Student and alumni profiles

Student and alumni profiles

Each EMBA-Global Asia class brings together experienced managers, professionals and executives from around the world. They are a diverse and highly engaged group of individuals who are working at the very forefront of the rapidly changing world economy.

View the student directory for the EMBA-Global Asia classes of 2014 and 2015

Hear what students and alumni have to say about the programme: the challenges, debates and what they learnt from each other.


  • Sam Senanayake
    Sam Senanayake
    • Technology Partner, Ascend Worldwide Advisors
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2013)

    EMBA-Global students are global connectors. We have impact because of the way that we perceive business and opportunity.

    When you attend a business school you take on a brand that's with you for the rest of your life, so making the right decision at the outset is critical. By the time I started investigating postgraduate study options I had already enjoyed a very international lifestyle, living and working in Singapore, Taiwan, the US, Bermuda, and the UK. Travelling extensively, I had seen the world becoming progressively more interconnected, and it was important to me to choose a programme that would augment this perspective. Thorough research eventually led me to EMBA-Global Asia. Studying at three leading business schools and splitting my time between London, New York and Hong Kong offered me the chance to interact with an incredible array of professors and gave me direct access to leading global markets.

     

    Eclectic network

    Throughout the programme I've been exposed to international companies, been inspired by renowned faculty and speakers, and seen first-hand how business is done in three major global cities. The courses are world-class, although it is the network of people and the colourful mix of classroom experiences that really differentiates this course from others. EMBA-Global Asia students are global connectors. We have impact because of the way that we perceive business and opportunity - we've lived in different countries, moved across different industries and seen how business operates across boundaries and geographies. We're comfortable interacting in different social and commercial contexts and skilled at bridging different groups of people. This allows us to recognise opportunities, picking up an idea in one place and linking it with one somewhere else.

     

    Entrepreneurial spirit

    I co-founded a tech start-up serving the sports industry with a couple of schoolmates in London Business School during my MBA. Within the first 12 months, we've signed up several hundred sports facilities in London, we've closed a round of funding and we are planning to expand into other countries soon. Two other classmates initiated a social media start-up in China and a third founded a wind and solar energy company in Japan. This breadth of drive and perspective creates a unique desire to spend as much time as possible with other participants. You want - need - to invest fully in your residential block weeks, to engage and discuss in class and to maximise social interactions. If you don't, you miss out on a crucial part of the programme.

     

    Indispensable support

    Making EMBA-Global Asia work is about becoming an expert in time management, revising and reading in advance and finding time in the day to study when you won't be disturbed or distracted. I was very lucky that my wife, Angelina, joined the Americas & Europe stream of EMBA-Global the year after me. From the very start, she's been a wellspring of support, something that's paramount when you're juggling work, study and home life with extensive travel. Setting expectations with those close to you is essential, but doing this together means that we've been perfect sounding boards for each other.

  • Linh Khanh Vu
    Linh Khanh Vu
    • Director, Key Hospitality Consulting
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2012)

    EMBA-Global Asia is a very pragmatic and personalised programme.

    I found out about EMBA-Global Asia by talking to alumni. I then started to look at the class profiles and I realised that EMBA-Global Asia was exactly what I'd been looking for. I now think that I was very lucky to have found this programme.

     

    EMBA-Global Asia is a very pragmatic and personalised programme. It really was my EMBA and I could decide what I wanted to get out of it. The world-class faculty and the facilities at each school really helped me.

    As an entrepreneur some modules were not directly applicable to me at that point in time, but enabled me to develop skills and ideas ready to implement as my company grows.  The core skills in finance and accounting are extremely useful.

     

    EMBA-Global Asia has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about myself and what motivates me, the type of leader I am and want to be. It has forced me to stop and think about where I am in my career and life, how people perceive me and how I perceive myself. Now I can make changes as I have access to great coaching and career services.

  • Travis Ledwith
    Travis Ledwith
    • Co-Founder, Flip Bank
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2014)

    Doing the programme from New York to Hong Kong and London, exposes you to the latest innovations coming out of these regions.

  • Qingru Zhang
    Qingru Zhang
    • Founder & CEO, eBrandingChina (Hong Kong) Ltd
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2015)

    After only studying for a while, I have already changed my business strategy!

  • Ekta Mahotra
    Ekta Mahotra
    • Strategy Senior Manager, Accenture
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2015)

    The breadth of experience and the bird’s eye view that the programme gives you, makes you automatically eligible for a c-suite role.

  • Dave Nash
    Dave Nash
    • Asia Operations Manager, Kyani
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2015)

    Attending the EMBA-Global Asia programme was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

  • Ivan Shyr
    Ivan Shyr
    • Investment Director, Sussex Place Ventures
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2011)

    The creditability of my arguments and logic has increased co-workers' awareness of my opinions and suggestions.

    I decided to apply for EMBA-Global Asia because I got to a point in my career where I was given the responsibility to make corporate-level business decisions that had an immediate impact on the future of the company. I felt I needed to expand my exposure to a broader set of tools and knowledge to analyse the situations thoroughly and make the most informed decisions. I hoped that EMBA-Global Asia would give me the well-rounded knowledge and skills to look at problems from a variety of angles so that I would be a better manager of people, processes and critical decisions.

     

    The EMBA-Global Asia programme has had a direct impact on my day-to-day activities at my job. During meetings, I am able to provide concrete examples and reasoning for my suggestions. I often develop these suggestions based on analysis techniques referencing an idea from one of my professors. The creditability of my arguments and logic has increased co-workers' awareness of my opinions and suggestions. I am transitioning my role in the company to focus more on finance. Learning from classmates whom are already well established in the finance industry and have a wealth of practical knowledge has been invaluable.

     

    The past year and a half has been life-changing. I've met amazing people, developed new friendships, and been given the opportunity to stretch my horizons and learn new skills. Looking back, I would make the same choice again.



  • Igor Gorshunov
    Igor Gorshunov
    • CFO, Yugragazpererabotka
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2015)

    On the EMBA-Global Asia programme you feel like you are connected to something big and important. The programme puts you on the edge!

  • Emma Lu
    Emma Lu
    • HR Director (China), ConAgra Foods
    • EMBA-Global Asia (2012)

    I could continue working while studying and was able to adopt and implement what I learnt immediately.

    I decided to apply to the EMBA-Global Asia programme to pursue a premium education and gain international exposure. I wanted to feel more confident in dealing with complex business situations, advance my career to the next level, and develop an alumni network that I can call upon for the rest of my life.


    Due to the fact that I could continue working while studying, I was able to adopt and implement what I learnt immediately. I have found that my efficiency at work has greatly improved and I have also learnt to manage my time better to balance my work, study and other commitments.


    In the long term, this programme will help me to accelerate my career development in two ways. One is advanced professional expertise, which enables me to be qualified for more challenging roles. The other is the rich global network, through which I have access to a diverse source of information and useful resources to help me make the right decision, find the right job or business opportunity.