Every full-time student on the Otago MBA is matched with a New Zealand business professional as their mentor while in Dunedin. The Otago MBA Mentor Programme is designed to provide you with an opportunity to connect with someone from the New Zealand business community to deepen and enhance the learning and development you will gain from the Otago MBA experience.
You will meet regularly with your mentor to reflect on personal and professional development rather than the academic work you are undertaking.There are regular social events with Mentors and we have found that the Mentor Programme is a great way for international students to have a fuller Kiwi experience.
The more energy students put into their mentor relationship, the more rewarding they find their Otago MBA experience in New Zealand.
David Tapp, Otago MBA Mentor
“When we first team up we sit down in a reasonably structured way and work through the various areas to be mentored on and put together a learning plan,” says Mr Tapp, who is Service Delivery Manager at the Ministry of Justice.
Mr Tapp sees three benefits of the Otago MBA Mentor Programme:
“I see this as a way for students to develop professionally, to complement studies on the Otago MBA, and to help students connect with the wider Dunedin community in and outside of business."
“There’s always a danger with such a full-on course that students become stuck in the University environment and will leave without having had many broader local connections and experiences beyond the University. The intention is that the Otago MBA Mentor Programme enhances the MBA student’s experience of being in Dunedin," says Tapp.
The Otago MBA mentors are established professionals or senior executives from different industry sectors who are happy to guide our students in their academic and career pursuits. You can click and view their profiles below. For those profiles on Linkedin.com, you may need a Linkedin account to do so.
CEO at Upstart Business Incubator
CEO Support Manager Southern District Health Board (New Zealand)
General Manager at Emerson Brewing Co Ltd
Consultant - Strategy and Capability Building, Finance, Sales
Service Delivery Manager at Ministry of Justice
Customer Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Legal Advisor, Blackberry
Private Banker at ANZ
Chief Executive Officer at Gallaway Cook Allan
Leadership Catalyst and Coach at See Eye2Eye
Chief Financial Officer at Forsyth Barr
Associate Professor at University of Otago
CEO at Night 'n Day Foodstores
Financial Controller at Anderson Lloyd
Managing Director Q M Services Ltd
Clinic Leader for Servants Health Centre