Settling down in a new country always comes with challenging circumstances. It is
like starting at rock bottom again. I was lucky enough to get in the MBA course at
the leading business school in Australian Graduate School of Management, but there
I had to compete with the best investment bankers, consultants, lawyers, doctors in
Without an undergraduate degree, I started out with an enormous disadvantage, but
still I graduated among the top graduates in my MBA class. I faced the usual
dilemma of a recent MBA graduate – whether to join investment banking industry or
not. Most of my batch mates still wonder why i did not pursue that carrer given my
high performance in finance.The best way of answering that question that i could
find was that: I did not enjoy making simple things more complex. subsequently completed a course for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a
Master of Laws from University of London. Feeling the need for continual
improvement, I also did a few post-graduate level executive courses from MIT,
Harvard & IMD.
If life was just a straightforward line, I would not be here today. After ﬁnishing my
MBA, I did not go back to a shipping company in a General Management role as I
expected. A highly respected professor, after looking at my grades, suggested that I
tried management consulting as a ﬁnishing school for MBAs. And I did.
During a job interview with one of the top-tier consulting ﬁrm, it dawned on me that
I would not fit into their arrogant culture. The true meaning of being a management
consultant to me was to be improving things for the clients while staying humble
and humane enough. So I took on the role in another consulting company - Booz Allen
& Hamilton in their Sydney office – which turned out to be a great learning
I can not emphasise enough how lucky I was to meet some of the most brilliant
people in the ﬁeld, including Dr. Wolfgang Partsch – one of the fathers of modern
Supply Chain Management.
There was never a dull moment, and this a job provieded me with immense
opportunities to add value to the clients, something that I couldn't while at sea.
Moreover, I still got to travel around the world. I could have worked my way up to the
top or even entered Wall Street. But I found a better way to move my career forward.
I was doing great work, and feeling great about it. But I wanted to specialise in what
I knew best by then. Rather than consult to a bank on its mortgage strategy one
month, and an insurance company on its market churn rates the next, I felt
something was missing and I had to search for it.
Like how I began my previous life chapters, the start was always rough, particularly
after leaving the comfort of a large monthly salary behind. But in this journey, I also
got tremendous support from my founding partners.
We had no brand recognition, no clients, no projects, no IP, no books, no reports and
no capital. But we built Global Supply Chain Group from scratch in 2000. More than
400 projects, 5 acclaimed books, intensely loyal clients and world beating IP later,
and we are just getting started.