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The First Annual Copa Del Jamon Bowl Off took place last Thursday January 24, 2014 between alumni groups of IE, ESADE, and IESE in San Francisco Bay Area.

ESADE had challenged the Northern California Alum of IESE and IE Business School to a bowl off. At stake were the bragging rights on hoisting the first ever «Copa del Jamon». Unfortunately for them and fortunately for us, IE won this fun and friendly championship were participants and friends could enjoy a real leg of jamon carved for their culinary pleasure at the event courtesy of Nosa Ria Spanish Market folks in Hayes Valley. This was the perfect opportunity to mingle with alumni from IE and neighbor top b-schools.


Go IE!!!!

Team members: 

From left to right:

  • Mark Hong (Class of 2011, EMBA)
  • Jennifer Guintu (Class of 2008, IMBA)
  • Bernadette Aguirre (Class of 2012, April IMBA)
  • Chris McCoy (Adjunct Professor)
  • Zubin Chagpar (Class of 2011, Nov IMBA)
  • Darren Sabo (Class of 2012, Nov IMBA)
  • Alejandro Díaz Tejada (partner)

On October 31, 2013 the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC held a Panel Discussion of Doing Business Abroad. The forum was opened by Spanish Ambassador to the United States, Ramón Gil Casares.  His remarks noted the significance of the two speakers presence and that he was proud to have such distinguished speakers for the forum. Then, the Washington area Alumni President and CEO of EADS CASA, Josian Morales, opened with introductions of the speakers and the intent of the forum.

The first speaker was Manuel Sánchez Ortega, CEO of Abengoa. In October 2010, he became CEO of Abengoa, previously he was CEO of Telvent. Mr. Sánchez is a qualified industrial engineer from the ICAI School of Engineering in Madrid and has completed the Senior Management Program at IPADE Business School in Mexico.

Mr. Sanchez discussed the Abengoa business units, describing the geographical distribution of the their business, and his views on the company’s commitment to renewable energy. He then went into detail on several current projects using solar to generate electricity using concentrating mirrors. He also made clear that Abengoa’s business was spread across multiple geographic areas with less than 30% of the company’s business conducted in Spain.

After his presentation, a Q&A period was facilitated by Yanire Braña, President of the MET Community. The first question was in regards to shale gas. In response, Mr. Sanchez launched a second presentation that discussed the shale gas production, distribution of gas fields in the US and the challenges of maintaining current production. He expressed the view that shale gas is a temporary phenomenon and sustainable energy production is rapidly closing the cost difference.

The second speaker was Director of Global Indicators at the World Bank, Augusto López-Claros. Mr. López-Claros has been Director of Global Indicators and Analysis with the World Bank Group since 2011. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum.  Mr. López-Claros holds a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.

Mr. López-Claros opened his presentation with an explanation of his work at the World Bank Group and the types of indicators that his group had developed. These indicators focused on the business climate of each country for each stage of a business lifecycle. Some of the indicators included the ease of starting a business, ease of obtaining relevant licenses to operate, to obtain electricity, to obtain financing, and other key data.

Indicators across multiple countries were reviewed and comparisons over time shown to demonstrate that improvements in the indicators were closely related to improvements in the economic activity occurring in the country in question. Mr. López-Claros also showed that the countries in the lowest quartile were converging with the rest of the world along all indicators. He described this as very positive development.
After his presentation, a Q&A period was again facilitated by Yanire Braña. A question regarding the indicators for Spain started a spirited conversation of where Spain was superior and areas where the country could improve. Overall, everyone agreed that the Spain was a great place to do business but could always improve in specific areas.

After the the Q&A was closed, the group concluded the Forum by thanking the speakers with much applause and moved to the lobby for a social hour.


IE is taking an important and decisive step to further consolidate its presence in North America: opening a new IE Center in Miami. The center, which will be under the responsibility of Guillermo Montes, current IE South US, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Region Managing Director, will work to further deepen the IE brand awareness within the region as well as strengthened the ties with corporations in the area. «It has been an interesting journey to build this strategy over the past years», says Guillermo, who now runs all the operations from an office space at Blue Lagoon area. «When I arrived here in 2006, there were only four IE alumni and now we are over 200. And with the new strategy for this region, the future looks even more promising».

According to Alessandro Bartolini, Senior Vice President for Sabadell United Bank and an IE Alumni, Florida and its booming financial sector has become the «Switzerland for Latin American investors». «There are several opportunities in this market and more recently the city has attracted a new wave of investments from Brazilians, Venezuelans, Argentinean, and Colombians».

The vibrant economy has also been calling the attention of several IE recent graduates, who are considered a great «fit» for the local companies, always searching for high-talented professionals with global mindset and a Latino flavor. To be fluent in Spanish and English is a must for the companies based in the area, since the positions frequently require doing business with Latin American companies.  «IE played an important role into my decision to move to this market» says Evangelos Koves, Global MBA alumn from Greece who moved to Florida over 2 years ago and now works as a Customer Support Manager for Titan Concrete.

The opening of the center is scheduled for the next October 29th, at the JW Marriot, in Brickel, Miami. Approximately 70 attendees are expected to take part in the launching ceremony that will be chaired by IE´s International Development Director, William Davila.




Photo Caption: Guillermo Montes, Alessandro Bartolini and Deise Leobet.


On September 16th and 17th members of the IE office and Alumni club of Miami participated at the first edition of the Wealth Management Forum at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami.

During these two days more than 300 attendees from a large variety of Banks and Private Equity firms from the Miami Financial Center participated in more than 25 sessions, seminars and panels.

IE was an exhibitor sponsor and we were able to meet more than seven IE alumni working for different Banks and financial institutions.

In the picture we see the information booth of the IE Center Miami (Left to Right) with Victor Hernandez (Global MBA ´11) Associate from JP Morgan Miami, Catherine McGrail (MBA´84) Director of Marketing and Partners at Foodman CPA´s and Advisors, Victor Cuenca (Executive MBA´10) Senior Vice-President Financial Institutions at Santander Miami, and Guillermo Montes (IMBA´85) Managing Director IE Center Miami.

A special thanks to Victor Hernandez that was supporting our work at the IE table sharing his experience during his Global MBA with the participants of the Forum.


Photo alumni at FIBA


Miembros del IE Center Miami en el Forum de Wealth Management

El pasado 16 y 17 de Septiembre los miembros de la oficina del IE en Miami junto con los miembros de la comunidad de antiguos alumnos de Miami han participado del Primer Forum de Wealth Management realizado en el hotel JW Marriott Marquis en el Downtown de Miami.

Durante esos dos días más de 300 participantes de la comunidad del sector financiero, y firmas de prívate equity de Miami pudieron disfrutar de más de 25 sesiones de debate, estudio y divulgación.

IE ha sido sponsor del evento a través de una zona de información a los asistentes y hemos podido identificar entre los asistentes a 7 Alumni que trabajan en diferentes bancos o entidades del centro financiero de Miami. En la foto podemos ver reunidos en el centro de información del IE a Victor Hernández (Global MBA 2011) Associate en JP Morgan Miami, Catherine McGrail (MBA1984) Director of Marketing y  Partners  en Foodman CPA´s and Advisors, Victor Cuenca (Executive MBA 2010) Senior Vice-President Financial Institutions en Santander Miami, y a Guillermo Montes (IMBA 1985) Managing Director del IE Center Miami.


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