Shaila Leekha

MBA Admissions Counselor
Academic Background

Georgetown University – BSBA
Wharton, University of Pennsylvania – MBA

Work Experience

Shaila has almost 20 years of experience in the private sector, multilateral space and with government.  She started out as a financial analyst in New York with Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin.  Soon after, Shaila soon moved to Washington DC to join the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, where she worked on global project finance investments in telecoms and infrastructure.  She subsequently earned her MBA from Wharton and then moved to London, where she worked first in infrastructure private equity with AMP Capital, and then in project finance and equity investing with GE Capital in the energy space.  She later joined the UK Government’s Department for International Development as head of their International Finance division, where she oversaw £2.5 billion of the UK’s aid funding through multilateral organisations, including the World Bank, as well as through private sector vehicles such as CDC.  At DFID, Shaila managed 80 employees globally including the UK representatives on the Boards of the World Bank and other multilaterals and worked with the UK Treasury to devise new funding mechanisms.

Area of Expertise

Project finance, equity investing, infrastructure, energy, multilaterals and international development, Government, management

A little more in-depth

What I like most about being a Stratus MBA Admissions Counselor:

I love getting to know new people, hearing their stories and helping them achieve their goal of attending a top notch MBA program.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to business school:

Take your time; even the best of applications can be improved with reflection and time.

3 Random Facts:

– I summited Mount Kilimanjaro on a trip with friends where we were told by our guide that we were the worst prepared group he had ever met.
– I grew up between the US and Pakistan and attended eight different schools before starting University.
– I met my husband on my second day at Wharton in an Economic review class.