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Jun

Cynthia Mburu: “No day is ever the same in IE”

Written on June 1, 2017 by Campus Life in IE Stories

Cynthia Mburu
International MBA January 2017 student
Coordinator of IE Women in Business Club
From: Nairobi, Kenya

As the popular political saying goes, “If you are not on the table, you are on the menu”. This could not be more true in the business world. With the rise of automation and innovative disruptions, professionals are now forced to step up by adding tangible value in the organisation or else face the cut. During my search for an MBA school, I felt that IE Business School was well ahead of its time in understanding what the market expects of professionals now and in the future. It is for this reason that I decided to apply for the International MBA at IE.

No day is ever the same in IE when you have over 40 nationalities in one class. In my last five months as a student, I have forged new friendships, learnt about new cultures, cultivated trust in teamwork, understood more about myself and most importantly, I have learnt that making mistakes is the best way to grow. I believe that mistakes help us to unlearn the old ways of doing things to pave way for new and the vibrant techniques. With the effort of thought-provoking professors, IE has taught me to ask: why, where, how and what can be done differently. I have learnt that challenging the status quo is not cool, it is imperative.

Growing up in a family of four girls in Kenya, I have always felt the presence and influence of women in the social space. In my previous role as a Senior Risk Advisory Consultant, I understood the importance of mentors in the professional sphere. My workplace mentors constantly challenged me to take on more responsibilities to spur my growth. In IE, the ‘Women in Business’ Club has provided a platform for mentorship and active participation for women. As a leader in the club, I have been inspired by various speakers (both men and women) to constantly be ready to embrace change and ambiguity in a fast-paced world. Indeed, women have attained great achievements in the workplace. However, more must be done. By showcasing ‘Bold and Daring Women’ who excel as ‘Captains of the Industry’, my IE Blue print is to encourage more women to step up to new challenges by showing up and sitting at the decision table. To those that dare, the world is their Oyster!

Bio: Cynthia Mburu is a full-time International MBA candidate at IE Business school. She is a leader of the IE Women In Business club. She holds a B. Commerce degree from University of Nairobi with an ACCA certification. Prior to joining IE, Cynthia was senior fraud risk and financial crime consultant at Deloitte East Africa. She has five years consulting experience in both public and private sector in sub- Saharan Africa. She is an art enthusiast, lover of nature with a passion for mentorship.

25
May

Ricardo Mesquita
Director of Immersive Learning at IE
International MBA Class of 2007
From: Porto, Portugal

By recently joining the IE team, my purpose is to drive change through education, entrepreneurship and business innovation. I believe entrepreneurs, startups, educators, investors and organizations need an open, inspiring and cool space to gather, learn new skills, experiment and foster connections that they otherwise would not have found.

In the process, I love to set things up. I see myself as a lifelong learner that works passionately with multi-disciplinary teams, engaged in doing a great job through the power of initiative and collaborative effort, while finding solutions to complex problems that require a data driven approach, analytical skills, marketing expertise, commercial acumen and humor. Humor is serious business.

Today, I am deeply involved in the design and launch of the immersive learning initiative at IE using Bootcamps to meet the demands of a fast changing world of work.

The IE Bootcamps want to empower professionals and entrepreneurs with the digital skills to accelerate their future careers. This is the ultimate learning by doing experience. We will combine expert mentorship with a capstone project-based curriculum to help participants efficiently learn the skills they need to boost their careers and achieve their professional ambitions.

This immersive learning experience, developed within the lifelong learning vision of IE Exponential Learning, will first be launched in conjunction with HST, as the Data Science Bootcamp starting this fall.

Bootcamps have a significant amount of “open field” ahead, so we need to integrate the team that drives students to success and then build processes around what works to establish best practices, always keeping in mind that each student will make a serious commitment & investment by joining this challenge. We tend to say to those interested “if you put in the effort, we will bring in the rest”.

All this happens at IE. I keep in mind that the ie ecosystem is global and diverse, creating a collaborative work environment where hundreds of companies, entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, educators and students come together to accelerate their businesses and careers. It´s great to be back in Madrid and become a part of this diversity of thought, as we walk this amazing learning journey together.

Bio: Former CEO of thelabmiami.com, Ricardo is a co-founder of Beta-i and ambassador of the accelerator lisbon-challenge.com, mentor at Startup Chile (2014/2015), and co-author of the book The Soul of Business​, a roadmap for entrepreneurs looking to set up shop in Portugal. Surfer aficionado and scuba diver, he’s passionate about the wilderness, cooking, building stuff, architecture, photography, music and vespa scooters. More about Ricardo: www.linkedin.com/in/ricardomesquita2016/

11
May

Drishty Tanwar
Human Resource Professional
Dual Degree – Master in Management and Master in International Relations
President – IE Public Speaking Club
Coordinator – IE Public Management & Policy Making Club
IE Ambassador – Master in International Relations
From: Mumbai, India

As part of my admission process, I was asked during my interview – “Why IE?”  My answer was simple: “I choose to be part of this global fraternity where my norms and beliefs can stand the test of reason. What is ‘right’ on my ‘side of the world’ isn’t necessarily so elsewhere. I wanted to break out of my mould, to be challenged, and in return contribute to this privileged fraternity.”

So, began my journey with IE in January 2016.

My goals were very clear even before I started my Masters. I came to IE to learn the fundamentals of management and expand my network. Today, I am seventy-one days away from graduating and I take a moment to pause and reflect on my journey so far. Everyday still feels like a fresh slate with infinite possibilities and ample learning. However, I wasn’t expecting to find myself making lifelong friends, discover what I stand for and shape my values. During those moments, this past year when I felt most challenged, my instinct was to rely on strength and force. What I discovered as the months progressed, is that to learn and grow, I needed to acknowledge my vulnerabilities—open up, ask for help and work closely with others. Acknowledging my weaknesses has ultimately led me to build on my strengths.

The holistic experience of the “Master in Management” and “Master in International Relations” Dual Degree Program truly embodies and celebrates diversity. It has been incredibly inspiring to learn from high achievers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, these include my own classmates, the faculty, guest speakers or alumni. It is within this spectacular diversity that I have realized that the world presents a much larger canvas of opportunities and experiences to create our own unique impressions.

As an academic community, IE teaches us to explore and investigate beyond the confines of a classroom. It is not just the seat of learning but also a source of inspiration that provides bigger stimuli for thought and action for me. The curriculum questions the conventional, challenges the known and pioneers the unknown.

My ‘IE Blueprint’ is to “Break the Mould”. I have the pleasure and privilege of currently leading an extraordinary team that coordinates the IE Public Speaking Club (we invite you to join the community through Campus Life). Change and impact in even the smallest terms has the biggest ripple effect on a community and what better way of contributing than having confident and thoughtful speakers share the power of the word and speech. It is extremely satisfying to see tangible results when people overcome their inhibitions and evolve in that chaotic space where all the magic happens.

Bio: Drishty Tanwar is a skilled HR professional from Mumbai, India with experience in the hospitality industry and non – profit sector. With a Masters in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree she possesses hands-on exposure to business functions such as recruitment, talent acquisition and knowledge management. She is currently a Dual Degree Masters candidate pursuing her ‘Master in Management’ and ‘Master in International Relations’ at IE Business School from where she will graduate in July 2017. She aims to work in Human Capital Planning upon graduation. An affinity for photography and an obsession for travelling, Drishty likes books and photographically documenting the lives of people she has met on her travels.

27
Apr

Manuel Weissenegger
Master in International Relations student
From: Bressanone, Italy

All my life I have been different. Raised by a single mother in a Catholic area in the very north of Italy, my family background certainly set me apart. At a very young age, I was forced to question the traditions that surrounded me. Moreover, having grown up in a German speaking area of Italy, I have always been aware of my distinct cultural heritage, one that transcends the conventional boundaries of the nation-state. Because of these circumstances, I have always felt the desire to find my place in the world.

Aware of the competitiveness of global careers, I worked hard and graduated with honors in law and was offered a job as a lawyer-trainee at one of the most prestigious law firms in Bologna. As honored as I was when I accepted the job offer, something inside me questioned whether this traditional path was really my course to follow. Despite countless hours of hard work on interesting cases, a competitive salary, and career advancement opportunities, the calling for something more grew stronger. During work breaks I caught myself researching master’s programs in international relations, which I believed to be a perfect fit for my international ambitions. I caught myself dreaming of new adventures. I wanted more.

At IE I found more. I encountered an endless pool of people – students, professors and staff – that work hard to leave their imprint on this world. I met people that question traditional approaches as much as they value them provided they serve the greater goal of moving human development forward. I found a graduate school of international relations that wants to change the world in the business setting, the real driver for advancement in our era.

All these factors made me find my place at IE. As someone who deeply cares about finding a sustainable way of ‘fueling’ our economies, I became the president of the IE Energy Club. It was my goal to show why changing energy usages – which constitute the biggest chunk in CO2 emissions – is difficult. With the panel discussions we organized, we tried to demonstrate that energy, far from being merely a question of innovation, is a rather political matter. Climate change and clean energy depend to a large extent on the will of world leaders to move important projects forward. However, political leaders themselves depend on their constituencies. Constituencies, by turn, have their own preferences, largely dependent geographic, economic and historical factors: moving the American Rust Belt away from coal is difficult because coal has historically shaped the economies of the region. In this context, the legacy I tried to leave is that it is imperative for all of us to understand the political dynamics behind climate change and clean energy. Only if we fathom why people might favor political leaders who oppose clean energy efforts, can we find solutions that can change our future to the better.

Bio: Manuel Weissenegger was born in Italy on 20 May 1989. After graduating with honors in law at the University of Bologna, he worked for 1.5 years at Maffei-Alberti, a prestigious law firm located in Bologna, Italy, that deals with bankruptcy and business law. Simultaneously he was engaged as teaching assistant to Professor Vincenzo Calandra-Buonaura, professor of business law at the University of Bologna. Manuel is currently a Master in International Relations candidate at IE Business School where he will graduate in July 2017. Besides Italy and Spain, he also has academic experience in Switzerland and the United States. He speaks four languages (German, Italian, English and Spanish).

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