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Tim Loftus, Otago MBA graduate

Before the Otago MBA

Tim Loftus"Before attending the Otago MBA I was living and working in Seattle Washington, enjoying the outdoors and managing an adventure travel program for a large outdoor retail brand. While I thoroughly enjoyed my job and my life in Seattle, I felt the ongoing urge to take on the next great challenge."

Why the Otago MBA?

"I chose the Otago MBA because I wanted to advance my career and gain a more holistic understanding of business administration. For me, the appeal of the Otago MBA was the ability to customise a large portion of study toward a specific area of interest. I had a deep interest in corporate sustainability and I wanted to take advantage of the flexible curriculum to tailor my study toward applied experience in this area of business."

Highlights of the Otago MBA

"The highlight of studying at Otago was the opportunity to live in Dunedin and have remarkable access to the stunning beauty of the South Island. Another highlight of Otago was the diverse group of students in the programme, I learned as much from my colleagues at the MBA as I did in the programme itself. Gaining a global perspective on business and first-hand experience working with so many people from different cultures and economies was priceless."

Life after graduation

Tim became Sustainability Manager at Kathmandu, the leading outdoor gear and apparel manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere. He was living and working in Melbourne Australia and fulfilling his career goals of developing sustainability strategy and corporate responsibility programmes for a large corporation. "My 540 project with the Otago MBA gave me the hands-on experience I required to move into my current profession. Moreover, the project helped me build my professional network in the field I was interested in working."

Future plans

"My plan for the future is to continually keep my mind open for new opportunities to learn and grow, both personally and professionally. I aspire to lead strategic innovation in the ever-changing global economy. Also, my wife and I hope to start a family in Australia, and raise our children to be avid All Blacks fans."