance a deeper understanding of Chinese traditions and modern culture was made even stronger by the attention and appreciation we received from local and international media, as well as from our team, as a result of the show.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am extremely grateful to have been awarded this scholarship. Receiving this support from the Cambridge Judge will significantly ease the financial burden of pursuing an MBA at Cambridge. I believe that many entrepreneurs, especially those focused on the physical economy, have been severely impacted by unforeseen circumstances such as the pandemic.

The company’s revenues have been significantly impacted by store closings, unpaid accounts receivable, and inventory buildup. However, it has been difficult to cut critical expenses because of continuing duties to consider the safety and well-being of our employees.

Therefore, I am deeply grateful to the Cambridge Judge Business School and my faculty interviewer for recognising and providing me with this invaluable opportunity. I also hope to help more students in the future by sharing my entrepreneurial stories and inviting industry experts that I know to present at the Business School during the year ahead.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I want to have a thorough understanding of general management principles, hone my leadership abilities, and broaden my knowledge in fields such as entrepreneurship and social innovation. I hope to extend my horizons and obtain useful insights from my classmates and the Cambridge Judge professors’ different point of views to make a meaningful contribution in society, going forward.

I also intend to establish valuable relationships and possibly locate future co-founders and investors for my own fashion brand and company.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

I hope to use the knowledge, skills, and network I obtained from the Cambridge MBA to globalise my brand, push innovation in sustainable methods, and inspire change for good in the fashion industry.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

I strongly believe that studying at the University of Cambridge will be a life-changing experience for me. I feel truly fortunate and grateful to have the chance to study here. Cambridge stands for an educational experience that will challenge me to think critically and have a beneficial impact on society. I’m thrilled to be a member of a thriving community of researchers, gain knowledge from outstanding teachers, and collaborate with a vast network of motivating classmates and alumni.

Something that few people may know about you….

During my time studying in New York, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in diverse cultures.

I studied true New York cocktail-making techniques from world-renowned mixologists as part of this adventure. If given the opportunity, I would be pleased to share my unique original cocktail recipes.

Tina Meskhi.

Tina Meskhi

MSc Petroleum Geoscience, Imperial College London, UK

Nationality: Georgian
Pre-MBA career: Senior Geoscientist, ExxonMobil corporation, multiple locations globally

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Nearer the end of my 12 years long international career as a Petroleum Geoscientist at one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies I reached a point when a personal professional growth and a good income became no longer satisfying. I felt a need for serving a higher purpose, for making a greater impact and for a better emotional connection to what I was doing.

I challenged myself by asking whether I was brave enough to switch industry and to finally start a dream project which had been maturing in my mind for many years. This big dream is about starting up a chain of ethnography-themed hotels in different provinces of my country, Georgia, reviving the traditional architecture and crafts of a given region, with farm-to-table concept restaurants, resurging local cuisines, with a focus on supporting local communities and their traditional activities.

The University of Cambridge’s reputation and heritage, the MBA’s outstanding curriculum (specifically, learning opportunities in entrepreneurship) along with a multicultural community of students with bold ambitions, big dreams and diverse backgrounds, were the main reasons for Cambridge Judge being my first choice to build the solid foundation necessary for my career switch.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

 In one of my recent oil and gas exploration projects a successful evaluation of a play of interest in a certain basin and a decision on investing in that opportunity were heavily dependent on a thorough evaluation and understanding of a giant undeveloped field in that area. We as a company have historically investigated the area several times, but we never had sufficient data to run a case study for this field.

In that project I led a database compilation/integration effort for the area. Having made high-quality data available, I conducted a thorough integrated interpretation and analysis of the field of interest for the first time in our company. The study results shed light on a few critical questions. For instance, a question on the resource potential was addressed – multi-billion barrels of oil potential was confirmed by the analysis.  Identification of spatial distribution patterns of most prospective geologic features was another critical outcome of the study.

Thus, this analysis made a major impact on forming a corporate opinion on an asset of interest and on deciding on an investment. This was definitely one of my most significant achievements.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Probably never before have I felt so valued. I am very honoured and deeply grateful. The notification on being awarded the Professional Diversity Scholarship took my excitement about the Cambridge MBA programme offer even further, to another level. Further motivation and confidence were brought by this Scholarship, as well as further responsibility – responsibility for inspiring others wishing to get a world class education, and for promoting and spreading diversity values.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

A business education and skills needed to equip my career switch would be an obvious answer. But I am even more excited about an opportunity to immerse myself into a group of smart people from all over the world, with diverse career backgrounds, life paths and perspectives. Making lifelong friends and developing business connections, along with acquiring knowledge and skills would, thus, be the greatest things I would like to get out of the Cambridge MBA programme.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

 An offer and a scholarship from the Cambridge MBA programme is one of my greatest life achievements. Another example showing that motivation, dedication and hard work make dreams come true. To me Cambridge is a place that is gathering the best minds from around the globe, offering them a great education and equipping with skills and values, that enable them to change the world into a better place. I feel very honoured and excited to be a part of Cambridge community.

Something that few people may know about you….

I am an amateur mountaineer and mountain climbing and hiking is one of my greatest life passions.

Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik.

Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik

BA (Magna Cum Laude), Mathematics and Computer Science, Bowdoin College, United States
MA, International Economics, Johns Hopkins University, United States
PhD, Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

Nationality: Mexican and Spanish
Pre-MBA career: EliteUniPath, Founder, Global Firm; PhD Researcher and Faculty Member, University of Cambridge.

Vianney was also awarded the St Catharine’s Benavitch Scholarship for Cambridge MBA students.

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

The Cambridge MBA is arguably the best MBA programme around the globe for entrepreneurship. The School’s location within Silicon Fen, its Entrepreneurship Centre, MBA Entrepreneurship Concentration, as well as the University’s development programmes (such as EnterpriseTECH and the Venture Creation Weekends), provide any aspiring entrepreneurs with the best platforms to grow, while simultaneously providing students with a comprehensive MBA experience in other concentrations. As a company founder interested in other fields, the Cambridge MBA was simply the best fit.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

It is an honour to have been awarded the Cambridge MBA Scholarship for Professional Diversity. In our changing world of new social risks and ‘wicked’ problems, different opinions, perspectives, and experiences will lead the way in finding solutions to tackle the problems of the 21st century. I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning from my cohort – which happens to be one of the most diverse from MBA programmess around the globe.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

The classroom and project experiences will be immensely valuable and key in providing tools for success, but for me the most important aspect of next year will be learning from my peers. The experiences of such a diverse group of individuals cannot be taught inside a classroom. Thus, I look forward to sharing and receiving knowledge from them.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge is simply a wonderful place with thriving academic communities, leading research, and vivid history. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to study my PhD in Cambridge before enrolling in the MBA programme. This is the place where I have lived the longest after my teenage years, it is my home.

Something that few people may know about you….

I play rugby for the Women’s first team at Cambridge University. I was the Vice-Captain of the team last academic year, and I am a rugby All-American.

Victor Mohan.

Victor Mohan

MBBS, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, India
MS Global Health, Georgetown University, USA

Nationality: Indian
Pre-MBA career: Physician; Co-founder and Board Member, Reach Lives, India

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

When I look back at my journey, from medicine to global health research and then founding ‘Reach Lives’, it has always been about challenging the conventional and making a significant impact in society. But as ‘Reach Lives’ grew, reaching over a million people, I was met with the intricate challenge of scaling it further. More than just numbers, it was about navigating the diverse and sometimes conflicting priorities of various sectors – government, private, civil, and other institutions.

My experiences had enriched me immensely, but I began to see gaps, areas where I needed a more profound understanding. While my commitment to societal well-being was unwavering, I realised that to take ‘Reach Lives’ to greater heights and ensure its success on a larger scale, I needed a robust grounding in the business domain.

This is where the Cambridge MBA appeared as a beacon. The MBA programme at Cambridge promised not just academic knowledge but also the practical skills essential for leadership and entrepreneurship in the social sector. The network it offers is vast and global, connecting me to a diverse range of minds and experiences. But beyond the tangible, Cambridge also promises an environment conducive to personal reflection, allowing me space to introspect, re-assess, and innovate. For someone driven by a mission, as I am, these elements – knowledge, skills, network, and reflective environment – are invaluable.

So, in essence, my decision to pursue the Cambridge MBA was a combination of wanting to equip myself better for the challenges ahead in scaling ‘Reach Lives’, a thirst for a broader global outlook, and a deep-rooted commitment to continuing my journey of making impactful societal changes.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My proudest achievement to date undoubtedly centres on my non-profit, ‘Reach Lives’. What began as a small summer project has grown into an organisation that touches hundreds of thousands of lives annually. This transformation wasn’t in times of prosperity but amidst the unparalleled challenge of COVID-19. As India sent out a distress call, I donned -2  pivotal roles: being at the medical frontlines, tending to the immediate healthcare needs as a doctor, while concurrently growing ‘Reach Lives’ and expanding its reach. In my mind, the pandemic, for all its adversities, had also spotlighted healthcare, a domain often neglected and relegated to the background in India. Recognising this shift, I seized the moment by emphasising mobile healthcare and digital health solutions tailored for marginalised sections. Fortuitously, this period also saw an unprecedented alignment between private sector ambitions, governmental interests, and societal needs. Leveraging this, I transformed global adversity into a springboard, channelling resources, attention, and innovations towards sustainable and impactful healthcare solutions.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Receiving the Wider Cambridge Scholarship for Professional Diversity is more than just financial assistance. It is a beacon, affirming that my commitment to social impact, often in the face of scepticism, is recognised and valued. This scholarship underscores that choosing the path of social service, even when it diverges from traditional notions of success, is not just valid, but laudable. It will serve as a constant reminder to stay true to my core mission, irrespective of the allure of personal gain.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I aim for more than just the traditional benefits of knowledge and career advancement. My primary goal is to fully engage with the rich diversity of the programme.

While I am naturally an introvert, I’ve realised that my most significant achievements have emerged from collective endeavours. Thus, I place a high value on collaborative work. I am eager to enhance my teamwork skills by utilising the myriad opportunities that Cambridge Judge provides, from study groups to hands-on projects like the Cambridge Venture Project and the Global Consulting Project. Interacting with peers from varied backgrounds in these settings gives me a distinctive opportunity to expand my perspectives, confront my assumptions, and absorb knowledge from a talented pool of individuals.

By the end of the year, I aspire not only to have advanced professionally but also to develop as a well-rounded global citizen, enriched by the diverse experiences and insights that the Cambridge MBA offers.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

In envisioning my future career post-MBA, I see myself delving into roles in management consulting within the life sciences sector or undertaking strategic positions in the biotech/pharma industry. The primary objective behind these pursuits is to enhance my industry exposure, strengthen my CV, and expand my professional network. However, the true north of my compass remains my non-profit, ‘Reach Lives’. Leveraging the knowledge and experiences I will gain from Cambridge Judge Business School and my efforts over the next 5 years, my ultimate goal is to return to India and exponentially advance my mission, aiming to make a profound impact on an even greater number of lives.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge, to me, symbolises validation, empowerment, and opportunity. As I graduated from medical school and chose a less conventional path focused on global health and social impact, many doubted or misunderstood my choice. To me, Cambridge’s recognition and acceptance represent a strong affirmation from the global academic and professional community that my choices, sacrifices, and dedication are not only valuable but also align with global aspirations for change and betterment.

Cambridge also stands as a beacon of innovation, growth, and higher learning. It’s a place where I hope to harness and refine my skills, acquire new industry exposure, and expand my network. Furthermore, by joining Cambridge Judge Business School, I’m venturing into an environment that, I believe, can enable the challenging triple jump of shifting across sector, role, and geography in my professional journey.

Moreover, Cambridge encapsulates hope and motivation for others who wish to tread unconventional paths. It’s a testament to the idea that focusing on social impact can garner recognition, support, and success. To me, Cambridge is not just an institution, but a partner in my mission, a guiding light that reinforces my conviction to work for the greater good and inspires others to do the same.

Something that few people may know about you…

Outside of my professional pursuits, I am an avid gamer, graphic designer and traveller. I co-manage an Instagram page, @the.crimson.canvas, that initially offered online art workshops during the COVID-19 lockdowns and has since evolved into a vibrant community of nearly 100,000 individuals where my partner and I share our wanderlust, sharing tales from the over 30 countries we’ve journeyed.

Professor Jochen Runde Scholarship for South African Nationals recipient

Kirkpatrick James.

James Kirkpatrick

BSc (Eng) in Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town

Nationality: South African
Pre-MBA career:

E-commerce Project Manager, Dalewood | Sales & Marketing Manager, 4WKS | Founder, TJOK

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Through my professional experience, I have established a strong entrepreneurial foundation upon which I am eager to build. I do, however, lack a formal business education. I saw the Cambridge MBA as an essential investment in my entrepreneurial career, serving as a springboard to my future venture success. I was confident that pursuing an MBA at Cambridge would enable me to close my knowledge gaps in fundamental business principles and connect with a global community.

I was also attracted to the wealth of co-curricular activities offered through the programme, with the knowledge that these — together with access to the ‘Silicon Fen’ — would provide the perfect platform to develop organisational awareness, leadership, and entrepreneurial acumen. And lastly, with a cohort comprising nearly 96% international students, I knew I would have the invaluable opportunity to learn from classmates with varied perspectives and experiences. I believe that this diversity of voice will foster a collaborative and innovative environment, and undoubtedly challenge me to think beyond conventional boundaries.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

A critical function of my role as Sales and Marketing Manager at 4WKS was to increase the sales and geographic footprint of the product, through the acquisition of new retail accounts and sales channels. As part of this growth strategy, I coordinated the wholesale partnership with South Africa’s leading omnichannel health, wellness and organic food retailer,

Wellness Warehouse. In managing the project throughout the entire pipeline, I was solely responsible for coordinating the client onboarding process and executing the 360º partnership launch. Expanding product availability into twenty new stores across 3 provinces ultimately allowed 4WKS to access new customer demographics nationwide. The retail partnership continues to be a significant revenue stream for 4WKS to this day.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have been awarded this scholarship, which not only grants me the opportunity to pursue this prestigious programme but also serves as a testimony to the hard work I have put in to reach this point.

Having long aspired to study at one of the world’s greatest universities, this award has played a significant role in turning my ambitions into reality. I look forward to the challenges and growth that this next chapter will bring and I am eager to drive discussions about the untapped potential of South Africa with my cohort and the greater Cambridge community.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Being an advocate for experiential learning, I hope to leverage the practical nature of the Cambridge MBA to expand my knowledge of fundamental business principles and prepare me to tackle global challenges facing business.

My focus is to develop my entrepreneurial and leadership skills, so that I have the tools to build and lead dynamic teams to achieve ambitious visions. The networking opportunities within the diverse professional community will not just be of immense value for me as an aspiring entrepreneur but will also connect me to people who will become my mentors, colleagues and friends for life.

I am incredibly excited to immerse myself in this programme and make the most of every opportunity for growth and learning that comes my way!

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

Now that’s the million-dollar question! With ambitions of pursuing a long-term career in entrepreneurship, I aim to establish a successful impact venture that creates shared value.

I am particularly interested in helping close the mobility and clean energy equity gap that exists in South Africa. Pursuing an MBA at Cambridge will enable me to take a bold step towards realising these ambitions. I hope to leverage the experience I gain in my time at Cambridge to use business as a vehicle for empowerment and to lead sustainable development across Africa.

Although I am confident that an MBA will provide me with the skillset to one day build a successful venture, I intend to remain open to any exciting opportunities that may present themselves over the course of the year.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

I am strongly attracted to educational institutions that are steeped in history and tradition, but that also exhibit a modern and innovative worldview. To me, Cambridge epitomises this.

Through the collegiate structure within Cambridge, I will be able to immerse myself in the greater university ecosystem and gain valuable insights and experiences from students of wide range of specialisations. I see Cambridge as a place where I will not only be able to get the most out, but also put the most in.

Cambridge represents a world-class academic environment that embraces innovation and collaboration amongst some of the most diverse and talented minds. An institution that will no doubt shape my future.

Something that few people may know about you…

In early 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic amplified the stark inequality that exists within South Africa. The strict lockdown resulted in a critical shortage of food supply for many Cape Town residents living in informal settlements. To contribute towards alleviating this food crisis, I launched and co-ordinated an NPO feeding scheme called MustMunch.

Through driving fundraising via a digital donation platform and partnering with local retailers and distributors, we were able to collectively provide food parcels for more than 100 families across 3 communities.

Working to assist these families revealed to me just how significant an impact one person can have and ignited a passion within me to continue making a positive difference in the lives of others wherever possible.

Military Personnel scholarship recipient

Jonathan Lee.

Jonathan Lee

BSc International Relations, LSE, UK
MSc International Political Economy, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Nationality: Singaporean
Pre-MBA career: Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore; Journalist, SPH Media. Pilot and Intelligence Officer, Republic of Singapore Air Force

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I have been in the Singaporean government for the past decade and wish now to make the transition from public to private. The Cambridge MBA provides me with a one-year intensive programme that enables me to pick up the necessary skills and apply these skills through the various projects in the curriculum.

Having been in London for my undergraduate years and Singapore for the large part of my life, I wish to return to the UK to do the MBA, in the beautiful city of Cambridge, so that I can reflect on my journey so far, focus my thoughts and plan for the next step of my career growth.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

It will most definitely be reaching the 1,000 flying hours achievement on my aircraft, an achievement that belongs to less than 5% of the pilots that have passed through the ranks.

I started out as a cadet pilot in 2011 and though the eleven years of service, gained invaluable skills that has shaped my identity, such as the leadership, teamwork, decision making and adaptability skills as a former Pilot-in-Command. I have led a four-men flying crew on multiple flying missions in different parts of the world, taken part in several military operations and military exercises, and have flown with the US Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force.

I am very thankful to the Air Force for recognising my potential and giving me the opportunity to become who I am today.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am very humbled to receive this scholarship, as it shows that my military experience has a value outside of the military. The military experience is sometimes quite opaque, especially to the business world, and our technical skills are often seen as not directly relevant to the working environment outside.

I thank the Business School for acknowledging the accomplishments of military veterans who are looking to pivot out and giving us the support and opportunity to make it happen. I am also delighted to join the veteran community and wish to help connect veterans who are also aspiring to make the switch as I am currently doing. If you are a vet who happens to read this, feel free to reach out to me.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I think the MBA at Cambridge is all about making friends and forming meaningful connections that I can cherish for the rest of my life. The school years are always the best time to make friends and the Cambridge MBA is a programme that puts together over 200 talented individuals in one place.

The diverse backgrounds and experiences of the MBA here, mean that there will always be someone who has the same interest as you, or something different that you can learn from. I hope to get the chance over the year to get to know every classmate on an individual level and develop a great network of contacts and friends I can count on in the years after the MBA.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

An MBA provides an intensive crash course into the different business disciplines, and with a deeper understanding in each of these topics, I will be more ready to take on challenges of real businesses. It will be a meaningful learning journey for me, as I will also discover which career pathways, I am more interested in pursuing, as I try out the different courses Cambridge has to offer.

Ultimately, I hope to come out of the Cambridge MBA more prepared for the next phase of my career, while also understanding myself at a deeper level.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Always a soft spot in my heart. Every student in Singapore knows Cambridge, since we would all have done the Cambridge O Levels and A Levels. I have personally visited Cambridge multiple times. The College vibe and the architecture really struck me in my past visits, and I now relish the opportunity to study here at least once in my lifetime.

Although I did not make it to Cambridge for my undergraduate education, life has come full circle and here I am, finally in Cambridge for my Master’s. It was clear during my application phase that I would only apply for Cambridge if I were to study in the UK, and I was glad that my small gamble paid off.

Something that few people may know about you….

I like backpacking, and always enjoy taking spontaneous trips on any random weekend. Europe is a backpacker friendly destination, and in the past, I have taken the chance when I was in the UK to visit 40 countries and over 200 cities in Europe.

As I interact with my new classmates in Cambridge, I can see the sparkle in their eyes when they realise that I have visited their hometown. This year in Cambridge, I hope to have the chance to tour the final 4 countries and complete this small achievement of mine.

Manu Sharma.

Manu Sharma

Mtech in Quality Management, BITS Pilani, India
MA in English, IGNOU, India
PG Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, VTU, India
BTech in Electronics and Communication, AKTU, India

Nationality: Indian
Pre-MBA career: Indian Air Force Officer (Aeronautical Engineer), Author (4 educational books and a novel)

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I had a myriad of reasons to choose the Cambridge MBA. Firstly, Cambridge is a prestigious institution that offers a world class education. Another unique aspect is its experiential based learning. I was sure that the real-time projects that are part of the MBA curriculum could expand my base knowledge exponentially, especially for a person such as myself who is switching careers into the corporate domain. Thus, I believed that I would have the chance to practically apply what I learn through the programme. Such experiential based learning sets Cambridge apart from other MBA programmes. Also, Cambridge has a strong network of alumni, faculty, and students.

In fact, when I connected with several alumni and current students during the application process, almost all of them responded positively. Everyone was also so forthcoming to help that I immediately felt that I belonged to such a collaborative community. I knew that such a rich environment of people from different professions, cultures, and ethnicities would not only help me grow professionally, but also personally. So, the Cambridge MBA naturally became my ideal choice for my learning. 

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

As military leaders, we are trained to combat unforeseen challenges for the defence of the motherland and to aid civilians during contingencies. However, to contain an unfathomable global enemy – Covid-19, became my most unique professional challenge till date.

During the rapid onset of Covid-19 in March 2020, my squadron was operating on 75% effective strength. As the only available Engineering Officer, I had dual arduous tasks to achieve: Operationalise all my squadron aircraft for relief missions and motivate my workforce for round-the-clock air-operations. My team and I worked relentlessly to finally achieve 100% aircraft availability, that enabled air-movement of essential supplies including oxygen cylinders, throughout the country for months; thus, assisting the government in combating the pandemic. Although my team and I were at the risk of Covid infliction while working at the front-line, but we felt extremely honoured to have contributed our bit during such a dire emergency state.

This experience of massive-scale operations and of dealing with an incomprehensible force, still recounts as my most challenging yet extremely self-satisfying and so counts as the biggest accomplishment so far. 

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

It was almost midnight when I checked my phone before calling it a night. An e-mail notification then caught my eye. And hence I came across the most surprising news of the day that I was awarded the Military veteran scholarship. Coincidently, I also became Military (Air) veteran on the same day as this email.

Therefore, amidst emotions of parting with the service, this scholarship came as happy news. I felt extremely elated to receive this scholarship. And I am incredibly grateful to the Business School for awarding it to me.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

Military has already taught me leadership, adaptability, strong work-ethics, problem solving and decision making, as well as stress management and mental resilience. I am sure that the Cambridge MBA will help me enhance and apply these qualities in the corporate environment, in addition to its teachings through the robust structured MBA curriculum.

At this stage, I am open to learning and exploring a myriad of domains and opportunities that Cambridge Judge Business School has to offer. I look forward to building lasting networks with this exceptional group of my peers. And most importantly, I want to challenge myself by learning and growing my core business skills, as I shall be making a 180-degree career shift from my military background to the corporate world.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

Throughout my MBA journey, I shall be open to new learnings as I plan to transition in my career. I am ready to explore my own potential and find a suitable new role as I step into industry.

I am sure that the Cambridge MBA will bring out the best version of myself and will provide me with meaningful insights to help carve my career trajectory ahead.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

The word ‘Cambridge’ itself makes me recall a plethora of associations be It – rich history, exceptional colleges and the University, academic and scholarly activities, Silicon Fen and many more.

However, I truly believe that Cambridge will prove to be a pivotal point in shaping my journey onward and upward. I am sure that from here on my learning graph and my career will grow exponentially.

Something that few people may know about you

My friends, colleagues, and seniors often say that I am a dedicated and hard-working person who goes beyond defined limits to accomplish any task. And my family calls me a resilient girl with a ‘never giving up’ attitude.

Nehru Trust for Cambridge University Scholarship

Mansa Shroff.

Mansa Shroff

Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Nationality: Indian
Pre-MBA career: Director of Business Development and Chief of Staff, WKD.SMRT (AI/ML digital health startup from MIT)

Mansa was also awarded the Cambridge Society Bombay Scholarship Fund.

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Although my journey from Microbiology into digital health and now to the MBA has been non-linear, it has been full of opportunities where I experienced multiple facets of healthcare.

I was looking for an MBA programme that would expose me to equal amounts of management, healthcare and entrepreneurship. The University of Cambridge’s global network and institutional reputation as Silicon Fen, access to other healthcare ecosystems such as London and Basel and its multicultural demography were an instant draw for me.

Interacting with students, MBA Admissions teams and the Cambridge Judge professors, who were warm and welcoming, sealed the deal!

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I am extremely proud of my contributions to healthcare startup communities globally. Starting with Harvard Global Health Institute, my research highlighted digital health startups in Sub-Saharan Africa and India on global platforms, back when digital health was known as ‘E-health’. I took these learnings to build an AI+IoT startup from MIT called WKD.SMRT, when it was merely an idea and developed it into a fully functioning business with four academic and two pharma partnerships.

I continue to be deeply passionate about cross border partnerships for startups and I’ve joined Global Ventures X – a team of digital health experts in the USA who are building an India-US startup pathway, enabling both countries to benefit from each other’s innovations and making technology and talent transfer easier.

I will continue to support entrepreneurial endeavours in Cambridge through the Business School and as a member of King’s College’s Entrepreneurship Lab.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I was grateful to have been awarded a scholarship from the Nehru Trust for Cambridge University and Cambridge Society of Bombay, because both these institutions and their respective leaders recognised and applauded my trajectory as a woman of colour in STEM stepping into healthcare management and entrepreneurship.

While the journey remains challenging, I am humbled to have their support and mentorship in championing Asian women to study management and be well prepared to take up leadership roles in the healthcare sector. We need more racial and gender diversity in leadership positions in healthcare.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I am a big believer of “Your Network Is Your Net Worth” and so I aim to build a strong, global network where I can learn from my colleagues, mentors and professors.

Given the multitude of nationalities represented in this MBA cohort, and the opportunity to tap into interdisciplinary talents through King’s College and Cambridge, I hope to broaden the global lens with which I can approach healthcare business problems and solutions. I also envision seeing this year as a way to further hone my personal leadership and entrepreneurship goals and reflect on the type of leader I want to be in the digital health world.

Where do you see your MBA journey taking you in your future career?

After my MBA, I would like to remain within the digital health space and continue to contribute to startups globally and at a higher management level.

I see jobs at venture capital firms, global venture studios and Pharma startup accelerators to follow my passion at the intersection of healthcare, cross border partnerships and entrepreneurship.

The coursework and live consulting projects during the Cambridge MBA will enable me to become a more well-rounded contributor and empower me to learn new business frameworks to provide value outside of the traditional scientific frameworks in which I have previously succeeded.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

I tell people that I am travelling from one Cambridge (MA, US) to another Cambridge (UK) with the same passion and conviction that I had when I walked into Harvard University in April 2018.

I see the world of Cambridge(s) to be an opportunity to push my academic and professional boundaries and lean into my passion for harnessing startup innovation in healthcare. I expect big things from my journey at Judge and at Cambridge – but most of all, I am looking forward to having the best time of my life on campus!

Something that few people may know about you….

I practice and believe deeply in meditation and its ability to improve neuroplasticity. On a lighter note, I am addicted to sweets, dark chocolate and all things hazelnut!

Sidney Sussex Joyce Coutu Scholarship

Melissa Patxot.

Melissa Patxot

BSc in Biology, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Nationality: Dominican, American
Pre-MBA career: Simons Foundation, Product Manager, New York, USA

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I am interested in using technology to drive local business growth and empower those without access to succeed in countries that lack the opportunities. To do that, I needed an MBA that provided a diverse cohort, a global curriculum, and an entrepreneurial focus.

The MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School has been developed so each student can create their own path, while learning the core business skills that are needed to succeed. It will also allow me to create connections with people of different countries, cultures, backgrounds, and mindsets. This MBA, therefore, provides the perfect combination for me, allowing me to embrace and learn from the incredible diversity around me while giving me the most advanced tools to grow and innovate in a world that is constantly changing.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

As a product manager, I got the chance to work with teams to develop software that helped improve the lives of patients with illnesses such as chronic migraine and Diabetes. Using technology to provide the right information and insights so patients could make better decisions regarding their health, has made me very passionate towards making an impact through technology.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Receiving a scholarship that celebrates entrepreneurship is very meaningful to me. It gives me an even higher incentive, and greater breathing room, to take advantage of the opportunities the Cambridge MBA has to offer, especially those related to starting my own venture.

What do you want to get out of the MBA most of all in the next year?

I am looking forward to putting myself out of my comfort zone. I want this to be a year filled with new experiences – whether it’s in or outside the classroom. Every conversation, interaction, lecture, presentation, social event, has the possibility to help me learn and grow personally and professionally.

I want to take advantage of all these opportunities, even ones I’m not comfortable with, so once the year is over, I can take all these perspectives and pay it forward.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge means prestige, history, and community. It is known that the University of Cambridge was founded over 800 years ago, and most people can name a large number of notable figures who have studied here, but knowing this is not the same as living here and forming part of this cohort. There is a magical feeling that comes from being in Cambridge.

The historical importance combined with the sense of community brought together by the college system, makes Cambridge the ideal place to pursue an MBA. I know how much of a privilege it is to study here, so I am even more inspired to learn, take risks, explore, meet new people, ask questions, and add my value to the Cambridge community. As an alum, I will aim to expand its legacy in LATAM.

Something that few people may know about you….

I love reading. In 2022, I read 100 books.

Cambridge Society Bombay Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was awarded to Mansa Shroff.

The St Catharine’s Benavitch Scholarship for Cambridge MBA students

This scholarship was awarded to Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik.