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.


Get to know the finalists of the 2020 edition! If you want to learn about how they became role models and inspirational figures in our IE Alumni Community, you can listen to their stories and participate in the panels that we are hosting next week:

  • Human Success: Monday, July 6th – 15h00 CET. Register here.
  • Women Inspiring Women: Tuesday, July 7th – 15h30 CET. Register here.
  • Creators: Wednesday, July 8th – 15h30 CET. Register here.
  • Business Impact: Thursday, July 9th – 15h00 CET. Register here.
  • Young & Ambitious Minds Panel: Friday, July 10th – 15h30 CET. Register here.
The voting for the 2020 EPIC Awards is opened!

Vote for your favorite EPIC nominees.


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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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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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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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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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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The voting for the EPIC Awards 2020 is officially opened.