On 17th January 2016 we were delighted to welcome our new Executive MBA class on campus. All 118 students from London and Dubai came together for the first time, signalling the beginning of the Orientation week and of the 20 months that will follow.
The class, which is made up of 37 nationalities, represents a wide range of industries and senior executives including C-suite executives, Managing Directors, members of the Board of Directors and successful entrepreneurs. This year’s cohort also consists of one of the largest intakes of female candidates of 32%, adding to the programmes’ already rich diversity.
Sir Andrew Likierman, the Dean of London Business School and Julia Marsh, Executive Director for Leadership Programmes were also there to welcome the new class. The agenda of the week included a talk from Trevor Hardy, CEO of the Future Laboratory who was the Career Centre keynote Speaker and many team building and leadership development activities. During the week students also completed two core modules of the programme: Understanding General Management and Executive Leadership.
The orientation ended with a networking and celebratory party at a rooftop bar in London overlooking the panoramic views of the city.
The next intake for the Executive MBA London Dubai programme is September 2016. We will be announcing the new application deadlines on the website soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global recruiters recognise our Masters in Management (MiM) graduates as those capable of hitting the ground running with the skills and mind-set to take on the challenges of the fast-moving business world.
By choosing our MiM, you’ll gain a rigorous and analytical understanding in the techniques and frameworks of general management enhanced by a series of Global Immersion Field Trips (GIFTs), peers from over 140 countries and real-world experience and insight from our international renowned faculty.
We asked four MiM ambassadors why they chose London Business School.
“I set my eyes on London Business School at an event in Boston during my sophomore year when I heard numerous faculty and alumni speak about their experiences at LBS. I was also fortunate enough to be mentored by an entrepreneurship professor at Babson College who is an LBS alum and spoke to me about the merits of the school, the fabulous network and esteemed faculty. I look forward to hearing multiple languages while walking around campus but also sharing the same ethos and speaking the same ‘language’ when it comes to our commitment towards business in the classroom and otherwise – whichever sector we choose to join post MiM!”
“I think it is safe to assume that everyone doing a MiM is an ambitious person, and ambitious people will always strive for the pinnacle of their focus. It goes without saying LBS has a fantastic reputation globally and is ranked amongst the best business schools in the world. I also happen to have three LBS MBA alumni in my extended family, and after picking their brains about my options and their respective careers they left me in no doubt that LBS was THE place to apply to.
There is a huge range of nationalities and cultures within the current class (51 different countries) as well as an eclectic mix of academic and professional backgrounds. This presents a very exciting opportunity to share our experiences and build lasting professional and personal relationships.”
“I was born in the small country of Luxembourg, raised by a German father and a Spanish mother. I pursued my undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States but I soon realised that America also wasn’t quite able to fully satisfy my cultural appetite, so I soon decided to add an Asian language to the mix, leading me to study Japanese and spend a year in Japan. After graduation, I interned at the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tokyo and then moving to probably the most globally representative body in this world: The United Nations in New York. The main reason I chose London Business School over other graduate options is for its global student and faculty body.
What I am looking forward to is a year of late-night study sessions, brooding over pages of complicated assignments and problem sets with the best and brightest of peers. World-class teaching on all the business subjects that I know still nothing of. An international journey that spans the cities of London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Paris and many more. A corporate network that includes the most forward-looking, dynamic and sustainable businesses that tackle the pressing global challenges of the day. And last but definitely not least, the greatest group of friends and class mates this world has to offer.”
Zi (Cara) Ge
“London Business School stands out as the best platform to achieve my career goal, with its rich portfolio of practice-oriented faculty and diverse student pool specialising in so many different industries. I believe London is the place where I can have it all, to keep in touch with any time zone and follow each ongoing market; which hopefully can make me stay vigilant towards the business world as a whole, (while sometimes it also means horribly long working hours for investment bankers).”
See further ambassador insights here.
Our conferences can be described as the centrepiece of professional student-led events at London Business School. They provide attendees with the opportunity to debate, network and share ideas with industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and government leaders. Also for a number of our students who organise these events they act as a vehicle for personal development covering everything from negotiating sponsorship agreements, to leading a team of up to 20 of their peers.
Now that this year’s conference season is well underway we can look back at what has taken place so far and what is still to come.
The Global Energy Summit 2015
This year’s programme kicked off with The Global Energy Summit, on Friday 6th November. Their theme this year was ‘Global Energy Markets: Shifting Economics’. The conference brought together top experts from the field to explore the effects of oil price fluctuations across the energy spectrum and allude on what the industry, government and consumers can expect from the future. Attendees received keynotes from David Kotler, CEO of Delta International, and Spencer Dale, Chief Economist at BP among others.
EurOUT is Europe’s leading LGBT conference. The event ran over three days between 13th – 15th November and it included a Career fair on the first day, which was attended by the event sponsors BCG, McKinsey & Company, Bain, AT Kearney, Thermo Fisher, BNP Paribas and Travelex plus many more leading employers. The speakers for this year included Paul Reed, CEO of BP Integrated Supply & Trading; Angela Darlington, Chief Risk Officer for Aviva; Evan Davies, News night and Steve Hatch, EMEA Director for Facebook.
The 14th LBS Middle East Conference
The Middle East Conference was held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane on Friday 20th November. This event provided a broad platform for students and professionals interested in conducting business in the region to learn from some of its most successful leaders. The event included Keynotes from HE Dr Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and Mohammed AlArdhi, Executive Chairman of Investcorp and Chairman of the National Bank of Oman.
The 7th Healthcare Conference
The final conference before the Christmas break saw the return of the Healthcare Conference after its hiatus in 2014. The event took place in the evening of Monday 7th December 2015 at the iconic British Museum. Topics discussed included The Emergence of Patient 2.0 and The Future of R&D and Innovation. There were also keynotes from Stuart Fletcher CEO of Bupa and Dr. Paul Stoffels CSO, Worldwide Chairman Pharmaceuticals Johnson& Johnson.
Business as Usual
Alongside all this it was business as usual for the regular club events. Three examples that stood out were The Marketing Club’s ‘Meet the Marketers’, The Impact Consulting Club’s IMPACTathon and the Entrepreneur Club’s Hackathon.
- Meet the Marketers is an annual event which gives students interested in a career in marketing the opportunity to talk face to face with several different marketers and to discover marketing opportunities across companies and sectors. The event is structured in a speed dating format followed by casual networking. This year’s guest marketers included representatives from: J&J, WPP, Amazon, Google, Diageo, Microsoft, Starbucks, EE, Land Rover, Net-a-Porter, Medalia, Tilt & Tempur Sealy.
- The IMPACTathon was a weekend event where students provided pro-bono consultancy support to deliver solutions for social entrepreneurs tackling real social issues. The event ended with teams presenting their recommendations to a panel of expert Judges. The wining team worked with ‘The Sewing Rooms’ a social enterprise whose goal is to; “improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work with, as well as improve peoples’ life chances”. However everyone was a winner as expressed by another one of the entrepreneurs involved in the event:
‘I was astounded by the commitment the students have shown to the weekend… The effort they have put in has been phenomenal. To have outsiders really trying to understand what we do… has yielded really innovative’ solutions to the challenges we have been facing.’ Gavin Mair, Co-Founder, Numberfit
- The LBS Hackathon was back for a second year with a FinTech focus. The event was a unique opportunity to learn, network and receive mentorship from experience entrepreneurs. Not to mention creating a brand new business from scratch over the course of a weekend. The winning idea was ‘Property Funder’ which aims to make it easier for people to invest in real estate projects, providing analytic tools and a wealth of local information to support investment decisions. You can read up on the event here http://bit.ly/1KfNZeK
Up Next . . .
There are plenty more regular club events such as Meet the Marketers, the IMPACTathon and the FinTech Hackathon, planned for the rest of the year, as well as several more conferences. Our conferences are open to industry professionals as well as students, so you are welcome to join the conversion at whichever event is relevant to you.
The upcoming spring term conferences are as follows:
Full List of Spring Term Conferences
- Latin America Business Forum – 5 February, 2016
- Tech Media Summit/Entrepreneurship– 19 February, 2016
- Real Estate Forum – 29 February, 2016
- Asset Management Conference – 4 March, 2016
- Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference – 11 March, 2016
- Women in Business Conference – 18 March, 2016
For more information on our student led conferences please visit the website.
On Monday 11 January, the Recruitment and Admissions team welcomed the Sloan 2016 class on campus. It was fantastic to see all the students come together for the first time. Some of them already met at the Welcome drinks we organised for our new Executive MBA and Sloan MSc students back in December. As soon as our 57 students arrived, we kicked off an intensive orientation week led by Silvia McCallister-Castillo, Programme Director for the EMBA-Global and Sloan programmes. The agenda included introductions from the Dean, Sir Andrew Likierman; Ellen Miller, Head of Career Services for Leadership Programmes; Cathy O’Leary, Lead Coach for Sloan & EMBA-Global and many more briefings from the programme team.
The highlight of the week is likely to be the lecture delivered by our guest speaker, Paul McGinley, Golfer and European Captain for the Ryder Cup who came to talk about Leadership along Professor Randall Peterson, Chair of Organisational Behaviour. What better way to welcome a new Sloan class than with a world class champion to discuss winning tips.
The orientation ended with a weekend away in Windsor where we had team building activities awaiting. It was the opportunity for the class to get to know each other more and learn a little bit of history outside London. Everybody enjoyed the getaway despite the very cold (but sunny!) weather.
Sloan 2016 students have now settled in and it is now time to recruit the Sloan 2017 class.
Many experienced professionals considering business school ignore undertaking a Master’s degree – this is a common mistake!
Although most Master’s degrees are indeed aimed at recent graduates, London Business School has a portfolio of programmes specifically designed for more experienced finance professionals – including our Masters in Finance programme, consistently ranked the number #1 post-experience finance programme by the Financial Times for every year of the ranking to date.
London Business School launched its part-time Masters in Finance in 1993 with the first cohort including mid-career finance professionals along with a more senior group of experienced high-achievers with a broad range of finance industry backgrounds. Whatever professional level they have reached, our students are highly motivated finance professionals who are looking to acquire greater knowledge from our world-class faculty and also from their classmates.
The 2015 intake of the part-time MiF programme includes mid-senior level executives from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Citigroup, Mitsubishi, Ernst & Young, BlackRock, HSBC and many other reputed International Banks, Hedge Funds and Asset Management firms. This year’s cohort also consists of 73% international students and 31% women, adding to the programme’s rich diversity.
We asked Rahul Sharma, EMEA Business Manager, Prime Brokerage and Equity Financing at JP Morgan to share with us his motivations for joining this programme.
Why did you opt to study the part-time Masters in Finance at London Business School?
I graduated 19 years ago (yeah – long time!) with an engineering bachelor’s degree and an MBA with a concentration in marketing, from reputed schools in India. I aimed for a career in sales and marketing with top FMCG/consumer durable companies, but somewhere along the road I ended up working in the banking industry. After spending the first 8 years of my career in sales and strategy/management consulting, I have spent the last 11 years holding various senior positions within top-tier financial institutions across the globe and have loved every single bit of the experience so far. What interests me and inspires me most about finance is that while being a backbone of any business, company or country, it also possesses a unique ability to touch and change lives (community, health, education and infrastructure).
As I continue to grow my career in the banking sector – which continues to go through a significant transformation – I decided to further hone my technical skills and secure a robust finance degree from a business school with international recognition. The Masters in Finance programme at London Business School is the best in its class and hence was the obvious choice.
What are you hoping to get out of the programme?
During the last 19 years of my professional career, I have had the great pleasure of working closely with the top echelons (CEOs, COOs, Presidents) on strategic priorities and I have loved my experience so far within investment banking. I was not looking to transition into a different industry or a different sector of finance; I was looking to gain confidence in my technical skills in finance which will further enable me to carry out management responsibilities at a higher level. Having studied broader aspects of technology, business and management throughout my education and having worked with C-suite management teams within diverse industries, it is a focus on technical knowledge specifically relevant to my goals in finance which is of immense interest to me.
Tell us about your interaction with other students – how important is it to you that they are all experienced?
I am completely awestruck and mesmerized by the sheer talent and remarkable experiences of my classmates. I love the diverse experiences across various careers/lines of businesses, as well as the wide range of nationalities of my peer group. We learn as much from our classmates as we do from the faculty. More or less, everybody comes from a finance background, so we all speak the same language and I try to maximize the time I spend with each one of them. We have students with expertise in the finance industry, from both buy-side and sell-side eg traders, bankers, strategy, sales, quant, research, risk, legal & tax experts. It feels like the entire investment bank is sitting with you in class and that is an amazing opportunity. We learn in depth about all aspects of the finance/banking industry.
For example, I have always worked on the markets/investment banking side and having students in my class coming from an asset management background (portfolio managers, fund managers etc.) is a tremendous learning experience. Following our regular class on Saturday, we have this P2P learning session where one of the students will share their experience and talk about their current/previous role and industry for 45 minutes. This is one of the most valuable learning experiences I have had so far.
What has been the highlight of your MiF experience so far?
The world-class faculty applying the practical case-based approach to teach the complex finance topics is the main element that makes this programme really amazing, especially for the students like me who have been in the industry for many years. It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet and build partnerships with students from other programmes – including the Sloan MSc, MBA and the Executive MBA – during our electives when we are mixed together or in one of over 70 student clubs we have on Campus. Every club adds value to your learning and network and ultimately helps you to achieve your career ambitions. I am also looking forward to taking the exchange programme opportunity with one of the LBS partner schools (eg. Columbia Business School), where we can study for a block week or one full course. Although it has been only 3-4 months since I started this incredible programme, it already feels like the best investment of my life.
Julia Marsh is Executive Director for the Leadership Programmes Portfolio at London Business School – for experienced executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. Her own experience is in business education in top ranked schools and programmes, coupled with management consulting, and she holds an MBA from London Business School.
We caught up with Julia after the Christmas break, bringing in January classes of the Executive MBA, and the Sloan MSc in Leadership and Strategy, and looking ahead to the next cohort of the EMBA-Global in May – so we asked her a few questions…
The EMBA-Global Americas and Europe and the sister cohort in Asia have been running for some years – can you tell me a little about the programmes’ background?
It seems impossible to believe that the EMBA-Global Americas and Europe had their first cohort 15 years ago. This partnership between London Business School and Columbia Business School was created to meet the career aspirations of the trans-national executive, for whom living and working with teams across regions was fast becoming the norm. We wanted a programme that combined the best and complementary business school thinking in two world leading business locations.
The decision to add Asia to the global “mix” was a natural extension of wanting to see our students prepared for careers in any region, and the first cohort entered in 2009.
These globally focused executives have gone from strength to strength, we’ve seen the consistent performance in the FT rankings – always in the top 5 when other programmes come and go. Their career paths are accelerated, and for some of the class the EMBA-Global has led to successful entrepreneurial ventures.
Leading on from that, what makes the teaching stand out?
The faculty – drawn from the partner schools – have enormous enthusiasm and engagement with the classes. They contribute different perspectives in core courses, bring knowledge, connections and speakers to their classes. They advise and discuss their subjects and the issues of the day. It is a powerful edge in the programme design that the faculty travel with the classes across the locations. The teaching style is highly interactive, designed to draw out our students’ experience as well as the subject knowledge. The case based methodology and the faculty’s research connections across the worlds of business, government and NGOs ensures that the learning is fresh and relevant.
The students benefit from the different teaching styles and perspectives – European and US– this is where the Americas & Europe students really earn the right to have two MBAs from LBS and CBS.
And what do you think is the value in the learning experience for the students?
Our students place enormous value on the quality and international dimension of the class, scrutinizing this as much as the rankings and reputation. This will be their network, and they must be able to contribute to the class learning as well as the faculty.
We are also passionate about development of the softer skill sets – the curriculum is just one facet of the learning experience – we want to develop people who can work effectively with others as well as lead, and much of this takes the form of executive coaching as well as practical skills development.
And what do the students get from the structure? Balancing class weeks and different locations combined with high pressure jobs isn’t easy.
You are exactly right – this is a demanding programme. But we think that the structure is one that optimises learning and creates close bonds through the class week “immersion” once a month. There is time to absorb the ideas and work on assignments between sessions – and the locations of London and New York – as well as Hong Kong give the students exposure to three world class financial hubs.
When students start elective courses they can choose from the three schools’ offerings and multiple formats from intensive block weeks to weekend or cross term classes.
I do have to say that it is not just about work – we have social reps for each city to ensure that the class gets the maximum out of their time there, and most classes will set up side trips – to wine producers, skiing trips, sailing, and Tim Kopra – who has been in the news recently on his mission to the international space station – took his classmates to NASA!
Julia, what type of student do you look for when recruiting for the programme?
We take the composition of the class very seriously – we are creating a cohort who will become the unofficial “family” for 20 months and beyond. Our students need to be smart, curious and be able to apply the learning in their current roles – it goes without saying that they are open and adaptable, they love to travel and share new perspectives, most have international responsibilities or aspire to an international career path.
The application process is designed to make a case for their candidacy, highlight their experience and achievements (as well as set-backs) and with a smaller cohort we can look at each individual. They must have management experience – which we define as managing processes, resources and projects – not everyone has the opportunity to practice line management. We expect them to contribute in class, so they will need to be proactive and be able to push themselves. The recommendations, our interactions with the candidates, and the interview all help to build a rounded picture of the candidate.
Thanks Julia – good luck with your next intakes.
At London Business School, we are committed to ensuring our students are motivated, better prepared and of an incredibly high standard.
GMAT (or GRE) are entry requirements for a number of our programmes, which you can opt to take prior to selecting your School or programme or as part of the application process.
If you haven’t yet taken your test, then we’d like to offer you some help with your preparation.
Let’s start with a couple of sample questions so you can get a feel of what to expect. ‘Show Answer’ will show you the best way to work out the answer.
At a restaurant, you must choose an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert. If there are 2 possible appetizers, 3 possible main courses, and 5 possible desserts, how many different meals could you order?
a) 60 b) 30 c) 10 d) 6 e) 3
Many people believe that gold and platinum are the most valuable commodities. To the entrepreneur, however, gold and platinum are less valuable than opportunities that can enable him to further enrich himself. Therefore, in the world of high finance, information is the most valuable commodity.
The author of the passage above passage makes which of the following assumptions?
a) Gold and platinum are not the most valuable commodities
b) Entrepreneurs are not like most people
c) The value of information is incalculably high
d) Information about business opportunities is accurate and will lead to increased wealth
e) Only entrepreneurs feel that information is the most valuable commodity
Like anything in life, if you practice enough, you’ll get it right. If you didn’t choose answer (b) and (d) to the questions above, it may well be that you need more practice before sitting your GMAT. We hope the below features will help you to score GMAT success.
Good luck and best wishes!!
In December last year, the MBA Recruitment & Admissions Team had the chance to welcome 60 MBA2018 admitted candidates to London for our first Admits Event for Round 1 candidates. The day was jam packed with presentations starting with a welcome from our Student Association president who highlighted different aspects of student life and activities to get involved with once joining the LBS community. Erica Hensens, Programme Director of the MBA, walked our admitted candidates through the MBA experience. Following Erica, one of our world-class faculty members, Alex Edmans, presented an engaging and interactive lecture focusing on corporate responsibility.
Career Centre then provided an overview of their support and offerings during the MBA programme with a panel of current students from the MBA2016 and MBA2017 classes. To wrap up the sessions, a group of alumni and student ambassadors offered their own perspective of the LBS experience with guest speaker David Saenz, co-founder of the successful Uncover App.
At the end of the day, we celebrated with a dinner cruise on the Thames to view the incredible light displays for the holiday season. We look forward to continuing to develop the class in our upcoming admissions rounds!
Admissions for our Masters in Finance programme are in full swing for the August 2016 intake and the new classes are beginning to take shape. If you are planning to apply – or still researching and evaluating your options – have you considered connecting with one of our current students?
In addition to the student life section of our website providing factual information, direction and support in relation to your student experience at London Business School, we believe that hearing things first hand from actual students can play a significant role in your understanding of our MiF programme. For this reason every year we select a number of enthusiastic students to represent the MiF. They would be happy to talk to you.
Who are they?
Our student ambassadors are a group of strongly engaged and motivated students who make themselves available to share their own knowledge and experience about the programme and student life with prospective students.
How can they help me?
London Business School is a lively and vibrant place to study but before you apply you need to select the right programme and decide what best suits your career aspirations. There is no better way to understand the benefits than to ask someone with similar interests and background. MiF student ambassadors represent all geographical regions (Africa, the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia) and come from a diverse range of professional finance backgrounds. Our student ambassadors will provide you with an insight into studying at LBS and joining our community.
We also pair student ambassadors with MiF offer holders. Ambassadors are great guides to help you get ready for this new international adventure.
How can I contact an ambassador?
Click on the link: http://www.london.edu/experience/student-life/ambassadors to find out more about our MiF student ambassadors and their contact details.
The student clubs at London Business host regular social, cultural and community based events. Examples from the first half of the autumn term include LBS for London , the brand new LatAm Party, The Manhattan Short Film Festival , LBS Shares and the legendary Diwali Party. The list below will give you a flavour of the day to day professional events held on campus, which provide our students with a fantastic networking and learning opportunity outside of the classroom and complements the theory being explored within the classroom.
In September, The Commodities Club invited Andrew Harding who spoke to students about his journey ‘From MBA to the CEO of Rio Tinto Iron Ore’. Andrew reflected on his career path from an MBA graduate to a CEO. He discussed the value of his MBA and how it contributed to his success. He also touched on his personal approach to work/life balance and then engaged in a Q&A with the audience.
Also in September The Portugal Club held an event with The Lloyd’s Group CEO and LBS Governor António Horta-Osório, discussing ‘Leadership and The Future of Banking’.
The Industry club launched its ‘What is….?’ series of speaker events with the ‘What is E-Commerce?’. The club was joined by representatives from Expedia Affiliate Network, Amazon and the Co-Founder and CEO of Bloom & Wild. Participants heard first-hand what it is like to work for an e-commerce company.
In October, ‘A ride in the future of car racing’ was the topic of discussion with Alejandro Agag (CEO Formula E). This was the first event of the year from The Sports Business Club. The former Politician and owner of Queens Park Rangers talked about the incredible path that Formula E has undertaken from a concept on a couple of PPT slides to a great business venture with races in all continents. The evening was superbly moderated by LBS Professor Rupert Merson.
The Energy Club organised ‘Shell presents: Future Fuels in the Energy Transition’ event. This was a presentation from Matthew Tippert (VP, Alternative Energies), followed by networking with five LBS alumni working across the different divisions at Shell.
The Women in Business Club and McKinsey’s unconscious bias team had a discussion ‘Unconscious Bias: What does it look like?’ where they discussed the implications unconscious bias has on everyday life, and problem solve interventions to help build awareness and change mind sets around these common and regular occurrences, which affect all diversity groups and beyond.
‘AQR: The Evolution of Style Investing’ was an interactive discussion, organised by The Investment Management Club, about the evolution of style investing with six senior staff from AQR, including Gregor Andrade, Principal and Head of International Business Development.
At the end of October, The Asia Club organised a four-day trip to Hong Kong for an Investment Banking Career Trek, packed with networking sessions with financial services firms and London Business School alumni. The companies visited included Goldman Sachs, BAML, Barclays, Citi, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, and Nomura. All our Career Treks are led by student volunteers, with support and guidance from the School’s Career Centre.
This was followed by the Dublin Tech Trek. Organised by The Tech & Media Club who worked in collaboration with the Career Centre’s Head of Corporate Sectors, an opportunity for students to visit the European Headquarters of the leading technology companies in the world and gain great insights into their operations and internship opportunities
I hope you found this insight useful, I will be bringing you monthly round ups of the top student lets events at the School.