Brandeis International Business School

An immersive look at India’s business culture

Brandeis International Business School students participating in Hassenfeld Immersion Program travel to Delhi and Mumbai

Djounia Saint-Fleurant, MBA’24, left, with classmates at the Taj Mahal.

Djounia Saint-Fleurant, MBA’24, left, with classmates at the Taj Mahal.

Djounia Saint-Fleurant, MBA’24 will never forget the insights she learned while traveling in India as part of the Hassenfeld Immersion Program.

From Delhi to Mumbai, Saint-Fleurant found herself engaging directly with chief executives at some of India’s top corporations and startups.

“I really enjoyed the company visits,” said Saint-Fleurant. “The trip had a big impact on me and how I understand business. I now feel more prepared for corporate jobs — how to carry yourself, how to ask and answer questions. India is a different culture, but business is a universal science.”

Every year, select groups of Hassenfeld fellows at Brandeis International Business School travel to dynamic overseas markets. In addition to lifelong memories, the immersive learning experiences leave students with valuable insights about the economy and culture of the countries they visit.

Originally from Haiti, Saint-Fleurant was struck by the similarities between India and her home country and encouraged by India’s rapid development in recent decades.

The fellows visited Rebel Foods, electric scooter startup Hero Electric, Varun Beverages, electronic payment startup Mobikwik, Indian corporate giant Tata and Nykaa — India’s first startup unicorn founded by a woman.

Below are photo highlights from the trip.

Hassenfeld IndiaThe Hassenfeld fellows kicked off their trip with a tour of the Taj Mahal.

 Hassenfeld IndiaStudents toured the Rebel Foods test kitchen and met with executives. The startup uses predictive analytics to anticipate demand, reducing waste and costs.

Hassenfeld IndiaStudents visited the tomb of Humayun, an important 16th century ruler of the Mughal Empire.

Hassenfeld IndiaVisiting Hero Electric. The startup’s electric two-wheel scooters are in high demand in the fight against traffic and air pollution.

Hassenfeld IndiaIn the capital, Delhi, students visited the Jama Masjid mosque.

Hassenfeld IndiaThe fellows met with an executive at Varun Beverages, one of PepsiCola Co.’s largest partners in India.

Hassenfeld IndiaIn Mumbai, students visited the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj rail terminus, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Hassenfeld IndiaStudents toured Tata Business Hub, part of the Tata Group, India’s largest corporate conglomerate.

Dr. Catherine Mann speaks into a microphone while seated on stage next to Prof. George Hall and Prof. Peter Petri.

October 30, 2023

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