Mr. Optimistic Fulbright

About Me:

I am a first-generation college graduate from rural South East Asia. My love for math and meeting new people combined with my upbringing led me down a path of finance and deal-making, where I founded an investment bank back in my country. I advise investors and businesses on investing and raising capital in frontier markets.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Considering: Harvard, Wharton, NYU Stern, Yale

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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: Coventry University

Undergrad Major: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

GPA: 4.0 (First Class Honours)

GRE: 333

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: MS in Finance

School Name: Vanderbilt University

Extracurriculars: Co-founder of a non-profit organization helping refugees continue their education in the United States | Chair of a Rotary Club | Mentor at an SME incubator backed by the World Bank

Work History:

Title: Founder

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 2 mos

Title: Chief Strategy Officer

Industry: Engineering

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

1) First recipient of Fulbright Scholarship from my town and first nominated candidate to conduct research with noble laureates.
2) Started my own boutique impact investment bank that covers the healthcare and education sector in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States.
3) Received accelerated promotion to the C-Suite in 2 years instead of 8-10 years.

Post MBA Goal:

My plans after business school are 1) to be a leader within an organization that uses capital and business expertise to have a positive societal impact in the world (IFC or impact-focused growth equity fund in Africa) or 2) to raise an impact-focused PE fund. I aspire to be an impactful leader in business ecosystem reform in my country.


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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 60%

    Wow Mr. Optimistic Fulbright! There’s so much good here that I don’t even know where to start. On paper, you’ve got what it takes to be among the <10% who earn acceptance at Stanford GSB. You have a achieved a lot over your 5 year career thus far, including founding your own company without taking your foot off the pedal around making a positive impact in the community… all after nailing your Undergrad days and continuing to show up academically with your killer GRE score. What's there not to love? My advice to you is to do your homework/research on your top programs so you can give AdCom the confidence that you are invested and will also choose them as well. …

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  • Admissionado | Odds Assessment: 20%

    The GSB has ~5% average acceptance rate and lower than that for international applicants, but you have a lot going for your profile:
    1). Intellectual potential signals in spades (Fulbright! Math! EE! Finance! Vandy!)
    2). Global perspective and experience (educated on 3 different continents – Asia, Europe, N. America – and work experience/interest in Africa). Good mix of urban and rural experiences, even within the same geographies.
    3). Private sector experience with social impact ambitions and longstanding demonstrated EC passions to back up and validate that interest. All things equal, GSB wants to admit people who will change the world in positive ways rather than just maximize shareholder value.
    4) Professional prestige signals (GSB lets some of the sifting be done by other prestigious institutions, so …

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