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The MBA is about inspiration and electricity!

Written on June 29, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Germano Air ChinaSome of IE Business School’s most outstanding alumni are working in Asia, and this week Joël McConnell, IE’s Director of International Development for Asia Pacific, caught up with Germano Rollero: an International MBA graduate based in Beijing who is currently working for one of China’s major civilian aviation companies.

JM: What brought you to China, and what are you doing professionally right now?
GR: I came to China because I’ve always been fascinated by this country, so much so in fact that I chose Chinese as my Major subject during my undergraduate degree. Not surprisingly the majority (I’d say about 90%) of my professional career has taken place here in China.
Currently I’m part of the Global Corporate Accounts team at Air China International, the most important Chinese carrier. Air China is a state-owned enterprise and it has been one of the most profitable airlines in the world for each of the last 5 years. Consequently, the company is ambitiously growing beyond China’s borders. It’s very interesting being part of a company that is growing globally so quickly, it almost feels like I’m a pioneer, or better said: part of a team of entrepreneurs at a start up that has 25.000 employees.
In my everyday work I supervise the efforts of our offices around the world, with the objective of improving our service and growing our revenues from primarily global Fortune 500 corporate clients. I do also business development globally to find new corporate clients, signing global deals with them. Our team is at the forefront in making Air China a more global airline.

JM: How did your MBA experience at IE Business School help you get to where you are today?
GR: The MBA helped me because it made more confident and outspoken. I am not a finance major, I was not working in investment banking or in strategy consulting before the MBA, but some of my classmates covered these topics. At the beginning, I was kind of more reserved when expressing my own views about the cases discussed in class and our work groups because my classmates had more knowledge about these subjects. After some time though I realized that my fresh take and views on the cases were adding a lot of values to the discussions, actually many times much more value than the views of my more experienced peers. I gained more self-confidence and I became more capable of establishing a vision and of instilling enthusiasm in others.
My MBA experience helped me at Air China, in fact in addition to my day-to-day job I am asked to attend many other project team meetings related to the future of the company, because of my ability to express new ideas and points of view about complicated problems and unclear situations.

JM: What do you remember most fondly about living in Madrid?
GR: Without a doubt the friends I made at IE. It was great to be surrounded by so many wonderful people full of enthusiasm and creativity. You feel so much inspiration and electricity on campus, and Madrid helps you to bond with them, given the many opportunities to network and have fun in the city. Furthermore, after the MBA you become even closer with all your peers. Even though they’re scattered around the world, you know you can count on them should you need to ask them for help.

JM: Any tips on applying to the program, especially with regards to the admissions application?
GR: Focus on your dreams and on what you want to achieve after the MBA, and you will find the enthusiasm and the motivation to go through all the steps of the application. It’s tough, but the MBA experience at IE is worth it!

JM: Where do you see yourself in 2 years?
GR: I see myself in an overseas assignment with Air China, leading globalization efforts in foreign markets to help Air China to become one of the best airlines worldwide.


Do you want to be an Entrepreneur?

Written on October 2, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Do you know what makes a successful entrepreneur? Would you be surprised to learn how the majority of us who never become entrepreneurs can adopt the entrepreneurial mindset to make our company jobs more innovative and creative? The world is much less predictable than it has ever been and it takes thinking like an entrepreneur to deal effectively with today’s ambiguity.

IE Business School is consistently recognized as a leading institution in the field of Entrepreneurship. The fact that IE was created by entrepreneurs and that 15-20% of our graduates are entrepreneurs definitely is not enough to gain this recognition.

In the upcoming IE Masterclass Professor Dr Paris de L’Etraz will provide an insightful session on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how you develop an entrepreneurial mindset. In addition he will explain why all our management students have to write a business plan, how the Venture Lab which Paris is directing helps you to get exposure to investors around the globe and what the AREA 31 is all about.

IE Masterclass – Singapore

Date / Time: October 15, 2012 at 19:00
Venue: Gallery Hotel, 1 Nanson Road (map)
Registration: IE Event Page

IE Masterclass – Taipei

Date / Time: October 16, 2012 at 19:00
Venue: Westin Taipei, 133 Nanjing East Road, Sec.3 (map)
Registration: IE Event Page

About the speaker
Paris de l’Etraz has spent over 20 years in investment banking and venture capital, mainly at UBS Bank and ABN AMRO. Since 2005, he has continued to be in the business of either raising funds, setting up new companies, selling or buying companies through his group Amazing Lab. Professor Paris de L’Etraz runs currently the IE Venture Lab at IE Business School. Learn more about Paris de l’Etraz through this video.


State of the art – IE launches new learning space

Written on July 21, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Some incoming students of IE Business School are among the lucky people who can enjoy IE’s new facilities which will be launched in September this year.

Flexible spaces, new innovative lounge areas for team work and host of the IE’s own start-up incubator provide an inspiring and entrepreneurial learning space – with your own Starbucks in-house :-).

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How to regain your passion?

Written on July 10, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Passport to Passion Workshop – Seoul

Are you passionate about what you are doing? You should… but it’s always good to have some others to regain your passion. This was the objective of the recent IE workshops “Passport to Passion” in Seoul and Tokyo.

Professors Paris de L’Etraz and Professor Mario Alonzo Puig provided a three and half hour training session  to help the audience re-evaluate their professional source of passion and guide their thinking for revitalizing their creativity.

Workshop attendees were highly enthusiatic about the topic of stepping outside of one’s professional comfort zone, and the discussions during the group work session became very animated. One attendee commented: ‘Coming from an engineering background I found this session very helpful and eye-opening. It was fun and interesting to follow, with lots of examples.’

Prof. De L’Etraz’s tales of his ‘de-quanting’ process and Prof. Puig’s ‘inner voice’ brought laughs to the audience, while their in-depth knowledge about both why and how one must change were enlightening. A current applicant noted: ‘I really enjoyed today’s event. I love IE more than before. The professors are very impressive, and I’d like to open my mind more widely’.


Is it that what you expect from an EMBA?

Written on December 17, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

How are Bricolage and an EMBA connected? How does the art of generating value by adapting the resources at hand helps you to be a better manager? Find out through the video from the Creativity and Innovation Workshop of the IE Brown Executive MBA.


What is the value of a piece of paper?

Written on December 16, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

… curious? Explore what the IE Brown Executive MBA students experience in their Innovation and Creativity Workshop during the program.


Design thinking – for MBA only!

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

The IE International MBA starts with an innovative, constantly changing module called LAUNCH. In past edition, students had to play basketball, talk like actors and develop their creative side guided by the Architecture Association of London.

In this year edition, the IE School of Architecture created a workshop related to Design Thinking. Enjoy the video!

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