Nonie Mackie Fortuna

Nonie Mackie

Expert Coach

Fortuna Admissions

Singapore

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Nonie joined Fortuna after a successful career as Assistant Director with the Careers Services Team at the INSEAD Singapore Campus, where she was responsible for coaching MBA and EMBA students on how to best achieve their career aspirations, build their professional networks and source job opportunities at their target companies.

With deep expertise in Corporate Partnership Development Nonie has worked closely with numerous companies sourcing MBAs to fulfill their talent acquisition needs. Prior to joining INSEAD, Nonie worked as an International Recruitment Consultant and recruited senior level executives for a variety of Fortune 500 companies.

Nonie has lived and worked in the UK, Japan, and Singapore. She holds a MA (Hons.) in Geography from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Company Information

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Fortuna Admissions possesses unique insider knowledge of how admissions committees work, because we have been the gatekeepers in the admissions offices of top business schools. Our entire team comprises of former business school professionals from top-tier institutions including Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, London Business School, Chicago Booth, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua, IE Business School, and UC Berkeley Haas.

We have personally reviewed tens of thousands of applications from candidates all over the world. We have also shaped admissions policy, devised the application processes, and had the final say on who got in. We know the inside track – what goes on behind the closed doors of admissions committees, how your candidacy will stand up versus the competition, and how you can best maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.

Our experience and passion for coaching gives you a level of MBA admissions insight that you won’t find anywhere else. And with our passion for coaching, we can help you bring out the best in yourself so you truly shine in your application and interviews.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Goal development. Candidacy positioning. Interview coaching. Designed to guide you carefully through the entire application process, our MBA packages draw on our team’s industry expertise as former Directors and Associate Directors of Admissions at the world’s best business schools. For the highest impact, we recommend our Comprehensive Package or Premium Package Upgrade services.

One-School Package: $5,900 (Expert coach) $6,900 (director / senior expert coach)
Two-School Package: $7,900 (Expert coach) $9,200 (director / senior expert coach)
Three-School Package: $9,750 (Expert coach) $11,350 (director / senior expert coach)
Four-School Package: $11,450 (Expert coach) $13,350 (director / senior expert coach)
Five-School Package: $13,000 (Expert coach) $15,200 (director / senior expert coach)

You will work with a dedicated Expert Coach throughout the entire process, with input from our resume specialist and a mid-point review of your entire application by another of our Expert Coaches. Our Fortuna Coaches have held senior positions at the world’s best MBA programs and are uniquely qualified to help you maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top business school.

Location: Singapore

Email: info@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: http://www.fortunaadmissions.com

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  • Nothing But Praises
    1 year ago
    After my experience working with Nonie and the rest of the Fortuna team, I have nothing but praises for her and the team! Fortuna's advising process first started with calls to understand my background and set up the "backbone" of my application to INSEAD. The advice and feedback provided to me in these initial calls showcased Nonie's keen understanding of INSEAD and the strengths sought after by INSEAD. Throughout the entire application process, she has shown professionalism and dedication. She has been extremely generous with her time and experience, be it during the crafting of my essays or the time spent conducting mock interview video sessions with me. Further, Nonie was also kind enough to put me in contact with several specialists within the Fortuna team in relation ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Comprehensive & Thoughtful
    1 year ago
    I started the consultation with Nonie about 9 months before I intended to apply to INSEAD. She was able to give me some actionable advice immediately so I could craft my profile, which paid off during the application. She was very helpful and professional with her advice while writing essays and working with recommenders, and was very knowledgeable about what INSEAD looks for in applicants. This was also evident during our preparation for interviews. Overall, she was very easy to communicate with and the experience exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend her if you are looking to get into INSEAD, and I am sure she would be able to assist if you are applying to other schools as well.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Crucial To My Success
    1 year ago
    Working with Fortuna was a crucial factor in my success. I connected with them (spoke to Matt) as soon as I had the idea of applying to b-school, and boy am I glad to have brought Fortuna onboard from the early stages, nearly one year before my submission. My coach Nonie’s help was of immense value in many areas, most notably her experience in admissions and career expertise, and her motivational spirit. Fortune’s team of ex-adcom was my number one reason for hiring them. Working with her helped me better formulate my story; I found myself presenting my qualities in a more confident and articulate way professionally as well as personally. She helped shed light on my areas of weakness and shared with me interesting ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Excellent Coaching & Expertise
    2 years ago
    I was referred to Nonie Mackie from Fortuna Admissions through a friend. My first experience with the Fortuna team was via free consultation with Matt Symonds. I was very impressed by the amount of information and the insights he had about me, which showed that the team puts effort into getting to know a candidate and their candidature for MBA programs before even signing up for a package. I was thoroughly convinced during the call and signed up for the ‘Comprehensive School Package’ with Nonie Mackie as my admissions consultant. The process of Fortuna is very well structured. After signing up, a candidate is taken through a journey of deep introspection by working on a ‘Strategy Questionnaire’. The questionnaire along with the strategy calls becomes ...
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    Shujath Ali Syed
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Fantastic Help
    2 years ago
    I was targeting INSEAD and had HEC Paris as a backup plan. Since I wasn't sure how to best highlight the strength of my profile, I decided to work with Fortuna admission and Nonie in particular. Looking back this was a great decision. I was lucky to work with Nonie to refine my application strategy. Though being very positive overall, she gave substantial pieces of advice which made me modify significantly both my essays and CV. Another crucial aspect was timing. We had two weeks before the INSEAD round 2 application deadline and still achieved to apply on time thanks to her reactivity (though looking back I would not advise anyone to rush in a similar fashion!). In the end, I was waitlisted (and later accepted) by INSEAD ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Ask For Nonie
    2 years ago
    I decided to work with an admissions consultant due to the demands of my job and a short application window. I had little time to manage the process alone and wanted to work with someone to keep me focused and make more efficient use of my time. I decided to work with Fortuna Admissions after receiving a free consultation with Matt Symonds as well as a few other companies. I was impressed with Matt’s knowledge of the one-year programs I was interested in, as well as Fortuna’s deep bench of former admissions officers at my target schools. After signing with Fortuna, I was fortunate to be placed with Nonie Mackie. I can confidently say that Nonie was an essential factor in my successful admission ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • The Best Decision I Made During My Application Journey
    3 years ago
    I bought the comprehensive package for one school - INSEAD, and I chose Nonie Mackie as my consultant. Finally, it turned out that this is the best decision I've ever made during the application journey. Just from the first Skype call with Nonie (the free version consultation), I realized that she's the person who can help me, not just because that, as the Former Assitant Director in the INSEAD MBA Program, she is very knowledgeable about INSEAD culture and taste of admission committee. Before the call, I researched several other admissions consulting firms and scheduled virtual meetings with their consultants. I've had no feeling that there is one consultant like Nonie who cares about YOU, not the business. It proved in the 2nd conversation with her. She ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Success At INSEAD
    3 years ago
    I applied to INSEAD and was waitlisted. After reading up reviews for Fortuna online, I decided to take on their waitlist strategy package. The Fortuna coordinator was able to connect me with a senior (Director level) member of Fortuna that deals with admissions specifically with INSEAD. She was able to give me some really good advice on my essays and most importantly, was able to provide me the email for INSEAD's director of admissions. I reached out to the director and they advised me to reapply to INSEAD for next year. I did just that! This time I took another 2-hour session with Fortuna and I was connected to an 'Expert Coach' (Nonie Mackie). Nonie thoroughly went through my complete INSEAD application and advised me ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • A Curated Approach
    3 years ago
    Nonie was an excellent coach for me. I would not have succeeded with my admissions essays without her careful attention to detail and well thought out nature. She helped me truly understand what the questions were trying to reveal and how best to showcase my story. I highly recommend her services. You won't be disappointed!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Nonie is a safe bet for your MBA plans
    3 years ago
    I started to work with Nonie in January 2020 (with a 1 school package) in order to prepare my MBA application for INSEAD. She managed to turn my story into gold and I eventually got admitted to INSEAD regardless my average GRE score. She also gave me some great advice for my LBS application and I eventually got admitted to LBS as well! Nonie is a great coach, she is patient and honest. She knows exactly what schools are looking so it's definitely a great investment if you want to join an MBA program.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • An Absolute Delight To Work With
    3 years ago
    It was an amazing experience working with Nonie on my application. She is extremely committed and if you are ready to put in the hard work, Nonie's guidance can turn your application into gold. She was extremely flexible and accommodating. Her encouraging words helped me stay motivated throughout the process and she helped me prioritize the many activities on my profile. Nonie's turnaround was always quick and her detailed comments were instrumental in helping me structure my experiences most effectively. She has an eye for detail and her INSEAD background helped me understand the school and my fit much better. The mock interviews prepared me for all sorts of questions. Nonie was available and supportive during the entire journey and her enthusiasm about my candidature ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Candid, Honest & Methodical
    4 years ago
    I bought a one-school package with Nonie and that was the best investment I have made in my MBA journey. Before signing up with her, I have read many reviews and contacted many admission coaches only to have most of them tell me that the chance of getting into a top 10 business school MBA program is slim due to my lower than average GMAT score. The first impression I got from Nonie is that she can quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of a candidate and come up with a very bespoke admission strategy, on the other hand, she also made me believe that I can achieve the goal. Working with Nonie is also a pleasure, she is candid, honest and methodical, we have ...
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    Eric Lin
    MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Absolutely Incredible Coach and INSEAD Expert
    4 years ago
    Nonie possesses ALL the traits of an exceptional coach, she is methodical, organized, punctual, professional, flexible, candid, provides immensely valuable feedback, and ultimately empowers you to put your best application forward. On top of all this, she is also a joy to work with. We worked together extensively on all aspects of my application, but Nonie's impact was particularly pronounced in my essays. I compared the initial drafts and final product and was amazed at the positive impact Nonie's feedback had on me and my essays. Often I found I knew what I wanted to say, but not necessarily how to best present it, and Nonie always provided her support to ensure my point was made. As it relates to interview techniques, I am quite a ...
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    Class of 2020 N/A
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  • A pleasure to work with
    4 years ago
    I purchased an 8 hour package service package with Fortuna Admission and I worked with Nonie, who was an absolute pleasure to work with. She helped me tailor my application materials to better present myself by making sure that the points in my essays have come through to meet the selecting criteria of INSEAD. She pointed out things I never thought of and helped me identify the aspects that needs to be emphasised and the ones to be avoided. Many of my essays were finalised close to the deadline, and thanks to Nonie, who always found a way to respond to my last minute requests, my application was successfully submitted on time. I found my mock interview with Nonie was very helpful as well. I was ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Excellent Coach
    4 years ago
    Obtaining the Comprehensive School Package from Fortuna was one of the best decisions I made when I was applying for my MBA. Their approach to the application was organized and communication with my coach, Nonie, was highly efficient. Nonie went above and beyond my expectations of her role as my coach. She was very thorough and diligent in giving feedback on all aspects of my application. What I appreciate most about Nonie was that she was very patient and sincere. She regularly checked up on me as to how I was doing with my application (essays, recommendation letters) and even my GMAT. I highly recommend Nonie and Fortuna for their MBA application services.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Par Excellence
    6 years ago
    I mostly worked with Nonie on my INSEAD application. I also briefly worked with Caroline, who helped me polish my final drafts. Nonie has been a superstar in my successful journey to INSEAD. Everything about her is gold! Her honesty and open-mindedness are the biggest hallmarks of her coaching attributes. She has been pleasantly honest about her opinions and feedback throughout the application process, even if that meant more re-work, drafts and revisions. She has a tremendous eye for detail and helped me rectify things that are sometimes easy to overlook. Nonie is also extremely open-minded, flexible and accommodating. She never restricted my chain of thoughts; she always encouraged me to write different narratives and her insightful critique eventually helped me select the narratives that ...
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    - Rohit Roy
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  • A must go
    6 years ago
    When I see how much Nonie strengthen my application, I would dare to say that hiring Fortuna Admissions was the best decision I have ever made. With only 2.5 years of working experience and not such an international background, I was clearly an outsider compared with other applicants. Yet among the three MBA programs I applied to - Cambridge, LBS, INSEAD - I have been accepted to both LBS and INSEAD. There is no doubt that Nonie’s coaching has played a decisive role in this success: whether it is on the content or on the form, she truly brought my application to a much higher level than I could have ever hoped. I could clearly appreciate Nonie’s past experience at the INSEAD: she does know ...
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    - olivier lemarchand
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  • The best way to succeed!
    7 years ago
    Nonie has been with me from day 1 of my application preparation for INSEAD MBA. And this is the best decision I have made! Whether you think your application is already solid or that you have to start from scratch, Nonie will play a key role in building the best possible application with you. Nonie has been available all the time and her turnaround was all always very quick and of top quality. She consistently provided detailed comments, explaining her reasoning and thoroughly helping me to rethink all the details of my application until perfection. She has demonstrated her outstanding knowledge of the application process, of the school profiles and of the best way to put oneself forward. Her commitment and empathy were so high ...
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    - jp.pogorzelski@yahoo.fr
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  • Going more than the Extra Mile!
    7 years ago
    Nonie and the team at Fortuna are professional and know exactly what they are doing, they are organized, have different experts for the different stages of an application and make the process smooth and "relatively" easy. What set Nonie apart from the rest is that she continuously went the extra mile and while doing so showed real caring and interest in my application. Even though I was one of many getting support from Nonie, she always had time when I needed her - even when I needed last minute help as a reference wasn't coming through. She as well showed that she really cared about my success - sending me good luck messages on the day of my GMAT test as well as celebrating with ...
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    - kathrin.artaker@gmail.com
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  • Very helpful without doing the Job in your place
    7 years ago
    Fortuna really helped me synthesise my achievements, and choose which to present to best serve my stated goals. As I knew nobody close to me who had already applied to an MBA, working with Fortuna also helped me understand the hidden rules of this universe. Finally, I appreciated the "team spirit", timeline, feedback and encouragement. The storytelling work that Nonie helped me perform was also useful to me later for job applications.
    Class of 2016 Anonymous
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  • INSEAD 17D Admit
    7 years ago
    I am so glad I gave my application the best possible chance of success by consulting Nonie at Fortuna. Thank you Nonie for your invaluable advice- your support not only made the whole application process stress free but also gave me confidence that I had done everything possible to maximise my chances.
    Class of 2017 Admit
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  • Excellent coaching during MBA application process!
    8 years ago
    I worked with Nonie from Fortuna in preparing my application for the INSEAD MBA. From my initial conversation with Nonie I was confident she will help me in the best way to put through a competitive application. During our first skype call itself she was able to clearly identify my strengths and weaknesses based on the strategy questionnaire I had filled earlier. She was very well aware of the expectations at INSEAD and explained to me how well I am placed for the programme. I have had conversations with other consultants from other companies who were simply trying to sell their products and were mainly only focusing on my weaknesses and how they have different packages to help me. But they did not seem to ...
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    Class of 2017 Admit
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