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Riza Putra

  • Programme: Masters in Financial Analysis
  • Nationality: Indonesian

Studied: BSc in Economics at the University of Warwick, UK

Interested in: Investment banking, project and infrastructure finance and real estate

My greatest challenge when I applied to business school was: Preparing for the CFA Level 1 Examination (December) while completing my final year undergraduate courses and dissertation. My advice to anyone who wants to avoid panicking is to start as early as possible, preferably during the summer, before the final year gets too busy. Start practicing questions one week before the exam using the ‘Question Bank’ books you can purchase online, regardless of whether or not you’ve finished reading them.

About me: Originally from Jakarta, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK. Prior to that, I did a gap year in China to understand the Chinese business ethics and learn Mandarin. I did internships in investment banking and equity sales and research at CLSA Indonesia, and valuation and strategy at PwC Indonesia. I was involved in cross-border M&A, IPO, equity research, and sell-off strategy projects, covering infrastructure, financial services, construction, and property sector. With fellow Southeast Asian student leaders on my degree, I co-founded the UK’s largest student-led conference on Southeast Asia: Warwick ASEAN Conference. The inaugural conference was a huge success, attracting 700 delegates from across the UK and Europe. We had 18 distinguished speakers, including a former minister, country ambassadors, academics, corporate executives and student leaders. If you want to be in an international community with inspiring individuals who embrace collaboration, London Business School (LBS) truly is the place to be. You’ll be amazed by how much support you get from fellow LBS members (classmates, MBA/MiF mentors, alumni, the career centre and staff). I now want to reach out to more talented Southeast Asians, encouraging them to study at LBS.