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B-school Abroad: Challenges, Rewards & Advice for International MBA Applicant

March 29 2016 By The MBA Exchange
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➢ Why attend business school in a different country
➢ Biggest obstacles in applying to and attending such schools
➢ How to research schools and plan your admissions campaign
➢ The experience of attending a business school abroad
➢ Post-MBA impact on one’s life and career
➢ Regrets, shocks and surprises
➢ Advice for those considering this path


A panel of MBA graduates who attended top business schools outside their native countries. Other participants include experts from Business Because, Prodigy Finance and The MBA Exchange.

Deepak Punwani
An MBA graduate of INSEAD (France and Singapore), Mr. Punwani was directly involved in the admissions process interviewing applicants on behalf of INSEAD. His professional background includes sales management, corporate strategy and brand development in China, India and Singapore for consumer goods companies Colgate Palmolive and Goodyear. In addition, he served as a management consultant for corporations across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Previously, Mr. Punwani gained entrepreneurial experience in Europe. In addition to his INSEAD MBA, Mr. Punwani has a business management degree from University of Mumbai. Born in Spain, he speaks fluent Spanish as well as Hindi, and has traveled to over 40 countries worldwide. He is a Senior Admissions Consultant with The MBA Exchange.

Jonathan Harari
Mr. Harari is an MBA graduate from The Wharton School, where he served as an Admission Fellow evaluating applications and interviewing candidates. Majoring in business and public policy, he was awarded a Joseph Wharton Fellowship and organized the annual Warren Buffett Trek. Mr. Harari’s hedge fund, investment banking and asset management experience includes JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. He also co-launched an equity hedge fund in Singapore focused on Southeast Asian equities. Mr. Harari earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting at New York University’s Stern School of Business. A native of France, Mr. Harari has lived on three continents and traveled to more than 20 countries. He is a Senior Admissions Consultant with The MBA Exchange.

Jean-Philippe Odunlami
Mr. Odunlami is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School. He has been active in education and career counseling for over a decade, guiding individuals with varied backgrounds through successful MBA admission campaigns at top programs. His professional background spans the US, Asia, Europe and Africa. Mr. Odunlami has been a consultant and entrepreneur in investment management, cross-border acquisitions and real estate development. He also worked in research and analyst roles at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs in New York City. A native of France, he has also lived in the US, Singapore and Japan. Mr. Odunlami earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in international business from Dillard University. He is a Senior Admissions Consultant with The MBA Exchange.

Dr. Robert Clyne
A PhD graduate of Yale University, Dr. Clyne has worked in Yale’s undergraduate admissions office evaluating applications. Before becoming an admission consultant, he taught cultural anthropology at the university level, was a development consultant and an art dealer. Dr. Clyne has lived and worked in the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. In addition to his Yale PhD in cultural anthropology, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology at Stanford University and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. Dr. Clyne is highly proficient in Spanish. He is a Senior Admissions Consultant with The MBA Exchange.

Zach Hirshfeld
As Student Relations Manager (North America), Mr. Hirshfeld works directly with applicants worldwide on behalf of Prodigy Finance. The company enables financing for international postgraduate students who attend a participating business school or postgraduate institution, while delivering financial and social returns to alumni, institutional and private investors. His travels to date have spanned 35 countries across 5 continents. An active contributor on Quora and featured participant in numerous MBA-related webinars, he holds a degree in International Relations from Bucknell University.

Seb Murray
Serving BusinessBecause as Editor, Mr. Murray has been a working journalist for a variety of publications since 2013. His most recent articles include “Why I Left Goldman Sachs and Joined The HEC Paris MBA” and “Why MBA: IE Business School.” Mr. Murray earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with honours from University College for the Creative Arts.

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