Abraham Cherian, 2017, India

Deputy Vice President, Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. - Thiruvananthapuram, India

Why the Fletcher MIB? Fletcher perfectly matched my military background, conflict experience, and UN peacekeeping work with my interest in business management. I could apply my leadership and other experience while learning contextual business management skills. Fletcher is the ideal place to transition from being a military officer to a business leader!

On Building “Soft Skills”: The real learning at Fletcher is outside of the classroom, where I get to meet students from all over the world. The understanding of diverse regions of the world from informal and formal interaction is amazing. It adds to the soft skills that are necessary for being an effective international business practitioner and leader.

A Typical Day: A typical day on campus is a class on corporate finance and international negotiation, followed by a group discussion on strategic management, interspersed with a pizza lunch at a club meeting. All this is an addition to meeting people from all over the world in the Hall of Flags while rushing from one class to another. The icing on the cake is a guest lecture in the evening with Fletcher graduate and Caffe Nero founder, Gerry Ford.

Favorite author
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Co-authors of 'Freakonomics'

Favorite movie
The Godfather

Favorite landmark
The Great Wall of China

Moment when you felt the furthest from home
At 20,000 feet above sea level on Siachen Glacier, when I was under enemy shelling for over 8 hours!

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher
An interest in businesses that are designed and committed to make profits while being socially responsible.

Fields of Study

  • Strategic Management and Consulting
  • International Business and Economic Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business Club
  • Veterans' Club
  • Institute for Business in the Global Context

Education before Fletcher

  • MS, Defense and Strategic Studies, Defense Services Staff College (India)
  • MS, Weapons Systems, Pune University
  • BS, General Science, National Defense Academy (India)

Experience before Fletcher

  • General Manager (Stadium Operations), Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Limited, Trivandrum / Kerala / India
  • Director of Operations (Colonel), Indian Army, India
  • Commanding Officer (Colonel), Indian Army, India

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • English