EMBA student profile

Daniel Benett (EMBA 2016)
Restaurant General Manager at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

After graduating in International Relations, I went to China and work in the solar industry. In 2010 the solar market dropped and the firm ran out of money: I was out of work. I needed a job and I started working in service in a fine-dining restaurant in San Francisco. One day, my manager told me: “you should look into hospitality there's a whole industry built around travel, culture and language.” That's when I realized I could really grow in this industry and move into management. I decided to do an MBA with a focus on hospitality and chose EHL to do my MBA.

Jérôme Avril (EMBA 2014)
Owner, Zio Café & Restaurant
Geneva, Switzerland

I spent nine years in the financial services sector before making the leap into hospitality. I realized that to achieve my dream and expand my business, I needed to enhance my knowledge with the expertise of a reputable hospitality school. The content of the program, the quality of the teaching, and access to the EHL network have been the key benefits of my year in the Executive MBA program at EHL.

Mandeep Singh (EMBA 2011)
Principal at Hospitality Human Capital
Las Vegas, USA

My time at EHL was a transformational experience for me. I immediately became immersed in the different cultures, the curriculum and the extracurricular activities. This, along with the personal development coursework, was instrumental in my evolution on both a personal and professional level. Also, beyond the context of the business knowledge I gained, I learned that hospitality is more than an industry – it is truly a mindset – and this mentality now carries me through every aspect of my life.

Aradhana Khowala (EMBA 2006)
Managing Director & Partner at Bridge.Over Group
London, United Kingdom

The entire program was truly an eye-opening experience for me. I understand now how a good hotel combines traditional elements such as works of art with specific design ideas to create an atmosphere that makes guests more comfortable — and want to come back. I am sure that what I learned here is going to be very valuable in my future career as the manager of a hotel.

Kimberly Goins-Setzermann (EMBA 2010)
Hospitality Consultant - Pure Strategic Solutions
Berlin, Germany

I was searching for a way to reposition myself within the hospitality industry after working onboard luxury expedition ships for National Geographic. The master's program at EHL has given me the ability to make a graceful leap from ship to shore with the confidence to start my own company as a hospitality consultant.

Christian Nader (EMBA 2008)
Vice President - Development at Kempinski and Shaza Hotels

When I joined EHL, I was both a career builder by experience and a career switcher by education. The EMBA was the perfect platform to achieve both of my objectives. The intensity of the program, the ability to simultaneously manage several eclectic groups, the interaction with the industry’s most senior executives, and the opportunity to evolve in a risk-free environment where I could unleash my business potential are all factors that have contributed to the rapid development of my career.

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