by Radena Dragieva, E.M.B.L.-HSG Alumna 2012/2013
Just before the start of the hot summer days we were invited by the E.M.B.L. – HSG Alumni Association to visit the 17th annual meeting in the beautiful country of Luxembourg, a European capital. Our hosts during those 3 wonderful days (22-24 May 2014) were Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Baudenbacher and his wife Dr. Doris Baudenbacher-Tandler.
The event started with a reception and a dinner at the private club Cercle Munster, which is quite an emblematic place located in the ‘Grund’, a valley located below the center of Luxembourg City. The participants spent an unforgettable evening accompanied by gastronomic masterpieces and friends’ conversations behind the walls of Cercle Munster premises.
Friday morning was dedicated to visiting a leading independent Luxembourg business law firm, Arendt & Medernach. The firm’s international team of more than 290 legal professionals represents Luxembourg and foreign clients in all areas of Luxembourg business law from offices in Luxembourg, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow and New York. We had the great opportunity to explore A&M’s history and activities from the perspective of one of the partners, we heard about the numerous European and international organizations in Luxembourg, and we discovered that such a big company is also focused on contemporary art by encouraging young talented people to become famous artists. The office of the firm often hosts talents’ exhibitions open for visitors, as we were told by the Arendt & Medernach curator.
In the afternoon we visited the Luxembourg Central Bank where we were given highly topical lectures on Luxembourg and the European banking system – one from the legal perspective and another one from an economical one. The law talk was given by our alumna Ulrike Götz, legal counsel at the Luxembourg Central Bank. Thanks to Ulrike, we were also able to hold the 2014 General Assembly in the premises of the LCB. The highlight of this year’s Assembly was the election of Nadja Serova, Roger Bachmann and Matthias Schmid to the Alumni Board.
The evening was highly rated by all the participants in the meeting. It was dedicated to a visit of a production of the Royal Swedish Ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Grand Theatre of the City of Luxembourg. We spent almost 3 hours surrounded by the great atmosphere of the dancers who presented us a contemporary point of view on this famous story accompanied by Tchaikovski music.
After the magical Friday evening we were driven to Esch to visit Belval Campus, one of the largest and most ambitious current urban renewal projects in Europe. elvalwhichonce housed Luxembourg's largest steel foundrymill,, and now also hosts Luxembourg’s University. We had a great guided tour which presented to us the unique place close to Luxembourg city where young people would have the opportunity to study surrounded by old coal mine constructions.
Afterwards we had a nice lunch at the Pavillon Madeleine, one of Luxembourg most famous chef Léa Linster’s places.
In the afternoon we had the chance to explore Luxembourg with a guide and learned about the history of the most beautiful sights. We visited part of city’s main street with all the sights there – we saw the most important buildings in the country where decisions are taken, we got a view of the home of the Grand Ducal family as well as of the Parliament building. Afterwards we moved again to the Grund) where we got more info about the history of this unique city within the city.
The annual meeting ended with a delicious farewell dinner at our headquarter, the Sofitel Luxembourg Le Grand DucalHotel with an amazing view over the entire city. Professor Baudenbacher and Dr. Baudenbacher-Tandler welcomed us warmly – the participants from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria – to the closing event of this annual meeting. We all wish to meet again in the future in other cities from the E.M.B.L.-map.
My last words from this essay are dedicated to Professor Baudenbacher and Dr. Baudenbacher-Tandler – Thank you for hosting this annual alumni event! It was a pleasure for us to explore Luxembourg sights, kitchen, culture and business accompanied by both of you!