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MBA Summer Camp

Program Structure

This program will be taught from June 4 through July 29, 2021. Students may choose to take any number of courses offered.

Participant Profile

This program is open to UTDT and international MBA and EMBA students. The average age of UTDT participants is 33 and they usually have about nine years of professional experience.

Program dates and course abstracts

Module 1

"Consumer Behaviour in Emerging Markets"

Classes via Zoom (June): Friday 4, 11, 18 & 25 and Wednesday 9, 16 & 23 Time: 7:00 pm to 10:15 pm

Prof. Elena Fumagalli, Ph.D. in Marketing, HEC Paris.


Module 2

"Wealth Management"

Classes via Zoom (July): Tuesday 6, 13 & 27 and Thursday 8, 15, 22 & 29
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:15 pm

Prof. Barbara Mainzer, Bachelor in Economy. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.


Module 3

"The Science of Happiness: Individual, Workplace and Policy Implications"

Classes via Zoom (June): Tuesday 8 & 15 and Thursday 10 & 24
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:15 pm

Prof. Lucía Macchia, Ph.D. in Pyschology, City University of London.


Application requirements

Only MBA and EMBA students will be accepted to this program. To apply please submit to

  1. Application form
  2. All of the following documents in one single .pdf file:
    • Transcript of records
    • CV (resume)
    • Scan of a recent passport picture
    • Scan of identification page of passport
    • Signed Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Responsibility form (download)
  3. Application deadline: May 15, 2021
  4. The acceptance decision will be communicated via email within two weeks of the application deadline.

Travel arrangements and housing

Each participant must arrange and cover the costs of international and local transportation, accommodation, meals, health insurance, travel documents and personal expenses.

A list of suggested accommodations will be​ sent to accepted students.


Tuition per module: USD 2000 (waived for PIM partners).

Participation fee: USD 100 (will only be charged once, regardless of how many modules the student takes).


When will know if I have been accepted?

Within three weeks of the application deadline, you will receive an acceptance letter.

How many students will be attending each module?

A minimum of 10 students is required to open each module. The maximum enrollment per module is 60 students.

Is the program only for international students?

No. UTDT MBA students will also be joining this program.

Will the University issue a transcript for participants?

Yes, a transcript will be issued and sent to the home institution within a month of program completion.

Who should I contact for further information about this program?

Please contact


Application form

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About Prof. Elena Fumagalli

Elena Fumagalli earned her doctorate in Marketing at HEC Paris in June 2018. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, she received her B.A. from Cattolica University in Milan and her M.Sc. in Marketing Management at Bocconi University. Elena's research interests fall into the domains of consumer self-identity and emotion in consumer psychology. At the intersection of these domains, her dissertation research investigates the influence of aversive states (i.e., identity threats, negative emotions, negative outcomes) on consumers’ motivations and behavior. She also investigates how consumers manage multiple social identities in a variety of situations such as when they face self-threatening events (e.g., failure on a test for student-athletes) or when they face resource scarcity contingencies (e.g., time allocation for working parents).

About Prof. Barbara Mainzer, Bachelor

With an extensive trajectory in companies such as Julius Baer and Merrill Lynch, and in the academic world, at Universidad ORT (Uruguay), Barbara currently serves as consultant for financial institutions. She is also a regular columnist of the El País newspaper and contributor of VTV news. She is the is the President of the CFA Society of Uruguay and a CFA Charterholder. She holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Economics and is a graduate of Harvard University Business School´s Program for Leadership Development.

About Prof. Lucía Macchia

Lucía Macchia is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Behavioural scientist with an interdisciplinary background and an interest in happiness, prosocial behaviour, inequality, and policy. Her work integrates methods from psychology and behavioural economics and focuses on two questions: 1) how macroeconomic factors shape people’s wellbeing, and 2) how inequalities influence people’s wellbeing and behaviour. To study these topics, Lucía uses large-scale datasets and experiments as well as a wide variety of statistical methods. Lucía holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and an M.Sc. in Behavioural Economics from the City University of London and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

About Prof. Gonzalo Rossi

Gonzalo Rossi has a solid managerial experience. He was General Manager at Amadeus and currently serves as CEO at Whalecom. He is a consultant in change management and top-management team building/strengthening. A frequent speaker at national and international conferences on neuroleadership, he is certified as i4neuroleader Partner & Trainer by the About My Brain Institute of Australia.

Consumer Behaviour in Emerging Markets

Current approaches to business emphasize the importance of adopting a consumer focus. Marketing, in particular, is a customer-driven function that begins and ends with the consumer—from identifying customer needs to try to meet those needs and ensuring post-purchase satisfaction. While all of us are consumers, our intuitions about our behavior as well as that of others are often inaccurate. While many aspects of consumer behavior are the result of inherent psychological processes and are, thus, generalizable across countries and cultures, we cannot assume consumers behave in the same way everywhere, local culture and social norms affect behavior. The specific contextual characteristics of emerging markets can significantly influence many aspects of consumer behavior. This course is designed to analyze consumer behavior in emerging markets, providing a framework to identify the differences. The course will thus focus on:

1) demonstrating the importance of consumer behavior knowledge for managers and marketers regardless of the specific market they operate in (emergent or not);

2) emphasizing the need for a systematic investigation of cultural effects as psychological process rather than engaging in a simple cross-countries comparison;

3) debunking myths about the existence of global homogenous markets and the effectiveness of glocalization strategies;

4) challenging the common misconception that innovations typically originate in rich countries and later spill over to the developing world. By the end of the course students will be able to:

• Recognize that consumer behavior knowledge constitutes a competitive advantage for companies

• Explain how, when, and why culture matters in understanding consumers

Wealth Management

Using an approach that combines theory with strong anchoring in practical applications, students will acquire the theoretical knowledge as well as the tools and skills required to understand capital markets, value different asset classes, and make investment decisions in a portfolio context. This comprehensive, current, and applicable wealth management program covers the most important issues in finance and ethics, providing a global understanding of the investment industry.

Modern trends in wealth management and aspects related to soft skills, investor behavior, and best practices when advising will have a central place throughout the course.

In a world where tax issues are becoming increasingly relevant, we have incorporated special consideration into tax factors. In particular, and as a case study - with its own characteristics and dynamics and high complexity - the Argentine tax system will be analyzed.

The course is mainly based on materials used in the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CFA Investment Foundations curricula, which combine strong theoretical knowledge with best practices and trends in portfolio management.

The course is for those who want to acquire or increase their knowledge in the area of private wealth management, develop skills that allow them to navigate the complexities of today's world, learn the latest trends related to portfolio management in global markets, know the financial challenges which we face and make better and more informed decisions.

Leveraging decades of accumulated experience and in-depth knowledge of teachers working in American and European banks, as well as with investors, financial advisors and family offices in wealth management and planning areas, practical and relevant examples will be used throughout the course.

The Science of Happiness: Individual, Workplace and Policy Implications

In this course, students will read and discuss cutting-edge research on wellbeing. This research aims to answer the following questions: Does money really make us happier? What leadership skills can we develop to bring happiness to the workplace? Is the Gross Domestic Product a good indicator of social progress? What can the government do to increase citizen’s happiness?

During this course, you will have the opportunity to:

· Learn what promotes and what undermines wellbeing.

· Apply behavioural insights related to wellbeing to the individual, the workplace, and the government.

· Critically analyze existing research.

· Generate new ideas.

People Management in Emerging Markets

Expat managers are notoriously bad at adapting to local culture, making avoidable mistakes. Even knowing this risk, sometimes motivated by trust, others justified by the lack of local human capital, multinationals still tend to use intensively expat managers. To avoid ending on the wrong side of this trade-off, multinationals demand expat talent with high contextual intelligence, which can be trained and improved. This course will help you to improve your contextual intelligence by discussing how human resources are managed in Latin America, analyzing the cross-country differences and similarities.