Shaurya Aggarwal is combining his passion for sports and business through the Manchester Business School MBA Sports Committee.
Prior to the Manchester MBA Shaurya, 27, worked on major oil and gas projects in places like Abu Dhabi, Moscow and Korea as an Associate for Fluor, a US engineering and construction firm. He executed these projects out of Fluor's India office.
As a volunteer at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, Shaurya gained first hand experience of how business expertise can be used to develop balanced solutions in sports. He loves sports so much that he travelled across India for the cricket world cup as well and watched every India match live. He also travelled with the Delhi daredevils for the Indian premier league which is a premium cricket tournament worldwide.
What have been the highlights of the Club activities this year?
We’ve been very busy with events this year. Earlier in the year we organized the Manchester Business School International Football Challenge which brought together 60 MBAs from London Business School, Oxford Said and Lancaster to battle it out on the pitch. We also organized the trip to participate in the MBA Tournament (MBAT) in May. We recently returned from the Cranfield Cricket League tournament.
This was a very sought-after cricket tournament in which six business schools participated. In the first round we played two matches and won both of them. Those were very competitive games and went to the wire. After winning the first two games, we were through to the final of the tournament.
We started the finals against Lancaster and were halfway through the second innings when it started raining. The game had to be shifted indoors and played from the beginning! We lost this hard-fought, high-spirited game by three runs. As the Captain, I lifted the runner’s up trophy and Manchester Business School won the best batsman and the best bowler awards as well.
What other activities do you have planned for the Club?
We are planning to organize a sports conference and invite notable speakers. We really want to highlight business-related aspects of sports and to give attendees a chance to meet some of these companies. Its still in the works but we will let you know how that goes.
What companies would you like to work for when you complete your MBA?
Opportunities in sports are growing. Just to mention a few names I'm very interested in: IMG World, Marylebone Cricket Club, and Manchester United. My summer internship will be in the Operations department at Amazon so I’m sure I will gain a lot of skills that I can apply to the sports world.
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