Phang Xin Yi
Phang Xin Yi
The reason why I chose IBSP
Various experiences at IBSP
During the first three semesters, I started to take an interest in the area of sustainability studies while studying related courses like environmental economics, business in emerging economies, and development economics. As I worked on my research paper on corporate social responsibility, I gained in-depth knowledge and my interest grew exponentially in this subject matter.
In line with the University and my personal values of contributing to society and the environment, I decided to transition from a finance role to a sustainability role in a professional capacity. I am now a Sustainability Manager in the Coca-Cola Company, working with various stakeholders like the government, NGOs, recycling companies, and industry players.
Experiences in IBSP make me to thrive in an international business environment
My Soka University classmates originated from all over the world, including Brazil, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Germany, the US, and India. Through interactions with them during group project work, I gained new perspectives and learned from the diverse experiences everyone shared in class. The Soka classroom immersed me in a collaborative environment and allowed me to master effective communication skills across different cultures. This experience was vital in preparing me to thrive in an international business environment at my current workplace. I am grateful to the University for providing a conducive learning environment, allowing me to identify my new passion in sustainability studies, and equipping me with both technical and soft skills essential for achieving the role in my current company.