Anouchah Sanei, a super-active Godmother and Global VP

The new God-Mother for UTCs 2016 graduate ceremony, Anouchah Sanei is currently Global VP Science and Technology for Campbell Soup at the company’s Home Office in Camden, New Jersey, USA. She has a track record that is passionate, full of challenges and pragmatism and it proves that over and above her excellent engineering and technical skills, our PhD alumnus also has both the capacity to adapt to a pervasive and global ’present’ and also to innovate in a changing world.

Anouchah Sanei, a super-active Godmother and Global VP

Anouchah has been selected to be God-Mother of the 2016 graduates [ceremony scheduled Nov.19] and will be an opportunity for her to say “thank you” to UTC, her university and to instil to the awardees keen open mind, her rigorous thinking and adaptability, not forgetting a tremendous sense of pragmatism which has enabled her to cover three continents and work with three agro-food world leaders.

 

Now as VP for Global Science & Technology with Campbell Soup base at Camden, New Jersey, Anouchah Sanei is not only an internationally flavoured Godmother, but also a professionally accomplished woman. “None of this was written on the wall when I launched on my early career-path”, she explains, insisting on the importance of learning “to develop a personal strategy to live for and, why not, inventing a new path. Nothing today will be easy for this up and coming generation, concerned as it is with ethical issues and long term commitments but at the same time fascinated by the immediacy of ‘now’”, she offers. “It is important to motivate them in their own fields and offer them a strategic, global and modern vision from the first day they are hired, and at the same time to realize the must cultivate their capacity to seize on opportunities as and when they occur”. Anouchah Sanei is highly critical of what she perceives today as a trend to recede into a national, ever-anxious, survival mode.

Since she is not exactly sure what being a UTC Godmother implies, Anouchah Sanei suggested that she could help share her eXperience by moderating debating groups, or even on-line chat sessions to fully play her role as mentor to the new graduates. “UTC, from the very beginning, tried to welcome ‘the best’ candidates, in terms of their school track-records, but also recruited some original profiles where their sense of developing and fostering relationships and their innate entrepreneurial spirit enriched each and every class”, she underlines insisting on this highly important and specific feature which is the trade mark of the university. “When you enter a world level recruiting arena, you must be able to recognize that competition is not only important per se but it is also quality-intensive and companies tend to be careful in the way they look at criteria, between those of a European university and any other HE establishment on another continent; certainly a well-educated brain is necessary, but above all, you need a well-connected, adaptable brain that will be the only cutting edge advantage you can offer to ensure due recognition in the world for our scholastic predispositions in France”, she underlines, to conclude.