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Mr. South African FinTech

About Me:

South African with 3 years of management consulting experience (a combination of MBB and boutique spin-off of MBB). Subsequently, I worked in the strategy team of a major commercial bank in South Africa for 2 years. The role was heavily influenced by design thinking tools and methodologies. Recently promoted to Senior Product Manager at the bank.


Undergrad School: University of Michigan

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 3.08

GMAT: 730

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Extracurriculars: Founder of student entrepreneurship club in college with 30+ members, Krav Maga enthusiast, volunteer mentor to graduate hires from underprivileged backgrounds (current employer)

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Internal Strategist / Senior Product Manager

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Other

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Led a major observational project that gathered quantitative and qualitative data on operational performance at the bank. The project led to major changes in client servicing model, credit assessment process and roles and responsibilities. In my new role, I’m 5-20 years younger than any of my peers.

Post MBA Goal:

I’d like to transition into a product management role at a big tech firm in the US. A role in fintech would be best suited to my interests and prior experience.


Target School: Tuck

Status: Accepted

Considering: Darden, Kellogg, Stanford GSB, Harvard

Rejected: Stanford GSB, Harvard

Waitlisted: Kellogg

Accepted: Darden


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 48%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hello Mr. South African FinTech! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. Candidates like you don’t come along very often…South African, top consulting experience + corporate experience, educated in the US, URM, with a solid GMAT score. You’ve made it to the WL at Kellogg and have been invited to interview at Darden and Tuck. I am not surprised!!! You are interesting and unique. (Don’t take the Kellogg WL too hard — it means they like you!)

    Here’s what I think…your GPA is an issue. To work the WL at Kellogg, take something like mbamath.com at the very least. Then, continue networking with current students. I believe you should have a WL manager at Kellogg. I’d recommend sending in updates on a monthly basis.

    For Darden and Tuck, my …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi, Melisa from Stratus Admissions here. Go Blue! Congrats on your interview invites and your WL at Kellogg (this really does mean they like you!). As you are doing your interviews, updates and networking at Kellogg, Tuck and Darden I would also suggest making sure that you are being clear with your post MBA goals. Based on your consulting experience I am sure you would be successful as a product manager. In fact, do you need an MBA to get this role? Many consultants leave consulting to go in-house without an MBA. What about an MBA – and for each school that specific school’s program – is important for your future success? Can you think of an example company that you would like to work …

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