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Serge Schoen, MBA '96

Executive Chairman, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Holdings Group

Serge Schoen, MBA '96Serge Schoen, MBA '96

Serge Schoen, MBA ’96, considers attending MIT Sloan a critical move for his career. “My international education at MIT Sloan transformed my outlook and expanded my understanding of global businesses.” Serving as the Executive Chairman of the Louis Dreyfus Commodities Holdings Group, Schoen heads an organization with companies in 90 countries and assets across the supply chain, providing food and clothing to over 500 million people around the world.

From his bird’s-eye view, Schoen foresees that “the world is going to change in our lifetime. We are speeding towards a more globalized world and it is important to stay at the forefront and guide the change.” He advises, “One country cannot solve the world’s problems. We need different people from different backgrounds working on solutions.” That’s the reason why Schoen looks to MIT and MIT Sloan for answers. “Questions regarding the world’s natural resources and their sustainability transcend national borders. MIT has the diverse human capital the world needs to work on these issues.” By providing fellowships for European students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, Schoen and his family hope to sustain and encourage diversity in the student body and develop principled, innovative leaders for the new globalized world.

In reflecting on the Course XV centennial, Schoen added, “I just want to do everything in my power to make the next century of the School as phenomenal as its first.”