Alumni Success Stories

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Rachel Brender-Ziv

Co-Founder of Pitaya

Class of 2014

USA

 

Before I joined the Sofaer Global MBA Program, I worked primarily in business development roles in B2B companies. It was exciting, but I felt that I lacked some fundamental tools. I made a strategic decision to leave London and return to Israel in order to pursue my MBA. 

 

Jowan Qupty

Founder of Taby and The Middle-East Business Forum

Class of 2016

Israel

 

Before joining the Sofaer Global MBA program, I was a civil engineer working in the US and a professional swimmer on the Israeli national team. I dedicated the majority of my life to swimming and was fortunate enough to receive an athletic scholarship from the University of Missouri and pursue a degree in civil engineering.

I had to juggle at least 30 hours of swimming per week with my engineering studies and although it definitely wasn’t an easy journey, it was well worth it and very rewarding. I became the first Palestinian to win an Israeli national championship and subsequently became a contender in the 2012 London Olympic games.

 

Alina Kovalevich

Co-Founder, Ever.Travel

Class of 2012

Russia

 

An international MBA was always part of my plan. So the first thing I did when I moved to Israel was check all the MBA program options this country offered. I knew that timing wise my move offered me a prime opportunity to take the time to change my career path, upgrade my business skills and, very importantly, grow my network. 

 

Pooja Arambhan

Director of Arambhan Group

Class of 2015

India

 

The Tel Aviv University Global MBA has been the wind beneath my wings that has helped me soar to greater heights after just a year in Israel. I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Parasol Foundation Trust Israel Asia Leaders Full Scholarship for one female Indian Entrepreneur from India.

As a corporate lawyer I was wary about not having adequate business knowledge like the rest of my peers and of course about shifting base to Israel but all those fears were quashed one week into the Program.

 

Nomo Khumalo

Joint MD at The Dental Warehouse (a Henry Shein company)

Class of 2010

South Africa

 

When I came to Sofaer I was looking for a career change and advancement as well as to re-energize. The GMBA is a perfect opportunity to reflect personally and professionally. I felt I was more resolute in my values and more driven to succeed anywhere in the world. 

 

Lee Greene

Co-Founder at Kaipule

Class of 2015

USA

 

Before I came to the Sofaer Global MBA at Tel Aviv University in Israel, I was a CPA (certified accountant) working a job that I did not enjoy in a career where I really had no future. I decided that I needed a change and came to Israel to create a new path for myself and the Sofaer Global MBA Program was the perfect way to start.

I was excited to get involved in the innovative community being developed in Tel Aviv and the Sofaer Program acted as a gateway to that community.

 

Ben Rubin

Business Development at Orbitel Insight

Class of 2011

USA

 

I owe a great deal to the Sofaer GMBA Program for putting me in the professional position that I am in today. I have a History undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and this Program provided me with the underlying, core competencies and skillset of running a business. However, that was just the beginning. 

 

Devorah Serkin

Senior Manager of Business Development at GGI, a Custom Glass Fabricator and Importer

Class of 2012

USA

 

Several aspects of the Sofaer Global MBA Program in Israel appealed to me, aside from the prime location in Tel Aviv. It is a full-time, one-year program, which meant that I could be fully dedicated to my studies without taking off too much time from my professional life. 

 

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