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Last week our EMBA-Global Americas and Europe and EMBA-Global Asia cohorts came together for their latest class week in London. These two programmes are offered as part of a powerful collaboration between London Business School, Columbia Business School, and Hong Kong University, a collaboration that has earned the programmes top –billing in the latest Financial Times rankings released today.

FT EMBA Rankings

EMBA-Global Asia, ranking for the first time this year, entered the listings at number 2 – the highest new entry in the history of the FT EMBA rankings. The programme scored highly for salary growth and, importantly, aims achieved, where it was awarded a joint-top score.

EMBA-Global Americas and Europe, meanwhile, regained its top-5 ranking, climbing four places to number 4. Again, salary growth and aims achieved were scored highly, whilst both programmes were commended for their highly diverse cohorts.

And this diversity was evident last week as the classes convened. More than 35 nationalities coming from over 60 cities representing all continents were together to learn from our world-class faculty and one another, with each student having an average of 12 years of professional experience to draw upon.

A varied selection of core courses were taught including Corporate Finance from Charles Jones, Professor of Finance and Economics and the Senior Vice Dean at Columbia Business School, and Marketing Strategy from Oded Koenigsberg, London Business School Term Associate Professor of Marketing.

The week included a motivating and impressive guest speaker event from Andrew Tollinton, imparting his immense knowledge on how to pitch effectively to the assembled students. With a lively debate following the session, it was a truly fantastic accompaniment to the core academics.

It was also heartening to see the tight bonds made across the classes, as a student’s birthday ensured the ‘networking’ continued late into the night, with speeches and toasts aplenty!

Next month the classes return to New York and Hong Kong to continue to reflect on their real-time experiences, further build their business knowledge and brand, and reap the rewards of this cross-continental collaboration from three of the world’s leading business Schools.

Our EMBA Global programme is a truly global experience and we recently welcomed both the Asia and Americas & Europe strands together for a memorable class week here in London.

The EMBA Global programme brings together three leading Business Schools – London Business School, Columbia Business School and Hong Kong University – and draws students from more than 35 countries and over 60 cities. The students come from a wide range of roles and industries, including manufacturing, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, finance, and charities.

We began by welcoming our Asia cohort to their first class week in London with a Q&A session with current student Mary-Leigh Mackie (EMBAG2018) and alumnus Pablo Gomez Olmedo Albarran (EMBAGA2015). This was followed by an address from our new Dean, François Ortalo-Magné. Dean François drew on the research of several members of our world-class faculty to draw conclusions about leadership in a modern global context, and how the EMBA Global programme can help current leaders have true impact.

As the week progressed, the EMBA Global Americas & Europe and Asia cohorts mixed and mingled gaining invaluable networking opportunities with their colleagues from across the globe, as well as forging new friendships and bonds that will continue to grow throughout and beyond the programme.

A fantastic barbeque on the front lawn of our central London campus was the centre piece to the week – an event the great British weather resisted the urge to rain upon!

As their time with the Schools progress, the classes will continue their globe-trotting, completing class weeks in New York and Hong Kong, as well as their Global Business Assignments taking them on immersive experiences in further locations.

Applications for the May 2018 intake of both the EMBA Global Americas & Europe and EMBA Global Asia classes are now open; further details can be found on our website.

EMBAG Asia Student Panel

Marie-Leigh Mackie (EMBAGA2018) and Pablo Gomez Olmedo Albarran (EMBAGA2015) answer questions

EMBAG Asia 2019 Class

EMBAG Asia 2019 Class gather for Tour of London

Dean François Ortalo-Magné

Dean François Ortalo-Magné meets the class

The Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy is a highly competitive programme and each year the School and the Admissions Committee looks to build the strongest value for the class.

Beyond our world-class faculty and unique programme focus, one of the greatest values of the Sloan programme is the ability to network, learn and absorb information from the other leaders of industry that make up the class. These are individuals who are focussed, well-regarded, experienced and impressive, creating a powerful and rich learning environment.

A glance at the class profile will show that a Sloan Fellow typically has 15-20 years management experience, comes from a variety of a sectors and holds a senior job function.

But a successful Sloan Fellow is much more.

The key attribute we look for in a Sloan Fellow is experience of making decisions at strategic levels, either in a General Management context or as leaders of their function. We know that when the class come together in January, everyone will have had that crucible moment when they have had tough decisions to make.

It is little wonder, therefore, that the most common feedback given to unsuccessful candidates is to reapply when their exposure to these key decisions has grown in scale, impact and depth.

Often an applicant’s level of strategic decision making and leadership cannot be demonstrated solely through their CV, and this is where the application essays are of great importance. These are an opportunity to use your past achievements to demonstrate future success, as part of the programme and beyond, and we recommend you dedicate considerable time perfecting these to showcase your talents, experiences and abilities at their best.

It is also important to choose your referees wisely. These should be people who have worked closely with you for a considerable period – do not simply select the most impressive job title. Your referees can provide a third-party view on your skills as a leader, your strategic decision making abilities, and, just as importantly, your areas for growth as part of this unique cohort of experienced professionals.

Applications are open for the January 2018 intake; you can contact us for more information on this transformative programme.

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Funding your studies is an important consideration when looking to undertake a programme of higher education, particularly when the programme of study is full time such as the Sloan MSc.

There are a number of funding options open to potential Sloan Fellows, including company sponsorship, loans and personal finances.

For those the Admissions Committee consider will make an exceptional contribution to the class, we are delighted to offer these scholarships to support future Sloan Fellows:

50th Anniversary Scholarship                   

Closing date for Scholarship submissions: 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 13 September

Sloan MSc Women’s Scholarship

Closing date for Scholarship submissions: 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 26 July

Philip Langsdale Scholarship

All applications received before September 2017 will be considered

Sloan Alumni Scholarship

All applications received before Wednesday 26 July will be considered

Sloan Awards

All applications received before Wednesday 26 July will be considered


Paul Liu

Prior to the scholarship offer, I was already totally committed to the LBS experience.   I was keenly aware that every other scholarship candidate – chosen from a global and elite base – had equally good credentials, if not better.  Beyond delight, I am truly honoured to be chosen as a scholar of this great institution. I hope to play a critical role in furthering the school’s global charter in the days ahead! Paul Liu – 50th Anniversary Scholar



Lalaine Valdes



The scholarship provided additional confidence and confirmed the alignment of purpose between the applicant and LBS in making and contributing to positive change by challenging the status quo on female talent. Lalaine Valdes – Women’s Scholar



Donald Mi



It made me feel even more confident to join the programme. I can feel the trust from the programme and LBS, as well as the responsibilities. I know I have a lot to contribute to the class and the programme. Donald Mi – Philip Langsdale Scholar





Our Scholars truly are some of the best and brightest of the cohort; they are not only recognised for their contribution to business thus far, but also in anticipation of their contribution to the success of the class, the Sloan MSc, and the wider School community.

Applications for these Scholarships are open now, and more details can be found on our website.


The Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy is unique in European top business school offerings in focusing on the experienced executive in a full time degree. As the class of 2017 move into their second term, here are a select few of the many highlights of the term just finished beyond the engaging, informative and educational core programme.


The year started at full pace with a jam-packed Orientation week, as study combined with invaluable team-building and networking to ensure the Sloan journey started on a strong footing. Find out more about this exciting kick-off in our earlier blog post.

Case study with Lord John Bird

Lord Bird, founder of The Big Issue, joined the Sloan
Fellows for a singular case study in February. Lord Bird is both a talented and inspirational businessman and speaker, facing early hardship to become a well-known entrepreneur and member of the House of Lords.

His enthusiastically received session with our Sloan 2017 cohort was a fantastic opportunity to explore entrepreneurship and social responsibility whilst engaging with this unique individual. Such was the reception that we have made the full presentation
available online.

Career Events

As a full time programme, more often than not the Sloan MSc requires participants to step away from their current job roles and careers. At London Business School, we have a well-developed Career Management offering tailored to the needs of the experienced executives and entrepreneurs who become Sloan Fellows.

The first term has included a variety of workshops, covering career development, networking, getting investment ready for entrepreneurs and exploring and developing resilience.

The Career Centre also played host to ‘The Challenge of Change’ presentation with Mohan Mohan, (LBS Executive in Residence), a  retired Procter & Gamble senior executive, having had a memorable career spread over three continents. Mohan delivered a motivational presentation covering topics such as how to approach time at London Business School, how to pursue the definition of career goals and how to approach your career development, as well as coaching sessions with our Sloan Fellows.

End of term celebration

To mark the end of a memorable but exhausting term, celebratory drinks and a dinner was hosted by the School here at our central London Campus.

Find out more

If this has whetted your appetites for the Sloan experience, why not come to an information evening to find out more, as well as meet some current and/or former students? Details of future events can be found on our website.

For a taste of the Sloan experience first-hand, we also offer the opportunity for applicants to the Sloan 2018 cohort to visit a class. You can join the current Sloan MSc cohort and gain an insight into our world-class faculty, ground-breaking research and network with existing students to discover if the Sloan journey is the right path for you.

We have two modules open for visitors over a number of days to maximise the opportunities available; you can sign up here or find out more by contacting sloan@London.edu.






G M A T – four letters that often strike fear in to the hearts of busy executives looking to apply to Business School. The GMAT exam provides a detailed and specific assessment of an individual’s business academics, but the lengthy preparation and examination time can be prohibitive to executive candidates.

Since March 2016, London Business School has been accepting a new way of assessing candidates for our Leadership Programmes. Working with the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and five other top-tier Executive MBA Schools across the globe, the Executive Assessment (EA) has been designed with executive candidates in mind.

What makes the Executive Assessment an excellent tool for both Business Schools and Executive MBA candidates is its relevance.

It is relevant to executives in terms of its content as it has much more focus on critical thinking, analysis and problem solving than the GMAT and much less on pure mathematics and grammatical structures.

It is relevant in the amount of time needed for the test.  There is minimal preparation required, and the test is over in 90 minutes.

And it is relevant in its flexibility. There are no rescheduling fees, ideal for executive candidates whose schedules can often change at short notice.

EA Table

The test consists of three sections that are similar in broad themes to the GMAT – Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

Unlike the GMAT, all three sections count towards a final score of between 100 and 200.





So how should you prepare for the Executive Assessment?

Unlike the GMAT, there is minimal preparation required for the Executive Assessment.  but you do need to spend a little time on it, and successful candidates have spent around 1-2 days preparing.

  • Familiarise yourself with the sample questions available on GMAC’s website.
  • Depending on your background, refresh yourself with high school mathematic principles.
  • Find your local test centre from over 600 worldwide.


Is there a minimum score?

At LBS, we take a holistic approach to applications and, as such, look at all elements together. There is no minimum or recommended EA score (or, for that matter, GMAT) and this forms only one part of the application. We do strongly recommend you take the assessment seriously to best demonstrate your abilities and commitment to the programme. Candidates have found it a useful diagnostic to highlight areas to focus on to get ready for study.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

sloan@london.edu                        embaglobal@london.edu                            emba@london.edu

Whichever assessment you choose to take – good luck!

The EMBA-Global team are proud to share that two current Americas and Europe students have been named in Forbes’ 30-under-30 in Europe for Finance.

Eleonora Sokolsky Age: 29 Residence: London EMBA-Global 2017

Eleonora Sokolsky
Age: 29
Residence: London
EMBA-Global 2017

Kiran Ganesh

Kiran Ganesh
Age: 29
Residence: London
EMBA-Global 2018















From over 15,000 nominations, only 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors make it to the list.

Eleonora is a Vice President at J.P. Morgan in charge of a suite of Cash and Liquidity products offered to more than 2000 institutional clients across $60 billion.

Kiran meanwhile is an Executive Director at UBS Wealth Management, having joined the company in 2011.

The part-time nature of the EMBA-Global programme has allowed both these young talents to continue working whilst studying for a top Executive MBA programme offered by two of the world’s leading Business Schools – London Business School and Columbia Business School. The programme is designed to encourage students to apply their learning in the workplace to realise the real-world benefits of their classroom study.

Applications are now open for the class of 2019 – visit the EMBA-Global home page to find out more.


Following a year of applications, interviews, planning and preparation, Monday 9th January saw us welcome to newest students to the Sloan MSc programme. An inspiring and experienced group came together to meet for the first time and embark on their LBS adventure.



To say the class is diverse would be an understatement, with 61 students being drawn from over 40 different cities around the world to come and study in London. Only 11 of the cohort were already based in the city, so for the rest they are getting to experience this fantastic city for the first time!

The orientation week began with an introduction to the course. This included a Leadership Case Study session led by Professor Randall Peterson where the class were joined by Paul McGinley, captain of the 2014 winning Ryder Cup team.

The Sloan programme is an intensive and collaborative affair. The orientation week is the first opportunity for the class to meet their study groups, with whom they will be working closely throughout the year. Bonds were formed mid-week as the study groups competed in a series of challenges around the Southbank area of the city, taking in some of London’s most famous landmarks and skyscrapers.

How best to close this busy, exciting and informative week? An incredible dinner at the world-famous Tower of London! Greeted by the Yeoman Warders (otherwise known as the Beefeaters) the class were treated to a tour and a three-course meal; a truly unique setting to end the first week of this truly unique class and programme.

Best of luck for the year ahead to the Sloan MSc class of 2017 and we look forward to following your journey!