- Programme studied: MSc Operational Research & PhD Management Science
- Year of Graduation: 2007 & 2013
Alum of the Month for May is Camelia, a specialist in strategic decision making. Her work is focussed on the complex interactions between strategy, leadership and organisational context.
What’s your current job?
I am the Head of Talent and Performance at Fidelity International, where I am responsible for designing and implementing initiatives to bring a global, consistent approach to talent management.
Where have you worked previously?
I have previously worked in strategy and leadership consulting at Heidrick & Struggles.
How has the programme you studied helped your career since graduation?
The programme has helped my career in three main ways. Firstly, the encouragement to discuss my ideas with practitioners during my research, to ensure real-world relevance, introduced me to my first employer. Secondly, the techniques I learnt have given me the confidence to teach myself pretty much anything! Thirdly, the programme has enabled me to build myriad skills and hone behaviours that are key in today’s marketplace, including written and verbal communication, strategic thinking, the ability to work across boundaries, tenacity and continuous learning.
Are there any other projects or hobbies you’ve been working on outside of work?
I am a regular contributor to Dialogue Review, a platform created specifically for leaders, managers and policymakers, to help them navigate our complex world. I have also contributed to various books, including Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future and Accelerating Performance: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility.
What are some of your best memories from studying in the Department of Management?
Undoubtedly my best memories involve the deep friendships I built, which continue to enrich my life today. I completed my MSc at LSE and was so struck by the level of personal investment of the staff in helping me make the right decisions to pursue what really mattered to me. This meant that for me, staying on for a PhD was the only option to consider!
What one piece of advice would you give to a current student or recent graduate?
There will be many things that you cannot control as you move through life. Focus on what you can control, do the best you can with what you have, remembering that you have a responsibility and the power to create something better.