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"Living and working in Dubai - our graduates tell all"

As part of our monthly "KEDGE Alumni Around the World" conference series, three graduates living in Dubai tell us about their experiences

Introduction 👋

Today, it’s the city of Dubai’s turn to be studied and reported on by those who know it best: our expatriate graduates who, despite the distance, receive support from KEDGE Alumni throughout the year thanks to our range of online services.



Conference objectives🧭️

Run by our branch hosts, on-site alumni, and the teams of KEDGE Alumni, and in association with the members of the student association Forum Events, this participative conference strives to bring our graduates and students closer together, while answering the questions of Kedgers who are curious about living and working abroad.

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Who's this online conference for? 👤

This conference is open to all Kedgers, whether they be graduates or students, as well as the entire KEDGE community (partners, teachers, staff, etc.), and anyone else interested in the topic. Have you dreamed about doing an internship abroad, attending a partner university, or living abroad? Then this conference is for you!

Programme 📝

  • Dubai: A futuristic city. At the crossroads of continents, it lies between the hot dunes of the desert and the crystal clear waters of the Gulf. Dubai cannot be described without mentioning its skyline. The roofs of the skyscrapers make up the modern panorama of the city’s skyline ... would you like to know more?
  • Introduction by KEDGE Alumni
    • Conversations and discussions with Alumni living in Dubai: what you need to know before deciding to live, whether temporarily or permanently, in Dubai 
  • QUALITY OF LIFE/LEISURE ACTIVITIES: Universities, accommodation, the healthcare system, transport, cultural spots, etc.
  • INTERNSHIPS/EMPLOYMENT/ECONOMY: The job market, major companies, promising sectors, professional opportunities, contracts, agreements, salaries, good advice for finding an internship, a VIE, and employment contracts when you are an expatriate, etc.
  • And other helpful tips! 
    • Questions and answers


Conference begins at 6:00 pm!


Useful links 📎



  • Conference led by a student from the Forum Events Association

    Since 1997, the Forum Events Association has promoted culture, current events, and debate on the KEDGE Business School campus in Bordeaux by organising free conferences in collaboration with prestigious speakers.

    Forum Events also publishes the Forum, a student newspaper that analyses and breaks down current issues that influence society and the life of the school.

    The Association also manages several Pro-Acts that focus on contemporary issues, such as politics, the economy, CSR, culture, and public speaking.

  • Free

Registration deadline : 4th May 2022

Registration closed


  • Romain DERANE
    Regional Category Buyer Supply Chain and Industrial Equipments (MEA) - Sphere Drones

    After graduating as a Business Engineer in 2014, I completed a 2-year VIE in Australia. During this period I went on holiday to Singapore where I took part in a local KEDGE Afterwork. This inspired me to organize the same thing in Australia, which at the time didn't yet have an alumni office. Back in Australia, I set up the Sydney branch with the help of KEDGE's international branch manager in April 2017.

    Since then, I've worked in several Australian companies specializing in professional drones. I am currently working at Sphere Drones( as Customer Success Executive.

    In parallel, I continue to organize events for the Alumnis in Sydney.

    Don't hesitate to contact me via LinkedIn if you're planning to come to Australia and have any questions, or to share any ideas you'd like to see happen within the Sydney Alumni Chapter!

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  • Caroline LEPRON
    CEO & Founder - Skoutli

    Caroline is a "Serial Entrepreneur". She has lived and studied in France, Mexico and Australia. She was part of the Australian Landing Pad in San Francisco for 3 months. She arrived in Australia for her 4th year internship and never left. She has been in Sydney for 14 years, although she was only supposed to stay for 6 months.

    Her company Skoutli( helps content creators (photographers/producers/influencers) find locations or collectible cars that can be used for advertising, social networking or film. She works with brands such as Lego, Huggies and Vogue, as well as banks, insurance companies and small retailers.

    Mom of a 4-year-old daughter, Caroline loves traveling and extreme sports, and is a Kite Surf instructor. She loves helping entrepreneurs and is particularly keen to help women entrepreneurs, as she believes there are not enough of them. She is a mentor at the Founder Institute and has a UNSW (University of New South Wales) female founder program. Her long-term goal is to empower 1 million women to become agents of change in education, the environment and politics.

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  • Olivier VOJETTA
    Principal Strategy Consultant - MACQUARIE GROUP

    A 2000 graduate, Olivier began his career in London with Société Générale, before joining the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in strategy within the banking sector. He then moved into market finance, first as a derivatives trader for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, then as head of macro research and portfolio manager for a hedge fund.

    After more than ten years in London, he moved to Sydney to become Principal Strategy Consultant at Macquarie Group, Australia's leading investment bank. Today, he is in charge of Strategy for the bank's risk function.

    When he's not dancing with numbers, Olivier works with words. He is the author of several novels, the latest of which, entitled *Courir encore*, has been well received by the public and critics alike.

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  • Tarik AIT IDDER
    Reporting Specialist - MFS Investment Management

    I was born and raised in Morocco, and after graduating from high school, I flew to Paris for my higher education. With a bachelor's degree in economics in hand, I enrolled at Kedge in parallel admission. My studies focused on market finance, culminating in a gap year at HSBC (derivatives department) and an end-of-studies internship at Ca-Cib in the trading room.

    I started working at Natixis in 2012, in the Securities Operations department. In 2016, I decided to leave everything to go backpacking (6 months in Asia and 1 year in Australia). At the end of 2017, I decided to settle permanently in Sydney and 2018, I joined Macquarie bank as reporting senior associate, 6 months later, I joined Bank of NYC as Business Analyst.

    Since 2019, I've been working as a reporting and data analyst at Massachusetts Financial Services (American Portfolio Manager).

    In my spare time, I regularly try to play soccer or go surfing if the conditions are right. I also like to compose guitar pieces.

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