Certains de nos nouveaux diplômés ont accepté de répondre à nos questions. Comme le programme EMBA est un programme bilingue, les diplômés étaient invités à répondre dans la langue de leur choix.

Ulrika Nilsson, Responsable de l’information, Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement/Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique

Récipiendaire de la bourse EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal pour gestionnaire d’organisme à but non-lucratif

Ulrika Nilsson

WHO ARE YOU?

Programme officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity(SCBD)/The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Montreal. My tasks are mainly related to communication-related, IT-related and stakeholder engagement-related issues, in particular towards enhancing the commitments from non-state actors (e.g. the private sector) to make transformational changes to protect biodiversity.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE EMBA COURSE AND WHAT WAS THE GREATEST LEARNING IT BROUGHT YOU?

My favorite EMBA course was the Worldly Mindset, which took place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.  A key lesson learnt, which is relevant to apply to the work of SCBD, was that businesses can adjust to government policies and adapt to changes still being innovative and profitable. The value and importance of  “thinking global, acting local” was also an important learning.   The key is to build good government relations and to innovate to find solutions to future challenges.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE MCGILL-HEC MONTRÉAL EMBA?

At the end of 2022, it is expected that a Global Biodiversity Framework, which will extend to 2030, will be adopted at the fifteenth governing body of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity in Montreal. This framework will need the support of governments and non-state actors (e.g. the private sector) to enhance work to protect biodiversity. Non-state actors, in particular the private sector, can contribute to the transformational changes to support the framework. I wanted to have a better understanding of the private sector, so that I could understand how to enhance their actions towards protecting biodiversity through the SCBD’s Action Agenda for Nature and People (Action Agenda).

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR EMBA EXPERIENCE IN GENERAL?

I mostly enjoyed the speakers, both CEOs and others, that presented successes of integrating environmental and social standards that generate trust and effective organization.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING EMBARKING ON THE PROGRAM?

The two important pieces of advice in considering embarking on the EMBA program:

  • Plan separate time for family and work: a work-life-educational balance.
  • Motivate others to make changes at work.