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The Bentley MBA program brings together a small number of committed students who contribute their unique experiences from around the world.

We are looking for highly motivated leaders who have five or more years of professional, managerial work experience and a desire to advance quickly to a position of greater responsibility and leadership.

Your peers in the program have shown a talent for leadership and an ability to work with groups of colleagues, both here and abroad. They are concerned about the role and responsibility of business in society. They are familiar with organizations that struggle to address emerging issues and trends. And they want to offer new strategies and perspectives to improve their firm, division or group.

Solutions to today’s business problems cannot be found in a textbook or lecture hall. Accordingly, the Bentley MBA program pushes you to think across disciplinary lines, consider diverse perspectives, and identify multiple approaches to any single challenge. Your takeaway here is not an “answer,” but rather a path for finding the best solution. The Bentley MBA program builds skills for those with a demonstrated a capacity for this kind of critical thinking.

Prior Academic Experience

You are not required to have a formal undergraduate education in business or expertise in a particular subject area. Those without business education experience must complete online modules that emphasize quantitative analytical skills: accounting, economics, finance and statistics.

Meet the Class

Munirah Aldaghfag (Saudi Arabia)

BS in Computer Science–Information Systems, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University, Riyadh

Munirah has five years of experience in the government sector, starting in the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she helped organize the Riyadh Economic Forum’s media communications and public relations. Feeling the need to broaden her experience within a faster environment, she joined the Information Technology Department in the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia. There she developed and designed the ministry’s web site, winning rewards from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Communication and Information Technology. Thanks largely to her efforts to apply the United Nation’s standards to the web site, it was ranked first among 12 Saudi government web sites, thus improving the country’s ranking on the UN’s 2014 Global E-Government Readiness Index. She also has coached multiple teams, focusing on information technology application development.

Alexander Athans (USA) 

JD, New England School of Law; MA in Political Science/International Relations, Suffolk University; BA in History, University of New Hampshire

As an attorney for the past five years, Alexander has represented large- and small-business clients in a variety of capacities, focusing primarily on breach of contract and contract enforcement disputes. He also has experience with intellectual property issues, primarily copyrights and trademarks, reflecting his interest in the creative arts. Alexander hopes to combine his MBA with his legal background in the fields of technology, finance, or entertainment. 

Todd Bohannon (USA)

BA in Economics, Tufts University

Todd has eight years of experience in the banking industry, most recently specializing in underwriting small business applications.  His areas of expertise include cash flow analysis, cost and profit trend analysis, and analysis of balance sheets and financial ratios.  He also has experience with commercial online banking products, including tests and implementation of new technologies for small businesses, non-profits and municipal organizations.  Throughout his banking career Todd has always been interested in improving workflows and automating processes through efficient database design.  For the past year Todd has been an Independent Apple Developer, focusing on data-driven mobile applications for the iOS platform.  In his first year of development, Todd successfully released two mobile applications to the Apple App Store.  Beyond his professional interests Todd has been a youth swimming coach and enjoys mentoring young athletes as they develop self-confidence, a strong work ethic, and sportsmanship.      

Kasper Christensen (Denmark)

BS in Business Administration and Information Systems, Copenhagen Business School

Kasper chose to leave the Danish education system prematurely to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as a sound-engineer. At the age of 21, he opened his own consulting and production company based in Copenhagen. As a sound-engineer he worked and toured with both Danish and international artists. He has also served as a consultant on project planning and management, logistics, IT implementation, and product development. After managing his own business for 13 years, he returned to the education system to complete his undergraduate degree and now to pursue his MBA. 

Terrance Conway (USA)

BA in Media Studies and Production, Temple University School of Media and Communication

After finishing his undergraduate studies, Terry helped launch radio station WDVT Talk-900 Radio as its production manager and executive producer. He moved on to become a producer at larger radio stations in Philadelphia (KYW News Radio) and Boston (WBZ). His continued interest in the broadcast industry led to sales and marketing positions at local Boston radio properties of Infinity Radio, CBS Radio, and Clear Channel’s unwired broadcast radio network, where he was National Director of Marketing. Terry founded Media Associates (later Conway Media), a media buying and ethnic marketing firm serving local agencies and clients including Arnold Communications, Hill Holiday, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Terry also has worked on fundraising and development with such local non-profit organizations as The Home for Little Wanderers, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the Center for Information and Science for Clinical Research Participation.

Dhanapati Dahal (Bhutan)

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India; Master of Engineering Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dhanapati has more than 15 years of work experience, mostly in the energy and power sectors. He served as executive engineer for a 720 megawatt hydropower project in Bhutan, where his role involved project planning, procurement of goods and services, contract management, and coordination with contractors, consultants and other stakeholders. He also worked in the capacity of project manager and successfully managed four power transmission system projects and one load dispatch center project in Bhutan. He was one of the core members in the preparation of Bhutan’s National Transmission Grid Master Plan. With his keen interest in academics, he also worked as an external examiner for an engineering college in Bhutan. Dhanapati is interested in working in green and renewable energy industry, and in promoting the development of sustainable business through creativity and innovation. 

Missy Galang (Philippines)

MA in Integrated Marketing Communications, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig, Philippines; BA in Liberal Arts, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig, Philippines

After finishing her MA program, Missy turned to the creative side of advertising. She started as a junior copywriter at the age of 20 and quickly rose to become an associate creative director. She has worked for four agencies in nine years, experiencing both multinational and local advertising angles and developing a diverse portfolio in the process. She has worked across a number of communication platforms and handled a wide variety of brands from luxury to beauty, fast food, NGOs, fashion, and telecoms. After her MBA, Missy’s goal is to use marketing communications as a tool to create social change.

Tracey Graham (USA)

PhD in History, University of Chicago; MA in History, University of Chicago; BA in Latin America Studies, Columbia University

Over the past nine years, Tracey has specialized in historical and institutional research. Most recently, she was an adjunct professor in the Humanities Department of Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, teaching Latin American, African-American, and Atlantic world history. She served previously as a research consultant and lecturer for Historic Newton, the city’s historical museum, assisting in the update and re-launch of the institution’s main exhibit. At the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Boston, she investigated the contracting procedures of the Department of Homeland Security, co-authoring a report of recommendations to improve the agency’s methods. Tracey also analyzed US foreign policy toward Latin America and human rights abuses while working for the Foreign Affairs Committee at the US House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Her doctoral dissertation focused on Caribbean history of the early 20th century. She has spent several years abroad, living in Cuba, Jamaica, England, and Bolivia while undertaking her scholarly research.

Maria Isaacs Noriega (Colombia)

Masters in Marketing, Colegio de Estudios Superiores en Administracion, Bogotá; BS in Industrial Engineering, Universidad de La Sabana, Chía, Colombia

Maria has ten years of experience in strategic marketing management and communications for service companies in Colombia, focusing on promotional strategies and communications to potential clients, customers, and the general public. Her professional career path in marketing started within the banking sector in Grupo Aval, the biggest financial holding group in Colombia. As marketing director for Araújo Ibarra, a trade consulting firm, Maria developed web strategies and other e-service platforms for clients around the world. In her most recent position as marketing and communication manager at Cárdenas & Cárdenas Lawyers, a large law firm in Colombia, she led marketing projects that defined the firm’s identity and created an introductory campaign of their new brand.

Ksenia Joujou (Bulgaria)

BA, Political Science and International Relations, American University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Ksenia has been active in the non-profit arena in Bulgaria for over 14 years. She has managed projects for organizations such as CARE International–Bulgaria, the Resource Center Foundation, and other groups supporting youth education, disaster management and environmental and health issues. Her projects involved partners and donors such as USAID, NATO, and the EU. Recently, she has led a team of volunteers in fundraising and capacity building for non-profits addressing innovation, entrepreneurship and informal education.  Ksenia’s work also involves market research analyses of the tourism, tobacco, green energy, and other industries for companies like Euromonitor International Plc. Her goal is to enrich her experience by contributing to an organization or company that operates on a global level.          

Zahid Kasmani (India) 

Bachelor of Commerce, Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, India

Zahid has experience in a range of banking and finance operations, including risk and portfolio management, treasury functions, and corporate banking. His nearly 20 years of banking experience include 8 in the role of CFO, and he was assistant general manager of finance with a leading bank in Kuwait before joining us. He is a chartered accountant and a certified management accountant (CMA). Zahid started his career with Alliance Capital in India and has worked with Bank Saudi Fransi (Credit Agricole) in Saudi Arabia, BNP Paribas in Bahrain, Gulf Bank, and Al Rajhi Bank and Kuwait International Bank in Kuwait. He has successfully implemented the Basel III framework for a bank in Kuwait and has played instrumental roles in banking systems implementation. Zahid is also pursuing a diploma course in Islamic Banking from Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance, London.

Justine Kent (USA) 

MS in Forestry, University of Minnesota; AB in Economics and Spanish, Mount Holyoke College

Justine has worked on sustainable development projects in Latin America for more than a decade. She has served as an economist on agriculture and forestry projects with producers generating income from mangroves, broadleaf forests, agroforestry systems and plantations.   Working in multi-disciplinary teams has provided her with a breadth of experience in financial and economic analysis from the crop- through to the landscape-level, and in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and impact analysis in multiple countries throughout Central and South America. 

Pavan Krishnamurthy (India)

MS in Information Technology, Bentley University; BS in Engineering, PDA College of Engineering, Gulbarga, India

Pavan has over 15 years of experience in information technology, most recently in information security solutions. As a program- and project-management professional, Pavan specializes in the technical delivery of large and complex identity and access management solutions for global organizations. His experience spans multiple functional areas including the full software development lifecycle, project estimation and planning, risk management, production support, and service and process improvements. Pavan has coached, mentored and managed multiple teams focusing on IT application development, maintenance and support. Outside work, Pavan has a keen interest in music and enjoys singing, playing guitar and harmonium (Indian acoustic keyboard). He is also actively involved as a volunteer with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and Boston Cares.

William Krupps (USA)

BS in Materials Engineering, Iowa State University

Bill is an accomplished engineer with nearly a decade of experience in supply chain and manufacturing operations, spanning the industries of medical devices, aerospace and nanotechnology. He has led projects from conception through implementation for both emerging start-ups and mature Fortune 500 companies, most recently for the Medical Device and Diagnostics division of Johnson & Johnson. In this role he carried out cost modeling of manufacturing processes, annually managed over $1 million in cost savings projects, and developed technology roadmaps for several strategic vendors. Bill is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served four years as a combat engineer with meritorious honors. He actively seeks to integrate the Corps’ tenets of clarity of mission, teamwork and esprit de corps within corporate teams and organizational structures.

Jayaprakash Kulkarni (India)

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science, Karnatak University, Dharwad, India;
Master of Science in International Logistics and Supply Chain Strategy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jay joins Bentley University with 13 years of experience in IT architecture and strategy, consulting, and software engineering management. Before being a managing consultant at IBM Middle East, he managed an IT architecture practice at a division of Wipro Technologies with 350 members and $70 million in revenues, directly reporting to the business head. He has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 customers in the retail, logistics and telecom industries, providing them with digital front office solutions including e-commerce, social business software, analytics on the cloud and mobility platforms. He is also an entrepreneur and serves as volunteer director at Clear Transcripts Education Services, a non-profit education services company simplifying educational records delivery in India. Prior to that Jay was a co-founder of PebbleTalk, a social business enterprise software product.

Karla Lim (Philippines)

AB in Management Economics, Ateneo de Manila University

Karla has experience in three different industries, in three different business structures, and on three different continents. She worked for her family’s medical staffing company in New York, then undertook an entrepreneurial venture, setting up a modeling agency and fashion academy in Manila. Most recently, she has focused on business development for an IT and engineering firm, Indra Sistemas, in Madrid. She hopes to continue on a consulting path, primarily in the area of innovation and integrative thinking.

Cynthia Maletz (United States)

BA in Industrial Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Cynthia has over five years of experience in product development, having begun her career as a product designer working to integrate a user-centric approach into innovative teams. Most recently, Cynthia balanced her strategic and creative strengths as a design strategist at Adidas in Herzogenaurach, Germany. She had significant influence over the design direction of Adidas’ Sport Performance footwear and apparel, leading to a more cohesive brand statement and greater consumer understanding for the end user.

Tamerlan Mammadzada (Azerbaijan)

BA in Cinema Directing, Azerbaijan Art and Culture University, Baku, Azerbaijan; Certificate in Finance and Credit, Azerbaijan State Economy University, Baku Azerbaijan; Master of Management (candidate), Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tamerlan has more than seven years of business experience in management consulting, with a focus on business operations and strategy. He has worked for ULTRA Company, one of the largest IT companies in Azerbaijan, as a project and sales manager. At ULTRA, he was responsible for managing customer relations with and training the sales force for the company’s dealings transactions government agencies and universities, as well as with private companies that included Azerbaijan’s largest private broadcasting corporation. Tamerlan has also launched his own consulting investment company in the US, focused on helping business owners from other countries (especially Azerbaijan and Turkey) to invest in the US market.

Antoine Melay (Haiti)

BS in Corporate Finance and Accounting, Bentley University

Antoine is the second vice-chairman of the board of trustees at Bunker Hill Community, having been appointed to this position by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He has also been appointed by the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, to serve on that city’s Jobs Advisory Committee to assist in examining the local workforce development system. Antoine is a member of Carney Hospital's Community Benefits Council. He most recently was a senior financial analyst with the Massachusetts Division of Insurance. He has worked as an accountant at the American International Group (AIG), as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a marketing consultant for Intuit Corp. He is the vice president of the Boston chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). 

Camilo Mesa (Colombia)

BS in Business Management, EAFIT University, Medellin, Colombia

A business professional specializing in marketing, Camilo has managed the international marketing of the Baby Care unit (with annual sales in excess of $65 million) of Productos Familia, a company dedicated to manufacturing hygiene products with broad presence in South America and the Caribbean. In this role, he has exercised his skills in strategic planning, brand management, corporate finance, customer relations and social media marketing throughout Latin America.

Priya Prabhakar (India) 

MD, I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy, Russia; MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston

Priya began her career practicing clinical medicine in Russia, India and the US. She went on to receive a master’s in public health with a major in management, policy and community health. Along with her clinical practice over the past six years, she has worked with organizations such as One Voice Texas, Mental Health America and the Ryan White Planning Council (Texas), where she participated in policy data analysis and was responsible for collecting data for the construction of new mental health policies. She was also responsible for promoting organizational linkages and developing tools to improve coordination between the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Alzheimer’s Association and other mental health service providers with the Planning Council. Priya spends her free time volunteering for local animal shelters and non-profits, particularly ones that help vulnerable populations.

Xu Simon (USA) 

PhD in Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA in Biochemistry, Rice University, Houston

Supported by a Kirschstein postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University, Xu conducted primary scientific research in the structural biology of Parkinson’s disease proteins, resulting in the sale of some of her intellectual property to a local pharmaceutical company. At the same time, she has followed her passion for health and human wellness on a more applied level as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, with certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Most recently, Xu returned from a two-year fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the US Department of State, where she managed $14 million in Congressional funding dedicated to eradicating the threat of chemical weapons use abroad. She is pursuing her MBA to help translate her project management experience to a larger scale in order to better lead multifaceted efforts to improve health, safety, and wellness throughout the world.

Adrien Soret (France)

BS, MS and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Paris XI

After obtaining his Ph.D., Adrien moved to the Boston area to work as a process development scientist for several biotech companies, including Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Johnson Matthey, and Cubist Pharmaceuticals. He used his project management and scientific skills to increase process efficiency, lower the cost of goods and reduce waste management costs. He also developed and patented commercial and chemical processes to produce, at industrial scale, drugs and new antibiotics, including Ceftolozan and Tazobactam, for sale in the US, Europe and Japan.

Hassatou Souare (Guinea)

BS in Business Economy, University Mohammed V, Souissi, Morocco; Diploma in Administrative Management, École Nationale d’Administration, Morocco

As a senior auditor, Hassatou has performed various audit engagements in both the private and public sector and for nonprofit organizations, including telecommunication and mining companies. She has planned audit engagements, supervised fieldwork and coached junior auditors, most notably along with members of the KPMG network in an internal audit of a leading mining company in Guinea. Hassatou joins Bentley University as a Fulbright grantee and an advocate for successful leadership for women in Africa, particularly in Guinea.

Agnieszka Szklarz (Poland)

Master of International Relations and Master of Law, University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan, Poland

Agnieszka has seven years of work experience as a lobbyist. She was first introduced to the world of politics during her internship in the European Parliament in Brussels. Her fascination with politics and lawmaking led her to start her own company, where she focused on advising companies operating in the energy sector on renewable energy and the preservation of the natural environment. Recently she joined the office of the Vice-President of the Polish National Broadcasting Agency, where she was in charge of all lobbying activities, including designing the agency’s lobbying strategy for financing and management.

 

Past Student Profiles

Inaugural Class

Class of 2014