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Suki Chen
  • NameSuki Chen
  • NationalityMainland China
  • BatchClass of 2018

Suki Chen

Nupur Gupta
  • NameNupur Gupta
  • NationalityIndia
  • BatchClass of 2018

Nupur Gupta

Francois Lam
  • NameFrancois Lam
  • NationalityPortugal
  • BatchClass of 2018

Francois Lam

David Kim
  • NameDavid Kim
  • NationalitySouth Korea
  • BatchClass of 2018

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University, South Korea, I began my career at LSIS Co., Ltd, which is a local electricity manufacturing company. There, I gained three years of work experience in the accounting and business planning team. During this time, I acquired knowledge in how to manage the business, and how to make and use money.

I chose an MBA to change my career from the manufacturing industry to the finance industry. Above all, I wanted to realise my potential in the city of Hong Kong. HKU MBA was the best option for me because it is located in Hong Kong, Asia’s leading financial center, not to mention that it is the No.1 Asian MBA programme.

So far my HKU MBA life has been truly fantastic and given me lots of positive stimulation. I have been especially impressed by the high quality lectures from excellent professors, and wonderful classmates. Furthermore, Career Development Office staffs have been more than helpful in providing me with numerous opportunities to participate in career events and have interviews. I think the existence of CDO definitely increases the chances of MBA classmates getting a high quality job.

I am certain that the MBA experience is enabling me to develop the ability to see problems from various perspectives. Also, it has allowed me to work well in a global environment by studying with classmates of various backgrounds.

I’m honoured to be a member of HKU MBA and believe that this experience will certainly be a cause of making my life more subjective and realising my dreams.

Marco Lam
  • NameMarco Lam
  • NationalityHong Kong
  • BatchClass of 2018

My background might be considered quite unconventional for a business school graduate student. I did my Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewel­ry at London Guildhall University (now merged with London Metropolitan University) where I learnt all aspects of the industry – including management, marketing, branding, sales, design and production. During my undergraduate years, I was fortunate to receive 3 national design awards in the United Kingdom, from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Jewelers’ Association. I also hold a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

Although I started my career in design, I realised very soon that my interests and ambitions were much broader than that. Slowly, I moved onto other aspects of the industry including merchandising, branding and marketing. In 2014, when the sales of luxury goods, especially watches and jewelry, reduced dramatically due to certain political and economic factors, I took some time off to learn a Latin language (French) and to think about how I wanted to progress in my career.

This is when an interesting opportunity came my way; I joined a fine wine merchant specialising in Burgundy wines. This time, I took on a purely sales-oriented role and eventually was involved in marketing and business development as well. During my time there, I gained valuable experience which included managing a sales team of 10 members, developing over 200 key accounts, handling the marketing and promotion of the company and of course, learning how to appreciate wine.

Because I’ve been fortunate enough to experience different roles throughout the luxury industry, I was constantly required to learn on the job. The more I was involved in different job functions, the more I wanted to take on additional responsibilities and figure out how to manage a business as a whole. This is when I decided to join the HKU MBA programme because I feel like it will provide me with the skills to achieve such a goal. Of course, meeting new people is also a great benefit.

Now, this is my third term in HKU MBA, I have already gained invaluable knowledge and had the privilege of attending some inspiring courses. I thoroughly enjoy the small-class atmosphere at HKU where students can form a close bond and share their ideas easily. Because we are such a tightly knit cohort, we have had a chance to work with almost everybody in our class, which is one of the reasons why this programme is so unique.

Chang Li
  • NameChang Li
  • NationalityMainland China
  • BatchClass of 2018

I grew up in Sichuan Province in Mainland China. After graduating from high school, I went to Japan to pursue my bachelor degree and majored in accounting. I joined one of the four biggest life insurers in Japan as the first foreigner, after graduating from college. I soon set my long-term career goal which is to lead the overseas business of my company.

To reach my career goal, I got assigned, as I had hoped, to the Investment Investigation department, the cross-border M&A team in New York, and the Profit Management department. In my 5-year career, I have gained the necessary expertise which involves financial analysis ability, logical thinking ability, negotiation skills, and an understanding of business culture both in Japan and the U.S.

However, I needed advanced financial knowledge, legal knowledge, human resource management knowledge related to M&A, and global strategy capability. That is why I decided to study at a business school. With this clear objective, I wanted to study practically; something I can really apply. So I decided to learn in Asia, where the cases we studied would be more Asian oriented, and where the professors and classmates would also understand more about Asian business. Therefore, HKU was my first choice. Its courses meet my needs and hold a high academic reputation. Its partner school programme allows access to the academic resources of another top-level business school, and the chance to establish a valuable, worldwide network is always helpful in such a globalised environment.

My HKU MBA journey so far has been dynamic and inspiring with distinguished classmates from diversified backgrounds. I am trying to link the knowledge from courses to the real problems in my company, and the professors are helpful in discussing those questions with me even after the class. CDO helped me to start doing part-time internship in a PE firm, as I wanted, as well. I can learn how to evaluate different companies and strategies so as to operate companies in a real job, which is extremely valuable to me.

Amanda Gan
  • NameAmanda Gan
  • NationalityMalaysia
  • BatchClass of 2018

After graduating with Honours in Psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, I decided to return home to Kuala Lumpur. There, I worked with Samsung Electronics for 3 years, after a short but rewarding internship with PwC. With a background in science, I always felt I needed to increase my business acumen to widen my horizons and to stay competitive. Since joining this MBA programme, I have gained much more than just textbook knowledge, through the case-based teaching approach that lecturers adopt and also through the non-academic activities students are constantly being involved in. However the most rewarding experience for me personally is the opportunity to interact with bright individuals from immensely diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.

Working with HK Tramways in a live project, gives me a chance to put what I have learnt into practice, by contributing to the solution of a real-world business problem. The Women in Leadership club is also a great venue where I can expand on my networks and collaborate with remarkable professionals on events and activities. I am also making the most out of the mentorship programme arranged by the Career Services office, which are always eager to provide support and career-related advice when required.

I am excited at progressing through the rest of this MBA programme, and in anticipating what awaits all of us in the next step of our journeys towards success.

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 (International)
Position:   Associate (Global Investment Department)
Location:  Hong Kong

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

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