MBA Student Profiles

Luis GUZMAN

 
Nationality: Peruvian    
Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics, New York University
Previous Employment: Strategy Manager at Machu Picchu Foods S.A.C

I learned about INSEAD’s top-notch family business and general management programmes, which were two key areas that I wanted to develop.

Why did you decide to do an MBA and why did you choose INSEAD?

For my undergraduate degree, I studied finance and my first work experience involved analysing companies. However, over the years, I realised that I needed a set of soft and hard skills to manage and lead an organisation. I felt that an MBA could help me achieve this.

I first heard about INSEAD in 2009 from colleagues who had completed their MBAs at INSEAD. One of the things that I found attractive about the INSEAD MBA was the opportunity to live in Asia and understand businesses in Asia better. A few years later, I learned about INSEAD’s top-notch family business and general management programmes, which were two key areas that I wanted to develop. 

Has the programme met your expectations so far?

Yes, the experience has opened my mind to meeting new people from all over the world and understanding different points of views. Also, it made me realise the importance of diversity in the work place and social settings. 

 
What expectations do you have for your campus exchange?
I will be going to Fontainbleau in P3. I would like to spend some time in the bigger campus to experience another element of the INSEAD education. Also, I am very interested in some classes that are only offered at the Fountainbleau campus. 
 
What are your thoughts on the curriculum, faculty and class experiences?
The curriculum is designed in a very clever way. The classes are offered in a manner that allows you to build on your knowledge from previous classes. The faculty consists of talented educators who can convey very difficult concepts in simple terms. These professors are the ones I appreciate the most.  Lastly, the class experience is also enriching. I really enjoyed the study group dynamics because of the diversity in everyone’s backgrounds and personalities.
 
What are your long-term plans after the MBA?

After the MBA, I plan to return to the family business in Peru and become part of the management team. 

Any “favourite” module so far, and why?

My favourite module so far has been Practical Wisdom in Business. The professor captivated the attention of the class through simple but well-structured stories. Most importantly, through his course I questioned my own thinking, and further expanded some of the notions I initially had. 

 

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