INSEAD Master in Management (MIM) Questions and Answers

  1. How would you introduce yourself?
  2. Tell us what you’ve been doing since graduating from secondary education and what motivated your choices.
  3. Share your short and long-term career aspirations with a MIM from INSEAD

How would you introduce yourself?

“The long term vision and strong value-driven leadership provide the family leader with a unique potential for being a driver of change.” Professor Morten Bennedsen, INSEAD.

Who am I? I am passionate, goal-oriented, a problem-solver; I use my leadership skills and emotional intelligence to motivate others to attain goals. And although my appreciation for the importance of financial instruments in the modern world possibly is a good definition of who I am, two constants in my life have shaped how I make the best possible choices – long term vision and strong value-driven leadership.

I grew up immersed in two cultures with different languages and traditions. My mother’s side of the family is Moroccan. On my father’s side, my grandfather was a minor during the 2nd World War in France. Having grown up in a scientifically engaged environment with both of my parents working together on medical research, I gradually developed natural talents with numbers and analysis.

In terms of weaknesses, I know that I can be impatient. Once I ‘get the idea’, I’m ready to move forward and I want everyone around me to be as ready and as enthusiastic as I am.

Tell us what you’ve been doing since graduating from secondary education and what motivated your choices

The night before I left for Castlecliffe House, a building that houses the University of St Andrews School of Economics and Finance, I was seized by inexplicable anxiety. A recent secondary graduate filled with confidence, preparedness and blossoming professionalism, I was ready to conquer the world.

One year later in 2017, I relocated to Singapore for an internship with GorillaSpace.co. I was ready to unleash my potential coupled with my entrepreneurial ambitions and drive change in the organisation!

But I knew that, eventually, I would need a job.

The problem? I had zero working experience. So, I opted to explore getting more internships. I knew I had to achieve the best academic tools available and combine them with substantial working experiences. This motivated my decision to complete three other internships; at Skylar Group in 2018, at St Andrews Africa Summit in 2018, and Kowa Company Ltd in 2019.

While the experience from the internships helped me develop strong management skills, it was my extracurricular activities that prepared me for my current job as the Deputy Head of Fund for the Global Investment Group – St. Andrews, a student-run investment group concentrated primarily in US equities (totalling over $17,000).

Share your short and long-term career aspirations with a MIM from INSEAD

Post-MIM, I hope to widen my career prospects in the financial sector and open the door to an excellent job at an international conglomerate as a financial and investment professional. Thereafter, I hope to advance to a senior position in a similar company, and finally to assume a position as CEO of a Global Business Unit.

INSEAD’s MIM Program will best prepare me for the road ahead. It will complement my background in investment fund analysis across several asset classes and develop my understanding of fields I lack experience in like operations and data analytics.