His commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation goes beyond his work at IE, as an entrepreneur he has also helped to start up several companies in Spain such as Aguas de Mondariz, Balneario de Mondariz, Publicidad Gisbert, Group Negocios and Thomil. He has been part of the boards of various companies in the communication, media, and consumer goods sectors, including Vocento, Mondariz, ONO, Chocolates Eureka and Técnicas Reunidas.
Diego del Alcazar is a keen supporter of the arts and humanities as pillars for education. He is the Vice-President of the Foundation for the Support of History of Hispanic Art, which supports young doctoral graduates in the arts, he is the Vice-President of the Spanish Foundation for the Development of Corporate Patronage. He created the Juan Lladó award in 1985 in collaboration with the José Ortega y Gasset Foundations, which is now recognized as one of the most prestigious patronage awards in the business community.
He has been a board member of Headspring since 2014, a collaborative initiative between IE Business School and the Financial Times that develops tailored educational programs for companies. With a strong passion for entrepreneurship, he is a co-founder and board member of the renowned South Summit, a premier conference for startups and innovation in Europe and Latin America, marking its 10th anniversary in 2022.
In 2017, he received the David Rockefeller Fellowship, recognizing his active leadership role in civic and public affairs, worked as a consultant in Bain & Company and co-founded Step Up Capital, a platform for identifying, investing in, and managing business opportunities. His areas of expertise are education, innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital, digital transformation, humanities, and governance of change.
Diego del Alcázar Benjumea holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School and has a dual degree in Law and Business Administration from Madrid's Complutense University.
Currently she is the President and CEO at The Global College, the IE Chief of Corporate Innovation and Ventures at IE Business School and Chairwoman of IE ROCKETS, leading education, innovation and technology initiatives at IE Business School. She is a member of the Board of Telefonica Foundation.
Lucia Figar de Lacalle holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and Economics from CUNEF and a Global Executive MBA from IE Business School.
He is part of the boards of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), Renmin University Business School (China), Mazars University (France), LUISS Business School (Italy), FGV-EASP Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil), and a past Chair of the Board of AACSB. He has been selected as one of the 500 Global LinkedIn Influencers, and participates regularly in international conferences, journals, and media on higher education.
Santiago Iñiguez holds a Degree in Law, a Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy and Jurisprudence from the Complutense University, Spain and an MBA from IE Business School. He was a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford, UK.
Camino holds a Law Degree from Universidad de Oviedo and a MBA from IE Business School.
Through his work, focused on Behavioral Fitness and Positive Leadership, he seeks to enhance performance in the workplace through the application of behavioral science principles. This will provide companies with an advantage by out-thinking and out-behaving their competition.
Before switching to education, he was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Chicago and a founder and Senior Manager in two technology startups in New York City.
Dr. Newman holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Psychology (Cognitive) and Computer Science (AI), as well as a Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience. He also holds an MBA from The MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master in Technology & Policy from MIT, and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.
After 26 years of clinical experience in digestive and general surgery in the United States and Spain, he began dedicating his professional career to research and teaching since 2002. His focus shifted to the fields of personal and professional growth, and the impact of mental processes on the development of talent, skills, health, and wellbeing. Dr. Puig teaches classes at IE University and other European schools, and currently presides the IE Center for Health, Wellbeing & Happiness and has published 9 books.
Dr. Puig holds a surgical specialization scholarship from Harvard University Medical School and has a Master's degree in Human Sciences from the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid. He has training in MSBR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society of the UMASS School of Medicine and has leadership coaching and professional certifications from the Tavistock Institute from London.
Throughout his career in politics, he served as the State Secretary at the Spanish Foreign Ministry, where he led the ministry’s Strategy and Foresight Unit, the Economic Diplomacy Team, and the Communications Department. He directed Spain’s Foreign Policy Strategy from 2021 to 2024 and led the National Strategy on Technology and Global Order, Spain’s Ministerial Presidency of 2020 and worked on the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 task force.
Manuel Muñiz has received numerous recognitions such as the Trilateral Commission’s David Rockefeller Fellowship, the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Fellowship, the Körber Foundation’s 2017 Munich Young Leader Fellowship and the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was named one of the upcoming intellectual leaders in Iberoamerica by Esglobal.