Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Ran Levinsky

University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Ran is currently pursuing his MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler, class of 2021, with a focus on management consulting and corporate finance. Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Ran began his career as a budget controller manager in the Israeli Defense Forces where he developed his love for numbers and finance. During his last year of service, he enrolled at the College of Management (Rishon Lezion, Israel) and double majored in Finance and Management. His love for numbers was so apparent that he graduated in the top 3% of his class.

Before coming to the MBA, Ran worked for four years at Teva Pharmaceuticals. In his last position as a corporate financial analyst, he led multiple projects for global expense reductions, operation initiatives, and legal restructuring plan. In his third year at Teva, he received the award for outstanding performance from the financial management team. During his free time, Ran was a competitive tennis player, and he loves to hiking, climbing, and spending time with family and friends.

What made you consider business school?

I had a great career until business school started, between the army as a budget controller manager and at Teva as a corporate financial analyst, I had many opportunities to be exposed to finance, leading different teams, projects, and grow professionally.

In order to develop the additional skills I need to achieve my career goals, it was clear to me that academic and social aspect of the MBA was the best next step for me. Not only did I seek the academic knowledge that comes with an MBA, but as an international student who has goals of working in the global market, the social and cultural experience of the MBA is unparalleled.

After examining the top MBA programs, it was clear that Kenan-Flagler's leadership development model, world-class professors, alumni network, and emphasis on integrity, leadership, and diversity made it the ideal place for me to develop the skills and experiences that I need to achieve my career goals.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am excited to take this step with UNC Kenan-Flagler and experience Chapel-Hill for many reasons. First of all, I cannot wait to collaborate with and learn from the people at KFBS that creates a unique culture. Furthermore, it is the endless opportunities to get hands-on experience. Kenan-Flagler's experiential learning opportunities, such as STAR, will allow me to grow as a leader and to make a positive impact on my MBA community. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, I look forward to expanding my boundaries, challenging himself, and finding new passions with a network of students and professors that will change people's lives for the better.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

I truly admire Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group. It is not his role or success that I admire necessarily, but his foresight, ambition, and determination that make him a role model for me. He has proven to the world that people should be focused on their dreams, chase them, and never give up. No matter how many times he faced rejection, whether it was from KFC or Harvard, he kept trying. Rather than let the "nos" get him down, he is focused on making his ideas successful. He is truly an inspiration to the world.

What's one thing everyone should know about you? I'm the "go-to-guy" when the pressure is on and you need a creative solution. I love the challenge of coming up with innovative ideas, especially when the clock is ticking.

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