A strong and active alumni network can be a tremendously significant resource, support lasting connections and new opportunities


By launching this newsletter initiative, dedicated to the alumni community of the École des Ponts Business School, we move another step forward in our focus on helping graduates maintain important business and personal relationships. Support each other with new possibilities and opportunities while staying updated about everything they need to know for a complete successful experience.


We are excited to celebrate through this newsletter your professional and personal achievements. Share your news and keep you updated with upcoming events and the school’s news. It will also be exciting to evaluate how you are engaging with this content as we go along. Thus, we will welcome any feedback and will seek to continually improve with each issue.




Linda Crofton

Director Alumni Affairs & Wellness



Linda Crofton is the new Director of Alumni Affairs & Wellness at École des Ponts Business School. Within the office of academic affairs, she’s been supporting our Paris-based Executive MBAs and Executive DBAs through their educational and personal development journey. On top of providing the right conditions to study efficiently, Linda has grown a reputation for bringing people together, fostering out-of-the-box thinking and just being there when it really matters.... read more




Who we are?

Old students... perhaps, but a team at work and a team to help, a team for you and your ideas.TOGETHER we have to BUILD new challenges: Getting together with simplicity, openness, networking and enthusiasm. But first of all, let me introduce myself:

I am Dr Ali AFDJEI, President of the Alumni Association, Pierre Yves Rodet is your General Secretary, and we will have the wonderful help of Linda Crofton, Director of Alumni Affairs and wellness at École des Ponts Business School...read more


Alumni President, Dr Ali AFDJEI.




Alumni Mba Ponts Morocco association was created in 2001 and represents today around 1000 Alumni’s including established leaders and senior Managers who master various domains and contribute to the country Economic & Social development. We were all honoured after being elected last September 2018 as new executive board. We are looking forward to working together with all Alumni’s Mba Ponts across the globe to achieve the best... read more


Congratulations Radia on your new role as Alumni President Morocco!


Bio Alumni President Morocco, Radia Chmanti Houari:

Chmanti Houari is an MBA Pont Business school Alumni, 7thCohort, she holds also Certificate of Executive Education program from University of Columbia in New York, Master of Management from H.E.M and Bachelor’s degree of Biology from University of Science in Morocco... read more




We are so proud to present all the incredible previous events we were into looking forward to what’s next in the next month:


Previous events:


Masterclass on Leanstartup

On October 12, we held a masterclass on lean startup to help entrepreneurs and managers in finding AND validating the right business opportunity. The theme was ‘’Lean Start-Up: Innovation Builder or Killer?’’
Click here to watch the full video of the masterclass.


Upcoming events:


There are many events taking place and new clubs being formed among the Alumni. Check out the links below to see what’s happening.


Friday 7 December - Innovation & Circular Economy in Africa

Click here to register today using this special invitation code: 7-12-CONF
to attend the conference free of charge* (enter the code in the "Do you have a discount code?" box).
If you wish to make a difference on the African continent, better understand innovation opportunities in Africa, and to gain a deeper understanding of the rich opportunities that Africa has to offer then this conference is for you.


Other upcoming events:

  • Friday 7 December Graduation Ceremony Register here

  • Saturday 8 December Walk from the Flower Market to Place des Vosges- SIGN UP NOW!

  • Saturday 8 December Alumni Gala. Join us, catch up with old friends, make some new and celebrate! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

  • SAVE THE DATE Thursday 16 January 2019 - 6.30pm onwards -Kick off the New Years Blues Networking

  • Social Club: 10Ten Club: “We’re building an alumni social club. Curious? Let us know

  • Ponts Alumni: Click here to check out the calendar for the latest happenings




Following alumni community all along their journey is a must and we are proud to talk about their successes and accomplishments to keep you updated, connected and inspired.


Introducing Nicolas GAUDEMET and his book


Congratulation to Nicolas Gaudemet, FTMBA alumnus (Paris-2004), on his recently published book entitled ‘’La Fin des Idoles’’.


Let’s take a moment to celebrate our alumnus Nicolas Gaudemet and his incredible success thanks to his latest book. We met him to ask about this milestone and all the creativity background behind this exciting project. Read More


Adama YEO, E-MBA 12, appointed Director, head of Innovation and International Development


Congratulations to Adama Yeo, E-MBA 12, on his new role of Director, head of Innovation and International Development.

Adama Yeo is here with us to answer some questions and to spread some light about how education, experience and a driven mindset helped him become director, head of Innovation and Internal development. He will tell us something more about his brand new position, his responsibilities and how he made it to the top. Read More




Ghassane BOUHIA, E-DBA1, completed the IRONMAN CHALLENGE


Health and wellbeing are a huge part of the alumni community and some of our alumni are personally involved in brand new challenges and events. Ghassane Bouhia, is here to tell us about the Ironman Challenge, and how he prepared for this exciting event working out, setting nutrition and lifestyle changes while improving his mindset, strong will and spiritual approach for the competition. Read More




Houda El khayati made us very proud while taking part at the iconic Chicago marathon. She explains how to get ready for this incredible physical and mental challenge and how her studies and her driven perspective helped her through the challenge and all its preparatory steps. Read More




In this section we share all the incredible projects and milestones accomplished by our alumni from professional milestone to personal success celebrating the alumni community. You’ll also find recommended education resources, restaurants, and preferential rates specifics to École des Ponts Business School community.


Hind El Youssi Tazi has just been appointed Director of the Citroën Brand


Hind El Youssi Tazi is a laureate of Casablanca's ISCAE and holds an MBA from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees of Paris-Hassania School of Public Works (EHTP). She spent 14 years at Centrale Laitière, as Commercial Development Director. Before joining the Sopriam brand, her first experience in the automotive sector, Hind El Youssi Tazi was Avon's Chief Commercial Officer. Read More


Ayoub Mounaddam speaking at the Gartner Symposium


Ayoub spoke at the Gartner Symposium, beginning of November on the new role of a Group CIO. Contact Ayoub for more details on the outcomes from the Symposium. The objective is to emphasize the role of CIOs in stimulating innovation and transforming the business as real enablers and partners.

Contact Ayoub on:





New Arrivals


The alumni family is getting bigger! I big shutout for the newborn children!


Proud dad Joel da Piedade, with new born, Kézia (03 September 2018) and Noham (6 years old)


Congratulations to Nia Lucas on the birth of Alexander York Miller II born 11/11/18 at 2:22 am in Arlington, VA USA


E-DBA Meetup Hong Kong


E-DBA3: YK Li, Maurizio Travaglini, Travis Huggins, Gongzhao Liu. EDBA and Hong


Kong efficiency; we fit a learning Lab, Chinese cuisine and beer into the one sitting! Contact: YK yk.li@pontsbschool.com & Travis tc.huggins@pontsbschool.com for the next HK meetup.


Interested in creating a meetup group where you are, getting people together for lunch or dinner? Contact me and I will help spread the word.


There are always so many things happening in Paris it’s hard to know where to start! A few offerings coming up:


Membership AMBA


Did you know that you have access to complimentary AMBA membership as a current student and alumni of AMBA-accredited programmes? It allows you to have access to events, networking and job openings? For ease, here are the joining instructions below:

1. Go to www.mbaworld.com/join

2. Complete your personal details

3. Select ‘Student’ or ‘Graduate’ from the ‘I am a’ drop down

4. Enter the correct access key: S10011 for students or G25912 for graduates.


Online classes - Education course picks for this month


1.Tari Labs University Their mission: To be the premier destination for balanced and accessible learning material for blockchain, digital currency and digital assets learning material.



2. Columbia University

Artificial Intelligence (AI)



3. Free online courses from Harvard



4. Engineering Design for a Circular Economy



5. Recommended by Delphine Signor



6. Station F





Tried and tested! Look on La Fourchette for special offers for these restaurants.


I recommend the Carpaccio de poire Nashi, belle boule de Bufala(150gr) à la truffe, huile d 'olive à la vanille Bourbon

  • Historical restaurant - Pharamond- check out the upstairs private rooms! Speciality is tripe :) https://www.lafourchette.com/restaurant/pharamond/3660

  • Tonton des Dames details here For thyme smoked meat!


Please send your favourites restaurants with your review!


Book recommendations


Send yours!

Search Inside Yourself- Chade-Meng Tan

Brilliant answers to tough interview questions Susan Hodgson

Great at Work Morten T Hansen

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up


Ecole des Ponts Business School Preferential Rates


If your company would like to offer a special preferential rate please contact Linda Crofton




1. American Library in Paris


The American Library in Paris has been in existence since 1920 and have given us a partnership rate.


2. Hotels

We have been able to negotiate special rates for you with Prince Albert Hotels in Paris:


They have 7 conveniently located hotels in Paris for all budgets. Just enter the promo code EPBS to benefit from an additional 10% discount on their rates (which are already 10% lower than rates on vendor sites like booking.com) and add breakfast at a preferential rate, too.


3. Translation services

35,29% discount* to Alumni of École des Ponts Business School
Transworld Court of Appeal-appointed Translators, Engineers, Experts since 1966
Contact: Eric S. BON, Expert to the Court of Appel General Corporate Counsel (LL.M. Highest Hons)
Chairman of the TRANSWORD Group
E-DBA4 - École des Ponts Business School ericbon@transword.fr -

Click here for details


4. Theatre des Champs Elysees- La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi


Angloinfo Paris in partnership with the Theatre des Champs Elysées offer you a 15% reduction on your ticket price for La Traviata
-15% off your tickets when you book with this code GBTRAVIATA via this link (*):


Dates and times of performances vary - please check the website before making a booking:


Where THEATRE DES CHAMPS ELYSEES 15 avenue Montaigne, Paris 75008

When 28th November 2018 - 9th December 2018 *The discount offered is available within the limits of seats available*


Trends in the market


Sometimes you can’t help but notice where the trend is going. There is a race on to capture the $28 billion dollar sleep market. Apps to help sleeping and gadgets to help sleep apnea are now flooding the market.



What trends are you noticing? Government's spending millions on improving air quality? We are a business school, share your thinking! Write & send your article.


How to start your Alumni Group?


Name the group/Set the house rules/ Decide your mission and strategy/Decide what kind of talent you need/ Set your goals/ Reach out to the alumni.

Social Club: 10Ten Club: “We’re building an alumni social club. Curious? Let us know" Let us know"


If you have any news for our next newsletter send to, Linda Crofton.



Make sure to join the Alumni groups on Linkedin and Facebook: