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Mohan (Nana) Zhou

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This award has further motivated me to work on my pursuits, so I can be in a position to offer a similar kind of support to other women in the future.

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I chose to pursue an MBA to be inspired by outstanding individuals with experiences and perspectives different from my own. I was drawn to the Cambridge Judge programme because of its focus on international diversity, collaboration, and experiential learning. I believe the interdisciplinary collaboration will enable me to better understand clients and the experiential practice will prepare me for entrepreneurial ventures in the long run.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

My biggest accomplishment so far is my consistent ability to foster teamwork and collaboration. I am especially proud of my role in enhancing collaboration while on secondment to South Africa from Canada. In a short timeframe, I learned about and respected the local cultural context, integrated into the existing environment, and effectively influenced the approach to hierarchy and teamwork to be more collaborative and efficient.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I feel incredibly honoured to be awarded this scholarship by Dr Ruth Whaley. This scholarship is both generous and enabling. This award has further motivated me to work on my pursuits, so I can be in a position to offer a similar kind of support to other women in the future. I am grateful and excited to receive Dr Whaley's mentorship and am looking forward to developing myself, so I can pay it back.

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

I want to increase my capacity to solve problems by learning from the approaches that my peers will use. The MBA class is made up of students who excelled in different ways. I hope to be exposed to these ways through our collaboration and enhance my own skills toolkit. In the experiential learning and group work built into the MBA programme, I hope to practice building synergy in diverse teams by allocating responsibilities based on the talent pool's comparative skill advantages. 

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

I see my MBA journey taking me to management consulting where I can deliver insight to a diverse array of clients in the near future. In the medium term, I see it giving me the skill set to work in corporate strategy in the energy and mining industry. And finally, I see the MBA giving me the context and broad understanding to venture into entrepreneurship in the long run. 

Something that not many people know about you

I am not good at cooking and the only recipe I am confident in is a traditional Chinese chicken soup that my mum repeatedly taught me to make.

Scholarship awarded

Ruth Whaley Bursary for Women in Finance




Bachelor of Commerce, University of Toronto

Pre-MBA career

Manager, PwC