Meet The MBA Class Of 2023: Kunle Adesoji, Ivey Business School

Kunle Adesoji, CFA

Ivey Business School at Western University

“Thrill-seeking, pragmatic, I have been described as happy-go-lucky.”

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a notepad of jokes, and one time did stand-up in front of a crowd

Undergraduate School and Major: University of Ilorin, Counselling Education

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Àrgentil Capital Partners (Associate Vice President, Investment Banking)

How has the case method enriched your learning? It has helped to tap into the wealth of experience and knowledge base of my classmates, particularly with their diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. It is amazing listening to perspectives and nuances that you just never thought about or appreciated while preparing for the case. The case method would be especially beneficial for global leaders, who would need to see things from multiple dimensions, in an increasingly diverse and connected world.

Aside from classmates and cases, what part of the school’s MBA programming led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? One of the things I wanted out of the MBA was to build strong global relationships and I think the small class size (by design) makes for just that. It is easier building relationships with small groups and shared experiences.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Adapting and taking up leadership position at my last workplace in the unprecedented COVID times

Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far: Making the semi-finals of the IFC Impact Investing Challenge, barely two months into the program. I was part of a team that proposed innovative solutions to Bangladesh’s plastic waste problem. This was important because it was an opportunity to apply some of the program’s learnings around team dynamics, innovation, sustainability, etc.

Where is your favorite hang-out in London (Ontario)? Why do you (or your classmates) gravitate there? Chucks Roadhouse, $6 Pitchers on Tuesdays!

What is one thing you have recently read, watched, or listened to that you enjoyed and would highly recommend to prospective MBAs? Why? The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, a classic that challenges conventional views on operations, accounting, marketing, and leadership.

What did you do during the application process that enabled you to get accepted into Ivey? I did not shy away from showing my non-academic/professional side in essays and interviews. I connected with the interviewer on running and growing up in a developing economy.


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