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Meet the MBA class of 2021 Student Council

The newest cohort of Full-time MBAs has elected their Student Council and they are already hard at work making sure the class has a well-rounded, fulfilling experience during their time at AMBS. With the academic year in full swing, it's about time we introduced this impressive group, so we asked each member some quickfire questions to get to know them a little better:

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Amie Kumar, President

City + Country: Coventry, UK
Favourite thing about Manchester? The accent - and how friendly northerners are!
What’s your dream job post-MBA? Immediately after MBA - no idea. In the future - I want my own business that supports the third sector
Last book you read? Do Mills and Boon romance novels count? It helps me to de-stress aha!
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Probably the Brathay experience at the start of the MBA because I found it both physically and mentally challenging and as it makes you reflect on your weaknesses which can be hard! Despite this, the outcome is very rewarding. 

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Brenda Ruiz de Castilla Rivera (Bren), VP Sports

City + Country: Ica, Peru, but I have lived in Lima since 2007.
Favourite thing about Manchester? I love that I can walk everywhere! It’s nice to be able to go walking and chatting with classmates after lectures or projects.
What’s your dream job post-MBA? One that allows me to move across different areas and learn different topics in a company with a great culture.
Last book you read? The Happiness Project.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Probably decide to leave everything at home to come here, at some point that was even scarier than competitive swimming in open waters.

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Navin Mahalingam, VP Careers

City+Country: Bangalore, India
Favourite thing about Manchester: So far the weather is what I love the most. Over the last decade, I have been in living in really hot places in India and the Middle East, so it’s been a good change for me. Hopefully, I can get through the winter, which I have heard is really harsh.
Dream job post-MBA: I am passionate about everything that has people as the central theme. So my dream job would be a role that will allow me to either leverage the potential of human capital or impact people on a large scale.
Last book you read: The most recent book I read was ‘The Starfish and the Spider’ by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom, it’s an interesting book that talks about the rise of decentralised organisations and power of leaderless organisations.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? The hardest thing that I have done recently, was when I had to come down approximately a 15m tree with just a harness and rope during Brathay. I am very scared of heights, so it was a big challenge that I had to overcome to score points for the team activity.

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Juan Karlo, VP Academics

City+Country: Lima, Perú
Favourite thing about Manchester: You can find all the facilities within a 10-minute walk. 
Dream job post-MBA: Strategy Manager
Last book you read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Run a marathon (42.195 kilometres)

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Roshnara Mohamed, VP Finance

City+Country: Kochi, India
Favourite thing about Manchester: Everything is just a walk away!! 
Dream job post-MBA: Something challenging in financial services.
Last book you read: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Bare my soul on a public blog.

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Enrique Gaya, VP Social

City+Country: Seville, Spain
Favourite thing about Manchester: Pubs and restaurants, also student life is a plus.
Dream job post-MBA: Wealth Manager in Banking is an option that I really like but I am open to exploring.
Last book you read: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Study Law and Business Administration simultaneously while working at PwC, basically, it meant no sleep during my first six months at PwC until I finished both degrees. Crazy!


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Shubham Kapur, VP Communications

City+Country: Delhi, India
Favourite thing about Manchester: Class of 2021 :)
Dream job post-MBA: Yet to figure that out, in the future- I would like to be a social entrepreneur in the education sector.
Last book you read: How Champions Think by Bob Rotella
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Leaving the country and moving away from my family to follow my dreams.

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Jason Cutbirth, VP Community

City+Country: Houston, Texas, USA
Favourite thing about Manchester: The music scene.
Dream job post-MBA: Management Consultant
Last book you read: Heroes – Stephen Fry
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Getting lost in bad weather on a mountain hike.


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