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.


Africa Day Business Conference

Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

The here at IE Business School is a one day conference which is designed to address trending issues on the African continent and an opportunity for participants to meet and share insights with policymakers and industry leaders in the economy on future prospect of the continent and its relations with the rest of the world. The 2018 edition, themed – Opportunities and Challenges for sustainable intra-regional growth in Africa – held on the 25th of May explored the impact of slower growth in the developed world which makes Africa increasingly attractive, especially in the non-commodities industries, and the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which is proving particularly interesting to investors.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference was Dr. Hippolyte Fofack, the Chief Economist and Director of Research & International Cooperation at African Export-Import Bank. He has also been responsible for the Macroeconomic and Growth Program at the World Bank Institute, the knowledge and research arm of the World Bank Group. This was followed by panel discussions on “Power and Infrastructure” and then “Trade and ICT” as priority areas relevant to the successful integration and prosperity of the continent and indicative strategies to stakeholders.

The event commenced with a welcome note by the IE Africa Club President – Ubong Inyang, which was followed by an opening address delivered by Professor Gonzalo Garland – Director of External Relations at IE. Professor Garland provided the audience with a summary of IE’s activities in Africa and its long term strategic plans to increase the African student representation at IE. We also had the President of the Spanish Club of Investors and Exporters – Antonio Bonet who spoke briefly about the activities of Spanish companies in Africa and the need to increase the level of partnership and trade with African countries.

The sessions were moderated by Professor Gayle Allard and Professor Grace Obado. Panelists included Mrs. Lynda Madu (MainOne Cable Company, Nigeria), Ammin Youssouf (Afrobytes, France), Dr. Lance Mambodiani Steward Bank, Zimbabwe), Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, PwC, West Africa), Mr Osaruyi Orobosa-Ogbeide (African Finance Corporation, Nigeria), Mr. Greg Nau (mPower A.G Switzerland), Ms. Paula Garcia (Siemens Gamesa, Spain), Mr. Juan Montes Garcia (Engie, France), Mr Phakamile Mainganya (IDC, South Africa).

The IE Africa Club wishes to express its profound gratitude to the IE Community and participants at this year’s conference for making out the time, effort and resources to contribute to the success of the IE Africa Day Business Conference. Your contributions and presence were indeed inspirational.



Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

The IE Volleyball club was proud to send a team to represent IE at the IESE Spring Games in Barcelona this April.

After 2 grueling days of games, IE won the 2v2 Beach Volleyball tournament as well as the 6v6 Indoor Volleyball tournament!!

The team was supported and cheered on by the traveling IE crowd who made sure the team’s spirits were always high, especially in the two finals where IE was up against the hosts, IESE!

On the way to the final IE played and defeated ESADE, LBS and the B team from IESE.

The Volleyball club thanks everyone who came and tried out for the tournament as well as the IE Undergraduate Volleyball team who practiced with us before the tournament.

We look forward to defending the trophy at next year’s Spring Games!



Written on July 16, 2018 by Campus Life in Sports

The IE Volleyball Club had the chance to send 2 teams to represent IE at MBAT held at HEC Paris. MBAT had over 1400 students participating representing the top business schools from Europe.

This tournament was played in a 4v4 beach volleyball format. The weather was great and so was the volleyball!

The first team topped their group defeating LBS and the hosts HEC on the way. Unfortunately, they lost out to the eventual winners, IMD, in the quarterfinals. The second team lost out against the other finalists, Rotterdam, but not before having a match point for themselves.

Although the teams could not win any medals this time, they showed great spirit and sportsmanship through the tournament. They also supported all the other IE teams competing whenever they weren’t playing themselves!

We look forward to returning to MBAT in 2019 and going for the gold!


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.

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