Posts con el tag ‘globalisation’

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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Businesses can’t afford to ignore China

ESADE China2 Businesses cant afford to ignore ChinaSome industry experts forecast that China will one day become the new Silicon Valley. Will China take over the world someday? Who knows. But one thing we know for sure is that the Asian giant is advancing at a very swift pace in many areas.

Business can’t afford to ignore China. This is one of the main reasons why we launched the ESADE China Europe Club in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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ESADE Alumni: Builders and Protagonists of the Future

alumni 300x203 ESADE Alumni: Builders and Protagonists of the FutureYesterday, more than 1,000 ESADE graduates came together for the 6th ESADE Alumni Annual Conference. Madrid’s Palacio de Congresos was abuzz with excitement and positive energy: excitement at reuniting with old friends and classmates, and positive energy because our guest speakers – Spanish Minister of Economy Luis de Guindos, Telefónica CEO José M. Álvarez-Pallete, and ESADE Alumni President Miguel Trias – inspired us to look ahead to a future rich with opportunity that holds a place for every one of us.

Time and again, two themes emerged: innovation and entrepreneurship, two pillars essential to stimulating the national economy and repositioning Spain’s companies and professionals on the world stage. But there’s more to it than that. As José M. Álvarez-Pallete noted in his talk on initiatives such as Wayra, we need innovation and entrepreneurship to drive transformation and growth.

Many of our alumni take the leap and commit to an idea – their idea. To be sure, launching a business means taking risks and investing time and money. But with hard work, enthusiasm and motivation, these professionals have defied their main competitor – themselves – and made their dreams come true. I’m talking about Manel Adell of Desigual, Antonio Rami of Kantox, Andrea Lisbona of Touchland, María Alegre of Chartboost, Jacinto Roca of Wuaki.tv, Pere Costa of Bicentury, Miquel Àngel Bonachera of AB-BIOTICS, José Manuel Villanueva of Privalia… and many others.

In fact, yesterday’s participants included José Manuel Villanueva’s business partner, Lucas Carné, as well as Miguel Silva, who co-founded Blusens. ESADE’s Javier Santiso, in a vibrant talk entitled “Spain 3.0”, discussed his origins, challenges and successes. I came away with two insights about entrepreneurs: their passion and their ability to say NO to fear.

Like these entrepreneurs, many of you have found support at ESADE thanks to our faculty, experts and professionals, as well as initiatives such as the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute, ESADECREAPOLIS, EGarage and our networking events.

Did you know that ESADE BAN has raised more than 20 million euros to finance Start Up Spain? Through this excellent initiative and others, Javier and his team have showcased Spain’s entrepreneurial capacity. I am so grateful for their steadfast commitment to Spanish entrepreneurs and the innovation economy.

Businesspeople and entrepreneurs: we are dedicated to people like you. At ESADE, you can share and develop ideas and embark on new journeys. At this hub of education and knowledge, you can acquire skills for today’s globalised world and learn to shape your own future.

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The Challenges of Energy Dependency

thumb 308x231 Featured.8.ficImagen.2.jpg 300x225 The Challenges of Energy Dependency87% of the energy consumed worldwide comes from fossil fuels, a finite source of energy that will eventually run out. Renewable energies, despite efforts to invest in these in recent years, still account for a small percentage of global consumption. Aware of the need to promote debate about energy challenges, ESADE recently staged a workshop entitled The Coming Energy Market, which brought together a number of world energy experts from business, academic and organisational spheres to analyse the present and the future of the energy market. The initiative was organised by ESADEgeo, in collaboration with Aspen Institute, The Boston Consulting Group and KIC InnoEnergy.

The workshop opened with a debate about the technological challenges and the potential, in the medium to long term, of renewable energies, electricity storage, third and fourth generation nuclear energy, and shale gas. The experts agreed that renewable energies will play a key future role in ensuring a smooth transition when oil supplies run out. There is good news for the planet, insofar as renewable energies are of indisputable importance in the fight to prevent energy dependency and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I left the workshop feeling fairly optimistic; we have come further than one could have predicted some years ago, but there is still a lot to be done where energy is concerned. Renewable energies will be the long term commitment, but not the short or medium term, due to the investment they require.

In the session on the geopolitics of energy security, a panel of experts from China, India, Russia and the European Union discussed issues of great importance concerning global energy governance and access to energy resources. The workshop ended with a debate on the energy policy and regulatory framework in various parts of the world. I would echo the observations of our ESADEgeo president, Javier Solana, who closed the workshop with the following words: “Major technological changes are occurring and the economic crisis is diverting attention from the challenges ahead on energy ­– challenges that must not be underestimated.”

The International Energy Agency predicted that in the year 2035 renewable energies would represent 14.5% of world energy consumption. The European Union has set itself a slightly more ambitious target: to reach a 20% share of energy from renewable resources by the year 2020. The figures are encouraging, but we must continue to channel efforts towards increasing this percentage in the next few decades, if we are to avoid a situation in which the end of oil has serious consequences for the economy.

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