MBA Reflections: Roamell Mehta ’16

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In this “MBA Reflections” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of a select few Whitman MBA students.

Name: Roamell Mehta
MBA: Accounting and finance
Hometown: Vadodara, India
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roamell-mehta-8a617928

From India and the Middle East to Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, MBA alumni Roamell Mehta’s education and work experience has given him a global outlook on the business world.

Mehta left his hometown of Vadodara, India to pursue an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Upon graduation, Mehta worked as an accounts manager for ThyssenKrupp, a German multinational company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

To Mehta working in the Middle East developed his ability to work with a diverse range of cultural perspectives in the workplace and forced him to learn Arabic to communicate with clients and others in the office.

“Although the company was European, it still followed the hierarchical structure of Saudi Arabia,” Mehta said. “There is a stark difference between workspace and office culture in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.”

Eventually, Mehta’s desire to work in finance led him to pursue an MBA at the Whitman School, where he participated in research with Professor Joseph Comprix, chair of the accounting department . Part of the research involved using CapitalIQ, multinational financial information provider, to collect brand data for Fortune 500 companies. Mehta also looked at the effects of discontinued operations on tax returns with Professor Comprix.

Mehta, in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation and the White House, also participated as a director in the development and launch of Sourcefunding.org, a financing platform for entrepreneurs looking to make a social impact with their businesses.

Mehta is now looking for a position in strategy consulting or investment banking where he can work with clients and pursue a career in finance.

Tahirah Newkirk

Tahirah Newkirk is a communications intern at Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management. She is a senior with a dual major in public relations and international relations. Tahirah can probably be found in the admissions office where she gives campus tours, at the gym practicing with the club volleyball team or in her room solving a sudoku puzzle.

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