Izard Jeanne - France/United States - Class of 1999
I decided to join an MBA right after my civil engineering studies to acquire a broader skills base than my mainly technical background and have the opportunity to do cross-disciplinary activities early on in my professional life.
I chose the ENPC MBA because of its very international profile both from the student body, the faculty and the curriculum. As part of the MBA, I had a semester exchange with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The best contribution I had from the MBA was the network of friends around the world I kept from the program and the general business development and financial skills I have constantly applied ever since in my professional life.
After completing my MBA at the ENPC and Fletcher, I joined Intergen, a Shell and Bechtel joint venture that specialize in international Power Project development (power plants). I worked for a year for that company as Senior Associate out of London (overall package of 70,000Bpounds/y). I eventually resigned from my job in July 2001 to pursue work more specifically oriented towards international development.
I joined an NGO (International Rescue Committee) and am working for them in Azerbaijan (and divided my salary by 4!), promoting small income generating activities and development of small and medium enterprises in rural communities in the South of the country. I am very happy to have the opportunity to apply my typically private sector skills and experience to a meaningful cause.
I have found the ENPC-MBA program a very humanistic yet intellectual experience, populated with some very good people, a jewel of a program in the world of sharks that is Consulting or Investment Banking!