Alumni

Bastien Berg

SHULU MBA alumni Bastien Berg is the new Head of the Luxembourg-City Incubator

On April 1, 2021, Bastien BERG, 36, took up his duties as the new manager of the Luxembourg-City Incubator. Holder of an MBA from Sacred Heart University Luxembourg and a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from the Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) in Switzerland, Bastien joined the House of Startups in 2018 as Community & Operations Manager after five years of experience in the international hotel industry.

“Since his arrival in 2018, Bastien has contributed enormously to the development and success of the House of Startups. He will put his excellent knowledge of the Luxembourg entrepreneurial and startup network and his entrepreneurial experience for the benefit of startups hosted in the Luxembourg-City Incubator that he will support in their development,” says House of Startups CEO Philippe Linster.

Launched in June 2018 by the Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg-City Incubator is hosted by the House of Startups to offer advice, training and accomodation solutions to innovative start-ups in the sectors of commerce, the environment, logistics, tourism and construction/town planning.

Dragana Mihic

Women’s History Month – MBA Alumni discussion with Dragana Mihic

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg sat down with 2019 alumna Dragana Mihic to discuss how an MBA impacted her career and gather her advice for tackling challenges.

SHULU: Apart from being one of our Alumna, who are you, what is your background?

My name is Dragana, from Zagreb, Croatia. I studied at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology where I obtained a master’s degree in food process engineering.
As life is always unpredictable, my working life put me on a different career path, working in the telecommunications industry. After arriving in Luxembourg and completing my MBA degree, I continued my career in the same industry.

SHULU: Why did you choose to get your MBA from Sacred Heart University Luxembourg?

After arriving in Luxembourg, I realised how the market has been saturated, and to be able to grow professionally I had to take a further step to get a chance to be recognized.
Sacred Heart University was recommended to me as the best choice for studying in Luxembourg given the good ties the university has with the companies in placing students after finishing the degree.

SHULU: What has life been like since graduating?

I’m satisfied with a job I obtained which gives me a great opportunity for professional growth, even in these difficult times. The knowledge that I obtained during my degree helped me with a current job, but I’m aware that this process of learning is far from over.

SHULU: How has an MBA changed your career trajectory?

The Sacred Heart University MBA program gave me ample networking opportunities and helped me to make connections that allow me to grow professionally and personally. I can say now that the MBA was one of my best decisions.

SHULU: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced and how did change your life?

I would say that one of the biggest challenges in my life was changing the country and starting with the MBA and studies after almost 8 years of pause.

SHULU: What advice would you give women today who are navigating such rapid change?

Live your life, go for bigger challenges. Life is an exciting journey and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.

SHULU: Can you please share your favourite quote/ mantra with us?

“And the trouble is if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong

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Women’s History Month – MBA Alumni discussion with Renata Gil Prates

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg sat down with 2019 alumna Renata Gil Prates to discuss how an MBA impacted her career and gather her advice for tackling challenges.

SHULU: Apart from being one of our Alumna, who are you, what is your background?

My name is Renata, and I’m turning 41 years old. I was born and raised in Brazil, in a female-centric family—we are four sisters and I am number 2. As a good student and a passionate reader, I was led to law school. For more than 15 years, I worked as a litigation lawyer. I was happy in my comfort zone until a trip to Luxembourg sparked in me a need for change.

SHULU: Why did you chose to get your an MBA from Sacred Heart University Luxembourg?

I wanted to change, not just my career, but my entire life. My life wasn’t bad, I just had this feeling—I could hear my internal voice saying it was time to change. I followed my intuition and I took one year as a sabbatical. I came to Luxembourg and I went to London to improve my English. In 2018, I figured out that in Luxembourg, I feel like I am at home. Now that I had a home, I needed a job.

The job market is not very friendly when you are a non-European with no international experience. Education is always the key. Studying in Luxembourg was my best chance to make the change happen. It was not difficult to choose Sacred Heart University—the language, the multicultural environment, the reviews from friends, and, of course, the internship program.

SHULU: What has life been like since graduating?

Since graduation, the pandemic has put us all in a weird situation, but overall my life is very good. I changed my career; I am not working as a lawyer anymore, I am working in compliance in a Brazilian bank. I started from scratch, but my legal background helps me every day. SHU was a very important catalyst for this change in my career.

SHULU: How has an MBA changed your career trajectory?

The MBA was a full package experience for me. I met very good friends and we had and still have great moments together. It was in the program that I started building my network.

SHULU: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced and how did it change your life ?

The biggest challenge I have faced was the decision to leave my comfort zone and come to Luxembourg in my late thirties. I have no regrets at all. And this decision changed my entire life: I live in a new country, I speak a foreign language most of the time, my friends are from everywhere, and I am super happy and open to the next change.

SHULU: What advice would you give women today who are navigating such rapid change?

My advice: question yourself even if you are happy, trust and follow your intuition, invest in yourself, be open and work hard.

SHULU: Can you please share your favorite quote/ mantra with us?

My mantra is good things are coming!

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Celil Ishik

PE Certificate: Let’s hear about Certified Student Celil Ishik experience

Moving to Luxembourg, after completing my MBA in the US, I was keen to deepen my knowledge of private equity industry to complement my education but also curious to make myself familiar with this thriving and pulsating cosmopolis. By a chance encounter, I found myself in the classroom of ‘Private Equity and Other Alternative Assets’ from Prof. Hoellermann and Prof. Fischer at Sacred Heart University. This course is a grand fusion of the academic and the practical; enriched with guest lecturers for each class, shedding light on each actor and each stage of the whole investment cycle.

Later, to brush up the fundamentals, I also took the ‘Corporate Finance’ course from Prof. Horvath. My expectation was to discount lots of free cash flow and in the meantime to practice my modeling skills. What I wasn’t expecting was to find myself in the cockpit seat; the classroom was literally run as a corporate finance department, and we were making real-time decisions with absolute freedom to argue in favor or against a certain decision and to stick with it, even to the end of the case study. His patience for students coming up with preposterous arguments is legendary (and hard to imitate); but on a second thought there is no other effective method to teach.

My third course in this journey was ‘Advanced Risk Management’ by Prof. Ertz and Prof. Stamirowski. Dreading the CFA Level II exam in May this year, I thought this course also might come handy as an ersatz preparation. I have to confess I hated my ‘Fixed Income’ course during MBA, and it wasn’t the fault of my teacher, very embodiment of a gentleman Mr. Eric Rosenfeld. And paradoxically I loved the ARM course, although they basically cover the same topics (give or take). For the first time, I have experienced the adage that finance is actually music with numbers. Variance, standard deviation, kurtosis, skewness, duration, convexity, the alpha, the beta, the delta, the vega, the theta and the rho; they were all different notes at different pitches, making up the symphony, if only we could hear it.

After one year of signing up for the Private Equity certificate, I can say that this was one of the best investments I have made. The staff are always kind and helpful, other professors are also dedicated, knowledgeable and distinguished with their academic background and first-hand experience in finance.

To my peers and fellow finance enthusiasts, I can only recommend it, this is the right place to start!

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A few words from our MBA Alumni Cristina Von Mayer

Doing an MBA is much more than just learning hard skills. My MBA journey with Sacred Heart University (SHU) has shown me that nimble learning only occurs when we go beyond ourselves, set aside our own preconceived ideas and think more about how we interact with the others.  

I have learned soft skills are crucial, how you communicate, ideate, analyse and think with other people, is key to adapt for such an era of unimaginable change. I stopped taking from granted my truth and really understood how important is to continuously challenge ourselves to learn about things we were not aware about us and the others.  

This can only be done if you expose yourself to intense learning experiences with people that have different backgrounds, cultures and ages. SHU has a structured program that forces us to work in diverse teams, different per module, so that you get highly trained to be able to generate ideas and innovate with others, really taking the most of teamwork. Developing HARD & SOFT skills will prepare you for anything

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Summer Voices: Meet our MBA Student Ashish Bansal: “An internship into a full-time job halfway through my MBA”

Having worked with an Investment bank, starting a partnership firm and managing a contracts business back in India, I felt the need to go back to classroom learning to enhance my skills and build a global network. To gain exposure at an international level, I decided to do my MBA from another country (preferably one in Europe). That is when I came across the SHU MBA with Internship program in Luxembourg.

The MBA provided me a base to further build up on my undergraduate degree and 6 years of work experience. For me, the best part about the MBA was the fact that I was able to apply my classroom learnings directly onto my internship the next day. Thanks to continued guidance from my professors and the SHU staff, I was able to convert my internship into a full-time job halfway through my MBA.

Networking with individuals from various backgrounds, team building activities, working together on case studies, classroom discussions and offline project discussions further helped me gain new business insights and boosted my self-confidence. With the support of best in class professors and an amazingly learned and diverse cohort, I was able to gain immensely from this program.

Ashish Bansal, Alumni 2018
Senior Analyst @Citco

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