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Rosa Yoon
  • NameRosa Yoon
  • NationalitySouth Korea
  • BatchClass of 2017

Rosa Yoon

With six years of experience in retail marketing with global cosmetic brands in South Korea, Rosa believes that, once she graduates from the HKU MBA, this experience will be helpful for her working with both Korean cosmetic brands and international brands, whose main business markets are in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Rosa enjoys the cultural diversity in class and she has been able to learn more about the Chinese market, which is one of the most important markets for the cosmetic industry nowadays.

Liza Zhang
  • NameLiza 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. 

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.

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.

 

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. 

Jasmine Chua
  • NameJasmine Chua
  • NationalitySingapore
  • BatchClass of 2016

I graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with a Double Major in Accountancy and Banking & Finance, after which I joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) as a financial regulator.  It was a rewarding role, especially when I felt that I had defended the interests of consumers and at the same time gained the respect of the industry through our efforts to do it in a balanced way.  I also had the opportunity to discuss complex issues with senior management of banks and foreign regulators as we assessed banks’ risk profiles, risk management processes, corporate governance and financial soundness. 

After 5 years of working experience, I started questioning myself on whether I was prepared for longer-term trends as we were entering into a new phase in our economic and social development.  My desire to push the frontiers of my knowledge of the business climate and of good decision-making in today’s challenging landscape and to learn from the experiences of other countries drove my pursuit of an MBA overseas.

Many people were curious as to why I had decided to do my MBA in Hong Kong, which was not a conventional choice back home.  I was an avid traveller to Hong Kong, and each time I visited this city, I was impressed by the efficiency and learnedness of its people, from the professional in the office to the waiter in the café on the street.  I had a hunch this was a place I could have a deeper learning experience in.  Now that my MBA journey has started, I have never looked back on my decision since. 

HKU has a carefully designed MBA programme, which emphasises the relevance of the MBA experience set against our future career goals.  Coming out of our immersion programme in Beijing, we have learnt from senior representatives of some of the best-known firms about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China.  Now in Hong Kong, we are hearing the latest trends in the industry and getting deep insights into careers from industry practitioners and subject matter experts through speaker talks, career sessions and networking events.  Professors also demonstrate a genuine interest in helping us frame our thoughts around business issues and case studies in Asia as they serve as our mentors and advisors in communication both ways.  The HKU MBA programme is also unique in its small class size.  It is a close-knit community, which maximises our interactions with the MBA’s career and programme advisors, promoting the attention given to every student’s development. 

An MBA journey is unique to each and every one of us.  HKU’s brand and extensive networks, coupled with the flexibility of the MBA programme, has provided me with many choices.  It is hard to believe that it has only been a month into the Hong Kong experience.  HKU MBA aims to maximise the value for each student in the shortest possible time and it is up to me to decide what I want  on my plate.  I look forward to writing my own MBA journey with HKU.

Current Status

Employer: Prudential Insurance​
Position:   Manager - Government Relations​
Location:  Hong Kong

Ted Chou
  • NameTed Chou
  • NationalityTaiwan
  • BatchClass of 2016

I am Ted and having studied in Thailand and the United States as well as working in Taiwan, I can say that I speak four languages and that I am equipped with knowledge ranging from the field of veterinary science to the field of IT. Although I did have some basic understanding of accounting, finance and marketing, these have always been unknown and perplexing fields to me.

The reason I chose to study my MBA in Hong Kong is because I believe that Hong Kong is not only the heart of the Asian economy, it is also a vibrant and ever-changing city that has always fascinated me. If I am to study finance, I believe that the ideal place to study it is a location where the industry is essentially rooted. In addition, Hong Kong offers one of the best business schools that ranks top not only in  Asia, but the world. HKU was also my top priority because the MBA course it offers allows me not only to learn, but to learn in different environments-Hong Kong, Beijing and London.

MBA was only a degree to me just a year ago. However, I have realized that there is more than just certification in MBA. MBA is an intensive yet flexible experience that can be tailored to your expectation and situation. MBA should not have a rigid set of courses that trains one to become an investment banker or a financial consultant. I was told that everyone enters such a course at a different stage and should exit the programme aiming for a different outcome. I believe the HKU MBA does exactly that!

Current Status

Employer: HDE, Inc.
Position:   Global Consultant
Location:  Tokyo, Japan

Vipra Kulkarni
  • NameVipra Kulkarni
  • NationalityIndia
  • BatchClass of 2016

I belong to an Indian family with traditional values and have always been taught to be sincere and dedicated to my job. I am an engineer by education but my ambition and determination to achieve something unique beyond the job has led me to take the MBA course to become a more rounded personality.

What I bring to the programme is an enriching package of experiences which includes software delivery and consulting from a service industry - Capgemini (Client: HSBC) and vendor management and outsourcing expertise from a bank - Barclays. My work transition from programmer to senior consultant and then to delivery lead has enabled me to gain managerial skills and solid business and technical acumen.

Solely understanding technology or major business problems does not provide in-depth working knowledge of an organisation. HKU MBA will expose me to all facets of business enabling me, for example, to understand effective marketing practices as well as the intricacies of financial aspects of organisations.  

Hong Kong, the financial nerve of Asia, provides a unique confluence of east and west culture and business perspectives. I am very excited to be part of this vibrant and fast paced city and taking the best in class business education right at the heart of emerging markets. I have carefully chosen HKU as it has the right ensemble of students from different regions with an unmatched perspective. I wish to further my experience in the Asian market leveraging my prior expertise and I am sure, with a strong alumni network, HKU will provide me with an excellent head start in pursuing a successful career in Consulting and Strategy development.

The China Immersion programme and Career Development Office workshops have been key highlights up to now. They have given me an invaluable and diverse experience that will have a tremendous impact on my professional and personal development.

Current Status

Employer: Credit Suisse
Position:   Project Manager
Location:  Hong Kong

Hannes Hebel
  • NameHannes Hebel
  • NationalityGermany
  • BatchClass of 2017

I am Hannes and I graduated from Hamburg University in Germany with both a master´s and bachelor´s degree in business administration, majoring in finance and accounting. My university studies also included an exchange year in Bangkok, Thailand, where I fell in love with Asia.

Prior to the HKU MBA, I was working for Ernst & Young, most recently in increasingly senior roles, where I acquired a comprehensive understanding of fundamental valuation techniques, accounting concepts and expertise in auditing consolidated financial statements for leading multinational businesses. During my time there, I contributed to diverse projects and engagements, and gained significant experience within the trade business of agricultural commodities and freight industry, private equity, oil & gas and manufacturing.  I was also part of their 19-month graduate trainee programme, which is recognised as one of the leading and most awarded programmes in Germany. This involved rotations through diverse departments, including the German Speaking Business Desk at the Shanghai office in China and the Transaction Tax (M&A) service line, thereby enabling me to gain valuable insight into financial services and commercial awareness.

Moreover, I was always engaged outside the company and have acted as a representative of Ernst & Young as a Young Leader in the German Asia-Pacific business association (OAV), a leading network of German companies with interests and activities in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Since my first encounter with the Far East years ago, I have been fascinated by the region. It was always my dream to work and live here. My goal after completing my MBA is to join a leading private equity firm or investment bank where I will get the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process on investments and transactions, tackling all of the tremendous challenges that may arise.

I chose to study my MBA in Hong Kong because I believe that Hong Kong is not only the heart of the Asian economy, but it is also a modern, highly developed, bustling and buzzing world that has always fascinated me. From my point of view, the Asian region is certainly more difficult to handle when looking from the outside in than it is when you are looking from the inside out. And this is exactly what the MBA at HKU is helping me to gain; a deep insight into doing successful business in Asia. In addition, HKU is the ideal place to study finance, as the Asian financial industry is rooted here.

Taking all factors into account, the HKU MBA was my primary choice due to the combination of a highly international network, modern infrastructure, a high rank as well as a thoroughly international curriculum (partnership programmes with CBS, LBS or Fudan), which all could help me to achieve a top degree in order to broaden my future possibilities.  

My HKU MBA experiences so far have been amazing. To study with fellow students from such diverse backgrounds and cultures is extremely enriching and exciting. The time in Beijing gave me the opportunity to acquire basic Mandarin skills and to become true friends with my classmates. Now I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and the rest of my MBA life.   

Arada Arayawuth
  • NameArada Arayawuth
  • NationalityThailand
  • BatchClass of 2017

Arada Arayawuth

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.

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!