Meet Maximiliano Ploder – PGDBA student from Argentina

Maximiliano Ploder comes from Argentina. He is currently enrolled in Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), New Zealand.

We caught up with him to talk about his student journey.

Max came from Argentina to study PGDBA

Maximiliano Ploder studies PGDBA at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS).

Please tell us about yourself.

Hi, my name is Maximiliano Ploder and I am from Argentina. I came to AIS to study Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA).

Why did you choose New Zealand?

We chose New Zealand for several reasons; my partner is from Colombia and she loves nature, beaches and sand, while I am more of a mountain and snow person. New Zealand is the perfect destination for both of us! Furthermore, we do not have any kids yet so this is the perfect time to travel and experience a totally different culture, in a different country that I have never been to.

New Zealand has the perfect mix of sun, sand  and beaches as well as bush, snow and mountains

New Zealand is the perfect destination for both of us! (Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand)

What was your background in Argentina and why did you choose PGDBA to study?

I have a background in aerospace engineering of 15 years. I started my own consulting company in Argentina so I wanted to improve my knowledge in business and management in general. The business administration programme at AIS seems to match my requirements and my passion for further study because it provides hands-on experience in the industry and practical learning processes.

Maximiliano Ploder attended Orientation at AIS.

What is your plan for the future?

My long-term goals and plans are very open. I am open to opportunities in New Zealand or other countries as well as in my country back home. I would like to combine my previous experience in engineering and business to contribute to the industry.

Thanks Max for a great interview!


The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) comprises 20 modules of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and is ideally suited to busy managers seeking to increase their career skills in a shorter time frame. The option to complete an MBA degree with six months further study makes the PGDBA an attractive option.

Start Dates in 2018

► 14 July, 8 September, 3 November