The Walpole Programme in Luxury Management at London Business School was established in 2013 to identify and nurture carefully selected MBA students who aspire to become the next generation of luxury leaders. The students attend a series of Walpole-organised workshops, designed to build their commercial acumen, and is also assigned a mentor – a senior executive from within the Walpole membership – who will provide guidance throughout the year. The selected MBA students will have demonstrated excellence in their careers to date, and been accepted onto this prestigious and highly competitive programme because of their aptitude, business acumen, academic expertise and keen interest in pursuing a career in the luxury industry. Please click here to read the latest Programme in Luxury Management brochure.

Selection Criteria

This programme is available to all MBA students in their first year at London Business School who are aiming to take up future management positions in the luxury industry.

2018 Participants

Dolapo Adeyemi
MBA Candidate

After obtaining a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Nigeria, an MSc in Process Technology from the University of Warwick, and working in the oil and gas industry as a project engineer, Dolapo started a business that combined technology and fashion: The Damaris Solaris bag, capable of charging mobile devices on the go. She also launched OYSBY, a premium footwear brand, and has been named ‘Designer to Watch’, and won praise from editors of style magazines including Vogue and InStyle. More recently, she was named a UK Footwear Designer of the year finalist by Drapers. She is currently a Mo Ibrahim Scholar at LBS and a student ambassador.

Freddie Briance
MBA Candidate

On graduating from Oxford University, Freddie joined Abercrombie & Fitch’s Leadership Development Graduate Programme. During his three years at the US headquarters he ran the product and merchandising teams for the men’s global shirting category and subsequently the global sweatshirts and active tops categories. Building on this experience, he returned to London to head the operations of swimwear brand Kimberley London. He also worked as part of the founding team of a digital performance coaching service. At LBS, Freddie is co-lead of LBS Launchpad, co-chair of the 2018 Retail & Luxury conference, and co-lead of the Manbassador team, a subsection of the Women in Business Club.

Andrea Chu
MBA Candidate

Andrea joined the MBA at LBS after five years working in the financial services and luxury retail industry. She started her career as an analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York. She then joined a private equity fund, Propel Equity Partners, where she focused on investments in the consumer and retail industries. With her MBA insight, she joined the strategy and finance team at Stuart Weitzman, the luxury shoe business. Andrea holds a B.A. degree from Wellesley College and is a Student Admissions Representative for Wellesley College and on the Executive Committee of the LBS Retail & Luxury Club and Women's Touch Rugby Team.

Nina Dagbjartsson
MBA Candidate

Nina joined the MBA after six years working in luxury retail wholesale in New York. Most recently, Nina was a sales manager at Helmut Lang. She was responsible for both the domestic women’s specialty store business and the global off-price business. Nina worked with senior leaders to execute a long-term rebranding strategy, consulting on winning global brand strategies for eCommerce and shop-in-shop customer experiences. In the global off-price business, Nina liquidated merchandise to key channel partners. Nina is seeking to continue her career in luxury retail after completing the MBA. Nina holds an executive position in the LBS Retail & Luxury Goods Club.

Francesco Furlani
MBA Candidate

Italian-born Francesco has a true passion for innovation and for helping the others. These passions led him to become a business partner of an Italian fashion NPO social enterprise: ProgettoQuid. He first developed his interest in the fashion world as a child, growing up with a seamstress: his grandmother Giuliana, he was always fascinated by her work. Then, during his PwC experience, he was able to develop his interest in the industry by working for an international fashion house and for a major Italian player in the fast-fashion industry. He is an extremely curious person, keen on constant self-improvement that thrives in fast-changing and challenging circumstances.

Crystal He
MBA Candidate

Before joining LBS, Crystal was a professional marketer in the consumer goods and luxury industry in the Asia-Pacific market. Most recently she worked as a product manager for Fresh in LVMH China, where she led multiple successful local campaigns including the strategic launch in China’s biggest eCommerce platform Tmall and beauty retailer Sephora. Crystal started her career as a management trainee in NIVEA and was the youngest project manager in the Asia Pacific team. Crystal is the recipient of London Business School 2019 Luxury and Retail Scholarship, and an executive member of Retail & Luxury Goods Club.

Nomfundo Mphuthi
MBA Candidate

Nomfundo started her career at Goldman Sachs, London where she learned about international markets and the untapped opportunities in Africa. She moved back to South Africa to work with Bain & Company. As a consultant, she developed strategies for consumer goods businesses and customer experience projects. She also founded The Kinks Hair, an eCommerce website bringing premium organic hair products to the local market. Nomfundo is a recipient of the LBS African Scholarship, an Exco member of the Africa Club and a member of the Retail & Luxury Goods Club. She is passionate about using global luxury as a platform to promote African products and crafts.

Molly Paris
MBA Candidate

Molly joined LBS after working as a management consultant for Deloitte. There she led clients to develop new ways of segmenting and understanding their customers as well as developing software to shape sales approaches. She intends to apply the skills gained on her MBA to help luxury brands understand how they can incorporate technology in their operations to glean enriched customer insights. Molly is also fascinated by the growing trend of experiential luxury, and wants to learn how luxury brands are growing to meet this new objective. Molly is a member of the LBS Women in Business Club and Retail & Luxury Goods Club executive committees.

Hilary Peltz
MBA Candidate

Awarded LBS’s Luxury and Retail Scholarship this year, Hilary joined the MBA with over six years’ experience in luxury fashion, focused in North American wholesale for Women’s Ready-to-Wear. She’s worked at some of New York’s most prominent design houses including Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, and Donna Karan, and has built an extensive network and knowledge of the US retail market. She was also instrumental in product development while at Alexander Wang. Hilary is an executive member of the LBS Retail & Luxury Goods Club, co-chairing its 2018 Luxury Conference, an executive member of the LBS Student Association, and a mentor in LBS’s Early Careers Mentoring Programme.

Lizzie Reid
MBA Candidate

Lizzie joined LBS after two years as an EU Operations Analyst at Amazon. She advised on the human capital needs of five Polish and UK fulfilment centres, covering up to 8,000 temporary workers. Her work enabled Amazon to meet fluctuating retail demands and maximize operational efficiency. Lizzie’s experience within Amazon’s leading supply chain inspired her to co-found Kenyan-made Karibu Sandals, combining her passion for retail and positive social impact. Lizzie is excited to learn how luxury retail companies can best embrace digital disruption and the modern consumer. Lizzie is an Executive Committee member of the Women in Business club at LBS.

Tom Ross
MBA Candidate

Tom began his career as a Management Consultant with KPMG, based in London but travelling frequently throughout Europe and beyond. During his time there, Tom worked predominantly with global clients in Retail and Consumer Goods, including launching an alliance with McLaren Applied Technologies to develop supply chain propositions using prescriptive analytics. After spending over three years at KPMG, Tom joined the global Telecommunications company BT plc as a commercial Finance Business Partner, leading a team with the financial responsibility for a multi-million-pound portfolio. At LBS, Tom is in the Executive Committees for the Retail & Luxury Goods Club and Men’s Football Club.

Natalie Schober

Before joining the MBA at LBS, Natalie worked as an international arbitration lawyer at Allen & Overy in Frankfurt and London for three years. During this time, she represented international clients from various consumer goods industries in complex disputes and settlement negotiations. Due to the international focus of her work, Natalie has broad experience in delivering optimal results in multi-national teams. Natalie has a law degree from Freiburg University and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics, where she focussed on trademark protection. At LBS, Natalie is on the Executive Committee of the Art & Business Club.

Robin Tallendier
MiM Candidate

Robin is the first Masters in Management to be part of the Walpole Programme. He graduated with First Class Honours from Warwick Business School, and spent a year at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. Prior to LBS, he worked at the French Chamber of Watchmaking & Microtechnics in Shanghai and at Christie’s in London. Robin is also an advisor to the Chinese government for the international development of their local watch industry, particularly focusing on issues that pertain to branding and pricing. At LBS, he is part of the Executive Committee for the Retail & Luxury Goods Club and for the Wine &Spirits Club.

Nanki Walia
MBA Candidate

Nanki started her career in PwC’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice in the US as a management consultant. She worked primarily in the strategic execution of highly visible global carve-outs, divestitures, and legal entity separations of Fortune 100 clients. More recently, she moved to India to co-found Galaad India, an eCommerce company producing high-quality, ethical and affordable leather accessories. She got first-hand experience in leather design and manufacturing processes through her family business, and then helped design the launch collection of over 60 products, while also strategising the brand concept and go-to-market plan-of-action. She is currently on the executive committee for LBS’ Launchpad and Digital Marketing Masterclass Conference.

Judy Zhu
MBA Candidate

Prior to joining LBS, Judy worked in the product and market research department at Porsche. During her six years as project manager, she led a diverse range of global projects, including luxury market studies, customer loyalty programme, product design improvement, new vehicle pricing and brand communication strategies. Her most recent project was the first comprehensive and unprecedented research into the young and affluent millennial group, which established a new knowledge base for Porsche to develop early branding strategies for this target group. Judy holds an executive position in the LBS Retail & Luxury Goods Club.

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