The Master in Finance 2012 Opening Ceremony took place last week at IE´s Madrid Campus. This year we are very pleased to welcome students from 29 different countries with an extraordinary class profile.  18% owns industry certificates such as CFA level I & II and 47% studied undergraduate degrees outside of their home country.

Our students this year come from: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Universities where our students come from include: European Business School Germany, University of Munich, University of Zurich, American University of Dubai, American University of Kuwait, American University of Beirut, Lebanese American University, Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat de Valencia, Universidad Carlos III, Universidad de Navarra, HEC Lausanne, University College London, Louvain School of Management, Corvinus University of Budapest, NOVA School of Business & Economics, Kyiv National Economics University, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, University of Pune, University of Cape Town, ), University of Florida, University of Sydney, Azerbaijan State Economic University, McGill University, University of Virginia, Boston College, University of Michigan, HEC Montreal, Singapore Management University, Lahore University of Management Sciences (Pakistan), Sophia University Tokyo etc.

Examples of previous employers in the finance sector: KPMG, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte  Espírito Santo Bank, McKinsey & Co., JPMorgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank, UniCredit Bank, ROMALD Global Investments Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch New York, Citigroup, Lebanese Canadian Bank, Bank of Central African States, Thomson Reuters, Credit Suisse, Ernst&Young, Bank of Lebanon, UBS, JP Morgan Asset Management Europe etc.

From non finance sector, some examples include: American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia, Polish-Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Telefonica, Vodafone, NATO Headquarters, Michael Page International, Mercedez-Benz,  Warner Bros Enterntainment, TATA Steel Limited, SIEMENS, Accenture etc.

The class represents true excellence on both academic & professional level and personal level.  Some academic examples include: International Microelectronics Olympiad UAE, Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, Semi-Finalist (Singapore), Federal Reserve (Fed) Challenge 1st Place –Regional and National Champion (U.S), Participant in National Programming Contest UAE, International Tax College Moot Court Competition Finalist, Representative of Pakistan at 15th World Business Dialogue in Germany, CIMA Global Business Challenge participant, members of Model United Nations etc.

On a personal level, the class has a British writer/producer/director of 3 films (Shown at European Film Festivals), member of the Swiss Olympic Team London 2012, Winner of the “RedBull Gravity Challenge 2010“ Lebanon, a flutist from the Conservatoire Populaire of Geneva, three guitarists and four pianists amongst many other examples!

A warm welcome to all members of the MIF 2012 class!