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Mr. Global Perspective

About Me:

From SE Asia, but with a global perspective from growing up on 4 continents. Spent 7 years working in oil and gas with a successful Asian state oil company that’s going global. It’s given me a perspective on the intersection of politics and economics to drive national development – here at home but also in our host communities in Africa and elsewhere.


Undergrad School: University of York

Undergrad Major: Politics, Philosophy and Economics

GPA: 3.6

GMAT: 750

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: I do not have significant extracurriculars. Instead, I spent my twenties helping to raise my two little sisters. They moved in with me when I was 22 and they were 16 years old - and I was their primary caregiver for a while. I like to joke that I became a 21yo soccer mom - going to parent-teacher conferences, driving them to extracurriculars, etc. They recently went to college and are now thriving! Easily the proudest achievement - professional or personal - in my life.

Work History:

Title: Manager, Office of the CEO

Industry: Power / Energy

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 1 mos

Title: Business Development Exec, Liquefied Natural Gas

Industry: Power / Energy

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I was appointed to the CEO’s office of one of the biggest companies in Southeast Asia for 3 years. It’s been an incredible opportunity to see how a Fortune Global 500 company is led from the very top – I’m his speechwriter, bag-carrier and run special projects. Example: I work with legislators to preserve our country’s model of responsible hydrocarbon extraction. I also wrote his speech for the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Post MBA Goal:

Historically focused on the qualitative side of the business (re: I’ve been a speechwriter), I’d like to use my MBA to improve my quantitative skills. Afterwards, I’d like to transition into energy consulting – I’d like to be at the forefront of developments in my industry and I think consulting gives me the opportunity for that exposure/learning.


Target School: Wharton

Status: Accepted

Considering: London Business School, Chicago Booth, Stanford GSB

Rejected: Stanford GSB

Accepted: London Business School, Chicago Booth


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 43%

  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. Must say, you have a really impressive profile. But what has impressed me the most is that within a ‘Twitter-sphere’ kind of word count, you have already painted a very vivid picture of your personal and professional story. This quality will serve you really well in your applications. You seem to have a knack of telling your own life story. Wharton will love this. And your SE Asian heritage, international experience, diversification in work roles (operational and strategic) combined with undergrad credentials give you a real shot at not only Wharton but also the other schools on your list. And your achievement sending your younger sisters to college and leading by example in your personal life too …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hello Mr. Global Perspective! Krista Nannery here from mbaMission. Super interesting profile. I can’t think of a time when I have worked with a speechwriter for a Fortune 500 CEO! This unique background will help you stand out in this process, but I advise you to sell the more leadership/managerial aspects of your role first, then the speech-writing later. (And please leave out bag carrier! Too admin-y.)
    While you are a bit more seasoned in the workforce than the average, I think your stats, your oil & gas experience, and your proximity to your CEO will help you here. (I hope one of your recs comes from the CEO? That would really be impressive!)
    Because you are so unique, make sure your business impact is clear …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. I am super impressed that you raised two teenagers when you were in your low 20s! You’re right to be proud of that, and I would suggest making sure that comes out in your applications. You don’t want to just gratuitously mention it but really drill down on what you learned about yourself or others, how you grew, how that experience helped prepare you for your career, for life, etc. Another plus is that your stats are great and your international experience will be very appealing to Wharton. Your experience in the global energy industry is really strong, and it makes sense to use the MBA to pivot to energy consulting. Your ability to see issues not …

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