March 2018 Edition
Spring Has Sprung!
There's nothing like a spring breeze to kick start new action plans. This newsletter is bursting with accounts of our alumni's endeavours, whether they are entrepreneurial/business, academic, charitable causes, or even publishing their first books!
In addition to this you can see in the lefthand header photo (above) the recent Graduation at Chester Cathedral to celebrate the achievements of the New York August 2016 MA cohort, including Annie Armstrong, Laura Denton, Sara Gray, Fariza Mohamedsha, Elizabeth Oseni, Deepa Patel, Thayson Pinedo and Eugene Wyniaskji. Some of whom are pictured above with Pip Weston, Senior Lecturer at University of Chester. Congratulations to all.
10 Years On...
Mountbatten Program's host organisations recognized the benefits of connecting onshore-offshore teams about a decade ago. Several, such as Deutsche Bank, UBS, Bank of America, and Credit Suisse took a leap of faith and invested in their high potential talent, sponsoring selected employees’ participation in Mountbatten’s one-year program that included working, living, and studying abroad components.
The companies' investment in B2B exchanges paid off: hosts experienced an above-average 80% retention rate three years post-program. Host companies were able to tap into B2B exchange participants’ enhanced domain knowledge, heightened communication skills, and cross-cultural flexibility, and fast-track their careers. In short, a win-win situation for companies and employees.
Here are two of our B2B program alumni, celebrating their ten-year Mountbatten program anniversary, in their own words.
Alum becomes a Published Author
Anum Abdullah MBA (New York, August 2015) an Aston University graduate, has recently achieved the incredible feat of getting a book published! "The Never Ending Life" is available to order worldwide from Amazon and from Amazon & Waterstones in the UK.
Anum explains, "this book is part of my MB experience as I started writing it while working on my dissertation for my MBA in Thailand. Being in a foreign country with a language barrier and culture shock, I felt writing was a great way for me to express myself as well as a de-stresser, while working on such an important piece of work that has massively contributed to my career".
Anum has been writing since she was at school; poetry, short stories and creative writing. She goes on to explain, "One of my poems actually got published in the local newspaper when I was only 8 years old! For me it is an outlet for emotions and feelings that often build up inside a person. I also enjoyed writing about my experiences as I felt they were an add-on to photographs that we take to create memories. With this book, I started with writing short stories in the form of blogs, and once I had written about a wide range of topics, I decided to put it all into a book as advised by many of my readers, friends and audience."
Alumof the Month
Duncan ManhattanNew York, March 2010
"I moved back to London and used the technical skills I'd learned during my internship to get a job with a little website called Gumtree. As the only analyst in the company, I was able to learn about all of the areas involved in running a rapidly growing online business. With the team expanding from 1 to 8 analysts I decided to specialise in analytics, big data and business intelligence, and within a few years I went from knowing nothing about web analytics to managing web and app analytics globally for >70 of eBay Classifieds Group's platforms.
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Marie Oberriter (London, March 2013)
I am competing in the 2018 Ironman AZ triathlon this November, as part of my training I will be riding the 40mi TD FiveBoro Bike Tour through NYC on May 6th for the LIVESTRONG charity. I have joined the fight by riding with Team LIVESTRONG to help support cancer survivors by raising money. Please help me reach my goal in donating anything you can, every little bit helps!
March 2017 Completion Ceremony - New York
On Friday, 9th March, students, staff and guests gathered for the March 2017 intake Completion Ceremony at the Yale Club New York. The ceremony opened with an invocation by Dr Paul Beresford-Hill (Director General). His words were followed by student speaker Joe Holt and an address to the assembly by honored guest Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty's Consul General in New York and Director-General of International Trade North America. Joe entertained the audience, sharing his experiences and lessons learned during his year in New York. Antony gave an uplifting speech advising the graduates to take ownership of the new working world and their part in it. Special awards were announced by CEO Richard Sexton and given by Dr Paul Beresford-Hill.
Following the ceremony, dinner was served in the Ballroom, and during which the March IMC presented a slideshow of the March 2017 intake's year. Mountbatten would like to congratulate and wish the best of luck to all participants and ask them to stay in touch as their professional lives progress.
To view the album of photographs of the Ceremony taken by our event photographer James Higgins, go to Mountbatten Connect.
A Day In The Life
Nicusor (Nicu) Enache
New York, August 2016
Nicu participated in the New York programme after graduating from the University Alexandru loan Cuza of Lasi, Romania with a Business Administration degree. Nicu's work experience whilst on the Programme was in the wealth management field, but in his current role, works as a Digital Strategist (Inbound Marketing especially) at MobileXpense, a SaaS company which offers a T&E solution for Fortune 500 companies and mid-sized businesses. He currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium and shares his continuing cultural adventures with us. Read full article.
Jordan Tandy and Laura O'Mara
New York, August 2014
Jordan and Laura are currently training for the Brighton Marathon, taking place in April. They are running the marathon for the charity Trekstock, which supports young people – in their 20s and 30s living with cancer. Check out their Justgiving page for fundraising and showing your support!
The photo above is of Jordan and Laura on a recent training run when they went back to NYC on holiday in February - they did a half marathon in Central Park! We wish them well in their endeavours.
In The News
Mansoor Shar (New York, September 2010), a satellite industry analyst, is featured in an article on aerial internet.
Alex Lee (New York, August 2012 MBA) launches Plum Guide in Paris! Charles Leadbeater writes in The Telegraph about his experience of staying at a Plum Guide home in Paris, France.
Co-founders James Jenkins-Yates and Tom Jones (New York, March 2012) of Airsorted, announce they have raised Series A and are now crowdfunding.
Zainub Jenna Bata (New York, March 2009) is working with the Department of Culture & Tourism Abu Dhabi at the Mother of Nation Festival 26th March.
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