Women Executives

Mujeres directivas4 300x225 Women ExecutivesIn the Bissagos Archipelago, in Guinea-Bissau, women are usually the ones with the authority to manage the economy, social welfare and the law of the land. The anthropological history of the world contains a few specific cases like Bissagos, as well as a number of different schemes. In Western society, there has been a centuries-long movement towards schemes that are increasingly egalitarian in every way.

In recent years, the percentage of women on boards of directors has increased significantly throughout the world. According to a new report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in northern European countries like Sweden and Norway, more than 20% of executive posts are held by women. Read the rest of this entry »

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Alumni Giving Back, committed to helping alumni collaborate with the third sector

14548967612 23f3df9c23 b 300x200 Alumni Giving Back, committed to helping alumni collaborate with the third sector

Projects come to life and flourish like never before when the people involved make them their own. This has certainly been the case with Alumni Giving Back, which, ten years after its launch, continues to thrive thanks to the desire of ESADE alumni in the private sector to volunteer their time and skills to support non-profits.

The idea of offering knowledge to make the world a fairer, more sustainable place is one of ESADE’s core values, and it can be seen in the school’s unflagging efforts to promote social leadership. Alumni Giving Back offers an increasingly wide range of activities in this area. Read the rest of this entry »

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A made-in-ESADE visionary

Alfonso Zamarro2 300x170 A made in ESADE visionaryI first learned of Alfonso Zamarro (BBA 2014), an exemplary innovator whose idea has been recognized in both investment circles and the media, through the EGarage on our Sant Cugat campus.

In less than half a year, Alfonso’s start-up, DEA Drones, has gone from promising project to winner of the Adecco Prize for ‘Brilliant Ideas’ and finalist for the Smart City Award, garnering features on the front pages of the leading Spanish newspapers. These accomplishments have no doubt also awakened investors’ interest in the company.

The story reminds me of the twists, turns and dogged ascents that mark the histories of ground-breaking business ideas. Alfonso’s case is that of an entrepreneur, who, from ESADE’s classrooms, dared to dream and to build the stepping stones he needed to make those dreams come true. Read the rest of this entry »

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The CLADEA network: necessary and more relevant than ever

eugenia1 300x207 The CLADEA network: necessary and more relevant than everIn early September ESADE’s Barcelona campus became a true reflection of today’s global, interconnected society as more than 500 people – professors, researchers, students and business leaders – gathered for the 49th CLADEA Annual Assembly from 3rd to 5th September.

For three intense days, ESADE’s auditoriums, classrooms, hallways and grounds became the nerve centre of Latin America’s largest business school network. It was an academic celebration of the exchange of trend-setting ideas and the collaborative launching of innovative educational initiatives.

Most importantly, however, this year’s assembly demonstrated that building bridges of collaboration between business schools is the only way to successfully fulfil our responsibility to train global leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ruralmind, showcasing our students’ entrepreneurial skills

ruralmind1 300x225 Ruralmind, showcasing our students’ entrepreneurial skills Once again, ESADE students’ entrepreneurial dexterity and drive are on display. This time, the ESADE BBA alumni Carles Royo and Clara Sellarès have given concrete form to their final-year project. Conceived in ESADE classrooms, Ruralmind is a rural tourism and adventure activities website that is swiftly emerging as a mountain tourism industry leader.

Starting a business is not easy. Getting a business idea off the ground requires hard work and perseverance. The attitude that would-be entrepreneurs bring to this challenge is vital to allowing them to achieve their goals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Diversity in the Heart of ESADE

Eugenia diversity3 Diversity in the Heart of ESADEOne of our main missions as a business school is to cultivate in our students a global, open, change-generating vision. Much of this global orientation can be found in ’s classrooms, where students of more than 100 nationalities come together, creating spaces where different cultures, markets, and approaches to work interact in search of academic excellence.

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ESADE Ambassadors in Saudi Arabia

Arabia Saudi Eugenia1 ESADE Ambassadors in Saudi ArabiaLast month, I visited Saudi Arabia as part of a delegation accompanying King Juan Carlos and three Spanish ministers: Ana Pastor, Minister of Public Works; Pedro Morenés, Minister of Defence; and José Manuel Soria, Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The main objective of the trip was to promote Spanish infrastructure-development companies that work in Arab countries. Among my traveling companions were the leaders of Abengoa, Acciona, Airbus, Indra, Ferrovial, Isolux Corsán, Navantia, Talgo and other companies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Economic perspectives in New York

eugenia1 300x300 Economic perspectives in New YorkEarlier this month I travelled to New York to attend the 2014 Spain Economic Forum. The event was organised by the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an institution that, since its founding in 1959, has expanded its reach to become a key player in the economic relations between the two countries. At the Spain Economic Forum, I had the opportunity to share ideas with several members of ESADE Alumni who are now successful professionals in the United States.

I was proud to see how ESADE-trained professionals such as Daniel Landaluce (Lic & MBL‘99), Chair of the Organising Committee for the Spain Economic Forum, have become involved in the organisation of international forums where proposals for global change are debated. Daniel is also the President of ESADE Alumni’s New York Chapter and a Director at PwC in New York. He participated in the Spain Economic Forum alongside prominent figures such as José Manuel Soria, the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism; Javier Fernández-Cid, CEO of Mapfre; and Mónica de Oriol, Chair of Círculo de Empresarios and an ESADE graduate.

In the photo, I am accompanied by (left to right) Daniel, Laura Muñoz (Lic & Master ‘83), Jason Pileggi (Full-Time MBA ‘04), Jacek Grebski (Full-Time MBA ‘08) and Javier Serrano (Full-Time MBA ‘02).

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Aprende y Emprende: supporting entrepreneurship without limits

aprende emprende1 Aprende y Emprende: supporting entrepreneurship without limitsEntrepreneurship knows no limits and no borders. Conceiving ideas and creating industry-changing, custom-shaping businesses is within anyone’s reach. At ESADE, we are dedicated to promoting this vision of the world. Our students learn to assume risks in order to develop new initiatives and meet existing needs.

I am therefore very proud that the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (EEI) recently teamed up with the Prevent Foundation, to create an academic project called Aula de Emprendedores: Aprende y Emprende. This unique programme provides rigorous training and mentoring to entrepreneurs with disabilities who want to create a company or accelerate a recently created business initiative.

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Five Years of ESADE Sant Cugat

campus4 Five Years of ESADE Sant CugatThe ancient Romans placed great importance on lustra. Five years was the time it took the Roman census to draw up an overview of the city in numbers. The act of looking back, sizing up achievements and thinking about the years ahead is especially important to us this quarter, as we commemorate the fifth anniversary of ESADE’s Sant Cugat campus.

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