Louise Williams

Louise Williams
Full-Time MBA Class of 2024

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Professional Roles and Achievements

Achievements

  • Eldest of 11 children, an immigrant, a first-generation college student and the first engineer in the family
  • Worked with HopeWorldwide Philippines for disaster reliefs, raising thousands of dollars, building temporary housing and distributing clothing, food, etc. for the victims
  • Head of Sustainability and Community Service in Bechtel and conducted fundraising efforts for local homeless shelter
  • Worked on sustainability initiatives across various markets



Academics

-MBA Batch of 2024

-Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2016

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

My life has been filled with many ups and downs that have shaped me into who I am today. Two in particular stand out in recent memory that have changed how I see the world.

I studied abroad in Turkey back in 2015 and lived there for two years. I fell in love with the people and their culture. I volunteered in the local church and taught English to pay the bills. On July 15th, only 1 km from where I was living, the Turkish military marched while fighting against thousands of Turkish citizens in an attempted coup. Government buildings were bombed from the air, there were mandatory curfews, the airport was shut down, tanks were in the streets, and F16 jets flew so close the walls of my small apartment shook throughout the night. I laid under the blankets fearfully following the news. I was scared for everyone in the streets, I was scared for all the beautiful friends I had made, and I was genuinely scared for my own life.

March 13th, 2018, I rolled into the operating room of UCSF for surgery. Paul is my cousin, and we grew up in the Philippines together. We were the same age, lived in the same neighborhood and were classmates in the same school. We were very close. When I found out that both his kidneys were failing I was heartbroken. I knew I had to do whatever I could to help. I decided to move back home to California from Turkey, so that I could start the process of donating my kidney to Paul. After months of testing, lab works, and counseling, we were ready. I knew the risks. I knew I was healthy. I knew that the probability of success was in our favor. Even though the love I felt for my cousin, and my faith in God gave me security, I was still scared.

The coup was short lived, and I went on with my everyday life after a couple of days. My cousin, Paul, now has a healthy kidney and no longer has to be attached to a machine a couple times a week. 5 years later, I am healthy and well. I moved back home to the Bay Area to donate my kidney, yet to my surprise I met the love of my life, we got married, started a family, and now have moved half-way across the world to Barcelona, so I can pursue my MBA. What is invisible but essential about me is that these two experiences, sowed with uncertainty and fear, opened into moments of beauty, love, and hope. That a poor, rural girl from the Philippines, raised by a single mom in the rough streets of Richmond, can pursue higher education in Syracuse, live her life to the fullest in Turkey, and now embrace an incredible adventure in Barcelona with her husband and son. Moments like these helped me to be content and satisfied about the life I have and further affirmed and increased my faith in God. The challenges of my life have been showered with blessings and I believe that a life well-lived is a life in service of others, where that service might be invisible but it is truly essential.

Magnus Botnedal

Magnus Botnedal
Full-Time MBA Class of 2024

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Professional Roles and Achievements

Achievements
– Recipient of the Esade MBA Student Fund: Diversity Award
– Korean Government Scholarship Program grantee (3-year full-ride scholarship)

Academics

-MBA Batch of 2024

-Yonsei University, Master of Arts in Global Economy and Strategy 2017

-BI Norwegian Business School, Bachelor’s Degree in Finance 2012

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

To answer this question, I would like to start with my early childhood growing up in Norway. 

I grew up with my mother and her female partner in a suburban area in Oslo. This was in the early ’90s and growing up with “two mothers” was quite unusual, I would even say radical. As an adult, I look back on my upbringing and feel a strong sense of privilege having been raised by two strong women. 

I also travelled a lot as a young child. I visited China, Fiji and Australia twice before I was 12 years old and somehow, we never ended up staying in the tourist areas. My mother was always keen on showing me what she thought was the local way of life. So, in Fiji, we visited a local village and met the village chief, and in Beijing, we would get lost in the side streets and visit local artists whom we communicated with using a simple dictionary and hand signals. 

My untraditional upbringing and early childhood travels have made me very open and curious about new cultures. I, therefore, decided to take a leap of faith and move to Harbin in Northern China to study Mandarin once I finished my undergraduate studies in Finance.

I remember Harbin as a melting pot of different cultures. In my language school, half of the class came from Russia and the other half were Korean. I remember being so amazed by Korean mannerisms and especially the tradition of bowing to people older than yourself. It was also my first time interacting with Russians. I remember my Russian classmates as friendly and fun to hang out with. The school also had plenty of exchange students from Africa and I developed close friendships with people from Benin and Zambia. 

Fast forward ten years and I am currently living in Barcelona pursuing an MBA. If you see me in the hallways, you will probably never be able to detect from my appearance any of the diversity I carry with me from my lived experiences. I think this goes for a lot of the people we meet in life. It’s generally quite hard to tell what kind of invisible diversity people carry with them. I, therefore, believe that the best approach is to meet people with genuine openness and curiosity. Be kind to the people around you and dare to include new people in your circles of friends, regardless of where they come from or what they have done in life. 

Best of luck to all of you on your MBA and future endeavours in life!

Hanaka Koffron

Hanaka Koffron
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023

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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Achievements
– 3 years of management consulting in Japan
– Recipient of Women in Business Scholarship
– Student Fellow for APAC region

Activities
– Wine, rock climbing, and Zumba enthusiast
– Special interest in napping and snacking

Academics
– MBA Batch of 2023
– Waseda University, B.A. Liberal Arts/Concentration in Global Governance, 2018

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

One of my least favorite but most thought-provoking experiences as a working adult was when I was enlisted to join the project management team for a country-wide, government-run covid relief initiative in Japan. I hope to share my realizations while trying my best not to make this sound like a job application (lol).

I was born and raised in Washington, USA.  In 2014, I moved to Tokyo, Japan to study liberal arts. I was curious to explore my Japanese identity by building a life there. I stayed in Japan for 3 years after graduating where I blindly took a stab at management consulting in an “international” (pretty hardcore Japanese) company. 

I was working on a COVID relief initiative. It was a special project designed to help the Ministry of Economy & Trade provide SMEs with financial support as the pandemic and quarantine took a toll on their livelihood. The process involved an application for financial support, reviewing the application, and finally the provision of money.

My first role in the project management office was to track and report at the headquarters any potential issues across all other teams. I hated this job because I felt like I had so little control—why did I have to risk my life during the pandemic and go into the office to help those who were probably all at home staying safe? As if that wasn’t frustrating enough, I had no idea what I was doing because I don’t know how you predict all possible issues for such a large-scale program. Through much of the confusion, however, I realized what’s important is not having the answers but being able to ask the right questions—to not be afraid to ask for help because it’s ok not to be able to do things alone and it is better than not being able to do anything at all. So, at least I picked up a valuable life lesson. 

A few months later, I was spontaneously re-assigned to a different role, where I was overseeing (not singlehandedly, of course) the operations of the applications’ evaluation process. This involved about 50 processing centers throughout all of Japan, each with a couple of hundred part-timers looking for a temporary job, all working to manually review each company’s application and documentation. At this point, my pride was a little hurt. Already having had imposter’s syndrome as a business consultant with a liberal arts degree, I thought I had been moved due to my lack of contribution, and I was left feeling disappointed and extra demotivated. Surely I was capable of doing more than answering these operators’ questions like a customer support agent. 

This experience ended up sparking an important shift in my mindset on being a member of society. As I interacted with the operators, I realized that a). I don’t know anything about their background and skills, and that b.) we are all working on this ad hoc project with equal (no) experience or qualifications. While titles had given me a false sense of hierarchy, I had a moment of realization that we are all just equal members of a community with different roles, working together to keep the country and its citizens healthy through an extremely difficult time. It also reshaped my personal meaning of building a career, from “how do you want to make money?”, to “how do you want to help the people around you?”

Eventually, I moved back to the PMO where I worked on the most interesting part of the project—fraud investigation. While the various schemes we uncovered from companies trying to extort the relief package were sometimes too comical to believe, it reminded me that even in an almost ideal community, people will no matter what try to take advantage of the system. I also picked up some of my most valuable social survival skills, like maneuvering communication in a team of highly closed-off, hierarchical, and socially awkward people (my presence didn’t help). As my involvement in the job came to a close, I found that my experience wasn’t so much dependent upon the environment as much as it was on what I decided to make of it, and that with a positive attitude, I have the power to change my own and others’ experiences.

Ask anyone around me and they will say I definitely have more to complain about Japan and its problems, but the truth is through living and working there, I was able to appreciate the beauty of collectivism, a value with which I wasn’t familiar from my time in the US and found to be equally as vital in maintaining a healthy community.

Throughout my journey here in Barcelona and beyond, I hope to continue being able to appreciate and absorb the different “norms” of countries outside of my own.

Camila Heard

Camila Heard
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023

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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

-ESADE Full Time MBA 2023
-ESADE North American International Experience Scholarship
-University of Miami (Bachelors)

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

Something that’s invisible but essential about me is that I have lived through three different types of natural disasters. It might be cliché, but it´s true – this has taught me resilience and gratitude, as you never know what tomorrow will hold. And that when things are tough, just keep on moving, don’t stop.

The most significant experience was in 2004, when I was in Phuket on holiday during the tsunami that impacted a significant portion of Southeast Asia. It was December 26th 2004 when I woke up to trembling at about 7:00 AM. Still half asleep, I didn’t think much of it since l had been living in Tokyo at the time, where earthquakes were common.

My family and I tried to book an excursion to a nearby island but weren’t able to since the operator wasn’t leading that tour that day. Instead, we went on a snorkel tour. We later learned that that island had been completely wiped out by the tsunami.

At about 9:00 AM, we head to the beach to get on the boat. Once we’re there, my dad points out how far out the tide seemed to be compared to the day before. We didn’t think much of it, but that coupled with the trembling I had felt earlier in the morning, were the key indicators of an incoming tsunami.

We move on with the day and get on the boat and go out into the deeper ocean. After about an hour or so of travel, the captain announces the water isn’t safe for us to snorkel in. After some confusion in communicating between the captain and us he gets a radio call from shore announcing that a tsunami had hit, and we couldn’t return yet.

I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation until slowly the boat was surrounded by household items – beds, refrigerators, chairs, even TVs. If we looked closely to shore, we could see how the shore would appear and then disappear, a sign of aftershocks. Local fishermen on longboats drove around us selling lychees. We saw a german couple being ferried back to shore looking injured, dazed, and confused.

After what was probably 7 hours on the boat, we were finally able to return to shore. My brother and I got on a Thai long boat which was packed to the brim with items fishermen had collected from the sea. With the family together onshore, we had just enough time to gather our valuables before running through a destroyed hotel, passing overturned cars and fallen trees, to a car that would take us to a Buddhist temple up the hill.

We spent the night with a few hundred other hotel guests, waiting for instructions on how to evacuate back to Bangkok. The weirdest part was that in this daze that was the day after the tsunami, we walked into town and there were restaurants functioning. I even got my hair braided. We went to the internet café and after contacting family to let them know we were OK; my brother checked the NBA finals scores. Even in chaos, life went on.

After many more hours of waiting and uncertainty, my family was lucky enough to fly out of Phuket. Through this experience I learned that when you go through something difficult, stick close to the ones you love. Be grateful always, and we really are quite small in this world.

Anurag

Anurag, India
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023

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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Achievements

  • 6+ years of experience in IT consulting, including 1 year in Germany, working for TCS (Tata Consultancy Services).
  • Awarded ‘Super Volunteer’ by Tata Trusts for more than 100 hours of community service in a year, providing primary education in slums, and mentoring socially challenged STEM students into getting full-time job offers from top IT firms in India. 
  • Co-founded and headed the content team of TCS Global sports magazine, an internal magazine circulated in 46 countries, highlighting the sporting achievements of TCS employees, and creating an open forum for sports enthusiasts within the company. 
  • Published an international literary anthology with Amazon, collaborating with writers and poets from more than 15 countries. All profits from the book were donated to AIDS-Hilfe Frankfurt (AHF). Click here to check out our anthology. 
  • Recited my poems in Paris, in front of 250 international poets at the prestigious Paris Lit Up spoken word event.
  • Awarded ‘Ambassador of Word’ by  Museo de la Palabra, Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation in Madrid for showcasing compassion and empathy in a short story.
  • Featured three times as ‘editor’s pick’ by India’s largest website for women, ‘Women’s Web’. Click here to read my articles on the platform:
  • Featured on the Vice Chancellor’s appreciation list after winning a national level case competition at NITIE (Now IIM Mumbai), against 650 undergraduates from 100 top Indian universities.
    Activities
  • VP of events at ESADE Net Impact Club, Chapter Leader at Net Impact Worldwide
  • VP of collaborations at ESADE Design & Innovation Club
  • Interviewed partition survivors from India and Pakistan as an Oral Historian for 1947 Partition Archive in collaboration with Stanford University.
  • Led the ‘Tree of dreams’ initiative by Caixa foundation, fulfilling the Christmas wishes of 24 refugee kids in Barcelona with the help of the ESADE community.
  • Student ambassador for ESADE on the Uni Buddy platform, helping potential candidates in their application process.
  • Under the Lenovo Smart-ed initiative, mentored secondary school students from impacted families in different parts of India, after their schools shut down due to Covid 19 Pandemic.
  • Acted as one of the program coordinators for Goethe Institute’s inter-embassy event, Poets Translating Poets, which featured 51 accomplished poets from 15 different countries in Europe and South Asia. 
  • Adopted a village as a part of the National Service Scheme (NSS) in India and worked for two years to improve its sanitary and hygiene conditions.

Academics

  • Full-Time MBA Class of 2023, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
  • MBA Exchange at Stephen Ross School of Business 2023, University of Michigan, USA
  • Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering Class of 2014, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

After spending 4 years at my undergrad university, when I was doing my final packing, I remember tearing off more than 100 pages from the back of my notebooks because they were filled with poems and short stories. The poems were not necessarily my best work, but in this moment, I  realized that writing was something that had become important to me subconsciously.

Next year when I moved to Pune for my job, I started to take my writing more seriously. I was working 12-14 hours some days, with  2-3 hours of travel time, so in order to make time for my writing, I stopped going out with my colleagues for lunch breaks. I would quickly finish my food in 10 minutes and dedicate the remaining 30-40 minutes, hiding in some corner of the campus, typing furiously on my phone. I wrote every day and have written everyday since. 

One realizes that something has become essential when they are not doing it for any outcome or a reason. With me, writing became that. I would be in the middle of a traffic jam, standing in a packed public bus on a humid day, or in bed at 3 am, and  I would suddenly feel the need to take out my phone and write.

It was in 2017, when I first heard about the concept of open mics. I remember taking a bus for more than 2 hours, right after my work ended, on 6th January, to somehow make it in time for the event. I was so late that I was  number 40, after 39 other poets, many of whom were regulars and already had a fan following. By the time my turn came, people were visibly bored and tired. I still remember being the last guy on stage, in a fancy rooftop pub, wearing my formals, even forgetting to remove my office ID, and people in front of me just started to leave or look like they wanted  to throw things at me. I always had stage fright, and this experience didn’t help. However, I continued going to different literary events and open mics, and things got better. This video is from December 2017, almost one year after my first open mic, and even if you can’t understand the language, you can see the crowd’s reaction and see the progress I have made since being number 40 on that Friday night in January 2017.

Immediately after this performance, I moved to Germany for my work, and it truly opened me up to a new world. I met lovely people, writers from more than 40 countries in one place, and we would jam together every Sunday for 3 hours or so. I went to Berlin and Amsterdam to attend writing workshops, and took a 9-hour long bus to Paris to participate in the Paris Lit Up event, where, through some magic, I was the opening act as well as the closing act in front of more than 250 poets from around the world. In the same year, I received the ‘Ambassador of Word’ award from Museo de la Palabra, Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation in Madrid for one of my short stories. I also attended the Frankfurt Book Fair,  where I got to meet and talk to Paul Beaty, the 2016 Booker Award Winner.  In January 2019, right before I  moved back to India, the anthology I had been working on with my friends in Frankfurt came to fruition and was published by Amazon. We dedicated it to the city of Frankfurt, and  decided to make the AIDS-Hilfe Frankfurt (AHF) its lifetime beneficiary.

As I continue the next chapter of my life here at the ESADE MBA, I  try to spend my Sundays whenever possible with the writing community in Barcelona. I genuinely believe that in order to write better, I must continuously strive to become a better human being, who can one day be the voice of those who are disadvantaged . It also means the realization of one’s mortality, and that there is always someone better than you, and that there are more things you don’t know than the things you know. I believe that this realization remains at the core of my being.

Pulkit Sahani

Pulkit Sahani, India
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023

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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Achievements

  • Cyber Strategy Advisor with Deloitte: Ranked top 1% in performance for 3 consecutive years
  • Tedx Speaker on “Creating the future, today”
  • Intern at Amazon LATAM

Academics

  • MBA Batch of 2023
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Sciences

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

The year 2010 proved disastrous for my family. My father, a businessman, faced severe business issues and got embroiled with considerable debt. The family struggled, and as a teenager, I faced financial and emotional issues at home. Faced challenges on multiple fronts, I also learned the most important lessons of my life at this time. 

My grandfather took charge of the situation and played a significant role in helping us decide the next steps. As a lesson, he advised that to err is human and, the family needs to overcome hardships like these together as a team. That year, I truly understood the need and value of being a part of the team.

“The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives’’ so aptly applied to our family crisis  and we, as a family, survived this ordeal together after a struggle of 2 years. The situation also gave a new perspective to my approach in my professional as well as personal life. The lesson made me understand the true meaning of teamwork, and ever since that day, I have genuinely applied it in my professional life. Whatever I have accomplished today, it would not have been possible without the people who worked with me. And I think, full being able to understand what it means to be part of a team, and supporting each and every member, and at the same time learning from them, is one of the two important invisible but essential about myself.

The MBA has only helped me improve on this ability, it has made me look at things from such a broad prospective. I have realised, Knowledge can come through intense conversations within the walls of the classroom or even casual discussions of mutual interest. And it’s not just knowledge; instead, it’s the mindset that I have been able to adopt from the brilliant minds of this MBA Class. So always listening, and learning from others would be my second invisible but essential trait.

My years of self-improvement have led to my meaningful transformation and groomed me to become the person I am today, and this wouldn’t have been possible without my invisible but essential traits. The ability to support team members, and being truly loyal, at the same time, listening and understanding people, is what truly defines me, and I am only looking for more experiences that I can help me improve myself.

Devie Fibtarica

Devie Fibtarica, Indonesia
Full-Time MBA Class of 2022
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NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IF YOU BELIEVE

Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

  • I am a scholarship awardee from Bank Mandiri, the largest bank in Indonesia. I have been awarded the scholarship for 4 years in a consequence due to my works achievement in fulfilling the company KPI’s and have been awarded as high potential employee for the last few years.
  • I was the youngest Consumer Loan Manager who was appointed to manage the first-class area in Indonesia. I supervised a very big team around 60 people when I was 28 years old.
  • Awarded as The Best Consumer Loan Manager in 2018 and in the first semester of 2020
  • First trip to Europe fully paid by Bank Mandiri as achievement reward in 2017.
  • Winning a writing competition then published a novel when I was in the third grade of senior high school.

If you describe yourself with one word? Why?

Persistence. I will never give up! A determination to achieve dreams and the ability to persevere in tough times.

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

As a girl who grew up in a small city of the developing country, Malang – Indonesia, I never imagine myself can achieve an MBA degree from a reputable business school in the world. I also have never been imagined myself to live in Europe in order to learn knowledge from the best expertise and ended up having many good friends from different nationalities. Honestly speaking, before 2019, I never see myself could get out from Indonesia to chase my dream as high as possible. Now that I have achieved my MBA from ESADE Business School Barcelona, without paying any cents, then I proved to myself that nothing is impossible when you believe.

I am a girl from a small and modest family, my father (who has passed away in 2010) was a government employee and my mother was simply a housewife. Both of my parents were having bachelor’s degree background from our hometown, Malang. None of them have ever been living outside Malang City, as they think that our hometown and our country is the best place in the world to live. Thus, they educated me to do the same things because that was all they know. My parents have been living a decent life in Malang by having a good job and saving money. Therefore, I did all my education from the first grade to my bachelor’s degree in Malang City as they wished. My parents did not expect me to also have the same job as they have, but they directed me to get a job as a doctor or an engineer as both occupations were the hottest trend in Indonesia at those times. People believed by being a doctor or an engineer, you will have a decent income and a successful career track. I did not want to study medical, so I ended up choosing engineering school. I was graduated from Brawijaya University Malang, I received my Electrical Engineering degree in 2012 with GPA almost cumlaude 3.45 out of 4.00.

I never expected that I can live outside Indonesia and obtain a master’s degree from the best business school simply because to live outside Indonesia is very costly. Business school tuition fee usually are also very expensive. My family would never afford it. When sometimes I brought the topic about living outside my hometown, Malang or living outside Indonesia, they will always say to me,”No need to dream too high of seeing the world, it’s risky. It’s not safe. It’s costly. You already have enough so be grateful. Malang is the best city and Indonesia is the best country to live.”  This type of thought is common in Indonesia, as most of Indonesian people are very low profile and to have a big dream means to do things with more risks as well. Not so many people are willing to take higher risks and moreover, to step out from their comfort zone. Since I was a little kid, I know that I like to see the world and willing to try new things. When I was 5 years old, my mother usually picked me in the kindergarten after school, but if she was late, even for 5 minutes, I walked home by myself. I would take a different route from my usual route which allowed me to see more interesting things like rice paddle and the green grass. My mother would be panicked but at the end she knew that I always could find my way home. I loved to see some movies which they showed the other side of the world. I knew how amazing the world outside my hometown and outside Indonesia from the television and internet. The furthest place I have been travelling to with my family were only to Bali, the most famous Island in Indonesia and Kalimantan, the biggest island in Indonesia. My family are not keen on travelling so much because it required a lot of money, so I keep the great desire of seeing the whole world by myself. I kept on believing that someday I will have the chance to get my dreams come true. I made a dream book when I was 19years old, and I put everything I want in that book. I put the images of the places which I want to go, which country I want to visit, what kind of job I want to have and what stuff I want to buy when I have my own salaries. Also, what kind of house I want to

have and everything else. I made this future affirmation when I was young to be able to achieve it. I made some important goals in my life, and I struggled all the way to fulfil it.

Even though I was graduated from engineering school, but I don’t want to be an engineer. What I really wanted to do in life is to be a marketing manager, or a business manager. I had some organizational experiences since I was in school, and I love to create big event to launch or promote some products. I like to work with people and to do some managerial works. I know I can negotiate very well even though I don’t have degree from communication school or business school. Thus, I applied to some leadership programmes in some companies including Bank Mandiri, the biggest bank in Indonesia. I hoped that I could work in managerial position like what I always dream for. I still do my family motto which is,”Do your best but stay modest”

Time flies so fast that I have never realized that I have been working for 8 years in Bank Mandiri. I have been doing my best so far so that I can achieve many awards in the company. I was also one of a very few empoloyees who has the fastest career track. My first trip to go outside Indonesia was in 2013 after had been working for one year in Bank Mandiri. I still remember it was Singapore, the first country I could afford to go by my own money. I feel proud of myself, and I feel happy that I can see another land outside Indonesia. The best moment for me was when I can travel but not by my own money, but because it was an award from my company for achieving the goals beyond 130%. My first trip to go to Europe was in 2017 and all paid by Bank Mandiri so that experience was really like a dream comes true. I have put Europe as my utmost dream in my dreambook when I was 19 years old then I got it when I was 27 years old without paying any cents. That was really an amazing moment for me.

“Nothing is impossible when you believe it” worked like a magic for me. I kept doing my best effort to achieve all my dreams. I did not stop. I want to see the world more and more. The best decision in my life was when I decided to do the MBA in 2019 as a sponsorship awardee from Bank Mandiri. Not just that I can learn business as I had been dreaming for song long but also I can stay in Europe and see more countries. I was also the first person from my region, Region 8 Bank Mandiri Surabaya, who was able to achieve such a prestigious reward like this. From 30 employees in Bank Mandiri who got the sponsorship to do the master program overseas, 90% are from Jakarta Region and Head Quarter and the rest were from Surabaya (me) and 2 people from Kalimantan-Maluku. I was able to inspire many employees from my region to achieve their dream as well, that nothing is impossible when you believe it.

From a girl who live in one small city for the whole of her life to a woman who are now already see 30 countries in her 30s, I would say I am glad that I have made many good decisions in my life. From a girl who always heard people said to her,”You can’t do that, it’s impossible or it’s risky” and now she can reply back,”I am doing my MBA in Europe, I have seen Africa and America, all by my own without any help from anyone” with wide grin on her face. As of now, even though I have achieved many things in life, it does not mean that I will stop. I keep on having other big dream. I still have many goals that I want to achieve, and I will not give up to any of them. I still want to keep inspire people that “Nothing is impossible when you believe” because it works for me, and it changed my life. I hope, it can also changes people’s life.

Melinda Keys

Melinda Keys, Australia
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023

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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Achievements

  • Mining professional with 7 years of experience at two of the world’s biggest miners, BHP & FMG. Worked as a Geologist, Operations Supervisor, and Project Manager
  • Recipient of Forte Fellowship
  • TedX Speaker on Women in Leadership

Activities

  • VP of Operations & Supply Chain Club
  • Upcoming internship with Boston Consulting Group
  • Frequent keynote speaker at mining events
  • Advocate for inclusion & diversity in the workplace (particularly in the resources sector)
  • Mentor to young women in mining
  • Work with educational sector (primary, secondary, and tertiary) to encourage more students into STEM fields
  • Mental Health First Aider

Academics

  • MBA Batch of 2023, top 3% of cohort
  • Upcoming exchange at Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Melbourne
  • Master of Science, The University of Melbourne

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

What’s essential about me is that I am passionate about Inclusion & Diversity and mental health, particularly in the workplace.

With 2 science degrees (Bachelors and Masters), I am a scientist by training and a mining professional. My interest in geology and the resources industry comes from the very practical application of scientific practice and thought.

What is not widely known is that the mining industry in Australia continues to be male-dominated, with only 18% of the workforce being women. Furthermore, people who work in the mining industry in Australia suffer much worse levels of poor mental health, exhibited through the fact that mining professionals are 80% more likely to die from suicide.

These two core issues have spurred me into action in the workplace, and I am motivated to work each day in the mining industry to make it a better place than where I found it, both as a professional and as a leader.

On a personal level, I have experienced gender-based discrimination, misogynist attitudes, and sexual harassment on the job. When I was hired for my first position, my peers often asked (“jokingly”, I was told) if I was hired as a receptionist. Even with two geology degrees, many people assumed I worked in administration, rather than as a geologist. I have frequently been the only woman in production meetings, and have also experienced the gender pay gap firsthand.

In reaction to these experiences, I have strived to build an inclusive workplace by mentoring young women in mining. Along with campaigning for female specific work uniforms (Personal Protective Equipment) and speaking up about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, I make it a point to promote a ‘safe to speak up’ culture in my teams so that I can develop all team members to achieve their career goals.

Like anyone, my mental health goes up and down, and is particularly at risk if I am stressed, fatigued, or when there are external factors outside of my control (such as work or family situations). As such, I ensure to keep on top of my mental health by seeing a psychologist when I need. I view this as very normal (after all, you go and see a doctor when you have a cold, why wouldn’t you see a psychologist when you’re feeling down?), but unfortunately, I feel this is still incredibly stigmatized. When I became a people leader for the first time, I made sure to get my Mental Health First Aid, so that I could respond appropriately to mental health crisis situations, and also be a better supervisor. I also speak up about my own mental health journey to reduce the stigma.

The promotion of I&D and mental health is a core of who I am. It’s turning into my life’s passion, and I can’t imagine having a career without having a component of this advocacy work. Perhaps it’s not particularly invisible about me, as I am vocal and unapologetic about it, but it’s of vital importance yet still invisible to some, as we don’t talk about it enough.

Mollie Moric

Mollie Moric, Canada
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Achievements

  • Sales and Marketing Professional with 5+ years of experience
  • Recipient of Forte Fellowship for Women
  • Student Fellow for APAC Region
  • Keynote Speaker to audience of 150+ on working effectively in cross-cultural teams
  • Women in Business Board Member at Chamber of Commerce in Taipei
  • Featured in Business Class Magazine

Activities

  • VP of Marketing for Esade Tech Club
  • Touring cyclist (Cycled 1000km in 9 days)
  • Traveling (Traveled to 25+ countries)

Academics

  • MBA Batch of 2023
  • University of Victoria, B.A. Commerce 2016

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

What’s essential about me is that I have an aptitude for risk, and this has enabled me to authentically develop myself as a global professional.

People may be surprised to learn that not only was I offered a job on a two-hour plane ride, but that I accepted the position and relocated from Canada to England for the role.

As I smiled at passengers shuffling into their seats on a plane ride from London to Austria in 2016, I would never have guessed that a few hours later, one of those strangers would be my future boss.

Most people call me an extrovert. I’ve always found it easy to strike up conversations with people I meet. Naturally, I fell into a discussion about the eCommerce industry with the man who sat next to me on the plane. As a Bachelor of Commerce student close to graduation, I was delighted to have the opportunity to ask an expert about the booming industry.

After entertaining my questions, the man revealed he was the managing director of the company we had discussed. As the plane ride ended, he handed me a business card, said he liked my enthusiasm and asked if I would consider relocating.

A few months and virtual interviews later, I started my 6-month internship at a cross-border eCommerce solutions company in London run by the man on the plane.

And that is only the beginning—my next step was to move to Taiwan to work for 4 years. What most people don’t know is that I moved without having visited Asia before, and without having a job lined up.  

Like my move to London, I let myself jump into the unknown because I knew I would learn more about myself through immersing myself in a different culture.

Taiwan is incredibly different from London or Canada. There were very few other foreign female professionals in Taiwan — especially under the age of 30 like me. Although incredibly rewarding, it could be a challenging new environment to navigate at times.

But along with the challenges, I learned to be completely comfortable in my own skin. I felt that by pushing my boundaries yet again and succeeding, I found a new level of confidence and developed valuable skills, like communicating beyond language barriers.

Even in a professional context, I was exposed to different working styles, and learned how to work with people from all around the world.

I am grateful for my unique international career and can’t wait to see where I will be after the ESADE MBA.

Shelly Shaurya

Shelly Shaurya, India
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Achievements:

  • NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) Scholar, awarded by Govt. of India
  • L.B.L Jain award for excellence in sports and studies, awarded by St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
  • College blue (three consecutive year) and a special award for cricket, awarded by St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
  • Captain of Delhi cricket team (u-23 and u-25)
  • Amazon no.1 best-seller author
  • Awarded a literary award for my book Green Line
  • Awarded “Blue tie” for excellence and consistency in studies and “Red tie” for excellence in sports, awarded by DPS RK Puram

Activities

  • Played cricket professionally for over 14 years, and played in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and Ranji Trophy
  • Getting among top 30 cricketers each year by BCCI and training in National Cricket Academy
  • Started a foundation
  • Writing books

Academics

  • MBA Batch of 2023, Esade Business School B.A Economics (Hons)
  • St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

I believe there are three types of invisible but essential traits within myself. They are effective time management, venturing new areas and my perseverance. I’ve been pursuing multiple things at a time. It was probably because I had many passions, and I didn’t want to pick and choose. From a very early age, I realized that managing my time and allocating a certain time to each activity will only get me through all of them.

In school, I used to divide my time in such a way that helped me achieve “age quod agis”, which roughly translates to “do what you are doing”.

I could represent my school in various math and science competitions, sports competitions and at the same time play cricket professionally. I loved studying and playing sports right from childhood. Getting awards from the school every year for performing in school or getting a national scholarship from the Govt. of India or representing the Delhi cricket team happened just because I was focused and managed my time to do all these activities and dared to take up the challenges.

As I grew up, it was only later that I realized that these invisible traits or intrinsic qualities are helping me get into the grooves of the things I chose to do.

Even while playing in the IPL (Indian Premier League), one of the biggest international cricket tournaments in the world, I could not detach myself from academics. I worked on different assignments related to natural resources. Time management has helped me pursue my different passions. It’s a common misconception that if you have a schedule, and then you lead a mechanical, single-dimensional, boring life. It is actually the other way round. You can dare to enjoy many things with a schedule, try many different things, and grow in many facets of life.

Because of my travels, I could try my hands-on photography and developed a good knack for wildlife photography. Later on, I researched how to manage natural resources better and come up with green jobs. I started a charitable foundation to work on various projects to uplift rural and tribal communities in varied ways. To bring attention to the unique Ladakhi Bactrian camel or to revive the National School Sanitation Initiative are some other areas I have ventured.

I feel my life took a new turn when I represented India at the United Nations Conferences, presenting and talking about my ideas and theories on combating desertification and ensuring climate change mitigation. All of this helped me write books. I was never a “writer”. Even now, I don’t feel like one. But that didn’t stop me from just trying it out. And now I can’t stop writing.

To learn further the art of management and establish sustainable global businesses, I thought of pursuing an MBA, and I’m happy to land at Esade, which is one of the best in the world.

People sometimes think it’s a ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ situation for me. But the truth is far from it. My invisible but essential traits of grit, dare to act, and efficient time management has greatly helped me in life. This is something I’ll be banking on while pursuing my MBA at Esade and life beyond it.