Barkot Tekle '15

Post-MBA position: Standard Chartered

A socially conscious mindset that also takes into account the complexities of business today—that resonates with me.

I have global aspirations—I plan to work in emerging markets in Africa. I wanted an MBA to deepen my knowledge of emerging markets and financing across a broad array of securities. There were only a handful of globally recognized business schools that had the expertise I was looking for.

Yale SOM’s mission of educating leaders for business and society sets it apart. A socially conscious mindset that also takes into account the complexities of business today—that resonates with me. You see it reflected in the SOM curriculum. Core courses are structured so that every stakeholder perspective is respected, not just the shareholder’s. We have courses named Investor, instead of, let’s say, Portfolio Manager. We have Customer instead of Marketing.

And our raw case method brings to light the messy, complex realities of business. They’re not clean and prepared case studies we deal with. You basically sift through information, figure out what matters most, and decide how to address it. These are the skills we’ll need.

They’ve already helped me launch an initiative that’s really important to me. I was part of a small team that developed the Yale SOM Africa Business Practicum. It’s a first-of-its-kind, hands-on workshop where student teams try to solve problems faced by real businesses operating in Africa.

This year, we prepared a case about a mobile payments company in Zambia, and we invited top business schools in the U.S. and from the Global Network for Advanced Management to send teams and present their solutions to the company. The conference is now going to be an annual event, and it’s led to the creation of a new student club, the Africa Business and Society Club. I’m so proud to say that I’ve been part of it.

Interviewed on May 4, 2015.

Barkot Tekle

Post-MBA position: Standard Chartered