Visit to Chateau Troplong Mondot

During our short October break, a group of 11 Global MBA participants took a trip to the beautiful city of Bordeaux. We chose this city because of its easy access from Paris (just over two hours by train) and because there are beautiful cultural attractions both in the city and within an hour’s drive. 

Coming from a hospitality background and having a personal passion for wine, I took the initiative of organizing a winery tour in Saint-Emilion. With a majority of our MBA cohort coming from outside of France, having the possibility of discovering the beauty of France, including its culture, cuisine, and savoir-faire is part of what had drawn participants to joining ESSEC Business School. This prestigious appellation sits on the right bank of the Dordogne river, and I chose to bring our group to Saint-Emilion because we could visit a winery as well as explore the charming medieval town, which has the same name as the appellation.

What’s the future of luxury?

by Johannes Ader, ESSEC MBA alumnus, 2016

From Left: Deanna Chuang, ESSEC Global MBA alumna (2018), Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at The New York Times, and Johannes Ader, ESSEC MBA alumnus (2016)

ESSEC was a partner of The New York Times International Luxury Conference held in Hong Kong this year. The subject of this year’s conference was “What's Next: The New Luxury World (Dis)Order”. More pressing than ever before, leaders in the luxury industry are facing global challenges, requiring them to profoundly rethink the essence of today’s luxury industry.

An Afternoon with #Signify - Learning about Lighting for a Better World

By Saloni Kapoor, Global MBA Ambassador 2018-2019 | Strategy & Management major, Singapore

On November 15th, our Global MBA cohort headed over to Philips Lighting, now known as #Signify, for a campus engagement session. Thanks to the folks over at Signify, we had the opportunity to tour the facility, understand some of the trends in the lighting industry, and interact with company executives from different business units.

What can be done to strengthen the tourism industry in Bukit Lawang?

by Jeffrey Fraser, Global MBA Ambassador 2018-2019 | Digital Business & Innovation major

Being face to face with orangutans in the middle of the Sumatran jungle may seem like an unusual place for a cohort of MBA participants to be coming up with real-world business solutions, but ESSEC Business School’s Global MBA isn’t your average program. In August 2018, our class of Global MBA participants who began the program at ESSEC Asia-Pacific traveled from Singapore to Bukit Lawang in Indonesia for an intensive Design Thinking workshop at Hotel Orangutan. While there, they developed ideas on how to strengthen the tourism industry while preserving the UNESCO World Heritage site. The trip to Bukit Lawang is one of three trips that participants beginning the Strategy & Management and Digital Business & Innovation majors in Singapore will take throughout the course of their program; the other trips will take the group to ESSEC’s campus in France as well as a field trip to Morocco.

Learning by Pedaling #GMBAEXPERIENCE

by Kailash Satyanarayan, Global MBA Ambassador 2018-2019 | Finance Major

What is the life of a Global MBA participant outside of campus? What is it like exploring the most traveled city in the world? To answer these questions, together with some of the Global MBA participants, we decided to bike around the city of lights at its most prominent time, at night!

Traveling through time, we discovered the iconic places in Paris, including the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel Tower, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, to name a few. We got a taste of the lively Paris city, a very entertaining history lesson on the city and some physical fitness traveling on the bikes.

Visit to Louis Vuitton Museum & Atelier


Upon walking into the gated familial home of Louis Vuitton, we were welcomed by a very finely dressed gentleman, who accepted our bags and jackets before offering us tea and freshly squeezed juice. The group of 30 of us walked around the residence in awe of the Art Nouveau style of the salon and the lovely garden. We enjoyed our tea and juice while, of course, taking many photos and soaking in the experience.

Watch a highlight video of the visit at the end of the article.