Hicham Zaime, Student
Master in International & Sustainable Finance

I am grateful for all that life has given me, the bad and the good. Because the good made me realize what life was about and the spirit around it, and the bad showed me how life could be when you lose that spirit. I am grateful for my childhood in Morocco; I won’t be the person I am today, had I grown up elsewhere. Hence, everything else would have been complete nonsense. Growing up in Morocco in the early nineties was very intense and joyful, a place full of love and traditions, a wide culture and smiling people. Morocco taught me to always smile, whatever I am going through, because worries do fade away and bright days always come after the storm, so be kind and patient. Morocco is my basis, but the world is the rest. I am lucky that I have the chance to live in different countries, that’s precious in my eyes. I am grateful for the love that can be shared between all kinds of people. I am grateful to live in Switzerland, a country where human values are protected and peaceful vibes float around. A country that showed me how everyone can live together. And finally, I am grateful for meeting and collaborating with people from so many nationalities of the world, it is the strength of our school.

Humans of BSL

At BSL, we are all bound by our common passion for conducting our business (and indeed our life) in a way that does good in the world. We discover through these stories the infinite number of different ways that diversity can make this common goal manifest itself. Humans of BSL celebrates this diversity and commonality, and slowly reveals through its wonderfully unique Humans, the Soul of BSL.

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All Humans of BSL photographs by Jonathan Viey

I was born and raised in El Salvador to a wonderful family that has always inspired me to live a life of purpose. I moved...

Patricia Carolina Lopez Miranda, Student

MBA in Sustainable Business

"Treat others how you'd like to be treated." This statement was the life mantra of my recently deceased father. As a child, he infused me...

David Kibbe, Staff

From an early age, it became evident to everyone who knew me that I have a powerful strive to help and assist people around me....

Alexandra Gritsenko, Student

Bachelor of Business Administration

In order to achieve a goal, one must always prepare, but no matter how much preparation is done, there is always an element of uncertainty...

Arshia Soltani & Eric Illick, Students

Bachelor of Business Administration

“If you want to do something, just go for it”, I am a true believer of this statement. I grew up in India but have...

Suchi Dubey, Student

Master in International & Sustainable Finance

I’m Yelshaday and I’m from Ethiopia. I was born and grew up in Addis. When I don’t study, I play pocket billiards. I like pocket...

Yelshaday Gebreselassie, Student

Master in International Business

When I started working, I was told it was necessary to conform to the norm of doing business. I was taught to separate work from...

Claire Faessel, Student

EMBA in Sustainable Business

My whole family, my brother, mom, and dad work in our family business called digades. Our company is a German first-tier automotive supplier focusing on...

Dr. Sascha Berger, Student

MBA

When I started to dance salsa a few years ago, I realized that you can only dance well if you are led well. The leader...

Dr. Bettina Palazzo, Professor

Business Ethics and CSR

I was intrigued by the world of entrepreneurship since I was young. In a way, it reflects the way humans strategized throughout history, just like...

Napat Suttapong (Phil), Student

Bachelor of Business Administration

Since I was a little girl, music, travelling and discovering cultures have always been a very important part of my life. Hence, right after high...

Dr. Elodie Baerlocher, Professor

Business Psychology

I grew up in the eastern part of the San Francisco bay area, in a town where my family had lived for generations, a place...

Joshua Spainhower, Student

MBA

We were born in two different countries: Poland and Vietnam, and met each other 13 years ago in a language and culture exchange program in...

Thao Thi Thu Ho & Michal Koltonik, Students

MBA

I am on a personal journey of seeking balance between personal and professional values. I joined BSL after 15 years of a successful career in...

Diego Horcajada, Student

Diploma in Sustainable Business

As the idea came up that our faculty and staff could form a band and anyone with goodwill would be welcome, each of us engaged...

The Legacy Band,

BSL Faculty & Staff

Always stay curious, always explore. Learn new things and the opportunities will come from unseen corners.I am the fruit of a union based on values...

Mazen Lahreche, Student

Bachelor of Business Administration

My life has always been full of colors. Born and raised in the Russian Urals until the age of 20, I moved to the US...

Larisa Kryachkova, Candidate

DBA

I grew up on the stormy west-coast of Norway. When I was 5 years old, I received my first boat. As the years passed by,...

Dr. Jan Erik Meidell, Professor

Master of International & Sustainable Finance

The first time I took a flight by myself, I was 16 and I went to the other side of the world. At the time,...

Cecilia Giacchetti, Student

Master in International Business

Yasmina: “Working with people I love and respect is so important to me, just as important as what I do. After all, we sometimes spend...

Denitsa Marinova & Yasmina Volet, Staff

BSL

Not being able to stay calm even just for a week in my home country of Switzerland, I’ve always known - deep inside of me...

Maximilien Abrezol, Student

Diploma in Sustainable Business

Two years ago, I moved from being a realist to an optimist. I learned that if you fail, you should never give up because F.A.I.L...

Axel Ungurian, Student

MBA

When I was still living in New York City, I received an unintentionally profound piece of advice. It was my sophomore year of high school...

Nikita Safronov, Student

Bachelor of Business Administration

I have always been driven to try new things. I like learning how the mind works, how to get people to develop themselves and reach...

Claudia Kranefuss, Professor

BSL

I fell in love with Futsal 13 years ago when I started playing as a goalkeeper for the University of Fribourg. It led to creating...

Alexandre Rappaz, Staff Member

BSL

My name is Madina, which means “culture” in my native language, Kazakh. I was born and grew up during Soviet Union time. My adolescence was...

Madina Kukenova, Professor

Master in International & Sustainable Finance

I’ve always had a passion for watchmaking. To me, watchmaking is a wonderful profession where craftsmanship still comes first. The idea of starting my own...

Adriaan Trampe, Student

Master of International Business

I started running seriously when I was 13 years old, after realising how fast I would get back home from the shops. While running, I...

Angus Goliath, Student

Bachelor of Business Administration

I was born in Siberia, Russia, the land of bears and snow. With family in Australia, Switzerland and Russia, I like to consider myself a...

Lidiya Kudina, Student

Bachelor of Business Administration