Archive for the ‘Professional’ Category

6
Sep

IE Public Speaking Club is not only one of the largest professional Club at IE, but also a supportive community of like-minded people, which work together to achieve a common goal: to improve their communication skills, in a dynamic environment and in a stimulating context.

On July 2018, the Club has more than 1140 members. Graduate students, undergraduate students, alumni: high level professionals, with diverse backgrounds, but the same vision. Ever since October 2017, IE Public Speaking Club hosted more than 40 weekly workshops, covering a huge number of different topics.

In sum, the topics analyzed might be brought back to three macro-areas: content creation, effective delivery, and psychological approach. Each of these three macro areas has been developed in detail, following a specific educational system aimed to combine theoretical insights to practical tryouts, able to empower participants and to offer them an immediate opportunity to apply the notions learned during the workshops. Consequently, the weekly workshops followed a pre-determined structure: a first theoretical part, dedicated to a specific topic; a second practical part, dedicated to tryouts (one up to two minutes speeches, followed by a feedback session).

Several other workshops have been organized. The Club co-hosted events with other prestigious clubs, such as IE Debate Club, IE Recruiting Club, IE Women in Business and IE Italy Club. In addition, the Club actively contributed to the event 3MT Competition and to the TEDx IE Madrid: in the first case, a specific workshop has been organized, providing participants with the basic notions on public speaking, effective communication and pitching; in the second case, on an individual basis, two of the officers (the President, Nader El Mashnouk, and the Vice President, Raffaele Piemonte), coached the speakers, helping them to create and to deliver the talks in the most effective way possible.

Our Future.

The future of IE Public Speaking Club will be built starting from the success of the last academic year. The traditional structure of the weekly workshop will be kept, whereas, if the case, minor aspects will be improved on the light of the feedback provided by group members and board officers.

Strengthening the global presence of the Club, through new partnerships with other Clubs, IE Institutions, external associations, alumni, and all the stakeholders of the IE Community, will surely be a key point of the new board’s strategy, which will also take into consideration the possibility to create new and even bigger events.

The final goals are not only to improve the quality and the prestige of the Club, but also to foster the participation of students from all the programs. IEPSC, with more than 1140 students, is already one of the most important professional Club at IE. Our mission is to further improve the Club. We envision the creation of a professional community and a student-driven organization which is able to enhance and to complete the academic experience of the IE Students. Indeed, strong communication skills and the ability to deliver terrific public presentations is an unavoidable requirement of any IE student, and one of the secrets to achieve ambitious professional goals, in any field.

The quality of our Life depends upon the quality of our communication.

Forward. Always.

6
Sep

IE PUBLIC SPEAKING CLUB. CLASS OF 2018.

Written on September 6, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

It is a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon, in Madrid. The noise of the people crowding the buildings that adopted us for ten months fade down, and now there is just silence. Walking through those corridors, it is so weird to watch those empty rooms, so bright yet so quiet.

It seems like yesterday: Monday, July 2nd, 2018. The last workshop of the IE Public Speaking Club.

IE Public Speaking Club is not only one of the largest professional Club at IE, but also a supportive community of like-minded people, which work together to achieve a common goal: to improve their communication skills, in a dynamic environment and in a stimulating context.

Ever since October 2017, IE Public Speaking Club hosted more than 30 weekly workshops, covering a huge number of different topics. In sum, the latter mentioned topics might be brought back to three macro-areas: content creation, delivery, and psychological background. Each of these three macro areas has been developed in detail, following a specific educational system aimed to combine theoretical insights to practical tryouts, able to empower participants and to offer them an immediate opportunity to apply the notions learned during the workshops. For this reason, the weekly workshops followed a pre-determined structure: a first theoretical part, dedicated to a specific topic; a second practical part, dedicated to tryouts (one up to two minutes speeches, followed by a feedback session).

Several other workshops have been organized. Inter alia, the Club co-hosted events with other prestigious clubs, such as IE Debate Club, IE Recruiting Club, IE Women in Business and IE Italy Club. In addition, the Club actively contributed to the event 3MT Competition (an international annual competition where the best students present their thesis to a panel of five up to seven experts, in three minutes), and to the TEDx IE Madrid (no presentation needed): in the first case, a specific workshop has been organized, providing participants with the basic notions on public speaking, effective communication and pitching; in the second case, on an individual basis, two of the officers (the President, Nader El Mashnouk, and the Vice President Membership, Raffaele Piemonte), coached the speakers, helping them to create and to deliver the talks in the most effective way possible.

The achievements have been impressive. It could maybe seem a cliché, or even an exaggeration. Nevertheless, it is sufficient to ask the participants for feedback, to have a glimpse of the impact of the activities of the Club, which has been maybe hardly quantifiable in a tangible way, but surely enormous, from many points of view.

The members of the Club who crowded those rooms know it very well. They felt it, more than once. They felt the importance to improve their abilities. They felt the joy to crack a presentation in class, with investors, with colleagues. They felt the joy to be finally able to stand up and to speak up, confident, in front of any audience.

Improving our public speaking skills is crucial. It is impossible to imagine a prosperous and successful business or academic life without excellent communication skills. And it is especially true if you are enrolled in a prestigious Master at IE, one of the top Business School in Europe and in the whole globe.

This is our vision. The quality of our Life depends upon the quality of our communication.

We will never forget.

30
Aug

IE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLUB 2018

Written on August 30, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

Summer has come and our IE International Trade Club adventure ends for this year until the new coordinators take over on the upcoming months.

During the last 9 months, we have experienced some of the insights from different ambassadors and professionals that left us a good knowledge about the different advantages and disadvantages of nowadays-international market / economy.

Firstly, we were honoured to receive Mr. Masashi Mizukami, Ambassador of Japan in Spain, who gave a conference, related to the current economy, the latest business opportunities available and some of the impacts that the last trade measures from the United States may affect to them.

Apart from that, we were pleased to receive Mr. Jose Manuel (Mabo) Boccardo, Senior Management Consultant at Project Management Enablers S.L., who explained the importance of the planification on the projects made in a foreign country.

In May, we had a very special invitee: Mr. Yves Saint-Geours, Ambassador of France in Spain, who gave us a glimpse of how France is taking part in the EU’s foreign policy. Nowadays EU is an active actor in foreign affairs and the influence of France is quite important and useful.

Furthermore, Mr. Yuri P. Korchagin, Ambassador of Russia in Spain, gave a conference focused on current foreign policy of Russia and its diplomatic relations with Spain.

We had have other important invited speakers who gave us the clues to understand the political and economic tools to understand the worldwide economy. If you would like to get deeper information, please refer to our blog.

It has been a pleasure to expend this year with all the club coordinators and all the attendants. The club will try its best to have the same level as before on the upcoming events!

Thank you and have a great summer!

International Trade Club

23
Jul

IE Global Transformation Club 2018 Recap

Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The Global Transformation Club team members.

This year saw some great changes to the Masters in International Relations led club. Previously under the name of “the International Relations Club”, after hours of brainstorming and countless internal meetings with students and many different faculty members, we rebranded to the “Global Transformation Club” to reflect the growing challenges that are affecting the global world, from new technologies that might disrupt most aspects of life (big data, AI, blockchain) to global challenges that can only be addressed through united and consorted efforts (climate change, refugee crises). As such, we developed the Global Transformation club that rests on three key pillars:

International Relations: Provide students, staff, and alumni from all IE schools with relevant information on current world issues in the field of International Relations, particularly focusing on disruption (e.g. technology or frameworks) to global governance through planning of different types of events, seminars, workshops
4th sector (social enterprise): Provide students, staff, and alumni from all IE schools with the opportunity to get learn about, and get involved directly, in the emerging 4th Sector, either through design thinking workshops, consulting for social start-ups/NGOs, or creating their own social start-ups with other students from IE
UN Sustainable Development Goals: Provide students, staff, and alumni from all IE schools with the opportunity to learn about the UN sustainable development (“UN SDG”) goals through a combination of seminars, design thinking workshops, and a yearly large hackathon

Manuel Muniz opening remarks on governance of change (with Adam Mitchell-Heggs – one of the club coordinators and facilitator of kick-off)

Through a combination of these three pillars, the Global Transformation Club can cater to the interests of many different backgrounds at IE, from tech, global affairs and business, sustainability, and social development enthusiasts. Some highlights of the year include the following events organised:

Seminar with the International Commission against the Death Penalty

Organised by the initial leaders of the IR club (prior to the rebranding) Lorraine Kuschel and Paloma Torres, the club hosted two prominent members of the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP): Rajiv Narayan (Director of Policy) and Asunta Vivo Cavaller (executive director).

Rajiv and Asunta shared insights on the organisation in a highly interactive manner by engaging the audience on different dimensions that they are channelling through their efforts to end capital punishment. The seminar at points also included some debates on the current state with attendees for all locations of the world with different local experiences with capital punishment. Within the seminar, students were actively encouraged to share their views on the death penalty and received some interesting feedback on the work being done. A special thanks to Belen Ramirez Llopez (a member of the club) for helping to secure the seminar.

Lorraine and Paloma explaining their vision for the IR dimension of the club

Kick off Seminar: Global Transformation Club.

Once the rebranding strategy was finalised, the Global Transformation Club organised a large kick-off meeting to formally introduce the club. The meeting with attended by students from multiple IE schools and also even faculty interested in participating in the club. The aim of the kick off meeting with to share our vision for the club and what it could bring to the IE community and how students could get involved.

Guest speakers included Manuel Muniz (Dean of the IR school of international relations) who spoke about the centrality of studying governance of change, Gonzalo Garland (xx ) who spoke about global challenges in the current world order, and Waya Quiviger (Executive directorof the school of international relations) who spoke about entrepreneurship. In addition to these faculty members, we were also joined by Stuart Miinar (ex-IMBA student and founder of Fundie Ventures) who shared insights on social entrepreneurship, and Josh Entsminger (former MIR student and currently visiting lecturer at various universities/AI specialist at Nexus) to share some initial insights about the importance of the circular economy (for which he organised a very insightful event shortly after – see below). Finally, the seminar ended with a catered networking session so attendees could share their interest and ideas with the current members and let themselves known.

 

Javier Colino during the Circurlar Economy Forum 2018

Circular Economy Forum

On April 11, two former MIR Students, Josh Entsminger and Javier Colino of the 2017 class, hosted the first circular economy forum. This forum was held in collaboration with the Global Transformation Club, as a venue to establish improved contact between the club and firms interested in sustainability.

As speakers, we had 4 high-level circular economy professionals:

• Esther Colino – Regulatory and EU affairs Manager for Ecoembes.
• Stefan Junestrand – CEO and co-Founder of Group Team Red S.L.
• Paz Nanchon – Director at Accenture Strategy, Iberia – Sustainability and Trust Lead
• Nicola Cerantola – Founder and Director of Ecologing

The forum brought an audience of around 40 people, with the majority coming from outside of IE, to discuss how circular economy played into the future of Spain and Spanish competitiveness. We had intense discussion around the convergence of blockchain and circular economy, particularly in the future of architecture and construction – which produce over a third of global carbon emissions alone. The intention is to make this forum an annual affair, with the next version planned for April 2019.

 

Breakout groups brainstorming blockchain solutions to various problems

Design thinking workshop on Blockchain

On Tuesday May 22, the Global Transformation Club’s Hackathon group led a Design Thinking Workshop for IE University students and alumni on Social Business Impact. Group members as well as interested students joined a two-hour workshop to ideate on how current business solutions can be angled and used for social impact.

Jessica Harmer, current IMBA and MIR candidate, shared an overview of the Design Thinking Methodology, concepts and toolbox. Stuart Minaar and Andrew Wong, Founding Partners of Fundie Ventures, shared examples of their experience using Design Thinking to address social business problems. Javier Garcia, co-founder of 360Blocks shared his company’s unique business solutions using blockchain.

Following presentations, participants formed groups with the goal of ideating on how the blockchain solutions presented can have a social impact that address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Participants worked in Design Thinking style, first individually, then in groups, converging and diverging ideas, clustering to find themes… The workshop concluded with groups presenting final selected designs and gaining feedback from other groups. We also give additional thanks to Gianluca Tomasello and Yaneisha Perez for their efforts in the organisation of the event.

Upcoming event: UN Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) Hackathon

IE wants to propose itself at the forefront of delivering positive social impact through technological disruption to all society. The school of international relations, thanks to its renewed IE Global Transformation Club, is organizing a competition using the 2030 UNSDGs framework

The competition will be framed around the SDG11- sustainable cities. Many teams will be formed and over the span of 24 hours they will have to compete to solve diverse challenges that are affecting the future development of our future cities. The sectors for which solutions will be proposed are: energy- transportation- food system and built environment. Digital technologies will be key for the analysis of the mentioned sectors and the relevant insights will be guiding the formulation of new business models that will address the challenges that an increasing urbanization process is posing us. The final teams will have the occasion to further collaborate with the present stakeholders and within the 4th sector incubator of the club in order to leverage their ideas to the next level.

In such way, the IE community wants to offer its potential to propose itself as an academic society that engages actively with the problems that society faces every day and proposes efficient and feasible solutions to them.

Other planned events/seminars to look forward to!

• The Circular Economy: What is the relevance of the circular economy on sustainability
• Blockchain and Governance: How can blockchain be used efficiently by governments to manage efficiency and transparency
• Annual Circular Economy Forum (see above)
• Governing AI Symposia
• AI and the future of Finance
• Economic Diplomacy Forum
• Transatlantic Science and Innovation Cooperation
• Design Thinking for Circular Economy
• Understanding the Future of Automation
• Spain in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Forum
• New Political Philosophy Lecture

Gonzalo Garland providing is wise insights on key global challenges

Concluding remarks

The aim of the club is to as of September continue with our vision and activities. We will push through the summer to ensure the club is fully ready to on-board new members. We are happy and confident that the club will have a successful next year under the leadership of KC Anderson as Club President (MBA + MIR), Joshua Entsminger (MIR Alumni) and Annie Passan (MIM + MIR) as leaders of the IR division, Ahmed Elkomy (MBA + MIR) and Vanina Ricci (MIM + MIR) as leaders of the 4th Sector Division, and Jessica Harmer (MBA + MIR), Michele Mauceri (MBA + MIR) and Yaneisha Perez (MIM) who will lead the UN SDG division of the club.

We also want to say farewell and good luck to the incumbent members who will certainly still be close to the club as alumni members and help with its growth and to maintain its vision. We give a big thanks to Paloma Torres and Lorraine Kuschel for their efforts as the original club presidents and their willingness to expand the club to new heights and to Jesús Barrera, Andrea Calcagni, Adam Mitchell-Heggs, and Gianluca Tomasello for their vision and efforts in helping push through different efforts.

We also thank the following faculty and IE members of staff for their contributions and advice throughout the year and look forward to working with them further as the club continues to move forward. Manuel Muniz (Dean at IE School of International Relations), Waya Quiviger (Executive Director at IE School of International Relations), Gonzalo Garland (professor of Economics, and the vice-president of External Relations at IE Business School), Rachida Justo (Chair and Professor, Entrepreneurship at IE Business School), Juan José Güemes (Chairman Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center IE Business School), and Jaime de Aguinaga Garcia (Executive Director at IE School of International Relations).

We will be opening applications for various roles in the club in the near future to hit the ground running for a successful school year 2018-2019!

 

23
Jul

M&A ORIGINATION COMPETITION

Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The winning team WKN Partners with Paris de l’Etraz

In today’s new businesses’ boiling pot, recognizing valuable ventures is a thrilling adventure. We at the Finance and Capital Markets Club know that great cocktails are about not only high quality ingredients but also coming up with a smart mix. In a same way, half science and half art, M&A are the recipes in the business’ World.

Before a well deserved Summer break, the IE Finance and Capital Markets Club in a joined effort with IE Entrepreneurship Club, IE Private Equity and Venture Capital Club and Paris de l’Etraz – Managing Director IE Venture Lab – organized the M&A Origination Competition.

Over the course of past 4 weeks, 12 teams had the opportunity to build up a variety of innovative M&A propositions. On Thursday July 12th, this process culminated with a round of final presentations in Aula Magna in front of a jury comprising seasoned investment professionals Alberto Sparrow, Pablo Gallo, Demetrio Arias, Jorge Montes and Olaf Díaz-Pintado.

All the 12 teams presented strong cases covering a wide spectrum of industries: clean energy, e-commerce, insurtech and food delivery among others. Some brought in their unique insights from previous experience with the industry of choice and some other teams went for a completely new one, seizing the opportunity to develop in just one month an in-depth understanding of a new business area. All of this to come up with lucrative investment opportunities.

One presentation to rule them all:

WKN Partners stood out both in terms of size and proposition – the biggest team in the competition, exploring several disruptive ideas. The team comprised 6 MiM students: Joaquín Alonso Lluch, Rainer Koch, Arthur Marandon, Gregorio Margotto, Antoine Moyroud, Marnik Willems, covering innovative topics at the intersection of insect farming and aquaculture, bringing also to picture student housing.

Their first proposal addressed the large scale problem of food scarcity as world population keeps growing and traditional farming can’t keep up with the pace of it’s growth. WKN Partners identified the potential solution by bringing together insect farming and aquaculture. Insects are currently the most sustainable resource for farmers, so insect farming could potentially answer both the agricultural challenge faced by the world and the serious limit faced by the fishing industry: today’s fisheries are getting pushed over the biological limits and they are constant reports of oceans running out of fish in the near future. For this reason this particular intersection of the industries has a huge growth potential, so it would be a very strong strategic investment.

In a second part WKN partners analyzed rising demand in student housing worldwide. Taking a closer look at the Spanish housing market, WKN identified several potential targets for real estate companies, that could address the need for high quality student housing.

First running up team integrated by Can Olger, Marjolaine Mandagot and Evan Linker presented a highly relevant case tackling renewable energy. The second runner ups Nnamdi Ehirim, Achille Fankem and Meredith Hayward chose African gas as business area for their investment opportunity.

From the Finance and Capital Markets Club we want to thank all the participants for their effort and interesting insights, all the members of the jury and the mentors for their assistance. Of course, also to all the collaborators and IE community members who made this happen.

We wish you an amazing Summer. See you again in September to keep up with Finance and Capital Markets!

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