27 Apr 2017
Enabling a Transformational Educational ExperienceTopics:
Saurav Patyal (MBA 2018)
(photo by Susan Young)
FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT: HBS Fund
The HBS mission—to educate leaders who make a difference in the world—resonates deeply with Saurav Patyal (MBA 2018). “My goal is to utilize business and innovation to impact people’s lives on a large scale,” he explains. “I’m excited about improving access to affordable health care globally and especially in South Asia, where I’m from.”
As an undergraduate at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, Patyal started a rural social enterprise in southern India that provided supplementary education, support for marginalized farmers, and vocational training. He earned an engineering and economics degree in 2011, was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in India, and led commercial operations for Abbott India Limited in Nepal before coming to HBS.
A fellowship is enabling Patyal to pursue his MBA to gain the broad-based skills he needs to become a strong and holistic leader. A member of the HBS Health Care Club, he helped organize its 2017 conference and plans to get more involved in the School’s Health Care Initiative. Patyal says his time at HBS is inspiring him to think bigger about his role in the health care landscape.
“Without a fellowship, I would feel constrained in the breadth of career opportunities I could consider,” he notes. Patyal explains that the financial assistance he receives will become even more critical when his wife, Tanvi Jain Patyal, joins the MBA Class of 2019 next fall.
“This fellowship gives my wife and me the incredible opportunity to gain one of the most enriching and transformational educational experiences of our lives.”
Class of MBA 2018, Section I