Alumni connect over dinner and dancing at joint Business School Ball in Milan

Alumni and students from top business schools gathered in Italy for the Milan Joint Business School Ball 2018 on 10 November. Of the 164 guests, 27 alumni were from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). They ate, drank and danced while expanding their networks with business professionals from all over Europe.


The second edition of the Milan Joint Business School Ball took place at the prestigious Hotel Palazzo Parigi in the elegant Brera district of Milan. The Ball is a joint effort of four Milan-based MBA alumni who started the project in 2017 with the aim of bringing together the alumni of the world’s leading business schools for an evening of luxury, entertainment and networking in one of Milan’s most elegant venues.

Charity raffle

Guests were treated to an aperitif, cocktails, a three-course dinner and dancing. And through the event’s charity raffle, guests raised funds for the Associazione Italiana GIST Onlus, a volunteer organisation dedicated to supporting patients affected by gastro-intestinal stromal tumours.

RSM was involved from the beginnings of the initiative both via the organising committee that included RSM alumni Philip Lloyd (FT MBA 2011) and Mariaclara Celati (FT MBA 2014), as well as by supporting the event for two years running.

25 business schools

“With 164 guests from all over Europe representing over 25 European business schools we can conclude that the Ball succeeded in its mission,” said Mariaclara Celati. Philip Lloyd said: “The Ball holds great appeal to RSM’s alumni in Italy and beyond. We have very much appreciated RSM’s backing of the event from the very beginning when it was just a few scribbles on a napkin, which underlines the school’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

RSM had the largest alumni contingent at the event with 27 participants travelled from across Europe for the occasion. Many of the guests travelled from other countries to join this event. RSM alumna Ceylin Özcan (FT MBA 2014) came from Istanbul, Turkey. “I loved the idea of bringing like-minded people from business schools from around the world together,” she said. “It was a great experience to be a part of such a great international community once again, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Not to mention great music, amazing dinner and the beautiful Palazzo Parigi.”

Global community

Sue Martin, director of alumni and corporate relations at RSM, said: “It’s wonderful to see alumni dedicate their time to stay connected with each other and with other business school alumni. It truly helps to foster a sense of our community.”

Alumni relations manager Meta Haag-Mikec also joined the event. She said: “This event was a real taste of Italy. I love to see how our global community of alumni can create such an inspiring atmosphere. The event really struck the right balance between formal and relaxed.”


More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

For more information about RSM or this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, communications manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at


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