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Gwendoline de Ganay left France to begin an MBA at IE Business School in Spain. Her b-school experiences inspired her to launch a start-up, based on sustainability, in Brazil. 
[…]“A lot of my classmates knew they wanted to go into finance. But I went into the MBA knowing I wanted to work in sustainability,” says Gwen. […] 

[…]I knew IE would be a good stepping-stone to Latin America and I even did a short exchange to a business school in Rio to help identify opportunities in the region for after graduation,” she says. But what really gave her career a kick was the opportunity to organize IE’s Social Responsibility Forum, the biggest-run student event at the school.

Gwen helped set-up the event, now in its eighth year, which has enabled more than 300 IE students to connect with peers and professionals related to sustainability and social entrepreneurship. This year’s keynote speakers include representatives from L’Oreal and Orpheus Group.

“It took up a lot of my free time, it was hectic,” she says. “But I knew it was what I wanted to do after my MBA and it helped me identify key players in Latin America. I knew then that I wanted to work there.” […]

[…] It is surely a scary thought; a young French MBA launching a business on the other side of the world, alone (her business partner didn’t join until recently). And Gwen says an MBA from IE has been instrumental in giving her the confidence to start her own company – as well as the network to make it a success. […]

Gwen, we wish you all the best with your future plans are proud to have an alumna like you as part of the IE family.

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