If you get a ticket to ride in a rocketship, just take it. Professor Charles Fine was my advisor at MIT for my MS thesis. In late 2014 he told me that there is a program under discussion to create a new business school in Kuala Lumpur with help from MIT Sloan and Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank) and he may be asked to head the institution. Later he asked if I could join him to create an entrepreneurship program at ASB. Officially I was their fourth employee of the founding team. I moved to KL, a country I had never visited before. I loved the country right on my first visit for its green environment, wonderful people, warm weather, and lovely food. The school started in 2015 and our first batch of MBA students joined in 2016 August. In the meantime I got a team together and set up a maker lab within the school. Since there were no students I went out to colleges in Malaysia to teach ideation, design, technology and fabrication. These workshops for high school and college students taught me how to teach while keeping things interesting and challenging.
The Zero2Maker program I created with support from ASB and EnCube labs that set up maker labs in rural schools, trains the students and teachers to design and make products, and help them teach others to build their local ecosystem, has spread in Malaysia, India, and East Timor.
ASB has three cohorts that graduated. The programs have grown. Our new campus buildings are ready. ASB aspires to be one of the leading business school in the world.