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.


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 Salesforce.com. 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.

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