ESSEC USA Alumni International Leadership Award – Philippe Mathé Fellowship


In 2009, ESSEC Business School Paris-Singapore announced the launch of the “ESSEC USA Alumni International Leadership Award – Philippe Mathe Fellowship”, granted by the ESSEC USA Alumni Association. This truly marks the new international position that ESSEC has taken and the growing attractiveness of the program for North American students. The selected student must demonstrate significant potential and drive to contribute to an international career through graduate studies at ESSEC.

This merit scholarship, awarded annually, is designed to offer one qualified candidate the opportunity to supplement their North American undergraduate experience with higher education at ESSEC in France. The amount of the scholarship is 5,000 euro.

Philippe Mathé

Prior to his passing in August 2008, Philippe Mathé was a senior executive with the Societe Generale Group.  He held numerous positions in North America, Europe and Asia throughout his 26 years with the company.

Mr. Mathé joined Société Générale in Mexico in 1982 from Banco Nacional de Mexico where he covered the Tourism Sector.  He moved to Paris in 1985 to become Assistant Vice President for the Asian Desk of the bank’s International Division.  From 1986 to 2000, he held various managerial positions with SG Leasing and Corporate Banking entities in Paris, Mexico, Hong Kong and Singapore.  In 2000, he returned to Paris to become Deputy CEO of European Coverage for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, and was subsequently named Head of European Coverage in January 2002.  In December 2004 he relocated to New York to become Head of Coverage for the bank’s Americas region.  In April 2007, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of SG Equipment Finance USA Corp.

Mr. Mathé had a masters degree from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC).

First Recipient (2009)

Rouelisa Lanche was chosen by the ESSEC USA Alumni fellowship committee from over 20 submissions.  Her application was filled with enthusiasm and optimism for not just the unique richness of the ESSEC program, but also for her desire to share and learn within a true international environment.

2010 Recipient: Karyn Bell

Application Process

Applications for the 2011 fellowship are open.