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We are very proud to celebrate this special anniversary and the pioneering collaboration between NYU Stern, the LSE, and HEC Paris. We also celebrate the many ways in which our student and alumni community has used the knowledge gained in the TRIUM classroom to transform themselves, their businesses and their communities over the years.
We share here a few anniversary stories, memories and special events to mark the occasion.
On 9th September 2021, TRIUM faculty and alumni came together for a special 20th anniversary online event.
Below are selected videos from the event: the virtual keynote panel, Globalisation Then And Now: A 20-year perspective on international crises and technological change, and tributes from the Heads of School of NYU, LSE and HEC, and faculty, staff and alumni from the past 20 years.
There was – and I think still is – a belief that by helping to create and nurture cross-national, cross-cultural relationships we would be part of the fight against narrow nationalism, prejudice, and ignorance. Put simply, we believed that if you put a bunch of successful and powerful people in a room together, from places all over the world, and have them learn, live and work together on a joint project, we would contribute to further global understanding and integration.
During the years I’ve taught on TRIUM, the biggest change as far as I can see is that the class profile has become even more global than it was at the beginning. In terms of subject matter there has been a big shift at least on my part of the course, from what I would call pre-Brexit and pre-Trump to the world after 2016. 2016 has thus become a big tipping point year.
Our guest this episode is Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede (TRIUM Class of 2016). Aig is a world class finance and social entrepreneur. In 2002 he acquired (with his friend and colleague Herbert Wigwe) a struggling Nigerian bank for around US$10 million. After 11 years of his leadership as the CEO, the bank had a market capitalisation of around US$1.3 billion and had become one of the most important banks, not only in Nigeria, but across Africa.
He tells the story of the acquisition, turnaround and rapid scaling of Access Bank in his new book, Leaving the Tarmac: Buying a Bank in Africa. It is one of the best examples of the power of process innovation, values, and vision, as drivers of business success, that we have ever come across. Aig’s true genius is his ability to engineer opportunity from what others would see as almost unsurmountable obstacles to success.
In addition to business lessons to be learned from his experience, Aig is one of the most thoughtful and careful commentators on African development challenges and opportunities you will find. From discussions on the consequences of corruption, to the proper role of civic institutions and regulatory bodies, to the role and responsibility of the private sector for economic development, Aig’s insights and knowledge are unmatched.
Minouche is the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and one of the most important thought leaders in the world. She has a glittering career in academics and as a global civil servant. Before becoming the leader of the LSE, Minouche was a Vice-President at the World Bank, a Permanent Secretary for the UK’s Department for International Development, a Deputy Managing Director at the IMF, and a Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.
In this podcast, Minouche discusses her new and hugely influential book, What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract. In this work, she sets out to do no less than to provide a framework for a new relationship between the state and individual based on the idea of what we owe to each other as fellow citizens. The book has been praised by a multitude of Nobel Prize winners, Heads of State, renowned economists and philosophers, and…well, just about everyone who has read the book! We hope you find the conversation as inspiring and interesting as I did.
Over the coming months we’ll be publishing memories and insights from Alumni, old and new.
TRIUM met me where I was and helped prepare me for bigger things. For example, the Capstone projects provided a special opportunity to incubate new ideas, practice what we had learned, and receive feedback from experts. I’d say it was successful. Within a year of graduation, I had become a partner at the firm where I work today.
During the program, I learned to think differently, to be more innovative, and to consider ideas, experiences and events in their true global context. The program also further prepared me to deal with complexity and ambiguity. Thanks to TRIUM EMBA and its professors, I know how to better deal with international business duties in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (VUCA) environments. My experience better prepared me to face the consequences of the pandemic, including designing and implementing customer innovative development growth strategies and new marketing business models.
The most valuable lesson I took from my TRIUM experience is that you do not have ONE type of leadership. It is not what your employer is expecting from you but who you are. I could find my leadership style: Effectuation. It helps me to become a strong and successful entrepreneur.
I have two strong memories of our first week on TRIUM:
Fast-forward 20 years, the world is a very different place. The biggest challenges now are linked with the Covid-19 crisis. The rules of the business are changing:
How to manage an international company without travelling? How to ensure the digital transformation and security of my company? How to train the manager of tomorrow for this new environment?
How to mitigate our dependency on international supply? i.e. How to face the lack of technical materials like chips or stainless steel. TRIUM gave me the ability to deal with this constant change.
Since I was a child, I have been keeping following my intuitions and dreams giving them direction and structure. I chose TRIUM because I was willing to worship an excellent curriculum that would design most of the technical skills of my future business life. I yearn to find the same kind of uplifting challenges for my second ‘career’ as the first and TRIUM is clearly preparing me to that challenge.
“When I arrived in London, I was extremely pleased to discover the seasoned faculties, contributors, and participants, the spectrum of traditional business topics as well as the global perspective on geopolitics, social and political economics totally fitted with my expectations. I felt so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn at the London School of Economics that is so mythical! The reasonable size of the cohort quickly favored close relationships and solidarity amongst us. So, I feel I made some friends for life. Two years later there are people in the cohort I speak with on a daily or weekly basis.
It is so important to feel supported when you career transitioning and I got this impression really early during the first module. Even if I had an awesome job, that was kind of difficult to come back to work the next Monday!
The TRIUM team not only gave me an academic and practical outlook on the stakes in leadership in a business environment, it also helped me to better understand my leadership style and to work on my personality-based performance risk to better react to keep a constant high level of achievement.”
In September we welcome our twenty-first class to Module One in London. In this article, we take a look back at Module One through the years, showing how its unique experience bonds the new class members together, and challenges them to think out of the box and step out of their comfort zone.
Whether black & white or color, print or digital, TRIUM marketing throughout the years has always challenged its reader to think about complex issues differently…