January 2016 Edition

New Year, New Look!

Happy New Year to all of our illustrious alumni. We hope this newsletter finds you full of new ideas, achievable goals and overall optimism for the forthcoming year. We at Mountbatten Institute would love to hear about your professional and personal plans for 2016, especially new business launches, charitable challenges, awards gained and marriages to take place, so keep in touch.

We are excited ourselves to be launching our new look newsletter this month to mark its 4th Birthday. We can't believe it is already 4, and to mark this occasion we have re-visited one of our early Entrepreneurs of the Month Anika Mistry, who just happened to be re-launching her cake business this month and kindly provided the header graphic and even sent in the cupcakes she made especially for the photograph for our London staff to sample! They were beautiful & delicious, thank you.

Throughout the Institute our campus recruitment starts again this month and we will publish a list of universities/institutes we are visiting in case you are free to assist. This help has been really positively received by our staff and prospective programme candidates, so thank you again to all those who have assisted already.

Our newsletter content includes our regular features such as Alum of the Month, Day in Life of, Entrepreneurs and Jobs, amongst other features and we are always open to your feedback and article suggestions.

Could you or your company offer a placement to a bright, eager Mountbatten?

As you know we facilitate up to 500 placements annually in NY and London, and we are looking for new dynamic opportunities in both locations for our candidates.

For more information on how to get your company or team involved in offering a placement please email Jo Harvey on

of the Month

Nira Desai
London, Sep 2003

"I now run a strategy where ten global chocolate companies have committed to work on sustainability in their supply chains. This means the companies commit to helping the farmers and communities where their cocoa is produced. I get to travel to Europe and West Africa often and work directly with big brands, non-profits and governments."

Read the full article


The Miserables!
Etcetera Theatre, Camden, London
19-21 Feb 2016

Nicola Masters (March 2013 – New York), has written, directed and produced a theatre show called The Miserables! It's an exciting parody of Les Miserables which is set in an office - it's basically about office politics and people who hate their jobs instead of the usual French revolutionaries!

Book your tickets now

Aug 14 MBA Award Ceremony - Bangkok

On Saturday, 12 December 2015, thirteen students were recognized at the Conrad Hotel, Bangkok marking the end of MBA Field Research in the Asia Pacific Region.

Joeana Alvarez, Aidil Razeek, Amanda Bird, Yvonne Michaela Ingels, Emily Jackson, Blaire Lawrence, Pamela Palacious, Alexander Preciado, Mikaela Revel, Rachel Scarlett, Morgan Thomasen, Artensia Washington, and Sam Roedeger all received the the Mountbatten Institute Certificate as well as the International Business Practice Certificate from the College of Management, University of Phayao for their academic work toward the MBA from St. Mary's University. The attendees were welcomed by Mr Jeff Simcox, MBA Programme Director of the Asia/Pacific Region and followed by an address from Captain Kajit Habanananda, Director of Management, University of Phayao and Chairman, Orient Thai Airlines Co., Ltd.

The address by the MBA class representatives was made by Ms. Emily Jackson and Ms. Amanda Bird. In addition, the Guest Speaker was Mr Herman J. Ehrlich, General Manager of the Conrad, Bangkok. Mr Ehrlich, who has held numerous international corporate positions, encouraged the graduates to continue to understand, explore and diversify their global experiences. The Mountbatten Institute Provost Dr. Ronald Kovach was on hand to address the students, present them with their completion certificates and give the William Ball Award for Entrepreneurship to Aidil Razeek, Emily Jackson, Paige Washington & Sam Roedger as well as the Director General's Award for Academic Achievement to Amanda Bird, the Director General's Award for Academic Achievement - Viva Presentation went to Yvonne Michaela Ingels and Mikaela Revel and The Lady Patricia Mountbatten Award for Community Service went to Joeanna Alvarez. Joining the honorees was Dr Siriporn Praesri, Dean of the College of Management, University of Phayao.

See the event and view photos

A Day In The Life

Sian Williams (New York, March 2011), a graduate of Aberystwyth University, currently works for FT Live which is the events division of the Financial Times. The department runs over 200 events a year and Sian works across a mix of three day industry conferences, award ceremonies and arts events.

"I cycle to work most days and arrive early so that I can shower and get breakfast before everyone else starts at 9.30. The week before a major event is always really busy so I spend the morning catching up on emails and confirming final arrangements with speakers, before joining the final project team meeting to plan the week ahead. A team of 10 of us will be flying out to Switzerland on the weekend to prepare for a three day summit which will begin on Monday.

"In the afternoon I send a final briefing to all speakers to confirm their travel and accommodation arrangements and agenda for the three days. We have over 30 speakers so this takes a while. I also make a start on planning the seating plan for the summit dinner which I will finalise next week and finishing off a few tasks for other events that will be coming up over the next few months. I spend the last part of the day updating the summit website with some last minute changes and help the Logistics Manager to pack the equipment to be shipped out to Switzerland."

Please note that FT Live are actively recruiting a Commercial Support Executive based in London. Full details on our alumni website.

Entrepreneurial Alumni

Anika Mistry

New York, Aug 2011

Anika has recently re-branded and re-launched her modern cake business Love Rosie Cakes & Cupcakes. They bake cakes for any occasion including birthdays, celebrations, weddings and anything else possible! Anika and her sister together have completely changed the way in which they bake and style their cakes – using her design background and creative eye to style cakes that taste as indulgent and delicious as they look. Each cake is individually created and they like to use decorations that are seasonal and entirely edible.

Visit her website to see her new cakes and styles and follow her on her Instagram account @loverosiecupcakes and hopefully she can bake for you soon!

Read the full article

Paul Sykes

New York, Jan 2006

Paul has worked in the aviation finance industry following on from his placement with RBS Aviation Capital in New York, and is currently launching an industry website called

Paul goes on to explain: "It is a site that matches the buyers of Business Jets and Helicopters with aviation-specialist financiers and takes a small commission for the introduction. The aim is to fill a communication void that exists between buyers (who can be corporate institutions, governments or individuals) and financiers (like myself). Currently it is very difficult for buyers to find all of their options and get the best deal and for financiers to find deal leads in a market currently dominated by word of mouth recommendations and referrals. We are excited about the product launch as it is a completely new concept in our industry."

Universities in the Spotlight

Our Alum of the Month Nira Desai is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where she did a double degree in Government and Politics, and Marketing. Nira was our second participant from University of Maryland, College Park, which has provided several candidates for the program since then. We will be building on this connection as our recruitment team attend their Spring Career and Internship Fair on Weds 24 Feb to Friday 26 Feb. If you can join the recruitment team at that event or any of the others over the next couple of months please do get in touch. For a full list of their schedule please use the link below – as you can see they have a busy schedule and value any alumni involvement!


Over the past few years, we have worked quite closely with the recruitment agency Robert Walters London division, to assist in placing some of our graduates upon their return to the City. They do have offices in a number of other cities/countries as well, but the London presence is their main office.

Robert Walters recently had the following update for us on the previous group from which they have successfully placed 4 individuals so far (based on those who RSVP’d for the event held). These roles sit in Marketing, Front Office Support and Operations with BNP Paribas, Janus Capital, Bovil and Castleton Commodities (who recently bought the Morgan Stanley Commodities business). They have also arranged interviews across all disciplines with an array of companies including the following: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, M&G Investments, Hargreave Hale, Blackrock, Nomura, Brown Advisory, Ruffer (Private Wealth Managment), PIMCO and Omni Partners.

If you are interested in forwarding your CV to Robert Walters, do get in touch, and we will send it through to the right person.

Other opportunities currently on our website include a Commercial Support Executive at FT Live; several positions at World Cocoa Foundation including Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant and Finance & Accounting Assistant; Investment Banking opportunities at UBS in Pune, India; as well as PA/Excutive positions with Bain & Gray.

View all available jobs on our alumni website.

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