Inspiring the future

The majority of your courses throughout the year incorporate distinguished guest speakers who add invaluable insights to the topics and case studies you are discussing. Business leaders offer real-world learning by giving an overview of their company and industry, describing their career progress and the challenges they have faced, and by offering advice.

Guest speakers who addressed the 2017 MBA class


Paul Bulcke

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A.

Lars Hellberg President & CEO Fortaco Group
Liana Logiurato Global Head of M&A at Syngenta
Tony Jamous President at Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform
Mauro Xavier Senior Director, Microsoft Western Europe
Raya Papp Co-founder of Challenger 88
Peter Pier CEO Asia-Pacific at Omya
Peter Nicholson Vice President Business Development & Strategy, Nestlé Skin Health
Jean-Claude Biver CEO, TAG Heuer and Hublot
Barbara Levi General Counsel & Global Head of Legal at Sandoz
Daniel Gasteiger Co-founder of Nexussquared

Urs Gauch

Director of corporate clients and member of the board of Raiffeisen
Ray Quinn Principal at Arup
Mark Schneider CEO of Nestlé S.A. and a former CEO of Fresenius
Eva D’Onofrio General Manager Services Western Europe at Microsoft
Andy Rubin Chairman Pentland Brands
Woods Staton Chairman & Executive Chairman of the Board, Arcos Dorados SA
Severin Schwan CEO of Roche Group, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
Gerard Kleisterlee Chairman of Vodafone Group plc
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Holding BV
Thierry Maupilé Head of the Strategic Ecosystem Group, Cisco and IMD Executive-in-Residence
Cédric Dupont Professor of International Relations/Political Science and Director of Executive Education at the Graduate Institute, Geneva
Alistair Hide Corporate Engagement Lead for EMEA at Monsanto
Richard Baldwin Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva
Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard ILO Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia 
Emily Sims Senior Specialist in the ILO Programme on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy
Arup Banerji Regional Director for the European Union Countries, Europe and Central Asia at The World Bank
Ian Lundin Chairman of the Board, Member of the Nomination Committee, and the Compensation Committee, Director and CEO of Lundin Petroleum 
Roberto Bocca Head of Energy and Basic Industries and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum
Max Sørensen Executive Vice President COO at A. Espersen A/S 
Serge Pittet General Director of Race for Water
John Sommer Sales Director at MT Højgaard
Oshani Perera Director of the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance Program of the International Institute for Sustainable Development
Helga Vanthournout Senior Expert with McKinsey and Company’s Center for Business and the Environment
Hans-Martin Weiss Commercial Director of TRIAD Berlin/ex-Greenpeace Germany 
Bob Orr UMD School of Public Policy Dean, United Nations under secretary-general, and special advisor to the UN secretary-general on climate change
Bruno Strigini CEO Novartis Oncology
Rainer Boehm Former Chief Commercial and Medical Affairs Officer globally for Novartis Pharma, as well as ad interim CEO and Division Head Pharma
Gijs Walraven Director for Health of the Aga Khan Development Network
Birgitt Walz-Tylla Global Head of Sustainability & Business Stewardship at Bayer Crop Science
José Lopez Executive in Residence at IMD, Former Executive Vice President, COO at Nestlé SA
Jackie Schoeman CEO of Cotlands
David Holdcroft Jesuit Refugee Service Regional Director for Southern Africa
Jerome Groetenbriel Paul-Olivier Dehaye Co-founders of PersonalData.IO
Nicolas Schornoz Group CFO at Vestergaard
Yves Daccord Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Isfandyar Zaman Khan Program Leader, EU member states World Bank Brussels Office
Susan Brown Director of Public Policy Engagement for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance