Montpellier Business School
05 January 2018

Fatima El Mrabti – Executive MBA

Fatima El Mrabti – Executive MBA


On this Friday, January 27, 2017, Mrs Fatima El Mrabti, along with a hundred other 2015 and 2016 graduates, will officially receive the MBA degree from the Montpellier Business School. Being engaged in solidarity economy for 12 years, she has just become a Social and Educational Unit head of the DeFI association (Development, Training and Integration) in Montpellier. Highly committed and even wishing to set up a social economy foundation, she comments on this experience and this common sharing of values with MBS.

For me, symbolic benevolence is important because it is imperative to defuse symbolic violence in order to escape from the state of exclusion. As diversity and equal opportunities became very important in my daily life, I felt perfectly in line with MBS’ values“, Ms Fatima El Mrabti says. “I have 22 years of practical experience in various fields including commerce, sales, property, national education… And it has been 12 years since I joined the DeFI association. But on a personal basis, I felt frustrated because I did not had a higher education degree, even though I felt that I had personal and professional abilities and the capacity to get one. And so I told myself that I would try to get into the best school, which for me is Montpellier Business School”.

Almost 2 years later, Mrs Fatima El Mrabti draws a first assessment of this strong experience. “I was like a “sponge” during these 18 months of the Executive MBA programme. I have made up to-date my knowledge and now, I can anticipate, develop a vision, theorise concepts and implement strategies… The exchanges with the other participants also brought me a strong richness and I discovered new fields such as the agri-food or even the health industry. During each group work, being in contact with others, we gain knowledge in several fields of activity. In addition, our professors provided us with a great deal of support and I really appreciated the qualities of the academic team”.

Last November, Mrs Fatima El Mrabti completed her training by defending her thesis in front of an examination board. A perfectly successful defence as she explains to us. “I could not believe that I’ve got the mention “Excellent”! This thesis took 500 hours restless work that required a great deal of introspection and I had doubts right up until the last moment. I knew I had taken the right direction but I really wanted to give back a high-quality work focused on a subject close to my heart: “The perception of entrepreneurship among young people in difficulty: a symbolic-violence-based approach“, under the guidance of Dr Walid A. Nakara, whom I would like to thank for his advice and excellent support.

Looking to the future, Fatima El Mrabti also intends to use her skills to set up a start-up foundation. “I am working on the business plan but I already have about 40 people who are interested in joining me to start the project. My thesis also gave me the idea of setting up a research committee to work on educational programmes, based on the existing materials. This committee will be part of my start-up foundation, but first of all, I have to find a business plan”.

The MBA team of Montpellier Business School congratulates Mrs Fatima El Mrabti and wishes her and all of the 2015 and 2016 new MBA degree graduates, all the best!

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