Student Stories

08.08.2018

Moving up the ladder in architecture – Han Hsi Ho

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

Why HKUST MBA – Jacqueline Lee

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

Expanding my scope at Unilever – Ramiro Martínez-Pardo

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

A functional switch to front end roles – Bernard Fung

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

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

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

A life exchanging experience – Archer Li

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

From Consumer Goods to Banking – Michael Han

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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05.03.2019

Why HKUST MBA? – Aldric Chau

Class of 2014
Pre-MBA: Assistant Manager, Inflight Sales Operation, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Post-MBA: Lean Project Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Current: Head of Retail & e-Commerce, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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08.08.2018

Going East for a global experience – Gregoire Lecomte

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

Opening doors in Asia – Curtis Loo

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

Formula for success in Asia – Sylvain Gysler

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

The Journey to China – Markus Seidler

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

Asia Adventure far beyond expectations – Erik Emilsson

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

Global Networking –Benno Jaeggi

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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