From Belgium to Madrid and Dubai: Paola Ntunzwenimana Launches her Career in the Middle
Originally from Belgium, Paola Ntunzwenimana ’16 (Communication) mastered a third
language and learned to thrive in an international environment as a SLU-Madrid student.
When she received the phone call from L’Oreal Middle East offering her a marketing
position in Dubai, she felt well equipped to relocate to a new continent and take
on a demanding position.
Paola’s journey to the United Arab Emirates was set in motion when she presented the
solution to a business case in front of a headhunter who visited the Instituto de
Empresa, where she was pursuing a graduate degree in corporate communication.
In her current role as a marketing assistant at L’Oreal, Paola conducts business analyses
and produces projection reports for Lancôme and Kielhs to provide an overall diagnostic
of which franchises and products are selling best at Dubai Duty Free (DDF). She also
does events management, and is currently preparing an event which will take place
at DDF at the end of Ramadan.
“I believe that studying at SLU-Madrid has made me able to adjust so rapidly into
a new kind of environment,” Paola reflected. “It's also made me tolerant of other
cultures and religions, seeing as how diverse SLU is. Moreover, SLU really taught
me prioritization and time management… At L'Oreal, you're constantly thrown different
projects, so you need to know how to manage your time and be able to make concise
decisions. Living in Spain and learning a third language has also evidently broadened
my mind, and I feel more equipped for a career than I would have had I studied somewhere
other than SLU-Madrid.”