The beauty of the MAM is that it allows you to have exposure to anything and anyone. You can test any water.
I got my MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore, and I’ve worked in Europe and in Asia. I have a background in energy trading—I spent more than 10 years in that industry, working as a CFO for the Asia-Pacific division of a large company. I wanted a chance to step back and explore new things, and moving to the U.S. for the Master of Advanced Management program has allowed me to evolve in a different environment within a different culture.
The MAM is a great complement to an MBA, allowing you to pursue specific interests you might not have had time for during your MBA because you were focused on the core classes. I took a class at the Yale School of Architecture and designed a lab. I’ve studied digital photography and art history, and those classes have enabled me to look at the world and business with a new perspective. I’ve learned to see things differently, and to understand how things are built. You can take those lessons and approach situations from a new angle.
Another thing that makes the MAM so impressive is that Yale gives access to students to meet and interact with leaders at the highest levels. One day, I was approached and asked, “Do you want to have lunch with José Manuel Barroso, the former president of the European Commission?” The beauty of the MAM program is that it allows you to have exposure to anything and anyone. You can test any water, and that diversity of experiences allows you to refine your goals for the future.
Interviewed on February 25, 2015.