Romain Sombret, KEDGE Alumni, selected to carry the Olympic Flame!

KEDGE alumnus Romain Sombret will have the privilege of carrying the Olympic Flame on May 9, a moment that KEDGE proudly celebrates.

Banque Populaire Méditerranée (BPMED), an Official Sponsor of the Paris 2024 Torch Relays, has selected Romain Sombret, a graduate of KEDGE's Global Executive MBA program in Marseille, from among its members, customers, and employees to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay for the 2024 Olympics. A total of 28 Olympic Torchbearers have been chosen. Each of them will carry out a 200-meter relay; 200 meters of rare intensity, such is the impact of this experience, and such is this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

But let's go back to Romain's background. After starting his career in logistics in Côte d'Ivoire, he went on to become a Supply Chain Project Manager at Gemplus/Gemalto, then Africa and Middle East Area Manager in the Telecom Business Unit. Each step has shaped his expertise.

As a volunteer, he helped Diambars, the Senegalese professional soccer club, with an exciting development project and joined its Board of Directors 2 years later in 2009, after obtaining his Executive MBA degree from KEDGE, before fully devoting himself to his passion: entrepreneurship. Alongside his wife, also a KEDGE alumna, he has created sports complexes, a professional e-sports team, and recently acquired a company specializing in the customization of video game controllers.

Q: RS, you are a graduate of KEDGE's Executive MBA program. What did this degree bring you?

RS: "I loved this period of my life, which enriched me both personally and professionally through the quality of the teachers, the academic and professional exchanges, and the quality and variety of backgrounds and personalities within the group of program participants. The program has been a catalyst for me to rethink my personal life and has given me the tools I need to realize my entrepreneurial dream.”


Romain concludes: "In 1998, I did my 2nd-year internship with 100% immersion in the soccer World Cup in Marseille. It was where I discovered the magic of major sporting events. So, 26 years later, I am more than honored to be able to carry the flame in the city that has since largely adopted me."

KEDGE shares the pride of seeing one of its Alumni realize his dreams and ambitions. We look forward to seeing Romain light up this event with the flame of success and determination.