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An Eco-friendly Exodus: Heavy Industry in Beijing 环保政策

Usman W. Chohan (楚浩云) is an MBA candidate at Desautels with a Concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He is currently on an MBA exchange in Beijing, at a joint program between Tsinghua School of Economics (SEM) and MIT. The following piece is based on his work on Economics and Urbanization Trends in Asia.

Published on : 23 May 2014

The Art of War and Business Leadership in China - 孙子兵法

Usman W. Chohan (楚浩云) is an MBA candidate at Desautels with a Concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He is currently on an MBA exchange in Beijing, at a joint program between Tsinghua School of Economics (SEM) and MIT. The following piece is based on his work on Leadership Models for China and the Art of War, for the course Business Leadership in China at the Tsinghua SEM.

Published on : 16 May 2014

The Ubiquitous City – Songdo (송도)

Usman W. Chohan (楚浩云) is an MBA candidate at Desautels with a Concentration in Global Strategy and Leadership. He is currently on an MBA exchange in Beijing, at a joint program between Tsinghua School of Economics and Management (SEM) and MIT. The following piece is based on his work on the “Ubiquitous  City” of Songdo, South Korea, where he was based in early May, 2014 as part of an analysis of Urbanization Trends in Asia.

Published on : 13 May 2014

Erdos City – 鄂尔多斯市 The “Horde” That Wasn’t

Usman W. Chohan (楚浩云) is an MBA candidate at Desautels with a Concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He is currently on an MBA exchange in Beijing, at a joint program between Tsinghua School of Economics (SEM) and MIT. The following piece is based on his work on Economics and Urbanization Trends in China, for the China Roots Seminar II (Industry & Society) at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

Published on : 24 Apr 2014

Dididache 嘀嘀打车 - Hailing the Future, One Cab at a Time

Usman W. Chohan (楚浩云) is an MBA candidate at Desautels with a Concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He is currently on an MBA exchange in Beijing, at a joint program between Tsinghua School of Economics (SEM) and MIT. The following piece is based on his work on financial innovation in China, in collaboration with Professor Alexander White of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

Published on : 15 Apr 2014

Eating Bugs

Bringing bugs to more plates around the world may be one solution to changing our food supply as the planets population continues to grow. Jesse Pearlstein and Shobita Soor are McGill MBA students who are in Calgary to pitch this idea. Watch full interview: CBC, April 9, 2014 

Published on : 11 Apr 2014

Herald Food Writer Bugs Out for Dinner

Between the three of us, a small plate is piled high with the grasshopper bodies. They have been roasted, salted and flavoured with some spicy chipotle, but they are also clearly identifiable as insects with an exoskeleton and, in the case of many, including the first one I grab, little eyes. ... “Insects are the food of the future,” says Jesse Pearlstein, chief financial officer for the collection of students, known as Aspire Food Group.

Published on : 11 Apr 2014

Bugging Out: Why We Should Be Eating More Creepy Crawlies

Two McGill MBA students (Gabriel Mott and Jesse Pearlstein) on their mission to promote edible insects as a meat alternative for countries facing high rates of food insecurity. Watch full interview: CTV Canada AM, March 26, 2014

Published on : 28 Mar 2014

Financial Innovation in China: Alibaba’s Leftover Treasure - 余额宝

Usman W. Chohan (楚浩云) is an MBA candidate at Desautels with a Concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He is currently on an MBA exchange in Beijing, at a joint program between Tsinghua School of Economics (SEM) and MIT. The following piece is based on his work on financial innovation in China, in collaboration with Professor Alexander White of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

Published on : 20 Mar 2014

MBA Primer

MBA programs are now a dime a dozen. B-schools are expanding at a dizzying rate and doubling their enrolments by packing their classrooms full of more and more students. This has prompted worries about a gradual dilution in the quality of the student body as well as meaningful networking opportunities. "An MBA is still valued, but a lot of people have it," says Jay Mintz, a second-year MBA student at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal.

Published on : 05 Mar 2014

"You've Invested Real Money. You Haven't Just Run a Virtual Portfolio"

Along Highway 401 and over the Ontario border, Tyler Maxey and some of his MBA classmates at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal are also learning by doing. Their modus operandi: investing other people's money. Since 2008, students have been running a registered fund management firm called Desautels Capital Management that has about $3 million in assets.

Published on : 05 Mar 2014

An Idea that Will Change the World

How a team of McGill MBA students beat thousands of competitors to win $1 million for the not-so-crazy idea of farming edible insects. On Sept. 23 five McGill MBA students beat out 10,000 MBA teams from around the world to win the Hult Prize, a $1-million global award for social enterprise.  Read full article: Canadian Business, November 11, 2013 

Published on : 05 Mar 2014

Desautels MBA Win Company Prize at USC Marshall Global Consulting Challenge

MBA students Liam Sobey, Nina Coutinho, Brigitte Crockford, Angel Bohorquez Colombo, and Anais Xia won the Company Prize at the USC Marshall Global Consulting Challenge alongside other prestigious business schools from across the world.  This global consulting challenge consists of three different presentations to three different panels on a common topic. This year's sponsor is Yahoo!. 

Published on : 25 Feb 2014

Advances in Sustainable Agriculture: Solar-powered Irrigation Systems in Pakistan

Usman W. Chohan is a consultant with the World Bank Institute in the field of Social Accountability, and is pursuing an MBA at Desautels with a concentration in Strategy and Leadership. He was invited to the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council site at Fatehjang to analyze their sustainability initiatives, including their highly promising Solar-powered Irrigation Systems.

Published on : 12 Feb 2014

Crunch Time for the Insect-Eating Entrepreneurs

The sight of bilios celebrities gagging on anything from witchetty grubs to cockroaches is a staple of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. But could edible insects offer a solution to world hunger? That is the million dollar award-winning business idea of a team of MBAs.  ... Mohammed Ashour (26), Gabriel Mott (37), Jesse Pearlstein (29), Shobhita Soor (24), and Zev Thompson (31) are championing the consumption of insects such as grasshoppers as an affordable, safe and accessible food source. 

Published on : 12 Feb 2014