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.

Heejun Goo

Heejun Goo, South Korea
Full-Time MBA Class of 2022
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

From a young age, through my teenage years, my only focus was Taekwondo as a junior professional player, and my childhood dream was to become a member of the Korean National Taekwondo Team. However, the first dream was shattered when I got herniated disc in my back, and after recovering my body and my mind through a horrible and long rehabilitation process, I started thinking about another future plan. My only real interest outside of Taekwondo was the content, media, and entertainment, so I decided to pursue a career in that field and went to study in the UK. I enjoyed my university life with various and dynamic experiences. After graduation, I finally achieved my second dream. I joined CJ ENM, which is a leading media company in Korea and producer & distributor of the great movie, Parasite. Amongst those challenging and dynamic time in my life, I would like to talk more about my work experiences.

I started my career as an intern in 2012 and by 2016, I had gained a variety of experience across the media and entertainment industry. In 2017, when I felt I was reaching a crossroads in my career over whether to focus on becoming a specialist or take a managerial path, my own line manager helped me take the decision to focus on the managerial track. After working hard on developing my leadership skills, in 2018, I was ranked first in my division and was selected for the ‘potential leader’ development program, operated by the Human Resource Management team. In addition, I was also selected as an employee representative at a commemoration ceremony in 2019 and received a citation from the CEO. The fact that my hard work and achievements were recognized early by my manager and the company and I was given the opportunity to develop my skills as a leader, is something that I am very proud of.

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

As said, I was a junior Taekwondo professional player. When I was in middle and high school, I typically spent at least ten hours a day practicing, and I built a reputation as a promising player. However, I could not make the dream due to a severe herniated disc in my back. The horrible accident suddenly and unexpectedly hit me, and I was afraid of losing the thing that was most important to me. In addition, my doctor warned me that there was a chance that I would not walk again. The first three months of rehabilitation were the toughest, I continually fell over, had bruises all over my body, and had trouble sleeping due to the pain. Thanks to my family, but I could overcome the toughest moment in my life so far and came back to a normal life without any pains.

Through this process, I started to realize that I was a naturally positive and strong-willed person, which has given me the added confidence that I can achieve anything I set my mind to in the future. Also, I realized that I am very systematically planned, structured, and self-disciplined person through the rehabilitation. I built the habit of setting goals, making plans, and implementing them on every single day during the rehabilitation. Lastly, but most importantly, I learnt the lesson that “too much is as bad as too little & to always be humble for both physically and mentally” as I tried to understand what caused my herniated disc. These three lessons have become ESSENTIAL factors in my life. 

For me, ESADE is a representative of diversity, equality, and harmony. As a child I was strongly influenced by my mother, who was a social worker helping senior citizens and immigrants, and the lessons she taught me about treating everyone equally, has meant that I am able to get along with everyone, irrespective of their background. I hope this another essential but invisible of me will be aligned with ESADE SPIRIT. Now, I am enjoying ESADE MBA life and trying to improve and hone myself to start on the path to becoming an industry leader who can positively influence the people around me.

Maryam Samee

Maryam Samee, Pakistan & United Kingdom
Full-Time MBA Class of 2021
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

Growing up I was always told that I should be a lawyer because I was passionate and loved to debate. However, after studying law at university and practising as a Paralegal at a law firm in Borneo for a year, I realised the profession was not for me and that I wanted to do something creative. Digital marketing looked dynamic and exciting to me and so I decided to work for an agency. Here I had the opportunity to work on some exciting projects for major FMCG clients like Nestle and Miller Genuine Draft. 

I eventually moved into the hospitality sector, working with the likes of the Gordon Ramsay Group and D&D London- two of London’s major hospitality groups launching their websites and e-commerce platforms. As an avid foodie, this was the perfect combination of my skill set- combining my love for food with my digital marketing background. Most recently, I moved in house to work for one of the world’s most innovative hospitality groups with six Michelin stars in its portfolio.

Following this, I decided that I wanted to expand my knowledge and learn about all areas of business beyond digital. I wanted to learn about finance, operations, and all these other facets and so I decided to do an MBA. For me it was extremely important to find the right school- one that was diverse not just in the nationality of students, but also their backgrounds and thought- and so I decided on ESADE after being lucky enough to get accepted following a very thoughtful and enjoyable selection process where I really got to experience the ESADE spirit.

During my MBA I have been very active in club life- taking on roles as Vice President of the Marketing Club and Vice President of Allies in the LGBTQ+ Club. Although this was not the MBA experience any of us had envisioned due to COVID, I had the opportunity to get involved in ways I had never imagined. During this time, I founded the ESADE Black Lives Matter Coalition, which has now been developed into ESADE’s Blacks in Business & Allies Club by the new class. I also led a series of virtual cookalongs for my class where we all took part in teaching each other how to cook dishes from our respective countries. 

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

Having grown up across six different countries- my entire life experience has been a melting pot of cultures, thoughts, and mindsets. I was born in Pakistan and then moved back and forth between there, the Middle East and the UK. Growing up in multiple cultures has also allowed me to see issues from different perspectives. Personally, I am most concerned with the theme of feminism, and what equality and equal opportunity mean to women in different parts of the world. Although at face value everyone believes in the equality of women, what that actually looks like and how we get there is often something people clash on. Through my professional work experience, I have also observed firsthand many of the struggles women face in the workplace. For example, I have seen how senior women in male-dominated upper management roles sometimes struggle as authority figures with their assertiveness being misconstrued as aggression. I find that women need to work harder to strike a balance between confidence and approachability than their male peers do.

Beatriz Hortelano Garvayo

Beatriz Hortelano Garvayo, Spain
Full-Time MBA Class of 2022
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

  • Visiting 55 countries, some with friends some alone
  • My contribution in “Arjuna el Guerrero de la Luz” a Poetry collection by my mother which was published in 2019
  • Volunteering in Mexico for two months providing medical and psychological support to 150 children of the same community
  • Five years of international professional experience

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

Raised between Spain and Germany, I have constantly moved from one country to another. When thinking of “Invisible but essential” the first thing that pops into my mind “Nec spe nec metu” – without hope, without fear. By following and believing in this phrase, my heart suddenly got divided between the place where I was born and the place where I was reborn:

I’ve long tried to be invisible. Even when out among “the people,” I preferred to pass unnoticed, to merge with the crowd. You can call it being introverted if you will. My desire to remain invisible was based less on wanting to be left alone and more on not wanting to bother anyone. I tried to pass through crowds as smoothly as I could for many years, letting people pass when they were in a hurry and holding open doors whenever I could, contributing whilst not taking.

Until I found myself searching for the right answer to the question someone had asked me: “What’s the reason for you not doing this Bea?” “Lack of self-confidence?” Probably. And there I was, in Germany, aged 22, just me and my invisibility. Realizing the urge to redirect all this invisible energy into something noticeable, meaningful, and impactful. And so, I did. In turn, I experienced a self-transformation that brought me here.

Invisibility doesn’t mean sacrificing one’s individuality, it only means not having to assert it all the time. But still, assert it from time to time. In this sense, when realized, it can reflect a deeper sense of self-confidence than standing out. Even if no one else ever knows.

Nowadays, it is often difficult to stop and appreciate what we are and what we have. The following exercise helped me recognize the importance of ourselves. I hope you enjoy it.

MIRROR STATION:

Stand in front of a mirror, look into your eyes, and say out loud that you love yourself.

How often do we do that? Not often enough. But the more we do it the more it builds in our sub consciousness.

The how: take a mirror, look at yourself. 3 reps of mirror work. Appreciate yourself. That’s you.

AFFIRMATION STATION:

The how: Write 3 affirmations. 3 reps out loud of each.

  • I AM PROUD OF MYSELF (There are many reasons you can be proud of)
  • I AM DOING MY BEST (We tend to be too hard on ourselves. Remember we always try our best. Don’t forget that)
  • I DON’T HAVE TO BE ANYONE ELSE BUT ME (We are constantly comparing things, careers, and personalities. Stop it. You are unique, stay unique.)

GRATITUDE MACHINE:

Being grateful for ourselves, bodies, health, or whatever it is about us.

The how: Note 3 things we are grateful for. Thinking about it is also powerful.

  • I am grateful for the mistakes I have made in my life (Mistakes. Sounds kind of negative right? But you would probably not be here today if it wasn’t for them. Enjoy their outcome)

PHYSICAL TOUCH:

Hug more. Often. Give a hug to yourself for 30 secs.

The how: Take your arms and gently wrap them around yourself. Breathe. Let yourself know that you are here. Be present. Enjoy the moment. Breathe. Notice how you are feeling. Breathe.

Brooke Latham

Brooke Latham, United States
Full-Time MBA Class of 2021
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

  • President for Net Impact Club
  • Mentor of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • IESE Impact Investing Case Competition
  • ESADE Social Impact MBA Scholarship
  • In my free time I love to practice yoga, run and cook

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

The MBA moves at 100mph, at the start of the program we were told there were 3 S’s- Sleep, Study, and Socialize and at any given time you can only choose two, which was extremely accurate of the first six months. But I would challenge that there is a fourth S, SELF. To be able to keep going on, you need to take care of yourself and learn what recharges you and how to create a healthy balance. For me the self-aspect is my meditation practice.

October 2019, I was sitting in my first week of the MBA, and a leadership professor mentioned the role of emotional intelligence (EI) and how mindfulness can be a useful tool to cultivate your EI. He proceeded to ask the class if anyone had a mindfulness practice and would be willing to share the next day. I raised my hand and volunteered. While living in Guatemala, I had deepened my yoga and meditation practice, and I had spent a significant amount of time learning about different types of meditations and energy healing, but I never thought this would mix with the MBA. Nervous and unsure how a classroom full of MBAs would respond to meditation, the next day, I guided 60 of my new classmates in a meditation and pranayama breathing exercise, which was very welcomed by the class.

Quickly the meditation sessions caught on to the rest of the cohort. We started bi-weekly meditations, which lead to regular meditation before exams. Before each exam, 15 to 20 students would gather in the MBA gardens or outside the exam room to pause, breathe, and to center ourselves to overcome exam pressure or anxiety. For me, creating the right mindset was more important than last-minute studying of finance equations. It was a testimony of mindfulness that even in the most stressful experiences we have the control to choose our reactions and the breath is a powerful tool to center ourselves.

Guiding a morning meditation and Bhramari pranayama exercise, a specific type of breath exercise that can help reduce stress and anxiety by regulating and reducing blood pressure.

After continued interest in the group meditations, a classmate, Lauren Holmes, and I decided to create an MBA mindfulness retreat with the kind support of ESADE’s spirituality department, especially Teo Mellen Vinagre. The last weekend in February, 15 MBAs joined Lauren and I at a retreat house in Manresa, Spain (about an hour out of Barcelona). The concept of the retreat was to provide students a moment to emotionally and mentally recharge while exploring notions of mindful leadership. We designed a complete schedule of meditations, a sound bath from a Barcelona yoga teacher, Chi Kung, dinner in silence, and mindful leadership exercises while having time to explore the beautiful natural scenery of Manresa. The objective of the retreat was provide students an outlet and opportunity to focus on the 4th S, Self.

First Esade MBA mindfulness retreat, Manresa, Spain at Jesuit Retreat House, March 2020

A few days after the retreat, campus closed, and Spain went into complete lockdown for COVID-19. Given the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, I decided to start nightly zoom meditations for whoever of our class wanted to join. 3 to 4 times a week at 8 pm after the applauding the health workers would end, we would start a group meditation or pranayama breathing exercise. The zoom meditation group continued throughout the entirety of lockdown, and it provided a routine, an outlet to release stress and anxiety of the global uncertainty and more importantly a way to stay connected as an MBA class from our living rooms. During this time, I could not have been more grateful for the Esade community and even more so, the meditation group. A year ago, I thought I embark on the journey of business school, improve my business acumen, build a professional network and continue to pursue my career in impact investing. While all of this is true and has been the focus of my MBA, it has also been a year of self-development. For instance, I did not expect that additionally I would discover a skill and passion for guiding meditations. I believe that mindfulness is an integral part of business and leadership. It help manage stress and create self-awareness which can help manage your reactions, and I have seen it in practice this past year with myself and my classmates. Now more than ever with a focus on the mental health implications of Covid-19 we need to take care of the 4th S (Self) with extra diligence and mindfulness can be a powerful and accessible avenue to do so.

Ivan Kow

Ivan Kow, Malaysia
Full-Time MBA Class of 2021
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Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

  • MBA Case Competition Finalist – Patagonia and PepsiCo
  • HKSAR Government Scholarship, ESADE MBA Student’s Fund Scholarship
  • Founder of the International Students Association at CUHK
  • Developed viral applications used by over 50 million users worldwide and a content website that was at one point, the most viewed site in Iceland
  • Launched 2 different businesses from the ground up to becoming a multi-country venture, reaching over 100k accounts in 23 countries in total

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

Fundamentally, what strikes me as invisible but essential is interconnectivity. On the atomic level, we have atomic (or sub-atomic) configurations and interactions that make up all the visible world around us. In our current information driven world, the advent of the internet has enabled the open exchange of information at scale and the explosion of knowledge and applications that we see now.

On the surface, I may be seen dabbling in a diverse range of interests. I’ve taught and performed swing dancing, picked up and performed improv, hosted and promoted networking events. On any given day, I may be reading a book, out for a run, learning a language or shooting some hoops. While I enjoy each of these activities on its own, what truly excites me is finding cross domain applications. Perhaps dancing rhythm can be a useful model for dribbling exercises. Perhaps promoting events is akin to hyping up a product for launch day. Perhaps functional strength training can develop the right muscle activation for a certain dance move. Perhaps improv exercises can be adapted for interview training. Ultimately, I find that the world around us becomes infinitely more exciting when you look at it through the lens of what’s invisible but essential – interconnectivity.

This applies to ESADE too. Like any top ranked MBA programme, diversity of experience and background is an expectation of the student body. What makes the experience at ESADE special is the relationships you build with others in your cohort. From ex-professional tennis players to UN alumni previously working in the Middle East to Washington DC interest group advocates, you will meet a truly wide ranging conglomerate of individuals. And the secret sauce is our unique culture of warmth, cooperation and excellence together. At ESADE you can find hosts for different cultural celebrations, students sharing notes and conducting tutorials (you’ll find mine on www.ivankow.com/study.html) and friends for life. I hope you – the reader engage in the ongoing journey to discover what is invisible and essential around you. Cheers.