EMBA Alumni Spotlight

Zully Ruiz (EMBA 2011)

Project Manager, MSD Hospitality
Los Angeles, U.S.A

  I had been in the hospitality industry for 8 years when I decided to go back to school and pursue my MBA. My class consisted of 26 students aged 25 to 40 from 19 countries, and speaking 21 different languages. Half of the class were career switchers and had never worked in hospitality. We lived, studied, ate, played, traveled together – we did everything together. We learned from each other not only academically but culturally and personally; we became a family.
After graduation, I found a job through the EHL network and moved to the Maldives. I soon discovered three other EHL alumni there, forming our own small support group in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Now, I’m back in America working for an asset company, and again the EHL network came to my rescue. It has been two years since graduation and my class is spread all over the world, but we are still in touch and still support each other.
     

Mandeep Singh (EMBA 2011)

Principal at Hospitality Human Capital
Las Vegas, U.S.A

  My time at EHL was a transformational experience for me. I immediately became immersed in the different cultures, the curriculum and the extra-curricular 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.
     

Kimberly Goins-Setzermann (EMBA 2010)

General Manager, Rivertrees Country Inn
Arusha, Tanzania

  I was searching for a way to reposition myself within the hospitality industry after working onboard luxury expedition ships for National Geographic. The Master programme 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)

Head of Development
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 programme, the ability to manage simultaneously several eclectic groups, the interaction with the industry’s most senior executives, and the opportunity to evolve in a risk-free environment where one can unleash his/her business potential, are all factors that have contributed to the rapid development of my career.
     

Linda Prager (EMBA 2008)

Manager & Proprietor Güterhof Restaurant
Schaffhausen, Switzerland

  I started my studies in business administration in Zurich, after which I worked for several years at a Zurich-based consulting company.
The decision to obtain my Master in Hospitality Administration at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne was made following a prolonged period of time abroad in the United States. In 2008 I spearheaded the opening of mixed-use, multi-concept property in the northern part of Switzerland. The company I am currently managing, together with my mother, prager.gastronomie SA, includes a classic fine-dining venue as well as a trendy and popular concept restaurant, “Güterhof” (www.gueterhof.ch) which has come to be very well-known in Switzerland. I continue to create innovative events and ideas for my company, and stay on top of the restaurant and hospitality trends.
The “out of the box thinking“ from my master degree helped me to change my mind-set.
     

Aradhana Khowala (EMBA 2006)

Managing Director & Partner at Bridge.Over Group
London, United Kingdom

  The entire Art of Hospitality programme was truly an eye-opening experience for me. I understand now how a good hotel combines traditional elements like works of art with specific design ideas to create an atmosphere that makes guests more comfortable… and wanting 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.
     

Anne-Marie Auriault (EMBA 2006)

Senior Advisor – Head of Asset Management at Eurofin Hospitality
Lausanne, Switzerland

  The Master programme at EHL allowed me to learn new skills, ensure my leadership development and take my professional career top a higher level. This intensive programme provides an exceptional opportunity to study with and learn from people with various backgrounds.
     

Saar Sharon (EMBA 2005)

Vice President Asset Management, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Great Britain

 

In my pre-EHL life I obtained a law degree and a master of law in taxation. I practiced law and eventually ran a banking department in a law office, and spent my days in court. I had a great wife, a great flat, a car, and a dog. Some would also say that I had great prospects. In other words, I was ready to be doomed.

The service culture of the legal profession and that of the international hospitality industry and EHL could not be further apart. To me, changing my career to hospitality seemed like crossing the ocean, and a complete step out of my comfort zone. Albeit uncomfortable at first, I soon found myself enjoying a roller coaster of a learning curve. What a ride it was.
My wife and I had two magnificent girls while at EHL. We still have a flat, a car – but no dog. Some would say that we have a better future ahead of us.

“I could have written here all the general clichés on why I joined EHL. The truth is that I joined to get a key to another world, a new and fascinating business platform called hospitality.”
     

Silvia Berto (EMBA 2005)

Project Manager, Hyatt International Europe
Africa and Middle East, LLC

Becoming an architect has always been my dream. Coming from a hotel family allowed me to appreciate just how influential the architecture of a space is to a guest’s experience. It also allowed me to experience first hand the dedication and passion needed to work in hospitality and the rewards that customer satisfaction can bring.

With these two influences on my early life it is not surprising that I chose to work in hospitality. Studying in detail the business skills and managerial knowledge necessary for the hospitality industry was integral to my personal development and allowed me to complement my prior training as an architect. EHL Master’s programme was the gateway to my career in Hyatt International and for this I will always be grateful to EHL.

“Ever since I was a child growing up in Italy, I have been fascinated by the magnificence of the buildings. They combine both beauty and functionality, two themes that are central to my work within the hospitality industry.”