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For Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, the fact that IE is a relatively young business school compared to its competitors is something that presents exciting opportunities. “This is a school where tradition is not so heavy,” he says. “So there’s an entrepreneurial approach present in all our activities.”

Part of Prof Iñiguez’s expansion plans include strengthening IE’s offering of law programmes and his training as a lawyer gives him valuable insights in this area. At the same time, he is presiding over an institution that is in the middle of an ambitious international expansion.

In fact, the dean’s outlook is a decidedly global one. Chairman of the Equal (European Quality Link), Prof Iñiguez also serves on the Boards of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Education) and AMBA (Association of MBAs, UK) and has been portrayed by the Financial Times as "Ambassador of Europe's business schools". He has also been instrumental in setting up the Sumaq Alliance, a network of eight leading business schools from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.

While Prof Iñiguez has been co-author of several books on moral and political philosophy as well as articles and case studies on business management, his priority for now is to build Instituto de Empresa into an influential and highly-respected international centre for management education. He intends to propel the institution into the list of the top 10 business schools worldwide.

Behind this ambitious project lies Prof Iñiguez’s firm belief that education is the key to overcoming intolerance and improving people’s lives. And, he says, management education has a particularly important role to play, since business schools are preparing the social architects of the future.

“I’ve always been optimistic person,” he says. “I believe in people and I think we can change things in our environment and in society through education - it is the most powerful tool.”

Academic Background

  • PhD in Law, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
  • MBA, IE
  • Recognized Student,  University of Oxford, UK, (Fleming Scholar)
  • Degree in Law with Honours, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain

Academic Experience

  • Rector, IE University, 2008
  • Dean of IE Business School, 2004 to present
  • Professor of Strategic Management, IE, 1994 to present
  • Director of External Relations, IE, 1996 to 2004
  • Chairman of EQUAL (European Quality Link), 1998 to present
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Association of MBAs, UK, 1999 to present
  • Associate Consultant, Instituto de Estudios Europeos, Spain, 1992 to 1994
  • Associate Director, MBA Programme, IE, 1990 to 1992
  • Associate Professor of Jurisprudence, Universidad Complutense, Spain, 1987 to 1990

Corporate Experience
Management consultant for various companies

Latest publications

  • The Learning Curve. How Business Schools are Re-inventing Education

    Iñiguez, S. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
  • A Red Queen Approach to the Fading Margins of Business Education

    Carmona, S., Iñiguez, S. Journal of Management Development, Vol. 31, Issue 4 (In Press)., 2011
  • The Changing Business Model Of B-Schools

    Carmona, S., Iñiguez, S. Journal of Management and Development, Vol. 26(1): 22-32, 2006