An E.M.B.L. - HSG Alumnus' Experience Interview - Daniel Meister

Feb 29 2016

Daniel G. Meister, Dipl. Wirtschaftsjurist (FH), E.M.B.L.-HSG alumnus 2014/2015, is Vice President/Senior Compliance Officer at Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt a.M., Germany.

Why did you choose to do the Executive M.B.L.-HSG program?

Combining professional insights with travelling around the globe in a highly diversified environment were the main reasons for choosing the Executive M.B.L.-HSG program. In addition, the reputation of the University of St. Gallen played an important role for me.

What was your motivation in applying for the program having a law degree already?

I felt that a program combining legal and business related contents in an international context would be a perfect complement to my current qualification.

What did you get out of it – professionally and personally?

From a professional perspective I have broadened my knowledge and sharpened my international profile. From a personal point of view I made new friends and learned a lot about myself.

During the program you were a legal counsel at a private bank - what was the additional benefit for you?

As legal counsel you can benefit from the experience of your classmates. You can build up a strong network and can rely on a regular exchange with your classmates also in the time after graduation.

How did you benefit from the different professional, educational (lawyers, business people, public administrators, engineers) and national backgrounds in the course?

Different ways of looking at a situation – both from a professional perspective as well as from a cultural perspective – are always enriching. Consequently everyone can learn from each other to rethink traditional approaches.

You worked 100% during the program. What were the challenges of combing job and studies?

The biggest challenge was clearly to complete a Master Thesis in addition to the job. Another challenge for me was the significantly limited leisure time with family and friends.

Would you recommend the program to colleagues/friends? If yes, why?

Yes, without restriction. The reasons are evident from the above answers.

What did you particularly like outside the classroom (e.g. field trips, free time with students, receptions, dinners, cultural events, city tours, course locations)?

Being together with friends at exciting places around the globe I have enjoyed most. Receptions, dinners and cultural events offered the opportunity to meet more interesting people and to get a closer feeling about different cultures.

How did you benefit from the networking opportunities given (co-students and faculty)?

As already said, the program offers excellent opportunities to build a durable and reliable network.

Which was your favorite module and why?

Not easy to answer but for me it was New York. – Fascinating place to be!