Meet INSEAD’s MBA Class of 2017


Kailing See  


Describe yourself in 15 words or less: An explorer and writer; passionate about people development and making impact to society

Hometown: Singapore

Fun Fact About Yourself:  I have explored 42 (new) countries across 5 continents over the past 10 years.

Undergraduate School and Major:  Nanyang Business School, Banking & Finance and Accountancy (Double Major)

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Royal Dutch Shell

  1. Regional Finance Manager, Commercial Fleet Asia Pacific & Middle East
  2. Graduate Programme:
  • Global Finance Analyst, International Marine
  • Singapore Finance Analyst, Retail

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It was launching a fuel card business in a high growth emerging Asian market after 5 years of planning and negotiations. We were looking at an extremely dynamic market and being able to lead the project from market feasibility study to external negotiations and eventual launch amidst all the market challenges was incredibly rewarding.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants?

  1. Start Early on GMAT prep. Practice practice practice
  2. Think Deep about your values, strengths and dreams. Have convictions in them before you start your essays
  3. Get Recommendations from people who know the real you, preferably those who have weathered the good and bad times with you. Do not underestimate the power of a sincere and heartfelt recommendation.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Leading successful businesses today requires broad international mindset with an appreciation of diversity across different parts of the world. It is important for my leadership development that I build strong capabilities in working effectively with diverse multicultural teams at pace.

There is no other MBA school with a more diverse student profile than INSEAD.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I intend to build a career that gives me opportunities to surmount large scale complex business challenges and shape a better energy future for society. It is important to me that what I do is intellectually stimulating and gives me autonomy to make a difference to the lives of people I lead and collaborate with.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program?

I would like my peers to say that:

  1. They can count on me to cheer, support and help them all the way in achieving their aspirations beyond our time at INSEAD
  2. I arrived at INSEAD with a pinhole view of the world and graduated with a global mindset
  3. I have dared to dream big, failed many times, and learnt a great deal in these 10 months.  

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