Nicholas Bruch, 2012, United States

Huron Consulting Group, Manager - Boston, MA
Consulting to companies on strategic management and international business issues, with a specific focus on market entries, mergers and acquisitions, and emerging market analysis. 

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because I wanted an International Business program that actually focused on international business. While I was admitted to several well regarded MBA programs that offered international business modules, nearly every MBA program I have seen offers international business as an add-on to their main MBA degree. These programs ignore "softer topics" such as political risk, international politics, and other international relations issues that have a direct impact on business in today's globalized world. Through my work in Eastern Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East, I had seen that these issues matter to investors and can wreak havoc when ignored. Fletcher's MIB program covers these issues while still offering top-notch business courses. The school's reciprocity agreements with other graduate schools in the area expand the course offerings further and offer students access to some of the best academics in the country.

Something that surprised me about Fletcher: I was surprised by how similar and different the students at Fletcher are. While nearly everyone at Fletcher has lived and worked abroad, I was surprised by the diversity of professional backgrounds. I expected to find people with corporate, NGO, and government backgrounds. While these fields are well represented, I also met students from Swiss banks, international law firms, military services, security services, think tanks, investment banks, and consulting. Many of these students worked in similar countries and had similar experiences, yet still came to class with very different points of view. This made classroom discussions more interesting and encouraged out of the box thinking.

Favorite newspaper:
Financial Times

Favorite blog:
Planet Money

Favorite city:
London

Most rewarding trip:
Honeymoon in India

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
Economic Development in Emerging and Frontier Markets

Fletcher Thesis

  • Strategic Planning in the Global Legal Services Market

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Co-leader of the Consulting Club
  • Research at the Center For Emerging Markets Enterprise

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, Philosophy / Economics, DePaul University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Analyst, Huron Consulting Group (Strategy Team); London, UK
  • Oxford Business Group (Emerging Markets Macroeconomic Research & Advisory), Editorial Manager - Romania, Philippines, Jordan

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Huron Consulting Group - Boston/London/New York City