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International Women’s Day: Celebrating the achievements of our students and alumna

International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide every year. Held on 8 March, it is a day in which people everywhere can not only celebrate the achievements of women, but also raise awareness about the many gendered issues still facing women today.

Here we will take the chance to look back at just a few of the incredible achievements from our students and alumna in the past year.

Christina Taylor

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Alliance Manchester Business School alumna Christina Taylor was named as one of Business Insider’s 10 female founders of colour to watch in Europe. Christina founded dance company Aim Sky High, who work to help socially mobilise children and young people and address social issues through their dance classes. She was recently interviewed by Forbes about her achievements. 

Yukti Bhardwaj

Yukti Bhardwaj

After graduating with a BSc in Management (International Business Economics) from AMBS in 2019 Yukti returned home to India and began pitching to investors the idea of building a business around a complete eco-system for the electric vehicle (EV) market in India. She is now Co-founder & CEO Aimo, whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of green mobility in India and make EVs more accessible for consumers. She recently shared her story with us, and spoke at our most recent Women Leading in Business event, which is available as an Original Thinking Podcast.

Emma FitzGerald

MBA alumna Emma FitzGerald, CEO of Puma Energy, was named in Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women International 2020 list.  Emma joined Puma Energy after holding top jobs in the U.K. energy industry and Royal Dutch Shell.

Riddi Viswanathan

Riddi Viswanathan


At the PIEoneer Awards held virtually on 2 October 2020, Riddi Viswanathan, a graduate from The University of Manchester was awarded the ‘International Alumni of the Year 2020’ award for her contributions to diverse student communities, particularly for her vital role in the #PoststudyWorkVisaNOW campaign and addressing hate crime in UK Universities.

Amneek Kaur

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Graduating from the Full-time MBA in summer 2020, Amneek went straight into a new role as Corporate Strategy Manager at Asda. She told us how the Manchester MBA helped her secure a job in lockdown and shares her experience of starting a new role remotely.

Lorraine Wolter

Lorraine Wolter is an MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship graduate and the Founder of sustainable clothing start-up, Light and Air. She told us about her experiences of studying in Manchester and the opportunities available to her as a budding entrepreneur.

Ishita Prabhu

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Ishita Prabhu flew from India to join our MBA class in Manchester despite the ongoing pandemic. Ishita had wanted to complete her MBA in the UK since her experience of summer school in London, and didn’t want to be held back by the pandemic since “Time waits for no man”.

Elle Perschke

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Elle Perschke, who completed a Masters in Marketing at Alliance MBS, was a finalist in the Future Innovator category at the KTP Best of the Best Awards which shine a spotlight on some of the very best KTP partnerships across the country. Elle headed a successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Alliance MBS and British Salt.

Caroline Charlton

caroline charlton

Former semi-professional footballer Caroline Charlton is currently studying for her MBA here at Alliance MBS, in addition to pursuing her career as doctor in training to be a surgeon. Caroline was interviewed by the Financial Times to explain why she chose AMBS to complete her MBA during the COVID-19 pandemic

Andreea Avramescu

andrea avramescu

PhD researcher Andreea Avramescu won a placement at the prestigious Alan Turing Institute (ATI), to further develop her research into personalised medicine, which has strong relevance in the fight against COVID-19. Founded in 2015, the ATI is the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence and its main objective is to solve some of the biggest challenges that society and the science community faces.

Claire-Marie Boggiano

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Claire-Marie Boggiano is Director & Coach at Lurig Change & Development and an Alliance MBS MBA alumna. She also hosts our Women Leading in Business Events. This year Claire-Marie has been nominated for the Mentor of the Year Award at the annual Northern Power Women awards, which are sponsored by AMBS. Claire-Marie’s wrote a blog about International Women’s Day for us last year.