Throughout the Essex MBA students learn as much from their peers as from our academic staff. They also learn from the peers who have gone before them, who make up our flourishing alumni network.
You can take your first step towards joining the Essex MBA alumni network today and start your application for the full-time, executive or online course.
MBA AlumniFull-time MBA, Essex Business School
Neha Thakur joined the full-time Essex MBA programme in 2017 in order to enhance her career prospects and learn new skills. The MBA will gave her the confidence to pursue opportunities both here in the UK and back in her native India.
MBA AlumniFull-time MBA, Essex Business School
"This course depends entirely on you and only you. It is about group work and it is about time management."
EntrepreneurNomadist, Full-time MBA
"After graduation I utilised the business plan produced for my dissertation to create my own company, and so looked to the University for support. I set up my business in the Start-Up Hub based on the Knowledge Gateway. Here I was able to use the free work space and support to launch my company Nomadist."
BRM AnalystJupiter Asset Management , Full-time MBA
"The Essex MBA taught me a lot about business theory and practice, but also about myself, serving as a strong framework to assess information and approach challenges. The diversity of the cohort led to some incredibly rich discussion and debate during lecture time, and also gave everyone a greater appreciation of different cultures. My current role has a strong academic foundation, which aligns nicely with my recent studies, whilst the day to day process involves a great deal of collaboration, discovery and presentation, all heavy components of the MBA."
GRC and Cyber Security ConsultantWinterhawk, Full-time MBA
Derek was awarded a sports scholarship at Essex. He was attracted to the cohort of talented entrepreneurs as well as talented business professionals on the MBA programme. It inspired him to start his own business and simultaneously progress his career – now working as a GRC and Cyber Security consultant at Winterhawk. Keen to share his experiences, Derek and Essex MBA graduate Vladmir Vukovic set up their business enabling postgraduate and professional opportunities for other sportsmen and women around the world. Derek is based in Cyprus where he continues to play volleyball for professional club Nea Salamina Famagusta. He says, ‘’personally, being able to perform my duties remotely provides a huge benefit to managing my work/life balance.”
Pricing Market Data AnalystDonaldson , Full-time MBA
“I moved from Serbia to join the men's basketball team at Essex where received a full scholarship for my MBA studies. For my final MBA Project, I wrote a comprehensive business plan for the development and growth of Compass Freight LLC. The business plan was well supported by a variety of academic research and theories. After the submission of the project I had an internship as a Business Development Officer at Signpost, a charity organisation located in Colchester. I’m now at Donaldson EMEA in Leuven, Belgium where alongside my role I also collaborate with MBA graduate Derek Guimond on our company. We aim to give life-changing sporting opportunities and professional expertise to potential successors via our international networks.”
Country Head - Sales and MarketingKazang, a division of Paycorp VAS (Pty) Ltd , Full-time MBA
"Prior to studying at Essex Business School, I possessed considerable work experience, however The Essex MBA empowered me with deep technical knowledge on managing profitable enterprises. Since returning to Zambia, I have been heading the commercial department of the country’s leading digital financial services company. My MBA has given me the ability to positively impact not only the company’s bottom-line on the quantitative measures but qualitatively as well on the governance and ethical interests of the organisation. I was awarded as a private sector champion for 2018 by the United Nations Capital Development Fund. I wouldn’t have had the mindset to push for change and lead effectively had I not been at Essex. I am more confident in the pursuit of my dreams and will forever be Essex."
Director of The Essex MBAEssex Business School, University of Essex
Nicolas is interested in the way business model innovation disrupts established firms and industries, in particular digital and circular business models. As Director of The Essex MBA, Nicolas leads and develops The Essex MBA programmes having previously made the Exeter MBA as global success.
MBA Programme ManagerEssex Business School, University of Essex
Sian is the MBA Programme Manager and is the main support for MBA students and admissions. Sian supports the MBA Director and Essex Business School professional services staff to ensure the smooth running of The Essex MBA programmes.