A Champion’s New Strategy

Harsh Mankad.

Harsh Mankad came to the U of M from Mumbai to study economics and play tennis. As an undergraduate student, he won the NCAA Division I Indoor Singles Championships and was ranked No. 1 in the country in tennis. At the end of his junior year, he turned pro and spent the next eight years competing against the top players in the world, including Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Lleyton Hewitt. 

Soon after his tennis career ended, Mankad developed a curiosity to learn a new field and open up a wider set of opportunities. Having achieved international renown by assessing the playing field, analyzing his competition, and developing quick strategies, he pictured himself working in business.

So Mankad completed his bachelor’s degree in economics at the U of M, and was accepted into the full-time MBA Program in 2012. Since then he’s been exploring all aspects of business, from marketing to strategy.

“When you’re starting something new, like me, you’re still learning a lot about marketing, finance, operations—all the areas of business,” he says. “It took time for me to understand the opportunities and find where my interests were.”

Mankad landed on finance as his preferred field and has accepted a job at RBC Wealth Management, where he’ll work in the fixed income strategies group after graduation this summer.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities