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September 23, 2023 8:28am ET
Applying: Columbia, Duke / Fuqua, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Northwestern / Kellogg, U. Chicago Booth, UPenn / Wharton
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Oil and gas/consulting
Post-MBA Target Industry: Other
GMAT: 710
GPA: 3.54
Years of Work Experience: 5
Location: Houston
Post MBA Location: Houston long term, but open to other places immediately post-MBA

Demographic: 27M, Nigerian-American

GMAT breakdown: 710 (Q49, V39)

Undergrad: Top 10 engineering college

-3 years as a petroleum engineer at a major oil company (had some field operations experience where I supervised teams during the pandemic which was a huge growth opportunity)
-1 year as a data analyst at an oil and gas startup
-1 year at MBB with an energy focus

-Leadership within engineering orgs and Christian ministry in undergrad
-Mentoring local college students from underrepresented minority backgrounds
-Active nonprofit that raises scholarships for students in Texas (scholarship committee member, mentor for scholars)
-Active in church (over the past year led Bible study for young adults, served in lower level church leadership)
-Diversity recruiting at MBB

Why an MBA: Since high school I’ve found myself attracted to business (did a business minor in college) and thought an MBA would be a cool thing to do down the road. While I appreciate having an engineering background, I didn’t see myself become a technical expert but rather using my foundation to solve business problems in commercial roles. An MBA will allow me to develop my business acumen and leadership skills so I can pivot to the commercial side and accelerate my career trajectory.

Why now: During the pandemic I decided to pivot towards sustainable energy after realizing how urgent the need to decarbonize and fight climate change is. I wanted to broaden beyond my petroleum engineering skillset before making a pivot, so I pursued roles in tech and now consulting that would allow me to see different sides of the energy industry. I’m now at a point where l’ve gained enough experience to contribute in a classroom and have learned enough about the energy industry to confidently make the pivot to sustainable energy.

Long term goal: Head of strategy for a clean energy company, with a focus on building energy infrastructure in Nigeria