Kofi Awuku
“Combining the MBA, family, and work implied I needed practically 48 hours every day! Time management, financial discipline, adequate family engagement, and a lot self-deprivation taught me there is no limit to potential achievements with the right effort and sacrifice.”
Senior Dealer, Risk Management Products / Head, Financial Institution Sales
Barclays Bank

Cross Continent MBA*

Class of 2015
Industry:
Banking & Finance

Prior Education:

University of Ghana
Business Administration, 2003
Hometown:
Accra, Ghana
Nationality:
Ghana

*Now the Global Executive MBA program.

Reflections

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.

Before Fuqua

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.

After Fuqua

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.  

Advice

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!

Admissions Insight

What's Up with the *Asterisks*

Admissions staffer Dan McCleary in his office
Long story short—we evolved our portfolio to provide additional flexibility for students and recruit an even stronger mix of backgrounds, ages, experiences, and career stages.
Typical Class Demographics
Global Executive MBA

Age Range

28-45

Work Experience

5-20 years

Countries Represented

17

Women

35%

Non-US Citizenship

30%

Student Network


Andy Gilbert Global Executive MBA

Andy Gilbert

Class of 2014
Sara Alom Ruiz Global Executive MBA

Sara Alom Ruiz

Class of 2015
Doug Liedberg Global Executive MBA

Douglas Liedberg

Class of 2014
Feyi Olubodun Global Executive MBA

Feyi Olubodun

Class of 2015