Meet the Indian School of Business’ MBA Class of 2017

Aravind Prasad

Indian School of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Global citizen. Lucky to call three countries home: born in India, grew up in Indonesia and studied in the US.

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Fun Fact About Yourself: I can kill for food, especially South East Asian Cuisine. I traveled for 5five hours just to get hold of authentic Nasi Goreng!

Undergraduate School and Major: Purdue University, B.Sc. Electrical Engineering

Employers and Job Titles since Graduation:

  • Design & Development Engineer, Lutron Electronics, Allentown, PA
  • Fellow, Teach for India, Chennai
  • Government & Advocacy engagement manager, Central Square Foundation

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: It was building and leading the government engagement practice for a venture philanthropy fund focused on improving quality of school education in India

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? My advice is to be very clear about what you want from the program and give yourself some time to put together all the elements of your application. Also, be very honest and sincere in what you present in your application. it is a much appreciated quality in an applicant.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? Three things stood out for me:

  • The excellent access to world class faculty and hence, exposure to both industry and academia.
  • I wanted to build a strong professional network in India and Asia with a growing presence across the world. I think I have achieved that with ISB.
  • I have three alumni in my family. The opportunities that opened up for them during after their term at ISB, really inspired me to pursue this program.

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? My ideal role would be one that forges partnerships across stakeholders to design, deliver and scale sustainable impact. Being part of projects and teams that builds something from scratch and leaves a legacy is what excites me. 

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program?  I’d like them to think of me as a friend who is always up for a drink and a talk about their closeted business ideas.

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