In his role at the United Nations (UN), London Business School grad Paul Heslop is responsible for peacekeeping efforts in 17 countries, clearing thousands of mines and other explosives, and defending multi-million dollar budgets to the UN Security Council. While his story is as unique as they come, Paul delivers invaluable advice for any nontraditional candidate (and inspiration for anyone else), underscoring ways that he draws upon his business school experience every day at the UN.
Great interviews feel like eavesdropping. It’s powerful to listen in on someone who’s been in your shoes, especially when he or she has the advantage of hindsight. This inspired us to formalize our conversations with impressive business school alumni, who are poised to deliver frank and essential insights on the MBA journey – from choosing a program to the takeaways that had the greatest impact on their career success and the ah-ha moments that changed them in the process.
Our first in the series, A Day in the MBA Life, features LBS alum Paul Heslop, who once accompanied the late Princess Diana through an active minefield. In a Q&A for Forbes with Fortuna Admissions Director Matt Symonds, Paul gets candid about choosing LBS over Harvard Business School, discovering his dyslexia during the MBA, and his idea for outfitting an unsuspecting Pricess Di with a logo inked in blue marker on a pillowcase.
Diana, Princess Of Wales, Visits A Minefield Being Cleared By The Charity Halo In Huambo, Angola, Wearing Protective Body Armor and a Logo Hastily Prepared By London Business School MBA, Paul Heslop. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)