Jean-Philippe Odunlami

Senior Consultant

MBA Exchange

Japan

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Jean-Philippe is an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School.  He has been active in education and career counseling for the past decade, guiding individuals with varied backgrounds through successful MBA admission campaigns at top programs including HBS and Wharton. His professional background spans the US, Asia, Europe and Africa. Jean-Philippe has been a consultant and entrepreneur in investment management, cross-border acquisitions and real estate development. He also worked in research and analyst roles at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs in New York City.  A native of France, he has also lived in the US, Singapore and Japan for several years. Jean-Philippe earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in international business from Dillard University. He is fluent in French, and conversational in Japanese

Company Information

When everyone claims to be “the leading MBA admissions company,” do words matter anymore? Who are you supposed to believe?

To be frank, we don’t pay a ton of attention to the field. Our objective can be summed up in one word: “Win.”

We don’t mess around. Our temperament comes from––in all candor––age and experience and enormous success. We keep a lower profile than others, but that’s part of our story. Our word of mouth from former clients is so powerful, we have the luxury to remain focused on the work, rather than on promoting ourselves. (As future business people, just think about how cool that is.) We’re able to dedicate all our time to helping our clients win by getting into elite business schools, and setting them up for success well beyond. If that kind of professional formula sounds like a good match for what you’re all about, come meet us. Let’s find out if we’ll click.

A lot of firms sport elite former Adcoms. And elite MBAs. And eye-popping stats and success and reviews. So…

Yes. If we were in your shoes, our eyes would glaze over, too. But you’ll do your due diligence––and we encourage it. Picking the right coach is important. In the end, you’ll have a strong sense of who’s for real and who’s all flair but no substance. Who offers a sincere, intelligent assessment versus who will prey on your anxiety. Our advice: put together a shortlist of firms, and go meet as many as you need. Get a feel. If you’re truly top MBA material, we’re confident you’ll recognize the unmistakable signature of experience, excellence and sincerity. In your bones.

Cool, but what’s The MBA Exchange’s… thing? What, if anything, makes your firm different?

  • A self-assuredness and focus that comes from experience and a roster of true professionals.
  • No bullsh*t. [Caring? Yes. Determined? Yes. Coddling? Not so much.]
  • Genuinely good, smart, decent, solid people.* 

[*As you get older and wiser, you start to realize how important this is, and more interestingly… how rare. Our M.O. at The MBA Exchange since our inception has been to only invite not just the smartest and most accomplished professionals onto our team, but also only those people who are genuinely “good eggs.” People we genuinely like. People we find to be mature and dependable and committed to others’ success. It may seem like a strange differentiator to call out, but honestly, that’s the one that may matter most at the end of the day.]

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We offer three different packages to accommodate individuals with different needs and budgets. Our Gold and Platinum packages include everything under the sun: deep strategic guidance plus comprehensive essay development, along with all the supporting elements such as interview prep, resume and LOR support, and unlimited access to your MBA consultant. We also offer a more economical Silver package (starting at $3,450) for those who prefer a more targeted experience: deep strategy plus essay development (and the flexibility to add on any individual elements as needed).

Location: Japan

Phone: +18 883-05

Email: info@mbaexchange.com

Website: https://www.mbaexchange.com/your-mba-evaluation/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

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    8 months ago
    As a non-traditional applicant without an undergraduate degree, working for a family business, experience in the education and fine art industries, and aspirations in entrepreneurship, the prospect of applying to top-tier Executive MBA programs seemed daunting, if not impossible. That was until I collaborated with JP at MBA Exchange, whose expertise laid the foundation for my success in gaining admissions to Oxford Saïd, LBS, and Cambridge Judge. JP's approach to crafting my application strategy was nothing short of transformative. His well-structured guidance helped me delve deeply into my professional journey, enabling me to construct a compelling narrative that resonated with my non-traditional background. This process wasn’t just about putting together an application; it became a journey of self-reflection, helping me gain a clearer vision of what ...
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  • I Got Admitted To LBS!
    1 year ago
    It wouldn't have been possible without Jean-Philippe's guidance, help, and attention to detail! With a Low GMAT Score, getting admission into one of the top B-Schools in the world seemed like a dream. But he always encouraged me to dream big, believe in myself, and made sure my unique story comes out properly. I got an interview from both the colleges I had applied to, Columbia and London Business School, and finally, LBS got converted. His tips and guidance as to how to address my weakness while also over-indexing on other factors to compensate for it were a big eye-opener. No other consultants use such a systematic & unique approach to the application. I had another consultant before him and with him was unable to get ...
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  • The Perfect Partner
    2 years ago
    Before I started working with JP, several MBA consultants had advised me against applying to M7 schools and had tried shepherding me toward T15-20 schools. With JP, I found someone who had the experience of helping candidates coming from a family business background find success and was not just willing to accept my reasoning and take a leap of faith in applying to M7 schools but also went above and beyond to help me create the best possible applications. JP’s honest feedback was instrumental in keeping me grounded and pushed me to really think about the direction I wanted to take my career in and how my target schools would fit into this vision – something that proved incredibly valuable in my essays as well ...
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  • Wonderful Mentor & Admissions Consultant!
    2 years ago
    JP is a fantastic MBA consultant who I was lucky enough to work with. He encourages you to think deeply about your long-term goals and how an MBA will help you achieve them. JP is also a great source of knowledge and advice for refining those goals. The timeline and structure The MBA Exchange provides are invaluable and I always appreciated how straightforward JP was throughout the process. He identified areas where I needed to improve and pushed me when I needed it. My GPA was significantly lower than the average for my target schools, so the rest of my application had to be compelling. Thanks to JP I was admitted to multiple schools and received a large scholarship. I could not be happier with ...
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  • The Best & Only Choice For Non-Traditional MBA Applicants!
    2 years ago
    JP is an exceptional MBA consultant who I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past 8 months of my MBA campaign. JP is internationally known as being the best MBA admissions consultant for getting non-traditional applicants such as Olympic Athletes, Family Business owners, MBA applicants without undergraduate degrees, Entrepreneurs, International, and Diverse Candidates accepted to top MBA programs in the US and abroad. After seeing managerial struggles in my own successful business, JP and I identified that a full-time MBA was the right next step to help fill in knowledge, perspective, and professional network gaps. JP and I started working together under a tight timeline: starting just 4 months before R2 deadlines and 6 schools, as well as an extremely non-traditional applicant profile (college ...
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  • Best MBA Admission Consultant!!!!
    2 years ago
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  • Outstanding Mentor & Admissions Consultant
    2 years ago
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  • Passion Mentor - The Absolute BEST Consultant! (HBS Admit)
    4 years ago
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  • HIGHLY. RECOMMENDED - JP Is One Of The Best.
    4 years ago
    Amidst a pandemic and lockdown in the Philippines that has lasted for over 200 days, I can still say that I grew in confidence throughout my application journey with JP. What I truly admire about JP is how he instills a quiet confidence in the process that you do together. In the weeks I had interviews with Oxford, INSEAD, and NUS, I felt very prepared, and no jitters were overwhelming. I was very surprised even with myself. Speaking as a family business owner, I knew that JP would be a good fit with me given his vast level of expertise in his craft. He is very professional and knows how to motivate you throughout the journey. Further, he goes above and beyond to ensure that ...
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  • A Compassionate & Fearless Mentor
    4 years ago
    Over the span of the past year, JP has been a tremendous source of encouragement for me throughout the MBA admissions process. At the beginning of the application campaign, I recognized my own shortcomings and held reservations as to whether I might be a candidate qualified for any of the top tier programs. Not only did JP ease these concerns by openly sharing his own insights and perspectives, tailoring them to my circumstances, but he also believed in me at times where I doubted myself. JP’s unwavering standard for excellence coupled with his genuine investment in me as an individual continued to draw the very best out of me. When waitlisted at Cornell, JP took the time to holistically reevaluate my application with ...
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  • A Life-Changing Experience
    4 years ago
    JP is an outstanding consultant who provided exceptional service and went above and beyond to ensure that my application process was smooth and successful. Within the first 5 minutes of our initial telephone call, I knew that we would be a great match and time has only proven more strongly of my anticipation. I was so fortunate and am so grateful to have found him.  What makes JP unique is not only his in-depth knowledge and expertise in his field, but more importantly his commitment and passion to helping candidates discover a clear direction and career path that are beneficial for life. He cared deeply about my objectives and concerns and was committed to helping me achieve my goals while taking care of my mental well-being. Throughout the process, JP ...
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  • Excellent Consultant - Amazing Mentor
    4 years ago
    I have been working with JP on my MBA applications for the past two years now and it has always been a pleasure. On our first phone call, JP was particularly clear and precise on how our journey was going to go and that is what I really like about working with him. He has always been precise and straight to the point which is absolutely necessary for a process that makes you rethink your whole life. When I decided to postpone my apps by a year, JP was very comprehensive and helped me in strengthening my profile during that “rest” period. Here is how we went then. We first started by focusing on my background and on my short and long term goals. Once ...
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  • I Cannot Thank JP Enough
    5 years ago
    JP helped me get into the Kellogg EMBA program - Jan 2020 intake. With his sound guidance, I was able to clearly see my priorities and the programs that would help me in the long run. As a career counsellor, he went way beyond than just helping me apply to XYZ schools. He provided very detailed emails with so many pearls of wisdom that I'm planning to take a print of all his emails and get them hard bound! Some of my friends have taken help from other consultants and their biggest grievance was that they had a hard time getting their consultants to commit to the top tier programs. But that's just not the case with JP, whose approach is to first help finalize ...
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  • Invaluable Career + Life Coach; Above & Beyond the MBA Process (Yale Admit)
    5 years ago
    As a R2 applicant focused on only the top 10 programs in the US, I started rather late in the cycle and had less than 4 months to complete my application process from beginning to end (which I do not recommend anyone doing). If it wasn't for JP's guidance, frameworks, and support, it would not have been possible for me to pull together as tight and cohesive of a package as I did, within such a short timeframe. JP started by exploring and developing my story, as well as my long term and short term goals. This framework helped me throughout my entire application process and continues to pay dividends even as I'm now currently going through my first year. JP was always honest in his ...
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  • Consultant & Mentor Who I Needed!
    5 years ago
    It has been a great pleasure working with JP for the past year. As a re-applicant, I knew I needed to change the strategy in my approach to not only the application itself but also on school selection. From the first conversation, JP quickly understood my professional and personal background as well as my career aspiration and suggested to look into executive MBA programs rather than 2-year full-time programs. It was spot-on advice! The framework he provided for the campaign immensely helped me with understanding my strengths and weaknesses, my career goals, and why MBA from the schools I chose. He pushed me to dig deeper into my personality, experiences, and goals in order to fully display who I really am on the application. His ...
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  • Excellence In Guidance & Human Touch!
    5 years ago
    I worked with JP almost for a year and let me say, he was not only an excellent consultant guiding my application to CBS, but he also spent time helping me understand what the best program for me was (EMBA Americas in my case). He always had comforting words for me when struggling with work and GMAT, and he was not afraid to tell his own experience as an HBS applicant. I would choose him every time. Thanks for everything JP!
    Yamil Alejandro Rabbat
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  • Grateful to have worked with JP through MBA app process (CBS admit)
    6 years ago
    I had the pleasure of working with JP through my MBA application process and was eventually accepted to CBS for Class of 2020! Here are a few specific reasons why I would recommend JP for the MBA application process: - While there is quite a bit you can learn from an MBA program from talking to students and professors, visiting the campus, and searching the web, one hard to come by is insight into how admissions thinks about candidates and what programs are really all about. JP brings this extra insight which can help developing the application, prioritize schools, etc. - Every applicant is different and JP understands this. He took the time to appreciate the nuances from all angles through my campaign and helped ...
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    - Tapan Patel
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  • Dedicated strategist
    6 years ago
    As a re-applicant to several top 5 schools, I knew that I needed expert advice in telling my story and highlighting the unique aspects of my candidacy. I also needed help to strengthen my weak areas and fill some voids. JP was a valuable advisor who brought expertise, experience, vision, and honesty which helped elevate my applications to a level that I could not have achieved on my own. During the process, JP was extremely responsive, gave comprehensive and thoughtful feedback, and he took the time to truly understand me. At one point, JP wrote to me because he had given "deep thought" to the strategy we chose for my re-applicant essay for Booth. He felt that we were not addressing one of ...
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  • Great Insight and Support through My Journey
    7 years ago
    JP has been provided me with unlimited support, feedback, insight, and strategies through my process which allowed to my successfully be admitted to three Sloan Programs at Standford, MIT, and LBS in addition to the GSD at Harvard. I cannot recommend him enough for those seeking admittance to top tier schools, as he is able to best align your goals and ambitious with your skills and past experience.
    - Islam Mahdy
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  • Facilitator, Leader and Top Strategist
    7 years ago
    JP has all the qualities that one seeks in a consultant; compassion, accommodation, strategy formulation and above all leadership. Compassion is evident in the way he hears your story and tries his best to level himself with your emotion so as to ensure that the same passion reflects in your app. Accommodation ensures that scheduling multiple interactions across different time zones is never a problem and that you indeed maximize your output from every single minute that you spend in his company. Strategy formulation is flexible and is best(tough to think of a better alternative once you have finalized the strategy after discussions) suited to your circumstances and the school under consideration. Finally his Leadership ensures that you always know who is in-charge at all ...
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    Class of 2019 Applicant
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  • Wharton R2 Admit
    7 years ago
    I worked with JP on my applications to Wharton (my top choice), Harvard, MIT Sloan, Columbia. We started working together almost a 6 month before the round 2 deadlines. JP was quick to address my weak points and set out my strategy on how to apply to each school. JP made it clear that I had to put in a lot of effort in connecting my background experiences to the profile of each school and work hard and focus on the strategy that we worked on. My GPA was way below the requirements of the schools I applied to and my GMAT was mediocre at best. Even with all of my short falls JP was able to walk me through a very hectic point in ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • CBS Admit
    7 years ago
    I worked with JP on my applications to Columbia (my top choice), Berkeley, and Duke. We started working together almost a year before the round 1 deadlines for most schools, which allowed us ample time to pinpoint any areas of weakness that could be addressed and appropriately identify the best way to present myself to each program. As the candidate, you are the one who has to put in the time and effort to produce the best application possible, so the key to having a good consultant is that they always guide you in the right direction. JP always provided objective feedback that was extremely necessary. The B-school application process can be long and an emotional rollercoaster, so having him continually push me in the ...
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    Class of 2019 Anonymous
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  • GSB R1 Admit
    8 years ago
    I worked with JP on my R1 H/S/W app this year. Before start, I had only one and half month to prepare and had very limited knowledge on how to best present myself. JP helped me a lot in these aspects, he was also very good at making clear point to point out areas that need improvements. During my interview preparation stage for GSB, JP even took extra effort to make sure I spent my time wisely and focused on the right topic. I'd say it would be impossible for me to eventually land my GSB offer without his help. Would definitely recommend him to others!
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