Concepción Galdón Sanz-Pastor

Concepción Galdón, PhD, is a devoted advocate for sustainable business and social innovation, currently serving as Vice-Dean of Business with Purpose at IE Business School. Leading the Master in Sustainability & Business Transformation, she collaborates with fellow vice-deans to infuse sustainability into diverse programs. As Director of IE's Center for Social Innovation and Sustainability, Concepción guides a committed team, leveraging global networks for lasting social change. Her academic journey includes a Ph.D. in International Economy and Development, with Outstanding Award-winning research on technology and social entrepreneurship. In addition to teaching, she co-directs IE's Sustainability, Your Competitive Advantage program. Beyond academia, Concepción contributes to media discussions and speaks at international conferences, emphasizing her commitment to sustainable principles and positive societal change.

Corporate Experience

• Vice-Dean Business with Purpose, IE Business School, Spain, 2023 - Present

• Director of IE Center for Social Innovation and Sustainability, IE University, Spain, 2017 - Present

• Lead of IE Sustainable Impact Teaching & Research, IE University, Spain, 2020 - 2023

• Member of Ashoka Spain's Venture Board, Ashoka, 2015 - Present

• Member Harvard Kennedy School Spain Alumni Network, Harvard Kennedy School, 2013 - Present

• Co-Founder and Director, Puentes Global Foundation, 2009 - Present

• Manager of Area 31 / Co-Lead of Social Innovation Cluster, IE Business School, Spain, 2012 - 2017

• Vicedirector of the Center for Diversity in Global Management and professor, IE Business School, Spain, 2010 - 2012

• Intern, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Liberia, Liberia, 2008

• Economic Analyst for Latin America, SANTANDER BANK, 2006 - 2007

• Intern, SANTANDER BANK, 2006

• Intern, UNITED NATIONS, 2005

• Co-fundadora, Fundación Villanueva Solidaria, 2001 - 2004

Academic Experience

• Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship an Sustainable Business, IE Business School, Spain, 2012 - Present

• Professor of Sustainable Business, Headspring, 2012 - Present

• Academic Director of IE’s Executive Education Program Sustainability, Your Competitive Advantage, 2019 - Present

• Academic Director of IE’s Master in Sustainability and Business Transformation, IE Business School, Spain, 2023 - Present

Academic Background

• Ph.D. in International Economy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2016. Dissertation: "The Role of New Technologies in Social Entrepreneurship. Empirical Quantitative Analysis of the Case of the European Union (2000-2015)." Attained an Outstanding Award for Doctoral Dissertation

• Master in Public Administration / International Development, Harvard University, USA, 2009

• High education degree in Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, 2005

• Workshop in Global Leadership 2015, Rafael del Pino Foundation & Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 2015

Concepción Galdón Sanz-Pastor
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Galdón Sanz-Pastor
Social Innovation Director and Academic Lead, IE