Alumni News & Stories
Joanna ThomasDesignation: Director, Hades UK
Course: MBAe (2014), LSC London
Using the business proposal from her MBAe dissertation, Joanna set up Hades UK (http://www.hadesuk.com/), providing women with high-end Steampunk inspired designer footwear in 2012. "During the 16 months I spent at the LSC, I learned many invaluable lessons that will continuously help me throughout my career. The MBAe not only boosted my CV, it also taught me many skills that I use in my business on a daily basis. From understanding business accounts through to HR and marketing, the MBAe really helped me to possess all-round skills needed to be the director of a company. Years later my footwear distribution company, Hades UK, is thriving and it's all thanks to LSC where I studied my MBAe and the wonderful lecturers who helped make my dream of owning my own business a reality." Today, Hades is a recognised designer, manufacturer, and wholesaler of provocative heels and sexy footwear. Hades shoes have featured in numerous photo shoots, cat walks, TV shows, celebrity events and has been worn by Hollywood stars like Whoopi Goldberg.
Henry Yamba KamaraDesignation: Managing Director, Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company
Course: MSc Management Consultancy (Corporate Governance), 2007, LSC London
Henry Yamba Kamara has more than 15 years of experience in Corporate Governance, Quality Management, Investment Promotion and International Trade. He spent his early years in Sierra Leone, and did his undergraduate studies at the Njala University from where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry. He holds numerous qualifications from institutions around the world including Harvard University, USA; the University of Leicester United Kingdom; and LSC, where he is currently pursuing a research degree in International Trade at LSC. Henry was the Director of Export Development of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) where he rose to the position of Chief Executive Officer (Acting). During this period, he has encouraged and promoted the development of agricultural production and foreign direct investment and other activities oriented towards export development in Sierra Leone. Henry looks back on his time at LSC with fondness. He particularly enjoyed meeting students from all round the world. Of his LSC education, Henry says, "Management Consultancy has provided me knowledge in managing organisations of all types and has increased my ability to develop skills in dealing with governance issues in a company." His advice to students looking to start a career in the agribusiness is to remain focussed. His immediate goal for the future is to attain his PhD in International Trade.
Nyei Mumtaz SiriwardenaDesignation: Deputy Chairperson/Managing Director, Lankaloha Hardware Ltd - (the former Ceylon State Hardware Corporation) and Dave Tractors and Combines (Pvt) Ltd
Course: MBA, 2013, BSC, Colombo
With over 20 years overall management experience, Mumtaz came to the BSB to study for an MBA from a recognised UK university as she believed this was an essential tool to help her move on to the next level of success. "The modern business environment demands that organisations continually respond to evolution, change and transformation. My company has responded to these shifts in our manufacturing, financial, human resources, distribution and marketing processes which has made us pioneers in the field." She believes that the MBA has given her the recognition and prestige required to succeed in her career and demonstrated that she has the capabilities, competence and necessary qualifications to run a company effectively. "The British School of Commerce was the institution of choice, not only for me, but for many of us who attended the program, as they ensured consistency, integrity and that excellent facilities were available to all students for a wonderful learning experience. Enabling local students to gain a higher education such as an MBA granted by a UK university is a privilege." Today Mumtaz is Deputy Chairperson and Managing Director at her group of companies. Her advice to potential students: "Qualified local and foreign professors and lecturers conduct classes with high standards of teaching and the flexible hours and weekend classes make it an ideal MBA program for executives. Foreign members of faculty provide insights that cannot be gained unless one has worked abroad. It has given me valuable knowledge of how businesses thrive in developed countries and has allowed me to apply the strategies taught into my own business."
Simon BurrageDesignation: Director, Westville Associates
Course: MBAe, (2014), LSC London
After a career in investment banking for more than 10 years, Simon decided he wanted to do something new and more productive. As he always knew that one of his biggest aims in life was to work for himself, he decided to enrol on the MBAe course at LSC. "The MBAe not only provided me with all the core competencies to assist in running my own company but it also taught me a lot of the softer skills also required to be successful in business. This was as a direct result of the lecturers being extremely supportive and accessible. The course was flexible enough for me to fit in around my work schedule, whilst structured enough that it made me feel I was progressing steadily." Simon is directly utilising the skills he has learnt as he is now in the process of setting up his own business dealing with third party property renovations involving extensions, loft conversions and general upgrades, and private property development.
Nainaz ShroffDesignation: Director, Taylor and Shroff Ltd, UK
Course: MBA, 2008, LSC London
Nainaz came to LSC London in 2007 to pursue an MBA after graduating from Ahmednagar College with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2006. While still a student in LSC London, Nainaz met David Carr Taylor, one of five pioneers in the English wine industry and shared with him her idea to innovate and create a wine that will complement hot, spicy and full-flavoured foods. After the idea was jointly researched by Nainaz and Carr Taylor, Taylor and Shroff Wines (http://taylorshroff.com/) was born. After qualifying with her MBA, Nainaz has been developing the brand of Taylor and Shroff in Maharashtra State where she has achieved a highly respected reputation for ethical business and is well respected in the Parsee community in Mumbai and Pune, Today, Taylor and Shroff offer an exciting new range of wines to suit all palates and have won over 130 awards and medals since the vineyard was founded. Of her time at LSC, Nainaz says, 'I enjoyed discovering myself, being able to make my own choices, and I enjoyed taking responsibility for my choices. I enjoyed the kindness and guidance of my teachers, I enjoyed fun times with friends and I enjoyed earning my own money and paying my bills on time. I had the best time ever. I am an 'LSC Patriot'.