Andrea Coello Kunz
“A globe-trotting food engineer whose never-ending journey has taken her into corporate governance.”
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Fun Fact About Yourself: I love collecting and sharing fun facts about different topics, like the process that ingredients pass through to get to our plates, the reason a popular character came to be, or the history behind long-standing traditions.
Undergraduate School and Major: Universidad Iberoamericana – BSc. in Food Engineering
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Deloitte Risk Advisory – Corporate Governance Senior Consultant
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the MBA curriculum or activities that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? The key part was the global viewpoint of the program, derived from both the country it is in and the unique stand of the university, as the program seeks to create a diverse and interesting group of individuals who inspire and push each other towards their own objectives.
What quality best describes your MBA classmates and why? Open-minded. Considering we all have such different backgrounds and grew in opposite corners of the worlds, there is still a constant sense of curiosity and a frequent need to share what makes us unique with others. Everyone seeks to understand each other even when we do have some cultural barriers.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment so far has been participating in the development and implementation of a new comprehensive value map, which helps companies to evaluate the maturity level of their operational and corporate governance practices. This allows for the identification of critical points to be considered in their journey towards continuous improvement.
Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far? Quite a difficult question considering that we have only been formally in the program for two months, but I believe my biggest accomplishment has been seeking out and creating personal connections in this challenging environment. Normally, we would be able to have more face-to-face opportunities to bond with other students, but the global situation has made this more difficult. Through classes, case challenges and out-of-school interactions, I seek to further develop these relationships.
What has been the biggest surprise in your first months of business school? I expected diversity and accomplished individuals within my cohort, but my expectations were surpassed. Everyone is constantly sharing interesting and unique stories that make me realize how little I really know and how much there’s left to learn.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? As a person with an engineering background, I want to round up my profile with more business-related knowledge and the development of soft skills. Even when my professional experience has allowed me to approach this side of the companies – and more in the consulting industry – I believe that this was the best moment to seek further growth. I also evaluated if my experience was enough to provide value for my cohort, as I expected that from them too.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? INSEAD
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