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Alumni of the Week: Abha Bang ’09 MBA, G’14 (MAX)

Alumni of the Week: Abha Bang ’09 MBA, G’14 (MAX)

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 the Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers 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’d like to highlight some. Professor Harris’ finance class ensured a strong fundamental understanding of the subject matter. The skills learned in Professor Shukla’s financial modeling course have helped me stand out at work. The real estate finance class taught by Professor Yildirim in New York City was a valuable hands-on learning experience. The entrepreneurship capstone class with Professor Haynie was outstanding and has ingrained ‘professional entrepreneurship’ in me.

The strong and active Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Department always had projects to offer to students. Through the D’Aniello Entrepreneurial Internship Program, I got a chance to work with a startup in Syracuse under the mentorship of the chair of entrepreneurship. Throughout the program, I worked with finance faculty conducting research, 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 learn technical skills and develop a personality that will help them chase their dreams.

Post-MBA, I returned to India and started working in microfinance. I have been passionate about financial inclusion and developing banking solutions for the poorer sectors of society. I returned to campus to get my second master’s degree at Maxwell and focused on financial inclusion. After obtaining that second graduate degree, I came back to India and recently completed a stint of over five years of working with YES BANK, a private sector bank in India. I’m currently involved in the family business of real estate.

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

Abha Bang
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