Meet the MBA Class of 2021: Dmitry Makarov, IMD Business School


“A curious mind, an explorer of the world and a long-time learner fascinated by digital technologies. “

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Fun fact about yourself: I was amazed by computers at a very young age and learned to code on my own as a teenager. Nonetheless, I am quite sociable and enjoy the company of people the most.

Undergraduate and major school: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, MSc, Design and Implementation of ICT Products and Systems

Most recent employer and job title: ABB, Team Leader / Product Owner, Finland

The IMD classes have been nicknamed the “Mighty 90s” for their talent and versatility. What was the best part about being in a small class with this group of classmates? The school seeks quality and not quantity, which corresponds to my way of working in network with people. The small class size allows faculty to have a very personal approach to applicants, from the day of assessment and throughout the program. In addition, the entire cohort creates strong links through the many activities and work carried out in the different groups. Finally, the small size allows the feeling of unity which is reflected far beyond the cohort itself in the network of alumni, which is extremely useful and supportive.

Other than classmates, what part of IMD’s MBA programming led you to choose this business school, and why was it so important to you? It is without a doubt the leadership component that made IMD my top priority when applying. The flow not only includes leadership learning, it includes a week of experiential activities, mentoring, coaching, sessions with a Jungian psychoanalyst, ongoing feedback, and an opportunity to apply the learnings in the huge amounts of work. group in which each candidate participates. I expected to have a chance to reinvent myself, to understand the patterns of my behavior, to develop presentation, communication and soft skills; and acquire the tools necessary to be an effective leader of tomorrow. The flow did not disappoint.

What has been a favorite tradition or event at IMD? Are you afraid of public speaking? Try to dance in public on your birthday in front of the cohort. Tradition has certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I loved the experience and the fun we had that day.

Describe your greatest achievement in your career so far. I have been among the success stories of several digital products and services, but I would consider my most important achievement to be on a human level, not a technical one. At ABB, where I was in charge of IoT Edge industrial product development, I grew up leading a very effective R&D team with a positive culture, great responsibility, strong commitment, deep interpersonal relationships and continuous improvement. at the heart of its processes.

Describe your greatest achievement at IMD so far. With the help of two fantastic teachers and many knowledgeable classmates, I discovered my passion for finance, a field that was totally foreign to me not so long ago. It is a long road to master’s degree, but I managed to master the content of the two courses we took, which provided me with a solid foundation in corporate finance for my future business management projects.

What prompted you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? The impact that I have has always been the engine of my motivation and the source of fulfillment. I realized that to increase the impact I could have, I needed to reshape my technology career trajectory in a more business-oriented direction and bridge the gap between my background and the world of business management. I had been considering business schools for some time, biding my time. Once I gained some leadership experience and a better understanding of where I wanted to move, I was able to start the program with specific goals in mind. Also, recently the world has changed drastically and rapidly, which seemed like a great opportunity to take the plunge.

What is your best memory at IMD so far? The best memory to date is probably the potluck organized by the equity, diversity and inclusion committee in conjunction with the social committee. The confederation had relaxed restrictions, the class had started getting vaccinated, and weekly negative tests allowed us to have a fantastic time together with no safety concerns. We provided barbecue essentials and encouraged people to cook and bring a dish from their culture to celebrate our heritage and class diversity. As a foodie I really enjoyed tasting flavors from all over the world and most importantly loved seeing the united class and enjoying it.



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