About Didier 

Hometown: Paris, France
Current Position: Director, External Research & Development, Sanofi Pasteur
Previous University: University of Paris
Additional Degrees: Ph.D. Biochemistry and Microbiology, Master of Advanced Studies Microbiology
Q:What skills are you building at D'Amore-McKim that you will use in your future career?

A:D'Amore-McKim provides a set of fundamental business skills that can be applied to many fields. Some of these are developing an understanding of complex business language, problem-solving skills, the ability to conduct focused research and effectively analyze and communicate data to others, and relationship building skills. Group assignments are a key part of the learning experience and contribute a great deal to sharpening networking skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and leaderships skills overall. From a personal perspective, I am starting to strategically combine some of the skills named above for successful outcomes of the tasks or projects I am working on.

Q:Why did you choose D'Amore-McKim?

A:A few good friends and several co-op students that I have supervised attended Northeastern and gave me very positive feedback about the school. The warm interactions I had with the admissions staff and faculty members when considering MBA programs also influenced my decision to join D'Amore-McKim. The flexibility that the Part-Time MBA program offers in that I may enroll in weekday evening and Saturday classes also aligns well with my full-time work schedule.

Q:What would you say to a prospective student considering D'Amore-McKim for their business degree?

A:So far my experience at D'Amore-McKim has been great. Going back to school part-time is definitely a commitment but the learning environment here is excellent and both classmates and professors are fully engaged in making the experience satisfying for all. Learning not only comes from various course materials, but also from personal experiences and contributions we all bring to the classroom. To prospective students considering joining D'Amore-McKim, I would say visit a classroom or two and talk to current students and instructors, so that they can get a feel for the community that will help enhance and shape their future career.

Q:Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A:In my current role as a biomedical researcher, I have learned a lot about drug development and hope to continue learning about the intricate process of bringing new therapies to patients. More recently, I have developed an interest in the creation and growth of new scientific ventures and would love to be involved in this area in the near future. In 5 or 10 years, I will certainly be contributing to a mission that I care about and I will be doing so with an additional set of knowledge and skills acquired during my MBA.