Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership

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Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership

Digital is shaking the status quo in every area of business and digital technologies are changing the very nature of what it means to do business. The pressure to innovate is enormous because tech-based innovation is not a choice, nor a one-time shift to be survived – but a wheel set in motion that will continue to demand constant change, continuous innovation, and unrelenting forward-looking leadership. The Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership is a pathway for mid- and senior-level business professionals to “up-skill” and become the innovators and digital transformers that companies need.

Career World
Madrid, Shanghai & online
Start date
13 Months


This is a University Private Degree from IE Universidad*, and taught in IE School of Human Sciences & Technology. More Information on what earning a University Private Degree from IE Universidad entails.

*IE Universidad is a University officially recognized by the Spanish education authorities, allowed to grant both University Official Degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees), which are specifically regulated and accredited by Spanish Ministry of Education and University Private Degrees (Master), that are specifically designed by the University towards the professional application of their studies and the constant update of higher education, preserving the educational standards of excellence of IE. Both types of degrees are equally backed by the rigor and prestige of IE University.

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A program tailor-made for the real world

We hand-crafts programs using methodologies that put innovation and the needs of the real world of work at the forefront.

Sustainable innovation

You will go through the digitalization journey, learning how technologies and innovation methods are changing business, setting up your own digitalization strategy and lead its execution in your company.


First-class faculty

The program´s faculty understands how industries are being disrupted, and from them you will learn how you can lead the transformation in your sector.

Real-world disruptions require real-world solutions

You’ll have practical classes and learn about real digital transformation cases, how they are reshaping their industries and building the digital operative model.


It’s only up from here

The workload is designed to allow you to study as you work, earning you over the course of 13 months an Executive Master degree that you will carry with you for the rest of your career.

Digital Transformation Exec. Master Academic Director

ProfileCristina Álvarez Álvarez

Professor, Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership

Academic director, Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership
Group CTO (Chief Technology Officer), Santander Bank

Cristina Álvarez Álvarez

Professor, Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership

Academic director, Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership
Group CTO (Chief Technology Officer), Santander Bank

Leading Implementation of Digital Technology
Capstone: Transformation/Innovation Project
Lab: Digital Transformation Roadmap

Senior executive, with more than 25 years working in the telecommunications and technology sector
Global CTO experience defining and executing the technology transformation roadmap
Academic director of executive master IE: “Digital Transformation and Innovation Leadership”
Master Telco Engineering by “Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 1987-1992” and PDD in IESE (2001)
Married with three kids, strongly supporter of inclusive leadership as a powerful tool to improve business results

Executive experience in: Alcatel(Nokia) (1992-1995), Vodafone (1996-2006) where one of her responsibility was CIO and Product Engineering, Telefónica (2006-Oct2017), where she was CIO and general manager of services development, being part of executive board in Telefónica Spain since 2009.

She was Non-Executive Director in Sacyr April 2018), and in AEDASHOMES (October 2017), where she led technology commission. In both boards, she was a member of CNR.
She is Group CTO at Santander Bank, where she is accountable to define and drive the execution of the Technology Strategy in Santander Group, to become in an Open financial services platform.

She firmly believes the importance to boost the woman rol in technology, and the understanding of how technology can improve society, being an active member in several fora. She is part of Cionet Advisory Board, member of CIO Executive Board.

She was awarded as “Engineering of the year 2016”, by COIT/AEIT, “AUTELSI Award” by her career in TIC 2017, and “Digital Leader 2016” by Cionet.

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Agility, flexibility and fluidity are key to navigating today’s increasingly digital, constantly changing world.

At IE University we have developed Liquid Learning, a unique and evidence-based educational model that transcends conventional learning methodologies and platforms by fusing physical and digital learning spaces so that you can access first-rate education, no matter where you are.

In the particular case of the Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership, you are expected to attend your mandatory residential periods in person so that you can thoroughly capitalize on your experience. However, if you are unable to attend for justifiable reasons, and since each program works differently, you have the possibility to participate remotely as a temporary solution.

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Why an Executive Master in Digital Leadership & Transformation?

The pressure to innovate is huge

"40% of today’s businesses will fail in the next ten years, and only 30% of those attempting to transform themselves digitally will succeed" - CEO of Cisco Systems.

Constant change and continuous innovation are a must

CEOs want to go digital but struggle to get there

Only 15% of CEOs are executing a digital strategy, even though 90% agree that the digital economy will impact their industry. (MIT Sloan and Capgemini)

  • Estrella

    Almost 80% of CEOs think technology will have significant impact or reshape their industry over the next 5 years. 56% of CEOs across all sectors predict a large existing player from another industry will move into their industry.

    PWC 21st Worlwide CEO Survey


Making transformations happen despite the obstacles

Make no mistake, business success via innovation and transformation isn’t really about tech, it’s about leadership.


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