The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania (MBA)
The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania (MA in International Studies)
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Grew up in Paraguay, Switzerland, and Argentina. Banker interested in public-private partnership to drive economic development.
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fun Fact About Yourself: I studied Latin and Ancient Greek for many years, which helped me to learn several languages.
Undergraduate School and Major: Universidad Torcuato Di Tella – Bachelor in Economics, Minor in Mathematics and Statistics
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
Itaú BBA – Latin America Fixed Income Department (Debt Capital Markets & Credit Markets)
Junior, Semi-Senior, and Senior Analyst
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment was to actively participate in landmark transactions that opened the Argentine financial markets after years of sovereign default, helping some of the largest companies in the country raise capital to fund their investment projects.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? The two most important things are to begin in advance and to stay focused and confident: a good application requires a lot of work and effort, and it is important not to give up in moments of frustration. The whole process is an incredible opportunity to reflect about yourself and about where you want to lead your life.
GMAT: Practice, practice, practice. The GMAT is not a difficult exam – if only you had unlimited time to solve it. By giving you less than 2’ per question, the idea is to reward effort, consistency, and quick decision-making, which, luckily, are things that can be trained. You have to understand how the exam works and how to tackle it. Use a diversity of materials, keep track of your errors, and focus on your weaknesses.
Essays: Do extensive introspection before even reading the essay questions. First, understand where your passion lies and why you want to go to business school. Second, identify which school is the best fit for you (visiting the school and talking to current students and alumni will help you a lot). Only then, with those two data points, can you begin writing and you will see that the answers come much more naturally. Your task is to present the potential you have based on what you have done until now and explain how the chosen school will help you achieve your future goals.
Recommendations: Choose people who know you really well and that have worked closely with you. Your candidacy will benefit if they can provide a complementary view on your potential. Encourage them to tell real, authentic, vivid stories about your work. Many recommenders shy away from this even though they have lots to tell. They often think they have to be too clinical as in many company HR reports.
Interview: Be genuine and empathetic and show all you have to offer.
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? Wharton undoubtedly has an incredible combination of strengths, from finance and management to leadership, going through a cross-functional curriculum and an analytical and data-driven approach to education. The differentiating factor for me was, however, the school’s global awareness. Wharton has a large share of international students, but, more than that, thinking globally is definitely the atmosphere that permeates most of the classes. In addition to the MBA, I enrolled at the Lauder Institute, whose mission is to educate global business leaders by offering an interdisciplinary and intercultural knowledge. If you want your career to be international, this is the place to be.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? For me, success would be to acquire the tools, vision, and creative sparks I need to accomplish my objectives, become a well-rounded person without losing my drive to help others, develop a better understanding of business opportunities around the world, learn from world-class faculty, and make life-long friendships with the incredible student body Wharton has.