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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Liina  Kalili
Liina Kalili, Section Head Property Finance & Administration at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Liina  Kalili

04.2023

I have seen projects that have been implemented with lack of clarity, without documented communication plan and risks management strategy. After doing this assignment, I realized how these projects were taken for granted and were at risk for failure. This assignment was an eyer opener for me not to take project management for granted. For my next project I will be equipped with skills and knowledge from this course to successfully define, plan and implement any project.
Project Management
Linda Shininge
Linda Shininge, Section Head: Contact Center and Quality Assurance at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Linda Shininge

04.2023

This assignment has created so much value for me, because I’m very passionate about change and people. I have realised that there is so much work to do on my side, but I’m glad I came to across the information of development of management skills.

Having written the assignment will definitely assist me redo certain things with my team especially on the part of positive change and team development really stood out for me. Because if one gets that wrong then the whole team will be in shambles. This was definitely a little life skills journey for me.
Developing Management Skills
Innocent Sauti
Innocent Sauti , Head of Programme at United Nations World Food Programme, Yangon, Myanmar
Linkedin: Innocent Sauti

03.2023

A very enlightening experience. I had no idea that Human Resources Management is such a broad area beyond hiring (and firing) people. I was particularly interested in linking strategy to HR and HR to performance. Building and participating in high performance teams is at the centre of my work so I have already started using the knowledge I gained from the residential period.

New ideas on conflict management are quite practical and worth exploring in the same way as we manage change in our organisations. Indeed, knowledge of leadership and motivation makes us better managers. Many thanks to Prof. Jannie Le Roux for his great knowledge sharing skills.

It was really exciting. Most exciting for me is the ability to apply what I have learned, immediately.
Human Resources Intensive
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

03.2023

Before studying this course, I actually believed that we had a robust performance management system at Boka Tobacco Floors. However, this course has opened my eyes to all the shortcomings of our current methods and practical ways in which we can improve.
Appraisal and Performance of Human Resources
Innocent Sauti
Innocent Sauti , Head of Programme at United Nations World Food Programme, Yangon, Myanmar
Linkedin: Innocent Sauti

02.2023

The assignment provided me with useful information that is relevant to sustain the Supervisory Skills Development programme. Most important is the realization that interpersonal communication is critical for a mutually rewarding experience between myself as the mentor and my mentees and between mentees and their peers.

I am motivated to study further and gain deeper understanding of coaching, counselling, and mentoring, how the three are connected and the different ways of applying each of them to the learning process. I can start implementing what I have learned immediately.
Learning and Employee Development
Liina  Kalili
Liina Kalili, Section Head Property Finance & Administration at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Liina  Kalili

02.2023

This course is my best so far. I discovered the crucial concept of supportive communication that preserves or enhance positive relationships. To be honest, I did not know about it in my personal dealings, in my relation with family and friends, as well as in my career when dealing with colleagues and customers.
Learning and Employee Development
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

12.2022

The invoice analysis process highlighted that traditional financial reporting of just an income statement, balance sheet and cash-flow statements are inadequate for management to be fully equipped to make informed decisions. Management accounting provides the added “blind-spot” financial visuals of how the company is really doing before numbers reach the back-office.

Understanding what the Average Rate Index unlocks for analysis, and focusing on profits as opposed to revenue, has been a game changer for me personally. I have also appreciated the change of “budgeting” from the bottom being Net Profit going up to Gross Profit as a new way of doing things and placing value on required profits for the next season.

In conclusion, as a financial executive whose is forever a student of the craft, I try not to take any form of education for granted and I am grateful for the different Management Accounting methodology taught in this series.
Advanced Financial Planning
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

12.2022

The Analysis process works as an eye opener to that which is hidden from normal financial analysis. The numbers indeed tell a more in-depth story and I found that managers can choose to be better informed with honest feedback coming out of such numerical analysis. Contributions Based Activity is not marred with jargon and fancy standards which govern financial statements, and it is therefore not ambiguous.  
Financial Planning
Misha Steen
Misha Steen, Director at Steen Architectural Services CC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Misha Steen

12.2022

I have come to realize that there is a lot of current principles and misconceptions that are being implemented that are harmful for myself, and the people around me. I am astonish how easy it is, without even noticing, to be ineffective as manager. The margin of improvement in the future are vast.

On the one hand I am excited to see the end results of a project if I truly adhere and implement these principles, however on the other hand, I know that it will not be easy to demolish old habits. This will truly be a time consuming challenge, but I am sure that when the outcome finally arrive it would have been worth it.
Principles of Effective Management
Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

11.2022

This company and industry are completely new to me, and this assignment has fast tracked my learning of both, with pleasure.

Being an avid supporter of Africans coming up with solutions to African problems, it is my hope that my company's solutions do make an impact both internationally and domestically, because the need is surely present in our communities, and nature has already provided relief.
Strategic Marketing
Liina  Kalili
Liina Kalili, Section Head Property Finance & Administration at City of Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Liina  Kalili

11.2022

I have learned that having an amazing product is pointless if it does not solve the customers’ problem better than the market does. No matter how brilliant the idea is, if it does not impact the life of the customer positively, it is not worth pursuing.
Strategic Marketing
Stanford Mutandwa
Stanford Mutandwa, Finance Manager at The Moon Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Linkedin: Stanford Mutandwa

10.2022

The course has created value to me (and my company) by providing a broader way of assessing the potential benefits of investing in a foreign market. Typically we would always focus on the financial projections without necessarily considering other key factors, especially those of a legal nature. Now I would ask first, what kind of law is practiced as this could have immense implications on the potential to operate successfully and the cost of doing so. Preparation to accommodate cultural differences is extremely important to fuel success. I did not regard this as important in the past.
Understanding how to assess the global business environment using a wholistic approach through the incorporation of the PESTE analysis is also a major value addition and great take away from this course for me. Generally working with proposals within the organisation I am a lot more comfortable challenging decisions to incorporate entities within specific locations. There must be an analysis that is as objective as possible, which is what I have learnt.
International Business Law
Misha Steen
Misha Steen, Director at Steen Architectural Services CC, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Misha Steen

10.2022

This proposal has created sufficient value to the company as to which the company can physically present this proposal to the potential investor in the future if additional investment is required.
International Business Law
Guilherme Mambo
Guilherme Mambo, Country Manager at SGS, Maputo, Mozambique
Linkedin: Guilherme Mambo

10.2022

I was so grateful to find such a quality experience for my master degrees journey at IBR. The Global MBA aligned perfectly with my career goals and the cost was less prohibitive than other options I considered. The learning model allowed for less interruption to my work life than I initially feared. The rigor of the programme was challenging but achievable and gave me confidence that the expense was an investment in my own personal and professional growth.

I also appreciated the significant learning resources that were offered; more than I could have ever imagined! Possibly the best attribute of the IBR was the quality of the professors. I consistently felt supported, valued, and respected as a busy adult learner and was able to succeed in completion of my MBA degree, opening doors to wonderful advancement in my career.
Master Thesis
Simbarashe  Makamure
Simbarashe Makamure, Business Unit Controller at Nestle East & Southern Africa Regional office, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Simbarashe  Makamure

10.2022

Eye opening, challenges status quo and perceived previously unchallenged truths, highly recommended
Strategy Intensive
Lincoln Taruvinga
Lincoln Taruvinga, Director at Linfix Investments (Pvt) Ltd T/A Quickfix Hardware, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Lincoln Taruvinga

09.2022

It was truly an amazing experience learning the entrepreneurship culture in Israel. Knowing that all Israelis are there to share their knowledge and experience and just how they think differently was an eye opener.
Marketing Intensive
Innocent Sauti
Innocent Sauti , Head of Programme at United Nations World Food Programme, Yangon, Myanmar
Linkedin: Innocent Sauti

09.2022

A great learning experience. Thanks to Prof. Danny Abramovich for demystifying the subject of Marketing. When concepts are explained by the exceptionally talented, life becomes much easier. I am truly inspired. For me, the most important part of the learning journey with IBR is that I can apply what I have learned at work and in my personal life as soon as I have completed each course. The visits to CityZone, Wework and Mazeh9 were particularly insightful. Many thanks to Prof. Andreas Kelling for the excellent choice of these places.

Success in business starts with IBR!
Marketing Residential
Paulus Nakawa
Paulus Nakawa, Director Strategy and Business Development at Nafasi Water Technologies, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Paulus Nakawa

09.2022

We had the most exciting time in the Holy Land! Our session with professors as well talks with various entrepreneurs and influential people in both Haifa and Tel Aviv were inspiring. We got some tips that we can always apply in our environments. A distance of millions of kilometers start with one step. We have started moving!
Marketing Residential
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

09.2022

Danny revolutionalised my thinking and knowledge on business development and management...very insightful, practical and mind boggling mentorship session. I did enjoy myself for sure....His knowledge on marketing- amazing. I feel privileged to have had an opportunity to be within his sphere for 1 week!! Great work IBR!!
Marketing Residential
Paulus Nakawa
Paulus Nakawa, Director Strategy and Business Development at Nafasi Water Technologies, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Paulus Nakawa

08.2022

It was realistic. We dealt with real life experiences. For me as someone who never had Accounting in school or university, it was an incredible adventure.
Finance Intensive