UCL Alumni


UCL Connect: Demystifying Consultancy

27 October 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Panel of consultants

This virtual event will lift the lid on how to make the most of a career in the consultancy sector.

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Alumni Relations Team

What is consultancy? From joining a graduate scheme at a 'Big Four' company to becoming a self-employed consultant with your own business, there are a number of ways you can gain employment in the sector.

At this talk, you will hear from a variety of UCL alumni who are consultants in a range of different roles. They will each share their own career journey, demystify the work that they do, and give you their top tips about how to break into the sector.

About the Speakers

Agne Rimkute (chair)

Careers Team Leader at UCL

Agne Rimkute

Agne leads the Engineering Careers Team at UCL. She comes from a Management Consulting background, with over 3 years of experience at EY. As a Management Consultant, she worked on both private and public sector clients. Her consulting experience includes working on Finance, Customer, Technology, Supply chain and Healthcare projects and involved working directly with EY directors, partners and senior management teams of global organisations . She was subsequently promoted to a Senior Consultant specialising in Product Management and led a team on a user experience project for a multinational conglomerate. Prior to EY, she completed multiple internships including Retail Banking at HSBC and Marketing at an SME, as well as starting her own business.

Lucas Peikert

Junior Consultant at Boston Consulting Group

Lucas Peikert

Before joining BCG this summer, Lucas (BSc Economics 2018) worked for Cofinpro, a boutique consulting firm, since 2018. There he advised German asset managers and banks on innovation strategy and digital as well as organizational transformation projects. Next to his work, Lucas started to pursue a master’s degree in finance at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in 2020 and went for a semester abroad to Harvard University. Prior to that he graduated with a BSc in Economics from UCL in 2018. During his time at UCL in London he gained valuable experience as a research assistant and interned in a consultancy, a venture capital fund, and the German parliament.

Aziza Khabbush

Consultant at Lifescience Dynamics

Aziza Khabbush

Aziza (PhD Institute of Child Health 2018) is a London-based Consultant at Lifescience Dynamics, supporting a range of pharmaceutical clients, from global pharma giants to innovative biotechs, with strategic decision-making insights through competitive intelligence. Aziza has a wealth of experience leading competitive intelligence projects across a multitude of indications, with extensive subject matter expertise ranging from COVID-19, to oncology to neurology. Prior to joining Lifescience Dynamics, Aziza completed her PhD at UCL’s Institute of Child Health, where she developed a novel nutritional therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy, called K.Vita, in conjunction with partners at Vitaflo International, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She also co-founded Omnis Institute, an organization focused on sustainable development and amplifying the voices of local leaders, particularly youth and women leaders from disadvantaged communities.  

Umesh Ramanan

Consultant at BCS Consulting part of Accenture

Umesh Ramanan

Umesh (MSc Management 2018) is an experienced management consultant, based in London and working within the Financial Services sector, successfully helping businesses to solve their complex issues and implement the latest technologies. Umesh has worked on a wide range of projects such as FinCrime, Operational Resilience and Digital Transformation. Prior to his current role, Umesh was on PwC’s consulting graduate scheme where he was exposed to projects in both the private and financial services sectors. Previously to the world of consulting, Umesh worked at a valuations and risk analytics FinTech based in London where he was a Relationship Executive, managing a portfolio of around 70 clients across EMEA. Umesh holds an undergraduate degree in BA (Hons) Financial Economics from the University of Leicester and a postgraduate degree in MSc Management from UCL. In his down time, Umesh enjoys travelling (having travelled to 30 countries so far!), having various delicious cuisines and watching cricket!

Katherine O'Neil

Founder & Placemaking Consultant at Builtfully

Katherine O'Neil

Katherine O'Neil (MSc Urban Design and City Planning 2019) is a placemaking consultant, writer, photographer, and event planner, specialising in urban design and city planning. Over the last ten years, she has worked for various non-profits and start-ups such as Habitat for Humanity and the Urban Land Institute. 

In 2020, Katherine founded her business Builtfully to showcase beautifully built environments and to create better places for all. Through consultations, community, and content, she leads creative community engagements and advises on town planning initiatives. Currently, she is a Design Committee member for the Beverly Main Streets non-profit in Greater Boston.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Housing Studies, a concentration in Community Development and Policy, and a minor in Communication Studies. She has a Master of Science degree from the University College London's Bartlett School of Planning in Urban Design and City Planning.