The CEMS Alumni of the Year is a joint campaign led by the CEMS Alumni Association (CAA) and the CEMS Student Board. It provides the opportunity for the CEMS community to learn about CEMS alumni careers and achievements on a monthly basis. 

Find below the 10 candidates of 2017.
Please select an alum in Senior Leader and another alum in Young Leader who inspire you the most!
Click “Vote” to enter the voting form.

The winners will be announced at the CEMS Annual Events at Sydney

Vote for CEMS Alumni SENIOR LEADER of 2017. Please choose one!

Claudia Belli

Claudia Belli

UB/ HEC | 1991

Head of Social Enterprise and Microfinance @BNP Paribas

Claudia is a 1991 CEMS graduate from Bocconi and HEC Paris.

Claudia has always had one drive: being useful. Useful to people society or environment.

She has a deep concern on the final impact of each action undertaken. On this basis she worked in export finance since this drive helped her to seek for deals with a higher sustainability, though the environmental consciousness was not as deep as today.

Three years ago she became the Head of Social Enterprise and Microfinance at BNP Paribas. Supporting Social Enterprises and Microfinance institutions in 16 countries around the world is part of the commitments of BNP Paribas as a responsible bank engaged for a better future.

Creating social and environmental impact is the driving force in this job which is fully supported by Exco members. Since there is the willingness to extend it to most of the business lines of the bank, the means exist to deploy it. Developing - together with engaged teams in the Domestic Retail Networks, Asset Management, CIB - a full strategy dedicated to the maximisation of social and environmental impact is a fantastic challenge and being able to deploy it at large scale is her great chance.

Robert Hackl

Robert Hackl

WU/ HEC | 1994

SVP Leasing Business Unit and member of CEO Lead Team @Sprint

Robert is a 1994 CEMS graduate from WU (Vienna University of Economics & Business) and HEC Paris. He also holds an MBA from Kellogg and PhD from University of Vienna both specializing in marketing.

After starting as CXO, he is currently the Senior Vice President of Leasing at Sprint and based at Sprint headquarters in Overland Park Kansas, United States.

Since starting at Sprint Robert has been part of a historical Sprint turnaround running today the multi-billon USD Leasing Business Unit. He led the redesign and delivery of a winning value proposition (Sprint Flex, a hybrid between leasing and instalment billing) which radically simplified the purchase experience for customers and he set up a financial optimisation plan, which will contribute USD 300M+ EBIT in Fiscal Year 2017.

Previously Robert worked as COO at Vodafone in Germany, as Senior Vice president of Channel management at T-Mobile in Seattle and CEO of Tele2 Austria.

Petr Smid

Petr Smid

VSE/ UoC | 2005

Head of Consumer Marketing, Central and Eastern Europe @Google

Petr is a 2005 CEMS graduate from the University of Prague and Cologne.

He is now working hard to bring the best of Google’s consumer technology to users in Central & Eastern Europe - from the west of Czechia to the east of Kazakhstan.

He started in McKinsey & Company where he spent 7 years exploring banking and healthcare - with marketing at the core of his work most of the time.

Being a CEMS and INSEAD MBA graduate himself, he’s passionate about education - leading frequent workshops for students, professionals, startups, and other businesses. He has always enjoyed travelling, skiing & ice hockey ... for the past 3 years all of this with his little daughter.

Vote for CEMS Alumni YOUNG LEADER of 2017. Please choose one!

Niels van Deuren

Niels van Deuren

RSM/ NOVA | 2014

Founder and CEO

Niels is Founder and CEO of, an accommodation marketplace for international students.

Niels‘ vision is to ensure that internationalization is more accessible for young people all over the world.

That along with Niels’ entrepreneurial mindset and strong team, has driven HousingAnywhere from a small student project into a global enterprise, today present in over 120 countries.

Recent new funding is enabling the platform to further expand to major foreign exchange markets like the USA and Western Europe, where the EU’s Erasmus student exchange program alone mobilizes about 270,000 foreign exchange students each year.

Jan Milark

Jan Milark

TSEM/ LSE | 2013

Consultant at McKinsey & Company

Jan is a 2013 CEMS Graduate from Tsinghua, and he did his CEMS term abroad at London School of Economics and Political Science.

At McKinsey & Company Jan has focused on strategy projects in emerging markets, including projects in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has for example worked on due diligence projects involving several of the largest China-European M&A deals.

During a leave of absence from McKinsey, Jan has worked on various entrepreneurial ventures in China. This included his own e-commerce start-up in China (, which brings artworks from international artists into China.

Jan is passionate about China’s fast growth environment and is working hard on becoming a bridge builder between China and Europe.

Andrea Gelosia

Andrea Gelosia

USYD/ UoC | 2011

Europe 4 - ON!Track Manager @Hilti

Andrea is a 2011 CEMS graduate from the University of Sydney and Cologne.

Andrea is currently a Europe 4 – ON!Track Manager at Hilti based in Milan, Italy.

He is responsible for the P&L of the ON!Track concept in the region E4 (Italy, Balkans and Israel).

He was responsible for launching a completely new concept for Hilti (go to market strategy, business case, process, and trainings to the new salesforce) and to build a team (currently of 43 members) in the region E4 that allowed the company to successfully enter the Assets Management industry.

Tomas Laboutka

Tomas Laboutka

VSE/ RSM | 2010

CEO & Co-Founder, Board Member @HotelQuickly

Thomas is a 2010 CEMS Graduate from the University of Prague and RSM Erasmus University.

He is CEO & Co-Founder at HotelQuickly and recognised by Forbes in the category 30 under 30.

His sharings - "Learn to make great decisions and develop the courage to follow them through. Embrace the CEMS network: the friendships you make and insights you gain from fellow students, alumni, partners, and colleagues fuel us for life. So make the most out of them and say “yes” to success!"

Yulia Sirazitdinova

Yulia Sirazitdinova

SSE/ UB | 2010

Deputy Director of RASA Center in Tomsk @ The National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University

Yulia is the Deputy Director of an international interdisciplinary research center, where world-leading Russian-speaking scientists work in the best research and educational institutions in the US, Europe and Asia.

Besides working at the edge of scientific breakthrough, she is also a Senior Lecturer at the University at the Department of Engineering Entrepreneurship.

Anita Holczmann

Anita Holczmann

CUB/ ESADE | 2010

Organisational Development & Business Consultant Freelancer

Anita is a freelance consultant who works with non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals on high-complexity and cross-cultural assignments.

She helps her clients reach their full potential by sharing with them the knowledge she had gained during her studies and her corporate career.

Anita often engages in pro bono activities. For instance, she is dedicated to mentoring young entrepreneurs and fresh graduates, both within and outside the CEMS community.

Emmanuelle Kalil

Emmanuelle Kalil


Head Key Accounts @L’Oréal

Emmanuelle is the Head of Key Accounts at L’Oreal in Sao Paolo.

Emmanuelle is able in her role to influence C-level and Top Management in strategic decisions.

Her international academic and professional experience in the USA, France and Spain made her an experienced leader with outstanding achievements in product launches, brand strategy management and communication campaigns with the focus of gaining market share, awareness and client loyalty.