According to Uvic News, how many students can say their class project saved someone $27 million? Moutie Wali, for one. This is perhaps the most pronounced way that Wali stands out from the crowd of gowned students at this June’s convocation, although there are more subtle distinctions, as well.
As Director of Technology Strategy for TELUS, he has a fully established career with more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He also is one of 20 students in the first graduating class of the Gustavson School of Business’ custom MBA for TELUS program. Wali, who grew up in more than a dozen countries across Europe and Africa and has degrees in wireless communication, worked with several other TELUS students on the standout project.
“The learnings from our Operations course helped us identify the specific areas to work on, and enabled us to reach this high level of achievement,” says Wali. “We focused on improving TELUS’ inventory management, and through this project were able to make recommendations that have saved the company $27 million to date.”
Investing in Talent – Developed to integrate the standard academic rigor of Gustavson’s Sardul S. Gill Graduate School MBA with the industry-specific needs of the telecommunications titan, the customized MBA for TELUS program launched in 2015 with an inaugural cohort of 20 TELUS executives. These same students graduate this June, and their tenure at Gustavson has been starred with successes: the program has already garnered two global awards (from education accreditation bodies AACSB and EQUIS) recognizing the partnership for innovation and talent development.
Awards and return on investment are visible measures of how the new program provides concrete value to the university and TELUS as they invest in their employees’ professional development.