Alternative Career Paths for MBA Students


A conversation with three professionals, including Johnson MBA '07 Dan Zook, pursuing career opportunities that make a positive impact in the developing world.

Can an MBA change the world?  The Global Business School Network (GBSN) thinks so.  GBSN is a non-profit organization that tackles the severe shortage of skilled managers in the developing world by building local management education capacity through our unique international network of top business schools.  There are numerous ways to pursue a great career that merge your business acumen, desire for positive change, and adventurous spirit. 

GSBN facilitated a conversation with three leading professionals pursuing career opportunities that make a positive impact in the developing world.  Learn how these professionals pursued their career goals and how you can learn about opportunities that fit your career goals as an MBA.

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Panelists include: 

Dan Zook, Johnson MBA ’07, is Project Leader at Dalberg, a strategic advisory firm that works to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges.  Dan has worked on four continents with major corporations, financial institutions, donor agencies and governments in areas of strategy, operational effectiveness and social impact.

Tom Kagerer decided to make a career change after working in the private sector for nine years to create positive impact on less advantaged people, and is now Director of the LGT Venture Philanthropy iCATS program.

Fellow Associate Ramil Ibrahim works for Acumen Fund, a nonprofit who mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas.

The conversation was moderated by Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau, Associate Director for MBA Career &Professional Program at Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Story adapted from the GBSN website.