Professional strives for a well-rounded global vision

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 January, 2009, 12:00am

As vice-president of MasterCard's global account development division in Asia-Pacific, Angela Bai probably has a clearer global understanding than most because of her work in identifying business development strategies across key markets in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

But these travel and business opportunities alone could not provide her with the well-rounded global vision she sought, so Ms Bai enrolled in the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA programme in the hope that it could further boost her global perspective.

'I wanted to improve my global perspective and bring the best value to my employer, my customers and society, given the highly globalised world, globalised company and global markets I work in,' she said.

She is no stranger to balancing work and study. After all, she already has two undergraduate degrees in English literature and international politics and economics, and a master's degree in economy and business. She has also participated in MasterCard University's training and development programmes.

'Education is like entertainment to me. I really enjoy it. It makes me even happier than other forms of entertainment,' she said.

Given her academic track record, she expects this year to be particularly tough because of the intense nature of the programme, which will require her to attend classes in Hong Kong two weekends out of every four.

'I think it will be very challenging but manageable. After all, everything is about good management. As long as I can think and plan ahead, delegate tasks well at work and stay focused on the most important things, I will be okay,' she said.

The Shanghai-based executive plans to draw on the programme's strong academic faculty, high-quality classmates and well-structured course and curriculum to upgrade her existing skill sets and knowledge of the latest business trends.

Having already accumulated 15 years of work experience - three at MasterCard and more than a decade at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - she believes that there is no better time than now to hone her competitive edge.

'I am now clearer about who I am, what I deserve to do, what I am able to do, where I am today and where I am going tomorrow. And, since I am clearer about myself, I am able to draw on the valuable experiences I have had and plan well for the future,' she said. 'You can get experience from the business world, but this programme will provide a systematic transfer of knowledge that can help reframe my vision.'