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Dr. Faheem Ahmed
London Business School MBA Candidate and SARI Scholar, Class of 2020, Accenture Strategy Intern and Attendee at WEF Davos 2019
January 18, 2019

Strategy, Sustainability, Social Impact: My Accenture Internship

Strategy, Sustainability, Social Impact

Information overload. Medical school taught me the meaning of it, and London Business School was testing me—and teaching me how to deal with it.

Struck by the tide of information during the first week of my MBA program, I stumbled across the Accenture Strategy internship email on the day of the deadline.

Information, nevertheless, is our greatest commodity. The internship offered the opportunity to reach the peak of knowledge exchange at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland and work with The Circulars Award team—the world’s premier circular economy award program.

Time was of the essence, but I had to seize this opportunity.

Combining cases with clinical reasoning
To apply, I needed to film a short video about why I was best suited to the role. So, after class (in my best suit), I did just that. Despite the pixelated camera quality, my passion must have shone through, because the following week, I was invited to the case-study interview.

As a medical doctor, the case-study interview was a new experience for me. I spent the weekend prior frantically calling on the help of the consultants in my class. As I progressed through the rounds, I found my confidence growing, the challenges increasingly stimulating and the conversations more thought-provoking.

I applied the analytical skills I honed from my medical training and drew on the frameworks I learned while earning my master’s in public health to systematically break down complex problems and offer a range of simple solutions.

The Accenture environment made the entire process, which could have been daunting, rather enjoyable, and it reinforced my desire to be a part of this organization.

Making a sustainable impact
After careful consideration, I decided that working with Accenture’s sustainability team almost perfectly aligned with my interests, and the opportunity to attend the World Economic Forum would be too good to turn down.

Given my appointment as a WEF Global Shaper and my drive to support sustainable development as a founding director of international NGO, Selfless, I wanted to commit myself to create meaningful impact for Accenture Strategy and its clients.

In my work with Accenture, I set sector-specific sustainability benchmarks, analyzed companies’ progress toward achieving them and curated the finalists for the WEF Circulars Awards.One of my highlights was drafting a speech for the Crown Prince of Norway, one of the judges and supporters of The Circulars.

Learning from global leaders
During my internship, I kept every Friday available, so I could participate in team lunch conferences, where we discussed topics ranging from impact investing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

I enjoyed breakfast with WEF President Borge Brende and met Accenture Managing Director for Growth, Strategy and Innovation Amit Mehra and others through the Young Global Leaders community. I enjoyed tours of Accenture’s Innovation Labs and explored the company’s strategic commitment to social impact.

My preparations for Davos started long before packing my suitcase with snow boots and thick jackets. As the WEF fast approaches, I am excited to see the past four months of our team’s hard work and dedication come to fruition.

I feel immensely privileged that it will culminate in the opportunity for me to attend the world’s most foremost meeting of global leaders committed to transforming the world we live in.

Innovate and make a difference with the work you do every day. Find your fit with the Accenture Strategy team.


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