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MBA scholarship recipients

These are the recipients of our MBA scholarships. You can find out how to apply for these scholarships from our scholarships brochure.

Forté Foundation scholarship recipients

Rachel Buchholtzer.

Rachel Buchholtzer

BA Art History, University of British Columbia, Canada

Nationality: Canadian/French
Pre-MBA career: Programs and Strategic, Initiatives Lead, Informa,Toronto, Canada

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

My career to date has been in the creative sector, first in commercial galleries in New York, and most recently managing strategic initiatives and partnerships for Canada’s largest art fair. In this role, I had the opportunity to partner with colleagues from industries other than my own, and this exposure made me realise that to progress in my professional and personal development, it was time for a major change. I wanted to build new business skills, be challenged academically and explore new paths professionally. When looking at MBA programmes, Cambridge stood out for its close links to Silicon Fen, and the business school’s unique positioning within the larger research context of the university. I was drawn to the programme’s diversity in every sense of the word, including embracing non-traditional candidates, and to the Cambridge Judge focus on collaborative project-based learning in real world cases.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Most industries have experienced some level of turbulence during COVID, and the arts have been no exception. I am proud of my work to successfully transition two national art fairs to profitable digital events in a pandemic environment. I built partnerships with Canadian arts/media organisations and led product sourcing and management in building out an e-commerce platform. Creating space for art to trade online and generate revenue was hugely rewarding and a major learning opportunity. The experience tested and honed my skills in strategic planning, collaboration, and communication, as well as furthering my interest in digital transformation.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Exceedingly grateful and humbled – there are so many incredible women in our cohort, and I am honoured to be among them. Thinking back to this time last year, I was still questioning whether an MBA was right for me. To have received this scholarship a year later is surreal, and I feel a keen sense of responsibility to give back. I am committed to continuing the Forté Foundation’s work to make the Cambridge MBA space a safe, engaging, and equal place for women to learn and excel.

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

While I am really looking forward to all aspects of the programme – from building new business and leadership skills, to the experience of living in a university city like Cambridge – I am most excited about continuing to grow my relationships with my MBA peers. The Cambridge MBA provides what feels like a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to learn from and be challenged by brilliant individuals, whose breadth of experiences across sectors, geographies and interests is unparalleled, and I want to revel in that.

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

Post-MBA, I am planning to make a career pivot. COVID has accelerated many fundamental business changes, and I am passionate about the power of sustainable innovation and digital transformation to future-proof companies. I hope my Cambridge MBA will further equip me to transition my partnerships skills, creative background and strategic experience into the luxury or consumer e-commerce sector.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Challenge, excitement, and opportunity. I know I will come out of this year with more insights about my strengths, weaknesses, intentions, and purpose than I could have imagined.

Something that few people may know about you….

I almost became a professional dancer, training many hours a day throughout my elementary and secondary school years. At 17, I realised that I had other compelling interests and decided to go to university rather than pursue a dance career. I regret none of this. Dance taught me discipline, and that anything worth doing takes practice and patience. The determination and resiliency I gained from dance have informed all my endeavours since, and I am very grateful to have learned these competencies at such a young age.

Divya Dewan.

Divya Dewan

BComm, Hindu College, University of Delhi, India

Nationality: Indian
Pre-MBA career: Head of Marketing and Communications, Veris, Gurugram, India

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Like most prospective MBA candidates, the first thing I did was create a checklist of all the essentials my dream business school should possess. After two months of in-depth research and alumni coffee chats, the Cambridge MBA was undoubtedly my top choice. Let me take you through my top three essentials.

First, my dream school should be thoroughly focused on developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and should act as an incubator for me as a future tech-founder. The Cambridge MBA gives me access to three crucial catalysts – a wide variety of entrepreneurship boot camps to sharpen my soft and technical skills, myriad start-up competitions to fine-tune my ideas and ‘Silicon Fen’, which guarantees rich networks of angel investors and venture capitalists to accelerate my start-up journey.

Second, it should introduce me to exceptionally talented humans from across diverse geographies, industries, roles, functions, you name it. This was a clincher since many schools either had a wide network or a deep one, but very few had both. The common theme across my coffee chats with Cambridge MBA alumni. Most of them shared anecdotes about how the Cambridge network did wonders for them, be it for finding a job opportunity, spotting the right co-founders or simply riffing on paradigm-shifting ideas.

Third, it should boast rich, unparalleled history. Aside from being one of the world’s best universities, Cambridge possesses something even more fundamental at its heart. It possesses a precious legacy of thought and impact and to me, that is its most beckoning differentiator. This year, I will be a member at Christ’s College where Charles Darwin shaped the science of evolution, many moons ago. Need I say more?

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Working at Veris, a SaaS start-up offering touch-based office automation solutions, the pandemic hit us especially hard. The SARS-CoV-2 is transmissible through contaminated surfaces, making our entire platform, hazardous and irrelevant. Overnight, more than 40% of our clients revoked their contracts.

As part of the core team, we decided to leverage this chaotic uncertainty to revisit our raison d’etre of customer-centricity. We deep dived into the automation struggles of our customers and understood what they needed from us in the post-pandemic era. More importantly, we listened. While our larger competitors struggled with outdated innovation pipelines, we capitalised on our ability to build, break and rebuild the perfect platform with agility and adaptability.

As marketing head, I led this customer-first movement with a dynamic seven-member team. Over 45 days, we conducted in-depth interviews and focus groups with over 700 stakeholders across 250 clients. Following this, we finalised our pivot from frictionless to touchless and developed ‘Veris Combat’, a zero-touch COVID-ready automation platform. I spearheaded the launch of Veris Combat across India, Singapore and the USA. Within six months, this campaign created a $7 million deal pipeline, reduced cost per lead by 63% and generated the highest number of marketing qualified leads per quarter since inception.

The pivot paid off. To date, Veris Combat has enabled 700+ organisations to re-open their workplaces safely, including Fortune 500 enterprises such as Deutsche Telekom, Pfizer, EY, Daimler, and Barclays.

This crisis almost crippled us, and yet, we made it through, bigger, stronger and wiser than ever before. I was also awarded ‘Innovator of the Year’ and that is always a welcome fringe benefit.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I feel honoured, humbled and grateful. It is deeply empowering to have such coveted institutions bet on my future. Apart from fuelling my MBA dream, this scholarship is also in perfect alignment with my long-term goal of building a tech-first emotional wellness platform for young women, globally.

Having worked in the male-dominated sectors of technology and pharma, I have sat alone at numerous tables, over the years. I would like to change that. As a Forté Fellow, I see it as my responsibility to inspire many more young women to dream big and actualise those dreams, one brave stride at a time.

As my recent ‘Men as Allies’ posts trended on LinkedIn, garnering over 300,000 views and thousands of comments from executives worldwide, I had a stark realisation. While I read a lot of stories about what men are doing wrong, there weren’t enough stories about what they’re doing right. You can’t be what you can’t see. Over the course of my Cambridge MBA, I would like to set up a ‘Men as Allies’ community at Cambridge Judge. Through this initiative, I hope to embolden the men who have emboldened us and more importantly, spark honest conversations that inspire meaningful change.

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

As unnerving as this may be, over the next 365 days, I would like to be in at least 100 rooms where I know next to nothing. Over the year, I long to connect, collaborate and create with the brilliant minds I will be sharing this crazy adventure with. I would like to have my existing thought patterns, mindsets and world views constructively challenged by an extraordinary set of professors and peers. Most of all, I would like to cast off my cloak of risk-aversion and be audacious. I would like to try out for that intensely competitive dream job, explore challenging career pivots, participate in the fierce CUE case competition, audition for the lauded mixed choir and quite literally, try my hand at the iconic Cambridge punting.

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

Having worked for over six years in strategy consulting, technology sales and marketing, I would like to pivot into the professional training and development industry over the next five years. As a certified professional coach, I would like to dabble in six coaching disciplines, namely, high-performance coaching, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, culture-change, emotional intelligence and mindset coaching. I would like to explore the possibility of learning and development roles at a FAANG enterprise.

At the Forté MBA annual conference 2021, I came across another innovative post MBA pathway. Rotational leadership development programmes offer targeted training across multiple functions, ongoing mentorship towards C-suite leadership and in-depth industry knowledge. Such a programme will allow me to play on my functional strengths (such as marketing, sales and HR) and also enable me to experience untouched functional areas (such as product management, finance and accounting). I would like to dive deeper into the structure and scope of such programmes at Fortune-500 enterprises such as Amazon, Mars, and Johnson & Johnson.

Over the next 10 years, I would like to start up in the wellness-tech industry and build a SaaS-based emotional-wellness ecosystem for millennial women and gen Z girls, worldwide.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

To me, Cambridge is the antithesis to the outworn zero-sum game. It stands for a new and improved global reality where ‘you win and so do I’. Cambridge stands for learning continuously, improving relentlessly, but doing it together. Even 30 days before starting my Cambridge MBA, I had attended collective learning calls with over 70 classmates across 10 different time zones! Cambridge is synonymous with mastery and yet, to me, it stands for always remaining a student with an open heart and an ever-curious mind.

Something that few people may know about you….

I am a jazz vocalist and opera singer. I have performed across Austria and India, as part of a multi-national choir, led by Grammy award winners, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Gerald Wirth. I have clocked about 800 stage performances since I was 10. I am ALWAYS up for an impromptu gig. Try me!

Mary Rasita.

Mary Rasita

MA Political Communication, University of Leeds, UK; BA Politics and International
Studies & Media and Communications, University of Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Indonesian
Pre-MBA career: Indonesia Research Manager, Kantar – Millward Brown, Jakarta, Indonesia

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After an exciting five years of my career, I had arrived at a point in my journey where a rigorous education in business is crucial to catapult my career. And after 2020, it’s clear that the dimensions of business have changed vastly, if not drastically. The Cambridge MBA offers just the right amount of richness I aspire from a business school – a diverse and collaboration-focused cohort, a strong network of leaders in the business and tech, and an innovative yet inclusive approach to navigate the ever-advancing technologies in business. Add to that, is the centuries of contribution that the University of Cambridge has built to better the advancement of our humanity – at this age and time, it’s hard to look the other way around.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My biggest accomplishment was quite early in my career journey, when I took on the role of Business Intelligence Analyst at an e-commerce company, with no background in computer science, analytics, let alone Microsoft Excel. Add to the fact that I was just recently out of school with a degree in Political Communications – quite the idiosyncrasy. In hindsight, I am forever grateful for my former first boss who believed in my potential and pushed me to overcome the big leap. Alas, I’m still proud of my willingness to step out of the comfort zone, initiative to master the skills even outside of work, and determination to grow my expertise since then. That very initial accomplishment in my career had been the most profound step that allowed me to embrace life’s learning curves to this day.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

As a fierce believer in the power of women’s empowerment, I am truly humbled to be one of the three women awarded the Forté Foundation Scholarship. More importantly, it adds to the testament of my responsibility to further contribute to elevating more women in business and society. I look forward to learning and collaborating so much more with the brilliant men and women at Cambridge to improve the ongoing quest to women’s empowerment all across the world. Here’s to more women leading.

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

I am looking forward to learning and unlearning from my fellow Cambridge MBA students – especially having learned how richly diverse their backgrounds are, from the Arts, Technology, Energy, Healthcare, Finance, to the Fashion sector. It’s going to be an unparalleled wealth of knowledge. Simultaneously, through the practical projects, competitions, and initiatives offered by the programme, I hope to develop a more structured, coherent, and creative approach to problem solving and decision-making in business.

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

I envision the Cambridge MBA being the transformative foundation that support my aspiration to be a leader in an area where I am responsible in formulating the strategy to develop the right consumers products – most possibly in the tech sector, where my career journey started. But this time, I hope to come back with stronger business acumen, equipped with leadership skills and an innovative outlook.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge is an embodiment of a place that values your uniqueness and inquisitiveness. Most importantly, one that grounds you to recognise that the world is bigger and beyond just yourself but drives you enough to make your mark in this world.

Something that few people may know about you….

Fact is, I am quite the politics junkie. But few may know that I once won a chance to converse with one of the century’s most polarising figures, Julian Assange – the WikiLeaks founder. I was in Melbourne at a theatre hall filled with hundreds of people, and he was speaking through a webcam from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. My question was picked as one of the five best questions submitted, and it read, “Do you defend WikiLeaks on behalf of good journalism, or public justice?”. I have quite forgotten his exact response at the time, but to this day, the experience was still surreal.

ROMBA LGBTQ+ scholarship recipient

Raghav Gupta.

Raghav Gupta

BTech Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, India; MSc Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, USA; MSc Engineering and Technology Management, Portland State University, USA.

Nationality: Indian
Pre-MBA career: Product Manager, Intel Corporation, Oregon, USA

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

The University of Cambridge offers a world-renowned, intense one-year MBA programme. It’s has a small, diverse and talented cohort that helps to build a close-knit professional network spanning across the globe. Moreover, with its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, and its proximity to Silicon Fen, Cambridge Judge Business School stood out as the obvious choice.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I have always been a team player and sometimes that requires going out of the way to support the team. When I had just transitioned to the Product Manager role at Intel Corporation, I had to swiftly ramp up my learning process in order to cover for a teammate, who was shortly due to leave on her Maternity leave. Just three weeks after joining the company, I managed to lead the definition of 78 feasible product configurations/SKUs by collaborating with various business groups and stakeholders and, in turn, helped the team meet major deadlines. I earned multiple official recognitions from peers, as well as management, for flawless execution.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Quite frankly, I feel elated! The ROMBA Fellowship MBA Scholarship for the LGBTQ+ Community is a testament to Cambridge Judge’s commitment towards embracing diversity and promoting inclusion and equity. This fellowship has given me the opportunity to not only advance my global network of LGBTQ+ professionals but also participate in several educational seminars and career development events such as virtual company treks and conferences. I feel thrilled to be co-leading the Pride @ CJBS Special Interest Group (SIG) and will strive to create a lasting impact.

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

Coming from a tech heavy background, I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge on the full range of business disciplines and operations via relevant coursework, and practical team projects wherein I shall collaborate with highly accomplished and experienced graduate students. The access to the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre, where I would get deep insights into the full entrepreneurial journey as well as the wide network of successful entrepreneurs operating in Cambridge and the Silicon Fen, are some of the key benefits that I wish to explore.

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

I aim to transition to the healthcare products/medical devices sector post MBA, either in an established company or a startup. The experience gained over the years will be applied towards my long-term goal of establishing my own company. The ongoing pandemic has taught us to be empathic, resilient, and adaptive to change hence, I will especially focus on these aspects while working on my entrepreneurial goals.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

A dream university, a sanctuary where the best and the brightest study, collaborate, innovate, and execute plans to make the world a better place.

Something that few people may know about you….

Interestingly, in 2016, I had secured an offer to pursue a PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Unfortunately, certain life circumstances at that time made it infeasible to pursue that route. So today, I am extremely glad to be at the University and reading for my Cambridge MBA.

Ihor Kravets.

Ihor Kravets

Master, Management of Foreign-economic Activities, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine

Nationality: Ukrainian
Pre-MBA career: Regional Marketing Deployment Manager for THP (Europe & North Africa), BAT (British American Tobacco)

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After a successful international career and more than a decade in consumer goods marketing, I came to a reconsideration point, starting to question whether I would like to proceed in the same direction in my professional life or pivot into an alternative route. To ensure that this decision was properly informed, I looked for opportunities to learn more about the considered career options. This is where an MBA came into place, and Cambridge Judge Business School quickly became the preferred choice.

The things that attracted me the most were the diversity of the Cambridge MBA cohort, the programme’s focus on practical industry experience through the Cambridge Venture Project, the MBA Global Consulting Project and the Summer Work Placement, as well as the strong academic tradition of the University of Cambridge. What took it home was the feeling of the close connection that the cohort has – due to the relatively small size and ability of students to truly know each other. I observed this strong bond within the cohort at an MBA Open Day in pre-pandemic February 2020, and this was when I decided to pursue the Cambridge MBA.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My last role was at the forefront of establishing a new category of reduced-risk products for BAT in Europe and North Africa. Given that the company’s business was historically built on a single product category, broadly unaltered for decades, the scale of change that the organisation had to go through, in a very short time, was immense.

Within three years, starting from scratch, with ups and downs on the way, we’ve successfully launched the new product category across 18 end markets – from Ukraine and Russia in the east to Italy and Germany in the west and achieved significant market share and revenue growth from the new category. While the outstanding business result was achieved by a multi-national cross-functional team of talented individuals, I am incredibly proud of being at its facilitating centre, and consider this my biggest career accomplishment so far, as well as a truly unique professional experience.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

It’s an immense privilege to be awarded the ROMBA LGBTQ+ scholarship. It is an even bigger privilege to be empowered by Cambridge Judge to advocate for the interests of the LGBTQIA+ community, especially knowing that at the very same time, there are places in the world where LGBTQIA+ people can’t even openly be their true selves. And, as it should be, with privilege comes responsibility. In this case, it is the responsibility to ensure that within the forthcoming year at Pride @ CJBS, we step up the diversity, equity and inclusion agenda to the next level across academia, administrative matters and facilities, as well as providing additional educational and career opportunities for LGBTQ+ students and the wider cohort. It is comforting to see that there is full support on EDI matters from the Business School’s leadership, and I am sure that, building on the work of previous cohorts in this space, we will be able to deliver a truly impactful change.

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

An MBA is a unique opportunity to explore how I can pivot my career into areas that are interesting to me, by utilising a combination of direct access to industries, academia, and the broad experience that the current cohort has. For me, it’s not just about my immediate steps after the programme, but it is more about outlining my long-term professional plan for the years to come and specific steps on this way that I will have to pursuit to reach my longer-term vision.

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

I initially chose the career in consumer goods marketing as it was at the crossing of areas that were exciting to me personally – creativity, business, and psychology. Going forward, I would like to continue my professional path with these three areas in mind and blend in the social aspect to contribute to making a positive social impact in the world. And whilst I’m coming to the Cambridge MBA with several short-term career options in mind, I am confident that my future career will lead me closer to a social impact direction with a geographical focus on Ukraine, my home country.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Suppose I look at Cambridge through the lens of a brand marketer, who I am by professional background, and define what associations the name holds for me. In that case, it will first and foremost be credibility, tradition, and world-class academia that the university brings to the world for more than 800 years. On the other side, Cambridge surprises with its progressive outlook and innovation, stimulating creativity, global outlook and personal growth. I think Cambridge Judge is the ultimate expression of this unique combination.

After the year on the MBA programme, I am sure that I will also be able to add to this description the life-long connections that I will have formed here and a couple of fun stories that will be part of what Cambridge will mean to me from then onward.

Something that few people may know about you…

I am a big fan of social psychology, which helps to interpret and explain my own behaviours and motivations, as well as those of people around me. It’s been an exciting self-educating journey so far, and I am keen on sharing my insights with people around me. To contribute towards spreading this knowledge, I am currently translating into the Ukrainian language and publishing online materials on social psychology, making them more readily available to a Ukrainian audience.

Entrepreneurship scholarship recipient

Kaitlin Fritz.

Kaitlin Fritz

MA, History of Art, University College London. BA, English Language, Writing and Rhetoric, North Carolina State University.

Nationality: American
Pre-MBA career: Co-founder & COO, Musemio, London, UK

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

As a humanities student having a non-traditional path to entrepreneurship, I entered the London ecosystem in 2018 with little business knowledge but a lot of passion. Driven to solve the problem of arts accessibility, I met an incredible team to cofound Musemio, an immersive EdTech platform that bridges culture with children’s curriculum. Throughout this time of bootstrapping and constant iteration, not only did I learn business best practices and the mechanics of running a tech company, but I was also learning about who I am as a leader.

Utilising my own networks and opportunities since the company’s beginnings, I have developed to the point I am today – an entrepreneur in UK EdTech and an advisor within enterprise education – as a result of quality mentors, a supportive and diverse peer group, upskilling courses, and determination. But I craved more: I wanted the unshakeable foundation of knowledge within all arenas of business, taught by the world-leaders themselves. And this is what has led me to Cambridge.

Understanding that the Cambridge MBA is more than just an academic course but also a practical opportunity to put leadership and knowledge into action, I knew that this experience with fellow global students would be my next step.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Being a co-founding member of Musemio, has been one of the most pivotal moments of my career. Through our immersive EdTech app, we have not only been able to provide affordable and accessible cultural education from global museums at home, but we have also been able to spark critical conversations about the importance of innovation within the education and cultural sectors. Though we have received recognition from institutions like Forbes 30 Under 30, Great British Entrepreneur Competition, and Sifted; the best thing has been building a tech-for-good product that has been experienced by children worldwide.

This has also created a domino effect in my own professional trajectory. As an international female founder, I have learned so much about myself and the journey of entrepreneurship throughout these years. This has sparked a passion in me to support others in acceleration and incubation programmes. As an entrepreneurship educator and acceleration manager, I have been able to support over 300+ founders on their own enterprise journey.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Nothing short of honoured! Knowing that Cambridge Judge attracts entrepreneurial talent from across the globe, I am so grateful and humbled to be awarded the CJBS Entrepreneurship Scholarship. Not only is Cambridge Judge synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration, but it is also a launchpad for the leaders of tomorrow. Throughout my time here, I aim to use this as an opportunity to give back to those others with non-traditional paths to entrepreneurship.

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

Though there are so many things to look forward to, I am thrilled to be surrounded by a university network which is constantly buzzing with global perspectives and the ethos of problem-solving. Whether it is discussing Shakespeare or sustainability, I know this next year will open my eyes to new horizons academically, personally, and professionally, and I am looking forward to being challenged as an innovator, leader, and student.

With the network bursting with diverse cultures, ways of thinking, and industry insights, I cannot wait to join my cohort in creating tomorrow’s solutions, today.

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

Having worked in EdTech and enterprise education, I am passionate about creating solutions with impact. I see myself working within the enterprise space, but at this early stage, I am cautious not to be fixed on the role or a title. Understanding that this year will open new avenues within the umbrella of entrepreneurship, like investing or business strategy, I will be actively exploring all the career routes this MBA degree offers.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge to me means limitless opportunities. It is more than just a university; I see it as a catalyst of personal and professional potential. Being surrounded by incredible academics, driven peers, and outlets like enterprise societies, anything – from lifesaving medicine to social-impact startups – is possible here.

Something that few people may know about you….

During my senior year at North Carolina State University, I was a member of senior academic leadership… for a day.

At my school, we had an essay competition to trade places with our faculty dean for a day. I wrote a poem inspired by Dr. Suess’s Oh! The Places You’ll Go, sharing the classes and clubs he’d be a part of and the roles and meetings I would lead as Dean. Needless to say, it worked out, as I led the College of Arts and Social Sciences for one spring day in 2017!

Chris Griffin.

Christopher Griffin

BSc Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK

Nationality: British
Pre-MBA career: Senior Manager, Technology Architecture, Accenture, London, UK

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I spent the previous 14 years in a corporate world (tech consulting), and whilst I developed loads of great skills and experiences there, I really felt like it was time to shake things up. At the same time, I had set up a health food start-up on the side. When the pandemic hit, it seemed like a natural time to make a career shift and the MBA is known as the perfect platform to achieve that. Having had a taste of entrepreneurial experience, I chose Cambridge because of its excellent reputation in this space. Based on my research, it is second to none in Europe for Entrepreneurship. I have also always loved Cambridge as a city and it will be such a wonderful place to spend a year outside the London bubble.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

In my consulting career, I am proud of my work managing complex IT delivery. In one case, I worked for half a year to plan the technical cutover of a $1 billion ERP programme to a global beer company. Co-ordinating across the entire programme team, I put together a plan of more than 6,000 microtasks, before managing the execution of each one over one chilly weekend in Poland.

In recent years, I have derived greater satisfaction from my health food startup “YaconViva!”, which is gaining a lot of traction and press coverage, and last year entered the black for the first time. It’s very satisfying to see the first organic orders come in for a product that you conceived and created.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am obviously super happy to have been awarded this scholarship, but as a perennial sufferer of Imposter Syndrome it makes me feel slightly nervous! I am really looking forward to sharing my experiences in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world with others in my cohort, and this scholarship makes me feel a moral responsibility to do that.

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

Most of all I want to meet and build a network of talented, ambitious and creative thinkers. I am looking forward to swapping ideas and feedback; perhaps we can come up with some exciting business ideas together!

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

Plan A is to grow and develop my existing company but I’m yet to ascertain its scalability and trajectory; hopefully the Cambridge MBA will help me do that. In the meantime, I am keeping an open mind as to where the next step will be. Perhaps I will switch focus to a new enterprise in collaboration with fellow students. The great thing about Cambridge is that there are so many amazing scholars outside the Business School who have great ideas waiting to be commercialised.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Academic excellence, architectural magnificence, revolutionary innovation. The birthplace of so many world-changing ideas.

Something that few people may know about you….

I used to compete at Modern Jive partner dancing!

Jen-Yu Teng.

Jen-Yu (Jenny) Teng

BSc Business Administration and Finance, Boston University, USA

Nationality: Taiwanese
Pre-MBA career: CEO, Royal Way Technology Inc., Taipei, Taiwan

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

As an entrepreneur, I have to assume a lot of roles. I have to be a strategic problem-solver that can face various challenging problems every day efficiently. I must be an innovator that is able to think outside the box. I must be a great leader that is able to inspire the team even in the hardest times. While I already took the first step into my entrepreneurship journey, it is still far from my dream. While my career laddered up my passion in the ecommerce and technology industry, Cambridge MBA, with its mix of the rigorous and practical curriculum, and the cluster of the brightest minds in the world, seems like the perfect choice for advancing my career and personal development at this point of time.

Cambridge has also lured me as a beautiful, vibrant city that embraces old and new. With hundreds of years of history and the prosperous growth of high technology industry in the city, I am eager to get a deeper look into “Silicon Fen” and broaden my perspective in the new development across the tech industry. I hope my experience at Cambridge and the MBA programme will equip me with the necessary skills and perspective to make a greater impact.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

With digital transformation happening in every industry, I realised the need for big changes in the freelancing industry in 2019. I elevated the powers of internet and technology and founded an innovative platform Holibear for digital services. We aimed to provide a more convenient and transparent marketplace where businesses can buy various services in just a few clicks, and where creatives and professionals are able to save tremendous time looking for the right clients. With limited resources and cash, I still took the leap and facilitated a team with the brightest minds, turned ideas into concrete products, got recognised by the government and featured in the news. We successfully drew millions of website traffic and a steady base of customers in just eighteen months. Along the way, our team has also helped many small and big corporations in Taiwan to successfully achieve digital transformation with our expertise and services.

My entrepreneurial journey has nurtured me into someone who is stronger and humbler. I will continue to learn from the best and strive to achieve more to make greater impact.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I feel exceptionally thrilled that Cambridge Judge offers an Entrepreneurship scholarship. This is a huge encouragement for those who took the risk and sacrificed much to forge their own, uncharted path. I am honoured and humbled to have been awarded this scholarship amongst my brilliant peers. I will continue to pursue my dream and drive changes with innovation.

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

I am looking forward to connecting with the diversified cohort coming from 45 different countries and various industries. I am looking forward to hearing exciting stories from top executives who have dealt with real-world business challenges, wrestle with substantive issues and engage in thought-provoking discussions that may lead to small shifts in perspective or even an epiphany. I believe my Cambridge MBA experience will allow me to explore new paths and opportunities and cultivate management and leadership skills by tackling hands-on consulting opportunities outside my wheelhouse.

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

I believe my MBA journey will open doors to many new opportunities and equip me with new knowledge and skills that will take me forward. Whether to join a big technology company or to start up a new company again, I will continue to grasp the opportunities to make an impact by disrupting the status quo, solving critical problems, and correcting a wrong where we perceive it in society.

Something that few people may know about you

I composed the song “Love and Peace” for the Love and Peace Foundation in Taiwan. The song was performed at various philanthropic events. I am also a huge game lover that enjoys playing various kinds of video and board games.

Ruby Tew.

Ruby Tew

BBS, Accounting and Finance, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealander
Pre-MBA career: Rowing New Zealand, Athlete Representative and full time Athlete; Founder and Owner, Athlete Food Co., Waikato, New Zealand

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I have done a number of different things over the past decade of my life. A full-time career as a professional athlete in the New Zealand Rowing team as well as starting and running my own catering company, Athlete Food Co. I am looking to transition away from sport and into the healthcare sector. I felt I needed a broader understanding of how the industry works as well as a more comprehensive business education. The Cambridge MBA is a perfect fit for me with its Healthcare Concentration, one year programme and diverse cohort, that I can learn so much from.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Bootstrapping and growing Athlete Food Co. alongside the demands of life as an elite athlete was a huge achievement for me, but my biggest accomplishment from this journey is the amount of good we have been able to do. With my own sporting credibility and operating in the same industry provided a unique opportunity to give back to a community that has been there for me my entire life. As a company we offer support and advice to young athletes, and I feel so proud knowing that we can make a positive difference to their lives by sharing our own journeys, successes, mistakes and things we wish we had known 15 years ago.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Grateful and very excited!!

I am honored that Cambridge Judge Business School has awarded me this scholarship and I am looking forward to representing my peers as an Entrepreneurship scholarship recipient. I hope the lessons I have learnt over the past 10 years in sports and in small business management will add value to our class discussions, just as I am looking forward to hearing and learning about the stories from my classmates.

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

I am most excited about meeting and getting to know all my amazing classmates! We have been connecting online for the past six months or more, so it is wonderful to be able to meet them all in person. I am also really looking forward to living in such a beautiful city with so much history.

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

I hope that my Cambridge MBA journey will ultimately take me to a leadership or management role in a leading NGO or non-profit, but I also hope that I leave Cambridge next year with a whole cohort of friends who will help and support each other in their future careers.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge was an obvious choice for me from the beginning. Everyone at Cambridge Judge; staff, alumni and current students were so friendly and helpful right from the start of the application process to the start of the programme, when we are all moving and settling in. I knew straight away that it was a community or incredible people that I wanted to be a part of.

Cambridge also has a prestigious rowing program that has produced several Olympians and culminates in the globally famous Boat Race in March/April. The opportunity to race in such a famous event is something I would love to pursue throughout my year in Cambridge

Something that few people may know about you….

I competed at both the Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games as a rower for New Zealand. This was an incredible experience that I feel very lucky to have had, being part of a team where everyone is working their hardest every single day to be the best in the world in a very high-pressure situation is hard to describe – it has taught me a lot about the importance of teamwork and making sure that you have good people around you.

Culture, Arts and Media scholarship recipients

Seung Eun Lee.

Seung-Eun Lee

BA Home Economics, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

Nationality: South Korean
Pre-MBA career: Founder & Director, Eelee Agency, London, UK; Community Manager/Project Producer, shesaid.so, London, UK

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After spending five years running an agency producing arts and cultural projects, I felt I needed a boost in my career; I wanted to top up strategic, financial and managerial skills and broaden my perspective to open up new possibilities for making an impact in the wider cultural sector within the tech space.

Cambridge MBA felt like the perfect fit. I love that it is a programme of academic excellence and practical application in management, particularly through hands-on consulting projects, coupled with unbeatable links to the tech sector, from which I’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of emerging technologies and learn in which way this could then be utilised across the arts and cultural sector.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My biggest (and coolest) accomplishment is that I performed in front of 20,000 people at the O2 Arena in London, while on a tour with the Grammy-winning artist Basement Jaxx. Did I mention I also performed at Hollywood Bowl, Central Park SummerStage and Fuji Rock Festival? The list goes on, as I staged over 150 global stages, singing my single ‘Back 2 The Wild’ produced by the duo.

This whirlwind chapter of my life was the most exhilarating, yet challenging time, since it wasn’t something I was trained to do; I was a PR manager before. I embraced the opportunity, however, and allowed my creativity to excel in directing music videos and designing stages. I selected this time as my biggest accomplishment because it took self-belief and courage to make such an audacious move in changing my professional scope and geographies. Since then, stepping outside my comfort zone has become second nature, and I have learned to enjoy and thrive in new and challenging environments.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am extremely honoured and grateful to be awarded the scholarship and feel a strong sense of responsibility to represent both the Cambridge MBA and the industry at large. As a recipient, I hope to interact with various future leaders in the arts and cultural sector and inspire the Cambridge MBA cohort from diverse backgrounds to learn more about the industry and share opportunities to collaborate and cross-pollinate.

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

What I am most excited about being part of the Cambridge MBA programme is the opportunity to meet and interact with diverse, intelligent and interesting people from different walks of life, business sectors and industries. From this connection and collaboration, I expect to widen my outlook on professional and personal life and be part of an amazing network of Cambridge MBA alumni, who will be leaders in their own endeavours throughout the world, whom I can count on to connect me with like-minded people in my chosen pursuits.

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

I am motivated to augment my leadership, business acumen and international network to lead the arts and cultural sector, working with global companies to innovate and influence the way we discover, consume and interact with arts and culture through technology. I am particularly interested in strategic outlook and growth of the arts sector along with innovation through emerging technology.

Something that few people may know about you….

I am an avid thrift shopper! Once, someone asked if she could buy a pair of vintage sunglasses I was wearing on the street in Venice. Another time, a stylist borrowed my leather pocketed belt I had purchased in India for a photo shoot with Drew Barrymore.

Technology and Innovation scholarship recipients

Brianna Goodlin.

Brianna Goodlin

B.A. Social Studies, Harvard University, USA

Nationality: American
Pre-MBA career: Senior Consultant, The Clearing Inc. Boston, USA

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I am driven by an intense curiosity and thirst for knowledge, which was a significant aspect of my motivation to attend business school. I wanted to be challenged and be given space to question my own beliefs and understandings, while being exposed to diversity in every aspect. I specifically chose Cambridge Judge because at every point in the process, I was shown how collaborative, supportive, and diverse this group was.

Having worked in innovation, I know how crucial it is to be in an environment where you can ask questions, make mistakes, and even fail in service of growth and change, and I knew Cambridge was where I would find that.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

One of the moments of my career that I am proudest of is the work I did starting and launching the Development Partner Institute (DPI). DPI was created with the radical goal of transforming the mining sector, from an extractive presence to a development partner. It exists to find innovative solutions to the challenges of the world, and to foster meaningful collaborations between the companies, countries, and communities that are impacted by mining.

Whether it was facilitating conversations around diversity and inclusion in mining or bringing together the stakeholders of a community to problem solve around shared issues, working with the DPI changed my outlook and approach to my career. Building and being a part of this innovative and transformative organisation was my first personal exposure to just how much potential exists for businesses to harness innovation to improve the lives of others, even in unexpected ways, and it continues to inspire me today to push for change wherever I end up.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am so humbled, and grateful. As someone who grew up in poverty, I am the product of the generosity of those around me. So much of my life has been made possible by those who invested in me, and who ensured that my lack of access to resources did not mean a lack of access to opportunities. To be awarded this CJBS scholarship is to be given the chance to continue breaking the cycle of poverty, and to be empowered to find ways to do that for others as well.

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

I am so excited to be in an environment and a space in my life where my job is just to learn, as much as I can, from everyone around me. I am surrounded by one of the most diverse groups of people I have ever encountered, and I know I will spend the entire rest of this MBA year trying to learn as much as I can from each one of them, and still barely scratch the surface. I can’t wait.

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

In its most basic form, I love helping people find and solve problems, and building the capabilities in others to do the same. Any job where I can be doing this, I will thrive. While this may seem broad and widely applicable, I know that a big part of my Cambridge MBA journey is not limiting myself to one industry or company which could prevent me from seeing what opportunities there may be that I might not have considered.

Innovation has shown me that sometimes the best ideas or breakthroughs come from the most unexpected places, so never stop exploring. I know that my Cambridge MBA will build the skills, capabilities and network to be a leader in whatever industry or company I end up at, and I think the most exciting part of this journey is that I don’t yet know where that will be, I just know I will be ready for it when I get there.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

In some ways Cambridge Judge feels like the culmination of all I have worked for and dreamed of, but also the genesis of what I cannot even imagine. Cambridge is full of possibilities, and truly feels like a rare opportunity to learn and grow in an accelerated manner. But even more so than that, being a part of Cambridge Judge makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. It is a global community of passionate, intelligent people, working to catalyse change and becoming part of that is inspiring and invigorating.

Something that few people may know about you…

I have done a lot of work in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict space, particularly around advocating for a two-state solution, advancing the role of women in negotiations and peace deals, and teaching and educating others on the skills needed for complex conflict negotiations in deeply entrenched, and often seemingly intractable, issues.

Daniil Shcherbakov.

Daniil Shcherbakov

MSc E-Business, Higher School of Economics, Russia; MSc Information Systems Management, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Austria; Specialist Information Systems and Technologies, Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Russia

Nationality: Russian
Pre-MBA career: Head of B2B Partnerships in E-Commerce, VK.com, Saint Petersburg, Russia

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

My entrepreneurial journey has always been defined by my ability to find unique ways for a company’s initial growth. I am good at finding the first 100 paying clients, developing processes from scratch, pitching for partnerships, organising teams to launch MVPs, and attracting seed funding. Despite my achievements, I want to go further by learning how to create a business in conditions of uncertainty and to lead such companies for growth over the long term.

The unique entrepreneurial and venture ecosystem at Cambridge with its [email protected] weekends, MBA courses like New Venture Finance and Venture Capital and the Entrepreneurial World, as well as the fact that it is in the heart of Silicon Fen, made Cambridge MBA for me the only one place where I want to study at and to be a part of.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I led a multinational team of eight people from three countries to create Fibrum Pro, the first mobile VR headset available on the international market. Together we successfully manufactured our headset, which later sold over 50,000 units and was available at BestBuy, Amazon, Walmart, MediaMarkt-Saturn and AliExpress and other major retailers.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

When I received the email saying that I was selected as the CJBS Technology and Innovation Scholarship recipient, I was shocked because the scholarship drastically decreased my MBA’s financial burden, which is already an incredible thing.

As an entrepreneur who gets a thrill from sharing my experience with others, it is a great honour to become an ambassador of the tech world in my class. I’m eagerly waiting to start sharing all my tech and business-related knowledge with my future group mates.

Moreover, after graduation, I want to become a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre, to continue mentoring young leaders who want to change the world with their technologies.

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

For me, it is the people that make Cambridge Judge such a unique place to study. The intersection of different cultures, backgrounds, and opinions could produce unpredictable and unprecedented outcomes. That is why new connections with like-minded people are the primary goal next year for me.

In addition, I would like to understand how to build more effective international sales teams, pivot and reinvent things when faced with challenges, and scale business processes while keeping my eyes on the prize.

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

By upgrading my existing management skills and understanding of international business culture with the MBA dedicated entrepreneurial courses and opportunities like the Global Business Concentration and the Cambridge Venture Project, as well as the networks that come with meeting other professionals in the Cambridge environment, I will be able to move from a high performing startup founder, with sharp tactical operations skill sets, to an international business development executive able to fly into any situation, make connections and rewire failing systems into lean, fast scalability not just to make things work, but to transform businesses and their ability to have an impact.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

I am inspired by the phrase of University of Cambridge graduate, Sir Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

That is why for me, Cambridge means opportunities, a great variety of different life paths that I could never think of before, where I am the only one in charge of selecting the way that suits me and my life plans the most.

Something that few people may know about you….

My father is a doctor, and my mother is a doctor. My elder sister, you are right, is a doctor too. So, I’m the only one in my family who didn’t become a doctor.

P.S. Try to guess what the profession of my wife is. You thought right; she is also a doctor!

Beyond Profit/Social Innovation scholarship recipients

Laure Jacquin de Margerie.

Laure Jacquin de Margerie

MA Business and Management, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

Nationality: French
Pre-MBA career: Impact Lead, One Acre Fund, Kabwe, Zambia

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I have worked towards generating social impact for six years at One Acre Fund, a social business serving smallholder farmers in several countries on the African continent. My goal after the MBA is to transition to the sector of Impact investing, and Cambridge Judge is the perfect place for me to make that transition. Getting up to speed on technical financial skills is going to be a real challenge, but I believe that experiential learning is the best way to achieve that. Cambridge Judge was therefore an obvious choice because of its hand-on learning approach. Additionally, I am very excited about the opportunity to join a business school embedded in such a prestigious and old University, which will bring many more opportunities.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

During my last year at One Acre Fund, I set up two key agro-forestry projects in Zambia: a large-scale tree distribution project targeting 18,000 smallholder farmers and a carbon financing pilot that would allow smallholder farmers to massively increase their revenue by keeping their trees in the ground.

This is something I am proud of because smallholder farmers are highly vulnerable to climate change. Because their livelihoods are reliant on land, they are disproportionately affected by issues like water scarcity, nutrient-depleted soil, deforestation, and reductions in biodiversity. Tree-planting is Africa’s single most powerful intervention at the intersection of climate and poverty for smallholder farmers.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am extremely grateful to receive this scholarship. Seven years ago, I made the decision to quit my job in advertising to start a career in the development sector, with no prior experience. To be awarded the Beyond Profit scholarship is therefore extremely validating and the proof that my work to support smallholder farmers is recognised as such. I also hope this can inspire future candidates from the development sector who might otherwise, think MBAs are not a place for them.

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

I am coming to Cambridge Judge with a very clear career plan in mind which is to transition to the sector of Impact Investing. Therefore, I am really hoping to benefit from the applied learning strategy from CJBS: taking part in thematic competitions such as MIINT, doing the Finance Concentration and meeting professionals from the Investment sector to learn from their own experience. One year is short, but I feel incredibly lucky to be able to dedicate it to this transition with the support of Cambridge Judge.

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

Working in a sector that will help under-served populations make a better living has been driving my professional goals and transitioning to Impact Investing is a logical next step for me. I would be interested in focusing on the agricultural sector, for which there remains an urgent need for impact capital today as global populations are rising and adopting new dietary patterns becomes a priority in developing countries. This is even more relevant as climate change perturbates the stability of food production in the world, mostly impacting smallholder farmers and developing countries. This challenge will demand innovative solutions for impact investing, and I want to be part of that effort.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

The adventure of a lifetime, as long as I have a good raincoat with me.

Something that few people may know about you….

When I lived in rural Zambia, I gave regular horseback riding classes to the guards from the mounted unit of the maximum correction prison. To improve the quality of the training, I also helped set up a training arena and built jumping obstacles. The place was called “the house of broken bones and bruises”.

Angela Khakali.

Angela Khakali

MSc Health Policy, London School of Economics, London, UK

Nationality: Canadian/Kenyan
Pre-MBA career: Broadband Strategy Lead, Ontario Government, Canada 

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

In my pre-MBA role, communicating with C-Suite executives and collaborating with diverse individuals highlighted the importance of business and management skills to drive innovation. I chose the Cambridge MBA because I wanted a top-rated, global, one-year MBA that would provide me with real-world experience in business. Cambridge is also home to Europe’s biggest tech cluster, ‘Silicon Fen’, with the Business School at the centre of the eco-system. With an interest in tech and venture capital, Cambridge is the perfect place for me to pursue my MBA and gain the skills I need to make the transition. On a personal note, I visited Cambridge several years ago and fell in love with its beauty and the richness of its history, culture and traditions. The opportunity to attend an institution that is more than 800 years old is incredibly exciting.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I have worked on dozens of strategic initiatives across Canada’s government. However, the one that has meant the most to me was leading the complex strategy and policy work to reduce barriers to broadband deployment in the province of Ontario. Through this work, the government increased its investment in the sector from $315 million to $4 billion. This investment will impact 700K under-served households, which will receive access to affordable and reliable internet. Through this role, I’ve worked with incredible high-profile stakeholders and learnt from passionate and talented colleagues in the public sector.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Over the past couple of months, I have enjoyed interacting with the global and highly accomplished cohort that Cambridge is known to attract. Given the calibre of my peers, I am honoured and grateful to have received the Social Impact/Beyond Profit scholarship. Coming from a non-traditional background, this scholarship is a confirmation of the value of my work and the recognition of my potential for even greater impact in the future. I hope to maximise all the experiences the Cambridge MBA has to offer and apply the skills and knowledge obtained to create opportunities and growth for others.

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

At Cambridge, I look forward to a transformative experience, where I will focus on building my leadership skills and business acumen from a diverse cohort with a wealth of experience across many industries and sectors. This international network and lifelong friendships will be invaluable as we kick-start the next chapter of our careers. I am also excited by the prospect of gaining industry experience through team-based activities, such as the Cambridge Venture Project and the MBA Global Consulting Project.

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

The advantage of the Cambridge MBA is that the possibilities are endless. I believe the Cambridge MBA will serve as a platform to transition my career to a strategy role in tech or an investment role in venture capital. I plan to utilise my Cambridge community and MBA experiences to support high growth companies to be successful and ensure that the start-up landscape is more equitable and inclusive.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Transformation, impact and legacy.

Something that few people may know about you….

I am an adventurous traveller, who is just as comfortable on a beach vacation, as I am off the beaten path hiking through the Peruvian Amazon. I’m currently plotting how to squeeze in a hike on the West Highland Way in Scotland during my MBA year.

Robert Lean.

Robert Lean

BA Indigenous Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia; BA Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australian
Pre-MBA career: Culture Consultant, The Culture Equation, Sydney, Australia

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Ultimately, it was a matter of aligned values that brought me to the Cambridge MBA; in order to achieve my career goals, I needed to find an institution that was not only dedicated to entrepreneurship but also to social impact through business. The Cambridge MBA proves just the place. My goal is to help lead high-impact, high-growth social initiatives that address structural inequality, with a particular focus on Aboriginal rights in Australia.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

In 2017, I founded an ethical travel company that let travellers book unique treks with experienced trekking guides in Nepal, while ensuring that guides were paid a fair working wage. I founded the company in response to my own experience travelling in Nepal. Where it was challenging to connect with the talented, trained guides who make trekking such a great experience. Moreover, it was difficult to ensure that the guides you travelled with were also being paid a fair working wage. Running the company solidified my belief in the power of business to create positive structure change, while also highlighting the areas that I need to grow as an entrepreneur in order to lead initiatives that make an impact on a structural level. This ultimately led me to my Cambridge MBA.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

The Beyond Profit/Social Innovation scholarship has allowed me to access a world-class institution and business education. I am grateful for the support that Cambridge Judge Business School has for me and my goals. I am excited to learn from the diverse and determined 2021-22 cohort.

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

I have two goals for the MBA over the next year. First, is to build and practice entrepreneurial skills that will allow me to lead high-impact, high-growth social initiatives. Second, is to work with and learn from the economic and sustainability minds of the University of Cambridge to identify where the biggest opportunities are to create organisations that benefit the planet, while also driving a profit.

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

For me, businesses have a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. As the climate crisis drives the need for all businesses to adapt, there is an opportunity to build high-impact business that contribute to the planet while also driving a profit, which in turn allows businesses to contribute to, not detract from, social equity. My future career is focused on effective impact through business. My Cambridge MBA journey will allow me to address the right problem in the most effective way.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

To me, Cambridge means a community of dedicated peers, thriving within their fields while coming together to create insight and impact through innovation. It’s a world-class educational experience with an outward focus and an underlying energy that asks, ‘How might we?’.

Something that few people may know about you….

I enjoy the experience of being in motion, and I especially enjoy long train trips. I have regularly chosen to take the ten-hour Sydney-Melbourne train trip over the one-hour flight.

Healthcare scholarship recipients

Aderinsola (Derin) Alege.

Aderinsola (Derin) Alege

MB:BS Degree at Lagos State University College of Medicine, Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian
Pre-MBA career: CEO and Founder, The Ambulance Company, Lagos, Nigeria

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Following my recent endeavours, there arose a need for me to gain some formal business knowledge and I thought that it had to be at a prestigious university where I could leverage on great connections and network from classmates and alumni. Getting a degree at the University of Cambridge is considered a noteworthy feat and when I began my search for business schools to apply to, it was easily my top choice. I was particularly interested in the Cambridge MBA because of its entrepreneurship values and location.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

This would easily be taking the bold step to bring an idea I had to life, in the form of having a company that solves the problem of medical transportation, thereby increasing access to healthcare, albeit in a private capacity.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

It came as a huge and welcome surprise when I got the email from Cambridge Judge saying that I had been awarded the Healthcare Scholarship. I had applied in the fifth round of MBA applications and lost all hope of getting any form of monetary support from the Business School at the time. So, when I received the scholarship, I was more convinced that this was the Business School for me. It humbled me and showed how much Cambridge Judge believed in and supported me.

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

Looking at my career progression, I have veered off the traditional path in medicine and have moved into the business realm, without a business or management profile or background. At the end of the programme, I want to have been exposed to and gained relevant and much needed knowledge in the art of business administration using the vast number of resources that Cambridge Judge provides. In addition, I would love to gain some insights into other industries.

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

I see this journey taking me into a new world of possibilities. Regardless of what the future holds for me, I am certain that I am on the path leading to greatness!

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge to me is the land of opportunities.

Something that few people may know about you….

I am a huge fan of tennis, Korean entertainment and interior decoration. I would also be down for a ‘Know your Pop Lyrics’ music competition.

Nicolas Correa de Calixto.

Nicolás Correa de Calixto

MPH, Emory University, USA; MD, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile

Nationality: Chilean
Pre-MBA career: Attending Internal Medicine Physician, Hospital de Rengo, Rengo, Chile

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I have been part of the Chilean Health System for over ten years, and I have witnessed how it cannot meet patients’ needs. It is evident not only by worsening health indicators but is also present when I treat my patients. Limited access to diagnostic imaging, drug unavailability, and cancer patients getting limited therapeutic effort due to diagnostic delays are everyday issues. My patients’ prognosis should not depend on anyone’s goodwill. Their health access, diagnosis, and treatments should be guaranteed.

These inequities and the difficulties I faced when trying to implement changes in my hospital made me realise that my career needed a shift. I decided to stop working as an attending physician and start studying to become a healthcare administrator. To do it, I realised I needed two things to complement my skills as a physician: a strong background in public health and to develop my management and leadership skills.

I have already finished the Master’s in Public Health, and after a meticulous analysis, I felt that the Cambridge MBA was a perfect fit for me. The balance between theoretical lessons and the experimental learning approach, along with a very diverse cohort in a prestigious university, was everything I was looking for.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

The COVID-19 pandemic has probably been the most challenging and humbling experience I have ever experienced. In my hospital, I was part of the team that had to design and implement changes to treat more high-risk respiratory patients and, since March 2020, I have worked tirelessly as a front-line doctor fighting COVID-19, while at the same time doing an MPH. It was professionally and personally hard to work endless shifts, study in the few breaks I had, and see more deaths than ever before. However, every life we saved as a team under these terrible circumstances was my biggest accomplishment.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I am profoundly humbled and grateful. Even though just thinking about attending business school a few years ago seemed odd, it makes perfect sense now. During the pandemic, we have experienced the importance of having knowledgeable and resourceful people making healthcare decisions. I believe this Healthcare scholarship recognises how business, administration, and healthcare are intertwined, making me feel highly validated for the path I am taking.

I am thrilled to be one of this year’s healthcare ambassadors, and I hope to encourage future students with a similar background to find their place at Cambridge Judge.

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

After studying online for a year, I am looking forward to building in-person relationships once again. I want to broaden my mind by interacting with the incredibly diverse cohort and professors who will challenge my way of thinking.

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

The Cambridge MBA and my studies in Medicine and Public Health will enable me to produce new knowledge, create powerful ideas, and collaborate in instituting innovative and lower-cost solutions that will improve many people’s health locally, nationally, and globally. Even though I am not sure whether I will improve healthcare through consulting or by directly administering a healthcare organisation, I am confident that I will achieve my goal no matter which road I take.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Being part of an institution with a history of over 800 years is a dream come true. For me, the University of Cambridge represents the opportunity to be in touch with the brightest people of all imaginable backgrounds, acquiring the tools to make this world a better place.

Something that few people may know about you…

After finishing Med School, I almost enrolled in culinary school. In the end, I did not, but I still enjoy cooking every day.

Alastair Dunne.

Alistair Dunne

FRACGP, FRNZCGP, MBChB, DipTravMed, University of Otago, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealander
Pre-MBA career: Medical Doctor: Special Projects, Group 42 Healthcare, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

For me, this journey started over a decade ago as a disgruntled junior doctor looking at health systems and medical care and thinking there had to be better ways of getting outcomes for our patients. This cultivated an interest in systems and organisation, as well as innovation. I decided that rather than spending the next 40 years in a clinic room complaining, I would pursue career opportunities that would enable the changes I wanted to see. An MBA has been part of that plan, and Cambridge was the obvious choice. British medical innovation is globally recognised and Cambridge is at the heart of this. The opportunity to learn within this environment with an international peer group is exactly what I was looking for.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

For me it isn’t actually any one project, rather the fact I successfully got off the expected medical career conveyor belt and changed the way I contribute. Many doctors talk about adjusting direction to increase their impact, but as there is no set framework this often never happens.

I started by volunteering my time in industry leadership positions and built a network, then seized unique opportunities as they arose. This has led to such seemingly disparate roles as designing refugee health programmes, crewing as the ship doctor on one of the world’s largest super yachts, and working on consumer applications for genomics.

Now I proudly look at my portfolio of experiences and realise that the disgruntled junior doctor I was ten years ago is in fact in a position to start making waves.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

To be recognised by an institution such as Cambridge Judge Business School is truly humbling. I appreciate that this is a recognition of my accomplishments so far, but also an investment in those successes still to come. There is therefore a sense of responsibility to deliver that comes with this award, and I will take this as motivation during the MBA programme and into the future.

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

I am looking forward to being exposed to a diversity of ideas. Professions like Medicine teach you to think in a certain way – to address problems with a particular methodology. As effective as this may be, it can leave blind spots. I am excited to tackle problem solving with a high-calibre group of peers from a range of industries. I believe this will allow me to view healthcare in an entirely different way.

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

My previous work at G42 effectively gave me access to an oracle revealing the future of healthcare. This ultra-personalised, data-driven revolution will shift horizons like nothing before. Now that I have seen what is coming, I need to do my part to help bring this vision to the world. I am still determining how best to apply my skillset. This could mean returning to a corporate environment, moving into industry leadership, working to bring scientists’ work from the lab to the clinic or consumer, or perhaps in a start-up setting. I am eager to explore this further during the MBA programme.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge to me is an intriguing juxtaposition of cutting-edge research and innovation against a backdrop of odd traditions, housed in buildings that predate my country. I think this creates enthusiasm and energy – with a bit of eccentricity – that makes it such an exciting place.

Something that few people may know about you….

I studied Latin for five years in high school. I loved it but am still trying to find the practical application!

Impact in Emerging Markets scholarship recipients

Supitcha Pam Tantimekabut.

Supitcha (Pam) Tantimekabut

Bachelor of Economics International Program, Thammasat University, Thailand  

Nationality: Thai
Pre-MBA career: Business Development Manager, SWS group Company Limited, Bangkok, Thailand

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

Sometimes I have heard people say that it is not entirely necessary to get an MBA in my situation, that I have already been working and that I also intend to come back to my family company. But I find it different. After spending four years in my family business, I developed an in-depth understanding of my business background. But, while this has been successful up to some point, I feel there is still a lot of room to both improve and grow. The pandemic of the past years has also highlighted the problems and gaps I could still be filling in the family business and pointed me towards this goal. I finally decided to go for a widely perceived shortcut to this knowledge and expertise, an MBA.

The Cambridge MBA is ideal for me. Not only because of its rich history and top rank in the world, but also its outstanding one-year programme that perfectly fits my needs. Though only one year, the very concentrated programmes, the global consulting projects and entrepreneurship activities, assure me that one year time here can easily equate to the skills gained during the typical two-year programmes. The opportunities to meet and learn from over 40 nationalities in one year are amazing. You will learn and exchange perspectives from people from every industry, from every side of the world.

And for non-business reasons, Cambridge is also a very nice city! You will love it like I do!

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Unlike other long-established family businesses, mine was just established five years ago. I joined it when it was just one year in the making. A newly established company requires a lot of structuring, team building, marketing, and sales development. Seeing them grow from day one to a strong and big team, as well as becoming a well-known company in the industry sector today, is my biggest accomplishment.

The past year was not so easy because of the global pandemic, but I am proud that we have passed through it successfully. I refocused our target market and reshaped product solutions to capture the new normal demands. Customer relationship and dealership management strategies and those that were naturally offline were transformed to online. For example, we launched our first online annual exhibition with more than 1,000 registrations. Unexpected changes became the new challenges every day.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I was really delighted when receiving the news. First, I am grateful that Cambridge Judge recognises the importance of emerging market roles in the growing world. Coming from the emerging market allows me to understand the different viewpoints and realise the gaps we need to fulfil. I am happy to share my experiences and very excited to learn from others who come from many different backgrounds.

“Impact” in emerging market is a big thing for me. My goal is to expand technology accessibility in Thailand, especially in the healthcare and education sectors.

I aim to make this scholarship worth its name!

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

I started with real practices in my own business. Now, I expect to ramp up my hard skills in any areas that deal with my business pain points and problem gaps that I need to resolve. At the same time, I look forward to building up my soft skills, both from many interesting soft skills classes here and most importantly from people I meet here. Meeting new people and exchanging experiences with talented peers from all over the world will broaden my perspectives in many ways, in both business and life.

Not only my Cambridge MBA peers, but also College friends who are from different majors and backgrounds. And that is another attraction of the Cambridge MBA, that there are only a few places in the world which continue with the tradition of the College system. Coming from a business background, the University eco-system will offer me the opportunity to network with and learn from PhD and graduate students, as well as undergraduates, from all sectors, including the healthcare industries – the target industry I want to focus on after my MBA.

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

Focusing on business knowledge, understanding it, digging deep into its problems, and now learning ways to resolve and improve it, I see my Cambridge MBA journey will take me to the goal I am aiming for.

Cambridge’s ‘Silicon Fen’ will also give me a wide exposure to the many successful ventures in the UK and Europe. Exploring how they create and further incubate new businesses and connecting with them, is a bridge for me to reach my goal.

And more importantly, learning from experienced entrepreneurs, their talents and the key to their success here, is really the key. This mindset and its growth are something I feel I would never learn better from elsewhere.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Everywhere I walk around here is full of more than 800 years of histories, stories, and architecture. I enjoyed every moment here. Cambridge has inspired me since I was a child. Being a part of one of the top and oldest universities in the world has always been a childhood dream. Previously I had only virtually felt part of the University of Cambridge through my TV, now I have made it as an actual student here. This is a once in a lifetime experience for me and has fulfilled my dreams.

During this pandemic year when there are still a lot of uncertainties and ongoing health concerns, I am so delighted that I made the decision to come here. I have nothing left to regret about pursuing my dream school. Carpe Diem!

Something that few people may know about you….

The first amount of money I earned in my life was not from working. I earned it from being a contestant on an iconic TV Game Show “Who wants to be a millionaire?”

It was when I was just eight years old, and it was broadcasted all over Thailand. At that time, I earned the equivalent of £1,000!

Africa Regional Bursary recipient

Felicia Akinnuwa.

Felicia Akinnuwa

BSc. Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South African
Pre-MBA career: Chief of Staff, Ezewholesale, Los Angeles, CA, USA

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

For me, getting an MBA at Cambridge has always been the goal. I am particularly excited about Cambridge Judge’s practical, rigorous and innovative MBA curriculum that will provide a general perspective and equip me with leadership, management and innovation skills adaptable to a rapidly changing local and global context. Additionally, the business school and the broader University of Cambridge eco-system boasts an extensive worldwide alumni network which would expand my global reach.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I have had the opportunity to work across varying industries in very strategic roles with amazingly brilliant teams and therefore have been able to drive impact at every level, which unfortunately means I can’t pick one!

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Getting this scholarship has been a major confidence boost and was an integral part in me finally deciding to take the leap and go back to school. I also see it as a commitment from the Business School to help me achieve my long-term career goals.

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

I want to acquire the best technical academic tools from the core Cambridge MBA courses. Furthermore, I am particularly thrilled about solving complex problems with the Cambridge Venture Project and the MBA Global Consulting Project. These practical projects will provide me with the opportunity to apply new MBA skills, project management skills and develop effective teamwork strategies in an educational environment before being thrust back into the business world.

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

Given my experience, an MBA will not only provide me with a wide range of opportunities but also equip me with the tools to filter through these and pick the right path for my long-term goals.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Cambridge offers such a wide breadth of academic and extracurricular opportunities, that I would be able to immerse myself in various activities, for a well-rounded experience. Given my long-term goals, a Cambridge MBA with its global credentials and reputation will not only be a substantial differentiator in any applicant pool, but also open a spectrum of management level job and growth opportunities and broaden my international business career prospects globally.

Something that few people may know about you….

I have a goal to live in (and be culturally immersed in) the North, West, South and West of Africa. For now, I have covered three of those regions having lived in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria – so I only have the Northern region left, after-which I will expand my goal to other global regions!

Professor Nick Oliver for UK Nationals scholarship recipient

Anna Mason.

Anna Mason

BA Politics, University of Exeter, UK

Nationality: British
Pre-MBA career: Senior International Marketing Manager, AWAL, London, UK

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I am someone who is continually looking to improve myself and will always be restless in this respect!

After reading Politics at the University of Exeter, I moved to London and worked in the music industry for a tech-based record label.

With longer-term entrepreneurial ambitions, I wanted to strengthen my financial and strategic skill set along with bolstering my business acumen. With eight years of professional experience under my belt, it felt like the perfect time to embark on the MBA journey.

It became abundantly clear during my research that amongst many other attributes including its reputation for academic rigour; Cambridge Judge fosters a special sense of community, collaboration and innovation. For this reason, CJBS was my top choice of business school and I am ecstatic to be a part of this year’s cohort.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

The last project I worked on at AWAL was ‘girl in red’s’ debut album campaign ‘If I could make it go quiet’ (it’s a dazzling album, so if you’ve never heard of it — go listen!). During the campaign we identified the term “do you listen to girl in red” was trending online as a code phrase for one user to ask another user if they were a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

The artist felt passionately about diversity and inclusion, so we made sure to always keep this sentiment at the very core of our decision-making. Leveraging this term to unite her fanbase globally and maximise exposure of the artist’s profile, I ran an Out-of-home advertising campaign in twenty-one territories including hyper-targeting politically controversial locations in Poland and Russia.

Not only did this ignite a hugely positive reaction from fans and media alike, but we also saw it unite marginalised audiences from different territories, as well as garnering coverage across international media, ultimately embedding the artist as a cultural icon. The longer-term result was the artist’s inclusion in 2021’s Forbes 30 under 30 Europe and a hefty contributing factor to the recent achievement of over one billion global Digital Service Provider streams.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Humbled and grateful. From a personal perspective, I had an additional ambition to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps and be offered a place at the University of Cambridge, and to do so with the accolade of a scholarship is an immense honour.

It’s clear Professor Nick Oliver achieved significant accomplishments during his career. Being in receipt of this scholarship, I will do my utmost during my time at Cambridge and beyond to honour the trust this scholarship represents and be an effective ambassador for Cambridge Judge Business School in all my future work.

I am truly thrilled and excited to be on this journey!

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

Cambridge fosters a wonderful breadth of perspectives and backgrounds. My priority will be enriching myself in these different mindsets, and the unparalleled insights into other industries. It’s clear from everyone I’ve spoken to so far, the caliber of this year’s cohort is exceedingly high, so I’m excited to learn from them over the next year and share my experiences along the way.

I hope to make some lifelong friends, too!

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

Hopefully a direction I never saw myself going in!

My long-term aspiration is to set up and run my own business. I look forward to the diverse toolkit Cambridge will equip me with through an intense and rewarding programme, to ultimately make a greater impact to any future venture. I hope the Cambridge MBA will enable me to become a transformative leader and make a positive difference to the world – big or small!

What does Cambridge mean to you?

Innovation. Excellence. Global. Community. Academic rigour. Tradition. An exciting new adventure.

Something that few people may know about you….

I am a huge lover of the sea. You’ll often find me taking a dip somewhere along the East Anglian coastline: be it the river in Aldeburgh, or the beach at Thornham – even in the cold Winter months. I am excited to show my classmates some of my favourite spots. When not in the sea you’ll find me chasing after my naughty Jack Russell, Fig.

Professor Jochen Runde Scholarship for South African Nationals recipient

San Naidoo.

Santhiran (San) Naidoo

CFA Charterholder BBusSci, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nationality: South African
Pre-MBA career: Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Sanlam Investment Management, Cape Town, South Africa

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I had been thinking about the next step in my career for some time without exactly knowing what that would be. Eventually, I decided that an MBA would allow me the freedom to explore areas that provide an opportunity for a more meaningful and impactful career. In addition to the rigorous academic and theoretic elements of the programme, the Cambridge MBA stood out for offering a unique opportunity to gain real “on the ground” practical experience in an international context. The emphasis on experiential learning is something that I am really looking forward to. The diversity of the cohort also played a major role in my decision. Getting to know the class, which has students from more than 40 countries, has been really fantastic. The smaller class size has allowed us to develop a sense of community and appreciate the diversity that each of us brings to the class. Lastly, it would be remiss of me to not mention the history of Cambridge and the beautiful, vibrant city as major drawcards.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

It had always been a long-term career goal to become an equity portfolio manager. When I was appointed to a portfolio manager role in 2019, I was acutely aware of the responsibility that the role demanded. I became directly responsible for the allocation of our clients’ capital and ultimately their financial outcomes. In my time as a portfolio manager, we managed to deliver significant outperformance for our clients across the funds under my management but also more broadly across our investment team. Success in the investment industry is notoriously difficult to achieve and having worked in and contributed to a successful team, which helped to foster better financial outcomes for our clients, gives me a significant sense of achievement.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

Being awarded this scholarship is an incredible honour and I am truly grateful. South Africa is a country characterised by staggeringly high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality, amongst other challenges. I am proudly South African and deeply passionate about playing a role addressing these socio-economic challenges. Being awarded this scholarship award gives me even more motivation to continue working towards having a more impactful and meaningful career and life.

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

More than anything, I want to have my worldview and presuppositions challenged! Being in a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds in the MBA programme is, no doubt, going to expose me to new ideas and ways of thinking. I am sure that the discussions and debates will be robust and that my own views will be challenged and changed along the way.

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

Whilst I have already begun looking into what lies ahead for me beyond the Cambridge MBA, I am going into the programme with a completely open mindset regarding where my career path might lead. I plan to sharpen my focus on developing a career that leverages my skills and experience while also having a positive impact in the world.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

As a South African, studying at Cambridge Judge is an opportunity beyond anything in my wildest dreams. The idea still feels somewhat surreal to me! Beyond the MBA, having exposure to the broader university community will provide a richness that makes the Cambridge MBA experience unparalleled in my view. I feel incredibly privileged to know that I will share in the special history and pedigree of the University.

Something that few people may know about you….

I love anything related to quantum mechanics, astrophysics and cosmology. I spend hours geeking out reading, listening to podcasts and learning about the fundamental nature of the universe.

Military Personnel scholarship recipient

William Maxted.

William Maxted

PgCert Leadership and Management, Cranfield University, UK; BA History, Manchester University, UK

Nationality: British
Pre-MBA career: Senior Analyst, Environmental & Emerging Risks, Liberty Mutual,
London, UK

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After leaving the military I sought to develop my understanding of the corporate world and so worked in the financial services sector, gradually specialising in the management of climate change risk and opportunities. Looking at the far-reaching implications that this issue posed to businesses, and society more broadly, I wanted to equip myself with the skills to be able to tackle these larger-than-life challenges and saw the best option for doing so to be an MBA. The choice was then which business school to choose.

Military veterans are most associated with the core skills of leadership, management and self-discipline. However, there are other skills and experiences that are less commonly recognised: diversity, inclusivity and creativity, especially where problem solving is concerned. As well as its reputation for excellence, Cambridge Judge recognises and embraces all these skills in the diversity of its students and faculty, as well as with the partnership opportunities it offers to all.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Whilst in the army I spent several months deployed outside of the UK, leading a team of 30 with primary responsibility for managing the security of regional military facilities, as well as partnering with and mentoring local military forces. This was at a time of increasing volatility in the region, as a result of a local terrorist insurgency and several high-profile terrorist attacks that had resulted in significant civilian casualties. This posed great mental and physical strains on both myself and those I managed. We were also presented with challenges posed by the need to interact and manage relationships with other local stakeholders who often had conflicting interests. Not only was I able to manage these relationship challenges and lead my team effectively, whilst continuing to fulfil my primary security role, but I was also able to unify my team and local stakeholders behind a number of common goals, of my own devising. These goals focused on improving the lives of the local population by completing several infrastructure construction projects at schools and orphanages. Further to this I led a small team composed of locals and my own soldiers to complete a record-breaking ascent of a nearby 5,000m+ mountain raising several thousand pounds for these causes, and further helping to unite the different groups in the region. During our relatively brief time in the area, we were able to add real and lasting value to local communities above and beyond our original aim.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

In two words: grateful and honoured. It will always be a challenge making the transition from the structured and clearly defined roles of the military to a corporate environment, something I have experience first-hand, but an MBA provides veterans with options outside of the usual type-cast roles many are offered. The Cambridge Military Personnel scholarship provides veterans with the opportunity to ensure that military experiences can be translated into viable commercial skills. Though it may come as a shock to some, the military is not the best remunerated of professions and, noting the costs accrued by studying for an MBA, the Military Personnel scholarship really does provide an opportunity to members of the military community who would otherwise not have the option to undertake study at an institution like Cambridge.

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

The world seems to be slipping into an increasingly unenviable position; our climate is warming, and natural resources are diminishing, but rather than tackling these challenges as a species we seem to be entering an increasingly violent and unstable world. These issues pose serious challenges for all of us, issues that are likely to not significantly impact our later lives but very likely shape our working lives and careers. As such, my main aim is to equip myself with the skills to tackle some of the challenges these issues pose, as well as connect with similar impact-focused individuals. The size and scope, as well as the interconnectedness, of the world we find ourselves in means that several issues can no longer be managed at the national level but need to be tackled globally. The diversity and knowledge of those attending the Cambridge MBA allows for the next generation of leaders to connect and unite over a common desire to tackle and overcome these challenges.

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

I am excited to embark on a new stage in my career, I aim to use my time at Cambridge to add to and augment my skill set, allowing me to pursue a challenging new career where impact and not process is the focus of my effort. I look forward to learning from the experiences of others during my Cambridge MBA and, though at present I am interested in a career in private sector consultancy, I am open to any challenges and opportunities that may present themselves during my MBA studies.

What does Cambridge mean to you?

The original formation of the University of Cambridge in the 13th century was as a bastion for disruption and safety against existing academic institutions and social structures. Cambridge has continued this tradition and has fully engaged with issues of great personal import to me. Cambridge is a small city, in the global scheme of things, yet home to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Cambridge Judge Business School and the University itself, all institutions which are shaping the world’s next generation of leaders and disruptors. Nothing to me, demonstrates the immense impact small actors can have on the global stage better than this.

Something that few people may know about you….

Despite serving in the Parachute Regiment which, as the name implies, entails a significant number of high-altitude activities, my body is viscerally opposed to any height above head-level. Climbing trees with my nephew poses real life, leg shaking challenges for me. Prior to my first parachute jump I was told by civilian friends that parachuting was a heaven-like floating experience, these people had never jumped from the doors of a C-130 aircraft at 800ft travelling at over 100mph. A more accurate way of describing it would be like going for a ride on a rollercoaster, if the roller coaster had no tracks, went in whatever direction it fancied whenever it wanted, had no safety harness and upon completion disgorged you at speed into a wall of earth, ensuring you landed like a graceless sack of potatoes. So, despite no doubt positively meant reassurances that “you’ll overcome your fears” I have not, and never will do, and I am convinced that tall ladders will always fill me with dread.