All posts by Valentine Berthet

Vifor Pharma Visit – 6 June 2019


Last June, part of Class of 2019 attended a visit to Vifor Ltd. in Villars-sur-Glâne, Fribourg. After a warm welcome, Site Head Mr Yvan Liard held a brief presentation, summarised in the video below, of the global pharmaceutical Vifor Pharma Group, headquartered in Switzerland.

Participants were then divided into two groups to visit the production area and laboratories learning about the industrial processes, basic regulation principles and good manufacturing practices (GMP).

The visit was concluded by Project Manager, Mr Sébastien Gonzalez, with the presentation of the innovative Augmented Reality Hololens glasses for which the company won a Pharma 4.0 Award in 2018. These glasses are used to replace printed manuals prone to errors and turn any task into a ‘dynamic multi-user workflow that adapts continuously to real-life operations as each task is completed’ (PR Newswire, 2018). Julien Rousset, Key Account Manager at Vifor Ltd. and EMBA participant, highlights that applying such a technology in operations allowed to increase productivity by up to 45%.

A special thank you to Julien for organising and hosting the visit!

Uetliberg Family Hike – 13 July 2019

Connect with your Zürich/Basel EMBA community!

Next 13 July, the Zürich and Basel Alumni Chapters are coming together to organise a hiking trip to Uetliberg along the Planet Trail. Family and friends are welcome to join, meeting is at 10am in the Zürich Hauptbahnhof (under the Blue Angel). The 2-hour hike is easy and will be followed by a picnic or lunch in a restaurant!

  • Should you be interested in joing the group, please contact Ana Hüni by email or by phone at 078 781 32 31. Thanks to her and Massimilano De Gaspari for organising this event!


Alumni Homecoming – 2 November 2019

The annual Alumni Homecoming event is taking place on Saturday, November 2nd 2019 @ The Olympic Museum! The HEC Lausanne Executive MBA programme and the MBA-HEC Alumni Association are teaming up once again to offer you a festive and fun evening. Registrations are now open until October 21st, 2019.

Last year, 20% of our community of Alumni were present… let’s try to beat this number in 2019!

Programme of the evening

  • 18h00 – 19h30
    Welcome & Networking Apero

  • 19h30 – 19h45
    Alumni Association Speech

  • 19h45 – 22h30
    Gourmet Dinner

  • 22h30 – 01h30
    DJ Dancefloor Warm-up

Price: CHF 120.-

Paddle for Cancer – 1 September 2019


After winning the 2018 edition of the Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival, the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA programme and its team of Flying HECkers are back to paddle against cancer on Sunday, September 1st, at the Lake of Vallée de Joux!

Alumni, Students, Professors and Staff… Join the team to support this great cause and have plenty of fun with your EMBA community! On the D-Day, family and friends are very welcome to join and support our team. Entertainment is organised by the Festival’s organisation for everyone to enjoy the event.

Registrations are open until June 17th. After that, please contact us at if you wish to join the team. We will contact you later on to arrange a training session date for which we will try to have most paddlers present.

Information Webinars – April 2019

We are currently recruiting for our 2019 intake!

If you missed our on-campus information evenings but wish to discover what our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA has to offer, we accommodate you with our upcoming webinars. Our Academic Director and Entrepreneurship Professor, Jeffrey Petty, will be animating the following sessions:

Information Webinar
April 9th 2019 at 6.30pm
Information Webinar
April 11th 2019 at 12.30pm


Following the session, individual meetings with our recruitment team can be scheduled by contacting us by email at or by calling us at +41 (0)21 692 33 91. Should you wish to receive a first eligibility feedback on your profile, do not hesitate to fill a CV Review.

Paintball Event – 26 April 2019

Mission Cobalt Classic Afterworks is on!

The Alumni Association is organising the annual Paintball outing which is a great opportunity for Alumni to have fun while catching up with their peers and meeting participants from other classes.

Date & TimePriceLocationWebsite
Friday, 26 April 2019
CHF 105.-
Route de la Claies-aux-Moines 324
1090 La Croix

Should you want to take part in this Alumni vs. Students mission, register below. Make sure you book quickly as there is a maximum of 40 players.

Please note that you need to create a profile to register.

  • Please arrive at least 50 minutes ahead of the game. Should you be late, no reimbursement will be granted.
  • There will be a bar on spot where you would be able to buy fresh drinks, sandwiches and a Cobalt Classic Burger at anytime.
  • Cobalt Project recommends you to bring a specific pair of shoes to play and a towel to shower after the game.

For any questions you may have, please contact Sergi Fernandez by email.

Catching up with Emanuelle Lambert (2017)

It has been over a year since you graduated… how do feel about the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA looking back?

I keep wonderful memories about the programme and like to talk about it a lot! What I still remind myself every now and then is that what matters to move forward is not to know everything but to know how to ask the right question to the right person. I learnt so much personally and professionally, I am really grateful for this experience.

Have you kept in touch with your classmates?

Yes! I have met interesting people that I genuinely appreciate and whom I can call friends. We still see each other for drinks, brunches and on birthday occasions. Last November was the Homecoming, the annual reunion of the Executive MBA Alumni. It is a major rendez-vous that further gives us the opportunity to catch up. Besides, we also use our WhatsApp group quite frequently to share interesting articles and information. My classmates have been very helpful post-EMBA in recommending best practices for specific work situations I have faced!

What prospects did you get after completing the programme and how do you think it helped you succeed?

Only a few days after Graduation, I started a new position as right-hand to the CFO of an American healthcare technology company, worldwide leader in its market.

The company had undergone a merger only six months before I integrated the team. During one of my interviews, they asked me to project myself in the situation where the environment of the long-existing team was going to radically change. How would I apprehend it? Thanks to the Leading Organisational Culture and Change course I still had fresh in mind, I managed to show my interviewers I was aware and could anticipate the realistic implications that come with such a situation. I also directly benefitted from the Negotiation module because, just a few weeks before I had to negotiate the salary for my new position, I was in class role-playing this scenario case. Although I failed then, feedbacks from my peers and Professor Conti enabled me to be prepared for the real-life scenario enabling me to obtain my salary goal.

Finally, shortly after starting my new job, I found myself in a meeting with all the R&D managers to review the annual budget. I was facing only men and had to be convinced of what I was saying to be taken seriously. The Public Speaking & Presence course together with the Individual Coaching I benefitted from throughout the programme allowed me to do that and challenge their budget.

How do you see yourself in a few years’ time?

My two kids will be in school and I will be able to dedicate more time to my professional life. I intend to take on more responsibilities and go back to working full time, learning as much as I can from my CFO boss. On the longer run, I would like to manage a Finance department for a smaller company, why not even a startup.

Information Evening – 14 March 2019

We are currently recruiting for our 2019 intake!

Are you seeking for a career change? Will you be part of our 2019 intake?

Learn more about how our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA helps you fulfil your highest potential at our next:

Information Evening
March 14th 2019 at 6.30pm
On campus

Final application deadline: 30 April 2019

Our Academic Director and Entrepreneurship Professor, Jeffrey Petty, will be presenting the programme. You will also be able to hear directly from Alumnus Cyril Horisberger (2016) and current participant Siobhan Moret (2019) who will share their insightful experience of the programme such as class dynamics, learning outcomes and networking opportunities. At the end, stay for a drink and discuss your potential questions with the speakers and programme representatives.

Individual meetings with our recruitment team can also be scheduled by contacting us by email at or by calling us at +41 (0)21 692 33 91.

Events February/March 2019

Fulfil your highest potential with our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA!

Admissions are ongoing for our next intake starting on August 26th, 2019. Will this be the right year for you to pursue new opportunities?

To understand how our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA can match your career development plan, we invite you to come and meet us at our next events listed below:

Event Location Date
Access MBA One-to-One Meetings Zurich 11.02.2019
On-campus Information Evening Lausanne 14.03.2019
QS Connect MBA One-to-One Meetings Geneva 28.03.2019

If you feel ready to take the next step and join the programme this year, now is the time to prepare your application!

Next application round: 28 February 2019

Our admissions team will be glad to discuss further your career development and advise you on our admissions process and requirements. Don’t hesitate to contact us by email at or give us a call at +41 (0)21 692 33 91.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Saturday Brunch in Zürich – 16 February 2019

Connect with your EMBA community and save the date for the next Zürich Alumni Chapter!

The Zürich Alumni Chapter is part of our four EMBA Alumni afterworks thrown monthly across Switzerland. The next edition will take place at Brasserie Schiller on February 16th for a special Saturday Brunch between 11am and 3pm. Seats are limited to 20 and registrations will account on a first come first served basis. So don’t wait any longer and…


Thanks to our 2017 Alumna, Ana Hüni, for organising this event! Should you be registered but unable to attend in the end, please contact her so she can adjust the reservation and free seats for other Alumni.