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First of its kind in Europe: a Senior Fellows Programme launched by IE and New College of the Humanities

  • IE and New College of the Humanities (NCH) announce the creation of a joint Senior Fellows Programme designed for distinguished senior executives aiming to make a social impact following a successful career
  • Merging academic and business excellence, Ben Hughes, Deputy CEO of the Financial Times was appointed as Chair of the Programme

Madrid-based IE Business School and London-based New College of the Humanities today announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind Senior Fellows Programme in Europe.

Planned for the 2017-18 academic year, the 10-month programme is designed for the experienced and senior business executive who is looking for the next step as an influencer in society. It will appeal to accomplished leaders who are willing to take on new professional challenges and contribute, through their experience, to addressing the global issues facing the world.

The programme will guide Fellows into the next phase of their career, of ‘giving back’, following their previous career phases of ‘learning’ and ‘earning.’ Thus, the programme is suited for executives who are in a transitional phase, looking to move from their highly successful career into a new meaningful foray that will enable them to use their expertise and experience to tackle complex world issues.

The Senior Fellows Programme will be taught across three countries, on the NCH campus in London, on IE campuses in Madrid and Segovia, and in Johannesburg.

Given access to the best teaching, speakers and mentoring, the Senior Fellows will explore a wide range of topics, including:

  • “The State of the World” – taught by faculty from both Schools and in residence at NCH in London, scrutinising crucial issues of a globalised society and how Fellows can make a better impact in tackling these issues. Topics will include security and insecurity (climate change, terrorism, resources shortage); demographics and health (aging, migration); technology (AI, surveillance & civil liberties); and economic and political changes (resource and energy stresses)
  • “You within that Future” – taught by faculty from both schools and in residence at IE in Madrid, this module—centred on the Fellow—as an influencer will give the cohort all the assets to imagine, create and develop a Personal Entrepreneurial Project (PEP), applying cutting edge management and leadership expertise
  • “Embedded Practice Experience” – taught in Johannesburg, this module has Fellows designate an ‘on the ground mission’, with a view to it making a lasting social impact on the local community. By engaging in social entrepreneurial projects, they will get a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities—on a human level—of creating, delivering and scaling value under conditions of extreme resource scarcity
  • “Mentored phase of the PEP” – Framing and commencement of a chosen project to deliver the ‘giving back’

Commenting on the launch of the Senior Fellows Programme, Professor AC Grayling, Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with IE, a world-renowned specialist in business education and an innovative actor in the field of international higher education.”

“This unique Senior Fellows Programme is a first of its kind in Europe, building on the inextricable link between the humanities and business and their common aim to make a lasting socio-economic impact for the better.”

Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University and Dean of IE Business School, said: “New College of the Humanities is a leading international, academic institution for a range of subjects, from PPE through to philosophy and history. Partnering with them naturally complements our ambition in providing a well-rounded Senior Fellows Programme.”

The launch of the Senior Fellowship Programme is accompanied by the appointment of Deputy CEO of the Financial Times Ben Hughes as its Chair. Hughes will be stepping down this summer from his role at the FT after a successful career at the paper spanning 33 years.

“Ben Hughes brings a wealth of highly relevant academic experience to the position, as well as a kind of leadership that generates amazing results. He’s had a major impact on society through multiple business ventures and charities he’s been involved with”, said Iñiguez.

Professor Anthony Grayling, Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities, will take on the role of Programme Academic Chair, while IE Business School Professor Joseph Pistrui will lead the academic content of the Programme.

The Senior Fellows Programme is available for entry from September 2017.

Those wishing to register their interest for the Programme should get in touch directly with Geoffroy Gérard, Managing Director of the Senior Fellows Programme at Geoffroy.Gerard@ie.edu and NCH at info@nchlondon.ac.uk