Juan Melendez MAM '14

Post-MAM position: Citibank

I’m taking a venture capital class with people from all over the world. You get to see people from different backgrounds react to situations, to questions, to problems—how they think.

I had been working for more than seven years as an industrial engineer in manufacturing at companies like Intel, Hospira, and Hewlett-Packard in Costa Rica. I wanted to try something different and more strategically oriented, so I decided to pursue my MBA at INCAE, a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management.

I didn’t know the first thing about a balance sheet or an income statement, but I fell in love with finance. Through INCAE, I learned about the Master of Advanced Management program at Yale, which has allowed me to delve even deeper. I have firsthand access to the professors who wrote the papers I've studied—people like Robert Shiller, whom I don’t need to introduce since he recently won the Nobel Prize in economics. I took a capital markets class with Gary Gorton, who has both an academic background and experience with big companies in New York, so he can explain theory and tell you about real-world experience as well.

The other students are key too. I’m taking a venture capital class with people from all over the world. It’s great exposure to people from different backgrounds and countries. You really get to see how they react to situations, to questions, to problems—how they think. That experience expands your mind.

The whole package is going to create a nice toolkit for me when I start a new job with Citibank’s operations and technology team for Latin America in July.

Interviewed on January 30, 2014.

Juan Melendez Cordoba

Post-MAM position: Citibank