Master in Food & Beverage Management | SDA Bocconi

Testimonials

Ingrid de Morais Ferrieria | MFB 2015, Brazilian
Logistics Officer & OPEX Lead at Syngenta

Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I chose SDA Bocconi MFB because I was looking for a specialized program in a global recognized business institution. I also wanted an experience abroad in which I could interact with people from different nationalities and backgrounds. I am passionate about food & beverage industry, so the MFB program was the perfect program for what I was looking for.

Describe your MFB in three words.

Intense, global and delicious!

How MFB contributed to your personal and professional life?

Professionally speaking MFB opened my mind about the food & beverage industry, it showed different paths and opportunities to follow in my career. Living and working in a different continent is being an amazing experience so far, I am growing personally and professionally in a speed that I could not even imagine before the master.

Who would you recommend the MFB program to?

I would recommend it to professionals from different backgrounds that love food & beverage industry and the idea of having a real global experience in an amazing country.


Liu (River) He | MFB 2017, Chinese

Do you believe the world is going to be a better place in the next year or decade? And, how can we achieve this?

For me, UNLEASH proves the potential and process to hit the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030. It means global collaboration, disruptive innovation and sustainable development.
As the world’s problems are getting more complex and interrelated,, we need more collaborative tools to make solutions flow across borders and sectors, and more disruptive changes to challenge existing systems. So this August, UNLEASH made Denmark “a festival of disruptions,” where 1000 global participants went through the innovation process of problem-framing, brainstorming, prototyping, testing and pitching, building up more than 200 ideas in 10 days. Moreover, at present my team and I are still scheduling weekly Skype calls to push ideas forward and seek external resources for pilot and implementation and setting up social entrepreneurship across borders.

Have you ever done something to make our world a better place?

I ask myself. As a business student, every day we talk about business strategy and how to drive economic impact in the private sector. But Unleash, makes me reflect on how negligible the social engagement I contributed before and believe how great the social impact one person can bring to the world. After UNLEASH, I am more determined to become one of those role models, to have my voice heard and influence people towards sustainable development goals.
Though the event was only 10 days, I am sure the ambition and engagement of 1000 global youth to social progress will be life-long. If you want to get involved in this life-changing lab and learn more about UNLEASH ideas, please check the page https://unleash.org/


Jinyu HUANG | MFB 2015, Chinese/French
Business Development Manager at Ballotin (Shanghai) International Trading Ltd.

1. Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

Because MFB is based in Europe, is run by Bocconi - ranked Top25 in FT -, is a flexible program, and consists of condensed contents, which include company visits and professional lectures. It was perfect for a candidate like me who wanted to switch her career from law to F&B.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Chasing, exciting, self-improving

3. How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

It provided me with a structural knowledge of excellent European companies, in-depth culture of food and beverage. It offered systematic business courses that are close to an MBA level. It inspired me to dig into my self capacity, as far as I learned, a successful professional career starts from managing myself, which is the starting point of managing people.


Ebru Atamturk | MFB 2010, Turkish
Director of Global Accounts and Cross Trade at Arkas Holding

1. Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

It is an interesting program covering both the academic (theoretical) subjects as well as practical experiences (including Sommellier / cooking courses, tasting and factory visits).

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Inspiring year with full coverage of Italian food and beverage world.

3. How did MFB contributed to your personal and professional life?

Personally, I learned a lot about what Italy can offer in terms of food and beverage to the world. It has enlarged my scope in this field. ıt has also taught me a lot about general management skills.

4. To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

I would recommend it to students younger than 30 years old with only few years of non food / beverage related sector experience or older students either with a family business in this field or with related experience in food and beverage. It would also be inspirational for students who have a passion for this field to learn more of a management point of view.


Rodolfo Brajcich | MFB 2009, Mexican/American
Global Head of Innovation and Renovation for Consumer Care at Nestlé Health Science

1. 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.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Discovery, Passion, Opportunities

3. 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.

4. 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.

Ambassadors

Caio Anunciato Ribeiro | MFB 2015, Brazilian
Finance/Business Development Manager at Dengo Cacau e Café
ribeiro.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I have been always involved in the food business but never actually worked in it. When I was looking for an experience abroad, I found MFB perfect to specialize in the sector by studying in a country with one of the richest food heritages in the world.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Inspiring, pleasurable and life changing

3. How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

Thanks to MFB and the network it provided, I was able to change sectors and start working at Eataly in Milan, a dream come true. This unique work experience was extremely valuable when looking for a job back in Brazil. More than that, the friends I made and the experiences I had during MFB made this year one of the best of my life.

4. To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

People passionate about the food sector that want to dig deeper in the business, change jobs or just experience Italian excellence in food making.


Liu He | MFB 2017, Chinese
Junior Sales Manager Asia Pacific & Oceania at Costa D'Oro
he.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. 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.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Specialized, Exploring, Delicious

3. 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.

4. 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!


Maria Pizzorno | MFB 2017, Italian
Export Area and Marketing Manager at Caffè Vergnano
pizzorno.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

I have always wanted to work in the food industry and in particular, the Italian food industry. I wanted to work for companies that are key players of the industry in my country and collaborate to help them grow abroad.
Thanks to the MFB, I acquired the necessary tools to accomplish my goal.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Passion, satisfaction and friends

3. How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

The MFB was the turning point of my professional and personal life. I had little working experience in the fashion industry and with the MFB I was able to clearly understand what my professional path could be in the future.
Two days after graduation, I started my current job and I am plenty satisfied with my choice.

4. To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

I would recommend the program to anyone with a passion for food . Even with little work experience, if you are really passionate and ready to start a new adventure the MFB is what you need.


Antonio Angotzi | MFB 2013, Italian
Cross Dock Manager Italy - Anheuser-Bush InBev
angotzi.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. 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.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Professional, Challenging, Fun.

3. 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.

4. 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. 


Carlo De Paolis |  MFB 2017, Italian
Food and beverage Research & Development at Chef Express
depaolis.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. 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.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Challenge, Knowledge and Fun

3. 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.

4. 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.


Ingrid Ferreira | MFB 2015, Brazilian
Logistics Officer at Syngenta
ferreira.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. 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.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Unforgettable, fun and delicious!

3. 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.

4. 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.


Edoardo Freddi | MFB 2011, Italian
Owner of Edoardo Freddi – Marketing food and wines all over the world
freddi.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!


Romy Zainoun | MFB 2013, Lebanese
Business Development at GROM s.r.l. - Unilever subsidiary
zainoun.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. 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.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Enriching, challenging and fun.

3. 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.

4. 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.


Blas Gentiloni Silveri | MFB 2014, Italian/Mexican
CFO at IMG, Mexico
gentiloni.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. Why did you choose the SDA Bocconi MFB?

It sounded like the perfect combination for my future career, as I was going from banking to a F&B family business. It had a great combination of an MBA style program focused on food.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Fun, Friends, Food

3. How did MFB contribute to your personal and professional life?

It was the kickoff for my new career as CFO of a family business back in Mexico. It gave me some insight into what the F&B industry means in terms of importance, trends, and size.

4. To whom would you recommend the MFB program to?

Mainly to people with little experience, as most of the students in the program have limited work experience. It would be more interesting and challenging for them. And maybe also to people who want to change industries and want to understand what real Italian food is all about.


Gianluca Ciampalini | MFB 2012, Italian
Key Account Manager at Nomad Foods Europe
ciampalini.ambassador@master.sdabocconi.it

1. 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.

2. Describe your MFB in three words

Dynamic, Useful, Fun

3. 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.

4. 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.