Placing pride in the future
Two top Swiss finance organizations support higher education through a merit award
From left to right: Mr. Pierre-Antoine Hildbrand, AVB Secretary, Mr. David Fournier, Piguet-Galland, Ralf Boscheck, MBA Program Director, Hisham El Saadi, FVFB award recipient, Mr. Dominique Fasel, FVFB President, Mr. Robert-Philippe Bloch, AVB President
For the second consecutive year, The Fondation Vaudoise pour la Formation Bancaire (FVFB), the Association Vaudoise des Banques (AVB) and IMD have awarded an MBA participant. An Egyptian/Lebanese national, Hisham El Saadi is the winner of the 2015 award.
El Saadi came to IMD’s MBA program with over 9 years of experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. In various roles working in Dubai, El Saadi has been responsible for B2B sales where he says the importance of good finance is paramount.
Dominique Fasel, President of the FVFB, said, "The mission of the FVFB is to contribute to education and research in banking and finance. By reaching out and providing this opportunity for future leaders, we aim to take an active role in helping shape advancement in our industry."
On receiving the prize, El Saadi thanked its sponsors and said, "I am pleased to have been selected for this honor and am, of course, glad to be recognized for having an open attitude towards learning and life. However, an attitude comes in part with those around who shape it and I’m grateful to everyone undertaking this program with me. "
The FVFB/AVB prize, established in 2014, will be awarded a total of 5 times to one IMD MBA participant per year. The winner is selected by the IMD Faculty based on his or her contribution in the classroom, openness of attitude, capacity for overcoming obstacles, contribution to teamwork and development over the year. It is awarded to a student from outside Western Europe or North America.
“We are pleased to collaborate with the FVFB and the AVB and look forward to exploring additional ways that we may share their expertise and industry views with our MBAs,” said IMD MBA Director Ralf Boscheck. “It’s a great honor to have this opportunity and we thank both organizations for confiding in IMD.”