Rafael has experience in marketing, branding and advertising for many different industries, featuring both leading Peruvian brands and multinational companies. Building on his degree program and further studies in Argentina, Costa Rica and the US, including training at Leo Burnett, DDB and Interbrand Latin America, he was the youngest Strategic Planning Director in the history of Grupo Pragma (a former part of the DDB Group), working in their Pragma divisions, Studioa/Interbrand and LaClinka design lab. Rafael won six Effie Awards (given for exceptional marketing communications) between 2009 and 2015, and has served on the jury for the Effie Awards in Peru in 2014 and 2015. His blog, SOBREMARCAS, appears at Semana Economica, one of the leading business magazines in Peru.
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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 2016
This year’s group consists of 11 women and 15 men, representing 16 nationalities.
Eshrak has seven years of experience in infrastructure operations, applications deployment and project management, with a primary focus on virtualization and cloud computing. She has evaluated and managed the deployments of a wide range of VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and Redhat products. She has worked as an infrastructure systems operations engineer at Orange Business services and as a specialist in office automation and performance analysis at Mobinil.
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. Most recently, 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.
As an information systems project manager, Dadi’s work has involved creative planning, design, development and delivery of client-server, web-based management applications. His development projects include applications to help firms search for potential customers, to coordinate patient check-in and insurance procedures, to monitor employee schedules, to assess employee performance for a customer-satisfaction measurement system, and to facilitate web-based loan payments for students. He has specialized as a consultant to insurance and banking clients, focusing on product development in biometric, RFID, geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies.
Dan’s academic research is in aesthetics in the workplace. He focuses on power relationships in organizations, examining social interactions that make our everyday behaviors meaningful. Dan’s work explores how perceptions create and reinforce particular world-views and how, if we are able to change our perception, we change our world. His publications include work on team problem-solving, group and team effectiveness, organizing in the workplace, service-learning, and interpersonal relationships. Dan also provides strategic communication consulting.
Barrie started his first small business while finishing his undergraduate degrees. Ventures in the food, retail, distribution and property industries over the next twenty years honed his skills in operations, distribution management, information technology, and general management. He has served as the managing partner and chief operating officer of a pharmacy and supermarket in the Philippines. Most recently, Barrie worked in leasing management for multifamily properties in the greater Boston area.
Marko most recently has experience in entrepreneurial and consulting ventures where his responsibilities have included management, marketing and sales, and fundraising. Previous to this, Marko developed innovative eService projects at Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany. His social and non-governmental experience includes serving as project leader in AIESEC, the world’s largest international student exchange program, helping to organize Serbian students studying abroad and serving as an international team member of the Tesla Science Foundation. Marko founded the New Leaders Conference and Lecture at international soft-skills academies organized by KPMG and McCann Erickson. In this role he organized sessions on business communication, problem solving, motivational leadership and change management.
Mary is a senior sales executive with extensive experience in publishing and sales, having served as Director of Sales at the Harvard Business Review Press, Executive Director of Sales at Kaplan Publishing, and Director of Sales (Distribution Clients) at Random House. She has expertise in strategic and financial planning, sales and marketing, client relationship management, working in cross-functional teams and business communications. Mary also has completed the e-commerce leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Wharton eFellow.
Larissa’s focus on stakeholder engagement has led her to direct corporate and community relations for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation. She also has managed community relations for the Boston Globe and has served as field marketing and project manager for the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Larissa was the first corporate social responsibility manager for Starbucks Coffee Company’s 13-state northeast region. Her not-for-profit experience includes directing marketing, media and community events for the Boston Harbor Islands national park area, managing children’s science education at the New York Botanical Garden, and pioneering a distance-learning initiative for Washington, DC public schools. As part of her community service, Larissa assisted the American Red Cross at their national media desk after Hurricane Katrina.
A mechanical engineer specializing in mechanical and manufacturing engineering processes and designs, Jesus has experience in supply chain functions, design, and economic and statistical analysis. He has held positions in quality engineering, manufacturing processes, production analysis and Six Sigma applications. Jesus holds green belt certification in both Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma.
Coming from a creative design background, Âriel is now using her skills to address how businesses can innovatively address issues of resource scarcity and social change. She developed her design skills through architectural and urban design studio training in Copenhagen before pursuing her master’s degree. She has worked extensively within multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural teams on projects in the United States, Denmark and the United Kingdom, and has conducted additional fieldwork in Dominica, Morocco, Italy and Northern Europe.
Jamie has served as an account executive for Greater Media Boston, where her responsibilities included client acquisition and management, designing new revenue streams and building and executing custom marketing campaigns. She secured and supervised endorsement campaigns for high-profile personalities, while managing sponsorships for large events such as The Fidelity Classic and Boston Restaurant Week. She has further experience in public relations, working as a senior account manager for Regan Communications Group, Inc., where she specialized in providing media relations and public relations services, predominantly in the lifestyle and hospitality sectors. Jamie also serves on the Museum Council at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and has been active in fundraising for such organizations as the Boston Children's Hospital Foundation, the Dana Farber Breast Cancer Foundation and Doctors without Borders.
Kad is currently president & CEO of HLB KMC West Africa, an accountancy and consulting firm providing services to Francophone Africa that is ranked among the top three such firms in Niger. He also serves as vice-president of Niger’s Professional Chartered Accountants Board. Kad founded LeanStartupSamaria, a not-for-profit organization training youth in servant leadership and lean-startup methods, connecting them with mentors, and seeking seed funding for their projects. In 2014, he was one of 500 Africans selected from 50,000 applicants to participate in US President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. He presently is working to establish the first liberal arts university for Francophone Africa in Niger.
Upon finishing her studies, which included time at academic programs in Spain and Singapore, Jadwiga went on to develop five years of global experience within the financial sector, working for such enterprises as American Express Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, Crisil Global Research & Analytics (a Standard & Poor’s company), Credit Suisse and UBS, at offices in Singapore, Switzerland and Poland. She has worked in treasury functions, alternative investment servicing for hedge funds, equity research for investment banking focused on banks, brokers and exchanges, and most recently wealth management, CFO strategic consultancy and advisory services.
Originally from Siberia, Kirill travelled to Moscow to begin his career in consulting. Being passionate about the stock market, he has focused on opportunities in investment banking, leading to a seven-year stint in portfolio management as well as becoming a registered stock broker on the Russian Stock Exchange (RTS). He was vice-president of Sovlink Securities, responsible for leading their brokerage and arbitrage operations. He also recruited, trained and managed a sales team for the Moscow office of a British investment advisor.
Raed’s interests include nanotechnology and the biomedical engineering disciplines. He has worked as an assistant at McKinsey & Company and has held technical and project management posts at Abbott Labs and at Roche / Genentech, mainly in clinical and bioinformatics systems. His most recent endeavor is Rogue Designs, a start-up company that develops electromechanical devices to remediate the effects of Raynaud’s syndrome and lupus erythematosus.
Nicole has led accounts and teams in marketing and consulting roles for nearly a decade. She has co-founded Label Theory, a brand consulting agency focusing on clients in the lifestyle and not-for-profit arenas, with a particular emphasis on start-up enterprises. Previously, she managed accounts in information systems consulting and sales management for EMC Corporation, SHI International and InterCall. Consistent with her passion for creative design, she began her career in the fashion industry as a publicist for fashion brand Alice + Olivia in New York City.
Francisco has more than seven years of work experience, mainly in information technologies, where he has been involved with projects in disciplines ranging from entertainment and video games to pharmacy. His skills include designing pharmaco-vigilance systems and SAP/ERP consulting. He has also worked as a web designer and game programmer. His background has brought him extensive contacts in Chinese, Japanese and Swedish cultures.
Dušica has been an entrepreneur for several years, with extensive experience in foreign trade, including cross-cultural client communications and regulatory compliance. As part of an international youth exchange program, she has coached students in communication and leadership skills and has advocated for students’ professional development. Her accomplishments include organizing a joint Serbian-Greek information program on economic affairs. Dušica also has coordinated seminars for Balkan nations’ managers in human resources, public relations and leadership. Her activities in the not-for-profit sector focus on tutoring, fundraising and organizing efforts to assist orphaned children with special needs.
Nivedeeta started her career in digital marketing as a research analyst intern with the Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) before going on to work at two of the top financial services companies in India—Reliance Capital and Kotak Commodities. She is a Lean Six Sigma black belt and holds Six Sigma green belt certification as well. She is also trained in Business Process Management System (BPMS) auditing and holds a postgraduate diploma in management with a marketing concentration. Most recently, Nivedeeta was a digital marketing manager at Health Informatics Technology, where she developed marketing strategy, executed digital campaigns, implemented SEM, SEO and social media marketing activities, and analyzed web data.
Yousef has worked as a site engineer in construction, a technical engineer in the concrete industry, and as a quality assurance/quality control engineer in pipe manufacturing. His experience includes projects in real estate as well as in industrial construction, including manufacturing facilities. As part of this, he has contributed to international partnerships, contracts and the general multicultural environment of transnational projects.
Kristian has seven years of experience in marketing in the consumer goods industry, working with multi-national corporations, representing billion-dollar brands, overseeing the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns, and focusing on client engagement and relationship management. As a presence-marketing manager at Nestlé USA, Kristian managed logistics and oversaw implementation of marketing, advertising and retail campaigns, emphasizing market data analysis. He also was responsible for negotiating and securing key partnerships and sponsorships, including association with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat professional basketball teams, the US Youth Soccer Association, and Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.
Olga’s most recent work experience has been at Saint-Petersburg State University, where she managed the master’s programs at the Graduate School of Management. Prior to that, she worked at one of the graduate school’s research centers, the Deutsche Bahn and Russian Railways Center for International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In that position she managed research projects and the center’s activity in collaboration with its academic partner, EBS University (Wiesbaden).
Flavia is an academic lecturer with extensive educational and practical experience in financial consulting. In her role as educator, she has developed a set of instruments for student-centered learning at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, designed to improve the fluency of financial audit and accounting classes, both for graduates and undergraduates. She maintains a practice as a senior auditor, performing engagements for Romanian corporations and NGOs. At the same time, she provides pro-bono advice to Romanian NGOs in education and information technologies and is the co-founder of ‘Girls Who Code Romania’, a local Romanian NGO that advocates for reducing the gender gap in the information technology industries while offering guidance to young women passionate about coding.
Conwell has worked in professional theatre as a production manager, stage manager and theatre manager for 15 years. Most recently he served as the theatre manager of the Charles Playhouse in Boston, home to Blue Man Group and Shear Madness. Prior to his time at the Charles, Conwell worked as a stage manager on over 75 shows, including Disney’s The Lion King, Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays, Fences with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, and The Book of Mormon. Conwell’s work has taken him to Broadway, on national and international tours, and to regional theatres throughout the USA. He has also coordinated several large benefit concerts and performances. Conwell also serves on the Cultural Council of Waltham, Massachusetts.