Igor Takeshi Nishimura

Igor Takeshi Nishimura graduated from CEMS in 2006, taking the trinational track through EAESP-FGV, ESADE, and HEC Paris.  He is currently an investment banking entrepreneur and CAAB treasurer. 

1-) What influenced you to join CEMS & continue to contribute to the organization today?

When I decided to apply for business school, I wanted to succeed in a field completely different from my family background: medicine. I had the feeling that if I could be successful in a different industry, it would be a result mainly from my own effort. My family is obviously the basis of my whole life, but I always enjoyed a CHALLENGE.


I was in my last year at EAESP-FGV (GV) when I started planning to make a 3-month trip to Europe between graduation and starting a full-time job in Brazil. At the same time, GV began advertising an innovative, yet completely unknown, pre-experience master program with the possibility of studying at two different top European business schools. The fact that I could LIVE ABROAD, STUDY AT TOP BUSINESS SCHOOLS and START AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER with the support of reputable corporate & social partners sounded too good to be true.

I continue to contribute to CEMS mainly because of the STRONG IDENTIFICATION with the spirit of its community and thanks to two people at the CEMS Head Office: Roland Siegers and Mariette Lecroart (who has been working at the CEMS HO since the beginning and who I considered to be my “French mother”).

2-) What does the CEMS spirit mean to you? (Do you have any memories from your time with CEMS that you would like to share?)

From my experience, the CEMS spirit is all about having an INTERNATIONAL LIFE, “WORKING hard & PLAYING hard” and being AMBITIOUS. I have amazing memories from my professional and social life in Barcelona, a unique campus experience at HEC Paris and several CEMS Annual Events (e.g.: I was also in the same graduation event in Helsinki and Stockholm as Verena Berlisg. It was a memorable experience in a cruise ship with several other CEMSies).
3-) What was the most important thing that CEMS taught you?

CEMS taught me to be more FLEXIBLE (receptive and respectful with other cultures and different opinions), OPEN-MINDED to accept new challenges and to be more SELF-CONFIDENT without being arrogant. Additionally, the BRAND AWARENESS of its Member Schools, Corporate & Social Partners, and the NETWORKING within CEMS community helped me a lot in my professional and my personal life.
4-) What were your career steps after finishing CEMS? (Did the CEMS network contribute to your professional achievements?  If so, how?)

If you asked me where I would be in 10 years when I graduated, I wouldn’t have imagined the variety of companies, industries and countries in which I’ve worked. My work experience was very international and I took the opportunity to experience as much as I could in the early stages of my career to discover what I did and did NOT want to do. Having contact with so many motivated entrepreneurs and new challenges today, I feel that there are so many new things to be learned that you will only know if you like it, if you try it. This is the reason I’ve decided to become an entrepreneur. The fact that I had an early experience in blue-chip companies, working in banking, gave me a good set of managerial skills, networking and capital to prepare myself for my current challenges.

To learn more about Mr. Nishimura’s career path, click here.

5-) What makes a CEMS profile desirable to be an entrepreneur like yourself?


Sometimes an industry choice depends very much on the first job offer you can get, which isn’t necessarily your first choice. Someone with an entrepreneurial mindset might also find it difficult to adapt to processes, internal politics and the time needed to take relevant decisions in a corporate environment. Becoming an entrepreneur allows you the flexibility to choose the values of the company, the people you want to work with all in an industry that you’ve choosen and that motivates you.