Ihema Ogbonna
Full-time MBA (2022 - 2023)

Tell us a bit about yourself

My first degree was in Project Management Technology and branched out into supply chain. I had the opportunity to work with multinational companies in the consumer goods and service industry before getting into the public sector. My expertise is in procurement, cost, and process optimisation.

What elements of the programme do you value the most and why?

Pursuing an MBA has been one of my life’s dreams and a profoundly enriching experience. The modules include well-developed academic content and the faculty is a mix of industry and academic professionals who bring the learning to life. As a member of a multi-diverse cohort, this programme offered me a unique opportunity to experience many cultures. Most importantly, I value the relationships I have forged here, and I am confident we will stay connected for a long time.

Have you taken part in a project for an external organisation? If so, can you tell us a bit more about this?

My syndicate and I consulted for a Wealth Management Company looking to expand its market base. As a supply chain professional, the project exposed me to the inner workings of the wealth management industry. It sharpened my critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as the deliverable was a marketing strategy for direct client acquisition.

Has the Leadership module had an impact on your leadership style?

The Leadership module has been an eye-opener. Working with my colleagues through different exercises, I have learned empathy in business, trust, and leading with purpose and heart. Today’s world needs people with a head for business and a heart for people and the world.

How did you find the work/life balance?

The MBA is quite intense, given the one-year time frame (which goes by quickly!). To succeed at work and play, as I like to call it, you will have to be organised. There will always be deadlines; however, you must be intentional about your social life.