Second-year Wharton | San Francisco EMBA student Zofia Wosinska Picker recently participated in a Global Modular Course (GMC) in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Finance in the Middle East and North Africa. We asked Zofia, who is cofounder of HUNG3R in Denver, CO, to tell us about that experience. Here’s what she said:
Before coming to Wharton, I was a chemist. I had never taken any business classes, but I dreamed of starting my own company. To learn how to make wise financial decisions for my company in the future, and to learn from the best of the best, I decided to major in finance.
Finance majors need to take a certain number of finance classes, and a few of the courses like the GMC offer the option to step outside the classroom. So the GMC on Finance in the Middle East and North Africa was an intriguing option. It’s an intensive three-day course in which you travel to the Middle East and talk to business and government leaders in that region.
The GMC also was a chance to meet Wharton EMBA students from Philadelphia as well as full-time MBA and undergraduate students. I was excited to get that kind of interaction and broaden my Wharton network.
The course began in Dubai with a classroom session on finance in the region. That was an important day, as we learned a lot about how the Islamic financial system works.
Then we had a panel of speakers visit our class. This was an incredible experience because they shared so many different perspectives. Our speakers included the founder of the first private equity firm in Saudi Arabia, the CFO of PepsiCo Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and the CEO of Emaar Properties, just to name a few.
Originally Published March 26, 2014, by Wharton EMBA blog.