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Faisal Husain, MBA

WashU is well known, big but not overwhelming, and small, but not too small. Students don’t just check the boxes here. They’re friendly, engaged, and passionate about being part of the university community.

For three years, Husain was an intelligence officer for the US Air Force. He conducted geopolitical analysis, developed strategic recommendations, and shaped operational plans, working closely with military leadership. He also was deployed to the Horn of Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. There, he led a six-person team that collected and analyzed information on regional threats, including threats from piracy, political instability, and extremists.

Why he selected WashU’s MBA program

Husain says he “did a lot of due diligence” before he selected an MBA program.

“WashU is well known, big but not overwhelming, and small, but not too small. Students don’t just check the boxes here. They’re friendly, engaged, and passionate about being part of the university community.

“My classmates had the right mix of collaboration and healthy competition, which I attribute to the business school’s interactive learning environment and its grading system. Olin MBAs don’t have to worry about their GPA or class rank. As a result, they’re more likely to take advanced courses that broaden their horizons.”

What impressed him most about the MBA faculty

“I was impressed by professors’ love of teaching and their willingness to engage with students one on one.

“Here’s a great example of faculty accessibility. To keep up with the workload in my financial accounting courses, I wanted extra help beyond class and group sessions. Every Friday, professor Tom Fields would spend an hour with me, reviewing class notes and exam content. I’m so thankful to him. He was amazing.”

How the Weston Career Center helped his job search

Husain says the Weston Career Center helped him “develop a strategy for pursuing career opportunities.” The WCC also helped him fine-tune his resume and prepare for interviews.

Greg Hutchings, senior advisor, plugged him into strategy and management consulting firm Avascent. “He thought it would be a good fit for me, so he introduced me to alumni who worked for the company,” Husain says. “I leveraged the relationships and my Olin MBA to earn a full-time offer, which I accepted.”

Husain worked as an associate for Avascent before he accepted his current position with Accenture.

Faisal Husain, MBA 2011

Career

Digital and Customer Experience Manager, Accenture, Washington, DC

Previously: Associate, Avascent; Corporate Development Summer Associate, AVG Technologies, Prague, Czech Republic

Pre-MBA: Business Process Consultant, Accenture, Washington, DC; Intelligence Officer, US Air Force

Background

Education: BS, biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Experiential learning

Practicum, Monsanto

Study abroad, Université Paris Dauphine

Olin Activities

Olin Veterans Association

Class senator, Graduate Business Student Association

Olin Strategy and Consulting Association