Dami Olugbode, Programme Manager, EMBA GlobalBy Lauren French
Dami has been at London Business School for two and a half years. She started her LBS career in Central Services and now manages both the EMBA Global Asia and EMBA Global America and Europe programmes. Her role involves planning and managing all class weeks and supporting the student experience at LBS.
Before joining London Business School, Dami previously worked for various notable companies including Penguin Books and Pearson pls.
1. What does your typical day at LBS look like?
On an average day, I usually arrive at Taunton at 7.30 for a 45 minute workout after which I’ll head over to the office and check my emails. However, during a class week my time is completely dedicated to the students. During their first year of core classes, our EMBA Global Asia class are at LBS for two class weeks in the year and the EMBA Global A&E class are here for five and there are usually intervals of about four to five weeks between each instance so when they are on campus my role is to ensure their experience at LBS is fulfilling not only academically but socially too. My aim is to ensure they gain a real insight into the London experience and create opportunities for them to network with the wider LBS community before they fly back home and to their places of work.
2. What can the students expect during the EMBA Global Programme?
Our students are truly global, they come from various parts of the world and many of them travel often with work. On the programme we expand on that international focus by having them study at three of the biggest business and finance capitals in the world, Hong Kong, New York and London. Students will not only get to experience life and business in these amazing cities, they will work with leading professors and build a valuable network of people from a variety of different industries and backgrounds.
3. What is your best LBS moment so far?
Travelling to Hong Kong in May for the EMBA Global Asia Orientation. Not only did I have a chance to welcome in the new class of 2018, I was also involved in the celebrations to mark the fifth year anniversary of the EMBA Global Asia programme. It was indeed an insightful and glamorous week.
4. Where is your favourite place on campus?
I have two. The most obvious being the front lawn, during the summer it absolutely beautiful. The second is the lounge in Laing House. The decor is lovely; it’s very cosy and has a comfortable living room feel.
5. What is the top of your bucket list?
I would like to visit Thailand. Next year… fingers crossed.
6. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
I would invite Adele to sing all night, Shonda Rhimes to get all the inside scoop on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy (two of my favourite shows), Idris Elba for eye candy and Kevin Hart just to make me laugh.
7. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
There are those who stand and watch things change around them and there are those who are part of the solution. Be a part of the changes you want to see.
8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I am listed in three Penguin titles as an editor. Look out for my name in DK Fashion.
9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Stop interviewing your blessings, step up and live your purpose.
10. Tell us something surprising about you...
I used to act many years ago. I have performed at various theatres across London the most notable being Shakespeare Globe where I was the opening act. All the world’s a stage…
Thanks so much, Dami! We look forward to seeing you around campus.
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