Brunel MBA Maintains its Tier One Position in CEO Magazine’s MBA Rankings

CEO_MAGAZINE_LOGO adjustedThe Brunel MBA has maintained its Tier One position in CEO Magazine’s 2016 MBA Rankings in Europe, a category it shares with twenty-nine European MBA programmes including HULT, Copenhagen and ESCOLE business schools.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, EMBA and Online MBA programmes. This year CEO Magazine reached out to over 300 business schools across North America, Europe and Australia and received responses from 140 institutions – an increase of over 100 per cent on the previous year.

“We are thrilled with the uptake and response to this year’s survey. The increase in the number of business schools participating, and the inclusion of some very well-known and highly regarded players within the market, serve to further establish the CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings as a go-to reference tool for future MBA students,” says CEO Magazine’s Group Editor-in-Chief, Alexandra Skinner.

The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings are designed with applicants in mind, and examine the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is simple: to identify schools which marry exceptional quality with great ROI.

The complete CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2016 can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine or online on the magazine’s new website.

MBA student Nityanand Channur secures prominent position within Alsalam Holding Company

Back in May we were pleased to be able to offer graduates the opportunity to apply for a position within Alsalam Holding. Al-Salam is a fast growing investment house with a market cap of approximately £40m that operates within the Diversified Financials sector focusing on Asset Management and Custody Banks.alsalam logo

We are delighted to announce that following a rigorous interview processes MBA student Nityanand Channur (photographed below) has been successful and will shortly be joining Al-Salam Holding Company as an Analyst within the Finance and Asset Management sector. He will be based in Kuwait from early October.

Currently on his Freelance Marketing contract with an establishing fashion brand J Jones London Ltd., Nityanand said “My MBA at Brunel has enabled me to take up nityanad 2assessments in diverse sectors and I am keen to put into practice what I have learnt over the past year. I am looking forward to the challenges that my new position within Al-Salam will offer me. I would like to thank both Brunel MBA and Al-Salam for providing this great opportunity.”

Our congratulations go to Nityanand, we wish him every success and look forward to following his progress.


Looking after leadership skills in healthcare

healthcareDoctors and nurses are increasingly signing up for management qualifications – such as those offered by the Brunel Business School – to give their careers a boost.

Brunel’s specialist MBA in Healthcare Management is designed to give healthcare professionals the chance to study core modules with general MBA students and a choice of more specific healthcare modules.

Professor Francesco Moscone, Director of MBA programmes at Brunel, told The Independent’s i newspaper that leadership skills were now an important element within the healthcare industry because the public sector has begun to realise it needs people who can understand issues such as finance, prioritising and managing people.

Prof Francesco Moscone

Prof Francesco Moscone

Professor Moscone added:

“If you want to go for a leadership role, if, for example, you want to be CEO of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, you really will have to have leadership skills.

This MBA will give them the right skills, the combination of theory and practice they need and the focus on management and health policy. They would then be able to become a CEO or an entrepreneur.”

The full article was published in i newspaper on 21st May. For more information about the MBA in healthcare management visit here.

Professor Francesco Moscone is Director of the MBA programs and former head of the Centre of Research into Entrepreneurship, International Business in Emerging Markets. He has previously worked at the University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, and London School of Economics (LSE). He has held visiting scholar positions at University of California-Berkeley, University Pompeu Fabra, and LSE. He has worked as health economist for the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children\’s Health, and the National Agency for Regional Health Services. Francesco is currently co-investigating a major EPSRC (UK government funding) grant entitled \”Semantic Credit Risk Assessment of Business Ecosystems\”. He has also been the principal investigator on an ESRC (UK government funding) research grant entitled \”Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics\”, and on the UK part of a major EU grant entitled \”Biopool- Services associated to digitalise contents of tissues in Biobanks across Europe\”. Further, he has acted as co-investigator for the grant \”Economic Performance and Quality of Life in European Cities\” awarded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium. Francesco is associate editor of the journals Empirical Economics and Economic Modelling and a Member of ESRC Peer Review College.

BBS to deliver ‘Micro-MBA’ to HM Treasury

Brunel Business School will be delivering a 5-month ‘Micro-MBA’ to HM Treasury Government Department, starting in March 2015. This opportunity builds on the relationship established by Professor Zahir Irani (Dean of College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences) during his full-time secondment to the Cabinet Office as Senior Policy Advisor during 2014 and subsequent on-going advisory role.

imagesThis innovative programme will cover areas ranging from leadership values through to strategic planning. There is also a strong personal development aspect to the programme, which involves sessions on personal and organisational resilience. Joh Kingman the second Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, has fully supported the initiative and commented on the ‘relevance and informative’ nature of the programme.

The Micro-MBA is a result of a collaborative design process of building a programme that meets the needs of HM Treasury, which is being sponsored by Ms Becky Wyse (Head of Growth Strategy, HMT) who commented that:

“The Micro-MBA enables future HMT leaders to develop a vital understanding of leadership and management techniques in the 21st century.  We’re enormously grateful to Brunel for bringing a wealth of expertise and experience to the course, which the department will benefit from for many years”.

The programme will kick-off with a 2 day residential programme at Brunel, where attendees that will have been selected through a rigorous process will be able to experience the look, feel and resources available across the University. Professor Irani commented:

“Brunel is developing strong links across Government and I am pleased to be able to find ways in which we are able to develop Civil Servants in being able to serve the public better through the excellent work that they do”.

Brunel Business School has a dedicated team of experienced staff responsible for delivering this Micro-MBA, with Dr Ramzi El-Haddadeh, who has been closely involved in the programme development, appointed as the Micro-MBA course director by the Dean.

My post-graduation story by MBA Alumnus Sam Adodra

My Post Graduation Story

“I joined the Brunel MBA in 2003 and specialised in entrepreneurship and international marketing. After graduating in the summer of 2005, I found work as a business consultant.

SamAdodra. 1pgFamily commitments meant that my salary was crucial and as the recession began to bite in 2008 my working days were becoming longer as I had to travel further to work. My family life began to suffer and around this time I decided that a good work/life balance was crucial to my well-being.

Opportunity Knocks

In both 2008 and 2009 I was headhunted as an MBA graduate and offered a golden chance to move abroad and work in Singapore for an investment bank.

Although the western world was in recession, the economy in much of Asia was booming. I would probably have taken the opportunity but I knew from friends that work in the City how long the hours can be in finance, working for the investment banks.

More importantly, finance wasn’t the path that I wanted to go down in my career. I’d been harbouring ambitions to set up my own business since finishing the MBA.

Breaking Free

In 2010, I finally took the plunge and left my full time job to start up a Digital Marketing agency, which is now called Imageshield. The first year was very tough. I was an unknown in my space and although I had confidence from the MBA, I had no one to guide me.

I took on freelance consulting projects to supplement my income because I was making very little from my business. I was determined to make it though and in 2011 I made a small breakthrough. After attending dozens of networking events and courting local businesses, I turned things around and began to make a profit.

Becoming An Author

In 2014, I finally realised an ambition of mine, which was to write and publish a book. My book has gone on to become an Amazon best seller since the launch in October 2014 and I’m very proud of this.SEO Expert Strategies

My online profile has significantly grown and by positioning myself as an expert, I have more business opportunities available and doors opening. Clients now approach me for business and as a result I am able to command higher fees.


I have also been recently invited to create a presentation, centred on the content in my book, to an online marketing firm that has an email database of over 60,000 corporate professionals on their books. That presentation is now live on the Internet.

Be Your Own Boss

The upsides of being your own boss are massive. It means that I’m in control of my own destiny. I get to work on my own terms, not someone else’s, and if I fail, I only have myself to hold blame.

If you are thinking of starting your own business then I’d highly encourage you to look for a mentor. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can do it all on your own. That just leads down the road to failure. Invest in yourself because your knowledge is your strongest asset.

Once you acquire a skill, it’s yours forever. People can strip you of your belongings but no one can take away what you’ve learned because it stays in your head.

Although many business skills are generic, every industry has its own nuances. It’s only when you master these that you’ll start to enjoy success. If you’re thinking of starting your own business and you get an opportunity to learn from someone else’s mistakes then grab it with both hands.

Key Learning Points

One very important lesson that I’ve learned in my entrepreneurial journey is the need to do something that you enjoy. If you don’t have a passion for the business that you’re setting up, why are you in it?

If you really enjoy the business that you’re in, then you’ll stand a better chance of success because it won’t feel like work. You will have a lot of struggles in the beginning but if you’re enjoy what you’re building then you’re much more likely to succeed.

I want to leave you with a few key takeaways:

  • Enjoy the journey. Find something you’re passionate about so that it sustains you when times are difficult.
  • Keep on top of your cash flow – sounds obvious but most new businesses fail within 5 years because they don’t look after their cash flow.
  • Build a system where you can delegate. If everything in your business only revolves around you, you’ll eventually burn out. If you build a system from the beginning then you’ll easily be able to grow.

The objective of any business owner should be to work ON their business, figuring out ways to make it grow, rather than IN the business – where you fulfil and then have no time left to generate new business.”

If you’d like to connect with me, you can do so below:

MBA students finalists in Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2015 Competition

crpThree Brunel MBA students (Rajan Dua, Chloe Zhen and Paul Ouro) are happy to share that their recently launched business venture, Stars Key And Hutch has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for Mayor of London Low Carbon Entrepreneur Competition 2015.

The competition asks London’s students and recent graduates to come up with idea’s to reduce London’s energy use and carbon emissions.

In total, 150 applications were received this year out of which only 10 teams will compete in the final round.


The final round, which is to be held at City Hall on 13th March 2015, Stars Key And Hutch will be pitching their idea in Dragon’s style (a two minute pitch) to the judging panel who picks the winner (a price of £20K!).


The 2015 panel includes Dame Elllen MacArthur DBE, award-winning solo yachtswoman; Charlene White, journalist & newsreader; Richard Reed, entrepreneur, co-founder of Innocent Smoothies; Siemens UK CFO Andrew Hall; Siemens Global Head of Urban Development Martin Powell; Morad Fareed, co-founder of Delos; and the Mayor’s Senior Adviser on Environment and Energy Matthew Pencharz.

This is the first time that a team from Brunel has made it to the first round! Brunel Business School wishes them the best of luck!


An MBA is just as relevant for civil servants says Professor Zahir Irani

For decades an MBA has been the rite of passage for ambitious corporate executives into higher positions of leadership and directorship.  In the following feature from, Professor Zahir Irani, Dean of the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, highlights the benefits and relevance of an MBA to civil servants, too, and the ‘Micro-MBA’ that was birthed during his secondment to the Cabinet Office.

An MBA remains a badge of distinction for private sector managers, and is still seen as rooted in the commercial ethos. But that’s changing. The number of public sector managers undertaking an MBA in the UK doubled last year.

Zahir Irani

Professor Zahir Irani, Dean of the College of Business, Arts & Social Sciences

An MBA works – and is important – for civil servants because it’s generic. It is intended to put in place each of the building blocks needed to run an effective organisation of any kind. It’s also very portable. One of the ongoing debates in business concerns the value of organisations investing in MBAs for their best staff, only to see them using the qualifications as tickets to better-paid jobs elsewhere. But that’s less of a drawback in the civil service, where MBAs are well-suited to the high level of ‘churn’: managers can move to different projects and roles in other departments without those skills being lost to government.

Unlike other development opportunities (access to the excellent civil service online resources, for example), MBAs are structured and formal – so people have to make a commitment of time and energy, with a specific goal. And MBA programmes provide great ready-made networks. The people you study with become a long-term community of support, with a shared experience. In the middle ranks, there’s a real need for this kind of manager community.

An important focus of any MBA programme is leadership – and distinguishing leadership from management.

MBAs don’t provide technical skills, but they build people’s ability to become good leaders. Critically, they provide the opportunity to think about your own style of leadership – not following the model of your boss or the departmental norms, but finding what suits you and is going to be most effective in progressing the government’s agenda. Thinking through how you behave in different situations, and what’s important to you in terms of values, is fundamental to getting your leadership style ‘right’ and clear in your mind.

Another key focus is transformational change, and linking your personal role as manager or leader to the success of implementation. What you do, how you behave during these important – and sometimes difficult – times, has a lasting effect on staff both above and below you. An essential part of an MBA is building up personal resilience to cope with everyday roles; but also, as people take on more seniority and responsibility, dealing with the uncertainties and complexities of the wider environment – economic and budgetary challenges, new threats from international instability and policy reform, etc. More…

Professor Zahir Irani has been working as a senior policy adviser at the Cabinet Office, on secondment from his permanent role as Dean of the Business, Arts and Social Sciences College (CBASS), Brunel University London. @zahirirani1