- Course: MBA
- Year of graduation: 2011
- Job title: Programme Lead
- Company: Mastercard
Tell us about your degree - why did you choose it? What elements of the degree inspired you to study it?
I originally studied a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering, which for a couple of years, had me working in Technology space. During this time, I began looking for a Masters to help me to develop my Business Management skills. While exploring different universities, Leeds University Business School was offering the MBA which specialised in Management Consulting and Leadership - two areas which I wanted to focus on in my studies. Having completed my MBA at Leeds University Business School, I feel I made the right choice.
What was the best part of your studies here? What did you enjoy the most?
I had a great learning experience – the way the Professors go beyond to explain the concepts, which are still fresh in my mind, is remarkable.
Furthermore, being around the University campus, Leeds City centre and surrounding areas made my student life so much more enjoyable. Having lived in London, moving to Leeds was a refreshing experience as everything was within walking distance, which meant no more London tubes journeys or traffic jams.
How has your career progressed since leaving the Business School? Have there been any notable highlights?
During the completion of my MBA, I managed to secure a job as a Management Consultant with Atos Consulting. After working as a Management Consultant for a couple of years and due to my strong Financial Management background, I joined JP Morgan to streamline their investment banking operations and in 2017 I joined KPMG to establish project management capabilities within Technology space. April this year, I have joined Mastercard Product and Innovation team to lead the strategic innovations.
This year, I have done considerable work in the promotion of women, especially new mums returning to work, by leading various gender balance initiatives and inspiring young kids in education. I was nominated as the Emerging Women Leaders Rising Star in UK. I am also a School Governor and I work closely with Councillors to provide support to school management. I am an Enterprise Advisor with LEAN (London Enterprise Advisor Network) and work directly with career leaders in schools and colleges to shape and plan school career strategies.
What would you say is your defining memory of studying here? (eg friendships made, confidence in your abilities, or any single event that you will always remember?) And would you recommend the Business School to others?
Meeting my best friends – they were my three flatmates during my stay in St. Marks Residences. We all are in different parts of world now, but we still find time to meet each other once a year.