Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Timothy Lam, Emory (Goizueta)
“A third-culture kid curious about using technology to make the world more efficient.”
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Fun fact about yourself: He once flew almost 5,000 miles on four flights to Kyiv, Ukraine to watch a football (soccer) game. We’ve lost.
Undergraduate School and Major: Emory University, Major in Economics
Most recent employer and job title: Director at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company
What makes Atlanta such a great place to get an MBA? Ever since I graduated from Emory, every time I returned to visit Atlanta, I noticed that the city just kept growing. Personally, the cultural diversity and the relaxed atmosphere matched my personality. On the business front, Atlanta is growing its reputation as the East Coast’s tech hub, with Google recently confirming office expansions, Microsoft moving into new office space, and Airbnb making Atlanta its regional office. I can’t imagine any other city with better tech opportunities.
Aside from your classmates and your location, what was the key element of Emory Goizueta’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Goizueta’s connections to Atlanta’s startup and tech community really appealed to me. It’s well known that Atlanta is home to many Fortune 500 companies, but the entrepreneurship and technology scene has only gone from strength to strength. In the first half of 2021, Georgian companies raised almost $2 billion in venture capital, more than the total amount raised in 2020. I am delighted to be involved with collaborators and partners in the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Atlanta, and I love that Goizueta will provide me with these opportunities.
What class, club or activity are you most passionate about at Emory Goizueta? I’m excited to start a FinTech and Blockchain Club in Goizueta to take advantage of Atlanta’s booming FinTech industry, with companies like Kabbage, Greenlight, and BitPay. There is a tremendous opportunity for the Goizueta FinTech and Blockchain Club to serve as a platform for all Goizueta students interested in FinTech and Blockchain by providing education, connecting major FinTech organizations with students, and focusing on the latest research and industry trends.
Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: I led project management for the largest enterprise engagement, a year-long effort to transform the culture of compliance at a US megabank with approximately $2 trillion in assets. I managed six projects and an international team of 30 consultants, which improved the bank’s compliance operations and the client’s public image. It was the first time I had overseen such a large and highly visible project. It was an incredibly rewarding time.
How has COVID-19 changed your outlook on your career and life in general? COVID has allowed me to consider what type of company I want to work in after the MBA and beyond. During such a professionally exhausting time, where the lines between work and life were blurred, I found the importance of finding joy and truly believing in a company’s mission. I asked myself, “Is the company tackling issues that help move society forward? The pandemic has helped me to affirm that FinTech is really the industry in which I want to have an impact. During the pandemic, FinTech has helped consumers and small businesses through various means such as direct cash payments to consumers, loan assistance for small businesses, and faster launches. new product features.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? After consulting with numerous clients in financial services ranging from US megabanks to venture capitalist-backed digital asset companies, I realized that my interests lay squarely in FinTech. I learned a lot on the job, but I want to diversify my skills and my business acumen to amplify my impact in FinTech. After the MBA, I hope to use all my consulting experience with an MBA to help promote financial inclusion in a FinTech or support FinTechs through venture capital.
What other MBA programs have you applied to? Fuqua, Darden, McCombs
What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission into Emory Goizueta’s MBA program? The application process can be an incredibly stressful time, but take the opportunity to learn more about yourself, your intrinsic motivations, and write your story. Candidates may come from similar backgrounds on paper, such as consulting, but each has a unique story and diverse perspective. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and that you will end up, like me, in the school that is best for you.