Neharika is passionate, curious, dynamic and resilient

Passionate, curious, dynamic and resilient.

I’m Neharika from India and have spent majority of my life experiencing the cultures and contrast across some of the largest cities in India.

I’ve my own version of the very popular Paulo Coelho quote: “when you want something bad enough, work so hard (and smart) that the entire universe is forced to conspire in helping you achieve it”



My professional experience spans 9.75 years in business development, client management & revenue enhancement through providing consulting services for FMCG and financial services global clients. I started with Morgan Stanley Capital International and post 6.5 years, transitioned to Absolutdata, a boutique advanced analytics & services firm, leading the marketing analytics team.

 Tell us one unique thing about yourself

I spent about 5 months sailing around the world on an LPG carrier (can be easily compared to a large truck on water 😉) without any internet or modern means of communication. To make it even more adventurous, we crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice in the middle of stormy winters!! 


I would consider my life successful and well spent if it is full of inspiring conversations; I meet and lead unique and talented people; and create an impact at each and every step of my life.






Satoshi and new challenges


“The Room of Spirit and Time” is the room where warriors have unique training and refine their spirits. This room is depicted in the Japanese animation, Dragon Ball. One day in this room equals one year in the real world. It is how one Japanese alumnus described IMD to me and now I know exactly what he meant. Exactly!

Although I am surprised about how tough program is, I have also come to realize that I am very happy to work with my classmates. Life at IMD is tough, but alumni I speak to always tell me they would go back to IMD if they could. And I am already assured that my experience here will be one of the best highlights in my life. This is all about people. Surrounded by the right people in the right place. I can’t wait to see where else this adventurous journey takes me.

Before coming to IMD, I spent ten years in agricultural commodity trading in Japan and Singapore covering markets in Japan and Southeast Asian countries. As a trader, I travelled to more than ten countries including USA, Canada, UK, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I have always been happy to visit new places and meet new people.

I love team sports such as baseball and volleyball but due to current time constraints, I have started training for a marathon, bike and swimming. I would like to train and join a triathlon competition in Switzerland if time allows. (if…)




Saba advocates healthcare access for all

“You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose”
Dr. Seuss

I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss. I became familiar with his books when I was a little girl, listening to the iconic stories about imaginative characters that got my mind going. As an adult, I have come to appreciate the whimsical language and the poignant and inspirational messages that transcend through those glossy, colorful pages.

My name is Saba Yasini and I am an Iranian American, born in Tehran, Iran and raised in sunny California. I have a knack for putting myself in and adapting to unfamiliar situations, which is what initially brought me to where I am today: at IMD in Switzerland.


For the past seven years, I’ve been working as a contracts negotiator managing international contracts at various pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Two years ago, I moved to Switzerland to take on a job assignment at Intuitive Surgical, a surgical robotic company, to create a contracts management infrastructure. As a big advocate of “healthcare access for all”, I would like to focus my future efforts on market entry and redefining risks factors determining such decisions and I hope IMD will equip me with the knowledge and skills to pursue these goals.

How does success look like to me?

Success for me is more of a path paved with lots of learning and self- exploration than a destination. Post IMD graduation, I’m confident I will be able to apply these learnings in a career that will simultaneously reward and challenge me… And will I succeed? In words of Dr. Seuss: “Yes you will indeed! 98 ¾ percent guaranteed.”



Rafael celebrates Brazilian carnaval

It’s carnival and time to celebrate!!!

Brazilian culture is very well known for its vibrancy. From the creativity of its football players to the beauty of its beaches on the coast, the country receives tourists from all over the world every year. In this sense, the carnival is probably the best example of celebration which symbolizes enjoyment, music and creativity all together. Continue reading “Rafael celebrates Brazilian carnaval”

Pallavi believes ‘Life is a promise’


Our first profile is Pallavi Aaron :

“Life is a promise, fulfill it” these famous words by Mother Teresa best describe my motto in life. Born and raised in India, the things closest to my heart are family, yoga, meditation and Bollywood music. I also love being outdoors especially if it involves hiking, camping, running and tennis. Continue reading “Pallavi believes ‘Life is a promise’”