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Brandeis IBS MBA student's journey

From Israel to Brandeis IBS

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By Henry Loughlin '14
October 28, 2013

Oleg Kremerov’s road to graduate school began in Belarus and went through Israel before finally ending up at Brandeis International Business School (IBS), where he is getting his MBA. A former member of the Israeli Navy, Kremerov is a recipient of the Laurel and Orrie Friedman Fellowship. We caught up with Oleg to find out more about his past experiences, his time at Brandeis IBS, and what is on his mind for the future.

How has your experience at Brandeis IBS been? I enjoy the community, the people and the environment. It is multicultural—for example, I am living in an apartment with a student from a Spanish exchange program. It gives you the ability to experience of other cultures.

How did you find out about the school? First, my high school, Yemin Orde, has a good connection with Brandeis. The director of Yemin Orde, Chaim Peri, received a Doctor of Humane Letters there this past year. The second was the Jewish connection—though I am moving into a new environment, I still work to stay connected with people from home. It’s in the Northeastern part of the United States, in New England, which for me is the cultural and educational center of America.

What have been your academic interests? When did you find that business or an MBA might be something that would interest you? During undergraduate, I also thought about continuing with biology or medical school at the University of Tel Aviv. I worked for Teva Pharmeceuticals Industries Ltd., where I was involved in the direct management of the main (most beneficial) production line for the company. There I realized I have the ability to manage people and after my military service it was my first multitasking position.

What other activities are you involved in at Brandeis IBS? I’m trying to get involved. I am in the Marketing Club and the Innovation and Technology Club. I think I will join more activities once I am settled in; I don’t want to overcommit myself.

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Could you tell us more about your time in the Israeli Navy? How did that shape your future career goals in any way? The majority of boys have to serve in the Israeli military, so that decision was made for me when I applied for Israeli citizenship. It is very prestigious, and helps you join Israeli society, no question. During my three years of military service, I was a part of an airborne marine team, which was involved in Israeli sea borders protection from the air, preventing terrorist attacks from the sea and weapon supply to the Gaza Strip. It was there that I developed my technical and management skills.

What does getting the Friedman Fellowship mean to you? It was in my mind to get an MBA, but I had no concrete time frame of when to do so. The fellowship made it possible for me to be here.

I see that you are a cyclist and a musician—what else do you like to do in your spare time? I’m considering buying a bike, but maybe after winter! Walking and photography are two of my hobbies—I own a Canon and sometimes I like to study outside and take pictures of fall leaves. It helps me deal with pressure from my studies—it’s good for my brain.

What are your plans for the future? Would you like to stay in the United States after graduation? I’m not sure—it depends on my career. There are lots of opportunities, but I don’t know where I will end up. I think it is less important where you are; it’s more about who you are and that you contribute to your community. 

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