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.

Francesco Iacono

Francesco Iacono, Italy
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

I am an MBA Candidate at ESADE in 2023 class; I held a Bachelor (2010) and a Master’s (2013) Degree in Management Engineering at the University of Naples “Federico II” and at “The Royal Institute of Technology” (Stockholm)

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

December ‘12. A couple of weeks before flying to Stockholm (where I would have prepared my thesis), my sister, only 17, was diagnosed with a tumor. The world collapsed on me, also because I would have left soon, and I could not have given my support to my family in such a tough moment. Despite everything, I decided to go because I didn’t have any other choice or a B-plan.

During the 6 months abroad, my sister’s condition was very fluctuating: some days she was better, other she got worse. I reacted by keeping my mind occupied all the time, working on my thesis with the utmost dedication, focused on my goal: the degree.

It was a tough challenge that forced me to rely only on myself. I had many times the desire to return to Italy, but then I retraced my steps, thinking about all the way I had done until then: this kept me alive.

In July ‘13, I returned to Italy, and my sister seemed to get better, but, while I started working, she had a relapse. Within a few months, in December, the disease finally won over my sister.

I had been preparing for this event for months, and I tried to face it in the most mature way possible, forcing me not to let events take control of my life. And so, it was my biggest challenge: I “survived” transforming the pain into a tremendous inner strength, which pushed me to take back my life. I learned that the best way to overcome difficulties is to start thinking about “tomorrow” instantly, and I owe this consciousness to my sister. This awareness is my weapon today, making me a very balanced but also strong person, always ready to chase challenging goals, without any fear of difficulties. Pursuing an MBA was a long-time dream, one of those dreams perhaps destined to remain in the drawer, because it is too big and too risky, for many reasons. And so I owe to the invisible but essential (and constant) presence of my sister in my life, the courage to really live and get my dreams.

Julian C. Clymer

Julian C. Clymer, United States
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

  • ESADE Social Impact Scholar
  • California Farm Bureau collaboration with Mission Farm and Community Action Napa Valley Food Bank
  • Active musician and sportsman

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

Our future leaders need to be globally minded in commodities exchange and the future of agriculture depends on solutions created utilizing international relations. I have been actively involved in California Farm Bureau Federation for five years allowing me to understand food systems domestically and how they affect global trade. I had the opportunity to lead and collaborate with multi-generational ranching families, motivated agriculturists and wine-growers from across the globe. I know the environment at ESADE will be one of diversity, leadership, and networking that will elevate the continued success of our student class and the institution.

What is invisible but essential to myself is my time as former chair of Napa California Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers. From 2019-2021 our organization fundraised over $30,000 for agriculture education scholarships and enrichment programs. I was extremely proud of our organization to pivot during the pandemic and utilize resources in new and creative ways. ‘Harvest For All’ is a nationwide US gleaning effort to coordinate food donations produced at local farms and ranches. Our organization bridged new connections with local organizations to donate 20,000 pounds of produce and contribute over 300 volunteer hours. I was able to exercise my creativity and perseverance in order to understand the needs of others and where we could offer help. Our participants were galvanized by stewardship of the land and the will to give.

As an ESADE Social Impact Scholar I look forward to study of logistics involved in feeding rural, urban, and diverse communities that each present their own challenges. As our global population continues to grow, leaders in agriculture business need to be innovative, aware, and dynamic in order to deliver commodities efficiently while maintaining economic viability. Continued pressure on food systems reveal shortcomings that are not sustainable and require revision or policy change. Understanding the science of these cropping systems helps bolster solutions, but implementation requires a collaborative understanding of many different disciplines.

My early career in the wine industry has placed me within operations all over the globe including the laboratory, the boardroom, and the vineyard. During my recent years studying at Oregon State University, I have acquired introductory knowledge of agricultural commodities trading and how crops are grown. I would like to become an innovative leader in food systems, vertical farming, or adjacent agricultural products that can shape the emerging market of food securities internationally. A professional experience at ESADE is the holistic learning environment offering career transformation in order to achieve my goals.

Mertina Rakhmawaty

Mertina Rakhmawaty, Indonesia. Full-Time MBA Class of 2022
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Receiving a full-time MBA sponsorship by Bank Mandiri, awarded as a high performance top 4 in a row, chosen as one of Bank Mandiri Culture Squads (Culture Change Agent) in 2018. Pertaining to my passion in entrepreneurship, I participated as a seller in the 19th Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair in 2017

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

I encountered a unique childhood experience. I grew up as a kid who was forced to adapt to many new things as my father, who was working in the army, frequently moved from one place to another place, from one island to different islands in my country. Not only was I forced to adapt to those places that I lived temporarily had, but I was also forced to meet many new people in a short period since I should transfer my school from one place to another place following where my father was assigned to work. One of the unforgettable memories that I will always remember is every time I did the local language examinations. As my country is culturally and linguistically rich, I should face different local languages anytime I moved to a new place which means also moving to a new school; and this experience happened like a momentum because it occurred once every three years. I could not control my nervousness anytime that exam came and what made it worse was the local language examination was a part of the school curriculums. The circumstances of my nomadic life definitely have shaped me to be who I am today. Although in the past, I thought I could not stand those pressures, for now, I realize how special that experience was. Having been through the dynamic childhood and teen stages of my life, what came first as discomfort that often makes me so hard toward myself, I now understand how great the advantages I have carried thus far. I have become a person who always thrives on my goals and has self-reliance.

My childhood experiences, which were not easy for me, really influenced me until I grew up. The fear and the anxiety sometimes stroke in. Then, there was a milestone that happened in my life when I met my partners in my office. Through them, I learned about the real collaboration spirits which are reflected in daily life and professional careers. I started to open myself more to people around me. Having been surrounded by those people, I felt that everybody was supportive, helpful, and reliable. I could share my workload with them, address questions when necessary, also have some fun. Meeting those people has made me understand the meaning of a positive circle. They encouraged me to be the better version of myself and always support me in the tough times. Some of my partners who have been inspiring me until today graduated from ESADE. From them, the ESADE journey begins.

After hearing their stories about ESADE, my curiosity arouse. I did some research on the internet about ESADE. My goal back then was to accelerate myself and to equip myself with more experience in the global business. I also wanted to improve myself by understanding people’s unique excellence. The more I dig in more information, the more I got better ideas that everyone has their strengths. I was trying to also do a self-reflection. I consider myself as a person who is always positive in most situations because I believe that what is positively sowed will fruit positively. However, not every one of us is brave enough to have the confidence to show the world our true colors.

Thinking about this further always brings me to what my mother taught me. She said to me that if I want to make others happy, I should feel contented first then I would have enough to give others. Also, she told me to trust the process. When we see things positively, the universe will align with us. Now, as I am in ESADE and I have met a lot of new people from diverse backgrounds and skills, I am more convinced and agree with the idea that everyone is a gem. What I think everyone should do is sharing positivity and encouragement in every situation because this is the key to peace and harmony. By having high self-reliance, we could change what seems impossible to be possible

Connor Sullivan

Connor Sullivan, United States
Full-Time MBA Class of 2022
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

  • FinTech Club Founding Member
  • President of Sales & Business Development Club
  • ESADE Runners Leader

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

My parents lived in Tokyo during the ’80s and moved back to the United States to start a family. I was the firstborn into a large Irish Catholic family living in the New York City area. Growing up, my mother tutored Japanese American children in our home during weekdays. After English class was dismissed, the student’s mothers would drop off Japanese candies or food. “Nori” became a favourite lunchtime staple of mine, despite the ridicule of my classmates. These early experiences helped me develop a connection with the outside world. Twenty-some years later, I was on a one-way flight to Singapore’s Changi Airport. I remember the conversations with co-workers before leaving “You’re moving where?”

Over the next couple years, I experienced life on the other side of the world, working in Singapore, Hong Kong & Tokyo.  It is was equally exciting & challenging, and where I received my first cultural crash course.  It is also where I met my wife, from Bordeaux, who opened my eyes to another distinctly new (and delicious) culture.  Early last year, in the midst of COVID, we chose Barcelona for the next stop in our journey.  To us, we saw Barcelona as a global city that was still in touch with its roots, something that resonated with us both.  To me, ESADE represented the same identity, and it is where I’ve found a truly global family here in Spain.  In six months from now, the next chapter in our story will begin as we welcome a Franco-American child here in Barcelona.  While an identity crisis may be on the horizon, we couldn’t be happier to start our family here within Barcelona & ESADE.