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Arnaud Haefelin '91 MBA

Arnaud Haefelin graduated from USD's School of Business Administration in 1991 with an MBA. Since graduating and leaving San Diego he has maintained contact with fellow alumni through the annual USD European Alumni Association.




1: What have you been up to since graduation?

Very busy in fact : I finished my PhD in Economics at La Sorbonne Paris -France in '99 and got married to my wife Emma and have now 4 wonderful children. Professionaly speaking, after having worked for different firms I organized a successful LBO on my actual firm, which is one of the leader in displays & boxes for the jewellery industry.

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?

Parking my pink 1960 Cadillac in the campus parking lot!!!!!

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?

Having lunch in the sun at one of the wonderful small benches on campus in order to breathe air and admire our campus in the blue sky.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?

Daniel Rivetti for his finance class and expertise in real estate. Tom Morris for his international knowledge.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?

As President of the USD European USD Alumni Association I remain very involved in the University life. I do my best in my reduced spare time to connect alumni in Europe through activities annually. We have been organizing one alumni event every year since 1990 in different European city each time !!!! (Arnaud has been instrumental in creating the annual tradition of the USD European Alumni Reunion that occurs annually. Click here for information on the 2009 European Alumni Reunion.)

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?

"Impose ta chance, serre ton bonheur et va vers ton risque. A te regarder ils s’habitueront" - Rene Char - French poet. Translated into English it would give : “Impose your good fortune, stay close to your happiness and walk towards (your) risk. Watching you they will get used to it.” Meaning: live fully, take risks and set an example to others.


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