Celebration of Influence

Chicago Booth's 20-year presence in Europe and 15 years in Asia is long preceded by the influence of our thought leadership, faculty research, alumni impact, and student involvement. Building on the reputation of Booth's contributions to the global business community, we sought to expand the availability of our MBA programs around the world. Two decades ago, Booth established our first European campus in Barcelona. We later opened our London location, then one in Singapore, and most recently in Hong Kong, creating dynamic centers of inquiry and ideas that have grown as hubs of collaboration for our award-winning faculty, alumni leadership, and student programs.

We invite you to take a look back at our history of influence and forward to a future of continued presence in these regions.

 
Sunil

Asia

The combination of these two locations, Hong Kong and Singapore, will allow the school to deliver on its mission to create knowledge with enduring impact.

-Sunil Kumar, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management

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Gibbs

Asia

It's been a phenomenal experience teaching students from all over Asia who are doing all sorts of amazing things.

-Michael Gibbs, Clinical Professor of Economics; Faculty Director of the Executive MBA Program

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Faculty

Asia/Europe

The same award-winning faculty travel from our North American campus to our European and Asian locations to give Booth students the same world-class curriculum.

First US Exec MBA is Asia

Asia

Chicago Booth opened its Singapore campus in 2000. For the first time, midcareer managers in Asia had the opportunity to stay in the region and get a US MBA and a network of business associates from around the globe.

Asia/Europe

Chicago Booth is the first school to have Executive MBA Programs on three continents.

 

Europe

Chicago Booth belongs in the leading business center of Europe.

- Dean Edward Snyder, on the relocation of Booth's campus from Barcelona to London in 2005

 
Influential first class

Europe

In the first European class, three-quarters of the students came from outside England and included a vice president for sales and marketing at Alcatel France, the national sales director at Citibank in Egypt, and the chairman of Rosevrobank in Russia.

Opening of Singapore campus

Asia

The opening of Booth's Singapore campus, at the historic House of Tan Yeok Nee, was attended by more than 300 government officials, faculty, alumni, students, and members of the press. A two-day management conference on the future of business trends in Asia was also held as part of the inaugural.

First class Singapore

Asia

Singapore's first class of 84 students was made up of executives who traveled from 15 countries throughout Asia, including Americans and Europeans living and working in the region.

Move to Hong Kong

Asia

In 2013, Chicago Booth decided to move its Executive MBA Program in Asia to Hong Kong, a free-market bastion and China's window to international markets.

Asia

Expanding into Hong Kong allows us to have an impact on future leaders in business.

- Sunil Kumar, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Operations Management

 

Asia

Winnie Ng, '97 (EXP-2), was among China's 100 Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs in 2006. Ng is founder and a non-executive deputy chairman of the board for Roadshow Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong. Roadshow revolutionized advertising on buses in Hong Kong, starting with KMB, for whom Ng was a senior executive.

 

Europe

In 1999-2000, Chicago Booth turned to one of its own to lead the Executive MBA Program in Europe, José Luis Bobes, '98 (EXP-3), who was preceded as program director by another alumnus, Bernard Angenieux, '60.

 
Serving Academic Programs

Asia/Europe

Serving multiple academic programs on three continents, Booth's Career Services office is one of the largest of all business schools.

Raghuram Rajan

Asia

Booth professor Raghuram Rajan has led the Reserve Bank of India since 2013. He was named 2015 Governor of the Year by Central Banking for his disciplined and focused approach to tackling macroeconomic instability.

Barcelona Campus

Asia/Europe

Chicago Booth is the first US business school to expand overseas. The doors of its Barcelona campus first opened in 1994, giving European students the opportunity to get an MBA education from a top US-based institution on local soil.

Around the Globe

Asia/Europe

Tens of thousands of people around the globe have used solar-powered inflatable lights from LuminAID, cofounded by atudent Andrea Sreshta with support from Chicago Booth. Individuals in developing areas have benefited from LuminAID's better, safer, and cleaner source of light.

Dominic Hofstetter

Europe

While a student at Chicago Booth, Electrochaea's vice president of business development, Dominic Hofstetter, '10, conducted research that demonstrated the viability of the company's technology and business plan. Electrochaea, a Munich-based start-up that converts stranded electricity into pipeline-grade methane, was named to the prestigious Global Cleantech 100 in 2014.

Richard Thaler

Europe

An idea researched at Chicago Booth has helped Britain save tens of millions of pounds since 2010. The British government's Behavioral Insights Team has used behavioral science to encourage residents to pay taxes on time, insulate their attics, and give to charity. The ideas stem from Nudge, a book on behavioral science cowritten by Chicago Booth professor Richard Thaler.

Asia/Europe

In the Executive MBA Program class of 2014, 60 percent of Booth students hailed from outside the US.

 
Robert W. Vishny

Asia/Europe

Robert W. Vishny is one of six Chicago Booth professors named among "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds - 2014."

Christian Leuz

Europe

Accounting professor Christian Leuz cowrote the seminal 2003 paper "Earnings Management and Investor Protection: An International Comparison." In 2014, Leuz was named a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute for demonstrating scientific excellence or other outstanding achievements in the area of corporate governance.

Asia

Chicago Booth is co-organizer of the Asian Monetary Policy Forum, a platform for the analysis and discussion of monetary issues confronting Asian policymakers.

 
Marianne Bertrand

Europe

Belgian-born economics professor Marianne Bertrand has published research on French banking reforms, the role of family in Thai businesses, and the Norwegian female labor market.

Raghuram G. Rajan

Asia

Finance professor Raghuram G. Rajan is on leave from Chicago Booth to serve as the 23rd governor of India's central bank. His research is widely credited with foreseeing the global recession of 2008.

Martin Blessing

Europe

Martin Blessing, '88, is chairman of the board of managing directors of Commerzbank AG, Germany's second-largest bank. Blessing is interviewed regularly by international business press, including Der Spiegel.

Asia

Beth Bader, '90, was instrumental in the exploratory phase of Booth's third international campus (Executive MBA Program Asia) and served as its program director from 2001 to 2010.

 
Christina Liu

Asia

Christina Liu, MBA '80, PhD '86, an economist specializing in tax, banking, and financial regulation, became the second female to be named Taiwan's finance minister in 2012.

Tandean Rustandy

Asia

Tandean Rustandy, '07 (AXP-6), is the founder, president director, and CEO of Arwana Citramulia Tbk, the second-largest tilemaker in Indonesia.

Luigi Zingales

Asia/Europe

Luigi Zingales is one of six Chicago Booth professors named among "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds – 2014."

Rajan

Asia

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Asia

Jeanette Wong, '02 (AXP-1), is group executive of institutional banking for Development Bank of Singapore, one of the largest in Asia and one of the safest in the world.

 
Dominic Hofstetter

Asia/Europe

Six Chicago Booth professors are among "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds - 2014," published by Thomson Reuters. Their papers are among those cited most often by scientists conducting further research. Among business schools throughout the world, Chicago Booth had the most professors included in the list.

Euro

Europe

What would it take to save the euro?
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Europe

The Center in Paris was the site of Booth alumni-organized workshops on negotiation.

 
European class

Europe

The participatory style of American education was a revelation for many in Chicago Booth's first European class. In European universities, "We didn't have options in the curriculum," said Marie Ghislaine Croquet, vice president of human resources at Volvo CE in Brussels. "No one spoke in class." In contrast, "The University of Chicago was a different experience."

Europe

Ana Munoz Beraza, '01 (EXP-6), is enhancing the market of premium and lifestyle goods, like food and cosmetics, through her investment firm Megamcapital. Beraza also is an independent director of Natra SA, a Spanish food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics corporation.

 
Euro

Europe

Through his advisory firm ToBecome, Jacques Kemp, '96 (EXP-1), teaches mid- to large-size multidimensional companies how to resolve complexities and improve their company business models.

Asia/Europe

Nearly 99 percent of international graduates accepted jobs within 90 days of graduation in the Full-Time MBA Program class of 2014.

 
Alexey Ananiev

Europe

Did you know Alexey Ananiev, '05 (EXP-10), the chairman of the board of Promsvyazbank, is an avid collector of Soviet-era art?

Vera Calasan

Europe

Vera Calasan, '08 (EXP-13), is the chief executive officer of Excellence AG, a German professional services company, specializing in building strong relationships within the engineering and technology industries.

Europe

Rolf Friedli, '96 (EXP-1), is a partner at Capvis Equity Partners, a Swiss private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyout and growth capital investments.

Europe

Booth alumni are active in business and society. For example, Elliot Goldstein, '10 (EXP-15), is a partner with the leading executive search MBS Group, and he is on the board of Norwood, a leading Jewish charity.

 
Jose Antonio Alvarez

Europe

José Antonio Álvarez, '96 (EXP-1), is CEO of Banco Santander, one of the world's largest banks. Álvarez was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Executive MBA Program Europe in Barcelona.

Asia/Europe

In the Full-Time class of 2014, 13 percent of students were hired internationally. Most of those students were hired in Asia or Europe.

 

Asia/Europe

Accounting professor Ray Ball found that a significant reduction in accounting-based debt covenants and increase in non-accounting covenants follows mandatory IFRS adoption.

 

Europe

Peter Simons, '98 (EXP-3), is cofounder and partner at Cohen & Simons, where he leads senior turnaround management professionals advising international businesses from their offices in Geneva, London, Barcelona, and Perth.

 

Asia/Europe

Brady Dougan, AB '81, MBA '82, was the first solo CEO of Credit Suisse from the US.

 
Matra Petroleum

Europe

Through his work as managing director of Matra Petroleum, Vladimir Lenski, '98 (EXP-3) is using his Euro-based oil and gas company to create further value for shareholders in the US.

Asia/Europe

In the Executive MBA Program class of 2014, 36 percent of Booth students came from China, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, and the UK.

 
Richard Seewald

Asia/Europe

By dedicating himself to private equity investing, Richard Seewald, '05 (EXP-10), is helping European companies in every market from technology to retail sectors as a partner at ALPHA Associates.

Robert Wardrop

Europe

Robert Wardrop, '96 (EXP-1), is an expert at investing in companies all over the world, and his sociological background influences his social approach to analyzing bonds and bank financing.

Booth's International Business Exchange Program

Asia

Booth's International Business Exchange Program partners with the Indian Institute of Management to facilitate an exchange program with Booth MBA students.

Photo from PIBAR 2014

Asia

Chicago Booth has an active and engaged community of alumni in India. Booth alumni gather annually for the Pan India Booth Alumnni Retreat.

A bridge between Chicago and China

Asia

At the Center in Beijing, David Song, '09, provided updates on the growing Chicago-China relationship in the field of medicine. Dr. Song is an internationally recognized expert in plastic surgery.

 
Dhiraj Rajaram

Asia

Dhiraj Rajaram, ’03, built his $1.5 billion decision science company on a fresh interdisciplinary approach to gleaning insights from torrents of data. Today, Mu Sigma counts more than 125 Fortune 500 companies among its clients.

 
Keith Breslauer

Europe

Keith Breslauer, ’88, heads London-based Patron Capital Partners, which specializes in distressed real estate in Europe. The firm manages $10 billion in assets.

 
Johannes Huth

Europe

Johannes Huth, ’86, leads the Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations of KKR, the grandfather of private equity firms. He leads a team of 300 who apply a rigorous approach to analyzing deals.

 
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