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Alex

alex

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: Israeli

Last job: Team Manager at Intel (Mobile Wireless Group)

Favourite place in London: South Bank

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Jerry Seinfeld

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself

About me: Currently MBA student at the London Business School (Class of 2011). Previously, RT SW Team manager at Intel's WiFi department (BSc in Computer Engineering). Enjoy inline skating across the city, watching movies and gourmet dinners with my wife.

Daniel

daniel

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: British

Last job: Communications Strategist

Favourite place in London: Lords Cricket Ground

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: If I could have anyone to dinner it would be JFK!

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: It's not the 'b' all and end all

About me: I have lived in London for all my life so happy to share all the secrets. I have worked in Marketing for six years with some experience in both France and Germany. I love football, cricket and the beach. I'm now looking forward to getting involved in as much as possible at LBS; particularly the Media Club!

Jenny

jenny

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: Filipino

Last job: Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young Japan

Favourite place in London: Anywhere where alcohol is served (wait, that's everywhere!)

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Barack Obama and Rafael Nadal. Oh and throw in David Beckham too.

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Worry about financing later, just apply!

About me: Having been raised in the tropical weather in the Philippines and having worked in Tokyo for the past 3 years, I really have no idea why I chose to study in London. Seriously - English summer is no summer at all! I miss the sandy beaches in Boracay and the spring breeze in Tokyo. Take my advice and learn from my mistake - Tank tops and summer dresses? Useless! Do NOT think that it's alright to get your heavy coats and boots shipped in October. Get them shipped early! Or better yet, bring them with you in August!

Kimmi

kimmi

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: American by way of India

Last job: Management Consulting

Favourite place in London: Walking in Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, strolling through Borough Market, and uncovering the unexpected, yet amazing, side streets lined with cafes and shops across London

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Queen Noor, Bill Clinton, & Russell Peters (google him...or somebody's gonna get hurt real bad!)

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: You will have a lot of things thrown at you, just don't lose sight of why you are there and who you are along the way

About me: I could write a novel here, but in a nutshell, I generally stick to the following attributes/activities. Dream. Learn. Run. Eat. Drink. Laugh. Sleep. Play. Repeat.

Luiz

luiz

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: Brazilian

Last job: Marketing & Sales at Gerdau

Favourite place in London: Tate Modern, preferably on the fourth floor, where I can see people walking over Millennium Bridge and look at St Paul’s Cathedral

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Warren Buffet and Franz Ferdinand band, to give us a private gig

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: To go visit the schools that I was applying to

About me: I grew up in Sao Paulo and lived there almost my whole life. Before completing my undergrad I spent six months in London. I liked my time in London so much that I always wanted to come back and here I am again! For the past 2.5 years before coming to LBS I lived in Tampa, FL. I enjoy going to concerts, trying new wines and foods, travelling, and playing volleyball and tennis.

Rachel

rachel

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: Australian

Last job: Global Product Manager

Favourite place in London: Columbia Road flower market

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Tina Fey - she's funny and clever

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Visit the school, sit in the cafeteria and talk to people. You'll quickly work out if you belong

About me: My defining moment was relocating on a shoe string budget to France 4 years ago, where I learnt french and developed my addiction for duck. I daydream about running my own company and becomming a professional DJ

Samuel

samuel

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: French (born and bred in Reunion Island)

Last job: Manager at KPMG in Paris

Favourite place in London: The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill, cycling along Regent’s Canal, Little Venice

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: All the colourful characters of the great novel "Barbarians at the Gates"

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Do your research about the school you're applying to and go beyond the rankings!

About me: I grew up on Reunion Island, a small french island located in the Indian Ocean, about 200km from the nearest terra firma (Google it to find more!). I majored in Computer Science in France and worked for 5 years for a big 4 accounting firm in Paris. During my professional life, I travelled exstensively (the hectic life off a consultant...) so I'm very happy to settle down in London for a while. Can't wait to know the ins and outs of this wonderful city!

Sanjeev

Sanjeev

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: Singapore/India

Last job: WW Product Marketing Manager at Oracle

Favourite place in London: Bloomsbury and Regent's Park

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Bill Gates, Mahatma Ghandi and Cameron Diaz

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: It will be a life-changing experience

About me: Born in Jalandhar (India) and raised in Delhi (India), Miri (East Malaysia) and Singapore. Worked in customer advocacy and evangelism roles at Microsoft and Oracle. Travelled to over 30 destinations across Asia, US, Europe and Latin America for work (In hindsight, for pleasure)

Steve

steve

Class: MBA2011

Nationality: British

Last job: banking consultant for pricewaterhousecoopers in Sydney

Favourite place in London: I love the river at Richmond with all the nice bars on the riverbank and the Emirates stadium where I watch Arsenal play

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: If I could have anyone to dinner it would be JFK!

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: I didn't really receive any advice, I don't know anyone else with an MBA so most of my friends were and are unaware of what one is!

About me: I grew up in Spain and have since lived in chile and Australia. I am a chartered accountant and spent six years working in London and Sydney before lbs after studying Politics at university. I am a huge Sports fan and will watch almost anything, but given the choice it's football all the way

Charlotte

Charlotte

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: British

Last job: International Product Manager at PUMA

Favourite place in London: All of the beautiful little backstreets I'm discovering in and around Marylebone, and Brick Lane.

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: The most fabulous and partying spirits I've met so far at the Flathunter's Pubcrawl!

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Actually I didn't receive too much advice - it was just something I had to do.

About me: I've been working in fashion for the last 7 years, first for Louis Vuitton and then for Puma, which has been hectic, exciting, challenging, frustrating and extremely rewarding. I'm English but I don't know too much about being English; I spent the last 4 years in Boston and before that I lived in Paris. I love discovering new cities and meeting people from new places and now I'm able to do all of that in London. Before starting school I spent 5 months in India practising yoga and travelling - I'm hoping there's a window for yoga in a busy MBA schedule...

Franco

Franco

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Peruvian/Italian

Last job: Senior Consultant at Deloitte in Lima (Peru)

Favourite place in London: Don’t know yet, but hope to know pretty soon!

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: My family, my old friends, my new ones and everybody who wants to share a happy moment with us!

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Now this is the most important thing in your life, focus.

About me: Majored in business and accounting. Upon graduation I joined Accenture in the Mexico City office and spent wonderful times with people from many places around the world, especially the ones from Juarez City (at the border between Mexico and the US), Scot, Tomas, Carl, Anoop, Dora….wonderful moments and plenty opportunities to learn! After that I joined ING and then Deloitte LLP, as a Senior Financial Consultant, where I continued to develop skills in the consulting business, learning from different industries such as mining, fisheries and technology among others. I love music (especially jazz, blues, and Italian & Peruvian music); walking with my dog near the beach, my family and sincere people. I hope to spend wonderful moments at LBS and with the LBS family, not only as a student but also as a professional and human being through the following years.

Jann

Jann

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Filipino

Last job: Demand Planning Exec at Nestle

Favourite place in London: I have yet to discover my favourite place. I've been here for less than a week and I'm loving every minute of it.

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Milo Ventimiglia of Heroes and Michael Phelps.

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Make an effort to find out if the school fits your goals both while attending b-school and after you graduate.

About me: I was born and raised in the tropical archipelago of The Philippines. As most Filipinos, I grew up with influences from American and Spanish cultures. I have a degree in Industrial Engineering and was previously working as Demand Planning Executive for Nescafe. I love anything that has to do with entertainment - music, movies, theatre, musicals, TV. I'm not an athletic person but I enjoy watching sports like tennis, baseball, and basketball. I don't know how to play them but I surely know the rules of the game. I love travelling and experiencing different cultures, one of the main reasons why I chose to study in London.

Joyce

Joyce

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Canadian / Hong Kong SAR

Last job: Business Development Analyst at Canadian Pacific Railway

Favourite place in London: The British Museum

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin and Hobbes)

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be honest. Don't compose something that you think the school wants to hear.

About me: I come from "rural" Hong Kong, spending the first few years of my life in a small farming village which the Pearl of the Orient has managed to grow around. I have since moved around and lived in most major cities in Canada, most recently working in Toronto for Canadian Pacific Railway - one of the friendliest companies in Canada, if not the world! Leaving the job was a hard decision, but I couldn't pass up the LBS opportunity. It was the right fit for my career goals and I have dreamed of being in London since childhood!

Kobby

Kobby

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Ghanaian

Last job: Director of Research and Special Projects, The Nielsen Company, Hollywood, CA

Favourite place in London: Canary Wharf – I like being around water bodies, and this is the only place I’ve been London so far where I’ve been able to be by the water

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Nelson Mandela. I think he’s quite simply one of the greatest and most widely respected leaders in history.

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: To only apply to programs I thought would stretch me beyond my limits; that’s where all the real growth is.

About me: I was born and raised in Ghana, but up until now, had spent my adult life living in the United States. A lot of my identity is borne out of a juxtaposition of my experiences from these distinctly different places. At the risk of feeding stereotypes, for instance, I am as interdependent and social-minded as any Ghanaian, but also have the confidence and self-belief of any American (in addition to a mild sprinkling of bad habits from both cultures). My experiences, overall, have fashioned an uncommon lens through which I view the world. I expect my experiences at London Business School, sharing knowledge with people from all over the world, to make my perspective even better.

Krish

Krish

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Indian

Last job: Morgan Stanley

Favourite place in London: Don't know yet, but hope to find one soon!

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Sachin Tendulkar and Vishy Anand

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Introspect hard, be genuine and you'll find out a lot about yourself in the process.

About me: I was born and raised in India and then spent a large part of my adult life in the US. I'm a sports nut, an avid foodie, photographer and love reading and innovative technology. I enjoy meeting new people and hanging out - definitely a major reason for coming to LBS. I'd like to think I have a fairly laid back attitude towards daily life, but I'll leave that for my fellow LBSers to judge :)

Nick

Nick

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: US/UK dual national

Last job: Production manager for a factory in China

Favourite place in London: Covent Garden

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Chinese President Hu Jintao

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Concentrate on what sets you apart from the other 2,400 applicants and how those attributes will benefit the classmates around you.

About me: Born and raised in the US, I spent my summers visiting my relatives in England. I graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, USA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. In my first job I became an expert in chemical management in large factories, which brought me to China to work on a contract at a General Motors facility. After six months, they wanted to send me back to the US; I really liked Yantai, the small North-eastern Chinese city where I was living, so I quit my job and went to work for a start-up company. We built our own factory, which I managed for two years. During this time I transitioned from the operations side of things to the business side. I soon realized that international business was a passion of mine, so I decided to apply to London Business School. In my free time I like to travel around SE Asia, climbing mountains or scuba diving. Next on my list to visit is either India or South America. I'm about to begin two of the most exciting years of my life... I can't wait!

Pak

Pak

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Hong Kong Chinese

Last job: Manager with Ernst & Young Risk Advisory Services (Hong Kong, Singapore).

Favourite place in London: Windsor Castle...and many more to come.

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Zhuge Liang (also named Kong Ming, a famous military advisor during the China’s Three Kingdoms Period)

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Understand what you truly want from an MBA course and how you can contribute to the class.

About me: I was born in Hong Kong and studied and worked in Singapore for a while. I joined Ernst & Young Singapore as a consultant and later moved to its Hong Kong office and have focused on governance and risk advisory projects. I have the honor to work with some very inspirational Partners in the firm and they inspired me on the career path in the consulting industry. Leisure wise, I love to swim, play squash and read good books. Last but not least, I met my wife, who is from Nanjing, China, during our university days in Singapore and together with my parents, they have been the key emotional support throughout my career.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Canadian

Last job: Consultant at Monitor Group, San Francisco.

Favourite place in London: Borough Market on a Saturday morning.

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: All my friends scattered around the world.

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Visit the schools before you apply to test whether it’s a good fit with who you are and what you’re looking for.

About me: This is my third time moving far from home, all alone. I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and moved east to study Politics, History and Business at the University of Western Ontario (Ivey). I joined Monitor’s Toronto office as a consultant and transferred to San Francisco in 2006. Like any good Californian, I quickly took up yoga, running along the ocean and eating organic food (I passed on lighting incense and wearing hemp clothing). We’ll see which London habits I adopt over the course of the next year.

Vipul

Vipul

Class: MBA2010

Nationality: Indian

Last job: Senior Consultant at IBM Global Business Services/span>

Favourite place in London: Don't know yet, but looking forward to seeing Hyde Park and around.

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Rowan Atkinson.

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Doing an MBA is a good decision. It will always be a great asset.

About me: I was born and raised in India, but have spent my adult life largely in Australia. Hence, I enjoy things Indian and Aussie: Samosas and Vegemite! I love to travel – it’s my dream to walk on Antarctica some day. I also have a passion for languages (spoken ones!) and computers. I've been trying to learn Spanish and Mandarin ... some day! I am a Software Engineer by qualification and was extremely lucky to have worked with the "Big Blue" for 3 years. I hope that the London Business School MBA will empower me to start and run a highly successful IT consulting business.

Matthew

Matthew

Class: MBA 2009

Nationality: American

Last job: US Navy

Favourite place in London: My Bed

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Dave Chapelle, Judd Apatow, Natalie Portman

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: "Go Hard or Go Home"

About me:: I was born and raised in New York. I was educated in California, and I have spent my employed life bouncing around from San Diego to Honolulu to Sasebo to Toulon. I have little idea what I want to do after Business School. Well, I would like to work and find better places than my bed in London.

Melanie

Melanie

Class: MBA 2009

Nationality: American

Last job: Management Associate with MeadWestvaco's Consumer Packaging Group

Favourite place in London: Must I really decide between Guanabara, Whole Foods and the Tate Modern?

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: My best friends who are scattered around the world - and probably Al Gore.

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Talk to students who are there to get a feel for if these would be people you would want to be friends with for the rest of your life.

About me:: I'm a Chinese-Texan who can't seem to stay in one place for very long. I studied International Business at The University of Texas at Austin and have lived in Hungary, Singapore, India, New York, Austria and now London. Minor travel bug - major foodie. Having previous experience in non-profit I'm looking to get back into the spirit through Responsible Business.

Stuart

Stuart

Class: MBA 2009

Nationality: British

Last job: Royal Navy Medical Officer (Submarines and Royal Marines)

Favourite place in London: Portobello Road Market for shopping, Soho/Piccadilly for the atmosphere, Regent's Park for summer boating and the ducks!

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Sir Winston Churchill (one of Britain's greatest ever leaders).

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Never underestimate the length of time and amount of effort required in applications, but also realise how much the transformational experience will affect you and influence the rest of your life.

About me:: I am a home-bred UK boy but have no particular 'base' in the UK having spent many years at boarding school and then 10 years in the military. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in some of the most demanding and exhilarating roles whilst living in the most interesting locations on the planet. I have met some extremely brave and dedicated individuals, both within the military and medical practice. It has been my honour to work as a physician for the past 7 years and I hope that the trust placed in me over this time will have taught me the integrity and honour required to work in a future career path based on social entrepreneurship and responsible business. My transition into the business world has allowed me to become involved in some extremely interesting global healthcare projects, and I am fully confident that the global outlook of London Business School will help me to continue on this path.

Jerome

Jerome

Class: MBA 2009

Nationality: French

Last job: IT Project Manager / Developer

Favourite place in London: Notting Hill

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Zinedine Zinane: among the top 10 football players ever, a model of modesty and kindness outside of the pitch, but also knows when to draw the line and not to accept anything!

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Make no compromise on the quality of the school and just be yourself.

About me:: was born and raised in the middle of the Bordeaux vineyard, where I also studied Computer Science. After interning in Boston, MA (USA) for a few months I started working in Paris as a software developer for equities market makers. After three years I moved to Goldman Sachs in London, where for three years I managed and developed software projects for commodity traders. Six years was more than I needed to deserve a break and London Business School was kind enough to offer me one!

Don

Don

Class: MBA 2009

Nationality: British (but born and bred in Germany.

Last job: Management and IT Consulting (Manager in Capital Markets for Accenture).

Favourite place in London: So far Chinatown for food shopping, Regent's Park for running and the Windsor Pub for socializing.

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Arnold Schwarzenegger / The Dalai Lama

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself (which includes knowing who you are and who you want to be).

About me:: I studied computer science and business in Munich and then joined Accenture. The next two years were spent in Frankfurt helping build Xetra, after which I took a break and backpacked around the world for six months. I spent an additional six months in South East Asia, where I undertook a meditation retreat, a Thai massage course, and became a dive master. The next 18 months were spent working on a banking project in Vienna. After three months in Honduras working as a dive instructor, I was staffed to Shanghai, where for three years I helped build the SSE trading system. Shortly before coming to London Business School I was working on projects in Tokyo and St.Gallen. I enjoy being with people and being alone, a lot of sports (diving, sailing, skiing, gym, running, tennis, golf, most likely rugby soon-ish) and want to turn my personal passion for capital markets into a professional occupation.

Debasri

Debasri

Class: MBA 2009

Nationality: Indian.

Last job: Banking

Favourite place in London: Too soon to say.

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Richard Feynman

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Don't pretend to be someone you are not; they'll always find out!

About me:: I was born and brought up in India and had spent the last three years in Mumbai working for HSBC on the personal financial services side. When not working, I enjoy reading and if back home in India, I love walking my dog Tin Tin. I also enjoy travelling and though I’m not particularly well travelled, I hope to make up for lost time pretty soon!

Martha

Martha

Class: MBA 2008

Nationality: Mexican

Last job: Field Service Manager

Favourite place in London: Regent's Park

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Each member of my numerous Mexican family, my closest friends and Albert Einstein, of course.

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Now this is the most important thing in your life, focus.

About me: I am Mexican, majored in physics, my passion, and upon graduation joined Schlumberger, an oilfield services provider, with whom I developed my technical and leadership skills the most throughout six intensive years. Worked in Mexico, South Texas, Brazil and the UK and I guess I just felt in love with Britain. Other than international exposure I enjoy quality time with my family and close friends, travelling, spinning, reading and red wine. Applying to London Business School was my last year's best decision, receiving the offer was my last year's best news. I bet it will all be a fantastic and rewarding experience, all worth it.

Sean

Sean

Class: MBA 2008

Nationality: American

Last job: Institutional Sales Manager for SEI Investments

Favourite place in London: The Royal Observatory at Greenwich and The Tate Modern

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Bill Clinton

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Be yourself

About me: I grew up mainly in Cincinnati, OH, but moved around a lot (Chicago, Connecticut, Belgium). I spent four great years as a Boston College Screamin' Eagle where I majored in Computer Science and Economics. After Boston, I moved to Philadelphia, PA to join SEI Investments. One year into that, I transferred with SEI to their new European headquarters in London. My wife and I have had such a great time in London over the past three years that we may never leave (don't tell the in-laws that!). I have just completed the Chartered Financial Analyst programme and will probably continue with a career in Financial Services after graduation. I can't wait for all of the experiences that lie ahead of me at London Business School!

Manish

Manish

Class: MBA 2008

Nationality: Indian

Last job: Software Engineer

Favourite place in London: Don't know yet!

If I could invite anyone to my dinner party, it would be: Dave Chapelle

Best piece of advice I received when applying to b-school: Shower your love on the school

About me: I'm a jack of many trades and a master of a few. I love music of all kinds and am deeply interested in the business of music. People generally like my company and I enjoy being with people. I am married and have a 2 year old daughter.

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Who we are: The MBA Programme Office team

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Current job: MBA Marketing/Admissions

Best piece of advice for people applying to b-school: Start early.

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