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William Tipping Woods

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I feel proud and privileged to have been awarded this scholarship. The opportunity to be mentored by Professor Runde is exceptional and I am looking forward to making the most of it.

What led you to take the Cambridge MBA?

I was a management consultant working around Africa with a focus on implementation and an interest in the roles and responsibilities of businesses in socio-economic development. I wanted to develop my strategy skills and broaden my international experience and network that would augment my consulting experience and allow me to explore the professional opportunities in my interest area. The Cambridge MBA is a fast, intense, highly recognised programme, in a beautiful setting. It will allow me to work with people from all over the world to get a better understanding of global business and different socio-economic issues; what works and what doesn't. Ultimately, it will give me the career support to make my ambitions a reality.

Describe the biggest accomplishment in your career so far?

I've been very lucky to work for a company that gives it's people incredible opportunities. One such opportunity, early in my career, was to rapidly and sustainably reduce working capital of a client who had acquired an asset and not yet optimised their inventory. We very quickly managed to sustainably reduce inventory levels by over 20 per cent. The intellectual property that I created describing our methodology was presented globally and helped sell similar work to new clients.

How do you feel about being awarded your scholarship?

I feel proud and privileged to have been awarded this scholarship. The opportunity to be mentored by Prof. Runde is exceptional and I am looking forward to making the most of it. The financial part of the scholarship relieves substantial pressure that will make the road towards working in the areas that I would like to after my MBA, a little simpler to navigate.

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

Most of all, I hope to leave the MBA with some incredible new friends, experiences and perspectives that will shape the direction that my life takes.

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

I see the MBA unlocking opportunities for me to work on projects that will solve socio-economic problems in a profitable, win-win way.

Something that not many people know about you

I once designed, built and launched a UAV in a rocket at a military test facility. The rocket crashed though...

Scholarship awarded

Professor Jochen Runde Scholarship

Nationality

South African

Education

BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town

MSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town

Pre-MBA career

Senior Associate, Partners in Performance