From 2008 – 2011, Darren oversaw the Marketing & Admissions of Singapore Management University’s (SMU) MBA program. During this time he communicated with thousands of prospects, read hundreds of applications, interviewed dozens of candidates, and helped build the first three MBA Full-time and Part-time classes for SMU.
Darren has also interviewed over 70 MBA Admissions Directors from top-ranked business schools on the Touch MBA Podcast, and seen thousands of applicants who’ve come to Touch MBA for school selection and application help. From this experience, he has a deep understanding of how candidates can improve their chances of admission through their goals, positioning, essays, resume, recommendations and interviews.
Many candidates are denied because of poor preparation and presentation. His goal is to educate you about the application process so you can submit your strongest application possible. No candidate should fall short due to a lack of exposure, whether to schools or the MBA admissions process.
Darren graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Public Policy and International Affairs and certificates in Computer Science and African-Amerian Studies. Before SMU, Darren worked in consulting roles for the world’s largest privately owned shipping company in Singapore and one of the world’s largest publishing companies in New York. Darren has lived and worked in Singapore, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Norway, Colombia and the USA.
Matthew McGarvey is an MBA graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Business and Boston College, where he completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a minor in Asia Studies. While at Boston College he competed in athletics at the varsity level and was selected to be a member of the Jenks Leadership Program.
Matthew has worked and lived throughout Asia for over 20 years. He has launched multiple startups including Dao Labs and the first social enterprise in Tibet, Dropenling Handicrafts. He has also worked in investment banking with an emphasis on organic agriculture, logistics and renewable energy. Matthew launched the Agribusiness Team at PricewaterhouseCoopers China’s Corporate Finance Group, and the local language edition of Forbes Media in Vietnam on behalf of IDG Ventures. Most recently he has been working with the largest independent breeder of non-GMO seeds in North America, as well as in launching an impact fund focused on sustainable food and agriculture in Asia.
Matthew is a certified executive and career coach and has a passion for helping people of all ages become their best self and achieve their dreams.