The programme helped me to see things from different perspective; a necessary skill for a leader.
Xiaobing Hu

Xiaobing Hu

Nationality/Passport: Chinese Year of graduation: 2020 Current Role: Assistant Vice President, PSA Corporation

Describe yourself in 15 words or less:

I'm an Engineer turned Financial Analyst/Accountant. Living in Singapore with my husband, my son and two cats.



A fun fact about yourself:

Analytical in the head but artistic at heart. I love photography and painting.

Undergraduate School and Degree:

National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

Where are you currently working, and what is your role?

PSA Corporation, the second biggest container port in the world.

I'm currently leading a team to manage our investment portfolio in the SEA region and providing financial analysis support for business development.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career so far?

Self-studied CFA and completed the course with zero financial background and made the career switch to become a finance professional.

Why did you choose the INSEAD EMFin?

The INSEAD EMFin provides a focused education in the finance field but at the same time aims at developing leadership skills. The brand name and international diversity is surely attractive, too.

What was the EMFin class experience like?

Terrific! I loved the way the lectures are delivered and how the exchange between faculty and students were carried out. The class is diversified in terms of nationality and professional background. We learn so much from each other. Not to mention the strong friendships that we have formed!

I feel so lucky I have got to know this group of people who I have no doubt will be my friends for life. 

Who was your favorite EMFin professor and why?

I loved all of them, but especially Massimo Massa and Pierre Hillion with their vast knowledge and experience. The way they conducted the lessons was so engaging and mind-opening.

You were promoted at your organisation during the EMFin programme. In what way do you think the EMFin programme helped you achieve this promotion?

The programme helped me to see things from different perspectives; a necessary skill for a leader.

During your time as an Executive EMFin student, how were you able to juggle work, family and education?

I started the EMFin when my son was six months old. It wasn't easy I have to admit, especially with the first two modules being super challenging. I did a lot of the studies after the baby went to sleep and while I was on commute. Luckily I have a very supportive husband who helped with a lot of the chores, and an understanding boss who allowed me to take time off during the modules.

What advice would you give to a student looking to enter an Executive Master in Finance programme?

Just do it! You will not regret it.

What is your ultimate long-term professional goal?

I want to be a strategic thinker and a leader in the Corporate field.