UCD Business Alumni Network

UCD Business Alumni has a global network of over 70,000 graduates in over 100 countries.  Our alumni are leaders in business and are actively involved in the development of the business school.  They include top professionals in local and international companies across a range of different industries.

With a growing network of over 4,000 MBA graduates and a dedicated Smurfit MBA Alumni Association, becoming a Smurfit MBA participant means that you will be invited to join this diverse hub of excellence and can draw on the expertise of the alumni network throughout your career.  To learn more about how you can become involved visit the UCD Business Alumni website.

Alumni Insights

Our Alumni are the ultimate ambassadors of the Smurfit MBA learning experience. They provide the most concrete proof of the excellence that typifies the UCD Smurfit MBA.  Find out more from alumni of the Smurfit MBA and the key role it has played in their professional life.

John Ryan

John Ryan, MBA 2016, Founder and CEO at

"There are few conversations with business people that you will feel unqualified to take part in after completing the MBA. The faculty is brimming with inspiring lecturers, and a diverse student body makes the extensive teamwork both challenging and enjoyable.  Completing the MBA has been one of the most memorable experiences in my life to date."

Ciara Close

Ciara Close, MBA 2019, Founder Comfort4Covid

"It's the opportunity to fill in all aspects of your business knowledge, to understand what's unique about you in a leadership context, and to build the career you've always wanted, or never knew you wanted."

Ankit Bajpai

Ankit Bajpai, MBA 2014, Senior Consultant at Red Hat

"The UCD Smurfit School MBA gave me the opportunity to be part of an experienced cohort of classmates. The UCD Smurfit School MBA has an international focus that is apparent from a number of aspects of the course – the international trip to an emerging markets country and more than 50% of the class being from outside Ireland. The MBA also gave me confidence to be part of MBA clubs and to organise and lead events in the Dublin region. The MBA experience has certainly helped me broaden my horizons both in terms of thought process and career opportunities."

Trevor Whelan

Trevor Whelan, MBA 2014, Senior Vice President at Eastdil Secured

"The UCD Smurfit School MBA was the catalyst for a huge amount of change in my life both professionally and personally. The leadership development course gives you an unrivalled opportunity to improve how you work in teams, both in leadership and follower roles. The further you advance in your business career the more you realise that being right or being the idea champion is far less important than being someone that contributes to the overall dynamic in a team. In the modern business environment only teams can solve complex problems effectively. It is now a prerequisite for career success that you can thrive in this environment. UCD Smurfit School equipped me with the skills and mind-set that I need to succeed in this environment."

Visit our Video Gallery and our 'MBA Alumni Stories' page to learn more about the experiences of our MBA graduates. 

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