Andrew Dale is a graduate of the full-time MBA Class of 2019. Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, he spent three years in Lusaka, Zambia, as managing director and co-founder of LSD Communications, the exclusive African distributor of a portfolio of Chinese smartphone brands. Prior to this, Dale worked in Shanghai as a senior data analytics manager with Walmart. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in economics and Chinese, and later attended National Taiwan University to complete a yearlong Chinese language program. Dale is fluent in Mandarin.
Throughout his two years at UCLA Anderson, Dale was keen to continue his interest in international affairs and global management. On campus, he enrolled in the Global Macroeconomy and Global Supply Chain courses. He also traveled in connection with two global immersion courses. In São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, he learned about risks and rewards in emerging markets with lessons from Brazil; and in Chile, he explored business opportunities in the country under a new market-friendly government. For his Applied Management Research project, Dale helped Conservation International develop a strategic growth plan for its Wildlife Insights initiative, which uses machine learning technology to help scientists and the public gather insights from motion-activated cameras in biodiversity hot spots around the world.
During the summer of his first year, Dale interned as a financial analyst and assistant to the CFO at UroGen Pharma, a biotech company that develops breakthrough cancer therapies. He analyzed company non-cash compensation usage and projected future demand to design and implement an equity compensation plan for the company’s expansion. During his second year, he continued working at UroGen to monitor key metrics for the CFO. He also served as a mentor in UCLA Anderson’s Riordan Scholars Program and as vice president of impact investing for Anderson’s student-led impact investing fund. Dale took full advantage and attended numerous global speaker events, lunches and policy forums that the Center for Global Management offered. Post-graduation, he will be working as a senior associate within the deals group in the Los Angeles office of PwC and will continue his interest in global affairs through membership in the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.