Ryan Gonsalves, Global Head of International Mortgage, HSBC
I moved to Hong Kong in January 2009 to take up his position as the Senior Regional Mortgage Leader for Asia Pacific at The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), I was also looking for the right MBA program to boost my confidence.
I actually had a range of criteria and expectations from a MBA program, but the key thing I wanted to develop was the ability to engage in executive level conversations. As I felt that the more senior I became, the more I would have to meet and interact with leaders in various departments, say, from the HR Director to the Head of Treasury.
I also required a program that was highly flexible and portable to fit around his many roles – a regional business leader at work, husband and dad to two young children, as well as an avid footballer.
Throughout the search, I found that Manchester Global MBA performed strongly. It had an international presence (with campuses in Manchester, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Brazil), high academic rankings, well regarded through its CSR work, and a flexible program that enabled me to successfully juggle the demands of my life.
In particular, the renowned Manchester Global MBA program is ranked among the top in Hong Kong and worldwide, and its practical-based approach, “The Manchester Method”, can also deliver a career changing experience – something I did not expect at the beginning.
Now, as the Global Head of International Mortgage at HSBC, Gonsalves believes his experience in the MBA program equipped him with the edge to gain promotion from a regional role, to one requiring global accountability for the mortgage business.
Apart from the different specialized modules offered at the program, the faculty and my international class mates have really broadened my network. Today I can talk and work with culturally different professionals from various backgrounds, industries and experiences, from all parts of Asia, America, and Europe. It has also refreshed my mindset to develop new ideas, business opportunities, and engage in meaningful exchanges both inside and outside of the classroom.