From London to Montpellier, the "globe-trotter" lecturer, Joe Shami, teaches management of international projects for students on the Bachelor’s programme

With a rich and ultra eclectic experience, Joe Shami has been teaching in the final year of Montpellier BS’s Bachelor’s programme for over 5 years. In his course entitled "International Project Management", this Londoner prefers practical exercises and sharing his experience gained around the world in sectors as diverse as tourism, catering, real estate, IT or energy. Meeting.

"I started my career in the late 80s at Thomson Tour Operations as a Sales Development & Marketing Consultant. This allowed me to work in Florida, Spain, the Caribbean or even North Africa", states Joe Shami. "It was a rich experience that lasted 5 years. After that, I opened a restaurant in Portugal that I ran for just under two years. Then I returned to England as Customer Services Manager for Thomas Cook".

In the mid-90s, captivated by the exciting world of the web, he decided to return to his studies to obtain an MSc in Information Systems at the University of East Anglia (England). A degree that enabled him to take a new turn in his career. In 2000, in parallel with a busy job, he obtained a Master’s in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an MBA from Kingston Business School. It was during this same period that he began his teaching career. And it was by teaching marketing at the University of Perpignan, where he then owned a real estate agency, that Joe Shami heard of Montpellier Business School, which, attracted by the inverted educational method implemented by school, he joined as a teacher.

"In my International Project Management course in English, there is a lot of practical work", continues Joe Shami. "Students begin the year by a Business Case to present orally in which they must present a project to an audience. This is not descriptive, it is persuasive. For example, we won’t talk about the company's history in front of its CEO; he already knows it and that’s a waste of time. On the other hand, knowing how to present the numbers, that's important. Ultimately, the goal is to get the green light for your project by showing that you have done a great job of drilling down. For this, I teach them the "Pecha Kucha method" which allows them to present the most important in 400 seconds and 20 slides, with a slide changing every 20 seconds. It is more dynamic and more exciting. After that, they have to work on the written Project Plan", adds the lecturer from London. "What is important is the quality and not the quantity of pages. You must explain how you are going to achieve the project, but it is not a marketing plan or a communication plan. It is the organisation of the project, everyone’s tasks etc. That's what I am teaching this year to the Bachelor’s classes composed of English-speaking dual or continuous training students who fascinate me and do not deprive me of my international side. In short, it’s a mixture of cultures as I like them".