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The Cambridge Executive MBA See where it takes you


The Cambridge Executive MBA is a unique 20 month degree programme for senior executives. Delivered over 16 weekends and four week-long blocks, the programme is attended by people from all over the world and enables participants to continue working whilst earning a Cambridge degree. The University of Cambridge has created this programme because we believe that whilst business and management education for junior and middle managers is generally very good, senior executives (including company owners, partners and directors) have not traditionally been well served. The Cambridge Executive MBA has been carefully designed to develop the hard and soft skills, and provide the practical, relevant knowledge necessary for senior executives responsible for leading their organisations.



Eben Upton Technical Director Broadcom and Executive Director, Raspberry Pi Foundation, UK “The programme gave me a framework within which I could understand the challenges that were facing the Foundation, particularly around marketing, scaling and working capital flow. At both Braodcom and the Foundation, the EMBA gave me more confidence in negotiations and helped me think creatively in terms of structuring business deals.”

Programme objective and course structure Corporate executives are typically employed, during the early stages of their career, on the basis of having a particular functional expertise or skill. However, as they progress through the organisation, this functional expertise becomes less important. At higher levels in the organisation, executives need to have developed a broad, comprehensive understanding of all the constituent functions in their organisation, not just their own. They need to have a strong understanding of the global business environment, in order to make well-informed strategic decisions for their organisation. They need to have well developed ‘soft skills’, in order to manage and lead others effectively. And they need to be part of a strong, global peer network that will provide the connectivity and advice to help them advance in their careers. This is not a typical MBA programme the Cambridge Executive MBA has been carefully and deliberately designed to meet the needs of senior executives. Core courses It is critical that those responsible for running an organisation have a thorough knowledge of its various component parts. The Cambridge Executive MBA provides a strong overview of the principal functional areas of an organisation. We ensure that our participants

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understand the role of different business departments, are familiar with their key tools and methodologies, appreciate the way in which they operate in the wider organisational context, and are fully conversant with the language and terminology they use.

David Martin, Managing Director, JP Morgan, UK, EMBA 2010 “I was surprised by how much I learnt about myself and how I interact with others. My weekly updates with our Chief Financial Officer are more insightful than previously. My own management practice has improved; I extract more value from team members and as such I have become a more effective manager”.

Global business The programme structure and content is designed to meet the needs of global business leaders, and attracts participants from around the world. Part of the programme is delivered overseas through an International Business Study Trip. The country visited is carefully selected according to current economic conditions and its relevance to the needs of the current class. The course covers internationalisation strategies and the class meets local business leaders and government officials, and visits leading domestic and international organisations to understand at first hand the varied responses to globalisation. Practical We are committed to delivering a programme which is relevant and practical so you can apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills as soon as you return to work after a weekend session. Each course aims to provide ideas, insights and frameworks that will help you be more

effective in your organisation. We also offer a team consulting project, comprising a week-long group project where you work in a small team for a specific client on a live project. Client companies typically implement the recommendations and strategies developed during these projects. Customisable The University of Cambridge is celebrated for its small class teaching and very personal approach to learning. The Cambridge Executive MBA programme can be tailored to your particular needs or can focus on subjects of specific interest through a variety of electives, as well as through an extended individual project supervised by a member of the University of Cambridge’s faculty. Professional and personal development The Professional Development programme comprises a suite of discrete professional training modules, designed to impart critical practical and transferable skills. More importantly, a significant amount of time is allocated to Personal Development which focuses on the improvement of ‘soft’ skills, such as cultural intelligence, diplomacy and reflexivity which are critical to effective management of oneself and others. Participants are also able to work with executive coaches on a one-to-one basis.

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Fellow participants A key feature of the programme is learning from, and collaborating with, peers at a similar level of seniority. The Cambridge Executive MBA encourages this approach during both classes and projects, asking you to work in international teams and to join forces to test your new skills in the business world. Participants are from a diverse range of industries and nationalities and from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Each brings with them unique experiences resulting in a class of talented, energetic and creative team players. David Semmens Senior US Economist, Standard Chartered Bank With an MSc in Economics, David joined the Bank as a Graduate Associate in 2005, working in a range of departments before joining the Global Research team in New York, primarily to cover the US economy. Responsible for all major US economic and interest rate forecasts, he has been named a ’Bloomberg Best’ for forecasting accuracy, and appears regularly on both Bloomberg and CNBC television.

Bin Chen Director, AwenID Since 2005, Bin has been carrying out R&D projects to develop innovative technical solutions to business challenges. In 2010 he started his own business, AwenID, to commercialise a patent generated through one of his research projects. In addition to setting up his own business, Bin has been working for the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship project, facilitating and supporting collaboration between academia and industry. Stefanie Laniel External Relations Manager, GAVI Alliance With a passion for international relations and project development, Stefanie’s assignments include working for the UN during the global SARS outbreak, and for Bloomberg Philanthropies, inciting countries to implement global tobacco control policies. Her most recent role is with the GAVI Alliance, a US $1.5 billion fund supporting national immunisation programmes for children.

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2012 Class profile: Nationalities represented Australia Azerbaijan Belgium Bulgaria Canada China Colombia France Hong Kong SAR India Israel Italy

The Hauser Forum, a hub of entrepreneurship designed to stimulate collaboration between academia & industry

Japan Nigeria Norway Russia Senegal South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Turkey United Kingdom United States



2012 Class profile: Industries represented



Venture capital/ Private equity


Telecoms Technology

Consumer products

Research/ education

Electronics Energy/ utilities

Public sector

Accounting/ Law Financial services Healthcare/ pharma/ biotech


Industry Not-for-profit

Insurance/ pensions Investment banking

NGO Media/ entertainment Manufacturing



We measure the success of the programme by the outcome of its participants. Participants themselves have diverse requirements of the programme and measure whether or not these have been achieved, by a variety of outcomes. Some feel they have become better managers, some have achieved promotion, and others have started their own businesses. What can be said of all our alumni is that they have achieved the goals they set themselves and have generated greater wealth or success for themselves, and for the organisations for which they work. Ed Brand, Head of AHL Prime Brokerage, Man Group, Switzerland Prior to joining the programme Ed was an associate at top South African law firm, Bowman Gilfillan, and a business lawyer at Man Group Plc, working in Zurich, New York and London. Since completing the Executive MBA, he has moved role within his company and relocated from London to Zurich. Ed has transitioned from being a business lawyer to the head of a team with a non-legal function.

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Fran Milnes, Global Head of Market Access Neuroscience & Opthalmology, Novartis, Switzerland Fran had been working in pharmaceutical consulting at IMS Health for 10 years. Having completed the programme she moved to a senior position at Novartis, requiring a broad skillset assessment, including finance and accounting.

Anna Sophie Herken, CEO, Hertie School of Governance, Germany Prior to undertaking the programme, Anna Sophie had worked as Assistant Executive Secretary of the World Bank Inspection Panel in Washington DC and then as Principal Advisor at the Office of the Secretary General at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Having completed the programme she became CEO at the Hertie School.

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University of Cambridge Faculty The programme is taught by our outstanding faculty, many of whom are leaders in their field. When they are not teaching they are likely to be directing cutting-edge research which advances knowledge in core management disciplines, consulting for top businesses or advising governments.

Maria Dominguez, Asset Manager, SES, the Netherlands, EMBA 2010 “ It was not only the reputation of Cambridge, but the people who made the big difference - the personalised touch, the emphasis on the cooperative approach and the international focus. The best ambassadors of the programme were the previous students who talked to me about their experience.�

Leading business practitioners As well as learning from exceptional academics, we also ensure you are exposed to leading business practitioners. Every weekend you are in Cambridge, you will attend dinner in various colleges across the university, joined by business leaders who will provide inspiration and insight into their own experience. You will also learn from a variety of practitioners who will support your personal and professional development as coaches and mentors.

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Why Cambridge? Cambridge is a world renowned seat of learning and is synonymous with research and teaching excellence. The University has 190,000 alumni, 18,000 students and 5,000 academic staff, including numerous Nobel Prize winners and many internationally renowned figures. As a Cambridge Executive MBA you become a lifelong member of this powerful network.

Julien Durand, Corporate Compliance Officer Latin America, AstraZeneca, USA EMBA 2009 “Where else in the world can you dine in an 800 year old college, listening to a speech from the former head of the CIA, just after a course on Leadership and Business Intelligence?”

Cambridge is also Europe’s leading entrepreneurial and hightech cluster. It is surrounded by science parks, incubators and innovation centres, which are home to a mixture of start-ups, high-tech businesses as well as major multinationals. Many of the businesses have connections to the University – a collaboration sometimes referred to as the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’. There are many ways to connect to this ecosystem, including seminars, consulting projects and networking events.

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The Cambridge Executive MBA Brochure  

The Cambridge Executive MBA Brochure