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Zarul Zaabah

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Senior Manager of MBA Program

Zarul’s Story

To date, I’ve been with ASB for almost 3 years.

The main role of MBA Program Manager is to make the students happy. The program office deals with students’ affairs and students life. We’re also the gatekeeper of students’ time. So if other departments require students’ attention, they will need our help.

We’re starting a new project called “The ProAction System” to help our students rise above the ashes! This project aims to give a proactive step to help identify and supplement those in need of support in terms of academic, smart and sharp skills.

I’m proud of seeing our students applying the theory and framework discussed in class to their Action Learning projects. It’s good to see the theory and practice meets hand-in-hand just like MIT’s Mens et Manus— “mind and hand” lemma.

The MBA team currently have 3 members supporting more than 80 students in the program. We’re a small team that gets a lot of things done for the students, school and other fellow colleagues.

Diversity! Where else in Malaysia that you can work with other international colleagues and students other than at ASB? The staff and students came from all around the world. Asia, Africa, North America, Europe, South America and Oceania!

Colleagues at ASB calls me Mr. Excel. Whenever someone wants to know more about VLOOKUP, Pivot Tables, Nested IF, etc. they know who to look out for. I also run an Excel Workshop on a yearly basis at ASB. So far, the feedback has been encouraging.

Flexible working hour. To me, this is the best reward working for ASB. One of the ASB Values is “well-being” and so far, the organization is honoring this value among the staffs.

MBA Office team faced multiple stakeholders in the organization. Balancing the needs from different stakeholders is very challenging. The best way to mitigate this issue is to be transparent with everyone.

Currently, I’m enrolled in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. I passed Level 1 in 2017 and will take Level 2 exam in June 2020 (wish me luck!). By enrolling in this program, I equipped myself with broad knowledge from the world of Finance. Adding this into my portfolio of skillsets will definitely help the MBA Office team delivering the best MBA Program to our students