February 2017 Edition

Global Winners

Mountbatten alumni are winning awards and competitions, as well as establishing far-reaching entrepreneurial enterprises all over the globe. A group even entered Eggheads televised on British TV recently! Your influence is spreading, and it's part of our job to publicise these achievements to you and help you stay connected to this amazing Mountbatten network. With this in mind, and to help develop the alumni network further, you are all being invited to join Mountbatten Connect, our new alumni platform. It is very easy to join and by doing so you will be able to post your own jobs, events, celebrations etc. We are also updating our alumni website, (ready very soon), to give a cleaner, sleeker look, and easier navigation tool. We will keep you posted.

One such award as won by Martin Corrigan (NY, September 2010), a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and now working in AVP, Debt Finance, Corporate Banking at Barclays, who recently received the high accolade of Banker of the Year at the Made in Manchester Awards. Organised by future pro-manchester The Made in Manchester Awards recognise outstanding contribution in over 14 categories. Many congratulations to Martin on such an achievement. See a full list of awards received and more information about the event.

Mountbattens on Eggheads

In December 2016, during a quiet week at work, I decided to apply for the TV Quiz show 'Eggheads' with some of my fellow Mountbatten trainees from the New York August 2014 intake. We all now live in London and have remained close friends since. The team, which you can see in the photograph comprised (From Left to Right): Daniel Kundnani, Tom Simpson, Jordan Tandy, Benedict Pickard, Daniel D'Souza, Daniel Hall.

We decided to call ourselves 'The Blaggards' after one of our favourite pubs in Midtown Manhattan (speciality being their Long Island Iced Teas). We were all also subject to a quick general knowledge quiz over the phone with the production team – a test we all passed with flying colours. After a few weeks of further interaction with the BBC, we were chosen to film our episode in Glasgow in January 2017. After flying from London, we were introduced to the well-known presenter Jeremy Vine, and the rest of the eggheads cast who over the years have become TV personalities in their own right.

Unfortunately, after being told the jackpot was £25,000(!), our performance let us down. Benedict Pickard was the shining light of the team, winning his individual round on 'Arts & Books' in a very impressive showing of knowledge. However, my round on Politics and Daniel Hall's round on Film & TV were not as successful. Daniel even got a question wrong about his so called favourite film, Brokeback Mountain! Overall though, it was a brilliant day out and a great experience. It was also nice to do something with a full group of Mountbatten alumni, which just goes to show the friendships that the trainees make in both London and New York can last for well over the 12 months of the programme and beyond.

of the Month

Femi Omi
London, March 2015

"I currently work with Accenture Ireland as a Management Consultant in the Finance & Risk practice... I recently concluded a six-week project with a leading Irish bank where I led an engagement involving rapid assessment and the design of a Solutions Outline Document (SOD). This particular assignment made me feel quite nostalgic as it reminded me of the Consultancy Report I had to submit as part of the Chester / Mountbatten NELA requirements. In many ways, I credit the Mountbatten experience with helping me to firm up my intellectual muscles. The art of reflection which is the bedrock of the MA programme has also been hugely profound and life changing for me"

Read the full article


Thu 27 Apr 2017

Specifically aimed at the March 2016 New York Progamme leavers who intend to work in London, a registration drinks evening organised by Robert Walters, the recruitment company in London on Thu 27 April - 5.30pm. Full details and a sign up in due course.

Entrepreneurial Alumni

Alex Melia

New York, September 2008

Alex, a graduate of Lancaster University started an English elearning company over 3 years ago "with the intention to help primary and secondary school students to improve English in an exciting and engaging way through lessons with UK native English teachers". Swooshenglish teaches students from all around the world including Asia, Europe, South America, Australia and so on.

Alex is reaching out to Mountbatten Alumni as his company has a mission to teach 5000 disadvantaged students completely free of charge from some of the most impoverished countries around the world. He wants to see if you can help achieve this goal! Read full article.

A Day In The Life

Gayatri Desai

New York, March 2010

Gayatri is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, who works as a Retail & Merchandising Project Manager in the Professional Products Division, working with salons, spas and Department Stores at L'Oreal, based in Hammersmith. Gayatri has a cross-functional role across all of the following brands: Kerastase, L'Oreal Professionnel, Redken, Shu Uemura, Pureology, Matrix, Essie, Decleor and Carita.

Gayatri's sponsorship company was Panache Lingerie in New York, where she worked in Marketing, "[my experience at Panache] really helped me secure my job at L'Oreal as I did not have any other marketing experience". Read full article.


May (Wei) Liu

London, August 2015

May, a Masters graduate and recipient of the Earl Mountbatten of Burma Award for Global Citizenship, works as the International Projects Director at The China-UK Business Centre (North-West) in Blackpool. As the founder of the company, she was actively involved in the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference & Exhibition in Manchester (21st - 22nd February) with the goal of attracting Chinese investment to the north of England, and thereby re-balancing the North/South economic development in the UK. For all information about the exhibition, and how to become involved especially in promoting Northern Powerhouse in China to bring more potential investors back to the UK read full article.

Zainub (Jenna) Bata

New York, March 2009 MBA

Jenna, whom you may remember was featured in our November 2016 newsletter as she had recently participated in TEDx Dubai Talk. Her speech, Run Wild but Be Smart - It is never too late to have a happy childhood, was published online on 1st February 2017. Jenna, who now practices as a mediator and trainer primarily based out of Toronto and New York, continues to inspire others through her poetry and mediation work. Check out her TEDx Dubai Talk video. Jenna is also a travel writer for the Huffington Post, check out her writing profile.


We have a number of fresh opportunities in particular geared towards more recent alumni. SRi, an Executive Search & Recruitment Business dedicated to the global sports industry is looking to recruit a Marketing Assistant in their London office; Sandaire Investment Office needs a Client Relationship Associate; and, Marketing Media company The Drum, is recruiting an Agency Account Executive based in New York. There are also Legal and Finance roles in a law firm based in New York; and a Field Marketing Coordinator role in a software analytics company in the San Francisco Bay Area. For full details of these positions and all other opportunities, please go to our alumni website.

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