Q&A with Daniela Popnikolova

14 September 2015

Corporate banking relationship manager shares her personal story of studying at the MBA of BBS.

What is your academic and professional background?
I did a bachelor’s degree in Finance at the University of Economics in Bulgaria. After I graduated, I started my career at Bulgaria’s biggest bank (by asset base): UniCredit Bulbank, part of leading European banking group UniCredit. I worked for several years and then attended the Bologna Business School (BBS) to study for an MBA, specializing in Finance and Banking.

Why did you decide to do an MBA?
I planned to do an MBA since the start of my career at UniCredit Bulbank and was determined to meet all the criteria to apply to business school. I wanted to pursue an international MBA that specialized in Banking and Finance and also included management skills. I felt the Bologna MBA in Banking and Finance offered a very concrete and practical educational approach, addressing the challenges of day-to-day business in our era of fast-paced change.

How would you describe your experience at Bologna Business School?
An unforgettable, interesting and valuable journey! I was able to acquire a comprehensive modern education that involves teamwork and practical training in a diverse multicultural environment. I became part of a wide business network including mentors from leading Italian and international companies. Additionally, I gained the latest academic training to apply in the constantly changing and competitive financial sector.

Last but not the least, for me the most valuable part of my MBA has been the contacts and friendships that I have developed with people from more than 40 countries, which has truly enriched my worldview.

How has the MBA been of benefit to you in your career?
The MBA for sure boosted my career and helped me to improve my expertise. It helped me to understand the importance of team work and how I can create a strong team spirit The program helped me to broaden my perspective of the world and to discover my strengths and weaknesses, which is vital for a good leader.


Written by Seb Murray. Read the full article at businessbecause.com


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