Global MBA Testimonials

The process of creating value through work-integrated learning is extraordinary. It shifts the primary learning experience from the confines of academic institutions to the actual workplaces of our students. This transformation leads to an unparalleled sense of purpose, as it transitions skills training from theoretical teaching to the invaluable experience gained on the job.

Additionally, work-integration redirects the traditional focus of study from analysis to practical implementation. It is the act of implementation that has the power to bring about real change in the world. This new approach enables students to realize their potential in effecting positive changes within their work environments.

We invite you to explore the remarkable feedback from some of our students who have been willing to openly share their experiences of creating genuine value in their workplaces.

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Misha Steen
Misha Steen, Director at Steen Architectural Services CC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Misha Steen

09.2023

For myself this was an remarkable assignment and for the first time, balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements makes sense. It is a pity that the company selected as a case has neglected to keep their financial statements up to date, as I am burning to see what will happen next year.

With confidence I can now do my own management reports and make sense of all the numbers to determine a financial strategy forward. The residential period also contributed a lot, and I am very happy that the residential took place before this assignment. Professor Janos’ input, explanations and lectures made a tremendous impact.
Financial Accounting
Alpha Nekomba
Alpha Nekomba, Company Secretary at August 26 Holding Company, WINDHOEK, Namibia

09.2023

This course has equipped me with the skills to critically analyse financial statements, assess financial health and communicate findings effectively.
Financial Accounting
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

09.2023

I am thankful for this assignment because there is a lot of digitisation that has developed organically over the decades in the world, and because I am a Millennial, I have taken a lot for granted. There is plenty to be exploited for the betterment of both business and customers and as long as a mind can perceive it, human will can conceive it.

Companies that show foresight and a willingness to make bold moves before it is too late, can emerge as winners. After all, no one ever won a race by standing still. The best value I can give this company is to assist it in leaping forward with innovative confidence especially after crafting this assignment which shows wide areas that need improvement yet also mapping a plausibly way forward.
IT and Customer Relations
Willem van Greunen
Willem van Greunen, Partner at Köpplinger Boltman Legal Practitioners, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Willem van Greunen

09.2023

Studying this unit brought forth a profound shift in my perspective, particularly in my role as a Partner in the firm. Engaging with Malik's principles opened new avenues to assess and reflect on my managerial practices. The juxtaposition of these principles against our firm's approach created value in several ways.

The excitement and fresh perspectives gained through this unit have not only enriched my understanding of effective management but also fostered an environment that encourages growth, collaboration, and transparency within the firm. It has set the stage for a more insightful and impactful approach that aligns with both professional ethics and human values, creating lasting value for myself and the firm.
Principles of Effective Management
Esther Chasi
Esther Chasi, CEO at Global Aid Missions, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Esther Chasi

09.2023

Studying this course has provided me with various new insights and views that have resulted in substantial benefit for both me and my firm. One major realization was the significance of focusing on outcomes. While I had always been motivated to be efficient and get things done, I had underestimated the importance of measuring and analyzing the outcomes of my work. Understanding that focusing on results allows me to make a tangible difference while also contributing to the organization's goals has been a game-changer.

This renewed emphasis on outcomes has the potential to unlock incredible accomplishments in future ventures.
What grabbed my interest in this course unit was how the five concepts of focusing on results, contributing to the whole, focusing on a few things, utilizing strengths, and creating trust interconnected to form a holistic approach. Recognizing the interdependence of these concepts and how they reinforce one another has resulted in a comprehensive framework for creating positive outcomes. This comprehensive viewpoint has given me confidence in my capacity to address issues in a more planned and integrated manner, resulting in greater achievement.
Principles of Effective Management
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

09.2023

My suggestion is for the company to loosen its grip on the “now” and open itself up to the great possibility that digitisation offers. The recommendations are truly implementable and fall well within a tight budget. With the correct talent to hand-hold the company, the impact it can have in Zimbabwe will propel it beyond its borders.

I am thankful for this assignment because there is a lot of digitisation that has developed organically over the decades in the world, and because I am a Millennial, I have taken a lot for granted. There is plenty to be exploited for the betterment of both business and customers and as long as a mind can perceive it, human will can conceive it.

Companies that show foresight and a willingness to make bold moves before it is too late, can emerge as winners. After all, no one ever won a race by standing still. The best value I can give this company is to assist it in leaping forward with innovative confidence especially after crafting this assignment which shows wide areas that need improvement yet also mapping a plausibly way forward.
IT and Customer Relations
Brian Nhekede
Brian Nhekede, Audit & Assurance Executive - Director level at Urban Development Corporation, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Brian Nhekede

09.2023

This course unit has added a lot of value to me personally and to my organisation by thinking of the route to secure funding from outside investors since getting funding from local financial institution was proving to be a daunting task give the extremely high interest rates of as much as 150% to 200% per annum for ZWL loans and interest rates as high as 30% per annum for USD loans.

In addition, it has enabled me to see the different picture components from what I learnt in earlier modules on the nature of internal business and cross cultural management coming together into one big picture for the benefit of writing up a value proposition to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the much needed capital at our organisation.
International Business Law
Godfrey Mbizo
Godfrey Mbizo, Data Engineer-Risk and Delivery at Capitec Bank, Stellenbosch, South African Republic
Linkedin: Godfrey Mbizo

09.2023

Enrolling in this course has granted me invaluable insights into the intricate landscape of international business, particularly when it comes to investing in burgeoning markets like Zimbabwe.

The assignment has shone a spotlight on the opportunities and challenges intrinsic to investing in the Technology Consulting field across Zimbabwe and the broader African context.

On a personal level, this course has significantly deepened my grasp of the dynamics underpinning international business and the critical factors to consider when embarking on investments in foreign domains. The meticulous dissection of legal structures, risk factors, and tax implications

In summation, embarking on this course has delivered palpable value, not only in my personal capacity but also for my establishment. The accrued wisdom will steer me toward informed decisions and adept navigation of the intricate pathways of international business. Armed with this newfound erudition, I am poised to shepherd forthcoming investments and operations within burgeoning domains like Zimbabwe, fervently anticipating the elevation and prosperity of our enterprise on a global platform.
International Business Law
Hugo Ribatika
Hugo Ribatika, News Anchor at Newzroom Afrika Room 405, South African Republic
Linkedin: Hugo Ribatika

08.2023

Studying this course has provided me with valuable insights into the complexities of international business, particularly in the context of investing in emerging markets like Tanzania. One key learning for me is the significance of understanding the local culture and language in establishing rapport and developing a beneficial network. The information provided about Tanzanian business culture, communication norms, and social etiquette will be invaluable in ensuring effective communication and relationship-building with local stakeholders, including employees, partners, and government officials.

Personally, this course has broadened my understanding of international business dynamics and the critical factors to consider when investing in foreign markets. The comprehensive analysis of the legal forms, risks, and taxation implications for my case study has equipped me with practical knowledge that I can apply to real-world scenarios.

For my company, this course has provided valuable insights into how to approach foreign direct investment and expand our business into emerging markets like Tanzania. By understanding the local culture, language, and business practices, we can establish strong relationships with local partners, investors, and communities, facilitating our business operations and growth.

In conclusion, studying this course has created significant value for me personally and my company. The knowledge gained will enable me to make informed decisions and navigate the complexities of international business, ensuring the success of future investments and operations in emerging markets like Tanzania. I am excited to apply these learnings and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our company in the global arena.
International Business Law
Misha Steen
Misha Steen, Director at Steen Architectural Services CC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Misha Steen

08.2023

This course unit on planning and managing organizations in times where it is difficult to predict the future completely revamped the organization. I now have a clear understanding on where I need to go and the extreme relevance of the green line - the management of innovation and preparing for the great transition.
Mastering Complexity Through Navigation
Michael Matengu
Michael Matengu, Environment Officer: Air Quality at Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb, Tsumeb, Namibia
Linkedin: Michael Matengu

07.2023

Finishing the mandatory readings I was not really sure whether there would be any practical application of this course unit. Surprisingly, however, after having started working on my assignment, I realized that these principles can make impact if they are embedded in our daily task and in our work DNA structure.

Also, I discovered when acted upon these principle of effective management necessarily will bring about efficient and expected result within the organization. Applying these principles will help me excel not only at work but also in my personal life outside the work environment. In other words, the management principles covered will remain part of me throughout my existence.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Anatoly Kot
Anatoly Kot, CEO at Eclape Corporation, Kyiv, Ukraine
Linkedin: Anatoly Kot

07.2023

This course unit has been instrumental in developing my financial analysis skills and understanding the importance of financial reports in evaluating business performance. By applying the concepts learned throughout the course, I was able to analyze the café's income statement, assess revenue streams, determine the cost of goods sold, and calculate key profitability metrics. The analysis of sample invoices allowed me to delve deeper into the café's operations and identify factors influencing profitability.

This course unit has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and tools to critically appraise financial information and make informed decisions. The practical application of these skills in analyzing real-world data has reinforced my understanding and prepared me for future financial analysis tasks.
Financial Planning
Godfrey Mbizo
Godfrey Mbizo, Data Engineer-Risk and Delivery at Capitec Bank, Stellenbosch, South African Republic
Linkedin: Godfrey Mbizo

06.2023

Studying this course unit and conducting this analysis has brought valuable insights and knowledge to both myself and the company I selected as a personal case. Personally, I have gained a deeper understanding of the external factors that can impact a business model and the importance of aligning with the age of transformation. This has allowed me to critically assess the company's current position and identify areas of opportunity and potential threats.

For company I selected as a case, this analysis has created value by providing a comprehensive evaluation of the external factors affecting the business. The PESTEL analysis has allowed us to identify specific opportunities in different African countries, such as the digitization initiatives in Zimbabwe and South Africa, the growing demand for data analytics services in various sectors, and the emphasis on data privacy and compliance. By capitalizing on these opportunities, the company can expand its service offering, enter new markets, and position itself as a trusted partner in its industry.
The Nature of International Business
Miranda Khumalo
Miranda Khumalo, PARTNER at Atherstone and Cook, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Miranda Khumalo

06.2023

This has been a highly beneficial module that has helped me to understand that the future does not simply happen, it is created and shaped by staying ahead and anticipating the needs of the customers. Through this assignment, I am also able to analyze the Mergers and Acquisitions unit to establish the current and future digital technology we can implement to ensure that we maintain a competitive advantage.
Innovation and Digital Technology
Sithabile Rondozai
Sithabile Rondozai, Client Relationship Manager at CBZ, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sithabile Rondozai

05.2023

Well appreciated visit to Germany for this operations module. Breaking down the operations process and getting to see it practically at the 3 site visit was truly inspiring and has left a lasting impression. Meeting with minds from different areas of the world helped the group share valuable information
Residential Period OM
Innocent Sauti
Innocent Sauti , Head of Programme at United Nations World Food Programme, Yangon, Myanmar
Linkedin: Innocent Sauti

05.2023

An excellent way to learn and experience operations and strategic management first hand. The residential period was a great learning experience. It was highly interactive, thanks to Prof. Kielwein's ability to bring the learning experience to real life experiences which we also experienced at the three companies that we visited. The hospitality, openness and knowledge sharing by the management at the three companies was exceptionally good.

The residential period provided unmatched value, something that I never imagined. I recommend this Global MBA to all those willing to get immediate results from their learning experiences.
Residential Period OM
Alpha Nekomba
Alpha Nekomba, Company Secretary at August 26 Holding Company, WINDHOEK, Namibia

05.2023

I enjoyed the residential so much especially the informative visits to various businesses in the region. I was left inspired and I am looking forward to implementing it all in my company. I learnt the importance of aligning my company’s operation to its vision, the need to ensure that the organisation’s vision and mission is known and lived by every employee and not only by management and the importance of documenting processes in my organisation, just to mention a few.

Thank you Prof Kielwein for such an eye openning session. I also enjoyed my stay in Albstadt, it was such a beautiful experience. The culture, the people and the beauty of Albstadt was all worth it.
Residential Period OM
Liina  Kalili
Liina Kalili, Section Head Property Finance & Administration at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Liina  Kalili

05.2023

I’m happy to be part of the IBR family. This residential was amazing as we got an opportunity to learn from the best, Prof Andreas Kielwein . The trip to Kufner, Rau and Weiss Technik in Frommern made me understand operations better than before, the concept of lean thinking is one aspect that we must take seriously especially from the African continent. Thank you fellow students for your participation I learned a lot from all of you.

Thank your Prof Dr. Andreas Kelling for the amazing residential. It was truly the best of all.
Residential Period OM
Tashinga Chimuti
Tashinga Chimuti, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Medical Aid Society of Central Africa (MASCA), Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tashinga Chimuti

05.2023

I thoroughly enjoyed the operations residential. Continuous improvement is the crux of surviving the tide in business, and this short but memorable residential made me understand how it has to be worked towards. Germany as a country practicalises this and it is much clearer to me how it can be achieved without always having to spend so much. To summarise it all, I got to see why Germany is successful as a country. It is definitely not by accident!

It was really good to see the university we fall under as well and to meet fellow group mates, relating with their different experiences in business. This residential experience has given me the reassurance that it was a good decision to pick the IBR Institute as my study partner, specifically because it is 'made in Germany'.

Thank you Prof Andreas Kielwein for all the knowledge you imparted on us during and after the sessions. Thank you as well to Prof. Dr. Andreas Kelling and all others involved in putting together the programme.
Residential Period OM
Happiness Nesvinga
Happiness Nesvinga, Chief operations Officer at Nesch Mintech Tanzania Limited, Mwanza, Tanzania
Linkedin: Happiness Nesvinga

05.2023

I would like to thank you for conducting the residential on operations management last week. I found it very informative and engaging. I especially enjoyed the session on how to deliver constructive feedback and the role-play exercises that followed. I learned some valuable techniques that I can use in my daily interactions with my colleagues and clients.

Your training has inspired me to improve my operations management skills and become a more confident and assertive COO. I appreciate your expertise and enthusiasm for the topic. You are a great trainer and a role model for me.

Thank you again IBR for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.
Residential Period OM