A truly global cohort
TRIUM Global Executive MBA students are among the most qualified and insightful in the international business world today. They are experienced executives and successful entrepreneurs who have excelled in their careers but thirst for more.
Students come from all corners of the globe and every type of business endeavor. Their varied backgrounds, perspectives and areas of expertise make the TRIUM educational experience-both in and out of class-one of the richest and most rewarding of any executive MBA program.
Given the diversity of the class, the people I was meeting were unbelievable - PhDs, other CEOs and CFOs - all of whom provided unique perspectives through which to see the world.
Personal and Professional Growth
Kathleen Traynor Derose (USA), Class Of 2011Managing Director, Head Business Strategy & Solutions, Investment Strategy and Research, Private Banking Wealth Management Division, Credit Suisse Asset Management
Following an illustrious 20 year career in finance (Chase, Scudder Stevens & Clark, Deutsche Bank), in 2006, Kathleen DeRose sought a new opportunity, co-founding a hedge fund with investment guru Robert Hagin. Her fund performed relatively well, she says, but raising capital during the recession ultimately proved too great a challenge, and by 2010 the fund had disbanded. Enter TRIUM.
Says Kathleen: “Business school was a long-time dream, and I found I finally had the time and resources. In my personal life, my daughter was graduating from college. I wanted a program with global experience so that my next job could be in a more global managerial role. There’s no other program that offers the kind of global perspective that TRIUM does — that’s what’s so unique about it.” She points out that not only is TRIUM a triumvirate of three outstanding schools, but “it combines academic challenges with an international aspect and exceptional classmates, with an emphasis on personal and professional growth and global leadership skills.”
For Kathleen, one of the most rewarding aspects of TRIUM was the focus on global entrepreneurship. TRIUM executives identify a strategic global issue, form a team, and develop a complete business plan. “Working with my group on the term project has been incredibly inspiring. We began with an idea, applied everything we had learned, and created a business.”
A year into the TRIUM program, Kathleen moved to Zurich to start her current job: “I credit the TRIUM program with positioning me for this role and helping me believe I could do it,” she says.”
The Chilean Whirlwind
Henry Comber (Chile), Class of 2013CEO, EuroAmerica
Prior to joining EuroAmerica in 2005, Henry Comber, a native Chilean, spent 21 years with Citibank, serving as country CEO in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, and Venezuela. Currently, he is CEO of EuroAmerica SA Chile, a Santiago-based, privately held company offering a full array of financial products for individuals and corporations in Chile, including health and life insurance, investments, savings, and lending.
Although he began his career in engineering, Henry knew he would end up in business. He thrives on the energy of the constantly changing business environment and the ceaseless uncertainty. “There is a constant need to adapt strategies, resources, and tactics, and I like this constant change,” he says. With practical experience as substantial as this, it’s hard to imagine Henry would need an additional educational feather in his cap. Keen to compliment his background, he searched for a program that met all of his needs.
He choose TRIUM for a variety of reasons: valuable residential classroom learning modules, scheduled at roughly three-month intervals, present less of a burden to high-level executives than other global EMBA programs he had considered. “TRIUM is truly unique, you can do it while you work,” he says. “It certainly requires commitment, but it can be done. Other programs I checked required excessive and frequent travel and/or an excessively long stays.”
Henry adds that the TRIUM program’s intense global commitment was most appealing: “I found very interesting that the program is run by three different universities, which are the best universities of the US, France, and the UK. The idea of diverse locations, plus the fact that more than 30 nationalities are represented in the class, is truly unique.”
Never limit yourself
Tatiana Filippova (Kyrgyzstan), TRIUM Class of 2012Business Adviser to the Board of Directors and Executive Board Member (2007-2012), Sekerbank T. A.S
Tatiana Filippova is not afraid of taking risks. Being the first Kyrgyzstan national to study at TRIUM makes Tatiana proud to represent her country. With over twenty years of diverse experience in finance, corporate governance, audit, risk, and management, most individuals would feel quite accomplished and content in their careers. This was not the case for Tatiana, who continuously seeks new challenges. In 2010, she decided to attend TRIUM.
At the time, she was a member of the Executive Board of Sekerbank T.A.S, which was ranked third among Turkey’s privately owned banks in terms of geographical coverage in Turkey. Despite her professional achievements, she still felt the need to challenge herself and grow. Tatiana’s limitless desire and determination made applying to TRIUM a natural career progression.
When looking at Executive MBA programs, Tatiana was attracted to TRIUM’s diverse student body, renowned global faculty from three premier universities, and the “world-wide” network of alumni, and, not to mention, its top ranking.
Post TRIUM, Tatiana says she experienced what most graduates refer to as the ‘TRIUM effect.’ “After TRIUM,” she states, “I had been changed, but the environment that you go back to has not. I had a lot of ideas and the biggest question I had was, what now? What would I like to do next?” One year after graduation, she decided to nourish her desire to explore more entrepreneurial endeavors and embrace the ‘TRIUM effect’ head on. In order to do this, she took on a new role as a business consultant to the Board of Directors at Sekerbank, which gave her more flexibility to explore entrepreneurial opportunities.
Bringing Theory Into Practice
Franck Dubarry (France), TRIUM Class of 2012Entrepreneur and Investor, Founder of Technomarine
Before he had ever set foot in a TRIUM classroom, Franck Dubarry had experienced a level of success any business school graduate would envy. By age 45, he had already founded, managed, and sold three companies, including TechnoMarine, a luxury watch brand with operations in more than 100 countries. But, as Franck explains it, as accomplished as he was, in regard to the elements that make for a successful entrepreneur – vision, resourcefulness, energy, perseverance, assertiveness – he knew that his management skills could use improvement.
“At TechnoMarine, I suffered from not appointing a CEO,” he says. “I was flying around the world between our three offices in Geneva, Hong Kong, and Miami, doing it all myself, and I was burnt out within 10 years.”
Franck’s decision to apply to TRIUM was clear: “I was hungry to learn more, and I was impressed with the reputations of the three partner schools.” TRIUM has more than lived up to Franck’s expectations. “The program has the ability to gather professors and speakers who have accumulated an incredible wealth of knowledge” he says. “I had goose bumps listening to the professors, from the moment I sat in the first class at LSE.”
Following graduation, the benefits of his TRIUM education were clear. He reports that he is a more effective businessman, manager, entrepreneur, and investor: “I acquired the tools to evaluate potential investments more rapidly and effectively. Quantitative tools, corporate strategy, marketing strategy – all became much clearer,” he says. And another TRIUM class “changed my life,” he says: “Conflict resolution is no longer an issue that I try to avoid. That comes from what we learned about group dynamics and management skills.”
TRIUM “is a great place for entrepreneurs,” Franck says, “because not everybody there is an entrepreneur.” The diverse backgrounds of his cohort made for a culturally and intellectually rich experience, with peers from government, military, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals, to name a few. “You share a lot,” he adds. “TRIUM delivered the message I was looking for.”
Making a Difference in China's Future
Calvin Chin (USA/China), TRIUM Class of 2007Co-Founder and CEO, Transist Impact Labs
The TRIUM program, which Chin first encountered at an MBA fair, seemed tailor-made to help him realize his then dream of helping Chinese students fund their education. He selected TRIUM from among other programs for three main reasons: the schedule and format of the courses, which he found “unique” and could fit his work schedule; the content on political economy and its relevance to global business leaders; and the international cohort and content. “I especially loved adding Europe and South America to my network after having studied and worked in the US, and now of course working in Asia,” he said. In addition, he’d “been thinking about the skills I’d need to be a successful CEO for a long time.”
TRIUM functioned as an entrepreneurial incubator for Chin: “Many of us were thinking about new ideas, and many of us were exploring new chapters in our professional lives and thinking about transitions. Working on the team project was a catalyst as well. After completing the last TRIUM module, Chin founded Qifang, a for-profit, microfinance Web service that uses social networking to help Chinese students find a way to pay for their education by connecting them with individuals, companies, and organizations willing to loan them tuition money. In Chinese, Qifang refers to flowers’ bursting into bloom seemingly simultaneously, an apt metaphor.
Building on Qifang’s success, Calvin has since co-founded and become CEO of Transist Impact Labs, an incubator and investor in impact-driven tech startups in China. He hopes that his two recent company endeavors will lay the groundwork for helping make innovation and startup companies more acceptable in China.
Creating Africa's Future
Dayo Forster (Gambia), TRIUM Class of 2011Founder, Toghal
Dayo Forster is one of the strong, educated women making a difference in Africa. With a global executive MBA from TRIUM and a PhD and bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics, Dayo is one of a new wave of ambitious Africans who are inching countries on the continent toward emerging economy status. Before beginning TRIUM, she was project leader in East Africa for the World Savings Bank Institute (WSBI) Gates Project, a project funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at doubling the number of savings accounts held by the poor. Since finishing the program, she has ventured into more entrepreneurial endeavors, launching Toghal, a homeware startup which reinterprets traditional designs from the continent to produce contemporary designs for the home.
On reflecting on the usefulness of her time at TRIUM, she points out that “the program has generally made me more curious, and it has widened my ability, or at least my confidence, in tackling new aspects of my work. I have been able to think through HR issues related to building a team, for example, considering the skills required and how to build a blend of abilities and personalities.” For her, when considering TRIUM versus other EMBA programs, a key deciding factor was the convenience of the schedule. “The way the resident modules were structured fit in closely with my children’s school terms, and meant my being away wasn’t that disruptive to family life,” she says.
One of TRIUM’s strengths is teaching students to understand the global economy from a larger perspective, and this was an especially important takeaway, Dayo says: “Getting insight into what China and India mean for the world – and for Africa – meant a great deal to me. I liked how the program tried to integrate some local content into the modules, so that I got a sense of what made business in China and India tick.” She has put theory to practice, with the recent launch of Toghal, as she starts to build what she hopes will be a business with global appeal.
Firing on All Cylinders
Dharmesh Arora (India) TRIUM Class of 2011President and Chief Executive Officer, Schaeffler India
In a position as intense as any in the corporate world, Dharmesh Arora found the time to earn his global EMBA through the TRIUM program. A General Motors executive at the time, Dharmesh served that company in his native India, Thailand, Mexico, and the US, where he was global purchasing director for power train components. “What attracted me most about TRIUM was the global nature of the program, with its focus on international business that would leverage my global experience,” Dharmesh says.
At the time he applied to TRIUM, Dharmesh was based in Mexico. “Until that time I wasn’t very serious of pursuing an MBA but hearing of all that TRIUM was offering, I became very interested,” he recalls. “I was looking for a course that provided utmost flexibility, since my job at that time required lot of travel, and relocation to another place was always a possibility. I researched other programs, but I was so sold on TRIUM that I really didn’t seriously consider those options.”
The program fully lived up to Dharmesh’s expectations, he says: “The classroom sessions during the modules and interaction with cohorts were most valuable. All the modules were very well integrated and designed with each leading seamlessly to the next. Debates in the classroom and follow-through with the cohorts and the professors were engaging and stimulating. Cohorts brought varying perspective to an issue that was enlightening.”
Much of what Dharmesh learned at TRIUM has been of immediate practical use. “TRIUM has helped me shape up my skills in areas that I haven’t had much experience in, like accounting, corporate finance, and marketing/sales,” he says. “Experiences gained in the past combined with the analytical framework provided by a structured course like TRIUM has given me the skill sets necessary to come up with creative solutions.”
His time at TRIUM helped refine this worldview, he observes. “I have realized that there is no right answer to the complex problems we face in the global world today. Every person can come up with a different but perfectly acceptable solution to the same problem.”