DAY 7 March 21 - CASABLANCA
Thursday night, Audencia Around the World made a stop in Casablanca, the business heart of Morocco, for a cocktail reception organized by Otmane El Amrani (GE 87), Ambassador Audencia Alumni Morocco and Yassine Belhoussain (GE 11), who gathered around thirty people.
Othman El Ferdaous (GE 03), an Alumni of Audencia, who is now Secretary of State for Investment, assistant to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade & Digital Economy was the guest of honour of the evening. We are proud and grateful for him taking the time to interact with the guests.
A very beautiful evening that took place at the Gray Boutique Hotel & Spa, a prestigious 5-star hotel in the centre of Casablanca.
Photo gallery available here - Casablanca
DAY 6 March 20 - LONDON, TOKYO, MEXICO CITY
Audencia Around the World vibrated to the rhythm of London for several hours at the pub "The Driver" pub in the heart of King’s Cross. About forty people answered the call launched by Florence Alix-Gravellier, head of Audencia Alumni, and Tristan Pelloux (GE 15), London Ambassador.
The theme, Never stop daring! Of course! With two special guests sharing their stories. The first, Alicia Bulbeck (GE 17) presented her "Zero" project, a zero waste grocery store she opened in Wimbledon three weeks ago with her husband. The second, Julien Planté, producer chose to leave Audencia before graduating to follow his daring spirit and land his Dream Job.
This UK event allowed local Alumni to meet each other, some of them having been apart from the Audencia community for a long time. It was certainly one of many events to come, according to Florence Alix-Gravellier: "I was truly delighted to be part of the London stopover of our Around the World journey last night. London is our main chapter overseas and I got to hear so many good daring stories. I want to thank everyone for attending and being the best part of this worldwide event. I now dare Tristan to keep the Audencia's globe rolling and rolling in London. No doubt he will be doing a fantastic job as he did to organize last night."
Photo gallery available here - London
Audencia Around the World marked another stop in Asia, as Tokyo was on the road of our global journey.
Baptiste Bassot (GE 03) was at the helm alongside Mark Gobet (GE 10) for an afterwork including a live chat with students and Alumni worldwide to answer all questions about what it means to live and work in Japan.
A beautiful experience that should be repeated later on according to the two Frenchmen. Baptiste Bassot adds: “A lot of first's for audencia in Tokyo: first AMA, first "audencia around the world", first time meeting for several alumni, and first time joining alumni parties for others. Everyone onsite and remote had fun, and most importantly promises to meet again shortly were exchanged.”
Photo gallery available here - Tokyo
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DAY 5 March 19 - NEW-YORK, MUMBAI, GENEVA, MUNICH
On Tuesday evening, Audencia Around the World was back to the United States, but on the Eastern Coast. New York Ambassador Eva Jean (GE 04) picked the quite daring challenge to organize a digital-detox event, together with Laurene Hamilton (GE 09).
Eva and Laurene led the group into a disconnection game, as a fun and original way to leave smartphones, laptops and other emails.
For this very reason, it was quite a challenge for our community manager to post about the event today.
Anyway, we still managed to get in touch with Eva and Laurene who said they are proud to have organized the first-ever Audencia Alumni afterwork… in socks! “And everyone liked it”, reported Eva after 14 hours away from all digital devices.
Photo gallery available here - New York
Audencia Around the World lived on German time for a few hours in Munich, where our Alumni welcomed their counterparts from EDHEC and GEM on the journey. And they were not the only guests since Uwe Supper, Audencians’ favorite German teacher, traveled to Germany to attend the event organized by Amandine Greisner (GE 11), a channel Marketing Manager and local Ambassador.
A rich and interesting evening according to Amandine, delighted to have had the presence of Uwe Supper: "What an evening! The Munich alumni community dared to widen its horizon while sharing drinks and conversations with fellow Munich alumni communities from GEM and EDHEC. Thanks to all participants, and special thanks to @UweSupper for his visit. This was definitely the begining of a new chapter in our book!”
Photo gallery available here - Munich
Audencia Around the World stopped in Mumbai. No less than 13 alumni got together with Nushad Merchant (IMM 16), originally from Mumbai, now working (with Audencia Alumni) and living in Paris, but back home for a vacation.
The gathering was held at Shizusan Shophouse & Bar, and allowed alumni allowed to get together for a drink and some South East Asian food.
Nushad, Volunteering Officer with Audencia Alumni in Paris, turned out to be acting ambassador for the night. He reports: "This was my first encounter with Audencia Alumni in Mumbai and it will be one of many. Such an interesting exchange of what Audencia meant for all of us and how life has changed since then. Thanks to all who could make it."
Among others, Geneva, as one of the strategic Audencia Alumni chapters, is a keystone on our journey Around the World! About thirty people gathered at the Café Jules Verne in the heart of the city: a beautiful address with an incredible atmosphere.
Flavie Lorre, President of Audencia Alumni traveled all the way from Paris to attend the event, as a guest of honour. Our Geneva "dream team" as we like to call them - Rodolphe Morvan (GE 90), Thomas Desbuquois (GE 15), Nicolas Jeantet (GE 02) - led a creativity session as an introduction to the afterwork.
Some great ideas emerged and Thomas adds: "The Geneva Chapter enjoyed participating in this global event. Our brainstorming has also helped us to come up with ideas to help alumni and our community grow."
Photo gallery available here - Geneva
DAY 4 March 18 - HONG KONG, MADRID
Hong Kong, and the Artist House, was the next stop of Audencia Around The World on March 18. Nearly 70 alumni joined Hong Kong ambassador Benoit Zoetelief (GE 14) and Qing Sun (IMM 18).
Attendees were made up of local alumni, interns, and France cohort (Nantes & Paris) of Executive MBA students on a learning trip in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. This was a terrific occasion to foster links and enlarge networks.
A touch of nostalgia for local alumni as Nicolas Brunau remembered his arrival in HK as did Benoit Zoetelief and Brice de Matharel (GE 12), who landed in HK on the very same day over five years ago.
Photo gallery available here - Hong Kong
On the very same night, Madrid was also a highlight spot of the journey Audencia Around the World, with 19 Alumni attending the event and representing various classes of year from 1973 to present.
François Blin (GE 87), Audencia Alumni Ambassador in Spain, organized the gathering at “La Piscine” the first co-working café downtown Madrid, created and managed by Estelle Marie (GE 04), former President of the Audencia Alumni Association. La Piscine is used to host major networking events especially when it comes to talk about daring and developing new businesses.
Much fun and pleasant were the key words to describe the event for all participants. François Blin also highlighted the international side of the initiative, saying “Audencia proves this week that its network is truly Around the world, thanks to all of you!”
DAY 3 March 17 - SAN FRANCISCO
The journey continues on Sunday with Audencia Around the World marking a stop on the western coast of the United States.
What a day it was. Former students and fans gathered for a landmark event in San Francisco. Lucie Gouanelle, our ambassador, said: "On St Patrick's Day, no gold bullion for us, but to act and clean the beach with the Surfrider Foundation while raising awareness, exercising and talking. »
Then the participants met up around a fun brunch outside with warmth and music, in the shade of the mythic Golden Gate Bridge! How nice was it to do good together while having fun in the sun and the sand.
Photo gallery available here - San Francisco
DAY 2 March 16 - ALGIERS, BEIJING, TORONTO
The gathering in Algiers was a « sweet » surprise for attendees. Organiser Christophe Richard changed venues in the days before Audencia Around the World came to Algiers. This didn’t stop alumni heading across the city to the Hotel Mercure in the bustling university area of Bab-Ezzouar. Attendees were mainly from the Executive MBA programme with ESAA in Algiers, and the event was a perfect opportunity to catch up on the latest network news.
Photo gallery available here - Algiers
Meanwhile, halfway across the globe in Beijing, alumni were entering the spirit of Audencia Around the World. For its biggest turnout yet, this dynamic alumni chapter gathered at Home Plate for a barbecue meal.* At the end of the meal, the inflatable beach ball, with its world map, symbolising the journey around the globe, was thrown enthusiastically from one alum to another. « This is just part of the journey, for our next event, we aim to have over 20 participants » says BJ ambassador Katherine.
*This isn’t the first time that the Beijing chapter has held events on a similar food theme to the Amsterdam chapter - is this serendipity?!
Photo gallery available here - Beijing
And, in Toronto, the inaugural gathering of alumni was a huge success. « We spent a great time discussing our experiences in Toronto and remembering our years in Nantes » says Helene who co-organised the event with fellow alumni Siddharth. More importantly, the group chemistry worked and the date of the next event has been set. Remember, you heard it here first... watch this space for more information about the team of Audencians who will climb Toronto’s CN Tower on 14 April to raise funds for WWF!
Photo gallery available here - Toronto
DAY 1 March 15 - CHENGDU
The launch of Audencia Around the World took place on 15 March in the city of Chengdu in China. The Chengdu alumni chapter was launched with a champagne reception and a presentation of Audencia's global network. Vice Dean Andre Sobczak and Professor Rhona Johnsen announced the nomination of Nick Gong as ambassador.
Here's wishing a long life and lasting connections for this newest of alumni chapters!
Photo gallery available here - Chengdu