Luigi Voltaire, 29-year-old MBA participant from Haiti, talks about his experience during the first module of the full-time IMD program.

After weathering a tumultuous 2020 pandemic year in Haiti, I was about to embark on a transformational educational journey in Switzerland. I knew that my new surroundings in Lausanne would play an important role on my MBA learning experience. There is a common proverb in Haiti “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together”. Today, I can easily say that I could not have made a better choice than joining IMD. All of my classmates have come to IMD to accelerate an already unique and inspiring journey. Five months in, I still have so much to learn from my ninety-six new friends.

Photos: Module One Leadership Lab challenge & Module Two team brainstorming session

Module One was challenging, intense and focused on group interactions. Leadership lab, coaching sessions, startup projects and the integrative exercise … . Everything in the curriculum is designed for us to apply in class learnings to real life situations. Over the last few months, our leadership abilities have been tested and stretched. It’s been amazing to discover more about myself through the sessions with my PDE (Personal Development Elective).  

I’m excited to build on all this new knowledge during Module Two. Prior to IMD, I co-founded an advertising solution specific to public transportation buses in emerging markets. Throughout the MBA, I have seen how passionate I am about growth strategy and venture building. I look forward to being exposed to more case studies and to meeting more interesting entrepreneurs. 

Photos: Discovering agricultural projects in the South East of Haiti & Pitching my startup at the Haiti Tech Summit

A few words to my classmates as we head full steam into Module Two:

“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”

Michael Josephson

Luigi Voltaire

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