Epic Awards EPIC is an initiative launched by the Global Alumni Relations department with aim to share the stories of our outstanding alumni from across all IE Schools and programs to inspire the IE Community.

Epic Awards

Extraordinary people inspiring the IE community

The Essence: Personal Progress. Human Success.
The IE experience involves a personal and professional transformation process that is ultimately reflected in the achievements of our alumni. Our more than 50,000 alumni contribute to their organizations and the society in more than 120 countries worldwide.
EPIC alumni perform in their personal and professional lives by the same standards of excellence that have been taught at IE’s undergraduate and master programs. Our EPIC alumni are accomplished entrepreneurs, leaders, and role models that show commitment to society and deliver exemplary work in their fields of knowledge throughout the different stages of their lives.

 

Profile Categories:
Young & Ambitious Minds: Young professionals that apply the learnings acquired during their IE experience in their alumni life by transforming society with disruptive business models.
Creators: Entrepreneurs that tell us their story of founding and scaling their businesses ultimately turning ideas into reality.
Business Impact: Experienced executives that transform the companies and organizations where they work by putting into practice the values acquired at IE.
Women Inspiring Women: Women that live the value of diversity by helping other women achieve their aspirations and creating a solid platform for gender equality.
Human Success: A step beyond personal and professional achievements to mobilize society through social impact.

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JAMIE VAN HORNE

Project Management Consultant at Camber Collective
“In the same way that you would help a company to improve its profit margins, we help our clients to save more lives.”
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Zaid Souqi

Founder of The Orenda Tribe
“One day I decided that I had to make a choice between doing things well or doing good. I left my work and my comfort zone, and now I’m trying to achieve the perfect equation that allows me to help certain communities and, at the same time, make a living from it.”
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Lynn Tabbara

Co-Founder of Intaliqi and Curator of TEDxCoventGardenWomen
“These women develop skills for life which help them become agents of change and leaders in their families and communities.”
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ESTRELLA JARAMILLO

Head of Business Development and Co-Founder of Bwom
“Healthcare is designed for men. It does not deal with women’s needs. We want primary healthcare providers and insurance companies to offer women tools to look after their sexual health.”
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Linda Kasonde

Partner and President of Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde (MMK) Legal Practitioners and Law Association of Zambia
“When women see other women carrying out influential work, they realize that they too can do it.”
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Cristina Bondolowski

Global VP Marketing, Developed Markets at The Coca Cola Company
“The most important thing is to have very clear ideas and then get things done instead of worrying about them.”
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Hassan El-Shabrawishi

Group Chief Innovation Officer at AXA
“When you challenge the status quo, you discover what really matters.”
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José Muñoz

Chief Performance Officer / Chairman of Nissan Motor Co. / Nissan North America
“The best long-term strategy is daily performance.”
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Natalie Cartwright & Jake Tyler

Co founders, CEO and COO of Finn.AI
“If the humanitarian sector wanted to be successful long term, it needed to apply some basic business principles.” (Natalie Cartwright)
“Almost everyone who has started a business has gone through a period where all they want to do is curl up and cry. But it’s not the end of the world. It is a matter of trying to get up and carrying on.” (Jake Tyler)
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Philipp A. Pausder

Founder and MD of Thermondo GmbH.
“When we founded Thermondo in 2012, there was a great sense of skepticism: qualified manual labor and digitalization, side by side? People said that this combination wouldn’t work.”
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Meinrad Spenger

Founder & CEO of MásMóvil
“There were only three competitors in the sector and we could see we had the chance to enter the game. We were very naïve. It was a long journey, but it was important that there were two of us, because if it had been only one, we probably would have given up.”
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MAXIMILIAN HASCHKE

Manager Sponsorship and International Strategy of Club Atlético de Madrid
“The Bayern Munich academy impacted me in such a way that it gave me the team spirit and the ambition that is driving my hunger to win: my dedication to compete and to handle defeat and criticism, and the discipline and persistence to follow my goals.”
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SUSANA RESTREPO

Partner Manager at YouTube
“Working somewhere that has a massive impact on society is incredibly gratifying.”
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Bhuvan Rustagi

Co Founder & COO of Lendbox
“I think one should always share one’s success with the society in which one lives. As well as the fact that good actions attract good actions, I am convinced that businesses built on ethical principles tend to last longer and develop more successfully.”
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Diana Morato

Co-founder & Managing Director of Flash - Advanced Urban Mobility. EMBA 2011.
"Technology is increasingly disrupting business sectors and society as a whole. As business leaders, it is our responsibility to embrace change, deal with uncertainty and channel innovation in order to positively influence our environment."
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Enrique de Solis

Partner of One Shot Hotels & Co-Founder of The Seëlk. IMBA 2016.
"Whenever I have two possible paths, I choose one: the difficult one. Hence, my perseverance, sacrifice, and passion for being someone better every day."
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Pablo González Ruiz de la Torre

Founder of TRIVU. BBA 2016.
"Talent means nothing if you don't do anything with it."
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Adolfo Fernández

Global Program Manager, International Growth Strategy at Google. MIM 2015.
"The greatest success always comes after a ‘no’. Surround yourself with people that give you real feedback, getting a pat on the back is not feedback, it’s called sugar.”
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Rana Alsabbagh

Executive Director of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. EXMPLS 2018.
"Brave, hard-working and a true force of nature who will do everything possible to hold those in power to account through high-quality, fact-based journalism."
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Belinda Holdsworth

Director of Global Operations Strategy at Roche. EMBA 2016.
"I strongly believe in the power and value of human potential and am passionate about empowering individuals through embracing and engaging in diversity and inclusion".
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Adiki Ofeibea Ayitevie

Vice President, Sustainability & External Relations of Newmont Goldcorp Africa - Newmont Goldcorp Corporation. EMCC 2017.
“Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. There will be challenges, moments of fears and naysayers that distract from your dreams. Hear them, take stock of your past challenges, learn new things and apply the lessons learned to the challenge ahead. Always remember that things will always work out in the end if only you don't give up!”
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Dina Dajani

Executive Lead of Cycling4Gaza. MIR 2018.
"Mobilizing people from all around the world to come together in a yearly cycling challenge in a collective effort to raise awareness and funds for the development of sustainable children’s education and healthcare projects in Gaza. Because I believe that every human being deserves an equal chance at a life with dignity, peace, and security. Individuals who can make a difference should."
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Dhruv Boruah

Founder of The Thames Project. Master in Telecom & Digital Business 2009.
"If we don’t have a planet, nothing else matters. Join me in my mission to protect our planet whilst making profits, so that our grandchildren can drink sweet water, eat healthy food, breathe clean air, and live in safe homes."
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Dr. Abdullah Al Ali

Managing Partner of Abc center for Autism. IMBA 2018.
“No one will argue that every child deserves the right to a fulfilling childhood, and to be provided the tools to reach their full potential. That is a belief we all share, but it is not the reality for children with autism. And it is the belief that the current situation is completely unjust, which drives everything my team and I do. That belief gives us our mission: To give every child the chance they deserve.”
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Alejandro Artacho

Co-founder & CEO of Spotahome. International LLM 2013.
“Because you own your own destiny and can shape it, don't ask for permission; leaders never do.”
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David Cohn

Founder & CEO of Regroup. IMBA 2010.
"I believe that focusing a team on a mission will outperform a team focused on a financial outcome alone every time. Motivated, passionate people create superior cultures and do better work. There is nothing more fulfilling than working with a group of people like this, singly focused on improving life for others.”
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Niels Turfboer

Managing Director Benelux & UK at Spotcap Global. IMBA 2011.
"When technology and finance come together, suddenly there are hundreds of opportunities and possibilities to drive society and the economy forward."
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Eva Pavo

Director of Marketing and Communications at Correos. Executive MBA 2006.
"I firmly believe in the power of brands to change companies and create an impact in the world as we know it."
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Ahmed Ben Mussa

Chief Commercial Officer at Tatweer Research. IMBA 2016.
“We make our circumstances just as our circumstances make us. This becomes increasingly important when you come from a country that's crawling out of the civil war.”
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Vicente Pascual

Co-founder and CEO of Cabify
"It´s necessary to change the way we transport people so as to make the cities into more pleasant place to live"
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