Class of 2014
from École de l'Air
10 years of experience as a French Air Force officer
I cherish the opportunity offered by Mr Arnaud Apffel during his Responsible Investing class to meet with Mr David Blood, Managing Partner and co-founder with Al Gore of Generation Investment Management
- Tell us briefly about yourself:
I studied mechanical engineering and worked more than 10 years as a French Air Force officer. I have both Military Air Traffic Control and Commercial Pilot licenses. I am also a fairly experienced skydiver. I will be interning this spring with JP Morgan in their asset management division in London and hopefully, thanks to their ex-military program, join the company afterwards.
- How hard was it to be in the same classroom as younger students?
It was absolutely not a problem! Probably because I always liked the favorite poem of General MacArthur:
“Youth is not a period of time. It is a state of mind, a result of the will, a quality of the imagination, a victory of courage over timidity, of the taste for adventure over the love of comfort. A man doesn’t grow old because he has lived a certain number of years. A man grows old when he deserts his ideal…If one day you should become bitter, pessimistic and gnawed by despair, may God have mercy on your old man’s soul”. This poem is called Youth and was written by an American businessman, Samuel Ullman, at the age of 78.
- What advice would you give to someone with a similar profile as yours and who is thinking of joining the HEC MIF?
Leaving a full-time job and going back to school is always a very difficult decision to make. You need to accept that ALL plans eventually require to be significantly modified. It is also important to take time to explain to your significant other, kids, family and friends that you will be less available for a while. Then focus on your goal, don’t miss any opportunity to discuss with professionals, work hard and hope to be a bit lucky!
- What is your most memorable experience at HEC Paris?
I have lots of good memories! I especially appreciated the course on Securities Markets with Professor Ioanid Rosu, the elective on volatility modelling and the two courses on financial derivatives given by Mr Olivier Bossard and Mr Loic Henry for their hands-on approach and their willingness to share both their practitioner knowledge and experiences.
I also cherish the opportunity offered by Mr Arnaud Apffel during his Responsible Investing class to meet with Mr David Blood, Managing Partner and co-founder with Al Gore of Generation Investment Management.
Finally, I really liked the fact that the MIF is a truly international program and that I could make friends from all over the world.