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Kanika Aswani

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My aspiration to pursue an MBA is rooted in further developing my passion for skill-building, seeing through the launch of smooth organisational cultures, and addressing issues of unemployment, education and healthcare in emerging and developing nations.
Kanika Aswani

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I was drawn to the Cambridge MBA because of its balance between interdisciplinary pedagogy and practical application; its focus on entrepreneurship and digitisation and the opportunity to partner with different research centres. I am confident that the experience will be truly transformative given the culture and unique ecosystem of Cambridge, including the exposure to the 31 Colleges and the diverse student mix - all helping me to become the change-maker I wish to be.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Professionally, my biggest accomplishment has been to help set up a knowledge office in Costa Rica, as part of a three-member start-up team from India. It was a greenfield setup when we started, and those lessons in innovation within a new team setting, building sensitivity to local culture and handling inflection points in a team’s growth, have stayed with me. I held onto this lesson when I later helped in establishing new teams in the Middle East.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I feel humbled and truly honoured. While it has been extremely helpful financially, I also feel more confident on the personal front, and am inspired to one day help others in emerging economies to bypass traditional hurdles in education and healthcare, to develop skills and find the right avenues to grow. 

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

To explore new horizons, to take advantage of the Cambridge environment and to truly collaborate with faculty members and students from other industries and functions that I have never worked on before.

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

My aspiration to pursue an MBA is rooted in further developing my passion for skill-building, seeing through the launch of smooth organisational cultures, and addressing issues of unemployment, education and healthcare in emerging and developing nations. I also see my MBA journey helping me to connect more closely with sector and people development.

Something that not many people know about you

I hope to start my own nutritional dimsum and dumplings café one day.

Scholarship awarded

Director's Scholarship

Nationality

Indian

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Business Economics, University of Delhi

Pre-MBA career

McKinsey, Knowledge Specialist - Economic Development