INTRODUCING YOUR MBA ADMISSIONS SUCCESS TEAM
While we have the most comprehensive process in the industry to get you into a top MBA program, it simply wouldn’t work without the quality, diversity, and MBA Admissions experience in our team.
You see, MBA Link has a 100% success rate with applicants applying to at least 4 schools.
That means every single one of our clients gets admitted to at least 1 of their top 4 schools. This success stems from the experienced talent on our team nurturing the fresh talent of our clients.
What you’ll find here is a group of people who could be doing just about anything they want to do in the business world. (These people have serious bona fides.) They’ve chosen to apply their experience and connections in MBA admissions consulting because they love nurturing raw talent.
What candidate doesn’t want that kind of dedication and experience on their side when applying to the program that will define the trajectory of their entire career?
We are proud of our work in helping tomorrow’s business leaders get a world-class MBA. We help clients:
- Improve their GMAT scores to increase their school options;
- Determine the best programs to advance their life goals;
- Polish their interview skills so they can rise above the competition;
- Gain admission to the best MBA program for their career goals;
- Form strong networks during and after their MBA program to enhance their careers.
We couldn’t do it without our world-class team of admissions consultants, including Application Coordinators, F.A.M.E. coaches, Resume Coaches, Essay Coaches, and Interview Coaches, as well as our GMAT instructors and our management team.
Learn about our Admissions Consultants (application coordinators, F.A.M.E. coaches, resume coaches, essay coaches, and interview coaches). More than just dry bios, we’ve outlined how each person fits the needs of our diverse clients from around the world.
Meet our GMAT instructors and find out how they give students the tools to perform at peak on this important test, whether it’s the first attempt or a repeat.
See who’s running things at MBA Link and why this international team of experts banded together to groom new talent for future success.
MBA ADMISSIONS CONSULTANTS
BA, Trinity College
American, based in the US
Russell was the Associate Director of Admissions at Duke University Fuqua School of Business for 11 years. While some may not be as familiar with Fuqua, this program is consistently highly ranked, rating as high as #1 globally by Bloomberg in 2014.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Gates Foundation cofounder Melinda Gates are some of Fuqua’s many distinguished alumni.
Russell is a globally recognized expert on recruitment strategies for international MBA programs recruiting from Asia. He led the Asia recruitment strategy for Duke Fuqua, which is well known as one of the most international US MBA programs, and has consulted with other schools on their Asia recruitment strategy.
Russell has been traveling to Asia for 10+ years and maintains high-level connections in the major cities throughout Asia.
How Russell’s Experience Helps You:
- The sheer volume of experience he’s had in making decisions on thousand of MBA applicants over the years means you’ll have the best odds of making the cut in a competitive school.
- If you are an Asian student, Russell understands better than anyone what US and international programs are looking for in Asian candidates since consulted on many of their Asian recruiting strategies.
- Russell’s infectious personality outs him immediately as a people person. His warmth, encouragement, and heartfelt connection with our clients always earn him rave reviews during the often stressful application process.
AB, Applied Mathematics, Harvard
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Korean, based in the US
Paul moved to the U.S. at age 8 and went on to receive his AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He has been fortunate to have been selected to join and gain experience at leading firms such as Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati (brand management) and Goldman Sachs in New York (investment banking and private equity). After a 25-year career as an investment banker, PE investor and entrepreneur (technology and consumer products) in the U.S. and Asia, Paul is pleased to pursue his passion in supporting younger generations as an MBA admissions advisor and executive coach.
In addition to serving as a mentor to many in their career and MBA aspirations, Paul has aided the Stanford admissions committee in reviewing applications. He has also interviewed candidates for Stanford and Harvard for over a decade.
He has collaborated with over 200 applicants and is a leading consultant to the top MBA programs – including over 50 students currently attending HBS and GSB.
Paul’s nonprofit board involvements have included the Harvard Club of New York City, Stanford Club of Korea, the Curtis Institute of Music, Korean-American Association of Greater New York, Council of Korean Americans, National Fisheries Enhancement, and as a Senior Advisor to Ashoka – Innovators for the Public. He is the proud father of two daughters.
How Paul’s Experience Helps You:
- Paul is a true Wall Street Elite with an impeccable academic background, successful career, and gold star network. If you want to be a mover and shaker, Paul is the best mentor you’ll find.
- Paul has an excellent track record at placing students at the most competitive schools. If you want to go to Harvard or Stanford, then he’s your guy.
- Looking forward to an international career? Paul knows what it takes to lead a cosmopolitan life with business in the US and Asia.
BA, Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business (dual-degree program from The Wharton School and College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania)
MBA, Wharton School of Business
MA, Arts Administration, Columbia University
Malaysian, based in Singapore
In her early career, Melissa successfully revived flagging Baileys sales in North America, and cracked marketing strategy challenges for the likes of American Express, British Telecom, and Frito-Lay as a marketing strategy consultant with Vivaldi Partners in New York.
Prior to that, Melissa began her career in investment banking and distressed debt, and has cut her teeth at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan.
An investigator at heart and a natural storyteller, Melissa loves digging deep to surface unarticulated motivations and unique opportunities for organizations or individuals, and weaving them into a compelling narrative to bring their story to life.
She has done this in various capacities: as an innovation strategist in NYC and London with ?What If!, a boutique innovation consultancy, and as an opera performer and dramatic coach that is constantly looking for new angles to interpret text and unearth new insight into the stories and characters in her music.
Passionate about coaching and empowering individuals to realize their fullest potential, Melissa loves bringing her unique coaching approach to business school admissions to others as an admissions coach.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys little adventures with her toddler and working with arts non-profits to grow the opera audience in Asia for wonderful music that she believes still has the power to move and inspire us in magical ways.
How Melissa’s Experience Benefits You:
- If you don’t know how to position yourself, rely on Melissa’s artsy and perceptive way of thinking combined with her exceptional academic experience to craft a compelling story about yourself.
After many years of admissions consulting experience, Melissa has honed a supportive yet firm hand in guiding candidates through the process.
- If you are an MBA candidate with an artistic side, Melissa will show you how to merge your two worlds into one unbeatable combination.
BA, Economics, University of Pennsylvania
MBA, Harvard Business School
American, based in the US
Shawn has over 15 years of investment banking experience, including time spent with Credit Suisse and Bank of Montreal. He has participated in dozens of corporate finance transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate divestitures, leveraged buyouts and the sale of private and family-held businesses.
Additionally, Shawn has advised and consulted with several start-ups and middle market organizations.
He has significant experience developing and implementing strategies and solutions that achieve consensus among key stakeholders across organizations. Shawn also has 7 years of experience as an Alumni Interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania.
How Shawn’s Experience Benefits You:
- If your career goals lean toward finance, Shawn is the expert you need.
- Shawn is the kind of person who can take a big picture goal and implement it through minute detail.
- As a resume coach, Shawn knows how to present you in the best light.
BA, American Studies and Business Management, Brandeis University
MBA with a Specialization in Finance, Columbia Business School
American, based in Taiwan
Jonathan was born in New York City and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a B.A. in American Studies and Business and Management from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from Columbia Business School in New York City.
Jonathan has accumulated extensive business process, technology and strategy consulting experience, especially related to the financial services industry, where he advised global banking clients such as Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and The Bank of New York.
Jonathan also holds an English teaching certification from Cambridge University in London and has taught students of all ages in Taiwan.
Jonathan has a passion for helping students and graduate school applicants reach their potential and has successfully assisted a number of MBA applicants to gain acceptance into some of the top global MBA programs. In his free time he enjoys music, reading, sports and acting.
How Jonathan’s Experience Helps You:
- As a teacher, Jonathan is a pro at explaining how processes work and motivating students to excel.
- As an actor Jonathan brings a high level of creativity to the table, which is essential for students who have great achievements but don’t know how to market them.
- Jonathan regularly lands clients in top global MBA programs.
BS Industrial Engineering, Monterrey Tech
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Uruguayan, based in Mexico
Jose is a Uruguayan Industrial Engineer and Management Consultant. He began his professional career as an analyst at the McKinsey & Company Mexico office, where he advised companies from the Banking, Education, Telecom, Healthcare, and Non-for-profit sectors. While pursuing his MBA at Stanford, he worked at a Venture Capital fund in Costa Rica and at Tesla Motors as a summer intern.
Jose is passionate about coaching MBA applicants through the introspective process of understanding what matters most to them and why.
He has worked with candidates from different backgrounds and cultures, guiding them on a self-discovery process aimed at effectively translating their motivations and sense of purpose into their application essays.
How Jose’s Experience Benefits You:
- McKinsey is the most prestigious consulting company in the world and a highly desired career path and employer for MBAs. Jose is your link into this sought-after career.
- Jose is a fairly recent Stanford graduate, meaning you’ll get counsel from someone who’s recently been where you are right now—and then gone on to incredible success.
- He completed an internship at Tesla Motors. If you’re looking for the “cool” factor in a consultant, Jose’s got it.
BA, Economics, Grinnell College
MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Shalini is a graduate of Grinnell College and received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009.
After business school she gained marketing and market research experience with Victoria's Secret and with Avon Products. At Avon she worked on the global cosmetics team launching new brands in key countries like Russia and Brazil.
Post Avon, she joined American Express as a Product Manager and helped launch the Serve Prepaid Card in the online and retail channels.
Since her role at Amex, she has been working as a consultant for various start-ups and non-profits.
In her spare time, Shalini enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her two young children.
How Shalini’s Experience Helps You:
- Shalini knows global launches inside and out, so if your goal is international business, she’s a great mentor.
- If you are interested in a career with major retail brands, Shalini can tell you what to expect.
- Shalini is an expert in marketing and market research.
BA, Philosophy, Harvard University
Swazi, based in Dubai
After graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. in Philosophy, Melusi began his career as an educator at the MATCH Middle School, a charter school devoted to educating disadvantaged youth in Boston. During his year-long fellowship at MATCH, Melusi honed his teaching and mentorship skills, which would serve him well in the years to come as an undergraduate admissions consultant and test prep trainer.
Melusi has over four years of experience in the test prep industry, preparing students for success in standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and GMAT, and in high school examination boards such as the International Baccalaureate and A-levels.
Drawing on his wealth of experience in the world of standardized testing, Melusi also develops content and curricula for test prep programs, which incorporate the best practices he has learned over the years. His passion for education lies in not only guiding his students in their quest for success but also encouraging them to believe in themselves and their capabilities.
How Melusi’s Experience Benefits You:
- Melusi’s background and experience speaks to his dedication to education. He’s in this for the long haul.
- He’s freaky smart, even in a company like ours which is made up of academic stars. Use his brain to enhance yours!
- His training and experience adds to his natural talent for patience and breaking down difficult concepts so they are easy to understand.
BA Economics, Yale University
Singaporean, based in Singapore
Carolyn attended high school in London, England and has experience with the UK university application system. In addition, she was offered a place to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Carolyn has been a Yale Alumni Interviewer since 2006.
She has worked for an international New York City-headquartered law firm and a global investment bank in Fixed Income. Post-MBA, she has worked with various SMEs and start-ups in Singapore.
How Carolyn’s Experience Benefits You:
- She studied for the CFA and for the GMAT while working, so she understands the challenges of studying while working full time.
- Carolyn is highly methodical, organized, and supportive. Plus, she’s a great listener!
- Carolyn’s international experience is highly sought after by students who want to study and work in other countries.
Founder, CEO of MBA Link
BsBa, Georgetown University
MBA, Cornell University
American based in Singapore
After working as an admissions consultant for three years, Lawrence founded MBA Link because he didn’t think any other MBA admissions consulting firm was doing enough to support applicants in producing truly outstanding applications. Before working in MBA admissions, Lawrence worked in private wealth management and private equity.
In addition to managing MBA Link, Lawrence supports the MBA students at INSEAD as a career adviser based on the Singapore campus. Lawrence is passionate about entrepreneurship and education and volunteer teaches classes on entrepreneurship in public schools for Junior Achievement Singapore. Lawrence is an American with ethnic origins in the Caribbean and Eastern Europe and spent much of his childhood in Kenya.
How Lawrence’s Experience Benefits You:
- Lawrence is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about developing people and making breakthroughs in their professional lives. Anyone who’s spoken to Lawrence knows he has a way of pulling out their best.
- Lawrence has lived on 3 separate continents for 5 years or longer, so he knows what it takes to integrate and succeed in a new country.
- His father is a celebrated authority on creative problem solving in mathematics, and considering Lawrence’s success in finance and investing, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
CFO, Director of Curriculum
AB Architecture UC Berkeley
MBA, Columbia Business School
Korean, based in Singapore
Jacob leads MBA Link with Lawrence. Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds or those interested in finance are his specialties. His extensive experience in education includes being one of Manhattan GMAT’s first instructors and developing curricula for two other test prep companies. Jacob also ran an admissions consultancy with a 100 percent acceptance rate into clients’ first-choice schools. Most recently, Jacob worked in senior investment roles at J.H. Whitney and the World Bank.
He also worked in private equity and as an executive during the first tech boom. Prior to business school, he was a policy researcher.
Jacob is on the executive committees of the Berkeley Club of Singapore and the Distinguished Universities Alumni League. He has also held numerous board seats at nonprofits and on governmental bodies. Jacob was born in Korea and raised in California from age four.
How Jacob’s Experience Helps You:
- Jacob’s diverse professional and academic background means he can help you in a variety of ways, from getting into the right school to specialized advice for the finance and tech industries.
- He doesn’t look like he’s old enough to do this, but he’s been teaching GMAT for 20 years.
- Jacob has a special focus in helping students from nontraditional backgrounds.
Chief Marketing Officer
BA, Stanford University
American, based in San Francisco
Luke currently works with students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Coast, and with students in Singapore and Dubai. Luke believes that the most important element to writing is the cultivation of critical thinking.
With Luke’s support, students have been admitted to top University, MBA, and Medical School programs around the world, including: Stanford University, Brown, INSEAD, LBS, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, Boston University, the University of Southern California, UCLA Law, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, IE, University of San Francisco, Cornell University, Chicago University, UT Austin, and many more.
How Luke’s Experience Benefits You:
- Luke is an education entrepreneur, so his entire career is built around teaching you to be more successful.
- Outside of work, Luke is a writer and musician. If you want to learn how to combine the creative and business parts of your personality, Luke is a great example.
- Luke’s specialty is essay coaching.
Chief Operations Officer
BA, Psychology and Performing Arts, Stanford University
American, based in New York City
Since 2008, Cori and her team have invested thousands of hours helping students reach their academic potential through testing.
Cori is a New York City-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Under the name Cori Marquis + the Nines [IX], her work has been presented at numerous venues in California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Oregon, Connecticut, Michigan, and New York.