"The Aalto MBA gave me a new level of confidence as a leader and strengthened my business skills considerably.”

Kevin Eboigbodin
Senior Development Manager, R&D, Orion Diagnostica Oy

Aalto MBA graduate Kevin Eboigbodin works as Senior Development Manager at R&D at Orion Diagnostica Oy. He was also recently appointed Adjunct Professor in Molecular Biology at the University of Helsinki.

Eboigbodin has a Ph.D. in biological engineering and a master’s degree in molecular biotechnology. At Orion Diagnostica, Eboigbodin is leading the development of novel diagnostic tests that help for example doctors and scientists make clinical decisions. Eboigbodin affirms that in his line of work, obtaining an MBA made perfect sense.

“Science is naturally the bedrock and foundation of creating any drug or diagnostic test. But at the end of the day, someone needs to buy your product. Marketing, finance, HR – all these are needed to achieve this end”, Eboigbodin explains.

“As a scientist, developing your scientific skills is your bread and butter. But once you advance to a leadership position, it is important to step outside your comfort zone and broaden your perspective quite a lot. You are working with people and there is money involved – you need a holistic view of business to thrive”, he adds.

Eboigbodin says that for him, the Aalto MBA was an easy choice.

“I wanted a school with a very strong international outlook. I knew Aalto EE instructors come from across the globe, and the cohorts are very diverse. Also, Aalto EE has Triple Crown accreditation. It was pretty much a no-brainer to opt for Aalto EE”, he states.

As a leader, your values are important. The way you relate to people and connect with them has a huge impact on your leadership, and it was good to reflect on these issues."

Eboigbodin describes his MBA journey as thoroughly enjoyable. He asserts that each and every module was highly useful, and names a number of topics as genuine eye-openers.

“The HR module was especially good. Human capital is the most valuable asset a company can have. Aligning your strategy with people is a key prerequisite of any successful business. I found this module extremely beneficial and refreshing”, he says.

Leading change, managing innovations, marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship modules also receive special thanks from Eboigbodin, as does the New Venture Workshop, which he describes as very intense but absolutely rewarding.

“I also enjoyed the Personal Development Process tremendously. As a leader, your values are important. The way you relate to people and connect with them has a huge impact on your leadership, and it was good to reflect on these issues”, he adds.

“I work in a knowledge intensive industry, where productivity is difficult to quantify. The MBA gave me new insights and tools that help ensure the team of experts feels valued, stays motivated and our collaborative culture endures”, he remarks.

While Eboigbodin has a great deal of praise for both Aalto EE as an organizer and all the instructors he had throughout the MBA, his most heartfelt thanks go to his cohort.

“Our cohort was amazing. We came from several countries and a broad range of industries. The discussions we had were truly marvelous and our comradeship so good that I missed my cohort between classes. I gained an incredible network and friends for life”, he emphasizes.

After years as a specialist, I was suddenly learning something completely new, a different way of thinking. It was exciting and gave me tremendous energy."

“I was humbled and proud at the party we held to mark the end of our studies together. I received three awards from my cohort – funniest guy in class, best singer, and best dancer”, he says with a laugh.

Eboigbodin has three young children. Although combining a demanding career, MBA studies, and family life can be hectic, Eboigbodin assures that found the experience invigorating.

“My family was incredibly supportive. Also, after years as a specialist, I was suddenly learning something completely new, a different way of thinking. It was exciting and gave me tremendous energy”, he reminisces.

Eboigbodin says he is pleased to endorse the Aalto MBA. He emphasizes that one of the main reasons he wanted to obtain an MBA was to fill a gap and create a strong alignment between R&D and business. He confirms that the MBA provided him with the tools and knowledge he needed to achieve this.

“I am happy to recommend the Aalto MBA. It gave me a new level of confidence as a leader and strengthened my business skills considerably. These days, I sometimes forget that I am a scientist during discussions with our CEO, or finance and marketing experts. We have a shared vocabulary and I can now see issues from their perspective”, he points out.

“As an added bonus, I feel that my MBA studies also brings additional value in my role as Adjunct Professor in Molecular Biology at the University of Helsinki,” he concludes.

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