HINRICH SCHOLARSHIPRMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of International Business, Class of 2020
CURRENT EMPLOYMENTProgram Consultant
“As a global trade leader, I believe one should strive for continuous learning, connect with the right people, and share knowledge and skills generously to help promote sustainable global trade.”
Cherrilyn “Lycah” Baylon has over a decade of experience with micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and export development in the Philippines. She is Program Consultant for the Hinrich Foundation, responsible for project management of international scholarship programs. Laycah was the Hinrich Foundation’s Senior Export Consultant in the Philippines from 2014 to 2017.
Prior to that, Lycah was an Industry Researcher for the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry. She also spent more than four years with the Medium and Small-scale Industries Coordinated Action Program MSME Development Foundation.
I started my career as a Project Development Analyst helping micro, small and medium enterprises in the Philippines obtain financing to start or expand their businesses. This career path led me to work for the Hinrich Foundation as an Export Consultant under the Export Trade Assistance program for more than four years.
Over a decade of work experience on SME (small and medium enterprise) and export development revealed the important role of business in my country and motivated me to build a career helping Filipino businesses grow. In addition, my exposure to companies’ real-life challenges taught me that international business knowledge and experience are essential for growth and an ability to adapt in a dynamic and globally competitive environment.
Having received the Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader scholarship to pursue a Masters in International Business at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, I am certain this opportunity will provide me with essential knowledge and skills to become more competitive. This will be critical preparation for my next career journey – may it be providing consultancy services for internationalization of businesses, working in a multinational company or starting my own company.