10 Sep 2014

Congratulations to the TRIUM Class of 2014!

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2014 grad pictureOver 80 TRIUMERs from the class of 2014, representing 36 different nationalities marched at graduation and received their MBA diplomas this past Saturday, September 6, 2014. The ceremony took place at London’s historic Guild Hall. Peter Blair Henry, Dean, Leonard N Stern School of Business, New York University, Craig Calhoun, Director and President, The London School of Economics and Political Science, and Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean, HEC School of Management, Paris provided remarks during the ceremony. We are excited to welcome the class of 2014 to the TRIUM Alumni Community.

1 Sep 2014

TRIUM Alumnus Believes in Following Your Dreams

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38_asc9290Leaving behind a 20 year career in the Financial Service industry, TRIUM Alumnus Philippe Nacson premieres his work at Paris Design Week

After 20 years in investment banking and private equity, Philippe Nacson (TRIUM 2012) left the comforts of his financial career this past summer to pursue his creative passion full time.  Despite his late start and lack of formal training in design, Philippe credits his TRIUM experience for having given him the tools and the confidence to make the career change.  This experience, coupled with the success of the official launch of the Philippe Nacson Design brand in Milan in April at the Ventura Lambrate Salone del Mobile (Furniture Design Salon), provided him the foundation to finally follow his dreams.

Changing Directions

When deciding to pursue further graduate education back in 2007, Philippe, a French national, knew that he was keen to make a professional change – but was not sure as to what direction to orient his career. At the time, during the era of the Lehman Brothers crisis, he was working in the financial services sector. As Philippe states, “coming to TRIUM provided me a breath of fresh air to explore new paths and opportunities. I was looking for a new direction, and all of the sudden I found myself in an entrepreneurial environment with classmates from around the world from a variety of different sectors.”

Following your Childhood Dreams

Studying at TRIUM also inspired him.  As he points out, “people are here because they want to evolve and do things and go beyond what they have lived, creating a positive atmosphere.” This creative and positive environment, he states, moved him to consider his boyhood drawings to be more than just a hobby.   Philippe recalls that from an early age spent living in Senegal and Israel, he was always drawing.  A chance meeting with an industry professional led to making him consider his childhood passion a potential serious professional reality.  Fast forward; following months of research and experiments with artisans, his first collection of four luxury furniture pieces (the Aunt Lounge Chair, the Crab Chair, the Paper Clip and Staples Console, and the Floating Bookcase) were exhibited at the prestigious Milan Fair, where experts in the field of contemporary design come to witness emerging trends, debut designers, and new talent.

Early success for the budding designer is no easy feat, but TRIUM pushes its students to explore their limits. As Philippe states, following one’s studies at TRIUM, “it is pretty hard to go back to your job – it is like you have been given this big chocolate cake and you want to eat it forever.“

As the work of a debut designer, Philippe’s initial collection is receiving quite a lot of buzz. Following press coverage in contemporary design publications such as Elle Déco, Marie Claire Maison, Stiletto and Oregon Live, this fall, Philippe Nascon Designs will be on display at Paris Design Week (September  6 to 13) and in London at the London Design Festival from September  18 to 21.

By following his dream, it would seem that Philippe can have his cake and eat it too!

11 Jul 2014

Pascal Lamy Shares his Global Viewpoints to a Packed TRIUM Audience in Paris

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220px-Photo_P_Lamy-2Over 100 Triumers (students and alumni) attended a fascinating discussion with Pascal Lamy as an evening highlight event during TRIUM’s Module 4 Study in Paris. The candid discussion, moderated by TRIUM Academic Dean Oliver Gottschalg, touched upon a variety of issues, including the economy, transatlantic relations, and trade.

As highlighted by Dean of HEC Paris Bernard Ramanantsoa, Pascal Lamy’s achievements, “have showed his commitment to the European Union and European integration, have demonstrated his vision on globalization, and have exhibited his keen understanding of the private sector.”

Mr. Lamy’s discussion provided an opportunity for the TRIUM Class of 2015 (comprised of 85 senior level executives from over 30 different nationalities) to hear firsthand viewpoints from “one of the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers,” according to a recent poll cast by the British magazine Prospect this past April. The evening ended with a cocktail reception at the elegant Hotel Potocki (Paris), providing ample time for students, alumni and distinguished guests to continue debate and networking.

A graduate of the Grande Ecole of HEC Paris in 1969 and a current affiliate professor of HEC Paris, Mr. Lamy served for two consecutive terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A committed European, he also served as Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004.  He is currently Honorary President of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute.

At Module 4 study in Paris, TRIUM students take coursework in Marketing and Corporate Strategy. The TRIUM program is currently comprised of six Module studies spread over 17 months in five different locations (London, New York, Shanghai, Paris, Chennai.)

Noted distinguished guests at the evening event also included Pierre-Antoine Gailly, President, CCI Paris Ile-de-France and  Marina Kundu, Associate Dean, Executive Education, HEC Paris.

For more information on the TRIUM program, visit www.triumemba.org

3 Jul 2014

Leading and Investing in Africa’s Future

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Ecobank_14092012_068As a senior business leader in Africa, Charles Kie undertook his graduate studies with TRIUM at a time when many would say that he had already reached the top in his career. For Charles, the timing couldn’t have been better. The TRIUM Global EMBA program, an alliance with NYU Stern, HEC Paris and LSE, has been a transformative experience for him, strengthening his leadership skills and extending his international network, which he recently remarked, “opened my global perspective.”

An Ivory Coast national, Charles began his TRIUM coursework while CEO of the group Banque Atlantique. He was initially attracted to the alliance of LSE, HEC, and NYU, whose top-ranked programs and faculty represent a wealth of expertise. A key factor for him in choosing to study with TRIUM was the unique LSE component of the programme, as a leading social and economic sciences university in the executive business program alliance.

A Balancing Act

For any senior executive with time constraints, going back to school, while working full time can be an adjustment. As Charles noted, “the initial coursework at Module 1 was quite challenging – learning to balance professional commitments, while managing coursework globally in addition to group work in teams of 6 to 8 students, with varying time zones and differentiating cultural backgrounds. It became a true exercise – and test—of one’s leadership and negotiating skills.”

Reflecting on what this experience taught him, Charles affirms the benefits of study at TRIUM: “TRIUM’s course work taught me how to strengthen my management style by becoming a more effective leader. As GROUP Executive Corporate and Investment Bank  of Ecobank Transnational Inc, I work across  40 countries. Efficient management is key.”
Charles also emphasizes, that learning outside the classroom from peers is just as important as the academic experience: “Given the class diversity, the people I was meeting were unbelievable — PhDs, other CEOs and CFOs – all who provided unique perspectives to see the world.”

TRIUM’s Modules in China and India also had a deep impact on Charles as well. These modules address true 21st century challenges. This includes social business practices and the social responsibilities of corporations, with the objective of   opening the students’ viewpoints to better understand global challenges. Working in South Africa and witnessing the child poverty up close in the sewage ghettos out Johannesburg as well as in quite a number of  large African cities he visited, made Charles more keenly aware of the urgent need to invest in Africa’s future. For this reason, in 2013, he co-founded the Future Africa Foundation, with a mission to address some of the environmental and educational challenges faced by the African continent.

Leading Africa’s Future

Following his graduation from TRIUM, Charles undertook a career change.  Ready for new challenges and well equipped to face new boundaries, he left Banque Atlantique to work as COO of Ecobank Capital , then Group Corporate Bank Head and now Group Executive Corporate and Investment Bank of Ecobank Transnational Inc., the leading independent Pan African banking group , serving wholesale and retail customers, with a customer base close to 11 million.

Post TRIUM, as a responsible CEO working in an emerging market in an ever increasingly globalized world, Charles is well placed to lead and invest in Africa’s future.

For more information about TRIUM, visit www.triumemba.org.



20 Jun 2014

Module 7 Reunites TRIUM Alumni in Washington, DC

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TRIUM Module 7

Over 56 TRIUM alumni from around the world met in Washington, DC from June 12 to June 15, as part of the alumni reunion event Module 7. From as far away as Japan, Russia and Brazil, to as local as Capitol Hill, alumni came together to debate, to discourse,  to network and for many, to reflect on their TRIUM experiences.

Completely led and driven by TRIUM alumni, Module 7 continually opens new business opportunities while deepening relationships among our diverse alumni. With memorable social events and rich conversations centered around the right questions, Module 7 helps TRIUM alumni continue their journey to become among the world’s best global business leaders.

This year’s theme focused on “Shifting Challenges: Disruption and Competition among Countries and Businesses”. Guest speakers from our alliance faculty included Sonia Marciano, Clinical Full Professor of Management and Organizations and Baruch Lev, Professor of Accounting and Finance, both of NYU Stern. VIP Guests included former US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, who provided his insights on leadership, and Leocadia “Lee” Zak, current director of the US Trade and Development Agency, who spoke about how her Agency promotes U.S. exports to advance economic growth in developing and middle-income countries. TRIUM Alumna Laura Snyder (T. 2006) organized and moderated a panel on “The Strategic Value of Legal Thinking”, with guest panelists Prof. Baruch Lev, Richard S. Levick,  Chairman & CEO of LEVICK, Alison McGuigan, VP of The Cohen Group and Roxana Pierce, Director in the Washington, D.C. office of Omnia Strategy.

The successful event could not have been possible without the support and leadership of our alumni volunteers. In particular, TRIUM Alumni Relations thanks this year’s organizers Paul Ward (T. 2006 ), Alex Anyse (T. 2011), Reuven Hahn (T.2011) and Miguel de Almeida (T. 2011) in addition to  Laura Snyder (T. 2006) for her contribution to the program.

28 May 2014

A TRIUM Lecture Series: What Makes Different Entrepreneurs Thrive?

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EstrinOne recent Wednesday evening in May, more than 50 students, alumni, and ‘friends of TRIUM’ gathered at the London School of Economics and Political Science to hear Professor Saul Estrin lecture on What Makes Different Entrepreneurs Thrive? (For full lecture, click here.)

As part of the TRIUM lecture series, Estrin, a Professor of Management at LSE whose areas of research include economic development and entrepreneurship, provided a lively and informative perspective on existing barriers and opportunities to entrepreneurial activity, which can vary greatly by form and country.

Lecturing to a diverse TRIUM audience of investors, current entrepreneurs, and future entrepreneurs, Estrin clarified that, “While individual, demographic and cultural factors are important, issues of education, institutions and policy are clearly critical in understanding this diversity of global experiences.” With entrepreneurial indexes varying enormously across the globe, (Zambia’s 40% vs. the 8 to 10% in developed countries such as the US, Iceland, and Denmark), he is clearly seeking to make a point. Moreover, Estrin noted, “… the Rule of Law and property rights protection influences high impact entrepreneurship and the role of financial market institutions” are key to understanding the various entrepreneurial indexes.

Stark differences also exist between male vs. female entrepreneurship: “while it exists everywhere, female entrepreneurship is always less than male entrepreneurship, with large cross-country variations,” ranging from 1.2% in Japan to 39% in Peru (GEM).

The TRIUM lecture, followed by a networking reception at LSE, provided an insider’s view to the academic coursework that students in the TRIUM program experience at LSE.  The lecture also highlighted the strength of the TRIUM community.  As Estrin noted, “this program fundamentally changes people in addition to providing them a new peer network for life.”

At a recent lunch discussion, Professor Estrin shared his perspectives on teaching TRIUM students and on the transformative experience they undergo while at LSE. “As the only non-business school in the alliance and as one of the world’s leading social sciences universities, Module 1 study at LSE provides the analytical framework in a social, economic, and political context that prepares these executives better to understand what possibilities exist for doing business in the global context.” Boasting 16 Nobel Laureates since its founding, the LSE research and teaching spans the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics, and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting, and finance.

Estrin is keen to further emphasize why the LSE component to TRIUM is so important: “By developing the analytical skills that global business leaders need to operate in the fast pace changing global economy, they attain a firmer grasp of the geo-political and economic context to run their companies – making them more informed global leading decisions makers.”

What does Estrin think of his students? Impressed by the diversity and their individual professional achievements over the years, he is quick to point out how learningat this high level is quite different: “I don’t teach this course the way I do with other graduate courses. I don’t lecture at this group — but rather draw on their experiences to illustrate how their own business cases can serve as lessons in the larger global context to open their minds.”

Like Prof. Estrin’s TRIUM students during their Module 1 coursework, audience members left the evening discussion better informed with the analytical tools of entrepreneurial lessons from case studies in the larger global context. For many of the budding entrepreneurs, it’s now time to put theory into practice.


12 May 2014

HEC Paris ranked #1 Worldwide by the FT for its Executive Education Programs

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KunduThe Financial Times has just published their 2014 annual rankings for Executive Education and HEC Paris has once again been ranked #1 worldwide.

Marina Kundu, Associate Dean at HEC Paris in charge of Executive Education, expresses her immense satisfaction on this outstanding achievement and what it represents.

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3 May 2014

Enjoying Eco-responsible Baby Food, One SQUIZ at a Time

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Nicolas Nicolas Soubelet’s (TRIUM 2015) ‘aha moment’ came just three months into the TRIUM EMBA program, during his Module 2 experience at NYU Stern. After 15 years with PSA Peugeot Citroën in various positions in France and abroad (including Supply Chain Management and Business Unit Management), Nicolas resigned from his job in February 2014 to follow his entrepreneurial dream. Together with his co-founder wife Elizabeth, mother of five, they launched Squiz, a reusable eco-friendly food pouch.

In his years leading up to Squiz, Nicolas, a French national and engineer by training, had developed a strong knowledge of lean management and industrial launches. (In 2012, he became a Business Development Manager at PSA Peugeot Citroën, using his rich industrial background to design, negotiate and implement the future cooperation strategy of PSA.)

Yet despite the wealth of expertise developed in his corporate career, Nicolas wanted to leverage his “management know-how” and “his business strategy” into an entrepreneurial project that touched him personally. With a desire “to change the classic consumer model”, he and his wife launched Squiz; a reusable food pouch for children (and adults!), providing a practical solution for parents who prepare their own baby food and snacks as well as an economical and convenient alternative to single-use pre-filled baby food and applesauce pouches.

Before charging head on into the project, Nicolas was keen on getting feedback from his classmates. “TRIUM is a machine that builds trust and self-confidence” that inspired Nicolas to pitch his idea during a Module 2 “unplugged” session in New York. “When I shared the Squiz story, I received fantastic messages of encouragement in return,“ he affirms. This input, coupled with “inspirational lectures by NYU Stern Professors Steven Rogers, Sonia Marciano and Aswath Damodaran” helped set the wheels in motion for him to speed forward.

Soon after returning home to Paris from Module 2 in New York, he secured financial support from France Initiative, an entity of the French government, to begin production. Press coverage then followed: this past March, SQUIZ pouches previewed in France at the Paris Baby Fair, garnering a stellar review on national French television and laying the groundwork for future consideration in national competition for “innovation project of the year” in the baby industry.

Squiz_0314-1867However, despite the initial success in getting Squiz launched, Nicolas is keen that consumers know Squiz’s full story. “Sensitive to the needs of women and children” the husband and wife co-founders are committed to donating part of their proceeds to supporting innovative humanitarian projects. Once such charity is Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization founded in 2010 to increase public awareness and support for improved maternal and child health.

Coupling theory with practice, now halfway through his TRIUM module studies, Nicolas is keen to put the future coursework to good use in his new entrepreneurial venture.

(Nb. Sales of Squiz were launched on Amazon.fr this week.)

17 Apr 2014

Leading Prestigious Financial Circles

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Fadi 2Fadi Halout (TRIUM 2012) credits TRIUM with helping him “see the big picture and push further boundaries” and for giving him the confidence “to take on new challenges.”

As Country CEO & Managing Director Wholesale for the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in France, the daily demands of his current position keep him fully occupied.  ​As the leading Bank in the UAE, NBAD’s growing international network consists of offices in 18 countries stretching across five continents. Nevertheless, undeterred by the large remit of his day job, Fadi, a French-Lebanese national, recently took on an additional leadership position: in August 2013, he was named President of the Circle of Foreign Bankers in France (Cercle des Banques Etrangères en France). Created in 1952, the Circle is an elite Paris based organization that supports and strengthens relationships between foreign banks and financial institutions in France.

Despite having held numerous senior positions in banking sector, Fadi affirms that it was the rigorous and interdisciplinary coursework of the TRIUM EMBA that best prepared him for his leadership roles: “Undertaking Module study in five different locations, with international cohort groups requires efficient organization, dedication, discipline, and culture tolerance.” In addition, “working with senior level executives of varying expertise develops an open mindedness and diplomatic ability to listen and debate despite differing viewpoints and leadership styles.”

Fadi also acknowledges the invaluable team work experience throughout the TRIUM program (modules assignments and capstone project process) as having been “a great learning lesson on how to collaborate with executives to achieve a definite target, while building on the complementarity expertise among our valued team members.”  Fadi’s academic experience at TRIUM, both inside and outside the classroom, have well placed him to lead the Circle of Foreign Bankers and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in France. As he clarifies, “the aggregate of all this nurtured our ability to better manage and effectively command organizations or associations of varying sectors or sizes. “

For executives like Fadi, TRIUM means more than just business; “It challenged us to deal with subjects outside our comfort zones, encouraged us to network constructively, and gave us ample public speaking opportunities to test our ideas amongst our peers.”






26 Mar 2014

Spotlight on TRIUM 2015 Student Tina Taylor

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con_046967TRIUM student Tina Taylor, Chief Information Officer and Chief Quality Officer for GE Lighting, discusses her career path and the TRIUM Capstone Project.

The possibilities of what I see myself achieving going forward has started with TRIUM as a part of my foundation.

“Three years ago, my close friend, TRIUM alumna Swaady Martin-Leke, urged me to consider the TRIUM program,” recalls TRIUM student Tina Taylor, Chief Information Officer and Chief Quality Officer for GE Lighting. “I saw that the program offers the rare global component I was looking for, and the average age of the TRIUM cohort (40) appealed to me; it brings a higher level of conversation. I also recognized that I would be able to apply a high percentage of my classroom knowledge to my job, so the timing felt right.”

“My colleagues at GE have been very supportive of my decision to pursue an executive MBA,” Tina reports. “They recognize that it’s a personal goal that also benefits my professional life at the company. My career at GE has provided indispensable real life productive experience, and now I’m adding the theoretical component. I’m also gaining a global, multi-dimensional perspective.

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