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Resume: Devyani Pershad

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Recent MBA Graduate looking to work in International Development or Healthcare I chose to work in a close-knit, medium-size consulting division at Grant Thornton as a graduate, progressing from Analyst to Consultant in a period of less than two years. I was given direct responsibility very early on in my career which allowed me to stand out from the crowd and be involved in decision making and business development. I was involved in project diagnosis and implementation across sectors such as health, education, urban infrastructure, tourism etc., through client interactions, research reports and data analysis. I also had the opportunity to lead high value and impact projects for the Government of India where I had to manage multiple stakeholders from the government and communicate effectively to maintain rigor on the projects. In my role as a project manager, I enhanced my client management and leadership skills while also gaining experience of working with small and medium enterprises in a developing country. A crucial aspect of my role was financial assessment and structuring to identify financing need and alternatives. Therefore, I soon developed strong financial modelling skills and was consistently approached by other projects for support in this area. Through the summer, I realised the strength of my flexible nature, due to my ability to work on two distinct assignments in a new work environment. My ability to quickly adapt to new cultures allowed me to form strong work and personal relationships with my Spanish colleagues and external stakeholders. My quick learning of the Spanish language over the past year further supported this process. Additionally, both my assignments were dedicated to the health sector, greatly expanding my knowledge of the same, and allowing me to confirm my inclination towards working in the field of Global Health. I utilized my time at ISGlobal to develop my understanding of the challenges being faced by agencies working in the areas of Malaria and HIV/AIDS. I am committed to working towards strengthening essential services in the developing world, and my past experience of working in public sector consulting in India further reinforces my commitment to the same.
Last Resume Update April 29, 2012
Degree Masters Degree
Experience 2+ to 3 Years
Category Project Management
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Experience

Jun. 11 - Sep. 11 INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL DE BARCELONA (ISGLOBAL) BARCELONA, SPAIN
Market research & Business Plan for Global Health Consultancy Practice
• Led field work, data collection and market analysis of the global health consultancy sector at Spanish and global level
• Conducted information gathering and sensitivity interviews with in-house and external experts, at times in Spanish
• Developed a business plan for a consultancy business unit at ISGLOBAL and presented results to management

Jun. 11 - Sep. 11 IESE BUSINESS SCHOOL BARCELONA, SPAIN
Research Associate, Operations and Strategy - Healthcare
• Co-authored 2 business cases on operations, innovation and strategy in a private non-profit and a public health facility
• Interviewed key individuals and led interactions with the organisations for aggregating information

Feb. 08 - Jul. 10 GRANT THORNTON NEW DELHI, INDIA
Oct. 09 - Jul. 10 Consultant, Government and Infrastructure Advisory (GIA)

Project Manager, Project Management Agency (PMA) for recast Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS),
Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India
• Managed the Project team consisting of 5 external consultants - youngest Project Manager within GIA
• Evaluated request for funding proposals with an outlay of over $80mn from 6 industrial clusters
• Facilitated Central Government approval for each cluster
• Assessed and analysed financial viability and sustainability of each project
• Liaised with high level bureaucrats in the Indian Government to enable sanctions and track project progress

Transaction Advisory for Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Health, Government of Uttar Pradesh (value $40mn)
• Structured project for implementation on PPP basis - identified quantum of government funding required
• Formulated and facilitated stakeholder consultations on behalf of the Government - networked with significant
healthcare firms to attract private sector participation
• Drafted and modified Bid Documentation - Requests for Qualification & Proposal and Concession Agreements

Feasibility study for development of world-class tourist attractions, Department of Tourism, Government of Sikkim
• Designed financial model for the project (value $200mn)
• Evaluated social and environmental impact on project stakeholders
• Presented results to the Chief Minister of the State

Feb. 08 - Oct. 09 Analyst, Government and Infrastructure Advisory
• Led and succesfully converted key empanelment (pre-qualification) initiatives of the firm in the fields of Tourism,
Urban Infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships
• Identified and networked with leading engineering and architecture firms in the country to formulate consortiums

2005 - Present ARTISTES UNLIMITED CHARITABLE TRUST NEW DELHI, INDIA
Artistes Unlimited (AU) is an independent platform for Performing Arts established in July 2003.
Coordinator - Choir & Infrastructure
• Marketed the choir to large corporates and generated revenues of over $50,000
• Managed teams responsible for technical and managerial aspects of performances
• Raised funds, spearheaded marketing initiatives and managed infrastructure

Education

2010 - 2012 IESE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Master of Business Administration (MBA Program)
BARCELONA, SPAIN

2005 - 2008 UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
BSc Economics Honours
NEW DELHI, INDIA

Jun. 07 - Aug. 07 HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Harvard Summer School - Money Markets, Psychology
CAMBRIDGE, UNITED STATES