On 1 September 2020 we welcomed the pioneering INSEAD Master in Management class on the beautiful Fontainebleau campus.
Myth: An Executive Master in Finance (EMFin) is a programme for banking professionals. INSEAD’s EMFin Programme Director Massimo Massa (right), who is also the Rothschild Chaired Professor of Banking and INSEAD Professor of Finance, debunks this myth and shares more about the type of participants who come into the programme.
With a plethora of master programmes in the market, what sets INSEAD’s Executive Master in Finance (EMFin) apart from the rest?
‘Embracing uncertainty: When the strategy is uncertain, the best managers acknowledge what’s unknown, but also look ahead to what is known.’ The Harvard Business Review (Special Issue) Summer 2020 Most of my work revolves around resilience.
This year will probably be remembered by the uncertainty we all faced. Back in January, we all no doubt made plans to travel abroad, start a new business, pursue an MBA, or seek many other projects that would have made the year 2020 an amazing one. However, things turned out to be completely different.
As a senior director for a fast-growing global real estate development company, I face a much more complex environment now, than when I first started my career. I am required to tackle challenges and make strategic prescriptions to the board — decisions that have an impact on the future of the business in a context of an overall transformation of the industry. This is particularly heightened by the uncertainty the global pandemic brings to many aspects of the business, of our projects and my responsibilities.
To get a head start for a great management career in today’s business world, you need more than just a solid foundation in business. You will need an edge in both technology and people skills. To truly make an impact, you must also understand the world's most pressing issues, and how business and society must innovate to be a force for good.
David joined Morgan Stanley upon graduating from the INSEAD MBA in 2008 and has worked his way up over the last 12 years to become a managing director for the company in London. He’s convinced by the long-term value of an MBA and thinks that although the current crisis serves up challenges for graduating MBA students, hard work and focus will ultimately present to them the career opportunities they crave.
Is an MBA still worth it? The answer is a resounding yes, according to MBA alumna Cintia Tavella from INSEAD, who graduated at the height of the global financial crisis.
I discovered the INSEAD Executive Master in Finance (EMFin) programme through my employer, Macquarie Bank. I interviewed past alumni at Macquarie and they all spoke very highly of the programme. Through INSEAD, they had gained the knowledge and skills to progress in their careers. I was also attracted by the global reputation of the EMFin. Although I have worked for two global investment banks, I have never worked outside the US, so I was excited for the opportunity to expand my exposure to global markets and the professionals in those markets.