Giorgio Barbattini speaks about the IPBS International Consulting Meeting

15th April 2020

On Friday, February 7, 2020, 130 students from the IPBS Partner Universities took part to the first International Consulting Meeting at ICADE University in Madrid. Giorgio Barbattini (UCSC Double Degree student currently at LUMS) and Elisabeth Gschwendtner were responsible for organizing the event together with the rest of the executive team of Lancaster University Business Consultancy Society (Lukas Grahl, Alessandro Vafeas, Karla Mendoza, Taranpreet Kaur, Dominik Burkert). The students had the chance to discuss with Alumni and managers in a lively and dynamic exchange of knowledge, experiences and suggestions. The key elements to take home in order to have a successful professional career are: be curious, remember that choices are personal, keep the social relations alive, especially those born during ones international study programme. Because professional achievement is a challenge and personal skills alone are not enough to be successful.


On these points also commented the events high-calibre industry experts such as Michael Marienfeld (EU Director – Fortna Consulting & Guest Lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School), Rolf Sigmund (Former General Manager – LOreal), Gottschalk Jochen (Managing Director – Alix Partners), Johannes Interthal (Independent Management Consultant) and Luis Baena (Principal – Oliver Wyman), who contributed with panel discussions and workshops on current industry themes.

Giorgio Barbattini comments: “we managed to collectively demonstrate that the IPBS is something more than“just”a partnership of universities. It is a network based on students who are willing to go the extra mile to meet with like-minded peers and know other cultures. The event offered 130 people of 13 nationalities the opportunity to attend alumni talks, expert panel discussions and workshop sessions on leadership, strategy as well as key-selling skills. Events like the one we organized allow students to genuinely network with others who would not be able to meet in any other circumstances, while at the same time creating a sense of community under the IPBS flag. Moreover, lets not forget about the alumni. They are the branches of our network and not only we transferred them our sense of community, but they embraced the opportunity to ask directly questions to Executives and to former General Managers who could be seen as their mentors: same programme, same industry, different careers according to their interests. Personally, this might have been the experience that taught me the most about other cultures and on how to best apply soft skills while at university. In addition, the experience definitely strengthened the bonds within our international team at Lancaster University Business Consultancy Society and teamwork is the word that inspired every single moment of our initiative. We could not accomplish even the shortest milestone without being a Team by motivating each other in the difficult moments, by willingly sacrificing nightshifts and time for other activities, by accepting others opinions and staying always on the same page with our common goal in mind”.


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