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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"I do not know how to measure how much CEMS has contributed to my career, but I can attest that CEMS has, without a doubt, molded my personal and professional life. It has given me a world-class and inter-disciplinary relevant education with plenty of opportunities to not just travel but also live abroad, work experience with exciting companies and products and most importantly, compatible and like-minded friends for life."

Akanksha Batura Pai

Class of 2014, National University of Singapore
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Akanksha Batura Pai
Most importantly, don't be afraid of creating your own path. Before last year, I never had a job that had an application process. The “once-in-a-lifetime” jobs likely will be created specifically for you – ask for them. If you have a passion that is out of the traditional path, follow it, do the unobvious! Change the world!

Marta Milkowska

Class of 2011, SGH Warsaw School of Economics
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Marta Milkowska
Graduation is a milestone, but there are still many more to come on your way to becoming the leader you aspire to be.

Alexandra Ghilardi

Class of 2011, University of St.Gallen
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Alexandra Gilardi
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