About WOHAA Why do WOHAA? Meet the Mentors 2018 Journalism Ed I studied English Literature at University College London having spent some time working in Parliament and then for a newspaper in the Middle East, between school and university. I got involved in the student paper at UCL and spent my first summer working on a newspaper in South Africa, where I got my first proper news reporting experience. The next summer I did work experience at four different national newspapers and two of them paid me for further work during my final year – when I probably should have been more focused on my dissertation. The Telegraph then asked me to go and work for them after my final exams in May 2011 and almost six years later I’m still there. Having worked as a general news reporter, religious affairs correspondent and deputy investigations editor, I am now based in Westminster as the Telegraph’s Whitehall Editor, responsible for the Sunday newspaper’s political coverage. International Business Su Min An experienced and highly-motivated team leader with the ability to manage cross-functional and cross-geographical teams. Rotated across diverse portfolios in Singapore government agencies. Strong track record in business development and marketing.Experienced in developing new strategies and engaging multiple partners to target the Chinese travel market. Currently undertaking a Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy at the London Business School (LBS). Medicine Branavan Branavan is a junior doctor currently working in London. He trained at St George’s Hospital medical school where he achieved a BSc (Hons) and MBBS. He has been involved in innovative orthopaedic surgical research and is published in surgical journals. He has a keen interest in teaching and currently teaches 3rd year and final year Imperial College medical students. Bran has previously sat on interview panels for medical school and has a supported students through the application process. Outside of medicine, Branavan is a keen rugby player and captained United Hospitals RFC whilst at university.Tech/Startup Eraldo MSc Finance, Bocconi University – MBA London Business School.Three years of consulting for BCG in Europe. Before that I worked in technology in South East Asia. I believe:– in the intersection of business, technology and doing good– in the positive correlation of dark chocolate and smilingTwitter: @eraldocavalli Tech/Startup Lorenzo Lorenzo Espinosa spent his entire pre-MBA career in the United States, most recently working for Amazon in Seattle and Chicago. At the London Business School, Lorenzo is part of the executive committee of the Entrepreneurship Club, where he organises Launchpad, a programme aimed at incubating business ideas by providing access to start-up mentorship and resources. He is passionate about tech strategy and innovation focusing on how tech disruption creates new industries and customer needs. In his spare time, Lorenzo enjoys reading, traveling and outdoors sports activities. Investment Banking Soji Soji decided to pursue a career in finance after many late nights reading about Warren Buffett and making his first stock investment. Became Vice President of Rennaissance Capital at 25 years old, rising to Head of Research (Nigeria) in 2015. In 2015 and 2016, he won Financial Mail’s top analyst in Africa (ex-SA) award and was nominated in 2015 as Young Person of the Year by Future Awards Africa.Now finishing off an MBA at the London Business School, he is Co-President of the Africa Club there, and in his spare time, Soji enjoys watching movies and Arsenal football matches, reading books and exploring Asian culinary cultures. Law – Barrister Matthew Matthew is a barrister at 1 Hare Court, London, specialising in family and property law disputes. He studied at the LSE and UCL, having grown up in South Wales. He also practises in the West Country. Before starting his career at the Bar he worked in Parliament for David Davis, then Shadow Home Secretary, now in charge of Brexit. Matthew’s case load involves anything from disputes between cohabitants over property rights to Premiership footballers arguing over the amount of maintenance they should pay to their former spouses. Dentistry Rajan I graduated from King’s College London in 2015 completing a 4 year programme for graduates having previously completed a degree in Biomedical Sciences from QMUL. I work full time as a dentist in two practices, seeing both NHS and private patients. I see something new every day and in every patient, I’m constantly thinking of how I can treat a problem and also get to be very hands-on throughout my day. Recently I’ve also established my own Botox and facial aesthetics clinic in Mill Hill. I wouldn’t choose any other job and hopefully I can answer your questions and help to guide you as best as possible! Economics Sagar I work as an economist at the Bank of England where I help to assess risks to financial stability that could arise from the financial position of British Households. I studied economics at Oxford University and the LSE. I took a 2.5 year career break from the Bank from 2012 to 2014 during which I worked on the economics of happiness at the New Economics Foundation, and as a microeconomics consultant at Frontier Economics. Oxbridge Alex I originally did a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford, before spending 3.5 years as a management consultant at Bain & Company. I mainly worked in the UK, but also spent a lot of time in both Ireland and India. Currently in my second year at London Business School, I’ll probably go back to Bain for a couple of years, but after that… who knows! In my spare time I love running, playing squash and cooking for people, the last preferably with lots of wine. Languages Gareth Originally from Wales, Gareth made his passion for languages and sports into his profession by managing the multilingual Customer service department of the running shoe brand Saucony. He studied European Studies, French and German and has lived and worked in various European countries most recently in the Netherlands before moving to London 4 years ago. Entrepreneurship Smruti I helped found WOHAA in 2004. It is wonderful to see over 32,000 students from over 420 schools take part over the past 12 years. I also help run a business, Supreme Creations, which manufactures sustainable packaging for brands like Topshop, Nike and Google. I am passionate about empowering young people, and encourage you to be as original as possible in your WOHAA projects. Management Consultancy Nayan I currently work as a Management Consultant in the Pharmaceutical/Healthcare industry, at a company called IQVIA, where I’ve been for 5 years. Before that, I was at the University of Manchester studying Biology with Business & Management. My work involves partnering with pharmaceutical companies and helping them with their commercial strategies – i.e. maximizing uptake of their drugs and making their businesses more efficient. One of the things I like about it is the variety of projects that we do, and also having the chance to work with senior level clients. Accountancy Sahiba A chartered accountant with an undergraduate degree in business and finance from Delhi University. She has worked in tax accounting since 2010, and most recently at BMR Advisors who merged with Deloitte. Now at London Business School doing an MBA, on the prestigious Monica and NavinValrani Scholarship. Plus, she’s a member of the Women’s Touch Rugby Club at LBS! International Business Lavanya Economics graduate from India with 3+ years of work experience as a consultant. Spent 2 years working with McKinsey and Company in India serving major clients in Chemicals, Agriculture and Mining industries across strategy, implementation, operations, sales and M&A projects. Worked for a year at a leading Indian newspaper as part of the turnaround team and helped increase revenues of the core advertising and circulation businesses, while helping build a corporate venture fund to invest in media related start-ups. Architecture Archana Worked in India’s largest construction organisation, designing and presenting top-end projects for senior executives. Moved to SWEE Hong Limited in Singapore, where alongside her role in increasing company capacity for high-value projects, she notably launched a blood donation programme for 150 donors in collaboration with the Red Cross Society as part of CSR. She is VP-Marketing of the India Business Forum and So, What! (the LGBT Out in Business Club) at the London Business School, where she is currently pursuing a Masters in Management. Accountancy Andreas After graduating from Durham in 2014, I ended up working in the audit department for one of the Big Four accounting firms – not the most obvious career path for a History graduate. My time in Assurance taught me that I was quite analytical, that I enjoyed Finance and that my History degree was more relevant that I had previously thought. I made the move to the Consulting arm of the firm in 2016 and now work in a team of commercial analysts. I advise clients, and the firm, on a range of financial and management accountancy matters. I’ve been privileged to work with some high profile companies, from FTSE 100 firms to local government. In essence, I help develop solutions to current financial issues. I am also a former WOHAA participant whose team won the 2010 competition. PR and Events Samir Samir Ahmed is an award winning PR and events professional who has worked in the industry for over 12 years. Initially starting his career as a journalist, Samir went on to working in music and event PR before broadening to corporate clients. Having amassed a portfolio which includes chart topping music artists, UK government clients, globally recognised brands, Oscar winning films and YouTube sensations, Samir’s scope of PR and event management work has touched almost every industry. In 2016 Samir accompanied Prince William and Kate Middleton for their first Royal visit to India, as one of the lead publicists, achieving worldwide coverage for the visit. He has also recently been working with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s office as well as leading charities such as The Princes Trust, Barnardo’s and Autism Rocks. Samir has also managed concerts for global artists such as Lady Gaga, Drake and Prince. His agency has offices in London and Dubai and services clients in the UK, the Middle East and Asia. PR and Events Rej Rej is a Senior Events Producer at leading agency, MKTG, where he is involved in delivering activations for some of the world’s biggest brands and events; including, Coca Cola, Adidas and the IAAF World Athletics Championships.He began working in the world of PR, but soon discovered a passion for Events Management, which has since taken him to delivering Live Events in Dubai, New York and across Europe.