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The Global Inclusion Seminar 2018

Written on May 21, 2018 by Campus Life in IE Stories, Professional

The IE Europe and Talent and Careers travelled to the Global Inclusion Seminar 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland last month, aimed at getting closer to employers who are actively looking to recruit LGBT professionals, and to talk about IE’s master programs.

The Global Inclusion Seminar is a unique event where C-Suite executives, global thought leaders, academics and everyday practitioners will come together to share and learn new perspectives, models and strategic approaches towards creating and building organisations that truly embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

The IE Delegation comprised of Joel McConnell (Director for Europe and Central Asia (International Development Department) and William Gaber – Global Director of Recruiter Relations (Talent and Careers Department). IE also featured Sarah Finegan a current IMBA student who has been actively engaged with D&I initiatives at Goldman Sachs before coming to IE Business School.

The school met with top companies that are looking to recruit MBA graduates, engage with inclusion initiatives at IE, and co-fund scholarships for future students. Joel and I took to the stage and presented for 30 minutes on “Business School’s fast-tracking access to top talent”.

The conference presentations looked at diversity and inclusion from many perspectives. Some interesting ones of note were:

1)      Uta Menges from IBM (Generational Inclusion)

2)      Rachel Osikoya from Maersk (Leadership Reflecting Customer Base and Workforce)

3)      David King from AirBnB (Inclusion in the Sharing Economy)

4)      Richard Spada from Novartis (Idea of Nudges for Change)

5)      Kristin Anderson from Barilla (Inclusion and Corporate Reputation

By Sarah Finegan, IE International MBA student



2018 London Private Equity Trek.

Written on May 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities, Professional

On April 26th and 27th, the IE Private Equity and Venture Capital Club was hosting 10 current Master in Finance, Master in Advanced Finance and MBA students in London for the 2018 London Private Equity Trek.

The Private Equity club has arranged meetings with Aurelius, Bain & Company, Macquarie Capital, LCM Partners, XIO Group and Raine Group, in addition to meetings with KEA and PER two of the most prestigious private equity recruiting firms in London. The Private Equity club organizes two London Treks per year to present opportunities to current students. To be selected for the trip, there is an application and selection process to select the most talented candidates. This year’s class includes 10 candidates with eight nationalities who have or will work for various investment banks, consulting and asset management firms, such as JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, Edmond de Rothschild, Société Générale, SwissRe, Perron & Partners and other candidates are self-made entrepreneurs. Besides the office visits, the club was hosting networking drinks for the group, along with a group of alumni and prospective students in London.

Marvin Müller and Saber Rad, the current co-presidents of the private equity club, launched the first trip in fall of 2017. The new network opened selected student the opportunity to interview with private equity firms and for Saber to secure a position at a top 10 global investment bank: “The trip changed my perspective about world of Private Equity and I want to do anything I can to pursue a career in Private Equity, even if it means working 100+ hours a week at an investment bank to gain the necessary skills”.

The Private Equity Club strives to create a network for IE Business School students in London and build relationships with prestigious firms to create career opportunities upon graduation. The alumni network within the PE Club is strong, and some have joined firms such as BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, Macquarie, 3i Group, and many more.

Leopold Dumont, current MIF student, says: “This trip reinforced my willingness to work in the Private Equity Industry. It enabled to know more about the career path to follow in order to break into this ever-challenging industry”

Felix Herrneder, current MIAF student says: “The trip was a great opportunity to get in touch with a variety of people from the PE industry in London. The carefully selected set of companies we visited comprised classic PE funds along with a corporate VC fund, an infrastructure fund as well as the PE arm of a leading strategy consultancy and a headhunter focused on PE recruiting. Hence, the trip did not only extend my network, it gave me also a better understanding of how the PE market works.”

This is neither the first, nor the last event of the club. Previous events included e.g. a LBO modeling workshops, the 1st prize in the LSE alternative investment conference in London, joining the Wharton Buyout Competition in New York and having many interesting talks including e.g. a panel on the topic “more than just an app” on IE’s venture day with the founder of Goiko Grill and Cemex Ventures, as well as discussions panels and talks of professionals from many renowned private equity firms such as KKR, Blackstone, 3i, Aurelius, Trilantic Capital, Capital Group, etc. The next event to watch is the IE Private Equity Day with great speakers from firms such as Goldman Sachs, HIG Capital, Kibo Ventures, Axon Ventures.

For further reference:
– LinkedIn presence:
– PE Trip 2017:

About Marvin Mueller:

Marvin is a current master’s in finance student and leading the private equity & venture capital club at IE Business School. He is equipped with the latest knowledge in areas of finance and chose the corporate finance & private equity specialization, including modules such as turnaround strategies, private equity & corporate analytics, entrepreneurship through acquisition, high yield & leveraged finance, strategy & finance, fintech business models & valuation.

Marvin will start as an Investment Banking Analyst with JP Morgan London upon graduation and previously worked with 3i Group, Lazard, Société Generals and ODDO BHF. He was studying in the UK & Germany and holds two bachelor degrees, one in International Accounting & Finance and another in Banking & Finance.


IE Private Equity Day

Written on May 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

On May 10th,the IE Private Equity & Venture Capital Club organised the inaugural “IE PRIVATE EQUITY DAY”, a flagship event of the Private Equity Club in collaboration with IE Business School and IE Career Services. The event kicked off with a key note of Alejo Vidal-Quadras, the Head of KKR Madrid, followed by a discussion panel on “special situations investment”, a second panel on “technology impact on PE & VC” and a networking event. The Speakers for this event included;
  • Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Head of KKR Madrid
  • Leopoldo Reaño, H.I.G. Capital, Principal
  • Federico Fruhbeck, Vinson&Elkins, Partner, M&A and Capital Markets
  • Carles Pol, Executive Directors, Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group
  • Alfonso de Léon, CEO Axon Partners Group, Co-Founder of Axon Capital, Spain
  • Juan López, Principal, Kibo Ventures, Spain
  • Paris de L’Etraz, Managing Director of IE Venture Lab

More than 100 students & professionals attended the event including Master in (Advanced) Finance, Master in Management, International MBA and undergraduate students. Marvin Müller and Saber Rad, the current co-presidents of the private equity club, launched this as one of many initiatives to increase the relationships in the industry, including LBO modeling workshops, the 1st prize in the DCF Challenge of the LSE Alternative Investment Conference in London, the Wharton Buyout Competition in New York and having many interesting talks including e.g. a panel on the topic “more than just an app” on IE’s venture day with the founder of Goiko Grill and Cemex Ventures, as well as discussions panels and talks of professionals with experience at many renowned private equity firms such as KKR, Blackstone, 3i, Bain, Macquarie, Aurelius, Trilantic Capital, Capital Group.


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!


On February 28th, the IE USA Club and IE AI club hosted it’s first tech speaker session. It was an interesting opportunity to meet our guest speaker Joel Curado, a technology Strategist at Cisco and get inspired by his 10 years + experience in this field. Here are some highlights from our event…

Mr. Curado gave the IE community a glimpse of the latest trends in technology as well as how corporations innovate, strategize and engage from an internal and external perspective.

Being an expert in digital transformation, he shared some real experiences from his current position in Cisco Switzerland on how they deal with high tech customers in enabling their digital strategy with their latest software.

Joel also talked about his involvement in new solution creations and strategy in the IoT space for Smart Cities, to create new business models and market strategies, together with startups and accelerators around the world.

After this, we discussed career opportunities with the aim for Joel to educate and connect IE students to this sector by giving them insights on how to position themselves in the field and what skill-sets are valued in the IT sector.

We hope everyone enjoyed the event as much as we did and look forward to seeing you all at our next one!

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