Student Stories

08.08.2018

Ken Shek – a geographical and functional switch

Class of 2013 (Canada)
Pre-MBA: Product Planner, Blackberry (Canada)
Post-MBA: Account Manager, Channel Partners, Apple (Singapore)

"HKUST was my top choice due to its location in Hong Kong, which is uniquely positioned to offer an easier West–East transition. It is also the most globally recognized school in Asia, so if I return to the West in the future, its brand name will also help me there..."

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08.08.2018

Han Hsi Ho – moving up the ladder in architecture

Class of 2012 (Taiwan)
Pre-MBA: Associate, HOK (USA)
Post-MBA: Associate Director / Studio Manager in Design + Planning, AECOM (Hong Kong)
Current: Founding Partner, Platform Design Associates (Hong Kong)

"My experience at HKUST MBA was above my expectation. Even though people might perceive HKUST MBA to be finance focused, the curriculum is very balanced with 5 career tracks, all of which are good for building up a well-rounded understanding of business for management roles..."

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08.08.2018

Jacqueline Lee – why HKUST MBA

Class of 2015 (Singapore)
Pre-MBA: Business Relationship Manager, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)
Post-MBA: Corporate Sales, HSBC Global Banking and Markets (Hong Kong) 

"Employers are increasingly looking out for candidates with an international perspective. In a globalized world, we are competing not just against the best in our country, but the best in the world..."

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08.08.2018

Ramiro Martínez-Pardo – Expanding my scope at Unilever

Class of 2015 (Spain)
Pre-MBA: Senior Business Analyst, Unilever (Switzerland)
Post-MBA: Programme Leader, Strategy & Operations Team, Unilever (Global)

"The MBA at HKUST not only provides a sound business education, but it does so in a well-balanced class of people from the five continents while putting you in the heart of the most dynamic and thrilling economies of the world..."

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08.08.2018

Bernard Fung – a functional switch to front end roles

Class of 2012 (Canada)
Pre-MBA: Computer Virus Analyst, Fortinet (Vancouver)
Post-MBA: Senior Product Consultant, Microsoft (Hong Kong)
Current: Director of Sales, GCR, Spotify (Hong Kong)

"During the MBA, I got an internship opportunity at Microsoft in sales and marketing, which was converted to a full-time position after graduation. The role required more out-of-the-box thinking, as I needed to deal with clients much more often, which I truly enjoyed..."

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08.08.2018

Marc Boelen – 4 must-haves for career success in Asia

Class of 2012 (Netherlands)
Pre-MBA: Manager, KPMG (Netherlands)
Post-MBA: Finance Director, Asia Pacific, Tommy Hilfiger (Hong Kong)
Current: VP Strategy & Business Development, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Crocs Asia (Singapore) 

From a manager at KPMG in Amsterdam to Finance Director, Asia Pacific for Tommy Hilfiger in Hong Kong, Marc Boelen - a newcomer to Asia - has gone a long way in just 13 months in the HKUST MBA program. How did he manage to achieve this big change?

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08.08.2018

Archer Li – A life exchanging experience

Class of 2008 (China)
Pre-MBA: Advertising Executive, Shanghai Media & Entertainment Gp
Post-MBA: Equipment Product Marketing Supervisor, Nike (China) 
Current: E-Commerce Director, Macy's China (Hong Kong)

Archer Li’s MBA not only gave him a new qualification, it also introduced him to his wife and helped him to change careers. A key to his success, he says, has been the opportunity to learn how to interact and communicate with people from different cultures during his studies.

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08.08.2018

Michael Han – From Consumer Goods to Banking

Class of 2017 (China)
Pre-MBA: Senior National Client Manager, Procter & Gamble (China)
Post-MBA: Private Wealth Advisor (China)

Michael used to work at Procter & Gamble as a Senior Customer Manager. He was elected as the leader of the HKUST MBA China Club. Here he shares his experience as a Chinese working with his multicultural teammates to organize the Mid-Autumn Festival party for the class.

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08.08.2018

Roy Zhang – Four keys to a successful career switch

Class of 2012 (China)
Pre-MBA: Project Manager, IBM (Singapore)
Post-MBA: Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Hong Kong)

Roy Zhang used to work as a project manager at IBM, but what he really wanted to do was getting into equity research. It was a dream made possible by adhering to these four principles.

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08.08.2018

Gregoire Lecomte – Going East for a global experience

Class of 2011 (Switerland)
Pre-MBA: Advisor, Real Estate Financing, Credit Suisse (Switzerland)
Post-MBA: Business Development Consultant, HuaAn Asset Management (Hong Kong)
Current: Group Head of Treasury, MicroCred (France)

After growing up in Switzerland and spending nine years in the financial services industry in Europe, Gregoire Lecomte, Class of 2011, wanted to do something that would bring him a solid international experience. He looked East, to Hong Kong and HKUST, where the blend of Asian and Western [...]

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08.08.2018

Curtis Loo – Opening doors in Asia

Class of 2010 (United States)
Pre-MBA: Application Specialist, Edtec Inc (United States)
Post-MBA: Managing Consultant, HCL Technologies (China)
Current: Founder, Measure Education (United States)

Curtis Loo wanted to find a job in Asia that was linked to the business world. The HKUST MBA gave him the opportunity to do that, and also to explore his horizons further with work and study in Europe, too.

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08.08.2018

Sylvain Gysler – Formula for success in Asia

Class of 2008 (Switzerland)
Pre-MBA: Associate, Union Bancaire Privée (Switzerland)
Post-MBA: Vice President, Team Leader, Credit Suisse AG (Singapore)
Current: Head of Intermediaries, VP Bank (Singapore)

Sylvain Gysler has led a mainly European life. Born and raised in Switzerland, he could have been a typical continental banker. So how did he end up with Credit Suisse in Asia? "With my MBA, network and a bit of luck" is his answer.

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08.08.2018

Markus Seidler – The Journey to China

Class of 2010 (Austria)
Pre-MBA: Head of Trading Desk, Merit Group (Austria)
Post-MBA: Group Management Associate, AIA (Hong Kong & Manila)

For Markus, China offers more than just career opportunities. "Everything in Austria is different to China. I see new things, draw new insights and gain new perspectives every day here," he says. Yet how could he settle in a completely different environment and continue to develop his career at the same time?

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08.08.2018

Erik Emilsson – Asia Adventure far beyond expectations

Class of 2011 (Sweden)
Pre-MBA: Senior Auditor, Ernst & Young (Sweden)
Post-MBA: Global Engagement Management Associate, Citigroup (United States)
Current: Head of Global Subsidiaries Group, Nordics, Citigroup (Sweden)

Erik has a truly international background, having been born in Sweden and achieved his Bachelor in US. He enrolled in HKUST’s full-time MBA program to broaden his horizons to include Asia and he has found the experience yet far more rewarding than he expected.

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08.08.2018

Benno Jaeggi – Global Networking

Class of 2006 (Germany)
Pre-MBA: Project Manager, Holcim Ltd (Germany) 
Post-MBA: Business Manager, Institutional & Corporate Banking Asia, ABN AMRO (Hong Kong)
Current: Executive Director, Business Execution, Global Markets, ANZ (Hong Kong)

Originally from Switzerland and educated at the University of St Gallen, Benno worked in more than 20 countries prior to his HKUST MBA. He went on exchange to Columbia University, New York.

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