Mohammad has served as an insurance researcher and financial analyst at the Committees for Resolution of Insurance Disputes and Violations in the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia. His responsibilities included studying and reporting on insurance disputes and violations, while participating with other authorities in Saudi Arabia to liquidate the assets of insurance-defaulting companies. In addition, he contributed to enhancing his department by working with the Center of Excellence at SAMA to evaluate and improve departmental procedures and by working with SAP to create a case management system. He also has been involved in record classification and document structuring projects in collaboration with Deloitte & Touche (M.E.).
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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.
The Right Kind of Mind
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.
Students in the program have shown a talent for leadership and an ability to work with groups of colleagues, both here in the US and also abroad. They are concerned about the role and responsibility of business in society, familiar with organizations that struggle to address emerging issues and trends, and continually seeking new strategies and perspectives to improve their firm, division or group.
The Bentley MBA program pushes students to think across disciplinary lines, consider diverse perspectives, and identify multiple approaches to any single challenge. The takeaway here is not an “answer,” but rather a path for finding the best solution. This program builds skills for those with a demonstrated capacity for this kind of critical thinking.
Prior Academic Experience
Most students in the program have a bachelor's degree, and many also have a masters degree or have experienced graduate level course work in some capacity. However, you are not required to have a formal undergraduate education in business or expertise in a particular subject area for this particular MBA. Those without prior business education are advised to complete online modules in areas of quantitative analysis, such as accounting, finance and statistics. The program includes a “boot camp” week that provides some exercise on the basics in such areas.
Meet the Class of 2017
With more than nine years of marketing and advertising experience, Simona has served as a key account manager for Vitaslim/Vitaherb, a European pharmaceutical company. In this position, she trained new employees and grew the business throughout Bulgaria and Romania to over 1800 clients, including pharmacies and physicians, while also helping the company gain footholds in Italy and Greece. Prior to this she was a sales manager for Ralev Advertising Agency, where she worked with multinational companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Servier, Nestle, Alcon, and Kraft Foods.
Marjorie has worked 19 years for the Boston Police Department, holding several positions. Most recently, she has served as the senior research analyst for the Office of Research and Development, conducting statistical analyses and best-practices research. She has also participated in many task forces, including the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s National Violent Death Project. She was the lead evaluator for a joint domestic violence project with the National Institute of Justice and the Urban Institute—a position that involved her in evaluating law enforcement, justice and medical agencies and their services to victims of domestic violence. Marjorie has certifications in research on human subjects, counseling and intervention for battered victims, and victim advocacy. The Boston Police Department has recognized her efforts with several accolades for distinguished service and leadership. Marjorie also serves her community through board-level positions in church-affiliated and neighborhood councils.
Lauren is both a scientist and artist, fusing scientific and creative thinking to come up with innovative ideas in molecular biology, healthcare and biotechnology. Her studies helped her develop new approaches to visualizing and communicating concepts and structures in molecular biology. Her research led to her discovering species of bacteria that use the pesticide DDT in such a way as to degrade it organically—a process that can facilitate sustainable remediation of the environment and help decrease DDT accumulation in human tissue. She is currently involved in a startup related to bio-product design and synthesis in the new and exciting field of bio-fabrication.
As a member of the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) and a strategic communications consultant, Francesca has worked with companies and agencies to provide strategic counsel about internal and external communication and digital projects. Her responsibilities have included strengthening stakeholder relationships, providing clients with innovative communication strategies to promote or better define corporate values and brand identity, and building and executing digital marketing campaigns. Her work has taken place predominantly in the tourism, hospitality and wine sectors, joining colleagues from Europe, Dubai and the USA to assist clients such as Hilton Worldwide and the Italian winery Donnafugata. Francesca has further experience as a lecturer on digital public relations in the Catholic University of Milan’s Innovation Digital Technology Entrepreneurship and Advanced Internationalization master’s program.
Pawel Czoczys has held positions in multinational companies over the past six years, primarily focusing on marketing and sales. He has been responsible for sales of instrumentation measurement devices as well as DCS systems. Pawel has served as a marketing manager in the European organization of Emerson Process Management, managing product portfolios, internal trainings, marketing campaigns, and sales strategies. Prior to that he served as a seaman and as an I&C engineer at a power plant. He also has presented papers at international conferences in the US, Germany and Belgium.
Although she has a background in finance, Han is also a marketing professional whose experiences include account management, brand consultancy and providing digital solutions. She secured a number of notable clients for her marketing firm, including Pepsi, L’Oréal, Honda, and Shisedo. She is passionate about applying new technologies to marketing activities—such as holograms, interactive mirrors, and 3-D mapping and projection—to offer her clients a wide range of marketing solutions.
Bayan is the president of Malay Democrats of the Philippines, a political party in his home country. He also is Vice-President for International Affairs of the National Economic Protectionism Association (NEPA), an organization of Filipino business people and professionals. Bayan owns a construction company, a printing press and trading company, and a security and janitorial services firm. Formerly, he was publisher of a community newspaper and a business outsourcing magazine. He leads a lobbying effort to promote Filipino industries in manufacturing, services, and innovation through student council-led nationwide activities in collaboration with local government units.
Even before finishing her undergraduate studies, Fernanda started an online clothing retailer, working to procure new sources of inventory and new products to lead her business to triple its revenues in its second year and to double those again in its third. Her firm eventually reached customers in over 50 different countries, before she sold the company. Most recently, Fernanda has worked as a licensed health and life insurance professional, helping small business owners and human resources managers to implement employee benefits, while navigating the complexities of the ever-changing health insurance industry.
Adrienne is an attorney licensed in New York and Washington, DC, with over six years of experience working as in-house counsel for multinational brands. She was Corporate Counsel for Crocs Europe BV, the European headquarters of the footwear company, Crocs, Inc. Retail, commercial transactions, corporate governance, consumer protection and European Union regulatory compliance are among her specializations. She speaks Dutch and Spanish and resides in Amsterdam, where she enjoys permanent resident status in the Netherlands.
Trina has 11 years of experience in banking and finance. Specializing in treasury trading, she is currently the Head of Trading in Banco de Oro (BDO) Private Bank’s Treasury Group, supervising a team of derivatives, fixed income, and foreign currency dealers. Her accomplishments at BDO include maintaining an acceptable return from trading income as well as developing new treasury products and securing derivatives licenses with the central bank of the Philippines. Prior to this position, she worked with the Bank of the Philippine Islands for 8 years, where she started her career under the bank’s officership training program before taking on roles in market risk management, portfolio and liquidity management, and trading of fixed income securities and derivative products. Trina is a triathlete who participates in charity events for street children and persons with disabilities. Recently, she helped the start-up Heart of Francis Foundation, which aims to help the poor while raising social awareness of Pope Francis’s messages.
Gonzalo has worked for more than nine years in consumer insights and market research, helping top global and regional corporations such as Unilever, Coca-Cola Company, Cencosud and Novator. His projects—including creating the first local fashion brand that allows female teenagers to participate in the design of products along with the manufacturer and launch of a new mobile telecommunications company—have garnered extensive coverage by the local business press. Most recently, Gonzalo has designed graduate programs and has taught in some of the most highly regarded business schools in his country. He also has co-founded a venture to fight food waste in Chile, which has been featured in Chilean social innovation events and at food festivals.
Nearing the completion of her undergraduate degree, Dami started a public health nonprofit organization (The ARISE Africa Foundation), the design of which won first prize in her college’s entrepreneurship competition. With a mission to break the stigma surrounding the testing of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in Nigeria, Dami’s foundation leverages the power of young people and the media to encourage STD testing habits, and to stimulate conversations and education on the topic. Her dedication to improve women’s health led her to a position as a research technician in the OB/GYN department of Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston.
Coming from a creative design background, Thomas is now using his skills to help clients to build their marketing and advertising campaigns in different business fields. He developed his design skills through studies in multimedia and communications design in Germany. Thomas now has more than six years of experience in product marketing, marketing communications and advertising. He has worked for many years as head of art department at an advertising company and has directed the creative development and implementation of brand and advertising strategies for various projects and clients. He also recruited, trained and managed a team of several communication designers and was responsible for the whole creative process.
Mallika joins Bentley with diverse experience in the fields of market research, strategic IT product development, and building strategic partnerships for organizations such as Wells Fargo, CRISIL – Standards and Poor Company, and HCL Technologies. As a market research lead at Wells Fargo, she created an analytical framework for that company’s US accelerator program, a critical piece in the firm’s efforts to evaluate companies, improve customer experience, and gain competitive advantage and strategic growth. She also holds an executive education program certificate in Business Analytics from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Mallika has also served as a project manager for a state of the art innovation center at the bank at Bangalore.
Silvia has a background in marketing in the consumer goods industry in Colombia. She built her career in that field at L’Oréal, where she advanced from an intern in the trade marketing department through to product manager for the Hair Care brand, the number one brand in revenues for L’Oréal Colombia. She went on to manage the Hair Color brands for L’Oréal Paris and Garnier. As product manager, Silvia led brand growth strategy, adapted international product launches to the Colombian market, performed data analytics and planned marketing campaigns. Working for a French company complemented her multi-cultural adaptation skills derived from being Colombian while having pursued some of her undergraduate studies in Germany.
Agueda has experience in finance and consulting for various industries, including financial services, telecommunications and multinational firms. She pursued her professional education in Greece and the US and has worked in Venezuela and the US. Most recently she conducted a national survey, on behalf of a leading multinational consulting firm, looking into corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity in Venezuela over the past five years. Based on the results of this survey, she proposed initiatives to improve business conduct in this area.
Irmina’s 10 years of international experience has been with both multinational companies, including PWC and Lloyds Group, and start-ups, as co-founder of two firms in fashion and financial services. She has worked in marketing, communications, branding and consulting, with activities ranging from on-line communications, digital marketing, project management and event organization to public relations. Irmina speaks seven languages and has worked in cross-cultural teams on projects in the United States, Canada, Spain, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and France.
Before moving to the United States, Gloria worked as a lawyer with Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, an acclaimed dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law firm in Kenya, and as acting legal officer at Commercial Bank of Africa, the largest privately-owned bank in Kenya. Her experience includes litigation, arbitration, other forms of domestic and international dispute resolution, public procurement, providing advisory legal services and general regulatory advice to various clients including banks and financial institutions, and conducting due diligence exercises. She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration), and a co-founder of the African Graduate Law Students’ Forum at Boston University’s School of Law. The forum presents African perspectives on financial services and investments. She is currently working on getting licensed as a U.S. attorney.
Mirela is an associate professor in accountancy who has audited international companies and has served as a partner-in-charge for quality reviews of national and multinational accountancy firms. She has also served as an advisor to the Romanian Ministry of Finance, advising and coordinating projects involving taxation, amendments of laws and regulation, harmonizing Romanian legislation with European regulation, and reforming and modernizing procedures used by the Romanian IRS. She was vice-president of the Romanian Chamber of Auditors, in which role she coordinated teams responsible for implementing new legislation, programs and qualifications, and issuing professional guides and best practices methods. Mirela is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
With over 10 years of professional experience, Maria evolved her leadership skills and expertise in lead generation and mobile marketing while working for prominent finance organizations such as Deutsche Bank, Citibank, Paribas Bank and HSBC. For these organizations, she created and executed digital strategies embracing e-commerce, transactional systems, loyalty programs’ websites, online processes, digital channels, social media, e-PR and communications. Her work led to over US$ 8 million in savings for one employer and won fifth place in Newsweek’s Internet Bank web site rankings.
Ducarmel has been an entrepreneur for over twenty years. He is the founder and CEO of Econosurance Inc., an insurance brokerage firm that serves Massachusetts’ businesses and families. Ducarmel has experience in sales, marketing, management, customer service and information technology—the latter building on his master’s studies, which focused on database design, data mining and business intelligence. Using his deep love of soccer, Ducarmel coached a youth soccer team to victory in the 2015 U14 Division Two-State Championship Cup.
A software engineer by profession, Avinash has worked with IMS Health Pvt. Ltd as a production support engineer, in which position he served as developer, production support and tester. In these roles, he won six company awards, including one within the first six months of joining IMS—a rare event in the company’s history. Avinash was the youngest engineer to lead a team in software development. Prior to IMS, he worked with Impact Informatics Pvt. Ltd. as an associate software developer.
Yvonne’s doctoral work focused on solar energy conversion technologies such as thin film photovoltaics and luminescent solar concentrators. She has served as the Deputy Director and Director of Programs at the Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), as a public policy fellow for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and as the Government Relations and Public Policy Associate for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Her most recent activities center on supporting organizations that are working to maximize the contributions of underrepresented minorities and women to science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Christian has worked as the head of finance and controlling for an international company in Austria, where he led teams involved in coordinating the accounting and controlling standards of three Chinese subsidiaries. During that time, he re-designed the organizational structure of the department, led the SAP rollout team for the finance and controller modules, worked on the implementation of the first production line in China, organized the preparation of the annual financial statements according to Austrian and international accounting standards, developed an accounts receivable management system to run on SAP in China, and led the annual budgeting, mid-term planning and forecast process.
Nikhil has been closely involved in the sport industry throughout his life. After graduating from an athletics-oriented high school and completing his undergraduate studies in sport management, he proceeded to work with a private sport management firm in New Delhi, India. (Nikhil is a certified Overseas Citizen of India.) In this position, Nikhil served as an operational analyst, assisting in many decision-making processes and helping to coordinate the daily tasks involved in managing a professional cricket team. Since then, Nikhil has had the opportunity to work in a variety of professional contexts in other industries, focusing his professional and educational experience on the study and practice of business transactions and formulations in the global community.
Temitayo comes to the program with experience as a trust administrator and senior banking associate, with significant training in Nigeria. He is a member of the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers and is founder and co-host of the Pan-African Diaspora Connect Seminar Series—an interactive platform for the pan-African diaspora to explore a wide range of business issues affecting the African continent. Tayo specializes in supporting businesses from the pre-start stage through launch and into maturity.
After finishing her undergraduate studies, Hongling joined Johnson & Johnson as a management trainee, winding up working for the firm for six years worked as a supply chain professional. In this role, she has developed skills in managing external manufacturers, cost improvement programs in manufacturing processes and sourcing, and zero-defect initiatives. As the first CIP leader of the company’s Beijing plant, she led cross-functional CIP teams in the launch of the program and helped realize US$14 million in cost savings over three years. Hongling is a certified LEAN Green Belt, FPX (Flawless Project Execution) project leader, and US Project Management Institute PMP (Project Management Professional).
Alena is a Fulbright Award winner who works for Philips, where she is an analyst and key account manager for the firm’s Loyalty & Incentive customers. Her most recent assignments involved project management focused on acquiring B2B customers and implementing integrated marketing concepts. Prior to that, Alena participated in a dual-mode study program at Philips that enabled her to work in the marketing, sales, logistics and controlling departments both in the Hamburg office and at the company’s Amsterdam headquarters and completed a semester studying at California State University.
Upon finishing her studies in chemical technology, Prajkta began work with Tecnimont as an engineering consultant for onshore oil and gas and pharmaceuticals projects, in which she provided technical support and solutions to project managers in various engineering, machinery, instrumentation and electrical fields. She was the only female corrosion engineering consultant for engineering and procurement consultancy in India during her work tenure. Along with her engineering skills, Prajkta is an art connoisseur and a painter, leading her to develop her own start-up, Heavenly Handmade: The Arts and Crafts Shop.