Cross Continent MBA*
Business Administration, 2003
My very first team at Fuqua was a collection of pleasant personalities with great intellectual capacity. We had a genuine bond from day one. My teammates brought diverse experience—from finance, healthcare, engineering, banking, and technology jobs in Spain, UAE, and Thailand, as well as different demographics from the USA. From the onset, we identified and leveraged our respective strengths, bringing unique insights to bear on our assignments, and even on our enjoyment of non-academic moments. This diversity and collaborative approach helped me settle in easily and shaped the productive methods I used to good effect both in my program, and now in my career.
I focused on derivatives as a risk-management strategy for potential clients. I was responsible for the sales effort as well as structuring appropriate derivative solutions to address our clients’ interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk, and commodity price risk.
While continuing to lead our derivatives business, I advise Ghana’s Ministry of Finance on issues related to Treasury Bond issuances and am heading our new Financial Institutions Sales team, which provides global markets solutions: foreign currency exchange, fixed income investments, risk management products, and market research.
The first step to maximizing your MBA experience is to obtain full buy-in from employers, superiors, and colleagues and make any arrangements necessary to avoid interference with both residencies and distance deliverables. Do the same in your personal relationships, so that you discuss and agree on the time and financial pressures the program could bring. Then you must immerse in your program 100%: plan adequately ahead to secure visas, etc., and make it a point to bond with your teammates and participate fully in all activities, both curricular and co-curricular. The program can be stressful, so when there is a chance to relax, do relax!