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How This Dakar Rally Sports Star Is Using Her Master In Business To Succeed

Rebecca Busi trained rigorously for the Dakar Rally alongside studying a Master in Business at EAE Barcelona—here’s how she used her business degree to get to the finish line


Mon Nov 14 2022

Italian-born Rebecca Busi is no stranger to a challenge. At just 25 years old, she became the youngest female competitor to finish the 2022 Dakar Rally, the world’s most extreme motorsport race. 

Racing across the Saudi Arabian desert for up to 12 days, the annual Dakar Rally is not for the faint-hearted. It requires resilience, strategic thinking, and determination.

Yet, studying an International Master's degree at EAE Business School Barcelona alongside her sports training gave her the right mindset and determination she needed to go full speed ahead. 

BusinessBecause caught up with Rebecca to find out how she’s using her Master in Business to succeed in the 2023 Dakar Rally.

Balancing the Dakar Rally alongside a Master in Business 

Inspired by her father’s love for motorsport, Rebecca first got behind the wheel at 14 years old. Her father dreamed of making it to the Dakar Rally, but sadly never did. So, when Rebecca turned 25, she decided to turn what was once a hobby into a career and carry on his legacy. 

Having never raced competitively before, the Dakar Rally was even more challenging for Rebecca, but she was determined to make herself known in the sporting world. aa8bc619236ca1e78e9c7302cf81aee8b25f34ed.png

“When you’re a woman in motorsport, it’s very difficult to find your place. I struggled a lot with self-doubt and knew that if I wanted to prove myself, I would have to compete in a huge race,” she says. 

When training for the race, it’s important to be in your car in tough conditions as much as you can, but with a limited budget, Rebecca focused instead on being mentally prepared and planning strategically. 

When Rebecca enrolled on the Master in International Business (MIB) at EAE Business School Barcelona, she knew it would be difficult to manage the training while studying but she wanted to use her learnings to give herself an edge in the competition. 

As she was embarking on an international sporting career, moving abroad to study the Master in Business in Barcelona was the perfect fit for Rebecca. 

Living in an intercultural city and studying alongside a diverse cohort with 88% international students, she learned to present herself professionally to a worldwide audience and potential sponsors. 

“I looked for ways to apply everything I learned to my training and position in the competition,” Rebecca says.

In her spare time, she says she loved to experience the city’s vibrant culture, with the excitement of the city mirroring her fast-paced racing endeavors. 

When beginning a program at EAE Business School Campus Barcelona, students embark on two weeks of events to start networking and get involved in activities to explore the city. 

In Barcelona, you'll see architecture such as Antoni Gaudí's La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, explore the Gothic Quarter, experience the city's museums and art galleries, and try out Catalan cuisine. 

Leveraging the skills from a Master in Business to get ahead in the Dakar Rally

Alongside attending classes at EAE Barcelona, Rebecca trained intensely for the Dakar Rally. After classes, she trained in the gym and each week she travelled from Barcelona to Italy to train and organize her team for the competition.

“My cohort and professors were so supportive in helping me to keep up with the workload. We planned study sessions and there was lots of group work where I could learn from others and seek advice,” she says.  

Rebecca also says how studying the Master in Business alongside her training helped her to become her own manager, strategize her training and competition plan, and to liaise professionally with her American sponsor.

“During the program at EAE Business School, I was constantly developing my business acumen and learning to speak better English, which was invaluable when presenting myself to the sporting world for the first time,” Rebecca says. 

In the ‘Marketing and Commercialization in an International Environment’ course, students engage in innovation to create a new product and present it to the market, with groups battling it out to create the most successful product.  

“My competitive streak definitely came out,” she laughs, “but applying the marketing perspective of the task to my own situation, I recognized myself as the product and from there I learned invaluable lessons about how to sell myself to sponsors and journalists in the market.” 

Applying an international lens, Rebecca says the Master in Business also taught her how to interact with people from different cultures and countries, which has proved vital in her sports career.

In the ‘People Management’ course, students study topics such as intercultural management, diversity and inclusion, and emotional intelligence. 

At EAE Barcelona, students can also join clubs such as Sport and Wellness, the Entrepreneurship Club, and the Women's Initiative who arrange activities and networking events with investors and industry leaders to connect with Barcelona's business world. 

The city is a leading center in Europe for entrepreneurship and innovation, home to a booming startup ecosystem. Grads will also find top multinational companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and King, a worldwide video game tech company. 

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Realizing the long-term value of a Master in Business

After crossing the finish line in seventh place in her first Dakar Rally and graduating from the Master in Business at EAE Barcelona, Rebecca has dived straight into her training for the 2023 Dakar Rally where she hopes to lead the only female Italian team in the competition to success. 

As the stakes have increased and Rebecca is building her personal brand, she is continually leaning on her skills. 

She says she is meeting more and more people from around the world, both her competitors and potential sponsors, and is working on growing her social media base, which is currently at 44,000 followers on Instagram. 

“It’s not in my character to take the easy route. Studying the Master in Business alongside my training has taught me to always challenge myself, which is paying off in my sporting career,” she says. 

Student Reviews

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Amazing tutors

I did a MBA online that was deliberately spread out over 3 years as I was in full-time employment at the time. Building relationships with the tutors was by far the greatest outcome of this degree. Yes, the course content was OK (some units were far better than others) but the connections made were worth the entire cost. Hence the 5 stars. The tutors were practising entrepreneurs and experts, so the information they gave was 100% applicable. The tutors that really stood out were Luís Losantos and Martín Garcia, who not only gave their time to answer questions during the course but continued to provide help and guidance after my degree ended. As it was an online course, it was difficult to build strong relationships with my peers, but I also could have made more effort on that front. I am still part of a WhatsApp group and I see dinners being organised from time to time. All in all, the MBA was well worth the time it took. A big thank you to all the EAE team for the experience.




On Campus


I like the technical classes because I can learn lots of skills and the professors here are so nice and responsible. Due to the pandemic, all sessions were recorded, so if we are not clear about some knowledge, we can redo it from campus.

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Experience of a student at EAE Business School.

During the time that I was studying the masters in finance, I lived many pleasant experiences. Where not only I learned academically but also about the values of the university, which served me for my professional and personal growth. It is a university with excellent teachers, a very good academic environment, with a focus on getting students out of there with a high level of knowledge and competence in the workplace, always being hand in hand with the current world (In my case, in financial matters and everything related) its facilities are also adequate. On the other hand, the academic management is very focused on always giving a good personal service to the student and finally the opportunity that EAE Business School offers to colcoarte in the labor market through its own stock market. I recommend EAE Business School.




Very good Networking team

It is an excellent business school, with a very good team of teachers, experts in their areas. The amount of people from different countries of the world who come here to study opens the doors to the multicultural and explore from person to person as part of the work is done in each of those countries. The school has good facilities, the administrative team has improved, which is where they might have some faults but the rest is recommended to anyone who decides to do any of their Masters.!




Incredible experience!!

I always wanted to study outside of my native country (Peru), especially in a master's degree that combines technology with business knowledge. The master that I studied at EAE business School fulfilled my expectations not only with the knowledge imparted but also with the filter of the students who were in the classroom. All were very interesting profiles in such a way that there was a good contribution from everyone.

Maria Soledad



International MBA

I had an enriching experience studying at EAE. I have enjoyed the multicultural group of students who attended and almost all the teachers have been very well prepared and dedicated to the students. I believe that the one thing that EAE could improve is the network between the students and companies for laboral trainees. However, I would definitely recommend this business school.




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I study Master in Couching, emotional intelligence and management development. Therefore my opinion is from that angle. It is a dynamic, agile and very present University. Economically it may seem expensive, but what it is, it is valuable. He knows that true knowledge goes through practice and structures the course accordingly. highly recommended!




An excellent option

It is a well-known school in Spain, which belongs to the important group of companies Planeta and which has offices in Barcelona and Madrid. Among the many benefits that I find, are: Very varied courses, very qualified and human teaching staff, very comfortable facilities with many services, staff of the school willing to help all students, ....... That is why I confirm that it is an excellent option!





One if the best universities in Spain. The education is really good and instructors are well educated. They univerisity have to many different cultures which is great to do connecetions and know more about different cultures. The way they teach and give classes and business games are great and usefull for your daily basis not just in business. Please the instructors and students are so friendly.