Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Edison Nuñez Toro, Imperial

Edison Nuñez Toro

Imperial College Business School

“It’s important to be authentic throughout the process and most importantly, to enjoy it.”

HometownBogota, Colombia

Fun Fact About Yourself: I wake up every day at 5 a.m. sharp

Undergraduate School and Major: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana — Psychology

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Boehringer Ingelheim — Market Access Consultant

What makes London such a great place to earn an MBA degree? London is an ideal destination for MBA students seeking a unique and enriching academic and social experience. With its international diversity, MBA students have the opportunity to study and network with peers from different backgrounds, gaining a global perspective and cultural exposure. Also, as a major global business hub and — in my case — a healthcare hub, London provides MBA students with unparalleled access to a wide range of job opportunities, as well as exposure to real-world business challenges.

Imperial College Business School is one of the most culturally and professionally diverse MBA programs in the world. How do you see these global perspectives enhancing the value of your business education over the next year? I think it’s awesome to have the opportunity to interact with people from different parts of the world when pursuing an MBA, currently our batch has more than 21 nationalities in a small cohort of 56 students. It’s a great way to learn about different perspectives, cultures, and business practices. This is especially useful in today’s global business environment to develop the leadership skills needed to manage diverse teams and succeed in a global business environment. 

 Your MBA is known for innovation, business and technology. Has the program lived up to its reputation? What advice would you give to future students to help them thrive in the early months of the program? It has! Imperial College is a world-class STEM university with a special focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and with the business focus we are experiencing amazing moments. Our network in London enables us to collaborate with prestigious institutions like the Royal School of Arts and the Royal School of Music. Through these collaborations, we have participated in deep-tech innovation challenges, improved our skills using cutting-edge technology, and received real-time feedback to improve our pitch skills. This has enabled us to constantly push ourselves beyond our limits and become better versions of ourselves.

As you embark on your MBA journey I urge you to embrace every opportunity, engage with your cohort, enjoy the process and look for opportunities to meet people in the larger university, that’s what make Imperial College an unique place to study.

Aside from your classmates and location, what was the key part of Imperial College Business School’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you?  Coming from the healthcare industry, I am well aware of the prestigious reputation that Imperial College commands in the sector. However, the main reason I chose to pursue my MBA here is because of the program’s focus on entrepreneurship. I have a social entrepreneurial idea that is geared towards tackling healthcare challenges in LATAM, and I am confident that this school has all the resources to support me in bringing this idea to fruition. With the Enterprise Lab, the new White City campus available for prototyping, and renowned faculty in healthcare I am certain that I am in the right place to make an impact.

What has been your first impression of the Imperial College Business School MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far. Tell us your best Imperial story so far. Our batch is very close-knit, thanks to the perfect size of our class. We’ve had the opportunity to get to know each other and bond well with our classmates. Everyone in the class is approachable and open to helping, teaching and collaborating, which makes being a part of this group amazing. One of my favourite experiences so far was during an off-site activity in Reading during our first week, we spent the entire day participating in outdoor activities and bonding with each other.

What course, club or activity excites you the most at Imperial College Business School? As the Social Lead of my cohort I am looking forward to the social events, such as our MBA trek to mainland Europe, as well as the cultural celebrations that we will be organizing to ensure that everyone feels included. Also as the Outreach Officer of the Healthcare Club, I am thrilled about the upcoming networking events, such as the Hackathon for Healthcare, that we will be organizing with different universities in the UK

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: During my last four years with my previous company, I had the privilege of leading a Social Corporate Venture in the South American Region. This role provided me with the opportunity to lead numerous volunteer employees to create social projects that improved the well-being of our community. Under my leadership, we impacted more than 100 families in Colombia and Argentina, changing the lives of many communities. We also secured a few grants to ensure the feasibility of these projects.

What do you hope to do after graduation (at this point)? I aspire to continue my career in the pharmaceutical industry while also pursuing my entrepreneurial idea with the support of my classmates and Imperial College in order to revolutionize healthcare in my region.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Imperial College Business School’s MBA program?  I would recommend demonstrating your passion for making a real impact in the world and innovating within your industry during the interview process. It’s important to be authentic throughout the process and most importantly, to enjoy it. Pursuing an MBA at a top university like Imperial is not the finish line, is just the beginning of a life-changing program.

Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far? As a Social Lead in the SSC, I support and promote an inclusive and welcoming environment that celebrates all cultures and ensures everyone feels engaged and valued

What has been your best memory as an MBA so far? We always make plans to go out and enjoy ourselves during the weekends, whether it’s grabbing dinner or exploring the city. Being in a city like London offers countless opportunities to have fun with friends while still being budget-friendly.

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