Collaboration – is it true?

It really doesnt seem that long ago that we were all huddled up in the examination hall going over DCFs, theories of organizational behaviour, statistics and such! And of course not forgetting, the dreaded accounting. Which was actually not very difficult in the end (thanks to some uber tutoring by a fellow classmate).

So one of the key things which Cambridge Judge brings up to differentiate itself is the collaborative ethos! Now… is it TRUE? Or just one of those woolly things which is often said but not meant.  For me, it was a key reason for deciding to come here and I had actually spoken to an ex-colleague who was on the program to verify the claims and also had a litmus test when I spoke to the students during my Round 2 interview last year (seems so long ago now). But now that I am in the program, its been proven time and time again. So, a bit of a background: quite a number of us have never taken accounting… and one of key learnings from the financial reporting course is to build either a cashflow statement, balance sheet or income statement when presented with two other financial statements (good skill to have). What started as a question on our facebook group to ask for help in preparing for the accounting exam quickly turned into a full blown class session with my German classmate voluntering to have a go. So yes, in the end, we had probably close to 30 people sitting in the session. I must say he did a fantastic job and finished my exam in a stress free manner (enjoyed it actually) and with 15 minutes to spare (this is a 1 hour exam)…

After the exams ended, there was a big bash organized by the Cambridge Business Club and then just this Monday was our first week of class. Heaps of things happening; new classes like Strategy, Financial Management, Operations Management (my favourite subject actually!) and more. We have a total of 7 modules. Throw in my marathon training and the rest of the MBA ECA, and its definitely a packed schedule.

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Gunnar HerzigGunnar Herzig

Gunnar is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA he worked for a German energy company with a particular focus on renewables (esp. offshore wind energy). He holds a degree in International Business Administration and participated in student exchange programmes to the US and Singapore. He loves literature (esp. Thomas Mann) and classical music.

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Holly is an MBA student from the 2015-16 class. Before entering the programme she was a Managing Director at Meltwater, a Norwegian software company, where she built and scaled sales teams in three global markets; Africa, Canada and Southeast Asia. Part of the journey has seen her assisting the team at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra, Ghana where she was a mentor and advisor to West-African tech start-ups. She is also a passionate foodie, scuba diver and travel photographer in her spare time.

Ian PietersIan Pieters

Ian is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA he worked as an electrical engineer in South Africa. He holds a MEng degree in Project Management, a BEng Honours degree in Environmental Engineering and a BEng degree in Electrical Engineering. He loves sport and plays tennis, rugby, cricket and also attempts to play golf.

Will SterlingWill Sterling

Will is an MBA student from the 2014-2015 class. Previously he worked in private wealth management where he developed and managed investment strategies, and as a private contractor for the US Department of Defense before that. Along the way he has helped grow his family’s healthcare business in Huntsville, AL, as well.

Priyanka AgarwalPriyanka Agarwal

Priyanka is a MBA student in the 2014-2015 class. She has worked in power, steel and education. She holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University. When she is not eating thai food, she loves travel, art, books, people who can cook and a good laugh.

Krish VallurupalliKrish Vallurupalli

Krish was a Research Scientist in the pharmaceutical industry prior to starting his MBA in 2014. Krish previously graduated with a master’s degree in drug metabolism & toxicology from King’s College London. Post-MBA, he hopes to pursue a career path in healthcare and pharmaceutical sector. In his spare time, he is a creative content designer and an avid photographer.

David PepperDavid Pepper

David is an MBA student from the 2014-2015 class. Prior to Cambridge he worked in several commercial management roles in the pharmaceutical and consumer industries working in Europe and Asia. In his spare time he loves performing music, travelling and being Director of Aiducation the charity.

Maura LightfootMaura Lightfoot

Maura is an international human resources professional with six years of experience working in professional services firms and an interest in the overlap between business and culture. With experience in five countries, she is a proud member of the MBA class of 2014-2015.

Alex BunceAlex Bunce

Alex worked in Australasia and the UK as a engineering consultant/project manager before starting the MBA programme at Cambridge. He was part of a strong Kiwi contingent in the 2014-2015 class and hopes to keep rowing when eventually back in NZ.

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Shreetama DattaShreetama Datta

Shreetama is an MBA student in the 2014-2015 class. She has worked for 4 years as a risk professional at American Express and ANZ Bank. She holds a Bachelors degree in Statistics and Masters degree in Applied Statistics and Informatics. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore cities and take photographs.

Zoe CullenZoe Cullen

A member of the 2014-15 MBA class, Zoë is an international environment and development professional with nine years' experience working for a leading global wildlife conservation NGO, working in a range of countries. She has particular interests in enterprise-based models for delivering positive conservation and development impacts, and in corporate leadership in environmental and social responsibility.