China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
“An entrepreneurial financier from France who grow up in West Africa, studied in the US and is living in China.”
Hometown: Nice, France
Fun Fact About Yourself: I produce and record music in my spare time!
Undergraduate School and Major: The George Washington University School of Business
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: COO, Ledgity
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of the MBA curriculum that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? One of the key parts of the MBA curriculum that led me to choose CEIBS is the mentorship program. The talent pool of CEIBS alumni is matched only by a very few elite schools in the world and the opportunity to connect with one of the alumni on a mentor/mentee level is extremely valuable. It truly enables students to consolidate their MBA experience with professional knowledge through a very practical approach.
CEIBS is known for “China Depth, Global Breadth.” What is the biggest appeal of earning an MBA in China? The intersection of technology and finance has given way to an ambitious new wave of financial innovation of which China has been at the forefront. I came to the realization of this tectonic shift during a meeting in Shanghai with my former boss, the CEO of France’s Sovereign Wealth Funds, who stated, “There is a lot to learn from Chinese companies, not just about Chinese companies.” It was then that I realized the value that an MBA with CEIBS could bring. “China Depth, Global Breadth” encapsulates this realization very well. In many ways, China leads financial innovation, being able to learn from China and exporting this knowledge is an incredible competitive advantage.
What club, class, or tradition are you most looking forward to at CEIBS? I am looking forward to joining the Finance and Investment Club as well as run for the Technology Club’s presidency.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Coming to CEIBS has been one of my hardest accomplishments to date. Not only is the program one of the most competitive in the world, but the COVID pandemic made it extremely challenging to join the 2023 class. In fact, I am the only student in my class this year who came directly from Europe. This wouldn’t have been possible without all the people that supported me both in my MBA application and my visa application. I am extremely grateful to all of them.
What do you hope to do after earning your MBA and why will that be significant? I hope to pursue my financial career in a more technological environment. My objective is to accumulate domain expertise in financial technology and to successfully build and scale globally a product or an organization.
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into the CEIBS MBA program? In my view, MBA programs are for those who are either seeking to develop a skill that was previously lacking or for those who are looking for a career readjustment. While CEIBS is a wonderful platform for both scenarios, the “China Depth” is an extremely important overarching component to the program that should be taken seriously. To gain admissions and also to benefit from the program, applicants should either possess a “China background” or a profound aspirational reason they wish to pursue an MBA in China.
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