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Social Responsability Forum 2017

Written on November 6, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional, Social

On 25th October the IE Net Impact Club welcomed more than 150 students and industry thought leaders to its 12th Social Responsibility Forum, “Driving Innovation Around Responsible Business.” The forum, which took place at Aula Magna and Paper Pavillion started with a keynote from Asylbek Kozhakhmetov, Founder & President of Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan. The keynote was followed by a series of concurrent discussions around the topics of driving change in different sectors, leveraging Tech for Innovations in Responsibility and Investing for Impact.

The participants met with industry leaders, luminaries, and members of social impact community. Some of the companies and businesses that were present at the forum were Auara, PwC Spain, BBVA, Impact Hub Madrid, Gjosa & Smixin, Bscale and Bridge for Billions.

Gilles Vromman, Master in Management student, said “As a participant, I was impressed by the diversity of perspectives included: it was truly all-round insight into the topics at hand.”

The IE Net Impact Club would like to thank all those that made the event happen so successfully including all the speakers and coordinators, our sponsors, volunteers, attendees and of course, Campus Life.


The IE Venture Capital & Private Equity Club hosted the School’s first private equity trek to London, a major hub for private equity. Students from IE Business School’s full-time MBA and MIF programs, with private equity, investment banking and consulting experience, spent three days in London (16-18th October).

As part of the trek, members met key private equity firms of different size with diverse investment approaches and geographic focus, building connections with industry and deeper knowledge of investment trends. Participants were also able to actively explore career opportunities in the London market, meeting with a leading private equity recruiter.

Christian Santa Cruz and José Luis Cabal, Board Officers of the VC&PE Club leading the trek observed: “One of the great things about being in London, where some of the largest private equity firms in the world are headquartered, is the access that you have to such a diverse set of international funds, with distinct personalities and cultures.”

The participants met with managing partners and other senior professionals at Actis, Aurelius, Capital Group Private Markets, Inflexion Private Equity Partners, Trilantic Capital Partners and the Tulla Group family office, as well as recruiting firm PER.

Marvin Müller, Master in Finance Student, said: “It was an amazing experience to talk to private equity professionals, and to understand their perspectives on current trends. For students with aspirations to build a career in private equity, meeting key players face-to-face is incredibly valuable.”

The industry trek was originated and led by the IE VC&PE Club, with the support of members of the IE Business School’s community.


The reason why I created the FMCG Club

Written on July 28, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

Most MBA students have the same goal, a career change. The same applies to me. Last year, before coming to IE Business School, I got in contact with alumni from different intakes in order to understand what it is that makes the IMBA different and their recommendations on how to get the most out of the experience. They gave me the following relevant information to consider:

• Try not to make big changes at once. More specifically, if you are already planning on changing country and industry, at least focus on the area where you have a background. The sooner you decide on the area and industry you are interested the better, and you can begin to focus and plan the actions that will permit you to achieve your goal.

– Note: if you don’t know what your goal is, what IE calls a “soul-searcher”, remember that there is nothing wrong with that. You are going to network with a large, diverse group of people from different nationalities and background who will support you and share their experiences to help you make the right choice. Also, remember that nothing last forever and you can adapt and change your goals with hard work.

This is how I began to focus in the Consumer Goods Industry. Whilst, I do not have experience working at a FMCG company, I do have experience working with companies in the sector. But what is my motivation for FMCG? Firstly, the industry is dynamic and diverse. Secondly, innovation is a consistent process due to the need to come up with new ideas to meet and create demand focused on consumer satisfaction. Therefore, the FMCG industry changes fast and is constantly evolving with a strong focus on customer loyalty.

Now, with a goal in mind, I began to focus on the actions I needed to undertake. Firstly, I needed a better understanding of the industry and to improve my network. This lead me to check if the Business School had established any clubs related to FMCG. After finding the contact details, I applied to become a member. This was the first club I applied to, however, I felt there was something wrong because the club didn’t appear active and I didn’t receive any confirmation from the coordinators.

FMCG companies are behind the biggest brands in the world, and operate in an industry that is constantly evolving.

FMCG companies are behind the biggest brands in the world, and operate in an industry that is constantly evolving.

That been said, I went to the IE Campus Life Office to check the reason why there wasn´t any activity what I could do to get more involved, as this had become a topic that I was really excited about. The Campus Office told me that the club had been disactivated and that I should try and reactivate it by collecting 25 signatures. Therefore, I elaborated a proposal with the club purpose and gathered more than 50 signatures.

All this happened in January, during my first days in Madrid and since then we have had an average of at least one event per month, company presentations (Amazon, Nestlé and Mary Kay), having meetings, happy hour networkings and other activities. There is room for improvement and we are working to expand and be awarded with a certificate of one of the best clubs of IE Business School. Achieving this would mean creating a virtuous process for all involved.

What have I learnt from this experience?

Entrepreneurship does not only mean the creation of new ideas, as we have several examples of entrepreneurs that started new business by improving existing models. Entrepreneurship is about having an idea, developing a process and putting it into action, and to do that it is imperative to have strong engagement and teamwork.

“Vision without execution is hallucination” – Thomas Edison

Does this require extra effort and dedication? Yes, especially in the beginning. However, now we have elected coordinators and have a structured club, the purpose is shared, which is very important. This is a great start but we are still looking to improve and develop more.


Igor Souto Araujo

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Mary Kay Presentation

Written on July 28, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

The IE FMCG Club partnering with IE Marketing Club and IE Fashion Club, was delighted to welcome Mary Kay Inc., one of the leading cosmetic companies, at IE Business School.

Business and Human Resources representatives shared with the students their knowledge about the industry, company positioning and opportunities.

With 3.5 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $4 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world.

Carin Mazaira, Alberto Hoffmann, Christoph Janke, Lisa Cheng, Flavia Leggio, Diego Lozano

#fmcg #consumergoods #marykay #iebusinessschool
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Review of the panel discussion held by IE Energy Club and IE International Relations Club at IE

Business School, Madrid on February 7, 2017

Written by Manuel Weissenegger, Master in International Relations Candidate

As geopolitical dynamics unravel, the interrelated questions of clean energy and climate change face significant challenges. On February 7, 2017, we had the opportunity to hear the insights of Gonzalo Escribano, PhD and Lara Lázaro Touza, PhD from the Elcano Royal Institute. First and foremost, I cannot stress enough the fascinating intertwining of politics and economics that the world of energy faces. Decisions made in Washington or Brussels can ripple throughout the globe and have reverberating effects from Riyadh to Algiers. Such decisions can clearly also have dramatic effects on both clean energy and climate change. However, there are two important messages I could catch from this interesting discussion. First, there is hope out there. Second, while the news coming from Washington are certainly important, the US is not the only player in the field. In general, I was convinced that while clean energy and climate change do indeed face critical challenges, media coverage of negative events is exaggerated. Instead, we should not prematurely give up the hopes that a cleaner and more sustainable world is possible.

But what exactly did we learn? On the future of clean energy, Gonzalo Escribano pointed out what follows. First, in current geopolitical debates, energy independence is a key word. However, we should be warned. The notion of full-fledged energy independence is not only far from viable, but even undesirable. As he puts it, “it’s not bad to import renewables”, as long as the import-scheme is sufficiently diversified. A second insight focusing on the domestic level is associated with the power transfer related to renewables. Since clean energy (in most cases) needs a grid, there is a transfer of power from the owner of the source of power to the owner of the grid. This creates a “grid community”. Third, the geopolitics of energy are clearly marked by the recent OPEC deal to curb production. The members (and allies) of the cartel appear to follow through with their pledges. However, this will largely depend on how the Trump administration implements the Iran-nuclear deal. Iran would break the OPEC agreement should it face economic sanction limiting its global positioning in the oil market. This is where the fascinating dynamics of geopolitics become evident. Finally, an understated source of hope comes from the EU’s winter package presented on November 30, 2016 and entitled “Clean Energy For All Europeans”. This package could provide an effective way of diversifying European energy supply from gas to a combination of gas and renewables.

As for climate change, the situation does appear more dire. Again, the gears of geopolitics are crucial. With the US attempting to withdraw from the hallmark Paris Accord there is a lot of uncertainty. This uncertainty is not overcome by the unexpected pledge made by Xi Jinping to be a leader in the fight against climate change. Rather, this pledge appears hopeful but questionable. For Lara Lázaro the paradox in this situation is that “this time it is the markets that might safe us”. With ever-lower prices for clean energy, there are signs of hope that emissions might drop.

In conclusion, the geopolitics of clean energy and climate change should make as wary about the chance of achieving the goals set in Paris. However, we ought not give up our ambitions of making this world a cleaner and more sustainable place.

February 11, 2017

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