26 January 2016

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!”


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19 January 2016

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.

CEO Series- Jean Yves Fillion (1)

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 (1)

Arturo Diaz Reynoso

President of the General Management and Leadership Club

Class of 2017

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16 December 2015

The first annual Fintech Talent Fair was hosted November 26th and gathered together some of the most promising Fintech startups and HEC Paris students interested in finance, technology and entrepreneurship.



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11 December 2015

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.


Priyanka MATHEW, Class of 2017

“I’m ecstatic to be the MBA Luxury Club president here at HEC Paris. This school attracts top-tier luxury companies, and we’re fortunate to be able to organize really interesting cultural and networking events in partnership with outstanding brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Cartier, Chloe, L’Oreal and more.

Luxury is a fascinating industry that stands apart from others as it defies most rules of traditional marketing. The mission of this club is to immerse our members into the world of luxury and expose them to exceptional brands in order to expand their knowledge as well as their network. The new council is already planning company visits in Paris, case competitions with Pluris and LVMH, networking dinners with executives from all facets of the industry, and treks in conjunction with other clubs.

Our first event, along with J15, was a “Digital & Luxe” themed night in Paris over wine and cheese with speakers from L’Oreal and Pluris. Alex Onish spoke to us about L’Oreal’s digitization strategy, and Oliver de Cointet told us about how he creates out-of-the-box campaigns for his luxury magazine to surprise and delight his readers and his partners.


Digital Marketing and Luxury Event

Digital Marketing and Luxury Event


The members of this year's luxury club

The members of this year’s luxury club

We had a lot of fun with this event, and I’m looking forward to many more great moments this year with the Luxury Club.”

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02 December 2015

Two MBA teams have recently found themselves on top of the podium in case competitions held in both London and Singapore.

Listen to the SoundCloud podcasts below:

NUS Cerebration Challenge 2015

HEC Paris MBA students present at the NUS Cerebration Case Competition

HEC Paris MBA students present at the NUS Cerebration Case Competition ©NUS


Financial Times Challenge 2015


HEC Paris MBA students at FT Challenge 2015 ©FT

- Article on the FT

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26 November 2015

Earlier this month, a few of our MBA students took part in a professional trek to Berlin. The trip began at Wayfair, a US based startup looking to expand in Europe, where they talked with managers about their global strategy and career opportunities.

MBA students visiting Wayfair

Next, the group went to Makers, a venture capital firm that invests in tech startups, where they had the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to the founders and cofounders of Makers.

The students were then given feedback on their pitches and ideas on how to move forward. “Even though I didn’t pitch, I got really high-quality insights from the entrepreneur at Makers”, said Patricia Tohalino, MBA Class of 2017, “Their broad, 360, vision and suggestions for their projects presented helped me to be aware of the type of feedback I will expect in the future as well of the structure and approach that my future business idea will have to have in order to deliver a successful pitch in front of a VC or investor.”

Students pitching startup ideas to VC firm Makers ©Makers


Students pitching startup ideas to VC firm Makers ©Makers

“It was interesting to have the MBA students from HEC Paris pitching at MAKERS. They are future entrepreneurs that we would like to keep an eye on,” said Freidrich Neuman, the founder of Makers.

The trip then concluded with beers with alumni at Vagabund Brauerei. The trip was a success amongst the students that participated in it and Akash Narayanana from the MBA Class of 2017 described it as “a wonderful way for students to get introduced to the fascinating world of startups.”

Listen to what some other MBA students have to say about their experience on Soundcloud:

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23 October 2015

When you think about the traditional career path of an MBA graduate what comes to mind for many is a high-level position in a bank or consulting firm. However, in recent years there has been an active shift away from these traditional careers and into fields like technology and entrepreneurship.

One area that is gaining particular attention is the public sector. From NGOs and foundations to international organizations and think tanks, the public sector is becoming increasingly popular with graduates who have become interested in using their MBA expertise and skills towards social causes and progress.

Three recent graduates, Anne Reine Lapeyre (2011), Emily Groffman (2014) and Robert Johnson (2011) have all responded to the calling and are located in Haiti and beyond working on issues ranging from social enterprise development to global health.

Below, we ask each of them a series of questions about what they are doing now and how they see their post-MBA careers in the public sector.

MBAs in Haiti

Anne Reine Lapeyre and Robert Johnson pose with former U.S. President Bill Clinton

Anne Reine Lapeyre (2011) – Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership

Can you talk to us about the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership and your current role?

President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation in 2002 with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (“CGEP” previously known as the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative) was established by President Clinton and the Canadian philanthropist Frank Giustra in 2007. It is one of 11 initiatives of the Clinton Foundation and develops social enterprises in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.


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06 October 2015

On the 1st of October, under the framework of COP21, which is the sign of the institutional support from the French government, HEC Paris organized conferences, startup fairs, and workshops, in order to build and discuss business solutions to climate change. Climate is our business -HecParis2015


The aim of the conference was to address various questions such as ‘How is climate change radically redefining business models and practices?’, ‘How can companies drive an ambitious and fast enough transition towards a low carbon or carbon neutral economy?’ and ‘How is the HEC Paris community committed to drive this cultural change?’





Throughout the day, students were able to take part in the numerous interactive workshops and panels that discussed topics such as Energy Transition, Green Finance and Carbon Pricing. These activities were planned and executed by a large team of MBA volunteers that were led by the Net Impact Team. The team invited companies such as Glowee, Treez and Ecoxia for a ‘start ups corner’, and a pitch event was also organized with a jury of alumni, who brainstormed sessions with MBA to solve specific start up business challenges. For Cécile Villette, the president of the Net Impact Club, the addition of start ups was a very useful part of the program: “Several participants and alumni told us that the start up forum gave a very good vibe to the event by showing very tangible solutions to fight climate change.”


The day ended with key note speeches from Jeremy Rifkin, author of ‘The Zero Marginal Cost Society’, as well as various HEC alumni such as Emmanuel Faber (CEO Danone) and Tristan Lecomte (Founder of Alter Eco and Pur Projet).

In all, the event was a big success because as Timo Marquez (MBA Class of 2016) put it, “It involved students from different programs and HEC alumni in the same place, which is something that doesn’t happen too often.”

Climate is our business -HecParis2015


Listen to what some other MBA students have to say about their experience on Soundcloud:

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25 September 2015

Relive the MBA Welcome Week experience with our Sept ’15 intake.

HEC Paris MBA Welcome Week from HEC Paris on Vimeo.

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24 September 2015

Plato said that ”the beginning is the most important part of the work”, and Monday 7th of September was definitely the start of something new and the first day of orientation for our S15 MBA intake. The day began with a welcome breakfast, where they met their classmates and were introduced to the MBA team and staff. The diverse and international nature of HEC Paris MBA was displayed in Professor Schulte’s ice-breaking session, where it was discovered that there were many students in the room who looked like ‘the next James Bond’, could speak more than four languages, as well as sing passionate love songs in French and Hindi.

Ice Breaking

It was also a new beginning for Peter Todd, the new dean of HEC Paris and his welcome address was well received by the students. Although a fresh start in a new place often means a lot of information to take in, the students took it all in their stride and it was evident from the number of questions that they asked that they were very excited in particular about all that the MBA Council and Student Reps have to offer.

peter todd


The first week was dominated mostly by ‘Act Your Success’, a series of fun and wacky presenting, writing and improvisation workshops that provide MBA students with the necessary communication skills that they need to succeed in the program and in the professional world.  The students got to work in groups and showcase their creativity as they competed against each other and the scenario was to design and pitch an idea for a new rollercoaster that would situated in the centre of Paris. With ideas ranging from roller-coasters for pets, to ‘love tunnels’ for couples, the presentations were highly amusing and original and it was truly evident how hard students had worked.





The Negosim seminars were the main parts of week two. With these seminars, students had to work in teams and this time, the task was to virtually build an international company and try to finish with the highest stock price. Just like with ‘Act Your Success’, students really gave it their all and for three days, the classrooms in the S building buzzed with bustle, adrenaline, team spirit and playful team rivalry.

At the end of the two welcome weeks, the MBA Council organized an integration weekend in Bordeaux for the new intake, where they had the chance to bond and get to know each other even more as they played sports like paint balling and indulged in some wine tasting.

Integration Weekend - Bordeaux (3)


The two welcome weeks were definitely crammed with activities but every activity offered a learning opportunity for the new MBA intake and it’s been great to see them getting to know each other better as they acclimatize to the HEC Paris environment.

Promotion MBA septembre 2015 -HecParis2015



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