Alumni Profile: Ben Chapman

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Ben Chapman

Ben Chapman
Manager, HR and Institutional Development
International development agency
Ottawa, Canada

My agency is an international development agency operating in 9 countries to help improve  health, education, and rural development. I  recruit and train interns to go abroad and work in South Asia and East Africa, and I manage a scholarship that brings staff from our partner organizations to study in Canadian universities.

Education

  • MBA, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, 2001
  • Bachelor of Science in Development Studies Co-op Program, 1991

Words of Advice for This Career…

You must be a multitasker because of stretched resources. You must also learn how to motivate volunteers and staff who are there for idealistic rather than monetary reasons. I tend to motivate them around an issue or an injustice rather than a product; the power in that is strong (for the right people).

… And on Choosing an MBA Program

For nonprofit management, choose a strong generalist MBA or an MBA with a nonprofit track. I definitely enjoyed the case method and found it a superior way to learn as an older student. It is also important to choose a program that requires considerable prior work experience of its students, because this enriches your learning enormously.

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