Maria Panayiotou

Job title: Senior Recruitment and Admissions Manager
Location: London

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On Saturday 4 June we were delighted to host our first Executive MBA (EMBA) Women’s Brunch on campus.  The event was hosted by Julia Marsh, Executive Director for Leadership Programmes at London Business School; it provided a great platform for current students, alumnae and guests to network, discuss ideas and learn about our Executive MBA programme.

Professor Tammy Erickson, a McKinsey Award-winning author, repeatedly ranked amongst the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, provided inspiring insights and discussed  Leading Businesses into the Future, stimulating engaging discussions amongst participants, who represented a wide range of industries including technology, consulting, oil and gas, finance and entrepreneurship.

One of our values at London Business School is that we draw strength and ideas from our diversity and one of our aims is to help more women transform their careers  by developing their leadership potential, equipping them with the skills, expertise and network that our Executive MBA programme offers. This year’s EMBA cohort consists of one of the largest intakes of female candidates of 32%  adding to the programme’s already rich diversity.

The next intake for the Executive MBA London and Dubai programme is September 2016.  For more information about the application  process and the deadlines please visit our websiteIf you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch via email: emba@london.edu

The Executive MBA is a transformative programme designed to help you realise your leadership potential. You’ll receive business knowledge, leadership skills and networks to accelerate your career, wherever you decide to take it; in London or Dubai.

To help you develop your global perspective, as part of your programme, you will be attending one of our Global Business Assignments (GBA).  On these trips, you will be accompanied by a member of the programme team, a faculty member and students from other Executive MBA classes.

Mariana Santagada, EMBA Programme Administrator shares her GBA experience.

The purpose of these assignments is to enable you to broaden your business experience, grow your global network, apply your skills and explore a new culture.  Currently we have trips available to Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Beijing, Dubai and Moscow. The Global Business Assignments are structured in different ways. If you choose Buenos Aires, Dubai or Beijing as your destination, you will be visiting a number of local companies; if you choose a GBA to Cape Town or Moscow, you will be assigned to work with a local company as a consultant for the whole week.

Last year I co-managed the GBA in Buenos Aires where I was joined by 72 students and Professor Dominic Houlder. The week began with a visit to the IAE Business School where two of their professors gave presentations ‘ Argentine Paradox’ and ‘Financing in Emerging Markets’.

The rest of the week we had several speakers including economists and a CEO from a telecommunications company. We visited the largest e-commerce company in Latin America, went to the offices of the most important media company in the country and listened to the VP of Strategy for the energy company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF).

During this week, we learned a lot about a country which has been economically volatile for over 30 years and how organisations and people are fighting to survive the instability and the devaluation of the Argentine pesos that, until this year, used to have different values: the official change and the black market change. Most of the students who went on the assignment were coming from countries with stable economies that  had never experienced the type of instability Argentina has.



But it wasn’t all just work and learning during this week. We took the students to a tango show, we were invited to a cocktail reception at the British ambassador’s house in the best area of Buenos Aires and students had most of the nights free to explore the city and the culinary it is so famous for.

Taking part in any of these trips is an experience that students don’t forget. They get to mix with other Executive MBA classes and have the chance to interact with different cultures and professional backgrounds and create friendships that last a lifetime.

Every global business assignment is an adventure of its own. When it comes to making a decision about the trip, make sure you choose according to what you want to learn in the long term, be open minded and enjoy the experience.”  Mariana Santagada, Executive MBA Programme Administrator

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: emba@london.edu.


The programme officially commenced on 6 September with both the London and Dubai streams coming together in London for Orientation.

The new Executive MBA class includes a range of high calibre professionals from Chief Executive Officers, Managing Directors (IT and Investment Banking), Chief Financial Officers to family business owners and a picture book publisher. This year’s cohort also consists of one of the largest intakes of female candidates, adding to the programmes’ already rich diversity.


The upcoming application deadlines for the January intake are:

  • 5 October
  • 2 November
  • 30 November


The timetable for the January 2016 intake can be viewed here. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact us via emba@london.edu.

Whilst in August most people may be thinking of the summer holidays, here in the EMBA Recruitment and Admissions office we’re working on the exciting task of putting together yet another amazing EMBA class.

Finalising the September 2014 class is both a thrilling and adventurous project to work on. Already at the very end of the admissions cycle we are delighted to have brought together high caliber admits who are passionate and eager to embark on their new journey as Executive MBA students at London Business School.

On this note, it needs to be said that there is still a small window of opportunity for strong candidates to submit or complete their application. Being at the very end of the admissions cycle any strong applications submitted by the 20th August 2014 will be fast tracked, given that the minimum required documents are all submitted. If you wish to submit a late application then this is the final countdown and it’s imperative that you act quickly, as the new, vibrant, international Executive MBA class is now on board and almost ready to depart..

EMBA brings together ambitious and committed managers from around the world, representing the global leaders of the future. The following link will give you an idea of the kind of  class we are aiming to bring together once again EMBA-ClassDirectory-2014_web

For further questions and information about late applications you may contact me at mpanayiotou@london.edu




A new journey commenced for the EMBA January 2014 students as we welcome them on board to London Business School and the Executive MBA experience.

The new intake of the EMBA programme started on 20th January 2014 with an orientation week introducing both London and Dubai streams to each other and to the School through a series of in and out of classroom activities.  We are happy to welcome a diverse group of talented, high calibre people who will bring an immense value and wealth of knowledge to the EMBA experience.

Study groups are formed bringing together people from different backgrounds, nationalities, job functions and years of experience, creating an ideal environment for interaction and exchange of knowledge, making collaborative learning experience a central part of the Executive MBA.

During orientation week students not only get to understand the principles of general management and undertake a series of ongoing leadership development activities but they get to know what it really feels to be part of an international and multicultural student body.  Orientation week gives everyone a taste of the great adventure they will be embarking upon in the next 20 months.

A new year and a new journey for the EMBA January 2014 class but for me as well.  Joining the Executive MBA Recruitment and Admissions team, from the position of EMBA Recruitment and Admissions Manager at the same time as the beginning of the new EMBA intake, made my first week an equally unique experience.  Being among such highly motivated, distinguished people of a variety of industries and backgrounds, in such a vibrant, international environment made it clear to everyone of the uniqueness of the Executive MBA experience.

Here is to new challenges and an unforgettable and transformational EMBA journey!