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Shreya Bahri
  • NameShreya Bahri
  • NationalityIndia
  • BatchClass of 2017

I was working  at a leading international management-consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, as a risk analyst for about three years prior to joining the HKU MBA programme. During my time at the firm, I  had the opportunity to work closely with a variety of clients globally and interact with many senior partners and directors. Although, my job profile enabled me to work on many projects worldwide, nevertheless, I do believe that there was a need for me to further hone and develop my technical and intellectual skills and hence, I decided to pursue my MBA.

My HKU journey as an undergraduate student had been one of the most memorable and enriching phases of my life and returning to my ‘second home’ had an obvious appeal. The strategic location of Hong Kong as a financial centre, the diversity of the school and the top class faculty with the  rich curriculum of the MBA programme drew me towards HKU once again.

It has been little more than a month so far and I believe that my learning curve is already on a steep growth trajectory. The China Immersion Programme in Beijing was a great platform for me to learn Mandarin and network with my classmates. In addition, the Career Development and Personal Branding workshops have kick-started my MBA with new ideas and a fresh perspective.

After my MBA, equipped with the necessary skills and expertise, I would like to continue my career in consulting in an elevated position. The brand of HKU is a badge I will wear with honor and pride all my life and it will be an integral part of me. I am very excited to return to Hong Kong and I look forward to an exciting year ahead!

Current Status

Employer: AlphaSights
Position:   Principal
Location:  Hong Kong

Lisa Zhang
  • NameLisa Zhang
  • NationalityMainland China
  • BatchClass of 2017

I grew up in Shaanxi Province in the north-western region of mainland China. After graduating from high school, I went to Peking University in Beijing and started my 10 years of life in the city. I got married, set up home and gave birth to my baby girl. So I am now a 4-year-old girl’s mother who has decided to pursue her self-improvement through the MBA programme at HKU.

Before I came to the MBA programme, I majored in medical research in the health care industry. I have spent more than one third of my life now in the health care industry. I was enrolled in a 7-year long bachelor-master programme in Peking University. I had an internship at a hospital for hands-on experience, an internship in The George Institute (China) for global health, and did research work on the epidemiological aspects of chronic and non-communicable diseases, to promote individual health and public health. Also, in accordance with my current 3 years’ work experience in the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, working as a health policy researcher, I have provided technical support and consulting services directly to the central government, influencing the health policy overall in mainland China. Meanwhile, I see the opportunities arising for private investors and I think more about whether devote myself to working with market forces as another way to contribute and also gain fresh insights.

The HKU MBA experience is helpful to me. The Career Services team helps me figure out what I need to do to get to my destination. Also, I have a lot of excellent classmates, and we learn from each other, share experiences, work hard and have a really exciting time. It will all become life-long, cherished memories.

Current Status

Employer: Mason Financial Holdings
Position:   Investment Associate
Location:  Hong Kong

Athens Lu
  • NameAthens Lu
  • NationalityMainland China
  • BatchClass of 2017

I was born in Guangzhou and went to  Jinan University where, I gained my bachelor degree, majoring in pharmacy with an associate in international trade and economics. Driven by my family environment and own interest, I went to the US for a master’s in finance after I had finished college. After my master’s graduation, I continued to pursue my career in the finance industry in HSBC for almost 3 years, first as an information management analyst and then as an investment banking analyst. So, looking back , my experiences are very diverse, which I do appreciate and find  works well as a solid base for the long term goal I want to achieve– to explore more and deeper into the finance industry and to compete with those world class talents to see how far I can get.

In order to achieve this goal, I decided to pursue an  HKU MBA, which provides me with the best grounding for  and an easiest access to the well-established international financial market, filled with the world’s top talents. To further explain my motivation in doing this, I would list 3 main reasons. First of all, the brand name of HKU MBA is highly recognized in the world, not to mention in HK. The second is that  this programme makes it possible for me to communicate and exchange ideas with intelligent people from different fields within my class and alumni, allowing me to understand more of real business besides the cold financial figures I used to deal with. The  last reason but far from the  least is that the programme itself (the courses, company visits, career workshops and so on) truly helps me further improve my understanding of the business world and the skills which I would need in the future.

The programme has already been running for two months and I  am really looking forward to going through this journey and growing with my adorable classmates.

Current Status

Employer: HNA Group (Internationa)
Position:   Associate (Global Investment Department)
Location:  Hong Kong

Narumi Hashimoto
  • NameNarumi Hashimoto
  • NationalityJapan
  • BatchClass of 2017

After I got a master’s degree in political science from Waseda University, I worked at ABeam Consulting and PwC as a business consultant. At these firms, I organized the global standardization of business processes and designed new management accounting methods for Japanese companies.

I decided to pursue an MBA because I needed Asian business knowledge to pursue my career goal. Now, Japanese companies are acquiring a lot of foreign companies, especially Asian companies, to overcome the recession and expand their businesses. But it takes a few years to integrate their business operations because they do not have enough knowledge about foreign approaches. I wanted to boost post-merger integration to help my client grow, so I had to learn Asian business at an MBA programme.

HKU is the perfect place to study it. The programme is provided not only in Hong Kong, but also in the mainland.  Case based approaches created by Asia Case Research Centre focus on Asia. In addition, the class size is small and students come from all over the world. These advantages allow me to experience and learn Asian business.

My days in HKU are more challenging than expected because the MBA programme is an intensive 14-month programme and students are strongly urged to be active. For example, the China Immersion Programme enables students to understand Chinese culture and the business environment, but it is conducted for only one month. However, thanks to such a rigorous approach, I strongly believe I will cultivate a comprehensive Asian knowledge and become a business leader in Asia.

Current Status

Employer: iVision Shanghai Co., Ltd.
Position:   Business Management Consultant
Location:  Shanghai, Mainland China

Jeremy Jing
  • NameJeremy Jing
  • NationalityMainland China
  • BatchClass of 2017

I was born and raised in mainland of China. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in International Trading and Economics from Jiangxi Agriculture University, I began my career and gained over seven years working experience in the consumer goods trading and manufacturing industry in the areas of project planning and liaison with international clients from the US and Canada. Since I have a strong enthusiasm for exploring further career opportunities in marketing strategy management, and for gaining an in-depth understanding of business and an international perspective, I am eager to undergo rigorous management training.  With its renowned diploma and the fantastic interpersonal relationships which stem from its programme and which will accelerate my career improvement, the HKU MBA is my best option.

Hong Kong is a dynamic city which has prospered for decades now and is still the centre of business and finance in Asia. It has a competitive advantage in attracting business and elites from all over the world.  I prefer this environment and the familiarity with the China market, so I hope it will afford me the chance of more responsibility in the multinational market in the near future. HKU MBA is a top class business faculty in Asia and worldwide. It provides progressive teaching facilities and the best teachers from all over the world, including PhDs from famous university overseas. These established features are a pledge of the level of education and teaching quality we will receive.  Ultimately, I am very attracted by the personalized programme for each student, based on specific talents and experience, the one-to-one mentorship programme and the individual career sessions, which afford lots of opportunities to interact intensively with career development experts.

My new chapter has just begun, and it’s really a great honour to be a member of this big family. The world economy is developing so fast and there is no time to waste. There is no better way of honing our business skills so effectively in one excellent faculty. I cannot wait to compose my unique story in HKU MBA . 

Current Status

Employer: LifeVC
Position:   Sourcing Director
Location:  Shanghai, Mainland China

Eiji Soma
  • NameEiji Soma
  • NationalityJapan
  • BatchClass of 2017

I finished my undergraduate study in Economics in Tokyo and, after graduation, I joined a railway company in Japan. Through my career, I have experienced a lot of jobs from the forefront of transportation services to managerial work in the  back office. I really liked my jobs and responsibilities in the company, so I eagerly looked for more comprehensive knowledge about doing business and managing teams to accelerate my career. Furthermore, I believe specializing in business management, with a focus on the Asian region and international relationships will enable me to utilize the knowledge I gain to assist the future endeavors of my company. To achieve these goals, I concluded that the best course of action was to become an MBA student at HKU.

My studies at HKU have been very inspirational and stimulating. My classmates from across the world have their own educational and career backgrounds and this diversity makes our interaction much more valuable. In addition, HKU offers me the opportunity to study in three different cities, Beijing, Hong Kong, and London. I look forward to meeting new people and new circumstances in different locations. I am sure my MBA journey ahead will confer experience of great value on me.

Current Status

Employer: East Japan Railway Company
Position:   Assistant Manager
Location:  Tokyo, Japan

Chris Choi
  • NameChris Choi
  • NationalityU.S.A.
  • BatchClass of 2017

I come from an aerospace engineering background, working in Rolls Royce and GE Aviation, two of the worlds’ largest commercial jet engine manufacturers.

As an engineer, I have a wealth of experience in working on many different components and versions of gas turbines. During my time at GE and Rolls Royce, I found that many engineering decisions were either driven or overridden by business concerns.

I believe that getting an MBA from HKU will bridge that gap as well as provide insight into business in Asia.

HKU MBA offers me a unique programme, commencing in Mainland China from where I go on to enjoy the option of choosing either the New York/London/ Shanghai or Hong Kong tracks, allowing me to expand my networks. In the diverse class make-up, I can enjoy learning with and from talents from different backgrounds which give rise to varying methods for solving problems.

Current Status

Employer: Infiniti Motor Company Ltd.
Position:   Senior Analyst
Location:  Hong Kong

Peter Brady
  • NamePeter Brady
  • NationalityU.K.
  • BatchClass of 2017

A passionate and highly ambitious business leader in technology, motivated by future developments in the mobile industry.

My most recent role was that of Sales Director for GSMA Ltd in Asia, responsible for delivering MWC Shanghai, a new business set-up in China in 2012. I aspire to be a highly motivated team leader whose strength lies in commercial leadership, corporate innovation and take-to-market strategies.  I have spent eight years working in mobile, technology and cyber-security B2B businesses, most recently creating innovative business platforms for the leaders of the mobile technology industry. I led a global team of 15 people across five countries, dedicated to convening the mobile industry for the largest tech week, annually, in Asia, bringing together over 70,000 CEO’s, executives, governments and media to consider the future of mobile.

I have been working in China for five years, before that living and working in London (four years) and northern Italy (six months). My education background includes a BA Joint Honours from the University of Nottingham, as well as one year’s executive training in 2013/14 at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan as part of an intrapreneurship programme. The experience was truly inspirational and led to the development of a successful new business launch.

I decided to pursue my MBA in Asia, not only to continue to grow my diverse network in the region but also to strengthen my business intelligence and my practical knowledge of different business disciplines. I have been fortunate enough to develop, through practical on the job learning,  such skills as leadership, innovation, product development, and sales and marketing. However, I desire to broaden my business knowledge in fields such as economic theory, particularly Asian economics, as well as accounting, finance and legal.

Naturally, the University of Hong Kong was the number one choice and I eagerly await the opportunity to spend four months studying at Columbia Business School in 2017. Already, I have learnt so much from the programme, the professors and my classmates. Even though I have been working in China for a number of years, I immensely enjoyed the Cultural Immersion programme in Beijing, initiating the MBA students in a fun, informal and stimulating environment. I will dedicate myself to learning many new disciplines but also to using the experience to improve my existing skills. After the MBA I intend to return to the tech market in Asia and hope to develop many new ideas and technologies.

Current Status

Employer: GSMA
Position:   Business Director
Location:  Barcelona, Spain

Angela Tai
  • NameAngela Tai
  • NationalityCanada
  • BatchClass of 2018

Upon graduation from Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia, I joined HSBC Bank Canada in the Retail Banking and Wealth Management Division. Through generating client trust and ensuring high quality wealth services while adhering to HSBC’s strict Global Standards, I was able to develop as a more motivated and dedicated individual. These strengths carried through after I had made the decision to relocate from North America back to Asia.

Before I joined the MBA Class of 2018, I was the marketing and business development director at a start-up artificial intelligence company based in Shenzhen, China. With my previous knowledge and experience, I could actively contribute to the growth of the company, now valued at CNY 200million and making its impact in the artificial intelligence community.

Educated in both Asia and North America, I possess the holistic, quantitative and team-based ways of the East as well as the analytic, creative and initiative approaches of the West. Hong Kong is indisputably the right place for me. My experience of Hong Kong’s lively environment and HKU’s welcoming atmosphere has been a fruitful one since Day 1. From lectures, to workshops, not to mention eventful networking opportunities, the MBA life has provided a valuable experience in every aspect.

In the following months, I hope to maximise my experience at HKU MBA. By enrolling in subjects I have not had the chance to come in contact with, I will be able to strengthen core skill sets and expand my knowledge field. By participating in Live Projects and Student Club activities, I will be able to contribute to society in a meaningful way. By utilising the many advancement opportunities the Career Development Office provides, I will be able to seek my value in the business community of Hong Kong and Asia as a whole. The elective courses at CBS will certainly expand this journey and broaden my vision.

 The HKU MBA programme has provided me with the opportunity to meet and get to know outstanding individuals from all sectors and professions. By working together and learning from each other today, we are able to become the better business leaders of tomorrow. 

Di Xie
  • NameDi Xie
  • NationalityChina
  • BatchClass of 2018

I come from Guangdong province, which was the pilot province for China's reform and opening to the outside world, and it is one of the most developed areas in China as well. When I was in high school, Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiment had a deep impact on me.  At that point, I set the ideal for my life – to improve myself and contribute to society.

After graduating from Sun Yat-sen University and receiving my bachelor of economics, I joined China International Capital Corporation Limited(CICC)’s investment banking department. I started my career as a banker and, fortunately,  I never let go of my ideal. CICC not only made me an excellent and professional investment banker, but also taught me to contribute to society. I helped Asia's largest livestock company go public, which made thousands of farmers millionaires. The company became the largest listed company on China's GEM board and on the date of listing, its stock value exceeded 40 billion dollars. I also assisted many state-owned enterprises in reforming and reorganising through M&A, which greatly improved their domestic and international competitiveness. My project experience covers IPO, M&A and bond projects in A and H shares, which gave me a deep understanding of capital markets in China and Hong Kong.

On my 24th birthday, I decided to step outside China and broaden my horizons. I prefer the HKU MBA to an MBA in North America because China and Hong Kong are developing and changing rapidly. I can keep pace with the change only if I live in it. The HKU MBA programme has a unique location advantage, the top business school exchange programme and a diversified student source. I believe that after studying at HKU and CBS, I can become a better person and contribute more to society.

Abhijit Sharma
  • NameAbhijit Sharma
  • NationalityIndia
  • BatchClass of 2018

My past years saw me complete my bachelor of engineering degree from India, and gathered over six and a half years of global experience in IT delivery, consulting, and stakeholder management. I led programmes initially at Wipro and later at Amadeus, and donned several hats, including those of quality lead, business analyst, and consultant, which gave me the opportunity to conceptualise processes and solutions to alleviate clients’ business problems by leveraging technology.

My experiences soon led me realise that Asia was going to be the epicentre of growth and opportunity for decades to come and witnessing the energy during my stint in Hong Kong convinced me to learn about business in the financial heart of Asia. The undisputed prestige of The University of Hong Kong in Asia and the world, and the excellent structure of its full-time MBA made this programme my easy first choice.

Now, a month and a half since the inception of the Beijing part of the programme, the learning atmosphere created by the energy of the classmates and the passion of the college staff and lecturers is truly inspirational. The mix of nationalities, backgrounds, aspirations and personalities is already reaping benefits in the classroom and beyond, and it has set quite a stage for us all to excel in our journeys throughout the next year!

Toru Watanabe
  • NameToru Watanabe
  • NationalityJapan
  • BatchClass of 2018

I was born in Japan and graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. It was a great experience to learn how to look at one circumstance from several different points of view. Soon after graduation, I began to work for a financial company as a sales officer which gave me a sense of contributing to society.

After four and a half years at a branch in Japan, I moved to the Hanoi office of the same company. I was promoted twice to manager positions during my three and half years there and led different staff groups as a team head. I was in charge of approximately 200 large clients and the core businesses were corporate finance, transaction banking, and advisory for market investigation and/or M&A. Apart from front-sales activity, I also jumped into middle-back tasks such as products development and ALM control of the region. The experience not only enriched my finance related knowledge, it strengthened my managerial ability to handle a task force until a problem is solved.

I’m pursuing HKU MBA to strengthen my skills in personal appeal on the basis of my professional experience, to expand my connections with future global talents throughout the world, and to have my previous experience endorsed by a top level business school, since I have a limited academic background in terms of finance or economics. My HKU classmates are all exciting. They constantly refresh my views and wipe away stereotypes. I do believe HKU MBA is the best place for me, not just because we can hear good lectures from professors on the beautiful campus but because we can create theories/ideas with world-wide perspectives and put them into practice.

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