International MBA 31st edition alumnus Kiriti Rambhatla graduated in 2011 and now works as the Media Operations Lead at LinkedIn India, and is a successful model and actor for various big brands and telefilms in the Indian film and fashion industry.
Kiriti holds a Baccalaureate in Electrical & Systems Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada and worked for some years before pursuing the International MBA from MIP Politecnico di Milano. He specializes in the field of Media & Entertainment and has attained many successes in this field. In addition, he holds extensive educational, professional and travel experience in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Currently working as the Media Operations Lead at LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, his work involves managing digital media operations for LinkedIn products and creating content across television, graphic novels, feature films and product commercials in the Indian market. His creative content has generated over 120,000 unique viewers on television and over 1 million digital views on You Tube. One example of his creative work is the superhero character he created which was adapted as a feature film in 2016. Kiriti has also modelled for famous apparel brands in India like Van Huesen & Peter England among others.
The main challenge of his current job at LinkedIn is the Microsoft acquisition and anticipating future work & process changes. To be able to align his team’s focus in that direction is a key factor of consideration in this current role. He say, “The opportunities are amazing. LinkedIn as a company has an amazing culture, which fosters the growth of the individual personally. They are keen on transformation of the individual and that helps me build on my creative projects while I maintain a balance with the corporate side”.
He rates the experience of studying in Italy as the most enriching one in his life. Sharing about his experience in Italy, he tells, “MIP’s master program is probably the best in terms of the variety of subjects it offers to a student. What made the program special was its focus on aspects of personality development, industrial interface & cultural diversity. I could apply my subjects to good use in the internship at ST Microelectronics. What made the experience special for me was receiving the Personal Development award during my graduation ceremony. After landing a job with Indesit, which is now Whirlpool EMEA, I got the chance to travel to central Italy to the province of Marche. The next two and a half years I spent learning the language, travelling around southern Italy and knowing more about the culture. In fact, one of the biggest influences in my life has been the teaching of Professor Fabio Sdogati. He had been instrumental in changing the way I look at things and rekindling my interest in the field of economics (industrial, political and business). I would attribute my business economics thinking to his teachings, which were hard hitting and to the point. I could take those teachings right to the real world and created a model in Italy which was later published in Forbes. While working in Fabriano, I used to attend the local theater to watch my friends perform. The artistic work I do today definitely took a major inspiration from what I saw, learnt and studied in Italy”.
Kiriti’s journey exemplifies unconventional post-MBA career paths where his MBA experience clubbed with student life experience in Italy contributed jointly towards his career today where he moves seamlessly between the number dominated corporate world and creative and colorful world of showbiz.