Fade Adegbohun MBA | London Business School
Investment Consultant Intern at Willis Towers Watson
Having spent her formative years between Nigeria and the United Kingdom where she completed her secondary education, Fadé Adegbohun’s (MBA2023) love for science and mathematics first led her down the path to engineering. But an introduction to finance while working in Lagos led to a new career. Today, after working as a strategy consultant at Accenture for six years, she shares why she decided to study for an MBA, the importance of mentorship and community, and why she is committed to creating more opportunities for black students.
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I grew up there until I was 16 when I moved to the UK to study my A-levels. I left Lagos on my own and studied at Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, where I did a Bachelor’s degree in Maths, Chemistry and Physics. I liked math and science, so I thought engineering was a good combination of both. I chose to study Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) where I graduated with a first class degree. After that, I was still deciding what I wanted to do for my career. I knew I didn’t want to be a practicing engineer, so I moved back to Lagos and worked at Hyde Energy, an oil trading company for a year while completing the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, a program for recent Nigerian graduates to serve our communities. After being introduced to finance in this environment, I decided that was what I wanted to do, but I also wanted a global experience. I came back to the UK and got a one year internship at UBS Investment Bank in the UK through an international exchange program at the Mountbatten Institute. Subsequently, I joined Accenture within the strategy consulting team, where I worked for the last six years before joining LBS.
Much of my work at Accenture has focused on helping financial services companies reduce their cost base and help them address operational cost management challenges. My highlight was working for one of the biggest banks in the world. As an analyst, I didn’t know IT infrastructure or building cost reduction models, so I learned on the job with the help of a great mentor and boss. Another part of my role was to explain financial concepts to non-financial managers. It was a great learning curve and based on my work there, I was nominated for two awards, including Analyst of the Year, for my contribution to the Accenture community.
I chose to apply for the MBA at LBS because after almost six years at Accenture, I felt that a business school education would be really useful to help me develop my professional network; and give me access to a diverse perspective that will ultimately help me gain a fuller view of the business world and be a more effective business leader. Even though Accenture is a large company with around 500,000 employees, I felt it didn’t have the level of diversity I wanted. I didn’t think about it as much when I came to the UK, because I stayed with my Nigerian community, but coming to LBS was an opportunity for me to meet people from different backgrounds and build friendships, rather than just working together on projects in the workplace. It was also an opportunity for me to grow as a leader; Business school is not just about completing a business education, it is also about developing leadership skills.
Before arriving at LBS, I worked on the Sequoia Platform, which was set up to help students from underrepresented backgrounds find jobs. I did this alongside my job at Accenture as part of my extracurricular activities outside of work. I was involved in recruiting students, which I still do today. I work closely with the partner organizations we place students with and participate in the entire application process.
I was really excited when I found out I had been awarded the Black in Business scholarship, given the role that Tabria Lenard (MBA2021) and Cole Agbede (MBA2021) played in co-founding the Black in Business Club. Being selected for the scholarship was a real privilege, and it was also a relief to know that I would have tuition financial assistance. Black in Business means a lot to me, so having the opportunity to be one of the faces of the program and working with people who are developing initiatives to support black talent at LBS is something I’m thrilled to be a part of. .
The wealth of diversity that comes from class discussions is one of the best things about the MBA so far, as I learn from my peers. There’s so much to learn and it’s a great opportunity – you only do an MBA once. I enjoyed the finance and accounting classes, where I learned technical skills such as evaluating and analyzing financial statements. These skills will be invaluable in achieving my post-MBA goals of becoming an investment professional. Another highlight of the program so far has been being able to support Black in Business initiatives. I work closely with recruiters from major employers like [email protected], Amazon and Credit Suisse to shape and develop diversity initiatives that enhance career opportunities for the LBS Black talent pool.
I am also the junior treasurer of the Women’s Touch Rugby Club (WTRC). I want to build a lifelong bond with a group of strong, smart and driven women, whether that’s playing on the pitch or attending club events. It’s a win-win: getting in shape and growing as a person while having fun. Growing up I had limited exposure to the sport, and I believe joining the WTRC will help me fulfill my lifelong dream of playing a team sport. We also support each other with career and personal development opportunities. I have a club mentor who is a second-year MBA student who I can talk to about my concerns or frustrations, as well as my personal and professional goals for the future.
After graduation, I hope to make the transition to a career in investments, and I think the technical skills I will learn during the MBA will help me there. It’s a good idea to go into your MBA with a rough idea of your career afterwards, although that doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind, and I’m open to opportunities. My finance teachers, Anna Pavlova and Alex Edmans, both gave me insight into the world of finance – not only in terms of theory, but also the practical side of what work is.
If I could pass on one of my key MBA learnings to potential students, it’s to do your research. – talk to mentors, coaches and students and figure out what you want from the MBA, then have two or three key things you want to accomplish while at LBS. Before you apply, talk to the recruitment team and check that your CV matches what they want, but don’t let anything put you off.