Alumni Activities and Profiles
Alumni Mentoring Program
The objective of the Program is to connect experienced Alumni with current BSL students (in the last phase of their studies) to mentor and advise them on their future career and their personal and professional development.
Mentors provide sound advice, expertise and coaching to students who are preparing to launch their careers successfully. Click here to read more about the program and feedback from participants.
Stories and Profiles
BSL reaches out to Alumni in order to collect their success stories and profiles and portray them on our newsletter, on our website and on Social Media. Here’s a taste of some Alumni’s stories and profiles:
Success Stories: Adriaan Trampe & Knut-Einar Wold
Business School Lausanne’s Alumni Mentoring Program was designed and launched in 2017 by Daniele Ticli, Head of Careers and Industry …Read more
David Vanni Interview | BSL Careers Office
Our BSL Careers Office interview series is a great opportunity where we reconnect with some of our former students and …Read more
BSL Alumni Sustainability Lab Kick-off
Are you ready to be part of the NEW Alumni Sustainability movement? Alumni Vincenzo Pellegrino (EMBA Sustainable Business) and Lena …Read more
BSL alumni Richard Fyk brews entrepreneurial success
For the next installment of our BSL careers office interview series, where we get an insight into the lives of …Read more
Finding a new kind of energy: how one BSL graduate’s journey is taking him to Oxford
We are celebrating the success of BSL alumni member Armen Danielyan. Armen is a born leader with a wealth of …Read more
BSL Alumnae, Ola Kayal, keeps it cool with Nabati a plant-based ice cream startup
For the next installment of our BSL careers office interview series, where we take a look at the post-BSL lives …Read more
Marco Piermartiri: a BSL Alumnus appointed COO of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce
Marco Piermartiri, one of our EMBA Alumni, was recently appointed as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the Geneva Chamber of …Read more
A successful entrepreneur: our alumnus Lorenzo Wiskerke
Lorenzo Wiskerke completed his BBA at Business School Lausanne in 2006 and his MBA one year later. His sister Chayenne …Read more
Life Journeys – Matteo Stifanelli: the “Impact Sabbatical”
Matteo Stifanelli graduated with an MBA at Business School Lausanne in July 2017 while working at Airbnb. He has been …Read more
BSL Alumnus Pascal Ravessoud Quoted in Le Temps Article on Fine Watchmaking
On June 22, 2016, Le Temps, one of the best newspapers in Western Switzerland, published an article dedicated to The …Read more
BSL Alumnus Ravi Pariah Organizes BSL Alumni Meetup in Bangkok
Our MBA participant Ravi Pariah recently traveled to Bangkok and took the chance to connect to BSL alumni in the …Read more
BSL Alumnus Syed Ahmad Honored by Dell
BSL Alumnus, Syed Taymur Ahmad (EMBA 2000) has been honored by Dell Corporation. Ahmad founded ACTnano, Inc., a nanotechnology company …Read more
BSL Alumna Appointed New Editor-in-Chief of Bilan
BSL’s alumna Myret Zaki (Executive MBA 1998) has been appointed as the new Editor-in-chief of Bilan, the renowned economic magazine in …Read more
Doctor Honoris Causa Profiles
Among our Alumni, we also count some high caliber senior professionals, a few of them listed here below:
A full list of our Doctor Honoris Causa Recipients can be found here:
Frederic Narbel started his career in Kazakhstan in 2006 after earning his Bachelor of Business Administration from BSL. He then joined Alcoa in Russia as Strategic Marketing Manager and was nominated to Alcoa’s talent acquisition program. After completing his EMBA, he returned to Switzerland and worked in the dental and orthopedic industries holding the positions of Director of Sales and Operations with a Swiss company. He now works in Geneva, Shanghai and Singapore for a US Dairy company as Director International Sales. Frederic holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, an Executive MBA and also graduated as a Doctorate of Business Administration, all from Business School Lausanne.
Allison Martin boasts more than a decade of marketing and communications experience, with expertise in Acquisition & Retention Management, Loyalty Program Management, Team Building, and Experiential Marketing.
Allison leads Marketing & Communications across the Personal & Commercial Insurance business lines for RSA Canada. Key focus on proposition development, growth campaigns, introduction of RSA Personal Insurance into the Quebec Market, brand management and Broker consultancy. Most recently Allison’s PI Growth Campaign “Sizzle Into Summer” was awarded Gold from the International Business (Stevie®) Awards 2014 and the RCCAQ Quebec Broker event she led won Bronze from the International Business (Stevie®) Awards 2014. She and the entire Broker Marketing team were awarded the Marketing Team of the Year 2013 & 2014 from the International Business (Stevie®) Awards. Allison is currently completing RSA’s year-long Global Fast Track program which recognizes rising talent in the organization. She was one of 8 chosen to represent Canada in the 40 person program.
Allison has enjoyed working with both international and boutique agencies, and her wide range of experience extends from CPG at Nestlé Purina to luxury brand management at The Boulevard Club in Toronto. Prior to joining RSA Insurance, Allison completed her MBA at BSL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Current Role: Sr. Marketing Manager, Personal & Commercial Insurance, Corporate Marketing at RSA Insurance Canada.
Meet the BSL Alumni President Lena Koropey
Lena Koropey, Founder of Gramercy Protocol, is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and Global Real Estate Advisor with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Lena brings over twenty years of experience in marketing communications, brand management, and public relations, having worked with the world’s most prestigious luxury brands. As a real estate investor and entrepreneur, Lena has a proven track record of exceptional returns. She attributes her success to three things: an ability to build trusting relationships with buyers and sellers, a knack for identifying market trends and properties with growth potential, and a keen eye for design. Lena is the industry go-to for high quality product, helping her clients maximize their real estate investments.
Upon earning her MBA with honors from Business School Lausanne, Lena founded Gramercy Protocol, a New York-based business etiquette consultancy specializing in interpersonal communications skills training for Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurs, representing some of the world’s most respected brands. She has coached senior executives, sales teams and company spokespeople in a variety of industries and global markets. Her clients include Louis Vuitton, and Daimler, among others.
Recognized globally as a business etiquette expert, Lena is a trusted advisor for media outlets. She has been featured in print and on television and radio for Forbes, USA TODAY, and TIME, among others.
Lena’s business background and knowledge of the luxury sector, international protocol, travel, fashion, and design give her a unique perspective on the global real estate industry. In addition to working with her clients, Lena was an Associate Professor at Business School Lausanne for seven years where she taught in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Lena is also on the faculty at Parsons School of Design in New York in the Master of Science program in Strategic Design and Management.
Previously, Lena worked at Mercedes-Benz corporate headquarters on the product and technology PR team where she was responsible for new vehicle launches. While at Voss water, Lena managed marketing and sales programs for domestic and international markets. She directed creative for the brand and helped launch the Voss Foundation as a corporate social responsibility initiative dedicated to providing access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and political science from Rutgers College. She studied fashion marketing and design at Parsons and negotiation at Harvard Law School and earned her MBA, cum laude, in global business management from Business School Lausanne.
Whether buying, selling, renting, or building, Lena is passionate about helping her clients achieve their dreams. To learn more about Lena, please visit:
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