Rawiah Abdallah MBA ‘12
American University in Cairo, BA Business Administration/Journalism & Communications, 2005
Why was getting a business education important to you?
Getting a business education among people with diverse backgrounds exposes you to many different skills and opportunities. After working for four years, it has been a great time to reflect on the kind of business leader I want to be, on my passions and business style.
How has your HBS experience shaped your career path?
I can learn about different industries through so many avenues at HBS: classes, clubs, and career development activities. The case method helps me focus on the main issues as I think about my career. The network is very supportive and the career development services deeply helpful. My fellow students play a big part, too; I've learned from their experiences.
How has HBS prepared you for your summer internship?
As a consultant, I worked on maybe ten different projects. But at HBS, I had thirty different cases in each class. The broader exposure has given me new skills I look forward to applying this summer, and I'm eager to see how much my personal style has changed as a result of my business education.
What are you most looking forward to in your career?
I want to contribute to the development of small businesses in Egypt and from there, throughout Africa. It's an underserved sector where I can make a big impact through funding and consulting. When small businesses are properly financed and advised, they will make large contributions to the wealth of their countries.