The Bottom Line? Helping People Headshot

Ian Walker

MBA 1991

Corporate Citizenship Director for Africa at Johnson & Johnson

While studying for his MBA in 1991, Ian Walker recognised the potential for international business to help people.

With that in mind, Ian started to learn the global language of business—partly through working with classmates from all over the world. This helped him clinch a job with the international department at Johnson & Johnson, where he spent over a decade testing his skills in marketing, commercial sales and international relations.

Luckily, Ian was working with a company that values their ability to fund positive change in the world.

He is now a senior director for the Global Community Impact arm of Johnson & Johnson, supporting healthcare in some of Africa's poorest countries. The company works with partners on projects that have the potential to save lives. For example, they support healthcare worker training, obstetric fistula treatment, and regularly donate surgical products, essential drugs, and hygiene kits during natural disasters.

Most business leaders think about profit as the bottom line. Ian thinks about this, but also the positive impact his work has on people's lives.