I had the privilege last week, on behalf of ESCP Europe Alumni, to make the Start@Europe2016 closing address to our students at the European Parliament in Brussels, under the presidency of its former President Nicole Fontaine.
Dear Nicole Fontaine, dear students, my dear friends,
Thank you for having me. It’s good to see some of you again. My name is Laurent Sachs, I am the Deputy Chairman of ESCP Europe Alumni. I am an executive coach, and the founder of a Venture Capital company.
A generation ago, I was your age and very much into politics, I came to Brussels with a delegation of french students to meet our german counterparts from the christian democratic party CDU. Our goal was to work on a common vision for an « ever more united Europe ».
And here I am, a generation later, standing in front of you. I have read the week-end news, and I have not been very proud of my generation lately. You guys will have to find a way to make Europe a better place.
Still, what has been happening here, in this Parliament, over the last 50 years, is one of the greatest achievement in the history of mankind.
At ESCP Europe, Europe defines our DNA. This is not just about geography. It is a way of doing business. It is a belief that we can do business and public good at the same time.
It is about the idea that we are stronger together, that we want to do business together, based on trust and shared beliefs.
This is what we try to achieve at ESCP Europe Alumni. We are an amazing network, all over the world. We want to be a model of social, professional and fraternal network. We want to be a model of collective intelligence. Our united contribution is our collective humanistic response to the anonymity of globalisation.
Please join us. We need you. We’ve got to find a way to make this work. Together. We’ve got to find a way to make this work.
I look forward to meet you all. Thank you very much.
Under the presidency of Nicole Fontaine, ESCP Europe organised a 3-day study trip to the European Parliament, to immerse our Master in Management students in the School’s european identity & global perspective. 850 students from the five campuses of ESCP Europe (Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid and Turin) were plunged into the world of policy making in Europe with a particular emphasis on its economic, institutional and cross-cultural aspects.
European personalities such as Joachim Bitterlich (Ambassador and associate professor ESCP Europe), Nicole Fontaine and Odile Quintin (Former European Commission Director general and Associate Professor ESCP Europe) have advised the students, all along the simulation game and negotiations.
Here is a video of last year Start@Europe seminar: