Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Ori Stern, London Business School

“I am a team player who admires professionalism and efficiency, always looking for added value.”

Hometown: Kibbutz Lavi, Israel

Fun fact about yourself: For most of my teenage years, I worked as a cowboy!

Undergraduate School and Major: Bachelor in Economics and Social Sciences

Most recent employer and job title: Purchasing Manager at Viola Ventures

What makes London such a great place to get an MBA? London is an exciting city with endless possibilities and opportunities and is one of the most diverse cities in the world. London’s rich mosaic of peoples and cultures makes it truly unique. When you add the fact that London is an important strategic global business hub, it makes London a winning setting for shaping the next generation of business leaders.

The London Business School is one of the most culturally and professionally diverse MBA programs in the world. How do you see this global outlook improving the value of your business education over the next two years? I hope the diversity of LBS will expose me to new ideas, areas and opportunities that I had not known or considered before. Israel is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, so I know the value that different backgrounds and perspectives can bring to a team and would love to expand my knowledge of other cultures and industries. I’m especially excited to meet people from all over the world and understand which attributes are global and which are local. I am convinced that I have a lot to learn from such a diverse and talented group of peers.

Aside from your classmates and your location, What was the key element of the London Business School MBA program that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? The flexibility of the LBS program and the many opportunities to work with top professional organizations, such as those participating in the LondonCAP (London Core Application Practicum), make this program the perfect blend of theory and practice to help me pursue my goals. .

What course, club or activity are you most passionate about at London Business School? I look forward to participating in the Global Business Experience courses. As part of these courses, LBS students travel to different destinations around the world to learn about specific industries and unique ecosystems in those countries. I’m especially looking forward to visiting Stockholm to learn more about sustainability and innovation.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: I was promoted to head a department that was underperforming and facing many challenges. 80% of employees have expressed the wish to leave! I was commissioned to do a review. The first thing I did was redefine the department’s core values, create a vision and set clear goals. I built a recruiting and retention program that tripled the number of applications and increased employee retention to 90%. I also created a new management training program which later became the flagship program for all departments. I think the biggest achievement was regaining the trust of management and the board and thus managing to quadruple the budget of the department, which I used to invest in R&D, new markets and partnerships .

What is one thing you have recently read, watched or listened to that you would highly recommend to future MBAs? Why? Recently I read Almanac by Naval Ravikant. The book details Naval’s infinite wisdom in his collection of excerpts from Twitter, podcasts and essays. He combines them into a brilliant “guide to wealth and happiness”. I find the book not only inspiring, but also extremely practical, including lots of advice on life and business skills.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? I worked as an analyst, product manager, brand manager and department manager for several years in the same field and gradually realized that I wanted to change industries and take on new types of business challenges. My ultimate goal is to build something that belongs to me. I hope the MBA experience will open up new opportunities for me and provide me with the business and leadership skills that will help me on my journey.

What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission to the London Business School MBA programme? Whether you are accepted to LBS or not, the path to the MBA is challenging and will teach you a lot about yourself, your abilities, and your future goals. Either way, I think it’s worth it.

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