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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 66,000 alumni contribute to their organizations and the society in countries all over the globe.
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.

Five categories:

  • Business Impact: Experienced executives who transform the companies and organizations where they work, by putting into practice the values acquired at IE.
  • Creators: Entrepreneurs who have successfully founded and scaled their businesses, ultimately turning ideas into reality. Their companies have a 2+ year startup survival rate and/or have obtained funding of 1MM.
  • Human Success: Alumni who have gone beyond personal and professional achievements to change our world and mobilize society through social impact. Dedicates life efforts to altruistic & idealistic activities or the benefit of society as a whole.
  • Women Inspiring Women: Women who live the value of diversity by helping other women achieve their aspirations and creating a solid platform for gender equality.
  • Young & Ambitious Minds: Alumni under 30 years old, who have obtained a significant promotion at work or have been distinguished as potential leaders within their organizations, or having obtained funding for their own company/start up or achieved exit phase,
The nominations for the 2021 EPIC Awards are closed

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Richard Harrison

CEO of Smart Power Myanmar. IXMBA 2011.
"There is no doubt in my mind that my IXMBA from IE gave me the skills, confidence and network that has helped me build and lead a sustainable energy and finance organization to impact more than 1M lives in the next few years in one of the poorest countries on earth. IE simply took me to the next level. If that is not a great return on investment, I don't know what is!"
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Meinrad Spenger

CEO of MasMovil Group. MIDE 2000.
"Its all about people,I like to work with people who make things simple and has a smile in their face because in MASMOVIL we have good vibes!"
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Martin Pansy

CEO of Nuki. GMBA 2012.
"I try to change the way people access their homes."
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Henrik Gebbing & Christopher May

Co-Founders & Co-CEOs of FINOA. IMBA 2018.
Henrik: "Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive!"-Bugs Bunny-
Christopher: "IE gave me the freedom and the space to develop and broaden my curiosity and to spend enough time within the class room as well as outside of it to create and foster ideas."
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Daniela Seixas, Dávid Borsós, Christophe de Kalbermatten & Andrew Barnes

Founders of Tonic App S.A. ExMBA 2015 & GMBA 2015.
"We’ve never learnt so much and so fast in our careers than by leading a startup! The toughest? Managing people and work-life balance."
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Amal AlMutawa

Chief Happiness & Positivity Officer of the Prime Minister's Office- UAE. Dual Degree IMBA & Master in Business Analytics and Big Data 2019.
"Even if you help just one single person to achieve a dream, to that person, you someone who is making their dream come true."
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Isabella Naha Namodi

Finance & Administration Manager of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Founder of Tuendelee Foundation. IMBA 2015.
"To excel, I strive to always offer Reasonably Fast Quality Service Delivered through Teamwork."
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Hashem Sabbagh

Executive Producer of Five Football Dreams and International Development Manager at the Black Pearls Football Academy. IMBA 2015.
"In 1841 the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson said: it’s not the destination that matters. It’s the journey. That quote still rings true to me. While the destination is still uncertain, the journey has been more rewarding than anything I could have dreamed of.
The journey has taught me that when opportunity knocks, ask yourself: Is this an opportunity I believe in passionately and unconditionally? Is this something I am willing to sacrifice everything to work on? Developing and nurturing this mindset has allowed me to experience a lifetime journey unlike any I could have dreamed of. Taking these boys from the depths of despair to empower them to change their life has been an incredible journey."
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Reine Mbang Essobmadje

Founder of Evolving Consulting in Cameroon and France and the Co-founder of the NGO Digital Coalition in Cameroon, France, Germany and Gabon. GXMBA 2013.
"Becoming a woman of impact requests, a strong education and support that’s starting at home with a man commonly called Father."
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Abhishek Kumar Mishra

Country Head Human Resources at M+W Group. IMBA 2013.
"Integrity and Honesty is very costly however it comes free with the character of Man."
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Simon Abboud

Responsible for Ventures | Real Estate & Construction AT Plug and Play Tech Center. MRED 2019.
"Challenge preconceptions and unleash the dreams that never were."
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Clara Bütow

Founder and President of Impact Revolution, Co-Founder of B Impact IE and Speaker of Soulbottles. Dual Degree BBA/BIR 2018.
"There is no day you're alive, no project you are involved, and no business you can found that will not have an impact on the world we live in. Thus, each decision you take is also a powerful tool to transform our world. Realise that incredible power, use it wisely, and start making the world the just and sustainable place it can become!"
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Vasileios Tsianos

Venture Partner at NextGen VC. MIF 2017.
"The road to Excellence is always under construction."
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Lolita Taub

Chief of Staff at Catalyte, Inc. IMBA 2017.
"I'm pushing for diversity in tech by connecting underestimated founders to investors and capital through my Startup-Investor Matching tool."
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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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