MBA as a Way to Break Stereotypes 

Imane Zouein from Lebanon

Written by Nataliya Demyanenko

Would you like to get to know some of our current full-time MBA students and find out more about the diversity of HHL’s MBA class? Our 60 students come from 28 different countries and have diverse academic and professional backgrounds, hobbies, interests and career goals. They look forward to sharing their personal stories and motivations towards pursuing an MBA at HHL with you. So get ready to discover our HHL family!

Today,  Imane Zouein from Lebanon about her experience  at HHL:

Background

I am a biochemist, specialized in commercialization related to the healthcare industry. I worked for Bayer Pharmaceuticals for 6 years as a medical representative working closely with health care professionals.

Motivation for an MBA

After gaining several years of work experience, it was the right time for me to pursue an MBA degree that helps me to build a holistic view of global business. I wanted to broaden my knowledge in economy and finance. In addition, I believe that an MBA degree from a good university such as HHL is well perceived among business people.

Why MBA at HHL?

While searching for business schools, I was keen to find a prominent university, with an interesting program and reputable image. I had in mind two to three schools. However, I was fortunate to meet Raluca Modoiu at an MBA fair in Beirut, she was convincing and answered all my concerns with a smile. I am glad I met her.

Challenges faced during a student consulting project at HHL

I am currently working on IoCare project. It is start-up company that has RICA, a device that tracks the movement of elderly living alone and sends a signal to the receiver in case of behavioral changes. It provides the elderly and their relatives the “peace of mind”. The biggest challenge we faced is finding interviewees in English, but at the end of the day we came up with different solutions and with the dedication of our team members and the support of the chair everything went well.

Volunteer experience with the European Ivy League student initiative

Participating in student initiatives is very interesting and it gives you the feeling of belonging. Ivy League was always perceived as a “guys” initiative. Thus, a group of women decided to break this perception and we formed two girl teams and participated in the football tournament taking place during the Ivy League. It was fun and a great experience, and we proved that girls can play a big part in such sports activities too. We hope to inspire and stoke the ambition of the next HHL female generations.

Favorite experience at HHL

It’s hard to pick a specific favorite experience, but I can say that the whole HHL experience has been mesmerizing so far. However, what captivates me the most is the relationships that we build with each other. HHL is a melting pot of culture, languages, experiences, and backgrounds that nurture conversations and enrich the entire experience.