Director of Business Development, Africa Middle East Resources (AMER)
“My current role as Director of Business Development involves interacting with African Governments and spearheading the acquisition and development of new assets and business ventures. I have also served as an Adviser to the Transitional Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Green Climate Fund (GCF), as part of the Africa Negotiations Team and in September 2012, I was selected as a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.
I chose The London School of Economics because it holds over a century-long tradition of shaping global thinkers and is regarded as a prestigious academic and research institution that seeks to identify and understand the underlying causes of problems that arise from regular business, economic and political cycles. Instead of simply accepting these cyclical problems as integral to our environment, LSE strives to share its insight on finding the best ways to mitigate those cycles in order to sustain competitiveness in the marketplace. I chose this programme in particular because of the modular format that targets executives, and that enables me to study and remain professionally active at the same time, thus significantly reducing the opportunity cost of traditional full-time MBA programmes. Furthermore, the program offers two overseas experiences in highly relevant emerging markets/advanced economies of Singapore and Istanbul, with the core classes taking place in London. The faculty is highly-qualified, extensively academic, and has dedicated years to research in the topics that are on offer. One last but not least important aspect of the Executive Global Master's in Management and of the LSE value proposition is the acceptance of the increasing reality that business, economics and politics have never been as closely linked as they are now since the rise of capitalism. With this in mind, Executive Global Master's in Management accurately responds to this growing reality, as it leverages LSE’s unique positioning in economics and political science, whilst elevating business management as the core focus of its programme.
At this stage in my career and in the current global context, I felt the need to integrate an intellectually-stimulating and challenging academic environment that would enable me to polish specific management and leadership skills as I seek further career evolution in the corporate and entrepreneurial world. I believe that Executive Global Master's in Management sets the stage for me to think about the global business, economic, social and political environment, as it enables me to take a step back to better understand and study the current and future trends of today’s fast-paced environment. I hope to broaden my horizon through extensive interaction and knowledge-sharing with fellow students, the faculty, and the worldwide LSE alumni network. I also hope to acquire and develop the theoretical knowledge to hone my skill-set and inspire my pursuit to partake in the development of developing/emerging economies with a view to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
To meet fellow classmates with such diverse experience, backgrounds, and skill-sets is one of the best aspects of the programme. It has been really interesting to discuss a topic in the classroom and to hear and learn of the various perspectives that are offered by each student. While classroom diversity has become a common characteristic across management programmes in the world’s leading academic institutions, I could argue that LSE’s Executive Global Master's in Management students have a greater depth of experience, from middle-managers to Chief Executive Officers who are still actively engaged in their professions. This special trait has enabled me to often learn from classmates who have already faced issues that are discussed in class, as opposed to learning practical tools and theories that have yet to be used by anyone in the classroom. The networking possibilities that exist in London, especially through the LSE’s active social engagement, are aspects that I have appreciated. I have also enjoyed the quality of the faculty, who are very academic and research-oriented. The advantage of the faculty’s profile is that they teach applied methods and theories that have emerged from thorough personal research.”
Executive Global Master's in Management class of 2014