Alumni Provide Feedback, Support to 2021 Consulting Abroad Program Participants

May 07, 2021

2021 Consulting Abroad Program Panel Presentation screenshot

Pictured above are ‘22 Global MBA candidates Noah Segal, Chanmi Shin, Hillary Joven, Chukwudozie Egolum and Chandler Sease as they receive targeted feedback on their presentation from evaluators Marcus Rönngren Liu, Senior Fellow at Nordic Innovation House Silicon Valley; Christina Johannsen ('14), Consultant at Serco; and Patrick Legendre ('15), Managing Consultant at IBM. The team is developing a targeted market entry strategy for edge machine learning company Ekkono Solutions as part of the Consulting Abroad Program participation.

Participants in the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) at the GW School of Business have been working diligently throughout the spring semester to develop actionable recommendations for their global partners, including Turkey’s automobile wire harness manufacturer Nursan, Sweden’s sustainable water purification tech startup Stockholm Water Technology, and Ghana’s healthcare ecosystem builder Africa Health Holdings.

Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) hosted a virtual panel presentation day on April 19 to showcase this work, during which the Global MBA Class of 2022 presented their preliminary recommendations to a panel of expert evaluators — many of whom were GWSB alumni — who provided feedback to help teams refine the organization, content and methods of their project work. This milestone event also provided students with a unique opportunity to further develop their oral communication skills as well as connect with employers around the globe. Students will draw on the panel presentation evaluation feedback to refine their final deliverables and prepare for virtual presentations under the mentorship  of CAP faculty leaders Dr. Kweku Nduom (Ghana), Dr. Anna Helm (Sweden), and Prof. Abdullah Akyuz (Turkey). 

G&EE is grateful to those who generously shared their time and expertise to make the event a success, including: Iola Anyan ('16), investment officer at Power Africa Structured Finance at DFC; Mary Cox ('14), client operations manager at Redrose; Christina Johannsen ('14), consultant at Serco; Cengiz Kara ('14), valuation and business development supervisor at Borusan Araç İhale; Patrick Legendre ('15), managing consultant at IBM; Marcus Liu, senior fellow at Nordic Innovation House - Silicon Valley; Dr. Hannah Messerli ('90), senior private sector development specialist at the World Bank; Jay Nester ('18), senior strategy consultant at Deloitte; Drew Otto ('20), senior consultant at IBM; Rex Pingle, CEO at PMD International; and Dr. Etham Sancak (‘08), professor of finance at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences.

It is noteworthy that nine of this year’s evaluators were GWSB alumni. Their involvement demonstrates a meaningful way our alumni are able to support the learning and development of current students. Christina Johannsen (GMBA ‘14), consultant at Serco, said of her participation, “I am constantly impressed by the quality of work from the Global MBA students at the George Washington University School of Business. I have had the pleasure of supporting CAP Sweden in the past and loved to have an opportunity to hear about the market entry strategies Dr. Anna Helm's students are developing this year for their clients in diverse industries from machine learning and clean tech to healthcare and biotech.”