Thibaut Kleiner

Thibaut graduated from CEMS in 1995 from HEC Paris with his exchange at WU (Vienna University of Economics & Business). He is currently the Deputy Head of Cabinet, Cabinet of Commissioner Oettinger, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

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

1 Conversations with my grand-father, born German in the annexed French Lorraine and friend with Robert Schumann.

2 Moving to Paris at the age of 18, because this is where it happens.

3 Leaving my job in the financial sector to start a PhD in London with the view to work for the EU.

CEMS 1995, HEC Paris/ WU, Vienna University of Economics & Business

How did the CEMS network contribute to your professional achievements?

CEMS network has been very useful to find information about career opportunities and to open doors when I looked for a job. It helped me for my PhD research, where I used it as case study. And for my recent activities dealing with entrepreneurship and startups.

What advice would you give current CEMS students?

Your career will last 30 years. It is easier to take risks when you are young and have nothing to lose. Be daring and try harder. Think about your personal and professional development and not only at the immediate future, and don’t hesitate to leave to try something different.