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Pierre Ben Kiran - Journey to analytics excellence

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Welcome to a brand new season of the EHL Alumni Network podcast. I'm your host, Caroline. In this exciting series, we'll dive deep into the journeys of EHL Alumni who embarked on a Bachelor's adventure at EHL and then pursued Master's degrees across the globe. In the weeks to come we’ll talk to EHL graduates who went on to study in New York, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo and elsewhere, leading to careers in sectors including luxury, real estate, tourism, human resources and much more.



Will Guillaume Foussier

Co-Founder & CEO at AceUp


Welcome to the EHL Alumni Network Podcast! In this episode, we delve into the unique journey of Pierre Ben Kiran, an EHL graduate who pursued not one but two master’s degrees across continents and later ventured into entrepreneurship with the launch of a mobile app called Bumpy.


    Mastering Diversity: The Two Degrees

    Pierre’s educational trajectory is fascinatingly unconventional. He began with a Master’s in Business Analytics and Big Data at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. This program delved into programming, AI creation, and futuristic tech. The subsequent CEMS Master in International Management in Barcelona and Tokyo complemented the technical aspects with a focus on global strategy and management.

    From Events to Tech: The Unlikely Turn

    Despite his initial interest in events, the unexpected turn towards programming happened during an internship in 2020. Pierre found solace in coding during the pandemic-induced isolation and decided to leverage programming as a productivity tool, leading him to the Business Analytics master’s.

    EHL's Impact: Preparing for the Unforeseen

    Even though programming wasn't a core part of his EHL curriculum, Pierre credits the international exposure and project work for instilling adaptability and readiness to engage with diverse perspectives, crucial traits in his later global educational pursuits.

    From Academia to Entrepreneurship: The Birth of Bumpy

    During his first master’s, Pierre initiated the concept of Bumpy—an idea born out of the necessity to streamline networking in a world overflowing with digital connections. With supportive teachers and professionals, he nurtured the idea, eventually launching Bumpy, a digital business card app, after testing its Minimum Viable Product in Barcelona.

    Challenges in the Entrepreneurial Realm

    Running a startup brought its set of challenges. Pierre acknowledges the absence of formal sales education but emphasizes the immersive learning of entrepreneurship itself. Leveraging his network—both from EHL and his master’s programs—proved instrumental in navigating hurdles.

    The Vision Ahead: Dreams and Innovations

    While devoted to nurturing Bumpy, Pierre’s mind buzzes with multiple entrepreneurial ideas, nurtured by the diverse education he received. EHL’s holistic approach, spanning various industries, instilled a problem-solving mindset, enabling him to innovate across sectors.

    Parting Words and Wisdom

    Pierre’s advice for prospective master’s students echoes his adventurous spirit—dive in without fear. He emphasizes the value of pursuing passions, echoed in his own journey of unexpected turns and fruitful outcomes.

    A Journey of Adaptation and Innovation

    Pierre Ben Kiran’s journey from hospitality to tech entrepreneurship encapsulates the essence of modern education: adaptation, exploration, and leveraging diverse knowledge for innovative endeavors. His story speaks volumes about the unpredictable yet rewarding paths one can tread armed with a holistic education.

    Pierre’s story reminds us that the journey to success often thrives on embracing the unexpected and navigating uncharted territories with resilience and a thirst for innovation.

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