CEMS Alumni of 2016- Senior Leader

Karin Jestin

Karin graduated from CEMS in 1993 from HEC Paris with her exchange at University of Economics, Prague. She is currently the Strategic Philanthropy Advisor, PHI, Geneva.

How would you describe yourself in a tweet?

Passionate about social impact. Smart and agile, works across sectors and cultures to make things happen.

What are the three most important things that have personally shaped you?

CEMS 1993, HEC Paris/ Bocconi University

1. Experiencing the marvels of underwater biodiversity as a teenager.

2. Backpacking as a student around the world, feeling welcomed by so many different communities.

3. Realizing we are now more than 7bn people on the planet whereas I was told 4.5bn in primary school.

How did the CEMS network contribute to your professional achievements?

CEMS contributed to shaping my identity as a European / world citizen. It helped me grow the feeling that I could settle anywhere in the world, I would always be able to find and connect with like-minded individuals, people ready to share a same dedication to make our world a better place for all.

What advice would you give current CEMS students?

Work as hard, if not harder, on your social and emotional skills as on your academic ones. Thrive to find the beauty in others and remember the African proverb “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.