ESADE Business School and Aalto University Executive Education start a new global MBA program for executives

19 executives from 15 countries – 40% of them women – will take part in the program. Altogether, participants will spend eight weeks in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Helsinki, Barcelona and Madrid


The Aalto-ESADE MBA for Executives combines the strengths of two leading business schools to create a unique qualification for managers wishing to explore the field of global business and innovation in Asia and Europe.

Singapore, 12th of December 2018 — ESADE and Aalto University are starting the first Aalto-ESADE MBA for Executives program, a unique qualification for managers wishing to explore the field of global business and innovation in Asia. The program will give participants a more global profile, boost their leadership skills and performance in international companies, and train them to manage multi-disciplinary, inter-cultural teams.

The program is the fruit of a cooperation agreement signed by ESADE Business School and Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) in 2015. The first cohort of students will run from December 2018 to June 2020. Participants will spend four weeks in Asia (three in Singapore and one in Ho Chi Minh City) and four in Europe (one in Helsinki and Madrid and two in Barcelona). The studies at each location will focus on different intensive, specialised modules, for example global businesses, strategy, design thinking and innovation, digitalization, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Michele Quintano, Executive Director of ESADE Executive Education and in charge of the Aalto-ESADE MBA, stressed that today s global managers need to know about the business and innovation panorama in the world s regions so that they can think in global terms and pinpoint opportunities for new, innovative businesses in different markets. He underlined that This MBA exposes participants to the latest business trends and burning issues in Asia. Thanks to the exchange of talent, the MBA for Executives provides a springboard for economic activities and initiatives between Asia and Europe.

Pekka Mattila, Group Managing Director of Aalto Executive Education stated that “when ESADE’s and Aalto EE’s strengths come together they provide participants with a unique platform for business model and value innovation and their monetization. Teaching excellence and methodological innovation will make this a memorable and transformative experience for all the participants.”

Exceptional executives drawn from 12 countries

This year, the Aalto-ESADE MBA for Executives will be taken by nineteen executives (40% of them women) from 15 countries in four continents. All have 16 years average work experience, an international profile, and excellent inter-personal and leadership skills. Their backgrounds are varied: business, consultancy, international bodies, academic institutions, research, public administration, and diplomacy.

The all-round experience will boost participants’ ability to exploit the opportunities and advantages offered by the program and give them first-hand knowledge of how other professionals and companies are both competing and cooperating in an ever more interdependent and globalised world.

Eight intensive weeks in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Helsinki, Barcelona and Madrid

The program is split into four blocks, each held at a different strategic location. This structure gives participants the skills they need to lead global teams — skills that are vital if companies are to adapt to macro-economic changes in the business world.

The Design Thinking methodology, entrepreneurial focus, and corporate responsibility adopted throughout the program will help participants pinpoint emerging business opportunities in Europe and Asia. The program’s graduates will be excellently placed to boost the performance and management of global teams, not only maximizing profits but also taking into account the different stakeholders and enabling competitive advantage with new business innovations.

More information

ESADE Communications
Cristina Casabón
Tel. +34 912 526 840 / +34 934 952 099

Aalto EE Communications
Kati Kiviniemi
Tel.  +358 10 837 3842

About Aalto University Executive Education
Aalto University was established in 2010 as a result of the merger of three Finnish academic institutions: the Helsinki School of Economics, the Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. As a part of Aalto University, Aalto University Executive Education Ltd offers thought-provoking leadership development services. Aalto University brings to our offering a multidisciplinary approach together with innovative learning methods; this provides a unique combination of practical expertise with the latest research. Aalto EE’s mission, better world through better leadership, can be seen in practice in the alumni community. With more than 15,000 alumni around the world, over 4000 of them in different parts of Asia, the community offers a valuable network with exceptional opportunities for networking and exchange of expertise and experience across diverse educational and business backgrounds. In addition to Aalto EE Alumni Community, the alumni have access to the alumni network of Aalto University, which comprises of more than 70 000 professionals from the fields of technology, arts and design, and business.

Aalto University Executive Education’s strengths lie in its global operating model and diverse offering. In addition to Finland and Singapore, Aalto University Executive Education offers education programs in China, Estonia, Indonesia, Iran, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Vietnam and the United States. As a part of Aalto University, it holds three respected business university accreditations – AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS – which places it among the top 0.4% of institutions in the world.

About ESADE and ESADE Alumni
Founded in 1958, ESADE Business and Law School has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and a presence in São Paulo, Lima, Mexico City, Bogotá, Santiago and Buenos Aires. It has partnership agreements with 169 universities, business and law schools worldwide. Each year, more than 11,000 students participate in its programmes (MBA and Executive Education, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in business administration and law). ESADE Alumni, the school’s alumni association, is over 63,000 members strong, including more than 17,500 members in management positions at enterprises around the globe. Through its close to 100 professional groups, the association promotes continuing education, professional development and entrepreneurship. The network includes members of 126 different nationalities located in more than 100 countries around the world, and it has been organising the project ‘Alumni Giving Back’ since 2006 – the first of its kind in Europe – through which more than 1,800 alumni have voluntarily contributed their talent, experience and management skills to 450 third-sector companies.

Additionally, the association’s investors’ network, ESADE BAN, was named the country’s best business angels network by the Spanish Business Angels Association. ESADE Business School also participates in the ESADECREAPOLIS business park, a pioneering innovation centre that brings together academia and the world of business. With a clear international orientation, ESADE is consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools by the leading rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Economist and América Economía). ESADE is a centre integrated in Ramon Llull University.