IE students visit Saudi Arabia

Written on December 4, 2013 by Campus Life in Geographic, Video

IMG_0937 (Medium) copiaOn the first week of November 2013, IE Saudi Arabia Club and the Saudi Spanish Center of Islamic ecnomics and finance organized a trip for 18 MBA students (9 guys and 9 girls) to Saudi Arabia. Students from Japan, Colombia, El Salvador, Switzerland, USA, Mexico, Nicaragua , Costa Rica and Germany visited Saudi Arabia for the first time. The trip took place in the west coast of Saudi Arabia to the city of Jeddah (The biggest port of the red sea). The trip had to main goals: An academic goal to learn about ethical and islamic financing. The second is to get to know saudi arabia from the inside.

IMG_4835 (Medium)The Saudi Spanish Center of Islamic Economics and Finance with its partners in Saudi Arabia arrange for the academic part of the experience. The students visited the Islamic finance center in Jeddah to learn the theory behind islamic finance and then visited several banks and finance institutions to see how it’s practiced.

On the cultural aspect, Students went to a diving trip on a boat in the red sea, went to three diving sport and enjoyed the rich corals of the red sea. It was interesting to see dolphins accompanying the boat to the diving spot.

The students visited the old town of jeddah and wend to a trip to the desert where they observed a full sun ecqlipse form the open deserts of Saudi Arabia.  Here is vedio clip of the trip to the desert

Visiting a saudi house was a part of the cultural experience. The students were welcomed to a homemade saudi dinner at the house of a saudi club member in Jeddah and the several Saudi Alumni Club members flow from other saudi cities to welcome the visiting IE students and present some souvenirs.

IMG_0928 (Medium)001 (25) (Medium)Some of the students went to visit Madain Saleh a 3000 BC UNESCO cultural site. the site was really magical.

The students saw Saudi Arabia from the inside, the culture, the rich and the poor parts of the city, met local guys and girls and had interesting discussion. An observation quote is that saudi arabia went along way in its development in many aspects through is young age as a country, yet there is a lot more to do which is quite interesting to the saudis.

Special thanks from IE Saudi Arabia Club to the Saudi Ambassador to Spain and the embassy staff for all the support. Also to SCEIF staff in Madrid and Jeddah and finally to the amazing group of students who visited despite of the tight schedules.


The 7th edition of IE LGBT@WORK annual forum

Written on November 30, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

LGBT WORK 129The 7th edition of LGBT@WORK annual forum took place in November and was organized by the IEOut Club, IE gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual network that aims to promote and spread respectful attitudes towards the LGBT community and to foster the best practices to integrate them in academia and the work place.

Last year the main topic was Careers: we talked about the right process of job hunting, the importance of finding our own passions and we have also discussed how the LGBT community tends to be stereotyped on with gay men and ignored niche of lesbian women.

This year we have discussed the diversity practices at some of the world’s leading companies, including IBM and Barclays. We were honoured to have Sakis Louloudis from IBM, who talked about different diversity communities within IBM and how important diversity is for a successful global organLOGO IBMisation. We were also privileged to have Beatriz Morilla from Barclays, who talked about how to tackle challenges at both home and work for being a successful businesswoman. Other speakers were Margarita Alonso, researcher at IE Diversity Center and author of “Best inclusion practices: LGBT diversity”, and Juan Pedro Tudela from Diversity Consulting.

On the last note we would like to thank our sponsor IBM. Without their constant support this special event wouldn’t be so successful!


IE Spanish Outreach Club: Knowing Madrid in a different way

Written on November 28, 2013 by Campus Life in Social

Knowing MadridWho?

The event was open to all students from IE. Additionally they could bring both their partners and friends. The group however was limited to 25 people in order for the guide to be able to clearly communicate and deliver the information of the buildings and the city.

The guide was one of our team members, María Luisa de Miguel, an architect and current student of the MIM program.

An explanation of the four most important art museums of the city of Madrid took place. These are: The Thyssen Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, the Prado Museum, the Caixa Forum Museum. All of them located in what is known as the triangle of art. The urbanism of the area, especially the development of the Castellana Street was also given in order for the participant to have a better understanding of the city of Madrid

The combination of these four buildings covers different approaches to architecture and diverse examples of how an expansion of a building can be done.

The intention of this event was to help students understand the city they have been living or will live for a minimum period of a year. Madrid has many interesting buildings to offer and is known for many of its architecture. Like all or our events, it is always a great way to do “networking” while getting more involved in the culture of Spain and the city of Madrid.

The event took place on Saturday, the 9th of November, during the morning from 11:00 till 14:00.


IE Operations Management Club’s Visit to DHL Quer

Written on November 15, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

Visita DHLNovember 8, 2013. Madrid, Spain – IE Operations Management Club has organized a visit to DHL Quer (DHL – Calle Vega del Henares, hall 1, 19209 Quer, Guadalajara) to have a hands on understanding of the Lean management at DHL logistics services business in relation to the presentation delivered by Mr. Antonio on 18th October at IE campus.

Visita DHL 2Mr. Antonio lead the visit with an introduction to the DHL factory and also provided the safety jackets, shoes and other elements required for a safe entry to the floor. At the plant, the operators were so helpful to take some time out of their regular work hours and explain the various stages of the implementation of Lean practices and continuous improvement in their daily job. The operators mentioned the various metrics like productivity, error rate, quality and availability used to track the overall plant performance on daily basis. These metrics were also updated on the dashboards to comply with the Kaizen philosophy.

Later on, the DHL team also introduced IE students to the Root cause analysis topic. The IE team gained insights on the live implementation of DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) that is applied at the plant. This visit was very thoughtful and a great learning experience for the IE student group.

Bharath Kumar (IE Operations Management Club President) and Alvaro Buitrago Alvaro (IE Operations Management Club Alumni Advisor) along with the IE student group expressed their gratitude to Mr. Antonio and team for their extended warm welcome and knowledge sharing session at the practical level.


The first IE Family Business Summit!

Written on November 9, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

Family Business SummitIE Family Business Club organized its first Family Business Summit in Madrid past October. “Next Generation at a Crossroad, truths and myths about the challenge ahead”, was aimed at helping the NextGen handle topics that arise, for instance, from ending an MBA to the succession some years ahead.

After the opening statements by Ricardo Pineda, president of the Club and Cristina Cruz, professor Family Venturing at IE, Santiago Perry and Carlos Boggio discussed the issue of succeeding or not in the family business. Luis Baón, consultant from EgonZehnder, followed to give his outsider perspective into the family company. Closing the day, a panel of three MBA alumni (two from IE) shared their experience on how they joined their businesses.

Saturday started with the “Finding your authentic leadership” workshop, led by coaches Carmen Lence and Borja Raventos. Next, Julia-Carolin Schmid continued with “How to manage the soft side of the family through a Shareholder’s Office”. Jesus Casado, Secretary General of European Family Businesses, shared his perspective on family businesses within Europe. The Summit was closed by an excellent presentation from Andrew Keyt about the challenges of succeeding a legend.

The first edition of the summit was a success! More than 100 participants shared and learned insights on how to take another step towards a sustainable family business future! We look forward to the next one!

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