Adolfo Diaz Valdez

Adolfo Diaz Valdez

MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation

Class of 2015

Argentinian

from Torcuato di Tella University

+7 years experience in investment banking and management consulting


The combination between classes, research projects, the consulting project and the study trip to Madagascar was extremely useful to really grasp all the issues concerning sustainable development.


Discovering new career opportunities

I come from Buenos Aires (Argentina), where I studied Business Economics and a Master in Finance at Universidad Torcuato di Tella. After graduating, I worked 2 years as an investment banking analyst for Lazard’s office in Argentina, participating in mandates in project finance and M&A in Latin America. I then moved to Integration Consulting, where I have been working on management consulting projects for multinational companies in LatAm for over the last 4 years.
Working as a consultant, I came to realize of the huge and often unused potential for companies to have a positive long-term impact in the communities they interact with. I decided to study sustainable development to learn more about the subject and how to apply it to corporations.
I chose the Master in Sustainable Development (now MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation) at HEC Paris for several reasons. First, HEC seemed to be at the forefront of corporate sustainability: its close work with recognized figures (ie Muhammad Yunus) or top global companies (ie Danone) deeply involved in the subject was a proof of this. Second, I thought its pragmatic approach, combining theory with practice, was the best way to enter what was a brand new world for me. I was also particularly attracted to the program’s international diversity since I thought I would help me move from a regional to a more global perspective. Finally, I had always dreamed of living in Paris and this looked like an amazing opportunity to do it.

Learning from Global Leaders

Fortunately, all these reasons proved to be right! The combination between classes, research projects, the consulting project and the study trip (to Madagascar) was extremely useful to really grasp all the issues concerning sustainable development. HEC’s position in the subject allowed us to have several very interesting guest speakers coming specifically for our program, from the CEO of Danone to CSR directors of top European companies, leaders of NGOs like Greenpeace and government representatives like the French ambassador in Madagascar (who received us in his residence during our study trip).

A close community

However, if I had to highlight one particular aspect of the master, it would be the amazingly enriching exchange among our classmates. We were a close group of 46 people from 19 different countries, each sharing its knowledge, experiences, challenges and even doubts in every topic we discussed. I had never learnt (and enjoyed) as much as I did with my fellow “MScers”.

Career ambitions

My ambition is to use the tools learnt at HEC to foster sustainability in South America, where the subject is an almost greenfield area. Particularly, I would like to focus on helping companies integrate sustainability to their strategies in order to move towards triple bottom line business models, capable of making profits while generating positive social and environmental impact.