Posts in category The Cambridge MBA

A seat-by-seat guide to the Cambridge...

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                          The first seat of any day is inevitably the bike. Bikes are the connection between all the other seats in a typical Cambridge day. It never takes more than ten minutes* to get anywhere in Cambridge when you’ve got your bike. Three […]

How to host a Japan Day

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By Tomo, Shingo and Masa. On May 9th 2015 our taxi was stuck in a traffic jam on the way home from MBAT Tournament at HEC Paris to Cambridge. Suddenly Shingo said, “Why don’t we organize an event that introduces Japanese culture?” This short question was enough to evoke our passion. Tomo and I replied, […]

The Cambridge China Dialogue

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By Tabs Aziz: “Last week Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) welcomed a delegation of distinguished business leaders from China led by Wang Boming, one of the founding fathers of the China’s securities market (President of the Stock Exchange Executive Council (SEEC)). Experiencing this forum first hand and having a chance to interact with some of […]

Crystallising learning into praxis

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Waking up to full-on sunshine and a chorus of exotic birds, we started every day of our Global Consulting Project (GCP) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil with a fresh mind. And although the four weeks flew by- they certainly left us with a number of crucial experiences to take forward. Our first-hand challenge in Latin America […]

It took an MBA to make me realise tha...

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I ate Thai food at the same restaurant every lunch for a week; I think that was about the only constant from the first three weeks of our Global Consulting Project (GCP). By the time I headed back to Cambridge, I had flown for 57.5 hours, changed my bed 11 times, experienced a snow storm […]

Tracing the Silicon boom

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We’re just entering the final week of our Global Consulting Project and all sad that we’re nearing the end of what has been a fantastic journey. It’s been great to work on an incredibly interesting project with a rapidly growing tech company in Silicon Valley. Aside from learning a huge amount on the project we’ve […]

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week...

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The teams report from the final week of their Global Consulting Project (GCP): CLIENT: SIAM COMMERCIAL BANK Team members: Jerry Dulayakometh, Yusuke Kobayashi, Maura Lightfoot, Yenson She and Wimonrat Wachiraksasawakul This week marked the end of our Global Consulting Project with Siam Commercial Bank, one of the largest three commercial banks in Thailand. The out-of-classroom perspective […]

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week...

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    CLIENT: GULFTAINER Team members: Lily Huang, Claus Buckert, Davy Gant, Vasileios Paschos, and Stephanie Pyne. It has been two weeks since our Global Consulting Project (GCP) team touched down at Dubai International Airport. We were promptly met by two company drivers with two individual trucks—because our luggage evidently deserved its own transportation to […]

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week...

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  CLIENT: ALSOL Team members: Thanawan Wichienkuer, Richard Doig, Neil Madden, Miriam Noceda and Giulia Seri So what have we learnt here in Uberlandia by the second week of our project: firstly all restaurants charge for food by weight and Uberlandians party on Sundays (yes, Sunday). The language barrier still affects everything we do, but […]

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week...

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CLIENT: AFRICA’S VOICES FOUNDATION (ALSO KNOWN AS SIMBA’S PRIDE) Members: Render Braswell, Sarah Burslem, David Pepper, and Vera Vasilyeva I write this from our apartment in central Nairobi, where we have had an extremely interesting week.  We were able to meet a consultant working on the Well Told Story project (funded by the Gates Foundation) and an […]

Global Consulting Projects 2015: Week...

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During the Global Consulting Project, MBAs form teams to consult with blue-chip multinational corporations or international organisations on a particular aspect of their business. We asked a selection of the GCP teams to send us a snapshot of their week’s activities. Come back for next week’s installment. CLIENT: MERCK CONSUMER HEALTH Team members: Veena Adityan, Bhawna Arora, […]

A deep delve into Finance

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From the very early stages, I was convinced the Cambridge programme aligned with what I was looking for in an MBA: from globally diverse classmates to brilliant lecturers, all integrated within one of the world’s best universities—the list goes on. Having previously worked for the finance industry in analytical roles based in Bangalore and Gurgaon, […]

Shaking things up, with a purpose

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This time last year I never imagined I would be sitting in a hall of residence, surrounded by the paraphernalia of student life, writing about my experiences of studying for an MBA at the University of Cambridge.  And yet, here I am. I’ll admit my decision to go to business school raised a few eyebrows […]

How to approach an MBA competition

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In just one month we’ll be in Dubai, pitching an innovative social start-up idea to an executive jury, as a regional finalist team in the Hult Prize Competition (the development challenge set by former President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative). We’re incredibly excited to be part of a competition that has been named “the […]

Flash Forward: Looking back on Michae...

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The first term seemed to just happen, in the flashes of flashes. It has been a period of both getting settled into a new home and experiencing a unique curriculum that has given me invaluable insights into the makings of great leaders and managers. Yet it has not been until well into the winter break […]

Emerging from and reflecting on Micha...

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  The first term of the Cambridge MBA has been highly demanding, to say the least. In the midst of completing seven core courses, a thorough Career Accelerator Programme, Leadership Seminar Series, Cambridge Venture Project (CVP), and countless extracurricular activities both within and outside of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) there has been little time […]

Questions, answers…

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Why do an MBA? That is the question my peers, former colleagues and friends regularly leveled at me leading up to the start date of the course, here at Cambridge Judge Business School. It’s common to be asked regardless of your industry – but in my case, as a journalist, the question was asked with […]

From structural engineer to MBA

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Even now, almost two months into the programme, it is only just starting to hit home quite where I am and what I’m doing.  The life I left behind in Canada just a few months ago seems years in the past, with working-life happily paused for the time being.  As an engineer, and self-professed geek, […]

One month in- matriculated and projec...

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I am now one month into my Cambridge MBA experience but it feels like so much longer (in a good way!). Every day is so full of information, networking, practical sessions and fun that I’m already starting to feel like a member of this society, like I truly belong here. There’s been a lot happening […]

Kick starting the MBA year with the E...

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“MBA”–though a seemingly short acronym holds a profound significance for students about to embark on the programme this autumn. For me, the Cambridge MBA programme will be another highly valuable chapter of my life, in helping me to transition from a local fund manager role to a management position in the banking industry. How to […]

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Blog authors

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.

Yoshiki TsukamotoYoshiki Tsukamoto

Yoshiki Tsukamoto is a member of the MBA class of 2014-15. Joining from Japan, Yoshiki previously worked in sales management at Zephyr Corporation.

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.

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.

Xavier TangXavier Tang

Xavier is from the MBA class of 2014/15. Before coming to Cambridge, he worked as a technology consultant for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Previously, he had also co-founded a startup serving the small business enterprise solution space. Xavier graduated from the University of Toronto in Industrial Engineering. In his spare time, he loves photography and is always looking for the next travel destination.

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.

Aled JohnAled John

Aled John is a London Welshman who has spent 5 years as a journalist and broadcaster in the UK and abroad, covering everything from foreign conflict, politics to groundbreaking design and business. Prior to starting his MBA he produced and anchored radio programming for Monocle 24, founded a pop-up restaurant and gained an LLB while he worked.

Jordan ThomsonJordan Thomson

Jordan is a structural engineer and project manager from Toronto, Canada. He’s an avid musician, snowboarder, and since arriving in Cambridge, rower.

Akosua Oforiwaa-AyimAkosua Oforiwaa-Ayim

Akosua Ayim is an MBA student, poet and former client service representative in Forex Prime Brokerage from Harlem, NY by way of New Jersey. She loves blogging, playing the guitar (still learning!) and working with Be Gr8, a non-profit she helped create in New York City.

Wimonrat WachiraksasawakulWimonrat Wachiraksasawakul

Wimonrat is a member of Cambridge MBA Class of 2014/2015. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University in the department of banking and finance. Prior to joining the MBA programme, she worked as a fixed income fund manager for SCB Asset Management Company, one of the two largest asset management companies in Thailand, and had a business background in the investment management field for six years. Post-MBA, Wimonrat hopes to pursue a career path in management within the banking industry to expand her local investment insights to global dimensions.