He received an MBA from the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam. He now lives and works in two different countries: India and the Netherlands, which gives him an in-depth understanding in working effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Amsterdam?
I was intrigued by the notion of studying at one of the prestigious and oldest universities in the world, hence went for one of the MBA information meetings at UvA. The decision to study at UvA was very easy after I learned about the MBA program and its competitive fee structure. Also, the location was ideal for me to come to the classes after my work.
How do you look back on your time at the University of Amsterdam?
I learned a lot and was able to test the theory directly into practice at my work. It was a wonderful experience studying and interacting with a diverse group of International students. I found myself feeling rejuvenated after most of the lectures as they would fulfil my appetite for knowledge. It also brought a great deal of discipline in planning things for myself.
What was your living situation like in Amsterdam?
I lived and worked in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a very pleasant city to live in. It has everything that a student or a young professional would need. The quintessential Dutch architecture, the museums, great international restaurants and the picturesque canals give a great inspiration. I found Amsterdam to be Europe's melting pot!
Who was your favourite teacher / professor and why?
Alexander Rinnooy Kan. He taught with passion and gave a lot of insights from the corporate world, which helped me in my management role.
What did you do after you graduated?
I went looking for a more challenging job after my graduation.
What is your current job?
Currently, I'm the CEO of Newgen payments. It's an online payments and eCommerce solutions company that I founded last year. Our platform lets merchants create an online presence without any technical know-how. Merchants can have a website built to their specifications and list their products all without having to worry about the payment methods or shipping companies.
For my work I travel between India and Netherlands every month. I spend three weeks in India and one week with my family in Amsterdam. It also gives me the opportunity to stay connected with my friends and former colleagues in Netherlands as we plan to expand our business in Europe and America in the near future. As of July, one of my MBA classmates will be joining my company as a Chief Operating Officer in managing companies' operations and executing expansion plans.
Did your education benefit your work?
My education has definitely made a positive contribution to my work and career. My MBA gave me the confidence to actually start my own business. It was very instrumental in finding and convincing investors to invest in my company.
Do you have any special message you would like to add?
If you think you are an entrepreneur at heart then go for an MBA.
Sunil Jhamb - 1973
2009 MBA Finance & Marketing, University of Amsterdam
2009 Real Estate Financials & Markets, New York University
2003 Film Production & Direction, New York Film Academy
1995 BA Liberal Arts, Delhi University
2014 - present CEO Newgen payments
2010 - 2013 Director Global Planning & Strategy at GlobalCollect, Hoofddorp
2007 - 2010 Process Integration Manager - Europe at ProLogis, Amsterdam
2004 - 2006 Management & Business Consultant at Janvi Productions, Mumbai
2003 - 2004 Executive Producer & Director of Just Indian (Independent Feature Film), New York
2000 - 2004 Sr. Analyst/Auditor at IPRO, New York
1996 - 2000 Sales Manager at Jimsons Novelties, New York