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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24 Mar 2014

Chemical Engineer to IT to Luxury Furniture: Following your Passion

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NabilaFeroze (1)Making the transition from chemical engineer to IT to creating luxury furniture may not seem to be a linear career move – but following one’s passion runs much deeper than connecting clear dots.

Back in 2008, Nabila Feroze originally pursued the TRIUM EMBA program with the intention of starting her own IT consultancy. She had already acquired close to 10 years of expertise at Munich Reinsurance Group as Director of IT Architecture in the Global IT Strategy Department and was now ready for a new challenge. The advanced degree from TRIUM, she affirmed, “would give her the skills, credibility, and network, to launch her own venture in the information technology industry.”

However, during her coursework at TRIUM, her original career plans began to shift. She had always harbored a deep pride for the wood craftsmanship of her native Pakistan and had wondered how to combine this interest with her professional ambitions. As she states, it was during the China Module that she first mustered the courage to pitch the idea of luxury furniture from her native Pakistan to classmates as a potential capstone idea.

“Although Pakistan has a tradition of craftsmanship in furniture-making particularly woodcarving, and inlays, it had historically not been considered ‘luxury,’” Nabila explained. She instead, envisioned creating a new furniture line that would “incorporate the sophistication of modern design with exquisite hand craftsmanship …offering 100% solid wood and be environmentally friendly.”

What better way to test her idea and vision than through a Capstone project? With the support of her capstone team (Nadir Contractor, Nabil El Khoury, Henry Oti, and Yury Samokhin), her vision and her ‘passion’ would one day begin production.

FAST Forward: Manufacturing on the first collection completed this past fall. Currently based in New Jersey, Roze, meaning “beauty” and “love,” is a commercial venture with social ambitions. As Nabila describes, “Roze is a furniture business that designs, manufactures, and retails luxury furniture produced in the US and Pakistan, combining elements of eastern handcraftsmanship with modern elegance. On the social side, Roze leverages its commercial business to eradicate poverty through education and employment.”

Through Roze, Nabila plans to establish a furniture atelier in Pakistan to provide training for advanced furniture-making skills for manufacturing luxury furniture. (Currently, this project idea has sparked the interest of the Acumen Fund organization and United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO). A project proposal has been developed and the parties are in discussion.)

Nabila credits the continued support of her original capstone teammates, and her experience at TRIUM, for helping her launch Roze: “I came to TRIUM with very clear ideas, but I left the program knowing myself better, and having acquired the courage to test out an idea that was ultimately my true passion.”

Through TRIUM, Nabila connected her dots by levering her coursework and the TRIUM network to pursue her true ‘hidden’ ambition. We look forward to seeing her furniture business grow more successful.

Roze’s first collection is now available on www.rozefurniture.com and www.facebook/rozefurniture.

20 Mar 2014

HEC Alumni Ventures: Connect Entrepreneurs and Investors

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image003HEC Alumni Ventures is a unique initiative that promotes entrepreneurship via a worldwide networking and fundraising platform dedicated to the HEC community. Its aim is simple: bringing together start-ups that need funding and investors willing to support new promising ventures.

HEC Venture Co-founder TRIUM alumnus Guillaume de Pommereau (T.09) and TRIUM alumna investor Pavlina Marinova (T.09) are profiled in HEC Magazine’s upcoming issue.

To read more about this exciting initiative, please click here.

10 Mar 2014

LSE’s Reputation Continues to Rise

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CalhounThe London School of Economics and Political Science has risen to 24th in the fourth annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, representing a year-on-year rise for the School since the rankings were first established. LSE is the fourth highest ranking UK university in this year’s table and one of only five UK institutions in the Top 30.

Commenting on the rankings the Director of LSE, Professor Craig Calhoun, said:

“That LSE continues to maintain a strong reputation worldwide is, in part, testament to the work our staff, students and alumni do to engage with wider audiences, such as government, business, the media, charities, as well as other higher education institutions.

Regardless of league tables, our priority will always be for LSE to continue to produce world class research and teaching that engages with real-world problems.”

The full results are available here: Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.


7 Mar 2014

Overshooting in Emerging Markets

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aspenceNYU Stern Professor and Nobel Laureate A. Michael Spencer  comments in the Project Syndicate that,until relatively recently, countries’ so-called middle-income transitions were largely ignored – in part because what was supposed to be a transition often became a trap. A few economies in Asia – particularly Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan – sailed through to high-income status with relatively high growth rates. But the vast majority of economies slowed down or stopped growing altogether in per capita terms after entering the middle-income range.”

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Nobel Laureate A. Michael Spence, joined New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business as a professor of economics in September 2010.

20 Jan 2014

HEC Paris Appoints New Associate Dean for Executive Education

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For the first time in its history, HEC Paris has appointed a woman as head of Executive Education. Elected by the faculty, Marina Kundu takes over from Bertrand Moingeon who was in charge of HEC Executive Education for 16 years.

Ranked #1 worldwide by the Financial Times in 2013, HEC Paris Executive Education offers individuals and companies the opportunity to learn and develop through a wide range of degree, certificate, open-enrolment, and custom programs.

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9 Jan 2014

TRIUM Alumna Swaady Martin-Leke featured in Forbes Magazine

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TRIUM Alumna Swaady Martin-Leke (2012), was recently featured in Forbes Magazine for the company she founded, YSWARA, a growing home-grown African global luxury brand.

After an eventful, high flying 11-year career at GE, where she held leadership positions in several divisions across the world (including acting as the Director for Sub-Saharan Africa of GE Transportation and acting-CEO for GE South Africa Technologies), and following her studies at TRIUM, she decided to follow her passion for African culture & heritage and founded YSWARA.

For details on her journey, you can access the full interview in Forbes Magazine here.



4 Dec 2013

HEC # 1 European Business School Ranking

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image003The Financial Times has released its European Business School Ranking for 2013. HEC Paris and IE Business School of Spain share the top spot for the first time, as the joint best business schools in Europe.

This year HEC reclaims 1st place, after an impressive performance across all the FT rankings. Unlike other FT rankings, this particular one judges business schools rather than their programs. The tables have been generated by the indexed scores achieved by schools taking part in the 2013 FT MBA, executive MBA, masters in management and open and custom executive education rankings.

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19 Nov 2013

Bringing Traditional and Organic Foods Closer to Home

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Growing up in Canada as a young man, Iranian born Cyrus Razzaghi (TRIUM 2011) missed eating his grandmother’s traditional Persian cuisine and the Italian cuisine he got to love as a teenager in Italy- the natural spices and healthy nuts, and the fresh pasta and dizzying variety of cheese were hard to come by, unless you shopped in expensive specialty stores.

What if, he thought, these delicious healthy and traditional foods could become available at corner stores and even directly to consumers at the click of a button? His journey to bridge the gap and make organic, healthy and ethnic/specialty products more accessible and affordable inevitably became the focus of his TRIUM Capstone Project, SabioQ.

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