Dr. Arantza de Areilza is the founding Dean of IE School of Arts and Humanities. Arantza received her PhD in Social Sciences from IE University, her Master´s degree in International Public Policy from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (USA), and her Bachelor´s degree in International Relations from Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) of the Robert Schuman University (France) and in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense (Spain).
In her position as Dean, Arantza founded IE Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in International Relations. She was the main architect of the creation of IE Humanities Core Program, a transversal syllabus studied in all degrees at IE University and all IE graduate schools. She played a crucial role in the opening of IE University to international students and faculty and to set various educational programs with some of the leading global universities.
Under her lead the IE School of Arts and Humanities became a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).
Prior to her appointment as Dean of IE School of Arts and Humanities, Arantza started her professional life as an international relations research fellow at the Karl- Eberhard Universität Tübingens in Germany in 1994. She worked as international observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Sarajevo, Bosnia, after the Dayton agreements in 1996. She also served as Executive Director at the Association of European Journalists to promote critical journalism in the European integration process and to defend the freedom of information and freedom of the press in Europe.
Arantza also led the information campaign for the 1999 European elections at the European Parliament´s Madrid office. She served as Executive Director of Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos, a non-profit organization, created in 1997 as an initiative by the civil society supported by the Administration and cultural institutions, to promote plural dialogue - economic, financial, cultural, educational, political and professional- between the Spanish and US societies.
Arantza joined IE Business School in 2001 as Director of International Relations. She served as the Secretary to the IE Business School Advisory Board and was the previous director of the Liberal Arts Studies Program.
She is a member of IE Business School Executive Committee and a board member of the IE Foundation. Arantza is fluent in Spanish, French, English, German and Italian.
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