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The MBA Tour Team

Concord, MA USA Office

The MBA Tour Team: Back Row (L to R) Graham Edward, Kathy Pattison, Peter von Loesecke, Sarah Swan, Ulf Dreier
Front Row (L to R) Jacky McLaughlin, Wei Yong, Maureen Wyse, Stephanie Millner, Cristina Ruiz Benson
Missing From Photo: Tom LePere and Angela Musi


Peter von Loesecke, CEO & Managing Director

Peter joins The MBA Tour after over 20 years in management consulting and industry. Throughout his career, he helped companies design and implement operational improvements. While working as a management consultant for Arthur D. Little and Applied Value, Peter sold and led engagements with global clients in the medical, consumer, and transportation industries. He has published articles about commodity sourcing strategies, supply chain improvement initiatives, and the link between operational performance and stock valuation. As a management consultant, Peter worked with clients across North America, Europe and Latin America. Throughout his consulting career, he recruited and hired graduate students from a wide breadth of business schools for management consulting positions. He is very interested in working with graduate business programs to identify and recruit talent. Peter earned his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.

Most unusual accomplishment: Qualifying as a Chief Engineer on a nuclear submarine
Your favorite food to eat on tour: Peruvian food
What do you have a special knack for? Innovating products and applying technology
One thing you always take with you on tour: Cold medicine!
Hobbies: I love railroads and anything to do with transportation outdoor lifetime sports such as fishing, skiing, golf, and hiking.
Languages: German, English

Contact Peter by email or +1-978-4200 ext. 101

Maureen Wyse, Events Manager


Maureen joins The MBA Tour team in the summer of 2013 with a BA in International Studies from Middlebury College. Following a passion for languages and travel, Maureen spent time abroad in China as well as Spain and Ecuador before joining The MBA Tour. Maureen comes to The MBA Tour with a diverse background in cultural studies and event coordination skills. She now manages the tour's event planning and travel logictics.

Where have you lived? Connecticut, Vermont, Ecuador, Spain, China and now Boston!
Talents: Staying very organized
Where would you go right now? Istanbul, I’ve never been there and it would have an interesting history and mix of cultures.
Best part of working at The MBA Tour? Our potluck lunches every Tuesday and Thursday, definitely better than what I bring for lunch.
What languages do you speak? English, Chinese and Spanish

For event planning, travel or invoicing questions please contact Maureen by email or +1-978-451-4200 ext. 104.

Rachel Keane, Assistant Events & Marketing Coordinator


Rachel joined The MBA Tour in December of 2016 after her recent graduation from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a BA in English. Ever since her semester abroad in London, she has become infatuated with traveling. Throughout the past few years, she has been developing her knowledge of European culture, and has spent time in over 15 different countries. She is excited to join the team as an Assistant Event and Marketing Coordinator and looks forward to sharing her passion for travel and implementing her organizational skill in her new role.

What positions have you held in the past? Throughout my time at university, I had many internships. Some of my favorite were working for a publishing house in London, the international programs office on campus and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
Where can we find you on the weekends? : I love cooking meals for my friends and family and reading a good book!
Where would you go right now? I would go to Norway and Sweden. The contemporary art scene in the Nordic region fascinates me and I would love to experience it firsthand.

For sleeping rooms, event logistics or general information please contact Rachel by email or +1-978-451-4200 ext. 106.

Sarah Swan, Marketing Manager

Sarah joined The MBA Tour team in June 2013 with a BS in Marketing and BA in Psychology from Boston College, graduating summa cum laude with an award for Marketing Excellence. Sarah previously managed The MBA Tour's social media platforms and assisted in marketing and PR campaigns before transitioning in the Marketing Manager role in 2015. She now manages the tour's PR and marketing campaigns as well as company partnerships and marketing staff.

Sarah comes to The MBA Tour with a diverse background in sales, customer service, and human resources. Prior to The MBA Tour, Sarah had the opportunity to study abroad in Parma, Italy, and looks forward to future travels with the Tour!

What positions have you held in the past? I worked for a tech startup out in Silicon Valley. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about entrepreneurship and growing a small business!
Favorite food on tour: I love Indian & Chinese food
Where would you go right now? Australia

For questions regarding marketing, PR and partnerships please contact Sarah by email or +1-978-451-4200 ext. 102.

Stephanie Millner, Social Media & Digital Marketing Specialist

Stephanie joined The MBA team in August of 2015. She graduated with her BS in Business Administration, with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, from Babson College. She brings her marketing skills, social media savviness, and love of travel to the team. Prior to joining The MBA Tour, Stephanie worked as an Account Executive at IdeaPaint in Boston, MA. She looks forward to bringing students and MBA programs together.

What languages do you speak? French
Where have you lived? I’m from Pennsylvania but have studied in Rennes, France and Edinburgh, Scotland. I now live in Boston, MA!
Where would you go right now? I would go to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ve always wanted to explore South America. The culture, scenery, and food seem amazing!
Where can we find you on the weekends? I can be found exploring the city, listening to podcasts, chasing after food trucks, instagramming, and using too many emojis ☺

For questions regarding social media and marketing, contact Stephanie by email or at +1 (978) 451-4200 ext. 107

Consultants

Graham Edward, Director, North America

Graham joined The MBA Tour in September of 2014 after 3 years of living in Bulgaria. Graham works with the team to help with marketing and attracting schools to join various tours.

Prior to The MBA Tour, Graham worked in higher education digital marketing and before that in the MBA event field in Sofia, Bulgaria. Before Bulgaria, Graham was based in Toronto, Canada at an online recruitment firm targeted towards Indian students looking to study abroad, and this is where he first stepped into the field of education.

One thing you take with you on tour? Google Translate, in all its forms
Hidden talent: I play the Scottish bagpipes!
Favorite country to visit on tour: I absolutely love India!
Where have you lived? Waterloo, Toronto, Sofia Bulgaria.

Contact Graham by email or +1-617-642-5375.

Ulf Dreier, Regional Director, Europe | ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND

Ulf joined The MBA Tour team in March 2015 and represents the company in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He manages our European client accounts from his office in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Ulf will also work as tour leader in Europe, the Middle East and the European New York City event.

Before joining our team, Ulf worked for more than 15 years as Program Manager, Marketing & Admissions Manager, and in the field of MBA program development for Business Schools in Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

One thing you take with you on tour? Good restaurant recommendations for each tour destination
Favorite part of working at The MBA Tour? Working with committed admissions professionals from all over the world to help ambitious, young professionals to master a major step on their career path.
Favorite places to visit on tour: Istanbul (beautiful city that combines the orient and occident), Buenos Aires and Mexico.

Contact Ulf by email.


Wei Yong, Regional Director, Asia | BEIJING, CHINA

Wei joined The MBA Tour in March 2015 to manage the company's Asia client relations and co-lead the Asia Tours. She received an MBA degree from Babson College in 2011 and worked as a project manager for an international cooperation in sustainable development projects in Beijing, China.

Prior to her MBA, she was a founding member of BeBeyond, a training company helping Chinese young professionals succeed in their job seeking and study aboard pursuits. She has trained and helped hundreds of applicants in getting into top business schools, developed relationships with business schools and corporations, and led various higher education related marketing initiatives.

Accomplishments: I got an engineer’s title in 2014 which I can hardly believe. And I have strong curiosity to discover small companies which is innovative in technologies and/or business models.
If you could go anywhere right now where would it be and why? San Francisco. I miss the beautiful views and colorfulness of the city and delicious seafood.
Random fact: I am a fan of Manchester United.

Contact Wei by email.


Cristina Ruiz-Benson, Regional Director, Latin America | SANTIAGO, CHILE

Cristina leads our Latin America Tour as an independent consultant, and joined us in 2012. She is a journalist with years of experience in PR Strategy, Communications and Media across Latin America. She has worked with The MBA Tour since 2004, helping the Marketing Campaign in Chile, where she lives. She also participated in the Latin America MBA Tours in 2004 and 2005 representing Cranfield University.

After living in the UK for several years, her professional focus was consolidated towards Education and Business School and she owns a Communications company in her country that delivers media and communications services.

Best memory with The MBA Tour? The last day of my first tour. The feedback was good, so that meant mission accomplished!
What positions have you held in the past? I started as a reporter in a very important newspaper of Chile. After that I was an editor of a cultural magazine, and for more than 10 years I have been in the educational sector.
Hobbies: I play volleyball twice a week; and movies. I try to go once a week to watch a movie.

For questions regarding the Latin America Tour, contact Cristina by email.


Kathy Pattison, Tour Leader | WILLIAMSBURG, VA USA

Kathy joined The MBA Tour on a consulting basis in 2008 and has been a Tour Leader for tours in India and South East Asia. Her experience as a client on tour's in Latin America, India and other parts of Asia extends over fifteen years. Also, she served on The MBA Tour Advisory Board for several years.  

She has been in MBA admissions for over twenty five years, first in New York City as an associate director of admissions at NYU Stern, then as assistant dean for admissions at Fordham University where she was closely involved with the setting up of Fordham’s BIMBA program in Beijing.  More recently as director of admission for The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary she experienced success in expanding the school’s international outreach and substantially increased the enrollment of international students. Kathy has derived her greatest professional satisfaction by her interactions and relationships with many of these students. The MBA Tour provides her with a continuing opportunity for helping international students satisfy career goals and maintaining friendships with colleagues and clients developed over many years’ association with The MBA Tour. 


Accomplishments: I am particularly proud of the students who I enrolled in the three mba programs I worked for. Thank goodness for Linkedin as it’s the perfect way to keep in touch with all of my MBA “children.”
Favorite part of work: Participating in the planning of tours with my wonderful colleagues, helping schools maximize their recruiting experience and the opportunity to have an impact on prospective MBA’s by introducing them to the exceptional schools on tour.

Contact Kathy by email.


Abby Hu, Marketing & Social Media Consultant | SHANGHAI, CHINA

Abby has worked with The MBA Tour on our Chinese event marketing and social media since 2011. Abby has also managed client development for the Asia region. In her former career Abby worked in the banking industry before transitioning to MBA admissions consulting. Abby is proud of choosing to help young applicants find what makes them unique and to help them gain confidence in their skills and experience.

Unusual Accomplishments: She has knowledge of herbs, micorbiology, Chinese classics and Arts.

Best memory on the Tour: The 2013 Shanghai Event was well organized and the team was so efficient and professional. The Tour’s responsive and scientifically designed data system support its hundreds of global events without error. I’m lucky to jump in!

For questions regarding media and partnerships in China, contact Abby by email.

Hannah Bertilla Acquah Hannah Bertilla Acquah Tour Leader, Africa & Consultant | ACCRA, GHANA

Hannah joins The MBA Tour as the West Africa Tour Leader in February 2013. She is an economist specialising in African strategic business opportunities, strategy and execution with over 12 years of experience within the commercial, Diplomatic and professional educational sectors.

Her professional and training commitments range from consulting on international businesses, to implementing and improving development projects, and providing capacity building skills to young professionals across four continents; including Africa.

Hannah holds an MA in Economics (honours) from Vanderbilt University, USA, a BSc in Information Systems and International Economics from University of Maryland, USA.
Hannah is a Fellow at The Royal Society of Arts, (UK 2011).


Where have you lived? Austria, China, Ghana, Nigeria, United Kingdom, USA
What languages do you speak?: English, German, French and (very basic Chinese - Pinyin)
Hobbies: Networking, Team Sports (Basketball/Soccer), Traveling

Contact Hannah by email.


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