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Alumni of the Week: Abha Bang ’09 MBA ’14 MPA

Alumni of the Week: Abha Bang ’09 MBA ’14 MPA

Leaving India and moving to America to pursue my MBA wasn’t an easy decision, but it was, by far, one of the best decisions I have made to enhance myself professionally and personally. Syracuse University made me feel at home the minute I landed. The people at the University are very friendly and the community is very close knit.

The experience, exposure, skills and knowledge that Whitman had to offer transformed my career. The small class size ensured the best understanding of the subject matter and the open-door policy followed by professors only encouraged students to excel.

While all the classes offered at Whitman added immense value, I would like to highlight some. Professor Maurice Harris’ Finance class ensured a strong fundamental understanding of the subject matter. The skills learned in Professor Ravi Shula’s Financial Modeling course have helped me stand out at work. The Real Estate Finance class taught by Professor Yildiray Yildirim in New York City was a valuable hands on learning experience. The Entrepreneurship Capstone class with Professor Michael Haynie was outstanding and has ingrained ‘professional entrepreneurship’ in me.

The strong and active entrepreneurship department always had projects to offer to students. Through the D’Aniello internship, I got a chance to work with a start-up in Syracuse, under the mentorship of the chair of the entrepreneurship. Throughout the program, I was working with the finance department doing research for professors, which added value beyond classes.

The friendly and outstanding faculty, the hands on learning while working in different student organizations, the varied internships offered by Whitman and the many networking events conducted at Whitman provided a whole package to ensure students not only learn technical skills but also develop a personality that will help them chase their dreams.

Post MBA, I returned back to India and started working in microfinance. I have been passionate about the field of financial inclusion and developing banking solutions for the poorer sectors of society. I returned to campus to get my second master’s degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public affairs and focused on financial inclusion. I am back in India now working with YES Bank, India’s fifth largest private sector bank.

I am grateful and thankful to Syracuse University, the professors, the staff, the peer students and the community for helping me become who I am today. Syracuse is a second home to me, and a part of me is and will always be Orange!

Abha Bang
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