IE Business School
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: I am a physician and entrepreneur who is interested in the intersection of healthcare, business and technology.
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Fun Fact About Yourself: I taught physics and math to elementary school kids.
Undergraduate School and Major: Cairo University, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Physician Cairo University Hospitals
Co-Founder The Room Egypt
Marketing Manager, SMC
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Starting and exiting a business with no prior experience in a market that didn’t exist before we created it and doing this in a very turbulent political and economical environment.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? I think the most important thing is to know what you want to get an MBA for and whether the school you’re applying for matches that. It’s okay not to have an exact sector for your job or startup in mind, but you have to know what you want to get out of your MBA. There are general MBA rankings and there are unofficial sector specific rankings (for example some schools maybe lower ranked than others in the general rank but much higher if you intend to go into luxury goods or consulting)
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? At IE they don’t just talk the talk about entrepreneurship, they walk it. They have been walking it since 1973 when the school was established as an entrepreneurial project itself. You can see this spirit in their curriculum which includes practical courses where you start your own venture, their Area 31 incubator and much more. This was important for me because I’m already an entrepreneur and I wanted to hone my skills and not just take a couple of theoretical courses.
What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success would be starting my second business (preferably with my new friends from the class) with the confidence that comes from having obtained the hard and soft skills offered by this MBA.