WBS Full-time MBA Talent Profiles 2023

Discover the high quality candidates currently studying on our Full-time MBA programme in our digital Talent Profile Book.

Full-time MBA Talent Book 2023

For the Change Makers

Full-time MBA For the Global Citizens

Warwick Business School’s vision is to be Europe’s leading University-based business school, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. We challenge and motivate all of our students to unlock their full potential and achieve their ambitions.

Our MBA students Warwick MBA students come to study with us from all over the world and are shaped by our CORE values: Curiosity, Openness, Restlessness, and Excellence. With our challenging and innovative learning culture, world-class teaching, practical skill development, and personalised careers support, our students are prepared for success in their future careers. Our students learn from some of the world’s leading academics alongside senior business people who join us as Professors of Practice and share their knowledge from years of board-level experience.

Our transformative research seeks to lead debate and create impact and this underpins our teaching, helping to develop inquisitive and entrepreneurial minds that will make a positive contribution to your organisation. We are also one of the few institutions to offer an assessed module in Leadership, designed to help our students develop the all-important skills required in today’s challenging business environment. Alongside this, we offer our students practical experiences in which they can apply their learning. Your organisation could work with our students on group or individual consultancy projects or you could employ our students as permanent appointments.

Class profile 2022-23

We carefully select each cohort to ensure diversity in terms of gender, country of origin, work experience and industry sector.

32 Average age of participants

33 Nationalities represented

60/40 Male/female split

Pre-MBA function

Pre-MBA sector

Consulting 7.5%

Consulting 7.5%

Finance/Accounting 10%

Consumer Packaged Goods 5.5 %

General Management 23%



Human Resources 3%

Financial Services 21%

Information Technology 6.5%

Government 6.5%

Healthcare 4. 5%

Investment 4%

Marketing/Sales 19%

Manufacturing 9%

Operations/Logistics 8%

Media/Entertainment 2%

Other 19%

Non-Profit 3%

Real Estate 4%

Retail 5.5%

Sales/Marketing 3%

Technology 16%

Transportation & Logistics Services 3%

Other 7.5%

Recruiting our MBAs

There are many ways you can engage with our highly valued MBA students during their time at WBS and beyond.

Recruitment presentations Presentations are one of the most effective ways to promote your brand, share insights into your organisation, and promote opportunities to WBS students. We organise bespoke events throughout the year and are happy to work around your recruitment plans and deadlines. Contact us If you have any questions, or would like to discuss how our MBA students can help your organisation, please contact our Employer Relations team:

LeadershipPlus projects Through our LeadershipPlus module, a team of six to eight students will work with you for a three-month period. You will be provided with insights and recommendations into relevant business issues without incurring MBA-level consultancy fees. Strategic consultancy projects You can host an individual or a group of Full-time MBA students to carry out a summer project. Over 10-12 weeks, our students will research a challenge or issue that you may be currently experiencing within your business and provide

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recommendations. Employer treks


Site visits, either virtually or in person, are a dynamic way to engage with our students. Student visits allow you to showcase your organisation, staff, and culture. In turn, students gain a real insight into a day in the life of your company. Student groups can be tailored to suit your organisation.

Francis Kojo Ackah linkedin.com/in/franciskojoackah ■ Career history: Branch Head – Spintex Road, Zenith Bank Plc, Ghana Branch Head – North Industrial Area, Zenith Bank Plc, Ghana Branch Head – Premier Towers, Zenith Bank Plc, Ghana Branch Head – Graphic Road, Zenith Bank Plc, Ghana ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK MSc, Business and Financial Economics, University of Greenwich, UK BA, Economics, University of Ghana, Ghana

■ Nationality: Ghanaian

■ Languages:

Nzema (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Led a team to manage a client base of corporates, financial institutions and multinationals. Established letters of credit/ standby letters of credit of US$130 million for corporates, enhancing clients’ capacity to expand import-export trade business. Off-balance sheet instruments increased wallet share and generated non-interest income, resulting in 30% year-on-year growth in the trade business revenue line. Arranged working capital facilities of US$70 million for a multinational automobile company which enhanced the client’s capacity to expand its operations. Utilisation of the working capital facilities to fund opex increased wallet share and generated interest income, which contributed to a 30% year-on-year growth in the top line of the business unit. Supervised the deployment of a digital banking collection and payments platform for a multinational money transfer organisation (MTO), which enabled clients to receive foreign transfers directly into mobile money wallets. This created a convenient and efficient international money transfer system which generated US$50 million turnover in 12 months for the MTO.

Olubukola (Olayemi) Adams linkedin.com/in/bukolaadams ■ Career history: Finance Manager, Access Bank Plc, Nigeria Finance Business Manager, Diamond Bank Plc, Nigeria Customer Insight and Engagement Manager, Diamond Bank Plc, Nigeria Customer Insight and Analytics Officer, Diamond Bank Plc, Nigeria ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Economics, Madonna University, Nigeria Member, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), UK

■ Nationality: Nigerian

■ Languages:

English (native) Yoruba (intermediate) French (basic)

■ Career achievements: Managed a cost transformation project that saved 30 billion naira in 2020, 14 billion naira in 2021, and 7 billion naira in the first half of 2022. This was primarily due to effective financial planning and monitoring, early vendor negotiations for procurement and marketing activities, the decommissioning of unprofitable channels, automation, and the review of user licenses, among other things. Increased channel profitability by approximately 20% per year by improving operational and marketing efficiency, optimising revenue through cost benefit analysis of campaigns, tracking performance and return on investment, and redeploying marketing resources to high performing channel segments. Increased revenue in the mass market and emerging business segments by more than 20% by providing insightful data analysis on the onboarding and retention process, which revealed that approximately half of new customers dropped off before 90 days. The process was journey mapped to identify and resolve all activation gaps, and the acquisition and retention strategy was revamped to include campaign rewards.

David Adeyemo linkedin.com/in/davidadeyemo

■ Career history: SEO Specialist, NP Digital, USA Owned Media (SEO & Email) Manager, Teksight Edge Ltd, Nigeria Freelance SEO & Content Marketing Consultant, Nigeria Procurement Analyst, Precision Logistics Oil & Gas Ltd, Nigeria ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

■ Nationality: Nigerian

■ Languages:

English (native) Yoruba (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Created an SEO campaign to increase user accounts for a personal finance client. Performed content gap audits, identified customer journeys, and developed a content strategy to meet users at the right moments. Achieved 128% YOY surge in traffic, resulting in 156% YOY increase in user accounts funded by organic search. Won ‘OMMA Awards 2021 Best SEO Campaign’. Established the SEO department at Teksight Edge. Created SOPs and delivered SEO training for existing staff to ensure collaboration across content, design and engineering teams. Led the SEO campaign that grew the agency web asset’s organic traffic from zero to 45,000 visitors per month in 10 months. Achievement provided the basis to sell SEO services to external clients. Founded an SEO consultancy in Nigeria, providing SEO services to clients worldwide. Trained and managed a team of six to create and implement SEO strategies and content that made revenue for clients. Sourced new clients, negotiated contracts, and delegated deliverables to the team. Achieved 100% YOY revenue growth since 2018, generating more than US$25,000 in 30 months.

Syed Mohammad Mesam Naqvi

(Mesam) Ali linkedin.com/in/mesam-ali

■ Career history: Head of Business, Veenak Veterinary Supplies, UK

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Business and Management, Aston University, UK

■ Nationality: British

■ Languages:

English (native) Urdu (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Started up a veterinary division within an existing pharmaceutical wholesale company. Independently

developed the sales channel to supply pharmaceuticals to over 2,500 veterinary practices all over the UK. Recognised as a preferred supplier to all major veterinary corporate companies. Generated a product portfolio of over 800 products, through effective account management and market research. All have been sourced and marketed successfully, resulting in turnover of £6 million pounds annually. Led a multi-disciplinary team of 10 to successfully deliver all aspects of the business. This involved setting performance targets to achieve goals and coaching individuals to upskill and enhance their productivity within the team. As a result, the organisational structure of the business remains strong with staff continuously learning and developing.

Luzy Alianto linkedin.com/in/luzyalianto

■ Career history: Head of Corporate Finance, PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk, Indonesia Financial Controller, Saratoga Capital, Indonesia Manager, Assurance Department, Ernst & Young Indonesia, Indonesia

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK

BSc, Accounting, University of Tarumanagara, Indonesia Chartered Accountant (CA), The Indonesian Institute of Accountants (IAI), Indonesia

■ Nationality: Indonesian

■ Languages:

Indonesian (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Conducted an M&A of a listed telecom towers company and successfully consolidated approximately 62% of existing shareholder stakes and took over approximately 11% of the free-float shares through a voluntary tender offer. Worked collaboratively with the other shareholders and advisors to close these US$1.2 billion transactions, which was considered one of the biggest transactions in the Indonesian stock market. As acting CFO, led the review of the Fund structure as a response to a new EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. Led 11 advisory firms from five different jurisdictions and resolved a significant indirect tax imposition of US$33 million (approximately 20% NAV). Oversaw the full investment cycle of a power plant project which was majority owned by Engie and Mitsui. Work collaboratively with other shareholders during the investment process and monitored the project up to the divestment period. Over a three year investment period, the company gained approximately three times ROI (return of investment).

Bayarchimeg (Bayraa) Alzakhgui linkedin.com/in/abayarchimeg ■ Career history: Project Manager, Khan Bank, Mongolia Sales Manager - Card and Merchant Acquiring Business, Khan Bank, Mongolia ATM Operation Specialist, Khan Bank, Mongolia Translator, The Higher Education International Consultancy Project, Mongolia ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BBA, Financial Management, University of Finance and Economics, Mongolia

■ Nationality: Mongolian

■ Languages:

Mongolian (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Led and implemented the ’Personal Finance’ module project of Khan Bank’s mobile banking application as Product Owner under the Agile approach. The product was successfully launched to the public in 2021 after six months. This resulted in offering a value-added service for 2.5 million customers by automating transaction categorisation of their six-month historical transaction data. Researched and developed strategic digital transformation projects proposals, led the beta test call center team, and successfully delivered launch of the omni-channel digital banking platform project. This resulted in a transformation of the digital banking experience for Khan Bank’s 2.5 million customers and offered the same quality of service across all channels seamlessly. Managed and increased the portfolio of ePOS merchant services. Recruited new merchants through the vendor network and banking events and managed business relationships with strategic partners and vendor companies. Consecutively achieved the product sales target and increased ePOS profit by 22%, transaction volume by 63%, and merchant customer base by 76%.

Adetola (Tola) Amure linkedin.com/in/tolaamure ■ Career history: Principal - Mergers & Acquisitions, Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria Associate Principal - Mergers & Acquisitions, Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria Associate - Mergers & Acquisitions, Standard Chartered Bank, Nigeria Finance & Treasury Operations Analyst, Africa Finance Corporation, Nigeria ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK Chartered Accountant, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK BSc, Microbiology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria

■ Nationality: Nigerian

■ Languages:

Yoruba (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Led merger advisory for the first and third largest sugar companies in Nigeria. Drove deal execution, navigated a dynamic regulatory process with a new competition authority amidst Covid realities, determined deal price, prepared deal circular and led merger parties’ engagements. Merger created the largest integrated Nigerian sugar company and delivered 20% cost reduction for the company. Designed a consumer sector opportunity spotting and target identification model. Model comprised top-down market share analysis and bottom-up shelf assessment supported by financial information. Obtained management buy-in for a test run for biscuit, confectionery and dairy sectors. This translated to a two times improvement in opportunity spotting and potential revenue pipeline of US$5 million. Created an education endowment fund to cover school tuition for underprivileged widows’ children who had dropped out of school. Raised funds through a combination of one-on-one soliciting and community fund drives. The fund doubled every year since inception six years ago and supports 10 children. Influenced positive outcomes for the children who would have otherwise been uneducated.

Caglayan (Chala) Arslan linkedin.com/in/chalayan-arslan ■ Career history: Impact Investing Research Analyst, United Nations Development Programme, Turkey Grants Manager, Association for Aid and Relief Japan, Turkey Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Project Officer, Department for International Development (DFID), Turkey Prosperity Support Officer, British Consulate-General, Turkey ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK MSc, Comparative Politics, London School of Economics, UK BA, Political Science, Bilkent University, Turkey

■ Nationality: Turkish

■ Languages:

Turkish (native) English (fluent) French (intermediate) Russian (basic)

■ Career achievements: Managed a portfolio of humanitarian aid projects in Uganda and Turkey, addressing refugee children’s health and education needs during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a total budget of US$8 million. Developed four comprehensive project proposals, which expanded the programme budget by US$6 million and 30,000 new beneficiaries by securing funding from UNHCR and the USAID. Led the publication of a UNDP Situation Report on Afghanistan’s banking and financial system following the country’s August 2021 regime change. Conducted a comprehensive rapid needs assessment with local stakeholders. The report received outstanding media coverage, with 28 online news articles by international news agencies, such as Bloomberg, CNN and Reuters. Implemented the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Investment Initiative project to raise awareness on SDG- aligned investments in Turkey. Designed and developed a three-day training programme to introduce key topics on impact investing to development professionals, social enterprises and universities. The training was attended by 350 participants online and in Istanbul.

Eronmosele (Erons) Aziba linkedin.com/in/eronmoseleaziba ■ Career history: Investment Associate, AIICO Capital Ltd, Nigeria Senior Analyst, The Busara Center for Behavioural Economics, Nigeria Consumer Sector Research Analyst, Tellimer, Nigeria Investment Research Analyst, Afrinvest West Africa Ltd, Nigeria

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Economics, Babcock University, Nigeria

■ Nationality: Nigerian

■ Languages:

English (native) French (basic)

■ Career achievements: Analysed financial markets and developed equity strategies for portfolios worth approximately US$4 million. Managed the firm’s proprietary equity portfolio while liaising with operations and finance to ensure trades were appropriately settled. Portfolio outperformed the benchmark’s return of 6.1%, with a gain of 7.6% in 2021, contributing approximately 5% to annual income above a budget projection of 3%. Led the creation of the organisation’s first foreign currency fund. Direct roles included sourcing required parties, contract negotiations, progress check-ins, documentation reviews and filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At approximately US$5 million the fund will account for approximately 15% of the total Asset Under Management growth target. Supported the firm’s goal to save cost by earning discounts on paid advertisements. Established relationships with leading Nigerian television and radio outlets and represented the firm as a guest business analyst, analysing financial market activities and projections. Leveraged this relationship to negotiate discounts of up to 20% on advertisement costs.

Oluwaseyi (Seyi) Babajide linkedin.com/in/seyibabajide

■ Career history: Co-founder and Director, Appiva Informatics Ltd, Nigeria Pre-Sales Lead and Solution Architect, MainOne, Nigeria Project Manager and Solution Architect, Ntel, Nigeria Engineer, Huawei, Nigeria ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BTech, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria

■ Nationality: Nigerian

■ Languages:

Yoruba (native) English (fluent) French (basic)

■ Career achievements: Co-ordinated and designed the Digital Maturity Assessment and digital transformation framework for IGI Plc, a leading Nigerian insurer, which enabled the company to know its digital maturity level, existing gaps, and propose solutions to compete. The designed framework resulted in a 15% increase in IGI’s operational effectiveness in its automation of claim payments. Led complex value-based C-level negotiations using business cases and strategic solutions differentiation, and managed technical process customisation for the global Content Delivery Networks (CDN) at MainOne DC. The expanded pre-sales and solutions resulted in winning and delivering new hyperscale infrastructure, generating a 20% revenue increase of US$15 million. Developed a technical competence gap system for the Learning Service team and implemented delivery across 22 countries in the EMEA region. This resulted in a 30% increase in technical competence for telco operators and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by 10%. Received Huawei Future Star award for performance, innovation, and customer relationship.

Adeola Badmos linkedin.com/in/adeolabadmos ■ Career history: Procurement Category Manager, Gitlab Ltd, UK Senior Buyer Specialist, BAE Systems Ltd, UK Procurement Analyst, P&O Ferries Ltd, UK Contract Manager, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, UK

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BTech, Computer Science, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria CIPS Diploma Level 4, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, UK

■ Nationality: British

■ Languages:

Yoruba (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Developed a new contract management strategy. As Category Manager, implementation of this strategy enabled proactive stakeholders’ engagement which resulted in 20% savings on over 300 contracts renewals and negotiations valued at US$73 million. Led a team to resolve the product specifications on the thickness and optical focal point of the glass helmet. A four- member taskforce co-ordinated to determine a resolution path to review our requirements, specifications, and delivery time. As a result, the thickness of glass was successfully made to specification and eventually used in building the helmet for pilots. Created an automated process workflow for all IT department invoices which was adopted by the account payable team for all invoices as best practice for the organisation. The automated process helped save time by 30%, reduced fraud exposure by increasing visibility, and authenticated electronic signatures and faster approvals across the organisation.

Abimbola Balogun linkedin.com/in/balogun-abimbola

■ Career history: Senior Project Administrator, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria Project Administrator, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria Executive Assistant to Director General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria Administrative Assistant, Abiodun D. Doherty & Co Law Firm, Nigeria ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Public Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria Associate, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, Nigeria Diploma, Local Government Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

■ Nationality: Nigerian

■ Languages:

English (native) Yoruba (native)

■ Career achievements: Managed the administration and operations of a multicultural project to facilitate the training of over 240,000 agripreneurs in business planning, technology and management skills, targeted at reducing unemployment. This led to an increase in the employment rate of 74% before the end of the project, to 88% by the end of the project. Managed the budget of a US$12.9 million research project which was at risk of being withdrawn by the donor due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A restructuring plan to redistribute and reallocate resources was developed, with an emphasis placed on risk management to ensure the project target was met within the allocated budget, despite the high inflation. Led a team of regional project administrators and business development managers for a Mastercard Foundation initiative. Designed a youth-sensitive credit financing instrument for business start-ups which enhanced their expansion and increased access to credit facilities from strategic partners by over 83%.

Sameer Bhatnagar linkedin.com/in/sameeranoopbhatnagar ■ Career history: Program Manager, Medallia, India Team Leader, Etech Global Services, India Associate Team Leader, Etech Global Services, India Lead Analyst II, Etech Global Services, India ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BEng, Information Technology, Pune University, India

■ Nationality: Indian

■ Languages: Hindi (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Led the global roll out of Medallia’s customer experience programme for the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, Siemens. Led an international team working in four different time zones and managed stakeholders for 24 different countries, enabling and training them on the tools. The project generated revenue of US$2 million. Led and scaled the team responsible for delivery in the European region. Managed European clients, provided coaching to ensure high quality delivery from the team, and defined staffing strategies to ensure proper distribution of skill set and experience across more than 100 client accounts. Grew the headcount of the team from 15 to 28 FTE over three years. As one of the first hires of an Indian subcontracting firm, helped create structure, provide leadership, and define processes such as recruitment, training, and a new hires onboarding programme and professional improvement plan to scale the team. Led to growth of the number of employees from ten to more than 300 FTE over seven years.

Rasha Bin-Eidan linkedin.com/in/rasha-bin-eidan

■ Career history: Process Design and Implementation Specialist, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia Knowledge Management Specialist, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia Project Management Assistant, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia Senior Strategic Officer, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Saudi Arabia ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK MSc, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, Middlesex University, UK BSc, Business Administration, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

■ Nationality: Saudi Arabian

■ Languages:

Arabic (native) English (fluent) French (intermediate) Italian (basic)

■ Career achievements: Designed and implemented processes to spot gaps, using analysis skills to re-engineer 84 procedures, which resulted in one clear process known by all employees and owned by one department. Developed a Maturity Index, which measures anything which has an impact on organisational excellence and work efficiency. The Index measures policies and procedure efficiency by using 71 KPIs. Raising the index level by 37%, helped to reach organisational excellence objectives and goals. Managed the Local Scholarship Programme, developing it with the top private universities in Saudi Arabia, including Prince Sultan University, Al-Yamamah University, and Alfaisal University. The scholarship covers a student’s full tuition fees, helps provide equal opportunities, and enhances opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills.

Furkan Canikli linkedin.com/in/furkancanikli

■ Career history: Tax Inspector, Tax Inspection Board, Turkey Deputy Tax Inspector, Tax Inspection Board, Turkey

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Business Administration, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

■ Nationality: Turkish

■ Languages:

Turkish (native) English (fluent) Arabic (basic)

■ Career achievements: Managed approximately 50 tax inspections of large-scale tax payers including companies from the social media, digital marketing, mobile gaming and construction sectors. One tax inspection report led to one of the highest tax penalties ever levied by the Tax Inspection Board. Led a team of seven tax inspectors to investigate fraudulent bills being issued by companies. The subsequent report was read by high ranking officials and resulted in a change to the law that will decrease the number of fraudulent bills being produced and reduce the workload of tax inspectors. Identified a business opportunity in trading Tether (a cryptocurrency stablecoin pegged to the US dollar), in US dollars and Turkish lira. Partnered with an algorithmic trader and a software developer to launch a company which returned profit of 200% of the initial investment within 18 months.

Thalia Castañeda Velarde Alvarez linkedin.com/in/thaliacastanedavelardealvarez ■ Career history: Junior Commercial Manager, Pacifico Seguros, Peru Senior Commercial Assosiate, Pacifico Seguros, Peru Commercial Associate, Pacifico Seguros, Peru ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Communications and Marketing, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Peru

■ Nationality: Peruvian

■ Languages:

Spanish (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Led a team of six, dedicated to achieving sales by managing regular strategic visits to brokerages and providing commercial services to the most representative corporative brokerages firms in the Peruvian insurance market. Analysed portfolio profitability based on the total insurance claims, detecting opportunities to increase rates and achieving 20% growth in premiums. Implemented a strategic plan based on a Pareto system, focusing on the top 20% of clients, which represented 80% of revenue. After six months, the team reduced the churn rate in clients by 30% and increased their profitability by 10%, retaining priority accounts for US$20 million. Designed a teamwork system that measured commercial KPIs to establish short- and long-term objectives. The management and financial outcomes were presented quarterly in committees to the brokerage’s senior management. Client complaints were reduced by 30% and the sales increased by approximately US$3 million, surpassing the portfolio sales goal by 5% (2021).

Hui Ching (Adrianne) Chan linkedin.com/in/hc-adrianne-chan

■ Career history: Content Specialist, LINE TV, Taiwan

Distribution and Acquisition Specialist, CNEX Studio, Taiwan Acquisition Coordinator and Marketing Planner, Hualien Media, Taiwan Coordinator, CNEX Chinese Doc Forum, Taiwan ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BA, French Language and Culture, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

■ Nationality: Taiwanese

■ Languages: Mandarin Chinese (native)

English (fluent) French (basic)

■ Career achievements: Negotiated and processed more than 100 acquisition and sales film/programme deals for LINE TV. Optimised and standardised internal production and sales processes, which led to improvement in cross-departmental communication and the standardisation of delivery format, reducing expenditure in future material delivery by at least 50%. Established strategic overseas sales channels and developed long-term partnerships with indie cultural agencies and organisations for CNEX Studio, a company focused on promoting cultural understanding. Developed a VOD platform; set up, recruited, and trained a team to keep programme data up to date, allowing the studio to continue its outreach and impact online. Co-ordinated the cinematic release of more than 30 films in two years for Hualien Media. Strategically planned and executed tailor-made talks and events for arthouse films as part of word-of-mouth marketing events, bringing in an average of 200+ people per event per film (small production).

Yulun Chang linkedin.com/in/yulun-chang

■ Career history: Data Analytics Specialist, Capital Machinery Ltd, Taiwan BI Analyst, Lei Shing Hong Machinery, China Senior Assistant Manager, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, Taiwan ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BA, Public Finance, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

■ Nationality: Taiwanese

■ Languages: Mandarin Chinese (native) English (fluent) Japanese (intermediate)

■ Career achievements: Planned and executed digital transformation by assessing the current situation, deploying business intelligence solutions, and providing training to staff. Enabled colleagues to track accurate data in time, increased customer management efficiency by 90%, and received an outstanding performance award for providing effective data solutions for business operations. Developed and designed Business Intelligence (BI) reports for business divisions by implementing a pioneering BI solution. Established the official report template, collaborated with colleagues, outsourced teams, and coached three junior analysts to produce qualified reports. Saved at least 150 hours’ productivity per month by replacing more than 20 manual reports. Participated in a multinational project in the marine transportation field. Reviewed surcharges in the market and negotiated with more than 10 European agents to increase rate on surcharge items in Europe landside. Successfully generated additional revenue of US$8.5 million, surpassing the yearly target by 52%.

Tabriaz Chaudry linkedin.com/in/tabriaz-chaudry

■ Career history:

Team Lead, Amazon, UK Business Development Manager, V9 Group, UK Area Sales Manager, Phones 4 u, UK Store Manager, Carphone Warehouse, UK ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Applied Chemistry, Aston University, UK

■ Nationality: Danish

■ Languages:

English (native) Punjabi (intermediate)

■ Career achievements: Initiated a project where the aim was to increase customer retention, which was achieved by re-engaging with over 800 dormant B2B accounts. Resulted in an 8% increase in overall sales, over £1.3 million in revenue and increased customer retention by 28%. Worked on a project with the IT team to design a centralised system to analyse competitor activity and pricing, to react swiftly to price changes. Reduced the loss of clients to competitors from 38% to 13% over an eight-month period. This resulted in an added £67,000 revenue by introducing a new team for support to reduce connection time. Targeted sales of credit card terminals at SMEs, which were not yielding enough sales to hit targets. Recommended and implemented a franchise partnership model with existing sales contacts, which achieved the company’s largest turnover of £73,000 in a single day and added an additional £305,000 revenue in the first quarter of the scheme being established.

Xu (Cynthia) Cheng linkedin.com/in/cynthia--cheng

■ Career history: Manager, EcoFlow, China Senior Manager, Royole, China Director, Ultragear, China Customer Manager, BlueFocus, China

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BM, Marketing, Jilin Institute of Chemical Technology, China

■ Nationality: Chinese

■ Languages:

Chinese (native) English (native)

■ Career achievements: Led a global user research project to support product design and sales. Through qualitative and quantitative research, surveyed more than 10,000 global users. Optimised the design of 20 products and built 24-hour customer service. Gave coupons to users and the percentage of repurchases rose to 80%, with sales reaching £5 million within six months. Founded the marketing department with seven members of staff. Spread the innovative product concept and environmental protection value, won the angel wheel of US$1 million from ZhenFund, and built the brand into first choice for marathon running equipment in China within one year, completing sales of US$4.5 million. Played a pivotal role in negotiating with domestic and foreign media companies, acted as their advertising agent, and finally established cooperation with 80 media companies. Led creative marketing and data analysis, and provided advertising services to more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide, increasing annual revenue to US$1 billion.

Chen-Kai (Wellington) Chiang linkedin.com/in/wellingtonchiang ■ Career history: Director of Investment Department, Mandarin Power International Enterprise (Energy Consulting), Taiwan Project Manager, ISTAR Digital, Taiwan Procurement Engineer, CTCI Chemicals Corporation, Taiwan Sales Representative, Nagase Wahlee Engineering Plastics Corporation, Taiwan ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK Bachelor’s degree, Accounting, Tunghai University, Taiwan

■ Nationality: Taiwanese

■ Languages: Mandarin Chinese (native) English (fluent) Portuguese (basic)

■ Career achievements: Developed investment strategies and led portfolio

management, including long-term investment 65% equities, 15% bonds, 10% REITs, and 5% alternatives, as well as short- term arbitrage of option strategies, generating over 60% and US$1.5 million net profit. Conducted turnaround of clients’ subscription plans for a start-up company. Integrated online marketing strategies and a cross-functional team to launch new offerings that brought US$200,000 in annual revenue. Managed sales and customer service for several clients. Accurately forecasted a competitor’s price offering to our clients, and provided a viable plan, considering the possible lead time to reinforce the long-term cooperative relationship. Undertook and extended five multiple-year contracts worth over US$3 million in annual revenue.

Sadman Mahmud Chowdhury linkedin.com/in/sadman-m-chowdhury ■ Career history: Pricing Senior Manager, Banglalink, Bangladesh Pricing Manager, Banglalink, Bangladesh Senior Officer, bKash, Bangladesh Specialist, Robi Axiata Ltd, Bangladesh

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK

BSc, Economics, North South University, Bangladesh BBA, Finance & Accounting, North South University, Bangladesh

■ Nationality: Bangladeshi

■ Languages:

Bengali (native) English (fluent) Hindi (intermediate) French (basic)

■ Career achievements: Developed new price plans to mitigate the impact of increased government taxation on customer spending on telecom services in Bangladesh for two successive years, 2019 and 2020. Protected company revenue amounting to US$26 million and US$27 million respectively. Devised Banglalink’s pricing strategy for 2022 and beyond to justify an investment in excess of US$350 million. As a result, Banglalink’s internet prices increased 6% in the first half of 2022 which was a key lever to achieve 11% revenue growth year-on-year. Led a cross company project to ensure transparent price communications in the market. Devised best-in-class tariffs without hidden conditions and collaborated with the brand team to launch a unique marketing campaign that increased Banglalink’s net promoter score by 3.2 points. The campaign was critical in driving subscriber growth by 2.1% over a six- month period.

Michelle Sim (Michie) Cruz linkedin.com/in/michellesimcruz ■ Career history: Operational Excellence Senior Project Manager, Agoda International, Malaysia Regional Customer Service Manager, Agoda International, Malaysia Deputy General Manager, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Philippines Service Delivery Manager, American Express International, Philippines ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Business Administration, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Philippines BSc, Mathematics and Statistics, De La Salle University, Philippines

■ Nationality: Filipino

■ Languages:

Filipino (native) English (fluent) French (basic)

■ Career achievements: Implemented a new-hire transition programme in the

Malaysia contact centre. Led the process experimentation of an eight-week curriculum that bridges training-to-operations performance. The Speed to Competency KPI accelerated by 54%, equivalent to approximately US$700,000 per 100 FTE per annum efficiency gain. Negotiated the acquisition of a new business line by communicating a value-add proposition. Presented a business case study that demonstrated cost savings, automation opportunities, risk assessment in moving operations, and business outcomes as shown by analysis on historical performance. Secured a contract valued at over US$2.5 million. Directed the launch of the American Express operations contact centre. Liaised with cross-functional teams and managed performance improvement strategies that secured the site to achieve 100% of its KPIs within the first three quarters of live operations. The performance delivery accelerated the growth in staff by 120% in the first year.

Alexander (Alex) Davis linkedin.com/in/alex-davis-AD ■ Career history: Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Bishop Vesey‘s Grammar School, UK Head of Lower School, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, UK Physical Education Teacher - Cricket, Football, Hockey and Rugby Coach, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, UK

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK

MSc, Learning and Teaching, University of Oxford, UK PGCE, Secondary Physical Education, Sheffield Hallam University, UK BSc, Sport Development with Coaching, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

■ Nationality: British

■ Languages:

English (native) French (basic) German (basic)

■ Career achievements: Led a team of 15 to deliver academic, pastoral and wellbeing support for 425 students annually. Analysed A-Level student data weekly and developed student action plans. Students met fortnightly with their mentor to work towards their goals. Students achieved 86% A*-B in 2022, exceeding the KPI by 6% and achieving the highest level of attainment in the school’s history. Led several working groups, as part of the expansion project, to enable the school to increase student capacity by 35%. Developed and implemented strategies which maximised existing space and facilities within the school e.g. changes made to structure of the school day, one-way systems and modification and adaptation of facilities. Delivered annual training to the whole staff body on the practical implementation of behaviour management techniques. Outcome was a year-on-year decrease of 5% over a three-year period of reported classroom related behaviour incidents from staff, resulting in decreased disruption to learning.

Angélica De los Ríos Granja linkedin.com/in/angélica-de-los-ríos-granja ■ Career history: Marketing Brand Manager Coordinator, Nestle, Mexico Marketing Brand Manager Specialist, Nestle, Mexico Sales Administrator Analyst, Mattel Inc, Mexico Public Relationships and Marketing Coordinator, Saxum Media, Mexico ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK Postgraduate diploma, Operations Management, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico Bachelor’s degree, Industrial Engineering with minor in Innovation Management, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

■ Nationality: Mexican

■ Languages:

Spanish (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Led and redesigned Crunch chocolate’s management and operations. Challenged and relaunched the main product attributes: product recipe, communication, price and reach in place of sales. Achieved a winning recipe against competition, a historic investment in media communication for the brand, and finally a sales increase of 43 million Mexican pesos. Analysed the market white spaces and tendencies within the soluble, roast and ground coffee brands, defining new opportunities for Nescafe’s premium portfolio. Negotiated and launched Nestle’s newest local coffee brand nationwide, exclusively for Nestle’s number one client. Resulted in a sales increase of 20 million Mexican pesos for Nescafe’s premium portfolio. Developed and co-ordinated a socially responsible and holistic campaign during the pandemic with Nescafé; sending breakfasts, coffee and encouragement messages to hospitals, to Nescafe’s factory employees, and to consumers. Resulted in a campaign with more than six million media impacts, increasing the brand’s attribute of ‘consideration first choice’ from 80% to 87%.

Ivanna Dedenko Lopes linkedin.com/in/ivannadlopes ■ Career history: Luxury Property Consultant, Knight Frank – Private Office, UK Lettings Manager, Milton Stone, UK Marketing and Sales Advisor, Andipa Gallery, UK

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BA, Art Market, Kingston University, UK

■ Nationality: British

■ Languages:

Russian (native) Ukrainian (native) English (fluent) French (basic)

■ Career achievements: Advised and transacted for ultra high net worth clients and family offices across the residential and commercial property market, both personal and investment focused. Operated globally with a specialism in the prime central London market. Transacted over £20 million properties worth. Managed and supervised the lettings department in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Advised clients on emerging opportunities. Conducted appraisals and generated new business, maintaining the client database. Increased revenue by 25% over three years by introducing a new portfolio of clients to the company and hitting and exceeding yearly targets. Generated sales by talking to clients and doing comprehensive research to source new and rare artwork, attending private galleries and art fairs globally. Advised private clients and collectors on new trends and investments. Sold unique works of art between £25,000 and £100,000, such as Picasso, Miro sketches, Banksy and more.

Melissa Therese Del Rosario linkedin.com/in/melissadelrosario ■ Career history: Agency Transformation Manager, Allianz PNB Life Inc, Philippines Digital Operations Manager, BDO Life Assurance Company Inc, Philippines Digital Enterprise Officer, BPI AIA Life Assurance Corporation, Philippines Management Associate, AIA Philippines, Philippines ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BSc, Management, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

■ Nationality: Filipino

■ Languages:

Filipino (native) English (fluent)

■ Career achievements: Led the development and implementation of business

transformation programmes for the Allianz PNB Life Agency Distribution Channel, such as the digitisation of the end-to- end client journey and the further development of the agency support framework. Implemented tactical initiatives aimed at increasing digital adoption, improving from 6% in June 2021 to 29% in December 2021. Led the roll-out of systems and applications to allow for digital workflows (to both external and internal customers), including a collaboration platform and the co-ordination of current device replacement for the 1,000 strong sales force in the field. This resulted in the continuous flow of BDO Life business operations despite multiple cycles of lockdowns in the Philippines. Co-developed the data driven marketing campaigns of the Regional AIA Bancassurance Digital Transformation Strategy. Ideated the client journey and collaborated with the digital team to translate business requirements into technical requirements. Launched the campaign, aimed at decreasing the duration of the sales process by 30% and increasing productivity by 60%.

Neil Dennehy linkedin.com/in/neildennehy

■ Career history: Trainee Commercial Pilot, ACS Flight Training, UK Training Instructor, British Army, UK Mechanical Engineer/Commando Engineer, British Army, UK ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK Diploma, Mechanical Engineering, Royal School of Military Engineering, UK Diploma, Higher Education, Medieval and Modern History, University of Birmingham, UK

■ Nationality: British Irish

■ Languages:

English (native) French (intermediate) Italian (basic)

■ Career achievements: Designed and delivered several training packages for teams of 30 - 600 soldiers, including pre-deployment training, covering physical, intelligence and situational awareness, using current military intelligence. This ensured that personnel were fully prepared for deployment on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Led a team of six highly skilled, specialist soldiers in a demanding East Asian deployment to Brunei, building relationships with the local community to gain specialist, local knowledge and logistical support. This enabled the operational programme to be delivered 5% under budget and exceeded expectations of senior internal stakeholders. Led a complex project to construct a military camp for 1,500 military personnel in the Middle East, in support of three Commando Brigade Royal Marines. Ensured personnel safety was maintained through construction of the secure and complex military camp, against the backdrop of a substantial security threat.

Eliot Devoghel linkedin.com/in/eliotdevoghel

■ Career history:

CEO, Lawgio, France Consultant, NextSee, France Business Analyst, TNP Consultants, France

■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK MSc, International Relations and Finance, HEIP School of

International and Political Studies, France LLB, Lyon Catholic University (UCLY), France

■ Nationality: French

■ Languages:

French (native) English (fluent) Spanish (intermediate) Arabic (basic)

■ Career achievements: Identified and developed new client relationships in the private banking sector in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Uruguay and Belgium, working directly with the Managing Director of the consultancy. This led to a 15% growth of the banking sector within the company. Supervised the successful implementation of a business unit for a French luxury group, reviving the cosmetics sector within the group. This has resulted in a 10% increase in cosmetics revenue and the creation of approximately 100 jobs. Conducted a market study for a Parisian consulting firm and supported its strategy of establishment in Africa with the aim of developing banking and insurance. The objective was to reach 25% of the firm’s turnover in the banking sector and to open up new emerging markets.

Saahil Doshi linkedin.com/in/saahildoshi

■ Career history: Audit Manager, Santander, UK Assurance Associate, PwC, UK Junior Clerk, Marylebone Asset Management, UK Accounts Assistant, Brollo Kenya, Kenya ■ Education highlights: MBA, Warwick Business School, UK BA (Hons), International Business, University of Kent, UK

■ Nationality: British Kenyan

■ Languages:

English (native) Gujarati (fluent) Swahili (basic)

■ Career achievements: Managed Santander UK’s credit risk internal audits for nine corporate portfolios, ranging from £4 billion to £7 billion. Recommended key areas of improvement, such as heavily influencing how key fire safety policies and procedures are monitored within the Bank’s Social Housing portfolio. Highly commended by portfolio directors for efficient and collaborative working. Conducted 12 external audits at PwC for offshore clients, using a combination of technical and collaborative skillsets to work across multiple teams and sectors including Real Estate, Trust Services, Banking, Private Equity and Employee Benefit Trusts. This resulted in recurring business from all 12 clients. Founded and led Enactus Kent to establish five social enterprises. One venture involved homeless individuals conducting guided tours of Canterbury, which provided them with invaluable employability skills. Awarded the best Enactus UK project. Received the UK Team Leader of the Year award and the Chancellor’s ‘Highly Commended’ award.

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