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Vidhitha Kanakamedala

Career Stage: Consultant

Who are you ? Tell us in a few words about yourself…

My name is Vidhitha Kanakamedala and I am currently a Senior Consultant with Arthur D. Little based in Dubai Office. 

Why did you start working for Arthur D. Little? How did you come across ADL?

I chose ADL as it offered me the possibility of working for different clients in diverse industries on challenging topics. This appealed to me as it meant every assignment would be unique and would offer me an opportunity to learn and grow.

What do you enjoy most about your current position at ADL ? 

ADL offers exactly what is promises – a new challenge in every project! Work is never monotonous. To top this, I appreciate my colleagues who bring in different perspectives, are humble and make working here a whole lot fun and interesting.

What were the most rewarding experiences since you have joined Arthur D. Little?

At the end of every assignment I finished so far, I have always felt I have achieved/ learned something new and surprised myself and this in itself is extremely rewarding. 

Are you happy with the work life balance at ADL and can you give examples of when you experienced this?

Being a new mom (Yes! How often do you see new moms able to keep up with the demands of a consulting career?), I appreciate that ADL offers a reasonably good work life balance. I was able to join back and continue working from when my baby was 2 months old and this is primarily because I was given freedom and even encouraged to choose my work timings and set boundaries.

How would you describe the culture at ADL?

The culture at ADL is extremely friendly and to say the least, humble. ADL is not a hierarchical organization as many other consulting firms are. At ADL every ones opinion matters and can be easily voiced.

What global training course did you attend that you would highly recommend and why?

I have attended the Core Consulting, Advanced Consulting and Case Management training courses. I have thoroughly enjoyed and was enlightened with Case Management training as it delves into people management and client management aspects 

What advice would you give to job candidates at Arthur D. Little?

ADL’s culture and the way we work is unique. Everyone in the organization is different and we thrive on this. We do not advocate that all the consultants adhere to an established ideal norm. Hence, I would advise candidates to bring their true selves to the interviews (and to work place later on) and to not stick to a standard safe/ diplomatic answers.

What are your interests outside work? 

My current interest is mostly my little girl and I participate in anything that she does! With whatever little time I am left with, I like to paint and squeeze in a bit of travelling (for fun!) whenever I can.

Carlo Stella

Career Stage: Principal

Who are you ? Tell us in a few words about yourself…

Organized, Communicative, Team-player, Trustworthy, Impartial, Results oriented, Friendly, Italian 

Why did you start working for Arthur D. Little? How did you come across ADL?

I got to know Arthur D. Little in an conversation with one of my father’s friends whom I have been considering as a mentor through-out my studies. He advised me to look into ADL, as it would provide me with the management consulting experience, but with a technology/sustainability focus that would nicely match my mechanical engineering background and personal interests. After looking at the website and having some informal conversations with some of the people working there, I got convinced that ADL was the place I wanted to work for and in 2 months I got accepted and started my long lasting career in the firm

What do you enjoy most about your current position at ADL ? 

My current position allow me to have strategic – key discussions with the client to steer their businesses/activities toward the achievement of necessary targets and re-shape the company, the industry or the even a country 

What were the most rewarding experiences since you have joined Arthur D. Little?

Every single occasion in which we have been able to successfully execute what we were asked,  exceeding client’s expectations and receiving formal appreciation by top-executives (e.g. deputy Ministries, EVP of large utilities, CEOs of large family conglomerates, …)

Are you happy with the work life balance at ADL and can you give examples of when you experienced this?

While we certainly work more than many would ever expect, the firm and all the colleagues work together to allow the best balance possible between work and private commitments. One of the most recent experiences I had regarding this involves a personal need to travel for family reasons during a critical project time; all the seniors, peers and juniors recognized the need and we all worked closely together to ensure that this was possible while maintaining the required presence at the client and the delivery of promised documents at set milestones  

How would you describe the culture at ADL?

The culture at ADL is an entrepreneurial one, where people are stimulated to make the change they are looking for, being it in the firm or at our client, following high ethical standards and through incredible collaboration among all colleagues at all levels

Have you participated in our Mobility Programme? If so, please tell us about your experience. 

Although I had the chance to work across multiple offices in ADL and in several different countries across my years in the firm, it was not until 2012 that I have formally applied for the Mobility Programme. The application followed 

What advice would you give to job candidates at Arthur D. Little?

If you are looking for an entrepreneurial environment, where to meet and collaborate with amazing colleagues which might become at any point some of your closest friends, don’t look any further, apply to ADL, be yourself through-out the interview process and join the ADL family

What are your interests outside work ?

Outside work I love to cook, read, travel and practice different sports. 

Since January 2008, I am helping a non-profit organization in raising funds to sustain its hospital in Uganda (fully integrated in the National Health Service and run by local staff)

Aida Mbaye

Career Stage: Consultant

Who are you? Tell us in a few words about yourself…

I am an oil an energy professional, with 4 years’ experience in the oil and gas operations. I am mechanical engineer by training. I have an MBA from HEC Paris as well. On the more important side, I am a woman, mother of a young Margot (21 months old). I am from Senegal (west Africa)

Why did you start working for Arthur D. Little? How did you come across ADL?

After 3 years working as an engineer in the oil and gas industry across Africa, I felt the need to make a change in my career. I wanted to prepare myself transition from an operational position to a more strategic decisional role. For that, I went for an MBA to equip myself with the right toolkit, supplement my education. Then came the time to join a firm that would allow me to maintain high MBA learning curve and value my background. It then only took a couple of interviews to agree that ADL was the best for me

What do you enjoy most about your current position at ADL? 

As a career changer, ADL is the perfect firm for me. I can say I am not just another the number. My past experienced is valued, and the diversity of the projects, allow me to use my background (past life job knowledge) and contribute significantly, despite being new to consulting

Are you happy with the work life balance at ADL and can you give examples of when you experienced this?

Work life balance is good. The crowd is young (at least in their heart). The office have a very healthy social life. Since I joined the firm, I had the luxury to participate in variety of social events from casual “thirsty Thursday” to paintball games. Each occasion is a moment to get together a build stronger team.

How would you describe the culture at ADL?

The ADL culture is very inclusive and friendly culture. 

ADL has population of consultants with an amazingly varied professional background that provides everyone with a bigger take away. From day 1, you start working shoulder to shoulder with extremely experienced and competent people. The level of brilliance and openness is extremely stimulating and makes the path to the very demanding world of consulting much more easy and intuitive

What advice would you give to job candidates at Arthur D. Little?

Your story is what makes you the perfect candidate. 

You will do numbers of tests, and crack many cases to validate your capacities - those are important. But anyone else will do them, in fact many people with similar or better scores will be applying to the same school. What will make you stand of the crowd, is the uniqueness of your story. So be proud of it and show it off. 

What are your interests outside work?

Reading. Cooking/ Baking. Road trip across Africa’s “red” zones. Visiting unusual sights

Namrata Jaiswal

Career Stage: Business Analyst

Who are you ? Tell us in a few words about yourself…

This is Namrata Jaiswal, senior Business Analyst from the ADL Dubai office. I have worked primarily in travel & transportation, telecom and real estate industry projects on a variety of topics such as corporate strategy, regulatory assessment, marketing strategy, operational transformation etc. Prior to joining ADL, I had worked as an intern with the M&A division of an Investment Bank, Alantra. I have studied Masters in Business Administration (from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India) and hold a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India). 

Why did you start working for Arthur D. Little? How did you come across ADL?

ADL visited my post-graduate institute (IIMA) for recruitment and I was selected in the campus placement process. 

Post MBA, I wanted to kick-start my career with consulting as it helps immensely in structuring your thought process and exposes you to a diverse set of topics. Additionally, ADL offered a unique opportunity of working overseas in a multi-cultural environment of consulting. I was excited about the overall role and decided to take it up.

What do you enjoy most about your current position at ADL ? 

I have got a chance to work on some very interesting projects in ADL. Also, as an analyst, I've got good exposure to client interactions and conducting presentations. 

What were the most rewarding experiences since you have joined Arthur D. Little?

Personally, I feel rewarded when our client implements our recommendations and benefits out of it. On one of my projects, I developed the marketing strategy for a telecom player in ME. After a couple of weeks, I saw the advertisements we discussed, being aired on TV and eventually, the client gained market share. Such experiences make you feel joyful and content. Also, ADL received the 'Best consultant' award in 2016 from a client for whom I had worked on a project. It definitely felt rewarding that our work is well appreciated and awarded by the client.

Are you happy with the work life balance at ADL and can you give examples of when you experienced this?

ADL definitely has a much better work life balance as compared to our peers in the consulting industry. We do have some long nights on projects, however that is only a once in a while occurrence. Besides, in ADL Middle East, we get together for fun activities such as paintball, escape rooms, puzzles, office breakfasts etc. Also, we went for an offsite to Kenya this January, which was an amazing experience!

How would you describe the culture at ADL?

Minimal hierarchy, helpful colleagues and a transparent culture. 

What global training course did you attend that you would highly recommend and why?

'Core Consulting Skills' training. I really enjoyed this training for multiple reasons. One, the company really invests in getting high qualified professional trainers to conduct training sessions. Secondly, the training spent a lot of time discussing about the softer aspects of consulting – personality types, group dynamics, self-confidence etc., something which is very critical and useful for beginners. Thirdly, you get to meet your colleagues from other offices across the world and know more about the other markets. Overall, it was quite a fun-learning series of sessions.

What advice would you give to job candidates at Arthur D. Little?

Couple of things: Be sure that you want to do consulting. It's not a very easy profession. So, make an informed choice. ADLers are very welcoming and friendly. So, feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions. All the best!

What are your interests outside work? 

I love travelling to new places – exploring new cities, trying out different food etc.