Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Salar Malik, University of Rochester (Simon)


“Driven to greatness, curious by design, accountable to the community and fueled by adrenaline.”

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Fun fact about yourself: I own a textile trading business with my father in Lahore, Pakistan. We export state loom fabrics throughout Europe and serve customers in the healthcare, hospitality and retail sectors.

Undergraduate School and Major: Knox College – BA in Econometrics and Integrative Business

Most recent employer and job title: BMO Wealth Management – ​​Associate Portfolio Manager

Rochester Simon is known for being “shamelessly analytical”. Why does the program’s emphasis on quantitative analysis and decision-making appeal to you? How do you plan to take advantage of this approach as a student and professional? Having spent most of my pre-MBA career as a front office banker, I was heavily focused on the relationship side of the business. To complement my strong banking acumen and be a good fiduciary, I sought out a program that put analytical reasoning at the forefront. Even before classes, our orientation sessions introduced various assessment methodologies to facilitate discussion, which is a testament to the analytical prowess of this program. Professionally, I aim to continue to find the best outcomes for my clients, champion worthy causes, and prepare for the rigors of investment banking by building on the program’s analytical framework.

Apart from your classmates, What was the key element of the Rochester Simon MBA program or programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? Unlike most MBA programs, Simon offers programming designed to engage candidates as early as six months before the program. My favorite was Scholarship Weekend, an invitation-only, three-day event with a group case study and over 50 admitted students competing for merit scholarships and nominated prizes. Between the team’s fascinating display of talent and the collective thinking that went into organizing it, it became clear that Simon takes the investment in his students very seriously. As someone with a passion for personal development and professional growth, finding a program that offered opportunities for both was important to me, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

What class, club or activity are you most excited about in Rochester Simon? Seeking to leverage my experience overseeing $1.3 billion in discretionary assets, I’m excited about the Simon School Venture Fund, a student-led early-stage seed fund that operates under the direction of investors. and seasoned venture capitalists.

Describe your greatest achievement in your career so far. I created an Excel template that helped isolate dated fee rebates and allowed my colleagues to reassess portfolios, unlocking an overlooked revenue stream. Over a three-month period, I led training sessions to drive internal adoption and implemented changes, which resulted in the bank raising an additional $100 million in recurring revenue. Following my presentation to the Chief Investment Officer, the spreadsheet has been posted on our intranet site and is being used to reduce inflated discounts to date, allowing the bank to benefit in perpetuity.

What is one thing you have recently read, watched or listened to that you would highly recommend to future MBAs? Why? Although I didn’t search for an admissions consultant, I found Stacy Blackman’s free content particularly helpful when navigating the admissions process. Staffed by former MBA admissions counselors turned consultants, the firm offers essay writing and interview advice via blogs and Spotify podcasts. Their discovery guide, full of well-structured ideas and very relevant material, made the journey of introspection much easier for me.

In two years, what would make your MBA experience a success? In addition to landing a job in my chosen field of investment banking, it’s the number of people who rely on you and the caliber of your interpersonal relationships that define success for me. Coming from a family of teachers who relegated their interests in the name of the community, I place great importance on fostering relationships built around a sense of purpose, playfulness and vulnerability. Two years later, I aspire to have it poured into my campus in this way and to be well positioned to do the same in the communities I subsequently frequent.

What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission into Simon’s MBA program? Beyond the academic profile of the class, ask yourself what kind of experience, community and impact do you want to have? At Simon’s, our class isn’t afraid to rip the band-aid off and be authentic. I encourage you to do the same if you consider Simon. Yes, part of the reason you come here is to have a successful career, but what else? We would like to know what motivates you, what you have overcome and what kind of leader you want to be.

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