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Maria de la Peña
Responsible for Interlibrary Loan
From: Madrid, Spain

I love working with information, performing searches on internet and discover new things I’m interested on… and also I’m an avid movie goer and lover, and thus so from time to time I read film magazines, and back then I even had the chance to go to a two or three film press conferences and movie sessions for critics. When I had to decide what I wanted to study at university while talking with my cousins about the pros and cons of the careers I had in mind, with their help then I had it clear, Library and Information Sciences, it looked like the best way to combine both passions.

My goal while studying the career was to work at the archive of a production company or film magazine, and at that time my thought was that I’d NEVER wanted to work at a library as, even at college, it had that old book store, old woman with glasses falling down her nose and hushing feeling for me. But you never know what life has in store…

In 2011 after coming back from Sweden for my Erasmus and whlie finishing my Final Master Project, a very good friend of mine from college told me that her fellow time here at IE Library was coming to an end and that if I was interested in doing a fellow period. I thought that I could give it a try as it was a fellow period and in a very good place. Also as of yet I didn’t have any professional practice in libraries whereas in other areas I had, and being an information professional, of course I had to try everything I had the chance to in order to get to know as much as possible, because you know, professional deflection.

Then, when I started working at the IE Library was when things got interesting for me. Being here has shown me that it doesn’t matter how many experience you think you have (on anything), everything will have its twist. I learnt that libraries are not book warehouses, we have more of an information provider role if you want, and yes, libraries can have cutting edge technologies and having them has sense indeed.

That’s what I love the most of IE Library, it’s bet on technologies, which has shown me that resources now are everywhere and on every format. This has allowed me to represent the IE Library and IE as well in quite a number of places here in Spain and abroad as well while presenting our technologies such as My IE Library APP, the concept of Vertical Library, IE Tags Beat, Smart Libraries… I can assure that we are one of the first libraries on implementing those technologies and we have inspired others with them.

Also, on a more personal note, what I love not from the IE Library but from all IE is its international environment. I love travelling and meeting new people from all over the world, so I was really happy to be able to continue that here. I really love having such a close interaction with students, professors and staff and to exchange ideas or just a small talk, that’s one of the best parts of my job here for me. Of course everything can be up for improvement, but I think that the human touch never should be lost, and that we have it here. See you at the Library!

Bio: María de la Peña studied Library and Information Sciences at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), completing her master degree in Sweden at Borås University. While studding for her degree she worked on several internships on different companies, giving her a wider look and experience on librarianship, archives and documentation. In 2011 she started working at IE Business School Library; where she has been able to get experience on all the processes involving the library management such as cataloguing, acquisitions, circulation, interlibrary loan, communication or user training. She currently is developing a PhD on documentation at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a study on the last 40 years of documentation of the Latin American and Caribbean section of IFLA.



Patricia Morales: one of the “veterans” of IE

Written on November 2, 2017 by Campus Life in IE Stories

Patricia Morales
Executive Director of Master Programs at HST
From: Madrid, Spain

I can proudly declare that I am one of the ‘veterans’ at IE. I still recall my first day at work as Program Assistant of the International MBA program. Since the first moment I felt captured by the diversity and quality of our student body. Back then there were only 100 students in the program and we had to take attendance every morning. It gave us the opportunity to learn their names and start building a relationship with them. This is what I always have liked the most about my work: to have the opportunity to help and guide the students and also to learn from them about their different cultures, religions and behaviors. I have had the honor and pleasure of seeing many groups of amazing students graduate and I still get moved even today when students receive their diplomas during graduation. We know how much time and effort they have devoted to achieving their goal and we feel we have an important role in contributing to their success.

I have been developing my professional career at IE for the last 17 years in a range of different positions. First at IE Business School and more recently at the IE School of Human Sciences and Technology. I feel happy to be part of HST – this growing, ambitious and innovative School with a lot of projects in its portfolio. In my role as Executive Director of Master Programs at HST, I coordinate a team of fantastic people. This is the most challenging but enriching part of my work. We all work hard to enhance our students’ experience and make it unforgettable. Our motto at HST is “tough love”.

On a more personal level I can share with you that I am married and I have two children, a boy of 17, and a girl of 14. Last July my husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Now that our children are more independent and we have more free time, we like to spend our leisure time travelling by motorbike. What I most enjoy in these road travels is to be in contact with nature and discover new picturesque small villages and landscapes. Also it gives us the opportunity to meet new people that also shares the passion for motorbikes. I am also passionate about cinema. I like to go to the cinema at least twice a month, alone or with my daughter.

During my years at IE, I have witnessed the enormous growth and transformation our institution, but I feel that despite all of this change, our main values remain the same: diversity, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and a humanistic approach. This mix is what make us different and unique. I still feel it is a privilege to be part of this community.

Bio: Patricia Morales de Setién is the Executive Director of Master Programs at IE’s School of Human Sciences and Technology (HST). She is responsible for coordinating the operational team and working closely with the Deans and Vice-Deans of the school to identify and implement operational excellence among HST’s diverse Masters programs, Patricia holds a BA in Psychology from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, as well as an Executive Master in Business Administration from IE Business School, and an MA in Human Resources from ESIC.


Katharina Streibich
International MBA January 2017 intake
President, IE Women in Business Club
From: Bühl, Germany

A couple of weeks ago, the admissions office asked me to present the IMBA to prospective students and to answer their questions regarding IE, the program and living in Madrid.

In preparation for the call, I thought about the three reasons why I chose the IMBA: Its internationality, its set-up and its focus on Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

First, I guess having 92% international students, is one of IE’s biggest assets. We all love the different national parties and club events to taste local specialties, such as Tequila, Aguardiente, Pisco or delicious German beer at Oktoberfest. However, the true value add are the study groups. My first study group represented almost all continents and it was interesting to see how the dynamics changed over time. Whereas the (Latin) Americans and the Europeans were quite communicative and participative from the very beginning, it needed a karaoke party to reveal the real personality of some Asian fellows. However, the study groups are not only a lot of fun, but also a unique and save learning environment, both from a personal and professional point of view.

Second, the flexible set-up of the IMBA allows us to have the same benefits as in a two-year MBA program. Having the chance to do either an internship or the start-up lab as part of the MBA was one of the key reason why I chose IE. Although I love to live in the IE-bubble, I decided to leave Madrid during the summer to conduct an internship in London. Especially for students who want to change their career an internship is a great learning and networking experience.

Third, having worked as a Consultant before, I wanted to understand in detail what all those digital buzz-words, which I put on my slides, really mean and how they impact our lives, both in the short- and long-term. IE is the only top business school in Europe, that offers basically a class or club for every single digital technology.

Another reason why most of us love IE, is the rich campus life directly in the heart of Madrid. IE has plenty of national, industry, sports, and social clubs. Being a member of such a club is not only a great networking experience, but also a great chance to strengthen your soft- and hard-skills.

To come back to my call with the prospective students and the advice I gave them. – The IMBA is a great chance to experiment and to reach new limits. For some things, such as internships, you have to be a bit more proactive, but at the end of the day thanks to the program’s flexibility everything is possible at IE. So, make the most out of it and even more importantly ENJOY the exiting time!!!

Bio: Katharina, is an IMBA student from the January 2017 intake and will graduate in December. She just returned from London, where she completed the IMBA in Practice Internship at Here at IE, Katharina is leading the Women in Business and the Technology & Innovation club. Prior to her MBA, Katharina worked for 5.5 years at Accenture Strategy in the area of Strategy and Digital Finance in Munich, Germany. Before starting her professional career, Katharina studied in the UK, France, Germany, and Argentina.

Katharina loves sports, travelling, good food, modern art, and history.


Andrey Pereira: first triathlon – and lifetime lessons

Written on October 19, 2017 by Campus Life in IE Stories

Andrey Pereira
International MBA January 2017 intake
President, IE Finance and Capital Markets Club
From: Refice, Brazil

MBA is becoming special for the reasons you never believe it would. Sure, knowledge is important, contacts, diversity, exposure, etc. but what about the little other things?

I am not an athlete precisely, especially with so much cañas y tapas this year. Gym was part of the routine but had never participated in a Triathlon competition. The dream about finishing one seemed quite distant.

This year is about to experiment – appealing to the cliché – getting out of your comfort zone. So, meet Andrey: one of those obstinate people that when decide to commit to something, go all in. It was like that when parallel to the MBA I decided to take the CFA 1 (approved :)), or when instead of traveling I decided to spend the summer in London trading financial assets (which is not particularly fun when you check all your friend’s fb pictures in the Mediterranean Sea…), or when I joined and was elected President of IE Finance & Capital Markets Club, or even when I decided to participate in the Santander Barcelona Olympic Triathlon (1.5km open waters swimming, 40km pedaling, 10km running), which took place last Sunday 06/10.

First things first, if you know you are not good at something, try to contact those who are good at it.  I reached out to Imad Khochman and Christian Santa Cruz, two IRONMAN finishers with lots of experiences to get on board on this venture.  First lifetime lesson: If you believe you can do something, you are already 50% there, but you always need inspiration and support from REAL people. You can become as good as the people you associate with. Choose wisely who you want to partner up for your projects in life and use admiration as the main criteria for selecting the people. Thank you, Imad and Christian!

Second lifetime lesson: Preparation! I learned that good things always take time to happen (which is a harsh reality for millennials.). Putting together time to exercise required some sacrifices in other areas. Spending a summer in London was not that fun but I found an open water swimming spot in the city and went there three times a week. Without this experience in open waters I would had never completed the race.

Third lifetime lesson: learn to celebrate small accomplishments. Swimming 1.5km in semi-cold open waters ultimately everybody can do it (trust me, I’m not a great swimmer), it’s not a milestone to put on your CV either, but learning to celebrate small accomplishment like this will give the joy and motivation to go for the big accomplishments.

On Saturday (one day before the race) we drove to Barcelona early morning and the worst thing that could happen, happened. Food poisoning. What a bummer! 3 months dedicating 12 hours of exercise per week for nothing… spent all Saturday in bed at the Hotel with only coconut water. Felt weak, frustrated and frankly, pathetic.

Sunday morning arrived and against all common sense and body conditions I decided to race anyway. Fourth lifetime lesson: If you come so far, don’t walk away.

At the end my overall time was far behind from what I was aiming for. Running was a nightmare. Can’t say I had joy during the race because I didn’t, but the final lesson here, certain sufferings are worth if you can visualize the big picture. Like the one I was staring at in the photo on the right: the finishing line 🙂

Bio: Andrey was born in Recife, north east coast of Brazil. Has lived in 5 countries and developed his career in the Banking industry in Latin America. When not studying/working he enjoys music, reading, outdoors, dancing latin rhythms and his church activities on weekends.


Javier de Cendra: why IE?

Written on October 11, 2017 by Campus Life in IE Stories

Javier de Cendra
Dean of IE Law School
President of the Law Schools Global League
From: Madrid, Spain

Kudos to Campus life for taking the time to look past IE´s employees visiting cards to find out a bit more about their lives and interests!

I should start by explaining why I decided to join IE, over four years ago. When I was first contacted about a new opening at the law school, I was working at University College London and did not know much about IE. Nor was I thinking in leaving the UK, as I had already changed countries a few times within a short time span (UK, Belgium, The Netherlands and back to the UK), was married to a wonderful Belgian woman, and had three kids. But the fact that I have been born and raised in Madrid, and that most of my family still lived there, were two additional reasons to take the possibility very seriously.

So, I decided to undertake some research. I was quite surprised and impressed by what I found. Here´s why. I found an institution of higher education that was trying, quite simply and nonchalantly, to reinvent higher education by applying to it a globally oriented, entrepreneurially minded, tech-enabled, humanistic, approach. Ok, I grant that was not the language used at that point in time, but the vision and mission were there nonetheless. Moreover, IE had something to back up its mission, particularly—but not only—its leading positions in international business school rankings.

This was intriguing to say the least, as those adjectives do not generally match my experience at a good number of internationally oriented universities. Indeed, the entire idea of a university having an integrated strategy to achieve some well determined goals beyond promoting excellence in teaching and research is a rather novel, and not yet very widespread, idea.

After some time at IE I became convinced that it has what it takes to achieve its mission. This is a young, dynamic, creative, open, diverse, and forward looking institution. A place to grow and help others grow, while making a well-considered contribution to one of the great challenges throughout history: how to better educate citizens so that they may reach their full potential and fulfil their own mission. At IE Law School, we take this as a starting point to develop a range of programmes and activities that can achieve that in the legal professions. Not a bad place to be at all…

Bio: Javier de Cendra is the Dean of IE Law School. He is also President of the Law Schools Global League, member of the governing board of the International Association of Law Schools, Honorary Senior Research fellow at University College London Faculty of Law, Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Energy Institute, legal expert at Sustainability College Brugge, and member of the boards of several reserach centres and think tanks.

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