Connor Sullivan

Connor Sullivan, United States
Full-Time MBA Class of 2022

Professional Roles, Achievements and Activities

  • FinTech Club Founding Member
  • President of Sales & Business Development Club
  • ESADE Runners Leader

What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?

My parents lived in Tokyo during the ’80s and moved back to the United States to start a family. I was the firstborn into a large Irish Catholic family living in the New York City area. Growing up, my mother tutored Japanese American children in our home during weekdays. After English class was dismissed, the student’s mothers would drop off Japanese candies or food. “Nori” became a favourite lunchtime staple of mine, despite the ridicule of my classmates. These early experiences helped me develop a connection with the outside world. Twenty-some years later, I was on a one-way flight to Singapore’s Changi Airport. I remember the conversations with co-workers before leaving “You’re moving where?”

Over the next couple years, I experienced life on the other side of the world, working in Singapore, Hong Kong & Tokyo.  It is was equally exciting & challenging, and where I received my first cultural crash course.  It is also where I met my wife, from Bordeaux, who opened my eyes to another distinctly new (and delicious) culture.  Early last year, in the midst of COVID, we chose Barcelona for the next stop in our journey.  To us, we saw Barcelona as a global city that was still in touch with its roots, something that resonated with us both.  To me, ESADE represented the same identity, and it is where I’ve found a truly global family here in Spain.  In six months from now, the next chapter in our story will begin as we welcome a Franco-American child here in Barcelona.  While an identity crisis may be on the horizon, we couldn’t be happier to start our family here within Barcelona & ESADE.

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