Maria-Cristina Munoz

Maria-Cristina Munoz

MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation

Class of 2017

Mexican

from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey

Work experience at Corporativo MR


I feel confident that I will find the best position suited to my profile, skills and preferences, not only because of HEC Paris’ reputation, but also due to its amazing network

I did my Bachelor in Industrial Engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and worked for the family business for a year, before applying to the MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation at HEC Paris. What attracted me to pursue my graduate studies at HEC Paris was the structure of the program, which includes working on a consulting project in the field of your choice and the possibility to specialize in a topic with the certificate.
When I started the masters, I realized that HEC Paris offered some of the best professors and consequently teaching, in not only the country but also in Europe, working in social business, impact assessment or unconventional management. Having this direct exposure broadened the concept of business as I knew it, giving it a whole new perspective and paving the way for social inclusion, poverty reduction, and moderate use and management of natural resources.  

A highly supportive network

Thanks to the guidance from the career center, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in the non-profit sector, allowing me to achieve my dreams of working for a fair cause whilst maintaining a work-life balance. As I step into the sector, I feel confident that I will find the best position suited to my profile, skills and preferences, not only because of HEC Paris’ reputation, but also due to its amazing network. During my masters, I had the opportunity to attend a conference on “Finding a higher meaning for your work” held by HEC Alumni network and another in which handicapped entrepreneurs shared their success and failure stories. I also volunteered at the Net Impact Club for the FinanceForGood event, however the highlight of the year has by far been meeting Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Network. Meeting such an engaging optimist who presented us with solutions to move towards a more resilient post-carbon economy, motivated the whole SASI class to implement challenges every month to lower our energy consumption and carbon emissions, reduce our waste and water use through simple everyday practices.

Meeting inspiring people from across the globe

Another highlight of the MSc in Sustainability and Social Innovation was our study trip to Botswana. We visited a total of 16 organizations, including social businesses, NGOs, government institutions, SMEs, universities, natural reserves and private companies, and worked on economic diversification, dealing with Botswana’s AIDS situation, nature conservancy, social inclusion, food security and renewable energy. Our visit to Botswana not only showed us the reasons and people behind the country’s fast development but we were also able to meet the important actors that contributed to make Botswana the “African Exception” for its record on economic growth and political democracy.

A fulfilling experience that gives direction to your professional career

On the whole, this year at HEC Paris has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. My greatest personal achievement was finding the purpose and direction of my professional career. For this I will always be grateful to my Executive Director, to all my professors and to my classmates, all of whom I not only shared similar fears and doubts about the future but most importantly formed a support unit with, encouraging each other to fight for our dreams by putting them into action with the intention of creating the change we want to see in the world.