International changemaker 2011

Adrian Mucalov, BCom'01
profile from 2011

From a term on the Queen's Senate to a semester at the Bader International Study Centre, Adrian Mucalov's eagerness to take on new and challenging experiences during his time in the Commerce prgram was a strong indication of how his career would ultimately unfold.

Adrian's interest in international business was sparked when he took a voluntary assigment in Korea. “I discovered that Zambia’s GDP had equalled Korea’s in 1960. The contrast between how Korea had grown and prospered while Zambia had fallen behind was a powerful lesson. I found that once I started thinking about how economic growth can transform societies, it was difficult to think of anything else.” A combined MBA/Master of Public Administration gave him the knowledge and skills he was missing, and found work at Actis, a London-based private equity fund that strives to help the private sector make positive contributions to society.

When Smith Magazine caught up with Adrian in 2011, he was working on a project to increase electricity capacity in Uganda.

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“I found that once I started thinking about how economic growth can transform societies, it was difficult to think of anything else.”