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Another international cohort of 202 start their Cambridge MBA, representing 41 nationalities, and coming from industries as diverse as healthcare, technology, as well as ambitious entrepreneurs and those from the cultural sector.

Cambridge MBA class of 2019.
Cambridge MBA class of 2019

This month we welcomed the newest
cohort of MBA students to Cambridge Judge Business School. For the class of 2019/20
there are 202 individuals in total, representing 41 nationalities. They step
out of industries as diverse as technology, healthcare and the not-for-profit
and into the rich Cambridge learning environment and eco-system for the next
year of their lives.

With so many nationalities represented,
an exciting year of teamwork and collaboration takes off. With an average of
six years’ work experience across the board, an average age of thirty, and a
good gender balance; together they will bring a wealth of experience, a wide
variety of perspectives and a huge amount of cultural context to the year

We meet some fresh faces and ask them
about their career journey to date, what Cambridge means to them and where
their ambitions lie in the coming months?

Svitlana Kostenko

Ukrainian born Svitlana has spent the last eight years in California, US, working for an online educational platform followed by a tiny start up as part of the Berkeley Accelerator programme – Skydeck.

“Cambridge Judge means to me
people from over forty different countries, it means a lot of history, it
means many new friendships and a host of new opportunities. I want my MBA year to
help me connect my Ukrainian background, with my almost decade in Silicon
Valley, together with the opportunities I will no doubt find here throughout
the next year”.

Alexander Mix

Technology and Innovation Scholarship recipient Alexander from Germany, works for A.T. Kearney in Dusseldorf as a Senior Business Analyst.

“I believe the experience at Cambridge will provide me
with an excellent team for a year, to both reflect and consolidate what I will
learn and kick-start the next chapter of my career. I am looking forward to sparring
ideas, gaining an international network, and maybe finding future colleagues
and business partners.”

“Cambridge has a special appeal as
the MBA programme is embedded within a world-class environment with scientific
creation and technological innovation at its heart. The entrepreneurial
environment and the excellent access to financial expertise will provide the
ideal place for me to bring together my two passions – digital transformation
and private equity and finance”.

Kwesi Bonso-Abban

Kwesi from Ghana has come from the Telecoms sector in a product development role but would like to move into consultancy.

“Cambridge is an
opportunity to find a new family. It means a lot of networking with people that
I probably wouldn’t have had an opportunity to network before in Africa. It
means an opportunity to explore myself fully and to find new opportunities to

Kwesi continues; “Given
that my background is in technology and I have a keen interest in the commercial
aspects of things as well, I am hoping to transition into either technical
consultancy or strategic consultancy after my Cambridge MBA”.

Guneet Malik

Guneet worked as a consultant to the Government of India, within the policy and regulation sector for Invest India, a public sector platform based in New Delhi.

is a big thing for me, it is not only one of the best universities in the
world, but my great grandfather studied here in Cambridge, so it is also a
personal opportunity to relive the family legacy”.

mission of the Business School is something that I closely identify with. It is
about impacting business and society and I believe that someone coming from a
public policy sector where I have helped governments make better decisions through
data; I now wish to see the best practices here in the UK and in Europe and to
hone my skills and eventually head back to India in the long term”.

Tomomi Ishida

Tomomi, from Japan, also has a background in the public sector as a Private Sector Partnership Consultant. She has advised the United Nations based in Tokyo on their UN Development Programme, including work to support and develop the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across Japan. Latterly she developed and ran the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

is a very inspirational place to be in. I belong to a Cambridge College as well
the MBA cohort, so I am excited to meet lots of people from many different
backgrounds and with many different experiences, I’m excited to experience that

came here to stretch myself and get out of my comfort zone. I am open to the
opportunities and connections I will make this year, especially those in the
African market and with a focus on innovation”.

Muna Ali

Muna from Canada has a background in healthcare and biotech as a Packaging Engineer and Validation Technologist for Teva, the large pharmaceutical company based in Toronto.

“The moment I came here
I knew Cambridge was a great fit for me. The Cambridge MBA meets my goals in
the short term, as well as the long term. In the wider ‘Silicon Fen’ that
Cambridge is known for, there are a lot of startups, entrepreneurship and
health sector opportunities that I am open to discovering during this coming

Kelsea Alderman

Kelsea from the USA, has worked in the glamourous retail sector, leaving a planning and strategy position at Ralph Lauren in New York, to start her Cambridge MBA.

“After my MBA I am
looking to launch my career further forward in the retail sector. I plan to
stay in the retail sector, specifically in luxury but to be part of the drive
to move the industry forward and to help incorporate some impact and sustainability
to the industry”.

“Cambridge is an
incredible place to study and I feel very honoured to be here. What Cambridge
really means to me is the opportunity to broaden my horizons both
professionally, socially, and globally, geographically, to have a wider and
deeper access to different parts of the world, and to different people with
different ways of thinking – I think that’s something that’s really unique
about this MBA programme”.

These are just a few of the individuals
embarking on their MBA year – look out for introduction and insight from others
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