The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Nourhan Farhat

INSEAD

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A positive, energetic (and sometimes loud) ESTJ, engineer-turned-consultant.

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Fun Fact About Yourself: Was runner-up in a beauty pageant… if only I was few centimeters taller!

Undergraduate School and Major: American University of Beirut, Lebanon – Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Class of 2012)

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Middle East (from Business Analyst I to Senior Consultant II)

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Fast-track career progression in Roland Berger Middle East (5 promotions in 4 years) – was the youngest consultant to reach “Senior Consultant II” position and act as a project manager on multiple projects

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

  1. Essays: Be honest and do not overcomplicate and overthink your essays. The Admissions Committee wants to know the real you, so the best way to do so is to tell it in a straightforward manner.
  2. GMAT: Practice… a lot! Estimate an average of one month to fully focus on it, and do not underestimate the English section. Devise a clear and structured daily plan which suits your schedule and try to get it right from the first time because that four hour test and the preparations for it are simply a painful process.
  3. Recommendations: Find a mix of successful individuals, who know you, and can give different points of views about you. This means do not choose the senior guy who has only met you a couple of times, but rather opt for your direct manager or junior client who can describe you well.
  4. Interviews: You are almost there, relax and just be yourself!

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? INSEAD’s strategy earned it the top 1 rank in less than 60 years from establishment, beating records of all other MBA school. Where better to learn strategy? 

INSEAD’s 10-months program is simply perfect It gives me:

  • A best-in-class education in half the amount of time (pragmatic)
  • The world-renowned and envied close student community in Fontainebleau, where lifelong friendships are forged (social)
  • A proud accomplishment recognized by the top employers worldwide (professional)

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Returning as a Consulting Project Manager with a new set of business skills and a long contact list of new best friends!

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…
    Thanks

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.