I believe in the power of diverse interactions and learning from different cultures, and INSEAD seemed like a natural fit for this vision.
Hussein Ezzeddine

Hussein Ezzeddine

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Nationality/Passport: Lebanese, Ivorian Year of graduation: 2024 Current Role: Financial Controller

Could you share something unexpected about you? 

My journey from the bustling streets of Ivory Coast, through the fascinating alleys of Beirut, to the innovative hubs of Europe, has instilled in me a unique blend of adaptability and resilience. It's this journey that often surprises and intrigues those I meet.

Tell us about yourself, and how you got to where you are today both on a professional and personal level:

Living in emerging countries, I observed disparities in technological access, which fueled my drive for innovation. My time with a Parisian fintech provided a deep dive into European digital landscapes. Today, with this background, I'm poised to guide and help entrepreneurs in their venture on a global scale

What motivated you to choose the INSEAD MIM?

INSEAD's commitment to diversity, its global approach, and its hallmark of excellence deeply resonated with my aspirations.

I believe in the power of diverse interactions and learning from different cultures, and INSEAD seemed like a natural fit for this vision.

What were your impressions of campus life so far and how did you navigate accommodation, and sorting out all the admin?

The campus boasts an impressive infrastructure; with top-notch services, it ensures you have everything you need right on site. As for accommodation and administrative details, I found valuable guidance from previous MIM students and the INSEAD staff.

A tip for incoming students would be to start early to get the best spots, and consider living with other INSEAD peers for an enriching experience!

Could you share a little about your application process, securing financing, and making your way to Fontainebleau?

The application was a reflective journey, touching upon my achievements and life experiences. I distinctly recall the final part of the application process which was the interview with an MBA alumnus; it was challenging but insightful, offering much-needed advice. Financing involved a combination of scholarships, loans, and family support. Transitioning to Fontainebleau was smooth, as I had just been living in Paris.

In your first few weeks, what aspects of the INSEAD MIM have stood out to you as unique or particularly appealing?

Beyond the sense of community, which is profoundly strong, what truly stands out is the spontaneous support that students extend to each other.

There's a genuine willingness to help, even from those you've just met. There's an air of inclusivity, and the diversity in backgrounds is unparalleled. Every story is unique and enriching, and everyone seems committed to uplifting each other.

Aside from your academic pursuits, what extracurricular interests or activities are you exploring at INSEAD?

Apart from classes, what stands out at INSEAD is the students' energy. Everyone is eager to share their hobbies and participate in group activities. There's always something happening, and there's no time to get bored. Here, I not only share my own interests but also discover new ones.

Any parting words of wisdom, and are you willing to be contacted for more information by prospective students?

Embrace every moment at INSEAD. The diversity, the learning, the challenges – they all contribute to a transformative experience. I'm always open to sharing more, so feel free to reach out.