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Thabo Lenneiye

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As a Kenyan-Zimbabwean, I hope to build a career that has lasting positive impact in Sub-Saharan Africa. Education is a powerful tool for transformation, so to be recognised by the University of Cambridge is especially rewarding.

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

After carefully researching a number of MBA options around Europe and the US, Cambridge seemed the most compelling because of the focus on collaboration, the entrepreneurship specialisation, one-year duration, and the location: embedded in a University with rich academic resources and a high caliber of peers.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

Starting a business that bridged the gap between where I grew up and where I have spent much of my working life is something I feel particularly proud of. It was a defining moment in my life and career because I came to the realisation that it is possible to create a business that is both making money and doing good.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I feel deeply honoured to have been awarded the Africa Regional Scholarship. As a Kenyan-Zimbabwean, I hope to build a career that has lasting positive impact in Sub-Saharan Africa. Education is a powerful tool for transformation, so to be recognised by the University of Cambridge is especially rewarding.

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

During the MBA year, I look forward to strengthening my finance and accounting skills, determining whether my business plan makes sense, and most of all, getting to know the amazing faculty and other professionals that make up my cohort.

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

Coming from an Architecture and Urban Planning background, I see the MBA as a cornerstone of launching a business focused on creating urban planning and real-estate development strategies for the regeneration of buildings, neighbourhoods, and districts in Sub-Saharan Africa with a specific focus on driving inclusive growth.

Something that not many people know about you

During undergraduate study, I undertook extensive coursework in both French and German because I was considering becoming an Art Historian.

Scholarship awarded

African Regional Bursary

Nationality

Kenyan

Education

Bachelor of Arts University of Toronto,

Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania,

Master of Science in Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Pre-MBA career

Project Manager and Strategist, Gensler