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Harshad Mali

Harshad Mali

Senior Consultant

MBA from: University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Working style: Direct, friendly, upbeat, supportive

What I love about my job: The storytelling aspect and motivating clients to introspect deeper, so they develop a crystallized realization of who they really are and what makes them unique. I especially enjoy working with engineers, entrepreneurs, consultants, social workers, and clients from nontraditional backgrounds.

Recognized by Poets&Quants as one of the ten best MBA admissions consultants of 2018, Harshad Mali holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a BE in mechanical engineering from the Government College of Engineering in Aurangabad, India, and an ME in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. After a successful career as both an engineer and an entrepreneur, he is now consistently praised for his straight talk and critical eye as an admissions advisor. Harshad worked for a time in design and product development for the truck manufacturer Navistar and traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and South America to evaluate and create supply chains for critical hardware. After graduating from Chicago Booth, Harshad co-founded a consulting start-up to address the operational and product commercialization challenges faced by small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies. His corporate and entrepreneurial experiences have given him valuable insight into the various career paths MBAs pursue. An avid mentor and coach, Harshad has participated in university career fairs, discussing professional goals and career paths with graduating students, and freelanced as an MBA essay consultant before bringing his expertise to mbaMission.

Harshad is an expert storyteller and with his guidance I was able to shape my thoughts into a cohesive and compelling piece of writing. He is strategic and logical, and asks thought-provoking questions. Working with Harshad felt like participating in a writing workshop, and at the end of the process I was proud to submit my application.

Booth Admit

I worked with Katharine Lewis from mbaMission, and she was AMAZING. Katy went above and beyond for me - she not only was a fabulous admissions counselor, but really a life counselor.

Wharton Applicant

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