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My MBAT journey actually started in February with an audition. We were all excited about the audition as dance club coordinators and we all wanted to find dancers who were going to represent IE in MBAT. Even though I was a coordinator, I also competed with everyone to get in to the team and at the end we created our dream team. It was exciting to meet with so many new and good dancers there.salsa5

salsa2During these months I was in the second term of my MBA and it was getting harder every day. It was impossible for us to start practicing and doing all the group works and presentations. The workload was too much. One day we changed our mindset and started seeing dance practices as small escapes from all the craziness we had been going through.

Learning a completely new choreography is always hard and getting to know a new dance partner at the same time is even harder. We started creating our choreography but there was something missing, the charm.

One day before MBAT, 02:00 am in Madrid. Still having fun!



During our practices we got a lot of help from Talent Show winners Manan&Vanessa and thanks to them we were able to add little details to our dance. Last 2 weeks every night we met in the studio and spent at least 3 hours a day. That was a real commitment. Sometimes we needed to sacrifice the things we loved to make it to the practice. However, I still can say every second was worth it because we became a family. I am really proud that I got the chance to represent IE with my favorite sport, Salsa!     

             It’s show time! We are ready! Ricardo, Berna, Kareem, Suzy, Arslan, Olivia                




Written on June 24, 2016 by Campus Life in Other Activities, Professional

TEDxIEMadrid-2016-JG-011We all went through a stage when growing up where curiosity sparked. We started to question the norms and our most frequent question was “Why?”.  This curiosity might have driven our parents crazy but was a pivotal point in our development where we start learning more about the world, the things we can and can’t do and other common social norms.  However, at some point for many of us asking the question of “why” starts to happen less frequently. Why does this happen and how can we change this?

The second edition of TEDxIEMadrid event took place at Google Campus on June 2nd where 11 speakers took the stage to share their Why Not? ideas, when they questioned an internal thought, a potential new opportunity, a new career path and asked: “Why Not?”

TEDxIEMadrid-2016-JG-068Michelle Raymond opened the event with a solo musical performance followed by a speech that gave the audience goosebumps of “How to Tune in and Out” sharing her experience about being authentic and the challenges she has had to overcome. Dr. Rolf Strom-Olsen had us questioning the current misalignment between valuation and share-holder’s interests with his talk “Towards a Better Capitalism” and Kamayani Gupta, inspired us all to pack our bags and taught the benefits of traveling solo with: “Why Travel Solo?”. Luca Torre shared with us a simple idea: Managing instead of Measuring on the Impact Investing arena with, “Can we invest to promote social change”. Eddy Travia explained how blockchain works and “How the Blockchain Revolution Will Change Our Lives”. Finally, Eva Katharina Herber closed the first half of the event sharing how “Meaning Works” and how we all can create meaning in our day to day lives.

The second half of the event started with a powerful spoken word poetry performance titled “Questions Asked” by IE MDVM students Gonzalo Camúñez, Clarissa Rotzel, Jonathan Nelson and Michele Richner. Dr. Mark Esposito showed us a new way dive within uncertainty with his “DRIVE the Future as It Unfolds” talk and Diana Ruano gave us a clue on how to change the way we look at non-profits re-branding them with “Bursting the Bubble of Non-Profits”.  IE Alumni, Maria Sirotkina showed us how much we can learn and engage with our community if we just “Open a Bakery”, not every business can be a Unicorn. Dr. Deborah McCauley shared how we need to change the way we look at wildlife conservation in her talk “The Missing Piece in Wildlife Conservation”. Yetunde Hofmann closed the event by spreading love and passion to the audience with her “Why Not Have Love in Business?” talk. The entire event was hosted by Marta Gonzalez Perez a current IE MCC Student and part of the TEDxIEMadrid organizing team.

TEDxIEMadrid-2016-JG-046 About 100 people from IE Business School and Madrid attended the event to hear the TEDxIEMadrid talks and network with other likeminded people. Audience members were greeted with a Why Not? Gift bag that reminded them to keep asking Why Not? And jot down any notes in a custom notepad. During the breaks and final cocktail hour participants mingled, took pictures in a dedicated photo booth and were able to feel as if they were speaking on stage with Virtual Reality technology provided by VGrounds.

TEDxIEMadrid was an incredible event, it got people thinking of new ideas, asking more questions and sharing their stories.  We can all be inspired when we listen to others as well as ask the question: Why Not?

Videos and photos from the event will be shared soon.  Follow TEDxIEMadrid on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all the info.



Written on June 20, 2016 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Jardin Botanico

In this beautiful summer the Partner’s Club arrange a visit to The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, an 8-hectare botanical garden located at Murillo Square, in front of the Prado Museum. There we can know many different plants, fruits and flower growing in the nature. It was really beautiful to see the vegetation you have in this garden, some of there from other countries. As always we have a lot of fun and we could learn something about this amazing place.

The garden was founded on 1755, by King Ferdinand VI, and installed in the Orchard of Migas Calientes, near what today is called Puerta de Hierro, on tJardin Botanico2he banks of the Manzanares River. It contained more than 2,000 plants. The herbarium is the largest in Spain, and has now has over a million specimens.[1]

Since 1939 the garden has been dependent on the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and in 1942 was declared Artistic Garden. Today’s garden is divided into seven major outdoor sections and five greenhouses. Total collections include about 90,000 plants and flowers, and 1,500 trees. It also contains a substantial herbarium.

The garden’s two greenhouses are divided into four rooms. The Graëlls greenhouse dates from the nineteenth century and exhibits tropical plants and bryophytes. The newer structure supports three climates: tropical, temperate, and desert.

The herbarium was established in 1846, and now contains about a million specimens from around the world organized into two collections: phanerogams and cryptogams.[1]





Real-time monitoring of student health, happiness, and well-being is now a reality

Jouy en Josas, April 26th 2016

HEC Paris joins with IE Madrid to offer its MBA and EMBA students real-time monitoring of their health, happiness, and well-being. Building on the Connected Care Project, financed by Intel, iHealth Labs, and the HEC Foundation, Arkéa Sécurité, a division of Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, will use its dashboard to collect data from HEC Paris and IE Madrid students no matter where they are located. The iHealth Edge and iHealth Air Pulse oximeter automatically upload data through the participants’ smartphones which is then stored on iHealth Labs secure servers. The Arkéa Sécurité dashboard extracts and displays this data with a series of graphs. The biodata generated by the students will be updated every 10 minutes. A quick look at the screen each morning will let professors know how much sleep their students had the previous evening in addition to physical activity, cardiac frequency, blood oxygen levels and other data about the students. Occasional mini stress surveys can also be displayed which might encourage faculty to adjust their assignment due dates and work load.

Michael Segalla, Ph.D., Professor of Management in HEC Paris’s Department of Management and Human Resources directs the Connected Care Project. Supporting the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles made possible by advanced wearable technology over 650 students enrolled in the HEC Paris MBA and EMBA as well as IE Madrid MBA programs were offered activity and cardiac trackers to measure movement (walking, running etc.), sleeping pattern, pulse rate, and blood oxygen levels. The MBA and EMBA students will enjoy this unique opportunity from February 2016 to June 2017.

The project collects this bio-performance data along with psychosocial online assessments of health, happiness, and personal stress. This data helps the researchers identify situations that might contribute to lower personal cognitive performance.  Continuously measuring the effects of physical activity, sleep, and cardiac function is the key benefit of using these advanced tracking devices.  Upon the conclusion of this experiment, HEC Paris will be releasing a white paper containing the results of this experiment.Dashboard

According to Professor Segalla, “our students will directly benefit from this experiment, made possible by the advanced monitoring software developed by Arkéa Sécurité, because it offers direct feedback reminding them to be active and sleep regularly.  Furthermore, we are developing a business case for the technology.  It is a sad fact that firms are probably spending more money on monitoring the physical state of machine using advanced sensors connected to networks  they are on monitoring the physical health and well-being of employees.  The new technology however helps firms that care about their employees live healthier and happier lives, at work and at home. A major impediment to fulfilling the vision of activity tracker manufacturers is employee acceptance.  Although activity trackers come in many styles with varying functions and features, they are often seen as a “geeky” devices that invade the privacy of users.  Few users of Google, Yahoo, or Bing search engines or social networks really understand the extent that their privacy is virtually gone. Activity trackers need to deliver more than steps or heart rate and when they find their killer app their acceptance will growth tremendously.”

This technology allows the research team, which includes Gilles Montalescot, MD, Ph.D. (Professor of Cardiology at the University of Paris VI, and Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris) and Dr. Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, Ph.D.  (Co-Director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research) access to high quality, near real-time physical performance data. According to Yvon Le Bihan, CEO of Arkea Sécurité “this project leverages our flexible and innovative platform for connected health and telecare services. HEC Paris’s offer to be the lead supplier of this highly secure is an important acknowledgment of the capacity of our technology to collect and process huge amounts of data.”

Professor Segalla believes that HEC Paris and IE Madrid will lead the way in this rapidly developing technology and that companies will be able to help employees be healthier, happier, and more productive.

About IE Madrid:

IE is an international institution dedicated to educating business leaders through programs based on our core values of global focus, entrepreneurial spirit and a humanistic approach.

Our 500-strong, international faculty teaches a student body composed of more than 90 nationalities on our Undergraduate (IE University), Master, and Doctorate degrees, and Executive Education programs. Our alumni, now numbering over 40,000, hold management positions in some 100 countries worldwide.

We champion high-quality research coupled with multidisciplinary, integrative education programs. Designed to address market demands, our innovative learning processes comprise a blend of online and onsite formats, making IE a pioneer in international education. IE Business School was ranked the fifth business school in Europe by the Financial Times’ overall business school ranking in December 2015.


About HEC Paris:

Specializing in management education and research, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters programs, Summer School, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA, TRIUM Global Executive MBA, open-enrolment and custom executive education programs.

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris is a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay. It boasts a faculty of 138 full-time professors, more than 4,400 students and over 8,000 managers and executives in training each year. HEC Paris was ranked the second business school in Europe by the Financial Times’ overall business school ranking in December 2015. @HECParis

About Arkéa Sécurité:

Arkéa Sécurité, subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, provides Telecare, Home Security and Connected Health services. With more than 12,000 customers, Arkéa Assistance, the telecare division of Arkéa Sécurité, launched with success a connected watch a year ago to offer mobile telecare services. With its open and innovative platform, Arkéa Sécurité can address the need of any customers in the field of health, security and care. For more information please visit or

About iHealth:

iHealth, established in Silicon Valley in 2009, is a world leader in connected health, producing and distributing innovative health products that allow users to better understand their bodies’ vital signs. Clinically approved, iHealth has created a complete ecosystem of products, from blood pressure monitors, glucometers, body analysis scales and pulse oximeters, through to activity and sleep monitors. With the free iHealth MyVitals app, available on iOS and Android, users can analyse and follow their health statistics, trends and simultaneously share them with their doctors or families.

iHealth also offers a product line for health professionals, paired with a dedicated application called iHealthPro; connecting doctors and patients. Directed by Uwe Diegel in Europe, iHealth benefits from its experience of over 20 years in the manufacturing of medical devices. For more information please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook






(*Spanish version below)

The objective of Global Village 2017 is to celebrate cultural, artistic and gastronomic diversity of IE community within an institutional and academic environment. Thus, in order to make sure that the event is sustainable and runs smoothly and peacefully, all the participants have to adhere to the following code of conduct:

  • The participants will have to consume alcohol responsibly. The organizers of the event and security guards will have a right to expel from the event those who show symptoms of drunkenness.
  • It is strictly prohibited to bring any alcohol to the event from the outside. In such case the alcohol will be confiscated by the security at the entrance. The consumption of alcohol will be limited to 2 drinks per person which can be obtained at the Bar.
  • Disrespectful or violent behavior will not be tolerated. Any activities violating IE Code of Ethics will be subject to commencing the established procedures.
  • All the participants should respect the environment and maintain the facilities clean.

Those who do not comply with the above code of conduct and/or IE Code of Ethics may be expelled from the event without prejudice to additional academic sanctions.


GLOBAL VILLAGE 2017 tiene por objetivo la celebración de la diversidad cultural, artística y gastronómica de todos aquellos que conforman la Comunidad IE, dentro de un entorno académico e institucional. Por lo tanto, y con el fin de hacer de este acto un evento sostenible y que se desarrolla con total normalidad en un ambiente distendido,  todos los participantes deben atenerse a las siguiente normativa:

  • Los asistentes deben hacer un consumo de alcohol responsable. Los miembros del Comité de Organización y de Seguridad se reservan el derecho de expulsar del evento a todo aquel que presente síntomas de embriaguez.
  • Queda terminantemente prohibido introducir bebidas alcohólicas del exterior, procediéndose a su requisa en el control de acceso al evento. El consumo de bebidas alcohólicas estará limitado a 2 consumiciones por persona que se podrán adquirir en el Bar.
  • No se tolerará ningún acto de carácter irrespetuoso o violento. Cualquier tipo de conducta que viole el Código Ético de IE, será objeto de apertura del proceso establecido.
  • Se ruega a todos los asistentes ser respetuosos con el entorno y mantener limpias las instalaciones.

Cualquier participante que incumpla la presente normativa y/o el Código Ético de IE podrá ser expulsado del evento, sin perjuicio de las posibles sanciones adicionales que se deriven desde el ámbito académico.

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