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"This is a truly unique event, bringing together students from the finest business schools in the world. For me, it was a terrific opportunity to meet this next generation of global business leadership. They make me very optimistic about the future.”

Alex Gorsky, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Johnson & Johnson

ODYSSEY is THE annual global event for MBA students, organised by MBA Odyssey Inc, a non profit organisation based in New York.

It is both – a leadership development program where you learn from top industry executives, professors, and fellow students; and- a competition which brings together the best students from the world’s top 25 business schools to network and compete. We provide many opportunities to network with students from around the world, recruiters, alumni, professors, and global business executives. Through various competitions in different business fields, you can test your business aptitude, while improving your leadership and team work abilities.

ODYSSEY’s conception came about in 2008 shortly when Peter Novak, Mark Trayling and Gayathri Narayan – then first year students MBA students at Columbia University in New York – were competing overseas at the Indian Institute of Management’s Confluence. At the back of a rickshaw, in an Olympic year, Mark and Peter had the idea of the ultimate MBA event. With the instrumental help of their classmates, they started working on ODYSSEY over the summer holidays and the rest as they say is history.

Since 2008, thousands of students have participated in ODYSSEY.

From 2008 to 2014, ODYSSEY hosted some amazing CEOs as speakers – Steve Forbes, Bob McDonald (Proctor & Gamble), Ian Davis (McKinsey), William Lynch Jr (Barnes & Noble), James Turley (Ernst & Young) and Didier Lombard (France Telecom) to name a few. In 2014, ODYSSEY was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in New York – MBA ODYSSEY Inc – with students across several universities still being instrumental to organising the event. This was done so ODYSSEY could expand the number of participating schools and ensure consistency in standards from one year to the next.

ODYSSEY hosts amazing leaders some of our past attendees and speakers have included Steve Forbes, David Miliband, Bob McDonald (Procter & Gamble), Ian Davis (McKinsey), William Lynch Jr (Barnes & Noble), Peter Stringham (Young & Rubicam), James Turley (Ernst & Young) and Didier Lombard (France Telecom) to name a few.

In 2014, ODYSSEY was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in New York – MBA ODYSSEY Inc – with Columbia organizations and students across several universities still being instrumental to organizing the event.