Last fall, Poets & Quants introducted new MBA students from our September intake. To complement this, we are presenting a few students from the January intake who together make up the Class of 2017. With experience from around the world in fields such finance, pharmacy and consulting, the newest set of students has already gone through welcome week and integration week and is now well under way in their first semester of core courses. Kumari Aminarta
Previous studies: Management and Finance, Institute for Financial Management and Research
Previous experience: Associate, Goldman Sachs
What was your motivation to apply for an MBA program? Having worked predominantly in the finance industry, I wanted to learn and broaden my perspective on other functions like sales & marketing, operations, technology etc. At the same time, I also wanted to develop an international outlook. As a professional who is looking to work on and get involved in international assignments, I believe it becomes paramount to understand how different functions interact and complement each other and how they change in a global context. I think an MBA will help me achieve these.
What led you to choose HEC Paris? There were multiple reasons behind my decision. Given my educational background and 6 years of experience in the industry, I was looking for a short duration program. Also, HEC seemed the perfect place to help me develop a truly international outlook. The class size here is small but truly diverse, representing more than 30 nationalities, and the average experience of students is close to 5 years. Further, HEC Paris has an outstanding alumni network and is known to be the Alma matter of Europe’s top executives. Close proximity to Paris makes the MBA experience more enriching. (more…)
At the end of the welcome week for the January ’16 intake, the MBA Council organized an integration weekend in the Les Orres Ski Mountain Resort. Over the weekend, the new intake had the chance to bond and get to know each other even better, as they participated in activities such as trekking, sledding and ice-skating.
Located in the southern French Alps, the Les Orres Ski Mountain Resort offers a 100km ski area, with trails for all different levels, from high gradients for experienced skiers to beginner slopes.
“It was amazing!” said Larisa Burakova from the MBA Class of 2017. “I believe some students underestimate the importance of such a weekend. It is indeed a great way to integrate and get to know your peers from a different perspective. Actually, this experience helped us to win elections for MBAT. Mentioning that all ten of us were at the integration weekend was a strong advantage. The weekend helped us to become a team!”
What is it like to be a student at HEC Paris MBA? Student Voices is a student contributed section where current and past students share their first-hand experiences of life on campus and beyond.
“Leadership has evolved over the last years…. people and companies used to be at the service of their CEOs and leaders, and nowadays a modern leader has to be at the service of their team, company and people.”
– Jean Yves Fillion
“This is just one of the many and very valuable lessons that I learned while having the opportunity to speak with and interview Mr. Jean-Yves Fillion (CEO of BNP Paribas North America and Head of the Americas Region).
This event, known as the CEO Speaker Series and organized by the General Management & Leadership Club, brings top CEOs and Business Leaders to campus for an evening of intimate discussion with the students. These guest speakers open up and talk about their past experiences in business and offer invaluable advice to the leaders of tomorrow, as well as answer any specific questions students may have.
Engaging with these accomplished business leaders constitutes a golden opportunity for the students to learn from their experiences (and sometimes even their failures!) and listen to their secrets for success. For whilst we believe in “learning by doing,” we also realize the importance of reflection and learning by example.”
Arturo Diaz Reynoso
President of the General Management and Leadership Club
Class of 2017