Akshat Sirohiya

Designation 
Director, Finance & Governance Council
Sector 
FMCG
Work Experience 
2 Years 6 Months
Previous Company 
Unilever
WHY PGP? AND WHY ISB?
ISB brings together the most brilliant professionals with hands-on experience from various functions and industries, while keeping the atmosphere diverse and apt for peer-to-peer learning. This is what motivated me to join the PGP program at ISB which is curated for professionals like me who are in early stages of their careers and are looking to groom themselves.
WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND FOCUS AREAS THIS YEAR?
  • The focus is on starting from the point where the last year’s team left, while thinking from the scratch to ensure flow of ideas. The finance management for PGP needs to work on keeping the budgets flexible to cope up with the ever-dynamic environment at ISB. Though this brings in ambiguity, managing this would be a great learning experience.
  • The governance processes need to be more inclusive, more transparent and just. Since all the students have their own goals that they want to work on, it is important that all the clashes are resolved in the most growth conducive manner.
  • The B-school representative needs to be more co-ordinated with the touchpoints at the other schools. After all, we don’t need to compete but grow together with other schools
  • The Shadow-a-CEO initiative has been static in terms of the way it is organized each year. We look to rebrand the event to take it to the next level. The focus will be on getting more CEOs on board and promoting the importance of event amongst the students not only from ISB but from other schools as well.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT TO LEARN AND BECOME MORE PROFICIENT AT DURING YOUR STAY AT THE ISB?
  • Managing the brightest mind sometimes is the biggest challenge. Being the Director, Finance & Governance council, I hold a very sensitive though enriching position of responsibility which would help me understand my style of leadership, acquire the new skills for managing teams and learn the importance of right communication, with the right context, to the right audience at the right time.
  • I also want to brush up my technical skills as well as acquire new skills required to manage any business in the future. ISB can help me learn various concepts in just 1 year which would otherwise take me many more years to learn.
WHAT SUGGESTIONS WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE TO A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT ABOUT ISB?
While we may always have doubts on the decision we make, it is important to take a leap of faith. The course not only promises to offer the best of MBA course in 1 year, it ensures that all the students work on themselves to improvise and be the best version of themselves. The case studies and course materials used are the same as the top universities of the world and the instructors are experienced professionals from these universities.