At an inflection point? Changing jobs? Going for a promotion? Returning to work following a career-break?Our experienced coaches can help you review and reflect on your progress and plan your next move.
LBS Alumni Career Centre offers all alumni up to two free career coaching sessions a year. Each session is adapted to your needs by Alumni Career Coaches who are highly skilled on a range of career topics including:
Career Coaching at LBS is solution-oriented. Working 1-1 with a coach from our Alumni pool you can explore career goals and plan concrete steps towards meeting your objectives.
Career Coaching can help you assess your professional situation with a greater degree of openness, curiosity, empathy, and compassion allowing you to gain career confidence, insight, encouragement and inspiration.
Our experienced coaches are used to working with alumni who come from a range of sectors, as well as entrepreneurs and those exploring portfolio careers or non-executive directorships. If you are facing redundancy, or looking to re-enter the workforce after a career break, they can support you.
Alexandra has been a Career Coach for 3+ years, working almost exclusively with Business Schools’ students and alumni.
Alexandra has always been passionate about all things career related. With her 6+ years of experience as MBA Recruiter at the Boston Consulting Group in London and her qualification in transformational coaching, Alexandra loves using both her coaching skills and experience as a recruiter to give her clients the best possible support.
Areas of expertise include: job search strategy, CV review, preparation for fit interviews, general career development.
Aurora Aritao is a PCC-level executive coach, systemic team coach, organisational consultant & leadership development specialist with extensive leadership experience at some of the world’s largest global Tech/Telecom companies.
Passionate about human capital and its strategic value to organizational success, her interests lie in deeply understanding transformation, organizational behaviour, and the interrelationship between personality, leadership style, culture and decision-making.
Aurora's multi-disciplinary coaching approach is influenced by her research in behavioural change, motivation, EQ, presence and adaptive leadership. She uses tools from social neuroscience, systems psychodynamics, design thinking, positive psychology and group relations. In her practice Aurora helps leaders and teams find the right balance between action and reflection, and develop adaptive leadership skills that enable them to sustainably maximise their impact.
Aurora works with clients from senior managers, aspiring leaders to C-suite executives and their teams, from medium-sized cos to MNCs. Her recent work involved the rollout of leadership principles at a Fortune 100 tech company, Clients include Cathay Pacific, Bank of America, Jardine Matheson Group, Microsoft, HP, QBE, Brita, GSMA, PMI.
Prior to coaching and consulting, Aurora spent 15 years in tech product marketing: launching and growing award-winning productivity solutions globally. She led and coached cross-cultural teams at Westpac and Optus Singtel (Australia), Hutchison (UK), Vodafone Group (Global/EU) and Microsoft (HK).
Aurora holds an Executive Masters in Clinical Organizational Psychology from INSEAD Business School and a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney. She is a certified brain-based coach with a Masters in Applied Neuroscience from the NLI.
Christina’s career journey started in Human Resources after completing her master’s degree in Human Resources in 2001 from Manchester Metropolitan Business School.
She now draws on 18 years corporate HR work experience as well as her current coaching expertise, coaching leaders, their people and teams to create sustainable change.
Since 2014 Christina has consulted in several senior talent roles for organisations such as Jimmy Choo, Westfield, Premier Foods and RetailMeNot on their global resourcing needs, talent assessment strategies; and delivery of assessment frameworks. Christina has an in-depth understanding of what organisations are looking for when hiring and developing talent.
Her coaching philosophy comes from a place of human curiosity and true desire to see business leaders and their teams identify their impact in the workplace. Her approach is person centred and based on a high level of trust to create a thinking space for individuals to build successful career habits and unlock new ways of thinking.
Christina has a MA in Human Resources from the Manchester Metropolitan University and holds chartered CIPD status. She is a PCC accredited executive coach with the international coaching federation and a qualified team coach.
Before becoming an Executive & Leadership Coach, Christopher Leach spent almost 30 years in finance. After completing undergraduate studies at universities in Germany and London, he worked for a decade in the City, before completing a Master’s in Finance (MIF) at London Business School. Chris then spent a further 18 years in the Private Equity and Venture Capital worlds, at top-ranking global banks and subsequently in Partnership.
Executive coaching is really a culmination of what Chris has enjoyed most in his business career so far. He is by nature curious, open minded, entrepreneurial, proactive & results-driven. His coaching philosophy is quite simple and he hopes reflects these ethos. Chris enjoys helping clients to unlock fresh thinking, to find new purpose where necessary, in order to enhance their performance and most importantly to achieve higher goals. He is an accredited member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and also affiliated to the Association for Coaching.
Over the years, Chris has chaired and sat on the board of several charities, with a predominant focus on social transformation, particularly those supporting underprivileged young people. Extending the theme of caring for future generations, he is also an increasing advocate of sustainability, having invested time & capital in a variety of global sustainability opportunities all of which adhere to the targets enshrined the UNESCO SDGs.
Connie Dato English served as a career advisor/coach to executives before leading an internal global recruiting team and then conducting executive searches for clients as a retained recruiter. Throughout Connie’s 35 year career, she has been exposed to a broad range of industries including logistics, manufacturing, financial services, consumer packaged goods, and consulting. Her career has included stints at Booz Allen Hamilton, PepsiCo, J.M. Huber Corporation, CFA Institute, and Industrial Search Partners.
For fourteen years, Connie worked with over 1000 MBA alumni of the Darden School at the University of Virginia – guiding them in networking strategy, resume development, interview preparation and career development. During that time, she also delivered workshops for alumni re-entering the workforce after a hiatus, developing professional image in the age of social media, and finding fit through personal career assessment.
Connie earned a B.S. at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, Austin, a Lean expert and Productivity Improvement consultant.
Ellen Miller is currently a Consultant and Executive Leadership Coach working with a range of individuals, organisations and business schools on executive and non-executive talent development, culture and governance. Ellen’s coaching is centred around helping individuals and teams reach their professional potential; within public, private or charitable organisations or as self-employed entrepreneurs or non-executives. She focuses on working with individuals and teams to gain unique insights into their strengths, skills and passions.
Ellen’s first career was a 25-year stint in Investment Banking, spanning Investment Banking (Corporate Finance, M&A, Debt Capital Markets); Fixed Income ( Syndicate, Research and Divisional Management) to Human Resources (Graduate Recruitment, Training and Development). Her last position in finance was as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in London.
Ellen has been affiliated with LBS since 2008. In a full-time role from 2014-2017, she was head of the Career Centre for Leadership Programmes, responsible for coaching and delivering a full suite of career development tools to the most senior degree programme students (EMBAs/Sloans) and all the School’s alumni. She has extensive career and leadership coaching experience across all degree programmes and is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coaching Programme. She has served as lead coach for Executive Leadership for the Sloan Programme since 2018. She is also a member of the school’s E100 club, an angel investing and venture capital club, active in supporting start-ups and promoting entrepreneurs.
She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1983) and holds dual nationality (US/UK).
Graziela Cajado-Ogland (Gra) is a Professional Certified Executive Coach (MBA, PCC, CPQC). She started her career at JP Morgan where she worked in Credit Research and M&A in São Paulo and in New York. Following her Harvard Business School MBA, she worked for American Express in the UK (VP Strategy & Bus Development) for 8 years. She later transitioned to the non-profit sector and worked for Save the Children UK (Partnerships Director) and consulted for other non-profits and foundations (Lemann Foundation, Founders4Schools).
She started her coaching practice in 2018 and offers executive coaching to professionals focused on Leadership Development and difficult transitions. She also coaches at Women Returners (supporting women return to work after an extended career break) and hosts Women Coaching Circles. Gra strongly believes in coaching as a powerful conduit towards a more collaborative, empathic, and thriving society. She helps clients better understand themselves, use their values to guide their decisions, and play to their strengths. In addition, she has great experience helping clients navigate through challenging personal and professional transitions.
Gra has been invited to speak at conferences, panels, webinars, as well as to smaller groups within Corporates, not-for-profit organisations and to the Harvard Business School Alumni Circles. She has been on the Board of the UK International Coaching Federation since 2021 and in 2022 she was awarded as Personal Coach of the Year by the CEO Today Magazine.
Holly has worked with early in careers talent (trainees, graduates, interns, apprentices – you name it!) all the way to executive leadership teams forming post-merger. What everyone has in common, is the need to grow confidently in a sustainable and fulfilling manner.
Holly had a 14+ year corporate career in consulting and Financial Services, (Insurance and Asset Management) in the Learning & Talent Development arena.
Holly is the Founder of Know Your Pace, an individual and group coaching organization, specializing in performance & fulfillment, leadership, and career transitions. Holly’s clients are Directors going for Partner, COOs, portfolio managers, industry experts, tired parents, health nuts, and humans just looking for more clarity on their career journey.
Clients who Holly coaches are often mid-career managers with demanding responsibilities. These clients are ironing out what type of leader (at home and in the office!) they want to be and are working to gain trust, to let go of minutia, to understand individual differences, to have gravitas & a clear voice, and to understand what balance truly means. They are working to tame their self-doubt and impostor syndrome as well as deciding if they want to keep climbing the career ladder. Either way, time and energy matter.
Holly has her MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and further certifications from the International Coaching Federation – ACC, Hogan, Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0), DiSC, Transactional Analysis, as well as Triathlon England. Holly loves learning and hopes her natural curiosity about what makes us human enriches not only who she gets to connect with, but also who she is. Holly has two young daughters, a supportive partner, three road bikes and an ice cream maker that is in constant use.
Holly lives in London, UK and is from the heartland of the USA.
Ihab Tabbara, author, consultant, coach and a mentor holds an MBA from London Business School where he was recognized for his outstanding contributions and honored with a Student Achievement Award. With an entrepreneurial spirit, creative and forward-thinking growth mindset, Ihab went on to specialize in strategic planning and marketing. Ihab’s professional success in the retail industry has evolved over twenty-two years leading business development, supply chain management, and strategic planning among diverse teams across forty multi-site operations within the MENA region trading in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and the UAE. Currently, Ihab extends his professional expertise as Managing Partner at Spectrum, a retail consultancy firm based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In addition to gaining professional accolades from industry peers, Ihab is an acclaimed public speaker moderating panel discussions and organizing keynote speaker events globally. Most recently, Ihab launched Pathways to Business Success, a podcast series that takes a closer look at the full spectrum of the business world with industry insiders.
Along his professional path, Ihab has followed his passions and result-oriented mindset. Ihab started his career as executive sales for two years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He then got promoted and worked for four years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a Sales and Marketing Manager. Further to that, he got reallocated to work in Dubai, UAE as a Sales Manager for one year. Eventually, Ihab decided to start his own retail business in Beirut, Lebanon for four years.
In his personal pursuits, Ihab created an official Alumni Chapter for London Business School comprising over 100 members where he organizes monthly social gatherings and quarterly keynote speaker events. Ihab has devoted time and effort towards his professional pursuits, but at his core, he is a family man. Ihab is married and a proud father of three children. His two sons have made great achievements and are currently studying Engineering. He enjoys traveling and vacationing to spend quality time with his family. He enjoys an active lifestyle, playing tennis, and running.
With over 20 years’ experience in executive search at Spencer Stuart, Jacquie is an independent careers consultant supporting talent acquisition, board and leadership development, and career progression. She offers NED advice and executive coaching to help senior executives and aspiring non-executive directors achieve their career goals. Having led Research & Knowledge teams across EMEA for Spencer Stuart for many years, she also provides learning and development for search professionals, including mentoring and coaching.
Most recently, she supported business development for the Board & CEO Practice of Spencer Stuart UK through an innovative relationship management initiative with the boards of FTSE 100, 250 and UK Top 50 private companies. This involved discovering and advising new and diverse (with a focus on ethnic minorities) talent as future non-executive directors. Prior to this she delivered international Chief Financial Officer, Head of Audit, Head of Tax, Group Treasurer and Group Financial Controller assignments across a variety of sectors – mainly healthcare, consumer fmcg, industrial and technology – for leading global businesses. Earlier in her search career she worked on C-suite and SVP level assignments in technology, media and telecoms.
A qualified Chartered Secretary with a career in recruitment, training, corporate governance and leadership in a variety of settings both in the public and private sectors, Jacquie has a passion for encouraging others to achieve their best. She is also a volunteer mock interviewer and coach for Resurgo Trust’s Spear Programme, which helps young people facing disadvantage into work or education.
Kathryn Ullrich is an Executive Search Partner at Odgers Berndtson where she works with executives of public, private, entrepreneurial, and not-for-profit companies across technology, healthcare, biotech, fintech, academia, e-commerce, media, gaming, and consumer industries.
She has twenty years in executive search including at Heidrick & Struggles and Russell Reynolds Associates. Earlier in her career, Kathy worked in software product marketing at Scopus/Siebel Systems (now Oracle), strategy consulting at Accenture, and engineering at GTE (now Verizon) and Motorola.
Kathryn led Alumni Career Services for UCLA Anderson School of Management where she coached over 2,000 sessions on topics including job search, career transition, career strategy, career development, and leadership skill development.
Kathryn founded a Silicon Valley non-profit for women in technology and actively works with clients on increasing diversity. She is an advisor to Athena Alliance helping women into board roles. Kathryn is author of the award-winning career book, Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success, and is a speaker on career development and diversity topics.
Kathryn has a B.S. cum laude in electrical engineering from University of Michigan and an MBA with top honors from UCLA Anderson.
Laura is an executive and career coach with extensive experience in helping people to achieve their professional and career aspirations. For over 25 years she has been working with senior professionals, those in their early-mid career and entrepreneurs from a wide variety of sectors and countries.
Laura’s involvement with London Business School started almost 20 years ago when she built and developed the career skills programmes and coaching offering for all the graduate programmes. She was also involved in running workshop and coaching students.
In 2011 Laura became a consultant, but has maintained close connections with the School by coaching alumni, being involved in several graduate leadership programmes and working as executive coach with Executive Education. She has also developed her own coaching practice.
Laura’s extensive experience in career development includes a Director position at an executive career consultancy and four years in executive search with Heidrick & Struggles and the Curzon Partnership. Before moving to the UK, Laura started and expanded internationally the career services for SDA Bocconi in Italy after several years in strategy with a major chemical company.
Laura has lived in Italy, Singapore, the UK and Norway. She has an MA in Economics from Bocconi University, an MSc in Career Management and Coaching from the University of London. She is level A and B qualified NEO-PI and Hogan. Also, she has a Diploma in Executive Coaching at the AoEC and has completed introductory training in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre.
Luisa is an Executive Coach who helps her clients to become better leaders, create better relationships and experience greater success through a balanced life. Her coaching experience includes preparing individuals for promotion, assisting them to get new roles where they can thrive, and supporting them to achieve higher satisfaction and reviews in their current jobs. For over a decade Luisa has been researching evidence-based studies in psychology, leadership, emotional intelligence, motivation and habit change.
Before becoming an Executive Coach, Luisa worked in consulting and in industry. As a consultant she firstly implemented data systems for Petrobras in Brazil, and after her MBA she joined Prophet, an American marketing and brand strategy consultancy in London. In the UK she advised Fortune 500 firms on the best opportunities for market expansion, the most effective metrics for marketing decisions, brand repositioning and acquisition of new consumer segments. Her projects covered a variety of industries including Consumer Goods, Beverages, Energy and Financial Services.
In 2010 Luisa became a Senior Strategy Manager at PepsiCo where she worked closely with the leadership team to produce the Innovation and Growth Plan for Latin America Beverages to the PepsiCo CEO. The final deliverable included planned partnerships, possible acquisitions, product innovations and marketing campaigns. Luisa has worked in 3 continents, almost always with multinational teams.
Luisa took a career break after the birth of her first child. The experience of revaluating her priorities, bringing clarity to her goals and strengths, and then restarting in a new area – for the first time running her own business – has been incredibly rewarding. She also coaches clients in a similar situation.
Luisa is a certified coach by the Academy of Executive Coaching and by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Academy for Coaching and Institute of Coaching. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from PUC-Rio in Brazil and an MBA from London Business School.
After studying Law at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Marc started his career in the Telecoms industry in 1994. He held several senior sales positions at global telecom operators in the Netherlands.
In 2004 Marc followed a post-academic Mediation training program at the University of Amsterdam and became a registered Mediator in 2006. With a natural interest in human and social behavior, he became more and more passionate about working in a business focused on people.
In 2006 Marc joined an Executive Search firm in the Netherlands, where he successfully recruited for senior positions at different global companies and start-ups. Looking for a new adventure abroad in 2008, he co-founded Wise&Miller Executive Search in Dubai, with a strong focus on Professional Services, Technology, Manufacturing, Consumer / Retail and Private Equity / Venture Capital. Since 2012 Wise&Miller is part of ENEX, a Global Executive Search Network, with offices in over 40 countries.
Marc’s experience of more than a decade on retained senior assignments in the Middle East and Africa regions, resulted in an extensive global network of long-standing clients and candidates. Marc also established strong partnerships with top business schools like London Business School and is a frequent speaker at networking events and forums.
Marc’s executive search work during the last 15 years and the related intense interactions with candidates naturally progressed into coaching many of those with their career decisions. In the beginning of 2018 Marc completed the MMS coaching program in Dubai and became a certified MMS coach. Marc has since coached partners and principals in Management Consulting firms and executives in different industries in the region.
Marie Holive brings more than two decades of experience as an inspirational leader, successful executive and board member to her mentoring/coaching practice. She began her career at McKinsey & Company, then joined General Electric, where she was fast-tracked through a variety of roles in GE businesses all over the world, including four years in the internal audit function moving from auditor to audit manager to senior audit manager. She then joined NBCUniversal as the UK Finance Director of the Home Entertainment division (£200m P&L), was promoted a few years later to CFO of the International Networks business (£600m P&L) where she ultimately became the Managing Director, overseeing 750 employees.
Marie is an expert in supporting delegates clarify their personal vision and strategy, identify obstacles and inspire them to discover new ways to achieve success. Great at listening and building rapport, she tailors her approach to the delegates’ objectives, situation, values and challenges. She is especially committed to helping finance professionals embrace change, develop an inclusive leadership mindset, build high-performing teams and influence the broader business.
In her roles at NBCUniversal, she delivered the digital transformation of a global business, successfully led culture change, and drove double-digit profit growth of a £0.6Bn business. Skilled at identifying people’s strengths and matching them with the needs of the business, she again and again created a shared vision and inspired her team to achieve it. As Senior Advisor and board member, she helped executives and organisations be more successful and future-ready.
Marie is an independent Board Member/NED/Audit Committee Chair with GDEV, a game video company listed on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: GDEV) and Team Internet, tech company listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM: TIG). Through her work at Proteus International as Sr Advisor and Transformation Practice Director, she has recently worked with leaders at Facebook, Amazon, Nomura, NBCUniversal. She is also a coach, mentor and speaker at the ICAEW, London Business School and INSEAD Business School.
Mhorag joined LBS in late 2019 to grow and develop the Alumni Career Centre. She has varied experience across Asset Management and HR Executive Search, Higher Education, and Entrepreneurship when, prior to joining LBS, she launched her own technology based startup in the PropTech industry. Prior to relocating back to London in 2019, Mhorag worked in the HR Centre of Expertise for Global Executive Search firm Korn Ferry, based out of their Zurich Office, where she delivered global CHRO searches for a number of global blue-chip clients.
She is a trained Coach, aligned with the Association for Coaching, is a certified Belbin and MHS Emotional Intelligence diagnostic facilitator. She also coaches and mentors mid-career professionals across a variety of industries through her own coaching practice careeriosity.co and sits on the Board of the MBA Careers Services for Working Professionals Alliance – an organisation supporting leading Business Schools globally to enhance their effectiveness in working with Executive MBA, Part-Time MBA and Alumni communities.
In her earlier career Mhorag worked in academic research commercialization, postgraduate skills development and cross-industry employer engagement for the business school at the University of Edinburgh. At this time she was also an active member of MBA Careers Service and Employer Alliance, chairing the 2016 European conference bringing together business schools and key MBA employers to share best practice in career management and professional development.
Mhorag completed her Masters in Global Human Resources in 2012. She chose to write her thesis on values based recruitment, conceptualising a new model of recruitment for organisations with strong values-based cultures. This was preceded by MA studies at the University of Edinburgh in Business and French.
Nicholas is passionate about bringing out the best in people and their organisations by tapping into the under-utilised resources and connecting them to individual vision and organisational goals. His passion in coaching stems from his own experience in personal transformation – in re-examining his career and life priorities and taking steps in realising his personal and career visions.
Nicholas coaches entrepreneurs and high-potential executives in a broad range of industries including Finance, Insurance, Industrial Multinationals and Family Businesses, He partners with his clients in making self-discoveries of hidden resources not only in themselves but also in their stakeholder network and context, and co-creating development plan and action steps to achieve their individual and organisational goals.
Nicholas has more than ten years of experience in leading teams and managing P&L at one of the largest international banking groups in Hong Kong, and as Finance Director at his family textile and garment business in Indonesia. His experiences in both large multinational and local entrepreneurial businesses help him quickly grasp the context and challenges of his clients.
Currently an Associated Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and holds a Master in Organisational Coaching from the University of Sydney and an MBA from London Business School. He is also a CFA charter holder and a CPA (Australia). In help clients and new coaches learn more about the inner working of coaching, Nicholas has co-authored two books - “Much Ado about Coaching” and “Translating Coaching Codes of Practice”.
Nina empowers high achieving, talented professionals at pivotal moments in their careers. She thrives on coaching professionals, entrepreneurs and individuals who take their development seriously and are ready to take action. She provides clarity, challenge and support to help clients take control of their career direction and reconnect with their professional purpose. She works with clients who are looking to accelerate their current career path, or those looking to make a career transition through a process of discovery and redesign. She also supports clients around key life transitions as these can have a big impact on careers. She combines her coaching expertise with a strong corporate background and understanding of businesses.
Prior to becoming a professional coach, Nina spent 15 years working in investment management in an investment bank and boutique fund manager. She was responsible for assessing hundreds of companies and making multi-million dollar investments on behalf of large institutional investor clients. This offered her a unique window into many different businesses, sectors and geographies. She engaged at a high level with CEOs and senior management teams on issues relating to strategy, growth prospects, management capability, valuation and the macro-economic environment. She learnt a huge amount about businesses and relationships, but also: what it takes to perform under pressure. Nina sees herself as a catalyst for change bringing new insights and fresh perspectives to clients. She forms strong connections with her clients and brings curiosity, energy and empathy to her coaching with her proactive style. She believes that coaching is most effective when clients deepen learning and forward action, and combines both in her approach.
Nina obtained her MBA in 2008 from the Melbourne Business School (including a semester at London Business School) and is also a CFA Charterholder. She completed her coaching training in 2016 through the Co-Active Training Institute, and is accredited with the International Coaching Federation.
Sarah Inigo Jones is a professional development consultant and coach, providing strategic advice, programme design and coaching on talent, career and leadership development to business schools, organisation teams and private clients.
In a career spanning over 30 years, Sarah has worked as a strategy consultant at L.E.K, led global consumer insights at Coca Cola and undertaken interim director roles for WPP agencies. She has worked with LBS for over a decade including being Head of Professional Development, serving as a leadership and career coach and more recently advising on career management programmes for alumni.
Sarah coaches a wide range of clients at pivotal moments in their careers, bringing a combination of leadership, career theory and practical experience to encourage time to think and courage to act. She offers a confidential space to listen and explore, encouraging you to gain greater perspective, build on your strengths and resources to achieve your goals. She also runs a series of workshops and brings practical tools on subjects including job search strategy, salary negotiation, building effective networks, moving into NED roles.
She has a BSc in Economics, an MSc in Organisational Behaviour and is accredited as a Leadership Coaching by The Tavistock Institute. She can integrate reports such as NEO and 5STeP or 360 reports. Working life presents many challenges as different stages; she believes in the value of coaching to help us overcome these and enable each of us to have the working life that makes us thrive.
Thouraya has for more than a decade leveraged science-based approaches to help top executives, government advisers, and entrepreneurs in building transformational leadership skills, emotional literacy, and highly impactful organisational and team development. Her background in strategy coupled with her MBA studies and coaching career have given her an edge in bridging the strategic aspirations of organizations with people-centric solutions.
Over the years, Thouraya has worked with leaders from a variety of cultures and 100+ nationalities. Her clients have included executives and teams from public, private and third sectors. Examples include: PWC, Booz & Co, Bain & Co, Google, Goldman Sachs, UAE & UK government entities, Publicis Groupe, CNN, and the United Nations (UN), among others. She’s also a leadership development expert and facilitator with the London Business School (LBS) and Oxford Saïd Business School (SBS).
Thouraya has achieved her full coaching certification with CTI, the world training school for coaches, is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and is a faculty member with CRR Global, creators of Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC), which employs a ground- breaking model for coaching teams. She is also a certified practitioner of The Leadership Circle Profile suite of products, considered to be the gold standard in 360-degree assessments.
As a qualified Executive & Team Coach, Thouraya is particularly skilled at creating psychologically safe spaces for important conversations to be had.
She is based between Dubai and London and works in both English and Arabic.
Vince Pizzoni has a portfolio in international business, academia, Executive Search and career coaching with 30 years’ global experience in the energy sector incorporating executive management and board positions with organisations including ExxonMobil, GDF Suez and Nalco.
Currently Vince is a Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham, coaching MBA, EMBA, Sloan and MSc students at a number of leading business schools including London Business School, and is a career mentor to many. He is also a Consultant in Executive Search focused on finding exceptional executive and board talent for clients in the energy and natural resources sector.
Vince is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Associate Fellow of the Women in Engineering Society and holds Non-Executive Director and Trustee positions with TrustEd Schools’ Partnership, Focus Expatriates and MyBigCareer, an educational charity providing career guidance to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
With over fifteen years of board experience and over a decade in finance and social entrepreneurship, Vimmi now works as a leadership coach and thinking partner to enable clients to reflect, experiment, learn and move into action enabling them to achieve their potential and goals through value based, collaborative strategies. Drawing on her experience with career transitions, working within boards as well as in financial services, Vimmi excels at coaching high potential executives across industries through major transformations by co-creating plans and next steps using positive psychology, deep listening, questioning, and connecting.
Vimmi built her foundation in financial services, with experience in investing, developing, and advising on strategy for early-stage companies. Her early career roles include sourcing and screening investment opportunities at JP Morgan London, managing a structured fund at ANZ London and as a manager at India’s first venture capital fund set up by an international consortium including Lazard, IFC, ADB and CDC in New Delhi. She later cofounded an entrepreneurial venture for women in business in the UK and then led a turnaround as country head of Trinity College London in India.
Vimmi has been applying her international and cross-cultural experience on boards and committees where she can constructively challenge and contribute to strategy and governance. From 2008 to 2016, Vimmi was Governor and Trustee at Trinity Laban, a world-leading music and dance conservatoire, and a member of their Audit Committee. In her next appointment, Vimmi was on the Board of Trustees at Regent’s University, Vice- Chair of the Remuneration Committee, Member of the Finance and Estates Committee and Chair of Diversity and Inclusion. Working as part of this Board, Vimmi enabled a successful transfer of the Regent’s University business in September 2020 to Galileo Global Education, Europe’s largest higher education group. Vimmi is currently a Trustee on the Board of the Inner Circle Educational Trust in London supporting disadvantaged communities to access higher education.
Vimmi is member of the Women in Business Club Committee at London Business School. Vimmi has been a member and later Vice-Chair of the International Alumni Council at London Business School during 2011 to 2017. She was President of the LBS London Alumni Club during this period and President of the Mumbai Alumni Club earlier.
Vimmi holds an MBA from London Business School, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary from India and holds the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma. In 2022, Vimmi completed the Meyler Campbell Mastered Programme in Business Coaching. Vimmi is based in London and Singapore.
To enquire about coaching, or to book a session, please get in touch using the ‘book a coaching session’ form below and give your name, degree programme attended, time zone / location, and an indication of what support you are looking for so we can match you with the best coach.
We want to make sure you get the most out of every Alumni Career Centre coaching session. We recommend that in advance of your session you:
Identify how you want your alumni coach to help and support you. Are you considering a career transition but don’t know where to start or are you thinking about that first board role? Are you knee deep in your job search strategy and need support polishing your interview skills? Giving some thought to what you want to discuss will maximise the value of your session. To support your preparation, access our new digital career learning tool Alumni Careers².
It's a good idea to go through your CV and revisit the key points. Use it to give the coach a sense of who you are and help them understand how you are marketing yourself to potential employers. Ideally, your CV should be tailored to each position you're applying for. At the very least, you should have multiple versions for different types of positions or employers. If you have multiple versions, provide the coach with your top two (for example, a chronological CV and a skills-based CV).
If you're seeing one of our alumni coaches to clarify your career goals, do some initial self-assessment. Ask yourself the following questions to give yourself a head start:
Your coach is not here to give you all the answers or find your job for you. You are in the driving seat and accountable for your own actions. Own it and the value you get from any career coaching session will be exponentially greater.
Whether you are new to working with an alumni careers coach, or have had coaching before, consult our FAQ’s to take advantage of this service:
Please get in touch and the Alumni Career Centre will connect you to a coach directly.
All sessions are one hour long.
Your lifelong relationship with the Alumni Career Centre allows for two free sessions per (calendar) year. Should you wish to continue your coaching relationship beyond this you are welcome to negotiate further sessions with your Alumni Career Centre coach directly if they have the capacity to take on further private clients. This cost will be borne by you.
Our career coaches have a breadth of experience supporting executives across different industries, sectors and roles. If your needs are very industry specific, you might better consider sourcing a mentor though The Hub, or exploring our Insights library for more industry specific information.
To cancel your arranged session you must give 48 hours’ notice to avoid the session counting as one of your two free sessions. Please email your coach and copy in firstname.lastname@example.org when you wish to cancel.
Depending on your location, of course! All our coaches can conduct both in person and virtual coaching appointments. Just make your preference known to them when arranging the session.
You can select the relevant coach from the list if you already have an idea of who might be the best coach to support your needs and challenges. Review our Coaches bios here, and when filling out your enquiry form select the relevant coach from the drop down list.