George Siryani spent over two years researching MBA programmes before deciding on the University of Exeter One Planet MBA. Five months into the programme, the Jordanian national is convinced his MBA will help him build a career that combines risk management and sustainability.
George finished high school in Jordan in 2002 with the highest grade at country level and graduated with a Bachelor in Finance from Al-Jami’ah Al-Urdunia, Amman in 2006. He subsequently joined Arab Bank Plc’s Pioneer Trainee Programme where he gained in-depth knowledge and experieince of banking and finance.
Prior to enrolling on the One Planet MBA, George was Risk Supervisor at the Jordan Ahli Bank administering rating platforms and scorecards, standardizing credit processes and consulting on the bank’s full transformation project.
In 2009, George decided that he wanted to run his own risk management consulting firm in Jordan. He selected partners and started building a database but he also needed to build his managerial skill-set.
George wanted to learn how to run a business in the most sustainable way possible and since going on the One Planet MBA, he has seen how sustainability issues impact economics, finance and accounting.
“I come from a country where people are not fully aware of the impact of the environment. Jordan needs to grow in the future but it needs to do this by implementing ideas of sustainable businesses.”
George has been convinced through the teaching on the One Planet Programme that businesses can operate sustainably and still be profitable. “Coming to Exeter was not a decision that was taken for granted. The entire programme needed to fit my needs and interests and I have been impressed with the faculty”, he says.
He has been impressed with the way sustainability concerns have been integrated in accounting and finance projects, and is convinced that these are lessons that he can apply in the real world.
George’s biggest challenge right now is keeping up with the intensity of the MBA programme, but it should be good training for when he sets up his own firm!