Sustainability: Your competitive advantage - Faculty

Building a stronger business with an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) perspective
  • Concepción Galdón

    Academic Director. Sustainability: Your competitive advantage

    Leading with Sustainability

    “Sustainable innovation is the foundation of competitive advantage today.”


    Concepción is a social innovator and economist. She has worked in both the public and private sector, including roles in Santander Bank and founding an NGO, while her PhD focused on the use of technology in social entrepreneurship. She is president of the social venture Puentes Global, a member of Ashoka’s venture board, and IE University’s Social Innovator Director.

  • Leticia Álvarez

    Expert in the development of impact measurement systems and ESG strategies for companies based on the Sustainable Development Goals. She understands well the different faces of Sustainability thanks to the combination of her 15 years experience in capital markets and over 15 years working in social enterprises and public-private partnerships.

  • María Rotondo Urcola

    Specialised in Corporate Finance, Strategy and Governance. Board member and Senior Advisor at a variety of institutions including Caceis Spain & Latam, Indra, Top Boards, Hotelab, IC-A. Professor at BME, IC-A and IE on Capital Markets, Investor relations and Sustainability. She has 30 years’ experience in investment banking having participated in the largest strategic deals in the TMT sector. She also has 7 years’ experience as mentor with an interesting approach in combining Personal and CorporateStrategy.

  • Fabiana Feld

    Fabiana has 30 years of professional experience in sustainable international corporate and project finance, impact investing, social entrepreneurship and innovation, strategy consulting and investor relations. Fabiana is on the board of an agtech venture capital fund called Oikos. She is also a visiting professor at IE and a teaching assistant at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Andrew McCarthy

    Andrew is a designer, innovation consultant and Design Thinking facilitator. He studied philosophy, political science, and the history of science and mathematics before becoming a creative director. Andrew has worked in his native New York and internationally as an art and creative director in multinationals and advising corporations on creativity, strategy, innovation processes, and Design Thinking. He also teaches the same as an Associate Professor at IE. Andrew is an innovation, design, and user advocacy officer with a handful of startups and tech development companies. He speaks and moderates at conferences and his voice has been featured in ads and audiobooks.

  • Joaquín Garralda

    Specializing in strategy, Joaquin has focused much of his career on the area of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is President of Spain SIF , and has previously served as secretary to the UN Global Compact’s Spanish Association, chairman of the ethics commission for the MicroBank Ethical Fund, and has been a member of Fundación Lealtad for 10 years.

  • Peter Fisk

    “We will see more change in the next 10 years, than the last 250 years. Now is the time for leaders to step up and have the courage to create a better future.”


    Peter is a global business thought leader on leadership and growth, innovation and customers. He is a bestselling author of nine books, an expert strategic consultant and a keynote speaker. Having trained as a nuclear physicist, he went on to work with brands including British Airways, Adidas, Red Bull and Microsoft. He has also founded a digital startup, and was CEO of the world’s largest marketing network. Alongside his role at IE University, he runs GeniusWorks and was Thinkers50 Global Director. His books include, “Gamechangers: Innovative Strategies for Business and Brands” and most recently, “Business Recoded: Have the courage to create a better future.”


  • David Alayón

    Leading with Innovation

    “Innovation is the core of today’s business—it serves as its relentless and exciting heartbeat.”


    David is the former Head of Innovation Projects at Inditex, the Spanish company famous for revolutionizing fashion with brands like Zara, Bershka and Mango. He is now Chief Innovation Officer of Mindset and co-founder of Innuba. David is an expert in innovation and disruptive technologies, with 15 years’ experience developing innovation strategies and processes.

  • Kenneth Dubin

    Kenneth is the Managing Partner at Medius Capital, a London-based venture builder focused on technology companies in Southern Europe. He has previously held full-time teaching positions in labor and employment law and human resource management at the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid) and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (United Kingdom).

  • Emily Bracken

    Emily is an experienced consultant and project director that over the last 20 years has worked in both the non-profit and private sectors specialized in fundraising, strategy and organizational growth. She is the CEO of the Consulting division, which works to help non-profits optimize their fundraising and partnership building efforts across multi-market structures. She has worked across over 50 countries, a range of private sector fundraising channels and with many of the world’s largest and most professional international non-profits including MSF, UNICEF, Save the Children, UNHCR and World Vision.

  • José María Beneyto

    Jose María is a University Professor, lawyer and business consultant,essayist and writer. He has worked in several International law firms and the European Parliament, and was an official of the European Union and Member of Congress. He is also President of the Institute of Governance and Society and of the JM Beneyto & Asociados Law Firm, a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Director of the Institute of European Studies of the San Pablo CEU University, and Member of Advisory Councils of different companies andof the Board of Trustees of several foundations.

  • Michael Leube

    Michael is fascinated with the interface between Anthropology and Design. He is convinced that only design well adapted to the needs of Homo sapiens is good design and sees it as a link between the theory of the social sciences and developmental work. At IE, his research focuses on the Circular Economy and Design for Social Innovation. Leube is Austrian but lives with his wife and two daughters in Madrid.

Guest Speakers

Profile - Fernando Ruíz Fernando Ruíz

Global Sustainability Director at Repsol

Profile - Alex Penadés Alex Penadés

Customization Technology Director and Executive Marketing Officer at Jeanologia

Profile - Arancha de Lladró Arancha de Lladró

Director of Sustainable Innovation at Telefónica

Profile - Lara de Mesa Lara de Mesa

Head of Responsible Banking, Banco Santander