Director's message


At SDA Bocconi we take the GEMBA meaning seriously. It is a “global” executive MBA, designed to equip future leaders to manage global challenges: an indispensable prerequisite to prosper with your organization and reinforce your career development. We strongly believe that business schools should practice what they preach. This is what we do at SDA Bocconi, and, consequently, our GEMBA learning experience talks AND practices globalization challenges, thanks to a contextual learning model that takes you around the world. Moreover, our GEMBA leverages on candidates’ profiles, all of whom are executives facing global challenges: the interaction with participants from different industries, countries and cultures makes it a unique learning opportunity that will mark your career development forever.

Attending the SDA Bocconi GEMBA is a crucial decision and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which deserves a careful assessment. A frequently asked question deals with why our GEMBA offers a distintive advantage and we believe there are at least three. First, the learning process is highly customized; our GEMBA class is deliberately small enough (30-40 participants) allowing high and continuous interaction between Faculty and candidates. Second: our program is built on a long standing number of editions, connecting participants to a privileged alumni network that turns into an asset for your career. Third, the SDA Bocconi GEMBA takes you to Asia twice: one module in Mumbai, India, and another one in Shanghai, China; knowledge of the two most populated countries in the world is indispensable for global business leaders, given the impact those markets have on the world economy and business. 

If you share the same views and you rate highly the above-mentioned advantages, I will be very pleased to welcome you on board for GEMBA, and I look forward to welcoming you to Milano and to SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Ferdinando Pennarola | Director GEMBA