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, part-time or online course.
MBA AlumniFull-time MBA, Essex Business School
Neha joined the full-time Essex MBA programme in 2017 in order to enhance her career prospects and learn new skills. The MBA 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."
Business 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 experienced business professionals on the MBA programme. It inspired him to start his own business and simultaneously progress his career – he is now working as a GRC and Cyber Security Consultant at Winterhawk. Keen to share their experiences, Derek and Essex MBA graduate Vladimir 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.
Pricing Market Data AnalystDonaldson , Full-time MBA
“I moved from Serbia to join the men's basketball team at Essex, where I 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 -ACCA, 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. Now back in my home country of Zambia, I am responsible for the delivery of sustainable growth in student and member numbers and raising ACCA’s brand reputation and influence. My MBA has given me the ability to positively impact not only a company’s bottom line, the quantitative measures, but qualitatively through the governance and ethical interests of an 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."
FounderRetail Foundation, Part-time MBA
"I decided to do my MBA to enhance my career opportunities and to fulfill a life-long goal. Essex is my local university, having grown up in Colchester. I believe Essex is a wonderful place to study with a beautiful campus and excellent lecturers. I enjoyed the field trip to HSBC, the varied modules which examined real world events and exploring business ideas. I found the modules relating to entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and consulting in organisations were particularly useful. Having completed my MBA I have noticed that it opens new opportunities and gives me great confidence in my abilities. Furthermore, people have come to me for help, support and advice. This year at the annual Essex MBA Conference I enjoyed connecting with both the current students and seeing some familiar faces!”
Marketing ManagerOmni Metal Finishing Inc, Full-time MBA
“The MBA experience helped me to value the power of asking questions and avoiding absolutes. I felt that every time I thought I'd found an answer, I would turn it into a question, or sometimes several questions. This spirit of inquiry led me to expand my critical thinking to understand the challenges of business organisations.”
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 a 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.