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1 February 2024

EMBA students gain insight into wealth management sector during visit to ONE swiss bank

On January 11th, students from the Executive MBA (EMBA) programme at the University of Geneva were extended a warm welcome at ONE swiss bank, a distinguished financial institution deeply rooted in Geneva’s renowned financial landscape.

ONE swiss bank, the result of several mergers, embodies a modern model of Swiss private banking, merging rich legacies and contemporary practices.

The visit to ONE swiss bank was carefully planned and offered EMBA students a glimpse into potential career trajectories within the wealth management industry. Guided by CEO Gregoire Pennone, an MBA alumnus, the visit underscored the transformative impact of the EMBA programme and its ability to nurture leaders across diverse sectors.

Cynthia Soulikhan, a second year EMBA student shared insights into the visit, highlighting the invaluable opportunity for students to engage directly with industry professionals. Commenting, Cynthia said, “students had the opportunity to learn about different career paths in banking, industry trends, and the day-to-day responsibilities of bank representatives.”

Reflecting on the experience, Mouhamed Al Zouhaili, a current EMBA student, emphasized the bank’s entrepreneurial ethos, noting, “Every employee is an entrepreneur here; I can see that cultivating this mindset would be instrumental in leading companies to success.”


Remarking on the visit, Grégoire Pennone said, “I was delighted with this event and it emphasized the importance of fostering dialogue with future business leaders. The session featured discussions on growth strategies for medium-sized companies within the competitive private banking sector, and culminated in a Q&A session and convivial aperitif dinner, which was a great way for everybody to forge connections.”

The event exemplified the collaborative spirit between the University of Geneva EMBA programme and industry leaders such as ONE swiss bank, and a shared commitment to nurturing a culture of knowledge-sharing and professional development.

The EMBA programme extends its gratitude to ONE swiss bank and CEO Gregoire Pennone for their commitment to empowering the next generation of business leaders.

Key Takeaways:

  • The EMBA programme regularly organises interactions with industry professionals; this provides invaluable insights into different sectors and career pathways.
  • The entrepreneurial ethos of ONE swiss bank resonated with EMBA students, in a shared spirit of innovation and leadership.
  • The collaboration between the EMBA programme and industry leaders reinforces our commitment to professional development and knowledge-sharing.
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