Serendipity

What immediately sprang to mind when I started writing about IE University International Relations Professor Waya Quiviger was exactly the same thing I thought when writing about IE’s globe-trotter Dean, Santiago Iniguez, namely the book “When the Going was Good” by Evelyn Waugh – because this lady has always been going somewhere.

Think about it – she has lived in ten countries, she is half French, half Filipino, she was born in Belgium, raised in the US and is currently living in Spain. Another true globe-trotter who is always on the go, just like Dean Iniguez.

She is extremely well read, hard-working, as well as being a really nice person, although I guess serendipity has also played a big role in her life… As you can see, she agreed to shoot the video even while pregnant.

P.S. IE School of International Relations Prof. Waya Quiviger holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a Master’s in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration at IE, specializing in social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining IE, she worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and managed a community of outstanding young leaders, many of them social entrepreneurs. She has also acted as a consultant to the Women’s Forum and the Club de Madrid.

Frontenis

Operations Management Prof. Felipe Quintana is one of those rare people who love frontenis. I say rare because being a tennis player myself, it’s hard for me to understand how anyone can like frontenis!!! Even more so when the person in question has been a tennis champion, as Prof. Quintana has… Well, he just says that he loves being able to smash the ball the way they do in frontenis!!!
Prof. Quintana is an industrial engineer with extensive corporate experience. He has worked for overseas companies such as LVMH and Robert Bosch and is currently working for Aguas Minerelas de Firgas (leader in the mineral water and soft drink sector in the Canary Islands).
Here Prof. Quintana draws some interesting comparisons between lean operations and frontenis. I can’t help saying that I would’ve preferred him to play tennis…! In any case, I have to admit that it’s great to watch him really smashing the ball with his racquet!!

Le Monde du Luxe

When you talk with Prof. Susana Campuzano it is inevitable that you will end up talking about the world of luxury. She also happens to have come up with a clever way of combining work and pleasure. How? “Well,” she says, “my passion has become my profession.”
In this video she explains how luxury originated from the decorative arts and the role played by the so-called fine arts.
It’s a real pleasure to listen to what she has to say about classic luxury, eco-luxury, show-off luxury… After all, it’s her passion she’s talking about!!! I guarantee you’ll like it! And don’t miss her wonderful French!

A Chinese Version

IE Business School Dean, Sanitiago Iniguez, is always on the go, ready to spread education around the world. As a matter of fact some call Dean Iniguez: the globe-trotter Dean!!! Not so long ago he was in China to present the Chinese version of his book “The Learning Curve.”

Here he talks about how globalization has to deal simultaneously with global and local driving forces, using Shanghai’s skyline to illustrate how these forces are interwoven.

He also says that good managers are only made over time. Don’t miss his tips on how to become a good manager!!!

The Seven Summits

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Summiting all of them is regarded as the ultimate mountaineering challenge. Entrepreneurship Prof. Joe Haslam pursued that challenge until he decided it was high time for a change.

Ever since then, he has been doing all sorts of things – writing, entrepreneuring, teaching… – but mainly what he has been doing is sharing his passion for life…

Don’t miss his “mountaineering” tips for entrepreneurs!

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