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“When opportunity arises, take it”

WHO official shares career advice with Mount students

October 27, 2021

George Kyriacou, comptroller and director of finance of the World Health Organization, recently participated in an engaging conversation with Mount students as part of the 2021-2022 Inspire Speaker Series, organized by the Department of Business Administration.

George Kyriacou is comptroller and director of finance of the World Health Organization.
George Kyriacou is comptroller and director of finance of the World Health Organization.

Kyriacou, who joined the session from his office in Geneva, talked about his career path, his academic background and his role at WHO, which involves global responsibility for financial functions including accounting, investments, pensions and payroll for the international organization. The WHO official also shared actionable advice with students who want to pursue a career in business and administration. “One thing that has been constant in my career is that I have been continuously learning and advancing my education,” said Kyriacou. “Getting these new tools and skill sets have allowed me to advance in my career.”

While recognizing that he didn’t really have a clear career plan when he started his journey, he highlighted the importance of being open to new opportunities. “My advice is to never turn down an opportunity.  When opportunity arises, be willing to take it,” Kyriacou said.

Kyriacou has been a long time MSMU volunteer to the business administration department. He was an advisor to the MBA program and sponsored a graduate consulting project while he was employed by the United Nations development program.

The Inspire Speaker Series showcases business leaders from a variety of industries who exemplify the importance of a business education combined with a holistic approach and a global view of the world. “The program was founded in May 2021 as a way to complement existing programming from our department that focuses on speakers with closer ties to the Los Angeles community,” explained Christian Teeter, associate professor in business administration and co-founder of Inspire.

Armani Tillman MBA '16 will address students later in 2021 about the value and significance of careers in human resources. Tillman is a human resources business partner at Cox Communications.