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IE USA Club Madrid Chapter 2018

Written on July 17, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

As our term as board members come to an end, the USA Club would like to reflect on its accomplishments. Our mission as a club was to focus our efforts on giving our members the best opportunity for success. We did this by improving our relationship and involvement with Career Services. Although IE has dedicated staff searching for job opportunities, we believed the club also has the responsibilities to maximize those efforts via our own network. For example, we have started to work closely with Matthew David, who is the Associate Director, B2B/Careers/Alumni Relations for North America. Together with Matthew, we have started several initiatives to improve our communication. The club has also held join events with numerous other student clubs such as the Finance Club, the Recruitment Club and the Big Data Club. In addition, we have held several networking events aiming to encourage members to get to know each other. Most importantly, we have also tried to have fun throughout the process. We would like to thank all our members for their participation. It was a fun journey!



Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

Over the years, IE continues to attract some of Africa’s finest talents into its various programs. This is because IE focuses on shaping leaders with a global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and humanistic approach to drive innovation and change in organizations. Currently there are over 350 IE alumni of African descent and about 100 African students enrolled in different programs here at IE. African talent at IE range from young professionals to seasoned executives coming from a wealth of various backgrounds and disciplines.

The IE Africa Career Fair was designed to give organizations, unique access to IE’s diverse pool of African talents and members of the larger IE Community interested in opportunities in Africa. The companies at the fair were able to make presentations and engage the students in a networking session to screen potential candidates for roles currently available within their respective organizations.

The event which took place on the 24th of May, 2018, was hosted in collaboration with IE Talent and Careers and IE Campus Life. The fair focused on opportunities within the continent for African and non-African candidates seeking opportunities in the African job market.

Participating companies at this year’s event included GB Foods S.L. (FMCG), AEE Power (Engineering Solutions), ThirdWay Africa (Private Equity), One Acre Fund (NGO) and Movemeback (Recruitment Services).

GB Foods S.L is a Spanish multinational organization with a growing presence in East and West Africa, the company recently began expanding its operations in West Africa and had a number of mid-level roles open for African candidates.

The presentation by Movemeback in particular provided a lot of insight into recruitment patterns on the continent from a bird’s eye perspective, informing participants on new trends and how best to position themselves upon completion of their respective programs.

In summary, the 2018 IE Africa Career Fair was a success and the IE Africa Club wishes to thank all its friends, members and the larger IE Community for their immense support. Africa continues to be a continent of opportunity and the IE Africa Club looks forward to sharing these experiences with the rest of the IE Community.


USA Club Independence Day Potluck!

Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic

The 4th of July is a very important federal holiday for Americans. On July 4th 1776, the thirteen American colonies declared independence from the British Empire as the United States of America. Today, the day is typically celebrated by gathering with friends and family at an outdoor barbecue with patriotic decorations and the evening concludes with a beautiful fireworks display.

In order to share this special tradition with IE students and friends and help our members feel at home, the USA Club hosted a potluck picnic in El Parque del Buen Retiro. The event was organized by Sara Powell with the support of the other board members. We asked our members to bring their favorite, classic 4th of July dishes to share with others like hot dogs, apple pie, and watermelon. In the American and IE spirit, we also encouraged friends from other countries to attend so we could share our tradition but also enjoy favorite dishes from their countries as well.

The event started in the afternoon and the celebration went until almost midnight as friend enjoyed food, drinks, classic American music, and played games. It was a great success with a turnout of over 50 attendees. Although we were not with our families, we were all still grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July amongst our IE community.


With over 140 people stuffing the Aula Magna to capacity, the debate over topics surrounding China’s economic growth and its impact to the world was easily IE China Club’s biggest event of the year. With the help of China Club Spain and IE Campus Life, IE China Club arranged for the debate to be carried out by Chinese and Spanish diplomats and business leaders.

The event kicked off with a spirit of collaboration and positivity emitted in opening speeches given by:

Miss Aiwen Yang, President of IE China Club
Mr. Santiago Iñiguez, Executive President of IE University
Ms. Margaret Chen, Founder of China Club Spain and Moderator for the debate.

To initiate the debate, each of the six panelists expressed great excitement and high hopes surrounding China’s famous growth. Here is a snapshot of their thoughts:

Representing the China perspective:

Mr. Yingqi Wang, Commercial Counsel of the Chinese Embassy, began the discussion with a celebratory announcement of China’s impressive growth statistics with a reminder that more growth is yet to come.
Ms. Pin Ye, General Director of AliExpress in Spain and IE Alumna, shared her story of hard work and success in helping to bring the AliExpress brand and services into the Spanish market.
Mr. Wenjin Mao, President of Foundation of the Exchanges between Yiwu & Spain, provided fascinating insight into the railway infrastructure project facilitating flows of goods between China and Spain.

Representing the Spanish perspective:

Mr. Manuel Valencia, Former Ambassador of Spain to China and Vice President Tecnicas Reunidas international
Mr. Javier Serra, General Director of ICEX and Former Commercial Counsel of the Spanish Embassy in China
Mr. Enrique Fanjul, Vice President of Cátedra China and Member of Scientific Council of Elcano Royal Institute

All three debaters of the Spanish perspective had very similar comments to make. They each expressed great admiration for China and spoke of their times there with notable fondness. Furthermore, they all hope to see greater collaboration between Spain and China as well as the expansion of Spanish business opportunities there.

The Debate:
Margaret Chen took questions from the audience to catalyze conversation among the panelists. The discussion hovered around various benefits brought to Spanish, Chinese and global society by China’s growth. Within these discussions, a notable debate topic surrounding protectionism in China surfaced, but although some disagreement seemed to arise, both perspectives notably agreed on the importance of the world remaining receptive to the benefits of cooperation with China’s continued success.

The Cocktail:
The spirit of excitement carried on into the networking event held after the debate, where Chinese, Spanish and other global citizens engaged the topics and enjoyed each other’s company. All expressed anticipation for the upcoming further debates, so we encourage more to come and join us next time!

The event can be watched through the following link


IE USA Club guest speaker: Kelly Shaw

Written on April 30, 2018 by Campus Life in Geographic, Professional

On March 15th, the IE USA Club hosted an event geared towards careers in financial services in the USA. It was an excellent opportunity to meet Kelly Shaw, VP of Acquisitions and Strategy at Synchrony in the USA. With her 7+ years experience, in over 3 countries, in M&A / Corporate Development and Corporate VC, Ms. Shaw was a perfect hit with our IE community! Here are some highlights from our event…

Mr. Shaw provided insights into the Corporate Development / Strategy roles at large firms, focusing on the latest Corporate Venture Capital and M&A trends.

She compared Corporate Development / Corporate VC to traditional Investment Banking and VC. Additionally she highlighted the latest trends in Retail and Fintech innovation as well as discussed many aspects of the deal execution process which many found very insightful.

Lastly, she kindly gave individual guidance to all the attendees interested in corporate development and corporate venture capital roles as well as to potential entrepreneurs interested in working with strategic investors. Afterwards, we enjoyed some tapas with the aim to network in a different setting. It was a very successful event.

We would like to thank everyone for attending and hope they received beneficial insights into the financial services sector. See you at our next event!

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