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‘Blame it on Carlos’ by Moutaz (EMBA 2020 class delegate)

Introducing Moutaz El-Nahal, the Executive MBA (monthly format) 2018 class delegate.

Moutaz is a Saudi-based pharmacist, originally from Egypt, with an innate talent for writing!

After talking to his classmate Carlos, Moutaz decided to step out of his comfort zone and document his personal and professional transformation during the EMBA. In his first post, ‘Blame it on Carlos’, Moutaz shares his personal experience of deciding which MBA to pursue. He reflects on the many doubts that were going through his head before he started the EMBA: Why an EMBA? What format? Is now the time? Should I take the GMAT?

He offers valuable advice to people who are currently thinking about doing an MBA. We loved it and are already looking forward to the next instalment.

You can read his post here.

Thanks, Moutaz!

Sincerely,

Admissions Team

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The best of both worlds

On 14 March 2019, ESADE hosted the event ‘Women in Business’. The event sought to connect current students from the Full-Time MBA (FTMBA) with participants on the monthly format of the Executive MBA (EMBA) who share an interest in creating a more egalitarian workspace.

Judith Puigbò, Associate Director of Admissions for the EMBA, kicked off the event with an aspirational speech about the objective of the get-together, namely, to allow attendees to get to know each other, create spaces for debate, share career opportunities and foster joint initiatives.

She highlighted the importance of connecting talented and committed women (and men) because of the potential synergies that could arise between them, especially by combining the strengths of the two profiles: the energy and fresh ideas of the FTMBA students with the seasoned experience and expertise of the EMBA participants.

Afterwards, Emily Lu (Netherlands), president of the Women in Business Club, presented the student-created organisation, which aims to promote diversity and gender equality in business and leadership roles, as well as the activities they organise.

“Our objectives are to provide a platform for the ESADE community to discuss gender-equality-related topics and to provide better opportunities for the ESADE women’s community to become future leaders and role models for the next generation.”

Later, EMBA participants Neveen Hussein (Bahrain) and Dania Jouni (Lebanon) explained their experience as the winners of the Women Empowerment Programme at ZAIN, a leading telecom company in the Middle East. ZAIN has been sponsoring them to pursue the Executive MBA at ESADE since they won an internal competition held amongst all of its female employees in the Middle East.

 

The event wrapped up with a cocktail hour, offering the participants an opportunity to network and share ideas in an informal setting. You might think that most of the participants were women, but actually 50% were men! At ESADE we are happy to see men increasingly stepping up and joining women in this cause, in order to achieve the equality we need on both sides. Raising awareness amongst men is crucial, as they too will be future business leaders.

Together we are stronger!

Sincerely,

Admissions Team

 

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A Very Sporty Welcome

On October 18th, the current EMBA Monthly cohort (Class of 2017) welcomed the newcomers (Class of 2018) to ESADE and Barcelona in a very original way.

The day after the formal EMBA kick-off event, the class of 2018 was challenged to a football match by the current EMBA group. Even though the final score has not been disclosed, the players ensured us that they will repeat the experience, as it is a fantastic way to decompress after three full days of class! This is teamwork in its truest sense.

They all look very happy and relaxed. Seems like this could be the start of a very healthy and amusing friendship.

 

Keep it up EMBAs and ¡que no pare la fiesta!

Best wishes,

Admissions Team

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EMBAboys were back in town – this time to learn about business!

Students of EMBA 2017 had a complete makeover of their existing beliefs when they travelled to Brazil as part the “Organizations Transformation & Change Management” course. ESADE students were hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in the two biggest Brazilian cities; São Paulo, the financial hub, and Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa [wonderful city].

The events were kicked off with a city tour of São Paulo followed by a traditional Paulistana BBQ & entertainment in the evening organised by one of the Brazilian students. The hospitality continued into the next day when the cohort visited Meninos de Morumbi, a nonprofit organization that teaches dance and music to vulnerable children from underprivileged backgrounds. An extremely inspirational experience watching these young children being converted to be confident and successful adults – what a way to make a real impact in the society! The infectious energy of the kids got everyone on stage with percussion instruments and perfecting their samba moves which no doubt, came in useful later on!

There were motivational talks from highly accomplished executives covering different industries. The topics ranged from sharing life experiences and key lessons to gender equality in Brazil and importance of sustainable working in the country.

The educational trip then moved to Rio de Janeiro enriching the understanding of Brazilian culture and the demographics. Although very subtle to an outsider, the differences could be clearly seen between the two cities. Representatives from Santa Marta favela, presented the amazing work that they do for the community. It was a humbling experience and the class proactively raised funds during the presentation which was handed over to the representatives who were extremely delighted. No visit to Brazil is complete without feeling like a Carioca at Copacabana and visiting El Cristo Redentor overlooking the city and Pão de Azucar, all of which was very well organized by the university.

Organized activities, presentations and visits highlighted key challenges of doing business in Brazil with high taxes, lack of talented work force, social inequality, lack of long term planning and political uncertainty. Despite all this, Brazil has the most diverse mix of cultures that can be found anywhere in the world and is the biggest economy in the South America. It offers abundance of resources and business opportunities for anyone who is interested in a great lifestyle with amazing food, sun and most importantly the delicious caipirinhas!

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Women Leadership Event: supporting female talent!

ESADE’s Executive MBA has broken a new record of which it is very proud: 40% of the participants in the monthly edition of the programme that began last October are women. This figure is quite an achievement, given that women account for more than 35% of EMBA students at only 11 business schools in the world.

Women Leadership Event ESADE

To mark the occasion, ESADE organised the Women Leadership Event, featuring talks on women’s leadership in the business world by outstanding professionals, including Eugenia Bieto, Director General of ESADE.

Women Leadership Event ESADE

ESADE is one of the few business schools worldwide to be led by a woman. Bieto encouraged the women in attendance to believe in themselves, whatever decisions they might make, whether they choose to pursue their career or focus on their personal and family life. In this regard, the ESADE Director General explained that she decided to take time off from her own career when she was 30, but that she was later able to jump back in. According to Bieto, the key to continued professional growth is to never stop learning.

The event continued with an inspiring talk by Isla Ramos, an ESADE EMBA alumna who decided to make a radical career change after becoming Executive Direcr of Lenovo. She chose to pursue other personal projects related to education and transformation processes at organisations.

ESADE-ISLA-RAMOShe event ended with a networking cocktail hour with alumnae from all formats of the Executive MBA programme: weekly, biweekly and monthly. Beatriz Soler, associate director of the programme, reaffirmed ESADE’s commitment to equal opportunity for women and men and the institution’s desire to include male colleagues in its efforts to tackle this challenge.

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The Boston e-lab experience

What an experience it was to go to the Boston e-lab programme this summer! There are countless takeaways (too long a list to include here!) that will serve me well in the years to come, both personally and professionally. From this long list, at a personal level, I take with me the strong connection and the lessons learned from my classmates – an amazing group of people from various Executive MBA cohorts across ESADE.

We experienced situations both in and outside class that made us become a real team, and which I’m sure will lead to collaborations in the future. Of course, we now know how to close deals over lobster dinners with bibs and all! If that isn’t a bonding experience, I don’t know what is! At a professional level, the best way for me to encapsulate the experience is to say that it was eye-opening and mind-boggling at the same time. I felt challenged just about every day to do something new; I also felt a sense of urgency to make a difference.

Sometimes we think within the constraints of what we know, but why not “think big”? The possibilities around innovation, technology and robotics were simply amazing, as we learned at MIT, at Harvard and at the various e-labs we visited throughout the week. Even when an idea seems crazy or unreachable or simply “out there”, if you believe in it, if you feel passionate about it, try it! Leaving with this feeling that “I can do it, too” was worth the money. We saw teams and people working on projects that I would have never imagined, and yet there they are, building businesses and getting funding for them.

Unlikely partners like musicians and engineers working together to come up with solutions to simple and complex problems – why not?! “Thinking outside the box” can be a cliché, but we saw that the most creative ideas came precisely from those who push the status quo. Of course, we needed to bring it down to the practical level: ESADE gave us a good run-down on how to pitch ideas to venture capitalists (our final assignment!), how to manoeuvre the Boston ecosystem (which is the same as that of Silicon Valley) and how to think about teams and working spaces differently. Lastly, I felt proud to see fellow ESADE alumni and fellow Europeans bringing their ideas to life in the Boston ecosystem.

Thank you, ESADE! I had a blast and I can definitely recommend the Boston e-lab. Anyone interested in entrepreneurship or life-changing technology should sign up for this experience.

Post written by Aurora Martínez Ramos

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The EMBA premieres on Facebook Live

The EMBA team has added a new communications channel. On 19 July we premiered on Facebook Live with a video featuring Judith Puigbó, associate director of admissions for the Executive MBA. She was accompanied by two participants from the current EMBA monthly format, Naïma Maëlle Zodros and Alexey Kultyshkin.

The video included a relaxed discussion on personal experiences and various aspects of the EMBA. Naïma, from the biotech industry, decided on the EMBA because she wanted a 360º vision of business; while Alexey wanted to complement his previous education with a more comprehensive programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both positively value the diversity of EMBA participants – something that enables mutual enrichment and productive teamwork. Alexey, who had not previously considered being an entrepreneur, felt that starting a business was now an option after his experience at ESADE.

Questions discussed during the interview include the various methodologies used in the programme, its international weeks, time management, and student business plan ideas (one of the most important sections of the EMBA in which participants choose whether to develop their own entrepreneurial idea, or develop a project within the company where they work – called intrapreneurship).

The care and follow-up provided by the ESADE team is another factor that participants value. ESADE enables participants to visit the school, attend classes, and talk with alumni to acquire more information and viewpoints before making a final decision.

During the video, there was also an opportunity to talk about the best personal moments experienced during the EMBA. At the end of the discussion, viewers could participate and ask questions live or later at: emba@esade.edu.

The video already has more than 2000 viewings and can be seen here. It is the first of a series that will be made periodically to bring live EMBA news, experiences, opinions, and advice from participants. See you next time!

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The challenge of investing in India

“On our EMBA study tour, we visited the Indian school of business. I must say that I was very pleased with the quality of the classes. They were all tailored to give us a general view of India’s current situation regarding foreign investment. After four days of intensive learning, I found myself wondering if I would I invest and how I should do it?

India is a pool of untapped opportunities, however doing business in India is not easy. When selling to the emerging middle class, prices should be affordable – hence low – while still managing high margins. It makes it tough to obtain an acceptable return on investment. I found interesting how the teacher mentioned that for a product to succeed in the Indian market it would have to succeed first at the bottom of the pyramid. Then it should be adapted to higher segments therefore making innovation a key reason for success in India.”

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Read Naïma M. Zodros’ (EMBA ‘16) whole experience in this article

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Congratulations, Executive MBA class of 2017!

The graduation ceremony of the Executive MBA class of ‘17 was held in late April.

Whenever the programme ends, both the students and the faculty members involved in their education have mixed feelings. On the one hand, they are enormously pleased about everything they have achieved, the growth they have experienced at all levels, and the excitement of a new phase in life; on the other hand, they are somewhat sad about leaving behind a group that has contributed to the personal and professional development of each participant, and about the end of an era that marked a turning point in their lives.

As class representatives Kseniya and Don confessed, the 45 participants, with their diverse range of backgrounds, profiles and objectives, “started out as a class of students and ended up like family”.

That just about says it all. Congratulations to all of you, and I hope these months are just the beginning of a lifetime of successes and achievements, both personal and professional.

Click here to see more photos of the EMBA class of ‘17 graduation ceremony.

 

 

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When organisational change requires a cultural change

Naïma M. Zodros and her classmates in ESADE’s Executive MBA just returned from an international week in Brazil, one of three trips abroad that will take place during the monthly programme format.

Zodros described a highly practical experience in Brazil, where the EMBA participants discovered the peculiarities of the country’s economy. She noted that multinational companies like Wal-Mart and Lenovo – wrongly assuming that the strategies they used in their home countries would also work in Brazil – have failed in their attempts to enter this new market.

When implementing business systems and procedures in another country, you must also make a cultural change. This is something of a revolution, in which, according to Zodros, women executives can play a leading role due to their management style. Thanks to – or because of – their efforts to reach heights until recently reserved exclusively for men, women have developed a unique entrepreneurial spirit. Zodros trusts that this sort of female leadership will inspire other women to pursue their goals and seize new opportunities in order to achieve their aims in any area.

Naïma M. Zodros (EMBA ‘16) shares her experience in this article

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