Master in Food & Beverage Management | SDA Bocconi
First-hand Contact with the MFB


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Europe

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I chose to attend the MFB in order to improve my managerial and economic skills, and to apply them to develop my career in the F&B world.
SDA Bocconi seemed to be the best way to reach this goal, thanks to the quality of its teachers and the high level of network it opens to its students.

Describe your MFB in three words

Challenge, Knowledge and Fun

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

I enriched my personal life by meeting a lot of new people from all over the world. I had the opportunity to discover new cultures and to create new friendships. From a professional point of view, I learned how to approach problems and possibilities and how to analyze them from different points of view. Moreover, I had the opportunity to learn from many incredible professionals in the F&B world, and to enlarge my network.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

I would recommend the MFB first of all to people that already have some experience in the F&B world and want to learn more about the incredible and huge world of F&B. Also, I would recommend to those people that are passionate and ready to challenge themselves and to change their professional lives.

 

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Carlo De Paolis - Italian
MFB 2017
Food and beverage Research & Development at Chef Express

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I wanted to work in the Food & Beverage industry and to do so I needed a Master of Management in that specific field. SDA Bocconi has a strong reputation and excellent faculty and was the perfect choice.

Describe your MFB in three words

Professional, Challenging, Fun.

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

MFB has been the turning point of my career, it gave me a perfect knowledge combination: deep academic preparation from lessons and real managerial insights from company visits.
After the Master, I have always worked in the F&B industry, from Italian companies to multinationals. I would not be where I am today without MFB’s boost.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

I would recommend both to those who have never worked in the F&B industry and want to have the right tools (like myself) and vice versa to those who have already worked in the F&B industry and want to enrich business knowledge. 

 

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Antonio Angotzi - Italian
MFB 2013
Cross Dock Manager Italy - Anheuser-Bush InBev

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I wanted to boost my career. I chose MFB because I knew the reputation of SDA Bocconi and MFB was the program of most interest to me.

Describe your MFB in three words

Dynamic, Useful, Fun

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

It Has literally changed my professional life . I accepted a job in the same company where I had the internship.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

To everybody who wants to boost his/her life in F&B world, I think it more useful if you have a little bit of experience before the program.

 

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Gianluca Ciampalini - Italian
MFB 2012
Key Account Manager at Nomad Foods Europe

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I decided to attend MFB as food and beverage is my passion since I was a child. I am the 4th generation in the family bakery business so it was almost obvious to go ahead with that. path Anyway, F&B is the only industry I would work it, I like to see the products moving from the shelves and to better market them.

Describe your MFB in three words

Experience, Network, Improvement.
MFB was a great opportunity to visit many companies around Italy and for this reason it was an experience I will remember for my entire life. I have to say, I have used many connections from the F&B and I still use now to increase my network and improve my skills as well.

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

MFB opens your mind as you are in a group of people coming from all over in the world and you establish friendships. In professional terms, I should thank MFB as I immediately jumped into the F&B industry from the right door and in the right way.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

To all the people aiming to start working in this industry in the right way and with a great (a would say huge!) passion in the food and beverage!

 

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Edoardo Freddi - Italian
MFB 2011
Owner of Edoardo Freddi – Marketing food and wines all over the world

North America

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

SDA Bocconi because it's an institution focused on creativity and professionalism. MFB, because it was a great first adventure into having a business oriented master focused on food and beverage businesses (one of a kind), and just what I was looking for to broaden my international horizons.

Describe your MFB in three words

Discovery, Passion, Opportunities

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

MFB allowed me to get up close to the heart of Entrepreneurship in Italy and understand the journeys to bring quality products to life. It gave me the opportunity to learn first hand from owners and managers the challenges in managing F&B businesses. Also, it gave me a broad network of students, teachers and contacts in the industry in order to enhance my professional development. Personally, it was an amazing experience. To immerse yourself in Italy and live its heritage and culture was a fantastic opportunity.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

F&B managers (marketing, finance, production, R&D, regulatory) seeking to increase their business acumen and create new career opportunities in their life.

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Rodolfo Brajcich - Mexico
MFB 2009
Business Executive Officer Nestlé Health Science Mexico

South America

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?
MFB just seemed right! Back in 2017, I was working late hours as a corporate lawyer at a prestigious American law firm. MFB seemed like a bridge that would allow me to work on managerial hard and soft skills which I lacked, crossing into a new career. My passion for food & beverage, love for Italy and respect for SDA Bocconi made the choice easier. Today, as the export area manager for Costa d’Oro, in charge of the company’s operations in Brazil i’m sure it was the right one.
Describe your MFB in three words
AuthenticityNetworkChallenge.
How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?
MFB is an experience on its own. No other master degree (which I know of) allows you to be so close to the F&B industry while connecting with so many people from different cultures. MFB contributed to my personal life by teaching me the importance of achievements as a team and the respect for your peers – ideas from different backgrounds might also lead you to the right choice through a different path. At a professional level I managed to change careers and be more prepared – needless to say that MFB played a huge role.
To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?
To all those who are willing to start working in the F&B industry and are passionate about F&B and ready for the challenge. Life is what you want it to be, so strive and make it happen!

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Alfredo Matheus Maldonado - Brazilian/Italian
MFB 2018
Jr. Sales Area Manager Brazil and South America at Costa d’Oro S.p.A.

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

Because it fulfilled the main requirements I was looking for, that were:

  • I wanted a specialized program that could give me opportunity to work in a great company after graduation where I could build/continue my career.
  • I wanted an incredible one year experience abroad.
  • I was looking for a well-known and respected educational institution.

Describe your MFB in three words

Unforgettable, fun and delicious!

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

Professionally gave me the chance to have a great work opportunity abroad in a respected multinational company. Personally gave me the chance to live the most amazing time of my life and to learn a lot about different countries and cultures.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

To anyone who loves an international environment, is passionate about the food and beverage industry and would like to start or continue a career in this field.

 

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Ingrid Ferreira - Brazilian
MFB 2015
Logistics Officer at Syngenta

Asia

Whether working in a market selling apples or in a restaurant running between dining room and kitchen, it is difficult to see the forest for the trees; the wider world that is the Food & Beverage sector. In contrast, we were taken to the field where the trees grow to meet the family that harvests and presses the olives, to his neighbor who makes each ceramic bottle, to the chef that cooks with the extra vergin olive oil, then they asked us: what next? From the first day of MFB at SDA Bocconi, we were allowed to experience and to develop as future Food and Beverage leaders. We were given countless opportunities to meet, discuss and learn from sector leaders and professionals - professors, guest speakers, alumni and fellow classmates and company visits - the knowledge, tools and network to answer the question, what next? I recommend this programme to those curious, passionate and hungry for more.

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Adelia Lau - Hong Kong
MFB 2018
F&B Coordinator at Bulgari Hotel Milano

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I wanted to switch my career from finance to the food and beverage industry where my passion lies. I chose MFB to understand the F&B world, get closer to opportunities and have what it takes to dream my dreams.

Describe your MFB in three words

Specialized, Exploring, Delicious

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

Professionally, it gave me opportunity to work in Italy and enrich my knowledge about the industry, especially Italian food and wine specialties. Personally, there was so much fun with a group of international friends who share the same passion and live a whole-year food experience together, just unforgettable.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

I recommend MFB to people who want to start or boost their managerial roles in the food and beverage industry. With some passion and working experience, MFB will be more enriching!

 

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Liu He - Chinese
MFB 2017
Junior Sales Manager Asia Pacific & Oceania at Costa D'Oro

Mediterranean Area & Middle East

My MFB experience was inevitable for me. I worked all my career in the Food and Beverage field and coming to SDA Bocconi and attend the program was an obvious choice for me. Little that I know that I would be submerged by the high standards of the teaching corps along with the exposure and knowledge we were exposed to with respectful companies in the CPG industry.

It’s definitely the best experience I had; on top of leading me to work on a field project with Ferrero and later joined the Barilla Group after my graduation. Thank you for this great opportunity and challenges that pushed me one step further in my career.

 

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David John Massoud - Lebanese
MFB 2018
Competitive Insights Analyst at Barilla Group

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I chose SDA Bocconi MFB because it was a pioneer in creating a master specialized in food and beverage management and covering the business from a 360 degree view.

Describe your MFB in three words

Enriching, challenging and fun.

How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

I feel much more confident working in an international environment because I have a strong academic background. I am able to understand and work in and with different departments thanks to the global view of management I gained from the master.

To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

I would recommend the MFB program to every person who wants to enrich his/her business and managerial view on food and beverage companies. People who want to think differently and do something different in their future role.

 

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Romy Zainoun - Lebanese
MFB 2013
Business Development at GROM s.r.l. - Unilever subsidiary