Alumni Interviews

CEMS is much more than an academic programme. When you join CEMS, you become part of a community of academic institutions, corporate visionaries, NGOs, and business leaders who seek to raise our collective global consciousness and create greater value for all through a meaningful collaboration. No other member of CEMS showcases the results of these efforts more than CEMS alumni. There’s huge power in being part of a global network and we are proud to share with you our shining stars.

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The Student Board was formed and developed by those with a true entrepreneurial spirit and this spirit has continued for many years as well as creating a very special bond between those who have been a part of it. I'm still in contact with most of them. We came together to implement change in a positive way to revolutionise CEMS. It was a lot of fun and in the end, we changed a lot. We are very proud of what we achieved and it is wonderful to see how far the Student Board has come since those early days.

Georg Woschnagg

Class of 2001, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
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Georg Woschnagg
CEMS has been the most impactful moment of growth in my life. The program has shaped my way of thinking. As you get the opportunity to work with people who are different, you gain a new perspective.

Matteo Grosso

Class of 2018, Nova School of Business and Economics
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Matteo Grosso
"CEMS helped me in a variety of ways. For one, the language impact was excellent and did not cut any corners. After years of training in French for business, six months study in Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium, and a three-months French immersion internship with the investment funds federation in Brussels, I felt really fluent enough to handle any work environment in French. Then, moving around and living in different parts of the continent or the world got a ‘normal’ tinge to it through CEMS. Last but certainly not least, the CEMS community consists of really diverse people, representing different cultures and backgrounds, and this too starts feeling very normal"

Rebekka Grun von Jolk

Class of 1996, University of St.Gallen
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Rebekka Grun von Jolk
"Working with individuals from every single school, from multiple different nationalities, speaking many different languages, that taught me so much about collaboration across different cultures and so for me that's been one of the biggest learnings. I think the important skills that CEMS teaches are much more about interpersonal skills than necessarily about the curriculum and the business projects."

Thomas Rüdiger Smith

Class of 2010, Copenhagen Business School
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Thomas Rüdiger Smith
"The CEMS experience broadened my horizons. Collaborating, socializing and debating with fellow students from different backgrounds, changed my way of thinking"

Yingqi Liang

Class of 2018, Keio University
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"The CEMS MIM program provided a foundational catalyst on my journey in using technology to build bridges across companies, cultures and continents. The experiences that I gathered working with students from across the world, were the best preparation for a global role at a multinational company like Google. Whether it was a product rollout in the US, Germany or Singapore, the foundation of building on cultural diversity with respect and empathy instilled by CEMS gave a keen ability to connect with our stakeholders and customers across the globe."

Julia Eschelbeck

Class of 2017, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
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"The network I developed during my CEMS education helps me constantly. Be it for fundraising, recruiting, business opportunities or knowledge exchange."

Alexander Lundberg

Class of 2015, The University of Sydney Business School
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Alexander Lundberg
"I was part of one of the first cohorts of CEMS. It was the “young” version of the current program, with fewer member schools, but still with the same DNA: leading edge, international, multicultural, close to the corporate world. I’m very proud to see how the program has evolved today."

Barbara Cominelli

Class of 1994, Bocconi University
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Barbara Cominelli
"CEMS gave me additional time to develop my business concept carefully. The proximity to universities and the ongoing transfer of knowledge have been immensely important in order to have various facets of the company examined by experts."

Humans of CEMS: Henry Hooper

Class of 2021, ESADE
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"The most valuable thing about CEMS is without a doubt the friendships I made in my time studying."

Nina Mohanty

Class of 2017, The London School of Economics and Political Science
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Nina Mohanty