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ESADE Alumni now has over 60 international chapters, thanks to its strategy of maximising its global coverage. At present, it has 64 international chapters, giving it a worldwide presence. The good news was given by Joaquín Uriach, the President of ESADE Alumni, at the 3rd International Annual Meeting, which this year was held in Milan (Italy). The Meeting was attended by close on 250 alumni.

The number of ESADE alumni with an international profile is growing by leaps and bounds and has been especially marked over the last 5 years, as the association has focused on expanding its network of contacts and chapters. At present, ESADE Alumni has 18,000 international members worldwide.

Among the last few chapters opened by ESADE Alumni, one should note Boston, Vancouver, South Korea, Qatar, Venezuela, and Denmark. New chapters are opening at a steady pace and it is expected that the network will grow to 67 international chapters by the year end.

The London, New York, Paris and Milan international chapters are among the most active. Milan was chosen as the venue for the 3rd International Annual Meeting, at which 3 leading Italian entrepreneurs shared their experience in the innovation management field.

The CEOs of Vodafone Italy and of Chiesi at the 3rd International Annual Meeting

Vodafone Italy’s CEO Aldo Bisio gave a noteworthy personal perspective on the future of digital companies. Speaking to the gathering of ESADE Alumni, he forecast growing demand for ''business engineers'', which he defined as ''experts who run a company, know its ‘machinery’ inside out, and who are capable of innovating when one of its components is not working''. Ugo di Francesco, the CEO of Chiesi, a pharmaceutical company that is a leader in Italy in the number of patents it holds, stressed the importance of training: ''Learning is a never-ending process'', he said. Andrea Bassanino, a partner of EY in Italy, shared his consultancy expertise in innovation implementation processes. Programme

This year we’re going to Milan! On Friday, 9th June, you’ll have the chance to contact, connect and share with other alumni at the III International ESADE Alumni Meeting, our most emblematic international event of the year!

The International ESADE Alumni Meetings are among the most highly anticipated events of the year for the entire ESADE alumni network. For the III International ESADE Alumni Meeting, we have chosen a European meeting point – specifically, the city of Milan.

The theme of this year’s meeting is innovation, hence the title of the event: ''Innovation: The Fil Rouge of Today’s World''. During the conference on Friday June 9th, Ivanka Visnjic, assistant professor in ESADE’s Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences, will talk about 'Innovation: From Idea to Solution'. We will also be able to enjoy a panel of CEOs composed by Aldo Bisio, CEO of Vodafone Italia; Ugo di Francesco, CEO of Chiesi Group; and Andrea Paliani, partner and director of Ernst & Young (EY) for the Mediterranean region, who will be discussion on how they innovate in their respective companies and sectors.

6.30 pm Doors open, registration and welcome drink

7.30 pm Welcome by Eugenia Bieto (Lic&MBA 73 / PhD 08)

7.45 pm Introduction by Andrea Bifulco (MMM 12), ESADE Alumni Italy Chapter President

7.55 pm Talk on 'Innovation: from idea to solution' by Ivanka Visnjic, assistant professor in ESADE’s Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences

8.25 pm Threefold CEO Panel
Aldo Bisio, CEO of Vodafone Italy
Ugo di Francesco, CEO of Chiesi Group
Andrea Paliani, partner and director of Ernst & Young (EY) for the Mediterranean region

9.40 pm Closing remarks by Joaquim Uriach (MBA 94)

9:50 pm Networking cocktail on the Hotel dei Cavalieri terrace

As if that were not enough, this third international meeting will also feature a full programme of activities for anyone who wishes to stay in Milan for the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, June 10th, the ESADE Alumni Italy Chapter together with ESADE Alumni have organized a short guided tour leading from the Duomo to Santa Maria delle Grazie church where we will be able to admire one of the world's most famous paintings, Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

After the guided tour you will have a bit of free time before we meet once more for an Italian aperitif – a great networking opportunity for all past, present and future Esadians whilst enjoying a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres and the stunning views of Navigli.

The Saturday activities will have a small fee:
Members: free of charge (includes the guided tour and 1 aperitif)
Students: free of charge
Non-members: €15 (includes the guided tour and 1 aperitif).


More details about the time schedule will be sent out shortly.

*Recommendation: Book your Flights getting to Milan before than 4pm on Friday 9th of June (our Saturday activities will end at night).

One last thing: this year, all attendees will receive a very special gift: an official ESADE Alumni polo shirt!

Each member may bring a maximum of 1 guest. Don’t hesitate! Register now!

Follow and participate on the event with the hashtag #EdayMilan

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Language: English