Anna B. Schebsdat
Education Advocate - President, Columbia Business School’s UAE Alumni Chapter - Board Member, Columbia Alumni Association UAE
Mrs Anna Schebsdat has an inspiring path in the UAE, the UK, Germany and Russia in the short span of the last 15 years. Ivy-League educated and multilingual, she is a passionate advocate for global education and cross-cultural cooperation, and is involved in, and committed to collaborative non-profit projects and initiatives in these sectors.
Anna relocated from London to Dubai where she resides for the past decade. She is currently working for one of the world's top business schools as part of City, University of London, one of the largest and oldest universities in the UK. She is overseeing recruitment for flagship Executive MBA for the Middle Eastern region.
Anna is holding as post of a President of Columbia Business School’s UAE Alumni Chapter, Board Member on Columbia Alumni Association UAEandshe is also a part of Expo 2020 Official Volunteer family.
She was featured in the Power Issue edition of Emirates Women magazine and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in 2020. Anna’s expertise lies in international growth strategy, market development, executive education recruitment and business development acquired across emerging and developed markets whilst generating multi-million-dollar revenue for global top brands as well as start-ups. She started her career at multinational conglomerate Philips and further spent 6 years in regional leadership roles in Higher Education sector leading multicultural teams, holding P&L and budget accountability. From embarking on an international career by moving to different countries to being part of challenging projects from scratch and building success stories - one of them was set up of the Middle East’s office - whilst working within executive education industry for the world’s top schools such as MIT, Wharton and Harvard. Whilst managing and growing the office, Anna took on an additional challenge and graduated from the Executive Program in Management at Columbia Business School in New York.