Category Archives: Alumni News

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.

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.

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.

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.

BBQ on the Rhine – 21 July 2018

Network with your Executive MBA community and don’t miss out on the next Basel Alumni Chapter!

The Basel Alumni Chapter has recently been put into place upon initiative of Alumnus Nicola Maiorano (2017) and completes our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA Alumni gatherings.

Since March, Alumni and Students from the area have been meeting for drinks every other month and the next edition will take place in Birsfelden on July 21st for a special BBQ on the Rhine from 3pm. If the weather allows it, a swim in the river will definitely be on the menu too. So, make sure to save the date!

For further information about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Maiorano.

Zürich Alumni Chapter – 2 July 2018

Network with your Executive MBA community and don’t miss out on the next Zürich Alumni Chapter!

Every first Monday of the month, Alumni across classes and current participants meet at the Au Premier Brasserie above Zürich’s main train station. The next event will be taking place on July 2nd from 6.30pm so… save the date!

This is your opportunity to network and meet Alumni and participants who have experienced or are still experiencing the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA journey. New Alumni Committee member, Sergi Fernandez (2017), will also be present and looks forward to your wise feedback in regards to the Alumni Association’s activities and presence.

Are you around Lausanne, Geneva or Basel? Don’t miss out on the following events…

  • Lausanne Alumni Chapter: 6 July, at “The Punk Bar”
  • Geneva Alumni Chapter: 12 July, at “The Key & Eagle”
  • Basel Alumni Chapter “BBQ on the Rhine”: 21 July, in Birsfelden (contact Nicola Maiorano for more information)