July 2016 Edition

Leading The Way

We hope that wherever this newsletter finds you in the world, you are enjoying some great weather and are able to embrace outdoor living and all that's available at this wonderful time of year. On a more sombre note however, at Mountbatten Institute Alumni Society we were all so saddened by the shocking events that have taken place internationally over the last couple of months and indeed express our condolences to all those affected by the resulting loss of life and hardship from this.

This month's newsletter features several entrepreneurs, one of who focuses on social entrepreneurship, whilst two others have had their business ventures featured in various magazine or newspaper publications over the last month. It seems the Mountbatten entrepreneurial spirit continues to grow.

So enjoy the good weather whilst it lasts, have adventures, and don't forget to share your updates, Mountbatten anniversaries, career changes, academic achievements, and other life event experiences with us.

Sexy Socks goes to Washington DC!

Sexy Socks, a social enterprise founded by Dave Hutchison (London, March 2013) continues to grow from strength to strength. Dave has recently returned from the World Bank Global Youth in Development Forum, held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, where he was representing Sexy Socks. The World Bank invited about 250 young global change agents from around the world – with particular emphasis on the Developing World – to discuss challenges facing the youth in the world today. The conference was made up of social entrepreneurs, members of NGOs, and various public sector participants. Dave was the only entrepreneur invited from South Africa, and his presentation focused on his belief that social entrepreneurship is the way out of the poverty trap for the youth in South Africa.

Aside from being an amazing opportunity to meet some incredible people from around the world, Dave found it inspiring to be surrounded by so many like-minded people. He said, "I have come home more certain than ever before that we are on the right track. Doing good is good business, and I believe that what we are doing in South Africa has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of the youth in South Africa."

Sexy Socks is set to hold its fifth Sock Drop on Mandela Day (18 July). They have 5000 pairs of socks to give away over a series of drops between now and the end of August. Follow their progress at, and on social media using @sexysockssa.

of the Month

John Tierney
London, Aug 2007

"Prior to Mountbatten, my only work experience was at my parent's Dairy Queen. Mountbatten was actually the catalyst that allowed me to shift from fry-cook to a career in finance...(also), I met my beautiful wife during the year, that was pretty memorable. She was one of a collection of people who I met that I continue to remain in touch with. This speaks volumes about the experience we all had."

Read the full article

A Day In The Life

Cecile Oreste (London, March 2008), a graduate of Syracuse University, New York recently took on the role of the Senior Marketing Manager at Signature Theatre, an Off-Broadway company in New York City. In this role, Cecile supervises three marketing associates and works with multiple departments to promote the organization's productions, events and other artistic programming. Post Mountbatten, Cecile decided to focus her job search on dance and theatre organizations, and describes how volunteering at a dance company let to her being offered her supervisor’s position. Read the full article

Entrepreneurial Alumni

Hardy Wang

London, August 2012

Hardy is a graduate of Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Whuhan, China, is the founder and CEO of a company named Globalright Consulting Group (GCG), which he set up last year. GCG is a Beijing-based consulting start-up that is aiming to connect overseas talent with career opportunities in China. This start up is helping Chinese small and medium size international businesses to develop, enlarge and strengthen their international business by providing international talent services. Specifically, they are focusing on global talent recruitment, business training, cultural experience and network building.

Read full article.


Back in August 2015 we did an article on Kanika Khurana (London, August 2012), who at the time was launching her business, an online market place for the resale of designer womens' wear. Kanika contacted us recently to let us know that she and her business partner had been featured in The Times of India.

Also, Ngozi Kemjika (New York, March 2014) our May 2016 Alum of the Month, had recently launched her own e-commerce fashion accessories brand ZI & LUWA. Well, Ngozi contacted us last month to let us know her company had been featured in Pride Magazine. Congratulations Ngozi and hope this brings you some further business exposure.

Thank you both for sharing, and we wish you all the best with your entrepreneurial endeavours.

Universities in the Spotlight

This month's Day in Life of Cecile Oreste, is a graduate of Syracuse University, New York. Since 2006, Syracuse has produced a number of quality programme candidates such as Ashley Stephens (London, August 2012) who did our MBA programme, and now works as a Senior Credit Risk Analyst for KeyBank in Cleveland, Ohio; Peter Kruse (London, August 2010), who currently works as Inventory Manager for ZenithOptimedia Group in San Francisco; and Brian McBride (London, March 2009) who is Assistant Vice President for Deutsche Bank, New York. We look forward to continuing and building upon this ongoing relationship.


The latest news on the jobs front, is that via our newsletter and website eBECS, a partner for Microsoft which advertised with us a few months ago, has just recruited an alum of the New York March 2015 intake. If you are interested in finding out about opportunities with the company, they run a rolling recruitment programme, so it's worth getting in touch with them.

Also, continuing our relationship with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office based in New York, they are currently seeking an Executive Assistant to join their team, which already has a number of Mountbatten alumni amongst them. In addition, they also have a Business Development Associate role available for their LA office.

For details of the above post and more, please go to our alumni website.

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