Christopher Crede enjoys new challenges. Like many entrepreneurs, he’s had a varied career – from steering his family’s natural oils business to the challenges of managing projects across several regions for Médecins Sans Frontières. Four years after he started working at the NGO, he decided he was ready for a fresh challenge.
Vincent Bermudez is an IT specialist who’d worked at Chevron for six years – both in his native Manila and the USA. But he had ambitions to work beyond IT and in a more strategic role – either in a corporation or by setting up his own enterprise. So he decided an MBA would give him the skills and insights he needed to take the next step.
Behzad Samii, the director of the Executive MBA at Vlerick Business School in Brussels, tells us what the programme has to offer to potential participants, and to expats in particular.
Nikky Adebimpe developed a taste for strategy while she was working in a training & consultancy firm in South Africa. The Nigerian national’s first degree is in accountancy, and she decided to go for an MBA so that she could take on more strategic roles. Enthusiastic to get a deeper international perspective, she was keen to study in Europe.
For brand and marketing specialist Haruhiko Sano, a holiday in Belgium made him start seeing the future in a different way. “I fell in love with it,” he says, “And I began to think – could it be possible to live in a country like this?”
When Natasa Zivanovic’s role as a supply chain consultant took her from Atlanta, Georgia to Antwerp, she fell in love with Europe. But after almost two years at her company’s Netherlands office, she realised she was at a career crossroads.