IE Humanities Center, in collaborationwith IE Foundation, has announced the winners of the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities 2017. IE students and alumni from 44 countries took part in the competition, submitting work in the categories of short story in Spanish and in English, poem in Spanish and in English, video, and photography.

The prizes are in recognition of the humanist vision of IE students and graduates, their capacity for critical thought,and their ability to have another voice and see things in different ways. As a center specialized in research and teaching in the field of humanities, IE Humanities Centerruns the competition to strengthen the vision of the world from a humanist perspective, which forms an integral part of IE’s identity.

The winners of this year’s edition of the prizes, which will be presented in the coming month of September, are:


Short story in English

1st Prize: Rinaldi Sugiarto, an Indonesian student from the Master in Business Analytics and Big Data, with “The Interview”

2nd Prize: Sarmad Ahmad, a Pakistani student from the Global MBA, with “Kahaani”

3rd Prize: Alexander Vavilov, a Russian student from the Master in Finance, with “Voyeur”


Poem in English

1st Prize: Rama Al-Ramahi, a Jordanian student from the Dual Degree in Business Administration and International Relations, with “First”

2nd Prize: Ilse Wijnen, a Dutch student from the Master in Corporate Communication, with “Imprisoned”

3rd Prize: Daniel Bloch, an Australian student from the Dual Degree in Business Administration and International Relations, with “Move”


Short story in Spanish

1st Prize: Sofía Quetglas Diz, a Spanish student from the Master in Management, with “Dualidad”

2nd Prize: Lucía Naveiro, a Spanish student from the Bachelor in Communication, with “Los días violentos”

3rd Prize: Andrea Tapia, an Ecuadorian student  from the Master in Visual and Digital Media, with “El equilibrio de un trapecista”


Poem in Spanish

1st Prize: Andrea Tapia, an Ecuadorian student from the Master in Visual and Digital Media, with “Adios en Grand Central”

2nd Prize: Rosa Italia Porras, a Nicaraguan student from the Master in Corporate Communication, with “¿Dónde estás?”

3rd Prize: Sofía Rondán, a Spanish student from the Master in International Relations, with “Roma”



1st Prize: Carolyn Billetdeaux,   a U.S. student from the International MBA, with “Tres niveles”

2nd Prize: Garg Shantanu, an Indian student from the Master in Management, with “Answers from above”

3rd Prize: Yan Lin Fu, a Singaporean student from the International MBA, with “Ink and Wash”

Special mention: Teddy Godillon, a French student from the International MBA, with “Ojo por ojo”



1st Prize: Eugenia Goffre Muro, a Czech student from the Bachelor in Communication, with “Don’t Forget Me”

2nd Prize: Nidhi Dwarakanath, an Indian student from the Master in Visual and Digital Media, with “Happy Monday”

3rd Prize: Raya Hilany, a Libanese student from the Master in Corporate Communication, with “Macera”



Entrevista a Haizam Amirah-Fernández

Written on July 3, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in International Relations

Por Haizam Amirah Fernández,  Profesor Asociado de Humanidades en IE Business School.

-¿Por qué surge el Daesh?

-El autoproclamado Estado Islámico o Daesh es una amenaza real para los occidentales y, sobre todo, para los musulmanes, que son la mayoría de sus víctimas. Es, además, un síntoma de fallos estructurales en Oriente Próximo y la suma de muchas decisiones equivocadas que se han tomado a lo largo de demasiado tiempo por elites políticas locales y por potencias extranjeras que han intervenido en Iraq o Siria sin medir las consecuencias y generando una desestabilización que va más allá de las fronteras de Oriente Próximo. El Daesh es también una coartada que, dependiendo de quién y en qué momento, resulta útil su existencia.

-¿Qué peso tiene en el mundo musulmán?

-Plantean la creación de un califato para todos los musulmanes del mundo y hablamos de más de 1.600 millones de personas. Lo hacen recurriendo a la violencia e imponiendo unas interpretaciones ultra estrictas de la religión, con todo tipo de prohibiciones y castigos. Ven la vida en blanco y negro. Tienen pocos seguidores en sus territorios porque se están imponiendo por la vía del terror. Fuera de Iraq y Siria tienen seguidores reducidos con perfiles concretos que buscan un idealismo imposible, que rechazan su entorno, o que lo ven como una aventura. Tienen una presencia mínima entre el mundo musulmán y, sin embargo, han logrado en tres años estar en todos los titulares, marcar una buena parte de la agenda internacional y asociar el islam con el terrorismo.

-Si son tan pocos seguidores, ¿por qué el mundo musulmán ha sido tibio a la hora de condenar atentados?

-Más del 90% de las víctimas de atentados del Daesh y grupos afines son musulmanes. El Daesh comete crímenes contra la humanidad. Es bueno que se denuncien los atentados, pero por parte de todos. Read more…


Inside Out Project

Written on June 21, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

What: The Inside Out Project is a global art movement started in 2011 by French artist JR.  The idea is to represent diverse identities within a community through photo-collages that are placed in emblematic buildings. Check some previous interventions in their website (http://www.insideoutproject.net)
In collaboration with the IE Art & Business Club, our community will take part in the Inside Out Project, and you are invited to join!
Who: We are recruiting 84 members of the IE community, including students, alumni, staff and faculty.
Where: The photographs of these members will wrap, from top to bottom, the front façade of MM 31!
When: The portraits will be shot on June, 23rd and we will host an opening of our collective art piece on July, 20th. Save the date! 
Why: Diversity characterizes us, but education brings us closer. 

Do you want to be part of the project? This is what you need to do to apply*:
1.     Personal statement. What is diversity for you? Explain it in 140 characters. Please include your LinkedIn profile link in order to show us how you differentiate yourself from the rest. Send it together with your full name, email, your status at IE (student, staff, faculty), gender and nationality to campus.life@ie.edu by Thursday, June 22nd.               
2.     In order for the Inside Out Project to go forward on a global level, every participant (that will have their portrait on MM31) will have to pay a 10€ fee that will go to the Inside Out Project team.
3.     Be there ready to shine! The photographer and professor Brian Hallett will take your portrait on June 23rd on-campus (Madrid).  We will provide the exact location via email once you confirm your participation.
*Since there are limited slots and aspiring participants will go through a selection process, make sure you send your application as soon as possible.
Stand up for what you believe in and become one of the faces on IE façade.
Let’s create something beautiful and powerful at IE!

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