2023 MBA To Watch: Vladislav Cheremisinov, ESMT Berlin

Vladislav Cheremisinov

ESMT Berlin

“A business development alchemist, experienced in pharma, ready to turn projects into gold.”

Hometown: Kirov, Russia

Fun fact about yourself: Each evening, I entertain my son with bedtime stories, featuring the legendary hero “Bobo Siebenschläfer”, a fairytale that’s guaranteed to have him snoring before the end of the first chapter!

Undergraduate School and Degree: Master’s in History and Bachelor’s in Political Science – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school? Nanolek LLC – Business development manager

Where did you intern during the summer of 2022? N/A

Where will you be working after graduation? Pharmaceuticals & Biotech – Dubai, Leverkusen, or London.

Community Work and Leadership Roles in Business School: Adventure Captain for ESMT sports team at European MBA Tournament in France; digital career initiative.

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? As a member of our student consulting team, I developed an expansion strategy for a digital career company, which greatly contributed to the successful placement of unemployed individuals and refugees in the IT industry.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? As a “deal-making man” with a thorough understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, I have played my modest role in the availability of a diverse range of best-in-class products across various therapeutic areas, including infectious and viral diseases, cancer, diabetes and others, to benefit a large patient population.

Why did you choose this business school? I chose ESMT Berlin because it has an intensive one-year program in a top-tier European business school and is founded and supported by prominent companies of the German business community. The school is giving students the opportunity to learn from industry experts and gain valuable insights into the world of business. Additionally, the availability of 18-month job seeking visa helps to facilitate a smooth transition into the job market.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? Professor Per Olsson, who is also the dean of faculty at ESMT, is a lecturer who has had a significant impact on the way I think about accounting and finance. He possesses a deep understanding of the subject matter, which is reflected in his lectures. He presents material in a way that is rooted in principles and key elements, making what could be considered a dry topic into a fascinating journey of understanding. He effectively communicates complex concepts and ideas, making them accessible to students.

What was your favorite course as an MBA? “Managerial Analysis and Decision Making” by Prof. Francis de Véricourt is a course that is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the process of decision-making and its application in a management setting. The course is expertly structured and thought-provoking, with an emphasis on real-world examples of both successful and unsuccessful decision-making. Additionally, the course provides a detailed examination of the common pitfalls that managers should avoid.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school? ESMT offers a diverse range of programs, including full-time and part-time MBA options, as well as a global online MBA. During my time at ESMT, I had the opportunity to participate in a summer gathering where I met individuals from various backgrounds, all united by their shared ESMT experience. The sense of camaraderie and community that I felt was truly remarkable.

Looking back over your MBA experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently and why? I would more actively participate in volunteering and charity-focused events. ESMT places a strong emphasis on sustainability and the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into business practices. ESMT plays an important role in fostering a culture of corporate responsibility, and I am committed to supporting these efforts through my participation in volunteer and charity initiatives.

What is the biggest myth about your school? I believe that ESMT is more than just a career accelerator, which is a typical myth about business schools. It has been a transformative experience for me, both personally and professionally. The people I met and the perspectives I’ve learned have had a significant impact on my development.

What did you love most about your business school’s town? Food that will make your taste buds dance, a history so rich you’ll feel like a historian, beer so famous it’s practically a celebrity, and sights and museums so remarkable, you’ll be seeing stars.

What surprised you the most about business school? The historic main campus building of ESMT Berlin, a true architectural masterpiece, was once the seat of the state council building of the East German government.

What is one thing you did during the application process that gave you an edge at the school you chose? I have been clear and consistent in my goals, which I continue to hold – to contribute to the development and implementation of innovative healthcare solutions for the benefit of society.

Which MBA classmate do you most admire? Amie Wang is a true inspiration – not only as a business leader but also as a person who deeply values arts, literature, and the journey of self-discovery. Her passion and dedication towards these subjects are truly admirable, and her ability to balance them with her professional life is truly inspiring. She has been an incredible mentor and friend, and I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list? Make an impact, save the world. Keep growing, don’t be a dino-snore.

What made Vladislav such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2023?

“One student, who caught my attention this year, was Vladislav Cheremisinov. He came across as a very mature individual, who took responsibility for not only himself, but also his peers. He strongly supported each team, of which he was part, be it in academic coursework, business consulting, or sports. In particular, it was remarkable to observe how he led the process of preparing a joint statement of our Ukrainian and Russian students condemning the war.”

Professor. Michał Grajek
MBA Faculty Lead



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