The Alumni Interviews Project

 
 
 
Olivier was our first connection in Vietnam. On the advice of Jeanne Bellec who is the communications manager of ESSEC in Singapore. Oliver is well-known in the area, a reputation based on many years of business experience in South-East Asia. He first questioned our visit and our matters but he quickly demonstrated himself to be an open and enthusiastic partner for our series of interviews. He is not unfamiliar with the subject. We met in the late afternoon at the Workshop Coffee to find out more about Olivier's career. Brace yourself.

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Olivier Sieber : Nothing is impossible to an ESSEC
 
 
 
This is the story of five ESSEC students who wanted to launch a new wave of Alumni Quest. They decided to fly to Vietnam to interview and meet the more Alumni they would find.

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We met with Hien at the Alumni dinner at the city centre. The evening was quite lively allowing us to get to know one another. The air was warm and moist.

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Hien Nguyen Luong, rediscovering Vietnam
 
 
 
 
It was an afternoon like any other in Vietnam. The cab was making its way through scooters and bikes. The noise was deafening in the heat and humidity of the night in District 1. Just like any other big Asian cities, Saigon has its hidden places for expatriates. We met Pierre-Antoine Brun at the Workshop Coffee.

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Saigon, start-up paradise for young entrepreneurs
 
 
 
 
It's 1 pm. The sun beats down. The traffic is flowing smoothly. The city is quiet. Today we are meeting our first alumni: Samuel Maruta.

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From bean to bar:  a journey to the land of Marou Chocolate
 
 
 
 
Our first stop? The Marou factory, founded by an ESSEC, Samuel Maruta in Ho Chi Minh a few years ago. His goal? To produce one of the best chocolates in the world, selecting the fruits directly in the plantations from the south of the country.

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The Marou Factory
 
 
 
 
In his twenties Julien Lahmi decides to go to Vietnam with two ideas in his mind. First, returning to his roots. Julien was born in Paris but his mother was born in Hanoi. His second idea was to create a travelling cinema with a small team of young professionals.

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Julien Lahmi
 
 
 
During two weeks, we will travel 2000 kms from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, passing by Da Nang, Phan Tiet, Can Tho and Hué.
During two weeks, we will meet ESSEC Alumnis, students or interns who live in Vietnam. From the south to the north, we will film them and their environment, in order to understand why they came here.


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