Oct 2017

Meet the LGBTQ MBA Fellows: Jesús Amundarain

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and active ally MBAs in full-time programs. Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBTQ mentors, digital programming, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  Since the inception of the ROMBA Fellowship 129 students have received over US$6.2M in scholarship support from participating schools.

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the third class of the ROMBA Fellows. These 56 fellows come from 35 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

41 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2017-2018 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.


Born and raised in Venezuela, Jesús earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University Simon Bolivar and his master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta. After six years of professional experience, he has been involved in oil and gas operations in Canada, Russia, and the United States, and has worked for Schlumberger, Enbridge Pipelines and FourQuest Energy, most recently.  At business school, he is interested in pursuing a concentration in finance with the goal of following a career in energy investment banking after graduation. Jesús shares a deep appreciation for the performing arts, live jazz, and landscape photography. He can also be found trying some of the spiciest foods around or just eating candy.

What made you consider business school?
I have seen multiple corporate changes during my experience in operations.  Some of the firms that I have worked for have experienced restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, or even divestments. I want to learn about and be involved with the high level negotiations that lead to the inception, development, and execution of those deals. Business school allows me to develop my business acumen and ground my professional path not only on hard skills but also on a meaningful network of individuals and organizations that will be fundamental to my success as a business leader.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
All my friends and acquaintances from different MBA programs agree on one thing: business school is a truly transformative journey. I cannot wait to learn about my future classmates and be part of the discovery of their new selves. I am also eager to be part of an environment where taking chances is celebrated. I believe that, regardless of the outcome of my ventures, business school will provide me with a dependable support system that will always back my risks and help me grow.

Who are some of the leaders (in the LGBTQ community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?
I always find admiration in people who defy established norms in order to stand for what they believe in and for what is right. Some include Harvey Milk, Nikolay Alexeyev, Leopoldo Lopez, and Maria Corina Machado.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a thoughtful, caring, and active listener.

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