Celia de Anca

Dr. Celia de Anca is currently the Deputy Dean for Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Director of the Center for Diversity in Global Management at IE University, where she is also a professor of Diversity and Islamic Finance.

She was previously the Director of Corporate Programs at the Euro-Arab Management School (EAMS), Granada. She has also worked for the Fundación Cooperación Internacional y Promoción Ibero-América Europa. (CIPIE) and at the International Division of Banco de Santander. She has a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston), and from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She holds a degree and PhD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with a comparative thesis on Islamic, ethical/ecological investment funds and on the London Market.

She is the Author of Beyond Tribalism, Palgrave McMillan 2012, and  co-author of the Managing Diversity in the Global Organization. Macmillan 2007. She had articles published in specialized journals, in addition to regular articles in the press. Her work received numerous distinctions, as the 2019 Highly Commended Award for the paper Spanish Women’s Career Inhibitors 2007-2017And Best article of Corporate Governance: An International Review in 2016 for the article: Searching for women on Boards: An analysis from the Supply and Demand Perspective. Her work is regularly cited by the most influential thinkers, among them Zigmunt Bauman in his final book, Retrotopia.

Celia de Anca has also been active in developing on-line programs being the co-author of the Coursera Course on Fundamentals of Diversity and the  Academic Director of the  Specialization of Diversity Inclusion and Belonging.

She was an external advisor of the Merrill Lynch’s Diversity & Inclusion Council up to 2009, and a member of the ie Executive Committee from 2005 to 2015. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of InverCaixa’ s Ethics Fund, since 2010 and an IFN Advisory Board Member, since 2020 and Advisory Board Member of Developing Leaders Quarterly since 2022. She was named female executive of 2008 by the Business Women’s Association of Madrid. (ASEME) Dr. de Anca is listed among the 2013 thinkers50 ranking of global management scholars. She is  fluent in Spanish, English, French and Arabic.


• PhD in Philosophy, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), May 2002

• Master’s Degree in International Relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston) Sept 1988 – June 1990

• Master’s Degree in European Community Studies, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) Oct 1987 – June 1988

• BA in Arabic Philology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), 1981 – 1986


• Associate Professor of Global Diversity, IE University, 2002 to present

• Associate Professor of Islamic Finance, IE University 2009 to present

• Director of the Centre for Diversity in Global Management, IE University, 2002 to present

• Director for the Saudi Spanish Center for Islamic Economics and Finance (Scief). At IE University 2009 to present


• Director of Corporate Programs, the Euro-Arab Management School (EAMS) Granada (Spain), 1996 – 2002

• Coordinator of Development Projects, Centro de Promoción de Investigación Iberoamérica Europa (CIPIE), 1994 – 1996

• Assistant to the Vice-President, International Financial Institutions, International Division Banco Santander (Madrid), 1990 – 1994 


de Anca, C., Aragón, S. (2021). “Innodiversidad: La Diversidad al Servicio de la Innovación”. Harvard Deusto Business Review, Vol.315: 47 - 49

de Anca, C. (2019). “Fintech in Islamic finance: From collaborative finance to community-based finance”. In Umar A. Oseni and S. Nazim Ali (Eds.). Fintech in Islamic Finance. Theory and Practice. Routledge

de Anca, C., Aragón, S. (2018). “Spanish women’s career inhibitors: 2007-2017”. Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración, Vol. 31 (1): 73 - 90

de Anca, C., Aragón, S. (2018). “The three types of identities that shapes our identities”. Harvard Business Review, May

de Anca, C., Aragón, S. (2018). “The Journey of Corporate Diversity in Tribal Times: Corporate Communities of Aspiration in MAPFRE”. In Iñiguez de Onzoño, S. and Ichijo, K (Eds.). Business despite Borders, Companies in the Age of Pupulist Anti-Globalization. Palgrave

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