Category Archives: Students

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!

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.

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.

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!

The Flying HECkers win Paddle for Cancer!

Paddles up, Attention, Go!

It’s all about team spirit… and our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA team understood that very well at the 2018 Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival that took place on September 2nd.

For our third participation in the event, our team of Alumni, Students and Staff managed to break their record. We jumped from being 19th in 2017 to wining the competition this year.

Although there was no real performance objective set, we exceeded that of team experience and spirit. As Deniz recalls: “A quick hello in the morning turned up to become great hugs in the afternoon. 17 people constituted our amazing team full of openness, friendliness and dedication. It was a great journey!”

Thanks to all the team members and programme directors for making this a fun event always bringing the Executive MBA community closer. It was a wonderful day also enlightened by the team members’ families that were present to support us… A huge thank you to them too!

The Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival is a charity event is organised by the English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA) in order to raise funds and help them in their day-to-day activities.

Welcome to Class of 2019!

Participants from Class of 2019 have just started their EMBA journey at HEC Lausanne and we wish them a warm welcome!

Key numbers

  • 35 participants
  • 39 years old on average
  • 13 years of professional experience on average
  • 30% of women
  • 14 nationalities

Class of 2019 also distinguishes itself by the highest number of companies represented in proportion to the number of participants. With a mix of 34 SME’s, multinational corporations, start-ups and public institutions, the HEC Lausanne EMBA community will definitely be growing this year and the networking opportunities will be increased.

Introductory Week – Class of 2019

3, 2, 1, Go!

Class of 2019 will be starting their HEC Lausanne Executive MBA next August 27th.

For many of them, the last time they set foot in an academic institution was years ago. The Introductory Week, taking place off-campus at the Lausanne Palace, is therefore a way of kick-starting the return to studying, helping get re-acquainted back into a learning mode.

It will be the first of the programme’s three capstone projects that will tackle the week; the Strategy & Sustainability Project. Based on a real case study brought up by one of our partner companies, Nestlé, participants will explore in groups the challenges of aiming for competitiveness and sustainability along the entire value chain.

The Introductory Week is intensive but also has a strong social aspect, very much oriented toward mingling and networking events. An efficient class dynamic comes from hard work and commitment but also by having fun and sharing great moments.



Be open-minded and curious! This is a life-changing and exciting experience. Don’t look at it with an examination-oriented mind. Enjoy the experience in itself!Violet S Balakrishnan, Alumna 2017
Don’t try to do it, do it to try! Find your rhythm and don’t focus on the finish line! The Executive MBA is like a very long race and you will be pushed to the limits of time, patience and energy. The goal is how you get to the end! Have fun and enjoy the incredibly exciting moments!Raphaël Lüdemann, Class of 2018

Module Abroad – Class of 2018

A week in Milan!

Stepping out of the classroom and into a new environment is always an enriching way to learn a new subject. In line with our desire to foster international business perspectives, we collaborate with recognised academic institutions to organise a week-long study tour for our participants.

Last week, right before summer break , our 50 participants left for their Module Abroad at SDA Bocconi in Milan.

The week was filled with a great mix of learning methods; theoretical lectures were complemented by practical analysis and discussions on case studies as well as group work and business simulations. Guest speakers and trips to visit local companies such as Maserati or Cassina also enabled our participants to gain insight into new industries and outstanding business practices.

Tu sum up, the Module Abroad represents a stimulating and complementary addition to the programme. Between company visits, case studies and social activities, there was no time to get bored!