Kasper Castricum

OneMBA Class of 2015
Terminal and business development manager at Arabian Chemical Terminals

“One of the best parts of the OneMBA was learning to be open for input, work with others and get feedback and personal reflection.”

Before I started the OneMBA at RSM, I was a trained as an engineer and subject matter specialist in the technical side of the oil and gas business. I’ve worked in the same role in Saudi Arabia for five years, but I improved business acumen and I’m more effective in decision-making. The programme gave me a better understanding of the petrochemical business and working with different cultures, even while I’ve been active in this global sector for 18 years. Oil is a global business so it’s important to understand cultures and some geopolitics.

One of the best parts of the OneMBA was learning to be open for input, work with others and get feedback and personal reflection. I also know more about system thinking, statistics, and finance modelling and marketing. There’s a big red line of the Personal Leadership Development programme through the MBA that really made me understand myself and other cultures better. Although I’ve been living abroad for a long time, it’s good to find the theory behind it too.

I’m organising a four-day alumni event in Bahrain in May 2016 for my OneMBA classmates – it will be a professional event with a personal touch. Five speakers from my network in the Middle East will teach them about the region’s geopolitical situation, doing business and entrepreneurship. We’ll also have dinners and parties. I wasn’t expecting people from all over the world to so easily sign up for it. I hope others will do something like that too.

To deepen my knowledge in business in the oil and gas industry, I stepped into RSM’s part-time PhD programme. This enables me to do research in my field in my own time. This idea was born during the MBA. I’m not sure what next, maybe do more consultancy work or even tutor my specialism in the future. I just want to be the best in what I do.