28th CEMS ANNUAL EVENTS - Stockholm 2016

The Annual Events, hosted by the exclusive Swedish CEMS member school, Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) welcomed a new CEMS Chair and Vice Chair, saw the induction of 11 new Corporate Partners (CPs), 2 Social Partner, CEMS Alumni of the Year, as well as the graduation of the largest Master in International Management class in CEMS history.


CEMS Welcomes Eugenia Bieto as the New CEMS Chair

ESADE Director General, Eugenia Bieto, has joined the CEMS Global Alliance as Chair of CEMS at the Annual Events. Pr. Bieto will be taking over responsibilities from Pr. Andrea Sironi, Former Rector of Bocconi University. Her appointment is coming at an important point in CEMS history, with the adoption of a CEMS vision statement, streamlining of alumni affairs and a moment when the organisation is enhancing its globalisation strategy, projects all successfully started by Pr. Sironi.

"Pr. Bieto is an experienced academic leader and I am sure she will lead CEMS to new ambitious goals and results. Leading the greatest management education alliance in the world offers a unique opportunity to interact with the finest students from all over the world, cooperate with the best management schools, learn from some of the world's most successful corporations, and cooperate with a rich and lively network of alumni," says Pr. Sironi.

Pr. Bieto will be joined by CEMS first Vice Chair and Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Greg Whitwell, to lead the CEMS Global Alliance over the next 2 years.

Partnerships continue to grow with the Induction of 11 New CEMS CPs and 2 new SPs.

CEMS Corporate Partnership (CP) is an exclusive academic-corporate collaboration in which CPs contribute to various activities across the globe including involvement in the MIM programme and benefit from privileged access to a global pool of top talent from the world’s leading business schools. Part of the CEMS vision is to nurture a responsible and ethical approach to management that graduates will then take into the working world. With the involvement of Social Partners (SPs) – in the classroom, in research and conferences or in the governance of CEMS – the CEMS Global Alliance and all its stakeholders benefit from this exposure and dialogue.

This year CEMS introduced 11 new CPs and 2 SPs into the Alliance, including CPs: Bayer, CITIC Bank, Dentsu Aegis, E-ON Inhouse Consulting, Gartner, Hyundai Motor Company, Longshine Technologies, Microsoft, Simon Kucher & Partners, Tsinghua Unigroup and Zeb; and SPs Kiron Open Higher Education and The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV).

“At Bayer, we have already taken on a number of former CEMS students in various functions. The knowledge, the passion for new ideas and the management skills that they have brought to Bayer are immensely valuable for the company. We are convinced of the quality of these excellent students and our outstanding international partner universities. We also greatly value the practical aspects and internationality of this alliance. Of course, the latter is particularly important for a major international company like Bayer,” says Angelika Behling of University & Talent Relations at Bayer on the partnership.

Record number of graduates and the election of the Alumni of the Year

"Thanks to the great hospitality of the SSE staff and student helpers, this year we experienced an incredible series of events at the SSE and we celebrated the CEMS Graduation Ceremony at the Globe Arena, with 1281 graduates from 65 countries receiving their diploma both on and off stage," says Roland Siegers.

The CEMS Alumni Association (CAA) introduced the winners of the Alumni of the Year Award as Karin Jestin (senior leadership category) and Joeri van Geelen (young leadership category). Jestin attended HEC Paris and the University of Economics, Prague, graduating from CEMS in 1993. Van Geelen attended the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Norwegian School of Economics, graduating from the CEMS Master in International Management programme in 2011.

The graduation ceremony also included the announcement of the winners for the 2015-2016 MIM awards of the year including:

Block Seminar of the Year: Phillip Nell (WU) & Diego Stea (CBS): “Strategy as Practice – Critical Thinking, Problem Formulation, and Biases”

Course of the Year Strategy: Global Strategic Management, Pr. Phillip Nell, WU

Global Management Practice: Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, Pr. Sunita Malhotra, LSM

Exclusive: Global Macroeconomics, Pr. Milind Shankar Rao, HKUST

Business Project of the Year

"Collecting ABB Best Practices and Incorporate these in Global ABB Standard in the Area of Marketing & Sales Performance Management“ HSG in partnership with ABB

“Discovering Future Strategic ‘Business Shifts’” HSG in partnership with A.T. Kearney

“The Gap Between C-Suite, Middle Management and Customers in Digital” HSG in partnership with PwC “TI Canada – Developing a Fundraising Strategy” SSE in partnership with TI

CEMS School of the Year: HKUST


CEMS Graduation Ceremony 2016 full video

CEMS Annual Events 2016 Photos