IE values the Humanities as a key element in understanding the reality of the world we live in through a global vision and the application of critical thinking. According to many recent studies, studying the Humanities benefits society, individuals and employers. IE Humanities Week 2019 will explore why Humanities matter through a series of  workshops, speaker sessions, panels, debates, off-campus arts exhibitions, and more.

April 8


Opening and Keynote: THE HUMANITIES MATTER!

4:30 PM – Opening Words. Diego Alcázar Benjumea, Executive Vice President, IE.

4:35 PM – Panel. The Challenge to Create: IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities

Student winners of the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities and Susana Torres, Academic Director of Humanities at IE University.

5:15 PM – Keynote speech.
Mirenchu Villa Oliveros, Deputy General Manager at Mutua Madrileña | Board of Directors at SegurCaixa Adeslas | Vice President BCI Seguros.
Evelio Acevedo, Managing Director, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation

6:30 PM – Workshop. Stories with Impact: One Hour to Improve your Business Storytelling Skills Forever.

Andreas Loizou, Writer, Trainer, Founder of Margate Bookie Litfest.


6 PM. Send a Banana to the Moon!

Ludovic Assèmat, Head of Arts of Brithish Council
April 9


4:00 PM – Workshop. The Power of the Narrative in Public Speaking

IE Public Speaking Club.

5:15 – Workshop. How to Leverage Your Interest in Humanities in Interviews?

IE Talent & Careers Department.
Lourdes Ruiz del Portal. HR, Leadership & Executive Development Consultant, Career Mentor, Coach and Associate Professor at IE.

6:30 PM. Workshop. Flash Fiction and Instant Poetry. 

Cary Barney. Writing, Dramatic Literature and Acting Professor at Saint Louis University, Madrid.


6:00 PM. Exquisite Corpse or Exquisite Cadaver.

Alberto Fernandez Hurtado. Artist.

6:15 PM. Workshop. Digital Storytelling: Crafting PPT Narratives

Michelle Allende. IMBA Candidate. Founder of Digital Marketing Agency, Former University Professor of Communication (Storytelling and Copywriting).


April 10


4:00 PM – Workshop. Improv and Presentation: How Drama Can Help in Your Professional Life.

IE Drama Club.

5:15 PM – Debate. STEM & Humanities = a False Dichotomy?

Susana Torres, Associate Professor and Academic Director of Humanities at IE University.  
Sowmya Vavilala
, Coordinator of IE Public Speaking Club.
Fernando Mateo, Senior Director of Data Science and Technology, IE School of Human Sciences and Technology.
Federica Fornaciari, Director of Digital Strategy, HAVAS Media Group Spain.
Moderator: Rolf Strom-Olsen, Professor at IE Business School.

7:00 PM- Session. What Can Leaders of Today Learn from the Ancient History?

Javier Alonso,  Writer, Historian, Biblical Scholar, Translator, IE Business School and IE University Professor.


6:30 PM THE PAINTER: Musical production

April 11


4:00 PM – Workshop. Digital Storytelling: Crafting PPT Narratives.

IE Written Expression Club.

Michelle Allende, IMBA Candidate. Founder of Digital Marketing Agency, Former University Professor of Communication (Storytelling and Copywriting).

5:15 PM – Leading for Creativity.

Sandra Comas. Leader in Global Education and Consultant / TEDx Speaker. Doctor in Philosophy, Yale University.

6:30 PM – Speaker Panel. Leveraging Humanities for Uniqueness.

Enrique Sacau, Group Head Financial Services at Equiniti.
Carolina Fàbregas Hernández, Global Head of Digital Marketing at Telefónica Corp.
Ryan Day, CEO Grupo Bang Bang, Professor of Early Modern Literature at Saint Louis University, Madrid.
Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes, IE Business School.
Moderator: Erik Schlie, Vice President for Global Alumni and Talent & Careers, IE.


Off Campus during the week – Madrid:

Casting Workshop at Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

Private Visit to “Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris”, Reina Sofía Museum.

Guided Visit to “Breath”, Edmund de Waal. Ivorypress Gallery.


Off Campus during the week – Segovia:

Casa de la Moneda: an Introduction to the Building’s Historical Background.

Contemporary Art: Guerrero / Vicente. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente.

FRESKO: Design in Castilla y León, Center of Innovation and Development for Design and Culture of Segovia.

Cine Club Segovia Cult Cinema? The Impact of Digital Cinema.

Coffee & Poetry with a LOEWE Foundation Prize.
Ben Clarck. Winner of the 30th LOEWE Foundation International Poetry Prize.


Celebrating Humanities Throughout the Month

FALSTAFF, Discovering Opera, general rehearsal at Teatro Real, hosted by IE Foundation.

“TeamLab” Exhibition, Fundación Telefónica, hosted by IE Foundation.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Lessons – The Painter Version.

Coming soon…

Private visit to the Congress Art Collection, hosted by Vicente Moret.

Urban Safari, Madrid Street Art unveiled.



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