- Why did you choose to study at CEFAM in the first place ?
As I was looking for the next steps after my Baccalaureat, I knew that I didn’t want to go to a French university and really liked the option of doing half of my study in France and the rest in the US or London. At the time, there were only a handful of Business schools that offered this kind of programs and CEFAM was one of them. In the end, I chose CEFAM for its program, location (Lyon was closer to Marseille than Paris) and its partnerships with the US colleges.
- What do you remember from your experience at CEFAM ?
I have very fond memories of the CEFAM. From making life-long friends (one of them was my bridesmaid) to the wonderful teachers! The program was intense and some classes were tougher than other but the camaraderie and the investments that the professors had in us was a wonderful experience. CEFAM prepared us very well to the US university and my transition to Temple University was seamless.
- How did your internships help you to progress in your professional career ?
My internship in the US provided me with my first experience in corporate America. I worked for 2 major insurance/brokerage companies and got to learn a lot of about underwriting risks. I graduated from Temple University with a double major in Risk Management and Insurance, and Finance and ultimately became a Property & Casualty underwriter for a small family company after graduation.
- What is your professional background since you graduated ?
I only stayed in the Insurance industry for a year post graduation. I had an opportunity to join one of the Big 4 accounting firms (EY) and they offer to send me back to school for a Master of Science in Accountancy at the University of Virginia. While at EY, I specialized in Financial services, more specifically the Banking Capital Market, and worked as an external auditor for one of the largest global bank, as well as very large hedge funds. I stayed with EY for 13 years and left it as a Senior Manager to join Morgan Stanley, internal audit department.
- What is your current job and responsibilities ?
I am now an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, specializing in Liquidity and Funding, where I oversee my team for all audits over Corporate Treasury and Liquidity Risk Department. As a 3rd line of defense, I’m making sure that Morgan Stanley is in line with internal standards and regulations and I frequently meet with regulators (FRB, FDIC and OCC) to present and discuss our findings.