January 2018 Edition

Launching groups on Mountbatten Connect!

We are launching Groups on Mountbatten Connect! In an effort to curate more alumni-generated content, we have opened up Groups for you to post relevant news, articles, updates, and events to smaller circles. We have started with location-centric groups – for New York, London, Scotland, and the US West Coast – and are looking for locally-based alumni interested in chairing the groups! A group for Alumni in Canada has also been started by Kesh Sandhu (London, 2010), who is based in Toronto. If you are in one of the locations which already has a group, please go check it out and post to your local Mountbatten alumni! We hope location groups will serve as a jumping off point for local news and events, which you will be able to check on whether you are home or away and can see alumni in other places! If you are interested in starting a group – for your location, intake, profession, or other – please do, and reach out to Torrey if you need any support!

Lord Ivar Mountbatten to succeed the Countess Mountbatten of Burma as Patron of the Institute

The Board of Directors of the Mountbatten Institute is delighted to announce that Lord Ivar Mountbatten has graciously accepted our invitation to become the next Patron of the Institute, succeeding the late Countess Mountbatten of Burma who passed away last summer.

Lord Ivar, as the great-grandson of Prince Louis of Battenberg, is a great-nephew to the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma, after whom the Institute was named in 1983. He was very close to the late Patricia, Countess Mountbatten, and often accompanied her to, or represented her at, various Mountbatten Institute events, including our Gala 30th Anniversary dinner in New York. He was her choice to succeed as Patron.

In accepting the role of Patron, Lord Ivar noted:

"Of course it is with sadness that the position has come to pass through the death of my much loved Aunt Patricia, The Countess Mountbatten of Burma. As the first and only Patron of the Institute, I saw first hand the energy, diligence and passion she applied to her role, and I can only hope to emulate her commitment which I now pledge to do.
I am very excited to become more involved with this inspiring institution. It has already forged a solid reputation as the quality of its many thousands of alumni can testify, some of whom I met at Lady Patricia's memorial in New York last year, and at previous events I attended.
I am so impressed with the work that has been done and I look forward to working closely with the trustees to help strengthen and grow the Institute and, in so doing, guarantee its future sustainability.

Lord Ivar, father of three daughters, lives at Bridwell Park in Devon, where he manages the family estate and oversees a conference, reception and event center.

of the Month

Mary Catherine Horne
London, August 2013

"I was very fortunate that I had a job lined up with Bank of America in Campus Recruiting prior to coming back to the States. So after a quick two weeks reuniting with friends and family across the States, I started with the Technology Campus Recruiting team in Charlotte, North Carolina... Four years later and I am still with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, now in New York, working in Global Markets Campus Recruiting. I am in my fourth role at the bank and have enjoyed getting to work with different areas and programs. I appreciate that the bank realizes the potential of their employees, sometimes before we realize it ourselves, and continues to promote and offer new opportunities as we grow."

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University Careers Fairs

We are delighted with the support we have already received from our illustrious alumni in regard to assisting at university careers fairs. The assistance is invaluable as the real life experience shared with candidates gives them a more personal account of the Mountbatten year. In the next few weeks, we are setting off for the University of Northampton Thursday 8th February; University of East Anglia on the evening of Thursday 15th February; and, Loughborough on Tuesday 27th February. If anyone is free and would like to attend any of these fairs, please contact Vicki.

August 2016 MBA Completion Ceremony - Bangkok

On Saturday 9th December 2017, students were recognized at the Conrad Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand marking the end of the MBA Field Research in the Asia Pacific region.

All received 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 qualification from St. Mary's University.

The attendees were welcomed by Dr Jeff Simcox, MBA Programme Director of the Asia/Pacific Region. An address followed from Dr Seri, Acting Dean of The Department of Management Studies, University of Phayao.

The address by the MBA class representative was made by Gilbert Shing, Kai Ip and Mark Williams. The Guest Speaker was Kevin Windfield, President and Managing Director of Manhattan Asset Management, who encouraged the MBA graduates to continue the global perspective provided by their Mountbatten experience.

Dr Melissa Willby, European Academic Director, also addressed the students and presented them with their completion certificates and presented the following awards: Director General's Award for Academic Excellence (Individual Assignment) Mark Williams; Director General's Award for Academic Excellence (Best VIVA) Mark Williams; Director General's Award for Academic Excellence (Group Assigment) Gilbert Shing, Kai Ip, Sophia Oh and Tayis Lawson

Entrepreneurial Alumni

Aaron Vennard

New York, March 2009

Aaron is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. Aaron grew up in Northern Ireland, but during his career to date, has worked and lived in London, Dublin, Toronto, Washington D.C., Chicago, and currently New York. It has been his experience of living in New York, both currently, and whilst on the Programme, that acted as the inspiration for his entrepreneurial endeavour, SpiceRaQ, a new service that allows you to rent residential event space to host dinner parties and other small events. Read full article.

A Day In The Life

Fiona Dally

New York, September 2001

Fiona, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, works in a small team of 6 Event Managers (National Events Agency - EventScotland) responsible as the national events agency for investment into national events and active bidding towards securing international events to be hosted in Scotland. She works across cultural and sporting events and has a mixed portfolio of events to work on, ranging from Track Cycling World Cup, International Rugby fixtures, to Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts. Read full article.

In The News

Steven Marcelino (London, August 2014 MA) Financial Services Strategy Consultant this month posted on LinkedIn:

"Had a good dialogue session with Indonesia's Minister of Education and Culture, Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, and Mendikbud's leadership team (Pak Sekjen & Pak Dirjen Budaya) tonight at the Embassy I questioned Minister Muhadjir's strategic approach in preparing the next gen of Indonesians in the digital age where we are seeing irreversible trends of technological revolutions from automations, AI, etc. What steps Indonesia gov and the ministry should take to ensure the demographic dividend are ready to be the right workforce of the future. He told me that President Jokowi's digital economy ambition is loud and clear and he wants diaspora inputs to shape his ministerial policies" #StrategistLife #uk #indonesia #diaspora

Sourajit Aiyer (London, March 2009) Business Writer, Author, Biz Research, Investor Relations, Strategy, Guest Lecturer recently gave a guest talk at India’s largest think tank on public, economic policy, National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, New Dehli. You can view the talk here... #SouthAsiaFastTrack #NIPFP

Alex Lee (New York, August 2012 MBA) Co-founder at The Plum Guide has just announced The Plum Guide raises £5.7m Series A to test London's best holiday homes. It seems they are going from strength to strength. Read the full article.

In addition, The Plum Guide is also currently looking to recruit a Customer Services "Magician" in London. For the full job description and all other vacancies at the Plum Guide, please use this link.

Also, MSCI, a 40 year old independent provider of research driven insights and tools for institutional investors, which employs several of our alumni, including Jenny Adamson (New York, March 2010) the VP, Global Head of Real Estate Marketing, who shared that they are looking to employ a Senior Marketing Manager. This is a London based role, but the company has centres in New York and Mumbai. You can view all the details on Mountbatten Connect.

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