Charbel Haddad

For anyone who is interested in our MaastrichtMBA programme, attending a class experience or talking to one of our students or alumni is the ideal introduction. And every once in a while, we interview members of our growing MBA community to share their stories. Even when you have reached the end of our programme, the network you have become a part of will be yours for life! This time we asked Charbel Haddad to answer some of our questions. Please continue for a story about change and transformation.

Fast Facts

Why did you decide to pursue an executive MBA at the MaastrichtMBA?

May I start by saying I am a better listener than I am a talker? But I will give it a try. My name is Charbel Haddad, I am 38 years old and married. I was born in Lebanon where I’ve lived most of my life. I studied telecom engineering and I am a working professional for fifteen years in a mostly technical context, with some pre-sales and project management. I moved around between various multinational companies like Siemens and Ericsson, and now I am working for a mobile operator in Luxembourg.

For a long time I wanted to pursue an MBA education, but the timing was never right. After relocating to Luxembourg, my current employer provided me with the time and stability to commit myself to four weeks a year. I chose Maastricht for several reasons. First, it is modular, which suits both my employer and myself. Second, I’ve read some very positive reviews about the programme, and they’re Triple Crown accredited. The international and diverse character is a major plus, it’s easy for me to blend in among students from many other countries. Maastricht is also just two hours away from where I work and live, so I can travel by car and I am still close to my family in case of an emergency.

How have you benefitted from your MBA degree?

In my current position as a technical expert, at this point, the answer would have to be no. However, this programme has given me the flexibility and tools necessary to deal with topics from different perspectives compared to just my engineering perspective. I’ve learned to discuss with people from all practices, and now I can use appropriate language with different people. This is really helpful. I am now better equipped to voice my opinion in organisational and business matters, which I was lacking before because I didn’t have the vocabulary.

What stands out from your MaastrichtMBA experience?

The most interesting part of the MaastrichtMBA for me was the Leadership Development Trajectory. In my situation, being a leader without authority is much more important. I am not a manager so my leadership comes from my expertise. The coaching sessions and the module on Leading Strategic Change changed the way I look at things and at people. I started to listen more carefully, observe better and I don’t jump to conclusions as fast as I used to. I am more open to other people’s opinion. In my area of expertise I was really a control freak (laughs) and convinced of my own opinion, but now I can relax better and value other opinions as well.

What has been the most enjoyable part of the MaastrichtMBA programme?

Honestly, the programme surpassed my expectations in many aspects. Especially in the international mix, I didn’t imagine it would be this big. The focus on the Leadership module and the Sustainability context was also a surprise for me. But coming from a non-business background, I only wish I’d had more time to dive deeper into the literature and market cases in the short, compact week. I would have loved to get more theory, but in some areas it was really unexpected, and I really appreciated it.

Charbel Haddad
CS Core & IMS Operations Expert
Post Luxembourg
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