03 December 2010

Many thanks are due to each of the participants who ensured the Asia-Pacific trek was a great success. Our HEC MBAs organized 55 meetings in 2 weeks. Meetings were coordinated with 15 CEOs and more than 40 key decision makers (regional heads) in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. All who participated agree a lot was learned during the trek.

The trek succeeded in achieving several of its primary goals. Participants were able to increase awareness of the HEC brand across Asia. Nearly 30% of the companies visited were outside HEC’s network, a true testimony to the command HEC’s brand image yields across Asia. However, much hard work remains to foster ties with consulting
firms and companies in the region.

The trek bolstered many relationships with HEC Alumni in the region. Coordinating and meeting with various alumni provided great opportunities to network and bond with them. The experience proved invaluable in increasing our knowledge of the Asian market. Our interaction with the CEOs and the C-level executives has helped lead us better understand the nuances of doing business in Asia. We were also able to personally observe the emerging management trends within the region. We invited and met several alums and CEOs to the HEC Paris campus and were thrilled by their acceptance of our invitation. The trek proved a good learning experience and made us proud of the HEC network to which we belong.

We like to express a million thanks to the Career Management Center who made this trek possible. Also, a special thanks to Mickael Perpoil, for using his French /Chinese charm to confirm several meetings; Ludovic Gras, for giving us an opportunity to meet the real estate companies; Zhu Zhu and Yunyun Qiao coordinating logistics; Ivy Chenfor the Tiffany’s meeting and initial co-ordination; Ramprasad Kamath for the DBS meeting; Lara for compiling company research; Disha Jain for the lovely handwritten thank you cards.

You made this trek a grand success.

Sandeep Krishnamani, Full-time MBA 2011

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