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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.

Information Evening – 31 January 2019

We are currently recruiting for our 2019 intake!

What is 2019 looking like for you? Is it the right year to take the next step in your career and join our programme?

Learn more about how our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA broadens your career prospects at our next:

Information Evening
January 31st 2019 at 6.30pm
On campus


Our Academic Director and Entrepreneurship Professor, Jeffrey Petty, will be presenting the programme. You will also be able to hear directly from Olivier Genton (2016), President of the Alumni Association, as well as our current student Sten Rettby (2019). They will share their insightful experience of the programme; the class dynamics, the outcomes and the networking opportunities. At the end, stay for a drink and discuss your potential questions with the speakers and/or with the administrative team.

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.

Happy Holidays!

We wish you a great festive season!

Your HEC Lausanne Executive MBA team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019. May it be filled with joy and happiness!

Highlights of 2018

Another great year has passed by and we have summarised it with key numbers…

  • 50 graduates joining the EMBA community
  • 1st place trophy at the Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival
  • 35 new participants in Class of 2019
  • 78th Executive MBA worldwide based on the 2018 FT Ranking
  • 2nd Homecoming organised with 20% of our community present
  • 2’357 post-it notes used during the Class of 2019 Intro Week

Congratulations Class of 2018!

Congratulations Class of 2018!

Already 16 months ago, Class of 2018 stepped into Room 109 of the Extranef Building for the first time. Their EMBA journey had just started…

After successfully completing projects and courses, developing essential skills, partying on Friday nights, interacting with multiple Professors, guest speakers and with their peers, our 50 participants have finally received their degree in hand last December 14th! Congratulations to all of you!

Keep the community alive and stay connected with MyAlumni, the Association’s Alumni directory. Make sure your information is updated and create yourself new opportunities within our HEC Lausanne EMBA network. Class of 2018 will have access to this service beginning of 2019.

HEC Lausanne Executive MBA 2018 Graduates
Hans Peter Andres – Rado Andriantsimiavona – Adina Badoi – Gabriel Bovolenta – Benjamin Bradfield – Adrien Brunner – Manuel Carou Valle – Marcus Chambers – Adeline Comment – Christian Cornaz – Deniz Coskun – Tobias Dean – Julie Dedocoton – Cédric Delapraz – Sébastien Del Rizzo – Henrique Do Rego – François Domenjoz – Francisco Florez – Guillaume Goudy – Sébastien Grellety – Carlos Guerra Arias – Thomas Ihle – Murad Iskandarov – Corinne Jud Khan – Edelgard Kaiser – Mihaela Kaykov – Mark Kiami – Mark Kiwitz – Katerina Markoff – René Jean Lesniewski – Jennifer Liu – Raphael Lüdemann – David May – Yves Mayor – Marc Niklaus – Hrvoje Ogresta – Alessandro Onesti – Sergio Pesenti – Loïc Pfister – Ziroli Plutschow – Ronald Rogers – Fabrice Roudet – Michel Saner – Laetitia Santin – Oksana Savych – Georges Seide – Marc Tremblay – Keyurkumar Trivedi – Laurent Vieira de Mello – Martin Wieser

Alumni Homecoming – 10 November 2018

The annual HEC Lausanne EMBA Alumni Homecoming event took place on November 10th 2018, at the Casino de Morges.

The programme and the Alumni Association teamed up again to offer the community a second edition of flashbacks, fun moments with old friends and networking opportunities. We welcomed around 100 Alumni and Students (20%), representing almost all classes since the beginning of the Executive MBA back in 2006!

Special congratulations to Class of 2016 for being the most represented with almost 50% of graduates present. Both from this class, the two main speakers for the evening, Steve Dornan and Andre Reis came up with a well-cooked quiz (or examination, they would say). Part of it was a refreshing set of questions taking the guests back in their EMBA time… too long ago sometimes. Indeed, it was not easy for everyone to remember the course of Business Economics and what term is used to describe a market where demand meets supply or that of Strategic Management and Porter’s 5 forces.

A special thank you to Steve and Andre for entertaining the guests throughout the evening and to everyone for taking part in this memorable reunion.

See you next year!