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Julia Barbey - Studying sustainability online

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EHL Alumni Network

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.



Julia Barbey

BOSC 3 student and President of the Student Social Responsibility committee.


Welcome to the EHL Alumni Network Podcast, where we unravel the fascinating journeys of EHL graduates who ventured into master's degrees across the globe. In this episode, we're thrilled to have Julia Barbey as our guest, who epitomizes the fusion of hospitality and sustainability in her career. Julia graduated from EHL in 2022 and pursued a Master of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Sustainability and Circular Innovation. Let's delve into her inspiring narrative.


    Passion for Sustainability

    Julia's journey towards sustainability traces back to her upbringing amidst the serene landscapes of the Swiss mountains and Mauritius. Immersed in nature since childhood, she recognized the intrinsic value of preserving the environment. Her passion for sustainability ignited during her teenage years, fueled by documentaries, books, and a deep-rooted connection to nature.

    Nurturing Sustainability at EHL

    Even before joining EHL, Julia envisioned integrating sustainability into her career. At EHL, she found a conducive environment to nurture this interest. Engaging in initiatives like the Sustainability Committee and Sustainability Week, Julia collaborated with mentors and peers to champion sustainability within the hospitality industry.

    Professional Catalyst

    Julia's internship with the Richemont Group, particularly with IWC Watches in Schaffhausen, solidified her commitment to sustainability. Experiencing sustainability practices beyond hospitality, she gained insights into its diverse applications across industries, fueling her ambition to drive positive change.

    Choosing an Online Master's

    Opting for an online master's allowed Julia to balance work and studies seamlessly. She pursued a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in sustainability, aligning with her career aspirations. Julia highlights the flexibility of online learning, enabling her to apply classroom knowledge directly to her role as Sustainability Manager at Villars Alpine Resorts.

    Juggling Work and Studies

    Navigating the demands of a full-time job alongside rigorous coursework, Julia emphasizes the commitment required for online learning. Balancing evening classes, weekend assignments, and work responsibilities necessitated meticulous time management. Despite challenges, Julia's determination propelled her forward, with her employer, Nestlé, supporting her academic pursuits.

    Global Perspectives

    An enriching aspect of online learning is the diversity it fosters. Julia's cohort comprises professionals from diverse backgrounds worldwide, offering unique perspectives and fostering invaluable networking opportunities. Collaborative projects and field trips further enhance cross-cultural interactions, reinforcing the global relevance of sustainability.

    Reflecting on the Journey

    As Julia nears the culmination of her master's journey, she reflects on its multifaceted impact. From expanding her knowledge base to directly applying learnings in her professional endeavors, the experience has been both rewarding and transformative. Julia's biggest wish for her career resonates with her desire to make a tangible difference and leave a lasting impact.


    Julia's journey epitomizes the power of passion, perseverance, and purpose. From her formative years amidst nature to her current role as a sustainability advocate, Julia's story inspires us to embrace sustainability as not just a career choice but a way of life. As we conclude this episode, Julia's narrative serves as a beacon of hope and motivation for aspiring changemakers worldwide.

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