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Abi Chen - Ex-Bain, Harvard MBA
Abi Chen

Ex-Bain, Harvard MBA

About Abi Chen

Abi spent four years at Bain’s Dallas and Atlanta offices and obtained her MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Bain, she worked on a variety of cases including private equity diligence, IT transformation, and social impact.

Outside of casework, Abi led recruiting from her undergraduate institution and prepped dozens of high-potential candidates. She believes that providing detailed and actionable feedback is critical for candidates’ development. She is particularly passionate about helping candidates from a non-traditional background (e.g., first-generation / low-income or recruiting from a non-target school) to break into consulting.

In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her dog and her cat, and her dream in life is to open her own restaurant.

Benjamin Foo - Ex-Bain, INSEAD MBA
Benjamin Foo


About Benjamin Foo

After graduating from INSEAD, Ben joined Bain’s Southeast Asia office, serving clients in TMT, Financial Services, and Private Equity. At Bain, he was part of the interviewing team that ran both interviews and recruiting events.

Ben is currently working for SEEK, a leading owner-operator of employment portals across Asia Pacific, and is a member of the Asia Leadership team. In his role, he works with senior execs on critical business priorities in the Technology & Product space.

Ben has hundreds of coaching hours under his belt, and many of his clients have secured offers at Bain, BCG, McKinsey and other top consulting firms.

Beyond work and coaching, Ben is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling.

Brian Dunne - Ex-BCG & Citigroup
Brian Dunne

Ex-BCG & Citigroup

About Brian Dunne

Brian worked as a consultant in BCG’s New York office focusing on corporate and digital strategy across industries. Prior to BCG, Brian worked in corporate strategy at IBM and as an Investment Banker for Citigroup.

While at BCG, Brian was a designated experienced hire coach focused on supporting experienced hires and non-traditional candidates (JDs/PhDs) through the case interview process under tight timelines.

At IBM, Brian stood up the digital strategy team’s recruitment platform including its candidate identification and evaluation process via the case method and has an inside view on tackling digital/tech oriented cases. Brian takes a modular approach to case coaching identifying and prioritizing direct next steps and providing an action plan for incremental improvement.

As a non-target candidate in both IB and MBB recruiting, Brian has deep personal experience navigating rigorous interview processes successfully and is passionate about sharing his approach.

Cara Jefferson - Ex-Bain, Current Walmart PM
Cara Jefferson

Ex-Bain, Current Walmart PM

About Cara Jefferson

Cara’s Journey of Breaking Into Consulting and Product Management (Podcast)

How Cara Works with Candidates (Live Case)

Cara has completed and given hundreds of case interviews, leading to several offers. As part of recruiting at Bain’s Dallas office, Cara screened 100+ resumes and understands Bain’s end-to-end process for sophomore programs, internships, and the full-time role (target and non-target undergrad).

Cara can give specific and actionable feedback on case interviews (how to get from beginner to good, then to excellent), behavioral interviews (how different firms evaluate fit), and your recruiting plan (including written resources, resume reviews, math/structure drills, how to network, and last-minute prep).

Cara joined Bain after completing a Biology (premed) major at WashU in St. Louis and deciding not to enroll in medical school. As a first-generation college student and American, Cara is passionate about mentoring aspiring consultants as others did for her. Currently, Cara is a Product Manager at Walmart Data Ventures.

David Batubara - Ex-Bain
David Batubara


About David Batubara

David spent 3 years at the Bain & Company Southeast Asia office, becoming a core member of the firm’s financial service (banking, asset management) and telco practice.

At Bain, David spearheaded the office’s recruiting initiatives, all the way from conducting interviews to developing Bain SEA’s first case club program to prep candidates from non-traditional backgrounds (industry hire and advanced degree).

Passionate about coaching and mentorship, David has been coaching candidates for 5+ years with many of his mentees securing offers from consulting firms all across the globe.

David graduated from Tufts University with a double major in Economics and International Relations. Outside of work, David loves spending his time on endurance sports, traveling and reading up on modern world history.

Diana Ivanov - Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA
Diana Ivanov

Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA

About Diana Ivanov

Diana spent over 3 years at McKinsey in Australia as a Business Analyst through to Senior Associate, where she worked in predominantly B2C facing verticals on strategy and marketing & sales related topics. She was heavily involved in firm-wide diversity initiatives, mentoring and coaching dozens of promising female candidates throughout the interview process and as they settled into consulting post-offer.

After McKinsey, Diana moved to London to work for a tech start-up (Via) and will be relocating to Boston in the fall to complete an MBA at Harvard Business School. Her style is friendly, collaborative, and flexible, focusing on building confidence and providing actionable feedback with the opportunity to practice and refine.

Divya Agarwal - Ex-McKinsey, MIT Sloan MBA
Divya Agarwal

Ex-McKinsey, MIT Sloan MBA

About Divya Agarwal

2 video examples of how Divya works with candidates:

  1. McKinsey Profitability Case Demo
  2. Bain M&A Case Demo

Divya spent 8 years with McKinsey as an Associate Partner in the Organization Performance, People and Transformation practice. She is the Founder and CEO of Vivekam, a boutique talent development Firm. Over her time at McKinsey, she coached ~500 candidates and was a regional sponsor for recruiting initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Divya works to understand what motivates people and systems to organize, respond, and relate in the way they do. She has been a counselor to Fortune 500 companies and executives for 12 years, focused on business transformation, organization design and culture, building strategic talent functions and effective teams, and leadership development. Read more at https://vivekam.co/

Divya received her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, MBA from MIT, and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.

Ed Sinclair - Ex-McKinsey, Ex-Corporate Lawyer (Herbert Smith Freehills)
Ed Sinclair

Ex-McKinsey, Ex-Corporate Lawyer (Herbert Smith Freehills)

About Ed Sinclair

Ed spent over 2 years at McKinsey, and was heavily involved in recruitment. He has coached over 50 candidates through the recruitment process, most of whom were successful. Ed is a very practical coach who focuses on repeatable fundamentals, and provides simple and actionable feedback to improve performance.

Ed came to McKinsey from a non-target school (first from his University to ever be hired by McKinsey), and from a non-traditional background (Bachelor of Arts and Laws) so understands how to come from a different path and break into MBB.

Eissra Eltom - Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA
Eissra Eltom

Ex-McKinsey, Harvard MBA

About Eissra Eltom

Eissra recently left McKinsey as an Engagement Manager after spending 5 years in the London office. She led teams in the Strategy and Corporate Finance practice serving clients across Consumer and TMT sectors.

At McKinsey, she was heavily invested in recruitment efforts with extensive experience interviewing at both the Business Analyst and Associate levels. She recently left McKinsey to launch her own entrepreneurial venture, granting her a flexible calendar. She is excited to support peers interested in launching a career in consulting!

Eli Gentle - Ex-McKinsey EM
Eli Gentle

Ex-McKinsey EM

About Eli Gentle

Eli spent over 6 years at McKinsey, where he was an Engagement Manager in Dubai and Paris. He primarily supported retail and consumer goods clients on strategic and organizational topics.

Eli has assessed 400+ candidates for Business Analyst, Associate and other client-facing roles at McKinsey. He was part of on-campus recruiting teams for Georgetown, INSEAD and IMD Lausanne during his time as a consultant.

In addition to his consulting experience, Eli has worked in the start-up space in Dubai and private equity investing in Namibia, where he was raised.

Eli holds a BS in Economics from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown. He is currently a full-time flute performance student at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

Fangfei Yin - Ex-BCG, Stanford MBA '24
Fangfei Yin

Ex-BCG, Stanford MBA '24

About Fangfei Yin

Learn about Fangfei’s approach to coaching (2min video)

Fangfei Shares About Life as a BCG Consultant + How She Prepares Aspiring Consultants for Interviews (Podcast Interview)

Fangfei worked in the BCG SF and LA offices for 4 years, where she was a core member of the private equity practice. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During her time at BCG, she focused primarily on buy/sell-side due diligence work and portfolio strategy. She also completed an international rotation in the private equity group of BCG’s Stockholm office and a 9 month externship at a B2B SaaS startup.

Outside of casework, Fangfei helped lead undergraduate recruiting at UC Berkeley (her alma mater) and coached many candidates through the interview process. She was also involved in the learning and development team at BCG, where she provided on-the-job training to consultants across North America. In her free time, Fangfei enjoys travelling, eating Asian food, and is an aspiring wine snob. She can’t wait to meet you and help you through your consulting journey!

Ghirish Pokardas - Ex-BCG Principal
Ghirish Pokardas

Ex-BCG Principal

About Ghirish Pokardas

After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Economics and International Relations, Ghirish spent many years at BCG’s Jakarta office, starting as an Associate and leaving as a Principal. Ghirish’s focus while at BCG was in TMT and corporate venture building, having built innovation labs and successful start-ups for conglomerates. As a Principal, Ghirish was BCG Jakarta’s Recruiting Director responsible for the office’s entire recruiting program for undergraduates, MBAs and experienced hires.

Ghirish is currently a Director at KKR where he leads the Capstone team in Southeast Asia, responsible for value creation efforts across KKR’s Southeast Asia private equity portfolio. Ghirish is passionate about helping those looking to break into consulting having been lucky to have had great mentors who guided him through his process.

Jordan Clarke - Ex-BCG PL, Darden MBA
Jordan Clarke

Ex-BCG PL, Darden MBA

About Jordan Clarke

Jordan has given 200+ cases and has helped many applicants obtain internships and full-time offers across BCG, Bain, McKinsey, Deloitte, Parthenon, LEK, Kearney, Strategy&, and corporate strategy. He worked as a 2nd year coach at UVA Darden School of Business, helping guide first-year students through the recruiting process (e.g., resume and cover letter review, behavioral and case interview practice, and networking advice) and has been a part of the recruiting team at both BCG and Nike.

Before Darden, Jordan played professional basketball in the top leagues of Denmark, England, Chile, and Argentina. He then interned in BCG’s DC office before joining full-time after graduation. He spent 3 years at BCG, most recently as a Project Leader where he developed deep expertise in Consumer (Fashion and Luxury, Apparel, Retail, and CPG) and Private Equity (Commercial Due Diligences, Vendor Due Diligences, and Market Landscapes).

Jordan is currently a Director in Nike’s Enterprise Strategy Group where he leads a team focused on cross-functional initiatives impacting Nike’s long-term strategy.

Juliane Hoss - Ex-Bain
Juliane Hoss


About Juliane Hoss

Juliane Hoss is an experienced systemic coach with clients from all around the world. Her career started as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Johannesburg where she worked for three years in the Private Equity Group and on large transformation projects. Afterwards, she was asked to build a niche research and consulting company for a trust developing structures and services for public sector consulting.

In 2023, she joined a newly launched management consulting company called Anura Partners in South Africa, where she leads training activities and conducts case interviews with prospective candidates. She holds a Masters in Psychology from the University of Constance, Germany, and a Masters in Human Resources and Organisations from the Department of Management at the London School of Economics.

She is passionate about youth work, personal growth and transformation – over the past 10 years, she has built a non-profit organization focusing on diversity, societal justice, anti-racism.

Laura Ackermann - Ex-BCG and McKinsey (English, Mandarin)
Laura Ackermann

Ex-BCG and McKinsey (English, Mandarin)

About Laura Ackermann

Laura is a former McKinsey and BCG management consultant with 7 years’ experience leading client projects, staffing teams, and recruiting candidates. She’s a passionate career coach who has successfully helped dozens of candidates receive MBB offers. She was a McKinsey interviewer herself and coached countless high potential candidates as an “office buddy”.

Laura is a strong believer in tailoring the case approach to each individual’s strengths and styles (just as a good team lead should!), and can offer case structures that are not only reproducible across cases but also feel authentic and specific to individual cases.

In addition to case coaching, Laura is passionate about helping candidates (1) Prepare for fit interviews by helping them come across as their best selves; (2) Identify their ideal home office by discussing the pros and cons of different offices across North America, Europe, and Asia – including ease of getting offers, pay and tax differences, as well as career progression prospects; (3) Negotiate job offers.

Laura grew up in China and Singapore, studied at the University of Cambridge in the UK, and started her career as an Analyst at a boutique consultancy in Australia, before moving to the US to join BCG’s San Francisco office as an Associate. Two years later she moved to McKinsey, where she spent a further four years all over the US before exiting as a Senior Engagement Manager. She’s since traveled the world, and settled in Berlin, Germany, where she’s running a negotiation consulting service for businesses and helping aspiring consultants advance their careers around the globe.

Laura is available to conduct sessions in English and/or Mandarin Chinese.

Lisa Bright - Ex-McKinsey
Lisa Bright


About Lisa Bright

Lisa’s Journey of Breaking Into McKinsey + Case Interview Tips (Podcast Interview)

How Lisa Works With Candidates (Live Case)

After graduating with majors in Accounting, Finance, and Supply Chain Management, Lisa joined McKinsey and served clients across multiple industries on both strategy and operations projects.

After receiving an offer for MBA sponsorship, she recently left McKinsey to pursue her passion with startups and is currently co-founder and CEO of two startups, one which has scaled to multiple 7-figures. Like many entrepreneurs, she works odd hours, so she is available for interviews anytime…weekends, day, or night!

Maile Dyer - Ex-Bain Manager, Booth MBA
Maile Dyer

Ex-Bain Manager, Booth MBA

About Maile Dyer

Learn about Maile’s approach to coaching (2min video)

Maile was a Manager at Bain New York and earned her MBA from Chicago Booth. During her second year at Booth, she was a Consulting Career Advisor and helped dozens of students receive consulting job offers, with several receiving multiple offers. She has given 150+ case interviews, edited dozens of resumes, developed recruiting plans, and prepared candidates for behavioral interviews. She has worked with people from different backgrounds, including those who just learned about consulting and experienced consultants looking to switch companies.

Maile is highly knowledgeable about the recruiting process, having been in Consultant-level recruiting roles for the Bain New York office and for the broader Americas region. She was also an interviewer for undergraduate candidates. During her three years at Bain, she worked on projects in private equity, consumer packaged goods, financial services, and technology.

In her free time, Maile enjoys exploring neighborhoods, going to museums, and attending concerts.

Marisa Mazzotta - Ex-BCG, Harvard MBA
Marisa Mazzotta

Ex-BCG, Harvard MBA

About Marisa Mazzotta

Marisa spent over four and half years at BCG before moving into industry. While there, she supported recruiting on the West Coast with in-person / virtual recruiting events, mock interviews, and completed in-person and Zoom interviews for candidates of various universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

She is passionate about supporting your career goals and providing a tailored approach to what you want to achieve. She has completed hundreds of interviews and is positioned to support you at any stage of your journey whether it’s your first ever practice case or you are fine-tuning your approach for the first-round interview. She is also happy to support on how to succeed in behavioral interviews and networking.

Marisa obtained her MBA from Harvard Business School and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Southern California. In her free time, she likes to provide career coaching to individuals looking to transition to the consulting field. Additionally, she enjoys spinning and is an equestrian.

Nare Israelyan - Ex-BCG
Nare Israelyan


About Nare Israelyan

Nare’s Journey of Breaking Into BCG from a Non-traditional Background (Podcast Interview)

How Nare Works With Candidates (Live Case)

Nare graduated with a degree in Business Economics from UCLA and became just the 5th UCLA student to join BCG in a decade. During her time at BCG, Nare worked on projects varying from pricing strategy, market growth, consumer behavior, and operational efficiency. She was also involved with recruiting efforts at BCG, screening candidates and giving mock case interviews.

Nare has over 700 hours of case coaching experience, and has helped countless clients receive offers at top consulting firms. She focuses on both the high level as well as the details to master the case interview.

Nare is also a working actor and former athlete, and incorporates strategies to help her clients excel under pressure while allowing their personalities to come forth. She trains her clients to go into interviews with a peak performance mindset, and believes this is what separates good candidates from those who get offers.

Pranav Aggarwal - Ex-Bain & BCG, Cornell MBA
Pranav Aggarwal

Ex-Bain & BCG, Cornell MBA

About Pranav Aggarwal

Pranav’s Story of Breaking Into Bain + BCG (Podcast)

How Pranav Works With Candidates (Live Case)

Pranav worked at Bain India for 2+ years and is an incoming Consultant at BCG. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Cornell University where he is focused on Tech and Finance. During his time at Bain, he worked predominantly in financial services and he hopes to build upon that in his time at BCG.

He is heavily invested in recruiting efforts at Cornell and has a strong grasp of what a successful candidate and successful recruiting process looks like. Pranav has flexible availability and is available for prep most days of the week, day or night!

Rafaella (Rafa) Lellis - Ex-McKinsey, Fintech entrepreneur (English, Portuguese)
Rafaella (Rafa) Lellis

Ex-McKinsey, Fintech entrepreneur (English, Portuguese)

About Rafaella (Rafa) Lellis

Rafa’s Journey of Juggling McKinsey and Law School (Podcast Interview)

How Rafa Works with Candidates (Live Case)

Rafaella worked at McKinsey for almost 4 years in the São Paulo office.

Her focus was on strategy, operations, digital transformation, advanced analytics, and M&A. She is also familiar with the transition process from generalist to digital consultant.

As an additional project, she had a leadership role as the recruiting pillar for Interns, Business Analysts, Digital tracks and Associates, where she took part in mentoring and coaching more than 100 candidates.

At Management Consulted, Rafaella has mentored more than 100 candidates from all around the world who were applying to Top tier consulting firms for various positions from intern to manager.

Rafaella is now Chief of Staff to the CEO at an early stage fintech in Brazil. She is available to conduct sessions in English and/or Portuguese.

Ray Temnewo - Ex-McKinsey, Stanford MBA '24
Ray Temnewo

Ex-McKinsey, Stanford MBA '24

About Ray Temnewo

Inside Ray’s Journey to and through McKinsey (Podcast Interview)

Ray is currently a 2nd-year MBA student at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with prior experiences in strategy consulting, technology, and private equity.

During his 2+ years at McKinsey, his project focus was primarily in the Technology, Media, & Telecom practice and the FUEL sector (startup practice). Outside of work, Ray led case workshops for his alma mater as well as regional case prep recruiting for several universities in the Atlanta area – spanning undergrad, MBA, and lateral hires.

Ray goes the extra mile to help prospective applicants and aspiring consultants reach their goals because he recognizes how much the platform has done for him. Outside of school and work, Ray enjoys going to concerts, playing soccer, hanging with friends, and reading.

Ryan Smith - Ex-BCG, Darden MBA
Ryan Smith

Ex-BCG, Darden MBA

About Ryan Smith

Ryan’s Coaching Philosophy and Career Journey (Podcast Interview)

How Ryan Works With Candidates (Live Case)

After graduating with his MBA, Ryan worked at BCG for 2 years before moving on to lead strategy projects for a large housing finance company. He thoroughly enjoyed his time at BCG and spent the majority of his time working in the Consumer and Federal spaces.

Throughout business school and during his time at BCG, Ryan was plugged into recruiting. He has personally coached dozens of candidates who have gone on to receive MBB offers and has led numerous case workshops. Ryan prides himself on giving specific feedback and recommendations while also continuing to develop each candidate’s strengths.

Yusuf Shaikh - Ex-BCG, CFA
Yusuf Shaikh


About Yusuf Shaikh

Learn about Yusuf’s approach to coaching (2min video)

Deeper dive: Yusuf’s Coaching Philosophy and Career Journey (Podcast Interview)

Yusuf is a former BCG consultant, qualified CFA charterholder, and specialist within strategy, private equity, and venture capital. He was based in BCG’s Johannesburg office as an Associate, serving clients in the public and private sectors while specializing in the energy, automotive, and industrial goods sectors.

He completed various projects focused on pricing optimization, corporate restructuring & strategy, and PE due diligences. Yusuf has extensive experience as a case interview coach, having run various workshops for BCG Johannesburg’s graduate recruitment programs.

After BCG, Yusuf spent 3 years investing in small & growing businesses in Africa, and now advises South Africa’s leading Fin-Tech on business strategy, M&A, corporate development, and expansion strategies.

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The good news? We get AWESOME results. 80% of our clients who complete 8+ hours of coaching with us receive at least 1 offer, and 60% receive offers to 1 or more of the top 10 consulting firms!

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