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Lessons on Leadership: experiences from the IE Alumni Forum 2012

Written on October 18, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Author, Virgil Esguerra, is a board member of the IE Finance Club and an International MBA student (Nov-2011)

Trichet of ECB, Suttle of IIF, Aziz of Pakistan – these names are like near-deities in the pantheon of international finance gods and the IE community was fortunate enough to welcome these guests during the IE Alumni Forum, held on 13-15 September 2012. The IE Alumni Forum is an annual gathering of the IE community where alumni, students, professors and boards get together to share knowledge, ideas and experiences.

Day Two was inaugurated by His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Spain. Other high profile guests that day were invited to share their perspectives on key global political and economic challenges. Former European Central Bank Governor Jean-Claude Trichet for example shared his view on Europe’s economic outlook and how to improve Eurozone governance.

Perspectives on global challenges at times verged on the technical and esoteric level, but beyond the talk about liquidity injections and bank capitalization, the underlying theme was one that was clear and familiar to us all in the IE community: teamwork and leadership.

Self-determination versus collective sacrifices, harmonization versus fragmentation – these gradients are as relevant in a team context as they are in intergovernmental organizations like the EU. In any group effort, individuals – through an implicit social compact – give up some “sovereignty” over their personal time for the collective good. For students and alumni, the IE experience is characterized by intense group work such as those in our academic sections. Even students who have ever planned leisure or extracurricular activities – like section parties as well as the Football Club tourney, Oktoberfest weekend trip, Social Responsibility Forum, Asia Finance Trek and the Graduation Ball – become mini-decision making bodies. Read more…


IE opens Alumni Chapter in Melbourne

Written on January 28, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

This week the IE expanded its official alumni network by another chapter in Melbourne, Australia. With a continuously growing group with currently about 15 members, Jason Andrew, EMBA 2011, took the lead and will be president of this chapter. For the start the gatherings will happen every 3 months. To connect with Alumni in the Melbourne area and in the rest of Australia, please visit the group on LinkedIn.


Behind closed doors: CEO of Banesto

Written on December 15, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

José García Cantera, IE alumnus and now CEO of Banesto (one of the world’s safest banks) visited IE as part of a new speaker series. Before the event, he sat down with Fernando Barnuevo, Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson Advisers AG and President of the IE Alumni Association for a personal chat.


Global MBA Roundtable – Singapore, June 14

Written on June 9, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Have you thought about an online / distance learning / blended Master Degree but you were not really sure whether this is right for you?

Definitely you’re not the only one… many doubts arise around the learning experience itself, the online methodology and the biggest question mark people put on the value of the degree for recruiters. Wouldn’t it be good to shade some light on these topics? And not just only from the perspective of the institution itself but from current students and graduates from the Global MBA?

So, you’re most welcome to attend to the first Global MBA Roundtable! Some of our current students and alumni in Singapore will talk about their expierences and reveal their personal perspectives on the questions raised above.

Here are the details:

  • Date: June 14, 2011
  • Time: 19:30 – 20:30
  • Venue: Gallery Hotel, 1 Nanson Road (@Robertson Quay)
  • Registration:

And in case you’re interested in the Global Master in Finance, it is worthwhile to attend as well. Both progams share the learning methodoloy, group dynamics, videoconferences etc.

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