Niall Randles MAM '16

I’m in a classroom with 63 people from very diverse backgrounds. When we work together, we learn what makes each other tick, what makes us excel as individuals, and how best to work together and execute projects.

I’m an engineer by training and I’ve spent most of my career working on projects in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and India. For one project, my company designed a refinery with a team in Australia, and we collaborated with other international offices to deliver the solution to our client in Saudi Arabia. We had to learn to work alongside people from diverse cultures, traditions, and different ways of handling conflict.

MBA Institution
UCD-Smurfit
Post-MAM Position
Senior Associate, Operations and Finance Team at New York Green Bank
Favorite Yale SOM class
Renewable Energy Project Finance
Favorite place to study
Hall of Graduate Studies
Favorite New Haven eatery
How do you use a free hour?
Rowing crew
Another Yale school where you've taken a course

Engineering is such a technical field, so I wanted to find a better way to utilize those skills for working across cultures. UCD-Smurfit, where I got my MBA, helped me develop my own self-awareness and leadership skills, and core business functions.

The Master of Advanced Management program at Yale SOM takes all of that experience to the next level. I’m in a classroom with 63 people from very diverse backgrounds. When we work together, we learn what makes each other tick, what makes us excel as individuals, and how best to work together and execute projects.

Yale has also connected me with renewable energy sector leaders and helped me build a plan for the next phase of my career. Through the MAM Practicum project, I, along with my MAM team, built a relationship with the New York Green Bank, a public renewable energy and energy efficiency investment bank. We delivered a functional tool which NYGB now uses to measure the energy and environmental impact of the portfolio.

I also took a class with Richard Kauffman, who is an alumnus spearheading the efforts in New York at reforming how green finance works there. To have the opportunity to have conversations with him about how utilities should work, how deregulation affects the markets, and what he thinks will happen in the future was amazing. It really helped me picture the path I want for my career. And through Richard and the MAM project I was able to make the first step—I’ll be working at the New York Green Bank.

Interviewed on February 4, 2016.