Giuliana Auinger, Director, KPMG

Giuliana Auinger

(HKU MBA, Class of 2017)

Giuliana is a Director at KPMG China’s Global Strategy Group. She started her management consulting career 10 years ago and it took her from London (with Diamond Management Consultants and PwC) to New York (with Booz & Company) to Hong Kong (with Axiom and KPMG). She has a broad range of experience helping global organizations develop and better strategies; especially in identifying new businesses to create, opportunities for growth and critical transformations required.

Giuliana attained her BSc (Joint Honours) in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom and is currently studying for her MBA part-time at the University of Hong Kong.

Learn more about Giuliana’s MBA journey:

Q: What were you doing before you embarked on your MBA journey?

A: As I embarked on my MBA journey on a part-time basis, it meant I could continue my full-time career while pursuing my studies. When I started my MBA, I was the Practice Manager for Axiom’s Hong Kong office. And prior to that, I was a Management Consultant with Booz & Company in New York and PwC’s Strategy Consulting Practice in London (previously Diamond Management & Technology Consultants).

Q: What was your main motivation in doing an MBA? Why?

A: I decided to pursue an MBA because I believe in the importance of complementing business experience with rigorous academic training. HKU MBA’s experience-learning approach to education allows me to acquire new skills and knowledge, and gives me to opportunity to contextualise theoretical principles and apply effectively in the real world.

Q: What is the single most important lesson you have learned from your MBA experience?

A: The most important lesson I learnt from my MBA is the importance of humility. At each and every class, no matter how familiar a subject may be, there is always something one could learn from. A person who keeps an open-mind, possess a strong desire to learn from others, and one who stay curious always gets the most out of their experiences.

Q: What are you doing now? Did your MBA help in the transition and change?

A: Currently, I am a Director at KPMG’s Global Strategy Group. We help clients develop and implement better strategies, leveraging the power of transformation to help them achieve their goals and objectives. The MBA gave me an opportunity to combine my ambition for further advanced studies with my desire to further a business career. It also gave me the rigorous academic foundation and diverse exposure required to become a better consultant.

Q: If there is one thing you would change about your MBA experience, what would it be?

A: Studying for an MBA part-time meant I had to balance my work, life and studies at the same time. As a result, I have a lot less time to spend getting familiar with a subject, and most importantly, a lot less time to interact with fellow classmates and our professors. If I was to change one thing about my MBA experience, I would choose to be more disciplined. I wish I had developed and committed to a schedule earlier on that dedicated more time to my studies.

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