Alumni Spotlight - Zachary Jackson(MBA '11)

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Zachary Jackson (MBA ‘11) is currently the vice president of QIC, an Australian-based asset manager owned by the Queensland state government. He is based in San Francisco and focuses on private equity investments in the Americas and Europe.

Jackson first joined QIC as a Senior Analyst in 2011, before being promoted to an associate and then the vice president in 2014. He cites the Rady School’s accomplished faculty, including Harry Markowitz, On Amir and Rossen Valkanov as top reasons for choosing to attend the Rady School, as well as the school’s unique innovation-based curriculum. In addition, he believes that programs like the Rady Venture Fund and Lab to Market give MBA students practical and applicable skills which set them apart from competitors in the job market.

“As students we were encouraged to try new things and learn from the cognitive diversity afforded by other classmates’ experiences,” said Jackson. “To fail fast was much better than not to put yourself out there at all. This environment, where risk taking was not accompanied with the normal level of possible loss, carried a positive asymmetry that has not been present during my professional career.It was both a humbling and empowering experience that I carry with me in all aspects of how I conduct myself.”

According to Jackson, experiences at the Rady School both in and out of the classroom prepared him well to succeed in his current role at QIC. Jackson is able to apply his experience from the Rady Venture Fund when learning new business models and reviewing portfolios for investment opportunities. He is also able to use his experience from internships while at the Rady School in order to more effectively interact with customers and manage his team.

Overall, the strong startup culture at the Rady School has contributed significantly to Jackson’s success. Jackson notes the intellectual curiosity of fellow students, as well as intimate class sizes, which facilitate strong relationships and sense of community.

“In my experience, the Rady School was small and mighty,” he said. “With the success of many organizations, often comes a dilution in culture.In meeting new alumni and visits to the campus after graduation, I am happy to say that this is not the case with the Rady School and what made it unique several years ago remains.”

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