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Forty-two students from 14 countries marked the end of their 14-month journey in the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) program on Saturday, July 26. Each of the students in the sixth class of the program received a diploma from Georgetown and Spain’s ESADE during the ceremony in Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall in Washington, D.C.

The GEMBA program, a partnership between Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service, and ESADE Business School, was founded in 2009. The top-ranked program combines excellence in strategy, leadership, management, and policy. As part of the program, students were immersed in six two-week residences on four continents, in countries that included Brazil, India, China, and Spain.

“The world is getting smaller and smaller and you really need to know what is going on in order to compete at a global level,” said new GEMBA graduate Parker Laite, III, of Camden, Maine, senior program analyst with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

The graduates came to the program from varied backgrounds, including from outside the business world.

 “I came from an engineering background, so all the MBA concepts were new to me,” said Yousef Al-Kaabi, manager in the IT project management office of the Sidera Medical and Research Center of the Qatar Foundation. “This really has been a life-changing experience for me.”

During the ceremony, Jean Pierre Lacombe, chief of the global markets and strategy group at the International Finance Corporation, shared his advice for achieving a happy and meaningful life in a challenging business environment.

“Always be inquisitive,” he said. “The joy of learning will make you better teachers. Teach others how to think, not what to think…love what you do. You have to find what drives you, what you excel at. Finding what you love to do will make you great at it.”