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We’ve helped admissions consulting clients in India, USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Germany, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, UAE, South Africa, Japan, Spain, Nigeria, Cameroon and many other countries
hether you are applying to the top international MBA programs or the best Indian business schools, our MBA consultants have stellar credentials and in-depth knowledge of the entire MBA admissions process. They’ve managed not only to get into the top MBA colleges with the toughest selectivity rates but also graduate with flying colours.
They also have impressive accomplishments in the corporate world, having worked for many leading organisations (including McKinsey, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Citigroup). They’ve worked in multiple industries and donned many hats as well – ranging from strategy consulting to mergers & acquisitions. Incidentally, strategy consulting and Investment Banking are the most coveted post-MBA careers for many MBAs.
They’ve managed to use their MBA degrees to facilitate complete career transitions. In short, they’ve managed to accomplish what most prospective MBA candidates from India expect from a top-notch MBA program.
But the personal and professional successes of our MBA consultants aren’t what makes them favourites among MBA aspirants. It’s what they’ve been able to do for their clients that makes them special. Since inception, we’ve never used paid advertising to promote our services. Word-of-mouth publicity works best for us.
And it doesn’t hurt to get the occasional pat on the back from highly credible and respected publications like Poets & Quants [Read their review of MBA Crystal Ball placing us in the same league as the other international admission consultants in the world].
Our team is very small, which allows us to run the venture like a boutique (less clients, highly focussed, personalised approach) as opposed to the big teams that work like a factory.
We follow a virtual operating model, the same process that the best MBA admissions consultants in USA follow. Whether you are based in Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata or any other city in India or abroad, seek out the best MBA consultants globally. Compare the profiles of our top MBA consultants with those across the street and take a decision. When your future career is at stake, who do you want to partner with?
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Our Team of MBA Consultants | Meet Your Mentors
Founder & CEO
Sameer Kamat, founder of MBA Crystal Ball, completed his MBA from the University of Cambridge on a double scholarship and managed a complete career transition from IT to Corporate Finance. His book ‘Beyond The MBA Hype‘, recommended by The Times of India as a ‘must-read’, has been topping the best-seller lists. His second book ‘Business Doctors – Management Consulting Gone Wild‘ sold out in under a year.
In his post-MBA role, he has managed many multi-million dollar deals in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions, before leaving the corporate world to focus full-time on MBA Crystal Ball.
As an MBA consultant, he has been helping out international MBA applicants for over 10 years.
He has advised thousands of MBA aspirants through his blog posts, videos and discussions threads on popular MBA forums.
As a subject matter expert, he has frequently been featured, referenced and quoted in the most respected publications across the world (Forbes, Poets & Quants, Financial Times, BusinessBecause, Yahoo Finance, Korrespondent, QS Top MBA), as well as in India (The Hindu, Indian Express, The Times Of India, Firstpost, The Tribune, Businessworld, Rediff.com, India Today).
He mentors international MBA applicants and provides career counselling to professionals facing a mid-life career crisis.
Connect with Sameer: Linkedin | Youtube | Twitter | Facebook
Chief Consulting Officer
Manish Gupta (MG), our Chief Consulting Officer, is an Indian School of Business (ISB) alumnus (graduated with Dean’s list honors) and an IIT Bombay topper.
Manish has managed multiple career switches, starting in a classic brick-and-mortar manufacturing setup, moving on to strategy / management consulting and in his last stint, he worked as a strategic marketer in the B2B space.
As a former McKinsey consultant he has advised the top management of some of the most illustrious companies in the country and in SE Asia.
Apart from consulting, he has been a marketer, product manager and an operations professional in his past life. His work experience has given him rich insights into various career paths.
At MBA Crystal Ball, he manages all application related services (from profile building to MBA essays, recommendations, interviews) on a full-time basis.
He also manages our career counselling service – Career MAP – an offering for those at crossroads in their careers.
MG has also mentored and built our small but powerful team of consultants over the year.
If he’s convinced about your potential, he might even help you for consulting jobs.
MG brings in a unique blend of pragmatism and flair and likes to lap up the tricky essays questions with flourish. Whether you are supposed to write a book, or create a presentation or stretch yourself in composing a poem, he’s been there and done that. He has also coached our team to ensure you get the trademark MBA Crystal Ball quality, irrespective of who you work with within our team.
Connect with MG: LinkedIn | Facebook
Best Admissions Consulting Team
Many top business school graduates reach out to us each year expressing an interest to be part of our team. However, we have been very selective in getting new consultants on-board. We do this to maintain our boutique and personalised approach, rather than turning into a factory churning out standardised templates.
We have hand-picked a small and highly capable team of consultants who’ve cracked into top universities across the world like Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Tuck, Duke, INSEAD, LBS, Oxford, CMU-Tepper, ISB, HEC Paris among others. We keep a constant tab on the quality delivered. So while the experience you get working with a consultant is unique, the quality you get is assured.
Shantanu Joshi, a Senior Consultant at MBA Crystal Ball, graduated with an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with concentrations in Marketing & Finance, and a Certificate in Health Sector Management. He also has an MS from Michigan Tech with a focus on Computer-Aided Design, and Statistics (Data Science).
Shantanu started his career in Product Development and switched tracks post-MBA to business roles in Strategy Consulting in South Korea and leadership positions at startups in Singapore and India.
Shantanu is a national gold-medalist at swimming, and continues to pursue his interest in fitness & well-being.
At MBA Crystal Ball, Shantanu has earned top reviews for his process knowledge, straight-forward communication style, accessibility and ease of working. As a former alum interviewer for Duke, he has extensive experience and knowledge on what top business schools look for in applicants.
Rohit Kumar, a Senior Consultant at MBA Crystal Ball, is an alumnus of Said Business School at the University of Oxford and concentrated on strategy and operations during his MBA with certifications in process management. He did his undergrad from the National Institute of Technology (Calicut) in India and is a Computer Engineer by education.
Rohit started his career in software development and worked on latest technologies in smart devices and open source initiatives, and continues to work at the intersection of technology and business post-MBA. He is a passionate proponent of use of technology to solve business problems and has worked in different geographies including South Korea, India, China and the UK.
Rohit has worked with many candidates at MBA Crystal Ball and received appreciation for his to-the-point and honest feedback, and understanding of Indian candidates’ main challenges and mistakes while applying to international schools.
AG, a Senior International Consultant at MBA Crystal Ball, understands how the admissions process works from the outside (as an applicant) and the inside (working with the official admissions teams).
He received his MBA with a concentration in Strategy from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He also holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. He got scholarships from both the universities he attended, as well as others he applied to (including the ivy league).
AG’s post-MBA experience includes roles in internal strategy consulting and corporate development within the technology sector. Prior to attending Duke he served in various finance positions, also within the tech sector.
AG has extensive experience helping international applicants achieve their goals at various stages of their career, including at the undergrad and grad level. As a former student interviewer at Duke and corporate recruiter, he relies on the power of storytelling and positioning to help clients throughout their MBA application process.
Do you think we would be good mentors for your career?
Each season, due to our small team size and boutique, affordable, personalised operating model, our capacity gets filled up several months before MBA deadlines. So if you are serious about getting into a good school, and equally serious about working with a good MBA consultant in India (we’ve also worked with clients from USA, UK, Singapore, China, UAE, Nigeria, Cameroon, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Spain and other countries), send us an email early at the following ID.
info [at] mbacrystalball [dot] com
And yeah, stop worrying about the quality and credentials of the local MBA admissions consultants in Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Noida, Mumbai, Chandigarh, London, Ranchi or any other city in India, Singapore, Canada or USA. We work with folks across the world and help them crack into the top globally ranking MBA colleges.
If you think we are worthy of being part of your network, add us on LinkedIn.
You never know, in the not-so-distant future, we might be able to bring down the ‘degrees of separation’ between you and your potential business partners, employers or colleagues.