Patricia is assistant professor of economic environment at IE Business School where she teaches applied economics and country economic analysis. She obtained a PhD in economics from University of Alcala, Spain and she was visiting fellow at Harvard University. Her research combines sociology and economics to understand gender issues and to help different company’s stakeholders to improve their decision-making. She investigates the role of media on appointing female directors, or the role in economic development of female entrepreneurs; and the impact of economic business cycles on gender quotas on boards and on top management positions and its effects on the economy and society. Her research has also been published in numerous books and journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics and Corporate Governance: an International Review. Patricia has collaborated with global institutions and she is frequently sought out by the media.