Faces of Change

These are the true stories of IE University community members: students, professors, alumni and staff that took that bold first step, towards making our community better and creating the world they wish to live in.

These FACES OF CHANGE have embraced the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The IE Sustainability Office would like to share with you the work of these igniters who took a pledge in their day to day lives to make an impact.

We wish to bring to sustainability to the forefront as the driver to positive change. Together we can rewrite our future. We can bring about a fundamental shift in how we think and act toward one another and the planet.

We hope you will join us and tell us your story, your impact, because the change starts with you!

Alba Vázquez

I am passionate about SDG nº 5, “Gender Equality” as it allows me to impact and advocate for the entire SDG agenda.
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Brenda Zikonda

The SDGs that I subscribe to are nº 4 and nº 5.
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Carmen Dieguez

I want to make an impact by building a community of values that empowers women in tech and in leadership positions. That’s why I chose SDG nº 5.
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Dikshika Kapoor

As one rightly said, we've got the courage to raise our daughters as sons, but very few have the courage to raise their sons as daughters.
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Elisa Hicks

In the face of the new reality with the COVID 2019 pandemic, we are bound together more than ever. I associate my work the most with SDG nº 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”.
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Francia Morales

The SDG that I chose is nº 4 which is “Quality Education”. I believe that the work I do and we do together intends to make sure that people know that they have a voice in their own academic community.
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Imge Kaya Sabanci

I’ve been working for SDG nº 5 “Gender Equality” and SDG nº 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” passionately for many years.
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Isabel Sánchez

Of course there are many SDGs that I think I would like to support such as the fight against poverty or inequality, but probably the one that is more related to my daily life is SDG nº 4.
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Kriti Jain

There’s a famous ancient Sanskrit saying Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which essentially means that the world is a family. Through my research and teaching related to SDG nº 4.
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Mar Hurtado de Mendoza

As a woman professional in higher education, as a mother of two girls, and as a firm believer in education, the two SDGs I feel most connected with are “Quality of Education” and “Gender Equality”.
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María Llorente

I am involved with the SDG nº 5 which is “Gender Equality” that’s why I joined the “Women in Business Club” as a coordinator.
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Nicole Rosow

I associate my work with SDG nº 4, “Quality Education”. In my career before IE and in volunteering, I’ve worked to reduce inequalities through improving education.
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Patricia Gabaldón

As an economics professor I am passionate about gender equality, SDG nº 5.
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Soledad Atienza

The SDG that I believe IE Law School best reflects is nº 16, to promote a more just, peaceful and inclusive society.
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Stefanie Beninger

Resilient communities are very important for sustainability. That’s why my research focuses on SDG nº 11.
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Susana Malcorra

All SDGs are important, but having been part of the process of creation of the SDGs, I go for SDG nº 16.
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Geoffroy Gérard

I thank every day the opportunity to be part of this community of social igniters!
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Isabela del Alcázar

I relate my work to SDG 4, to inspire people and guide our community through each step towards a behavioral change for a sustainable future.
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Celia de Anca

I work to empower women and raise gender awareness. I try to impact young leaders that in turn will pass it on to the next generation to achieve an equal world.
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Soizic Belliard

I am inspired by the beauty of nature and believe there is room for everyone on Earth: humans, animals and plants.
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Christina Pappas

What inspires me is when people from all over the world work together for a common target. They can achieve anything.
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Natalia Uliana

Through my work, I advocate for the 2030 agenda as a whole. Through my habits, I use resources responsibly.
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Carmen Álvarez

I find my greatest inspiration in the members of the community I collaborate with.
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Juliana Pereira

Giving students support and the confidence to know that one person can make a difference, can start a chain reaction and give our community meaning and perspective.
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Sara Lindgren

The pace of consumption is obviously no longer sustainable for the world. I constantly challenge myself to consume less and recycle more. We have to find alternatives that are plastic-less and paper-less.
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Marta Cálix

I work in wildlife conservation on SDG 15, Life on Land. I am interested in protecting nature, to ensure that future generations can still see the incredible richness of our world.
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Stephanie Villemagne

The best, most sure way to sustainable development is quality education for all as this leads to better outcomes for society at large.
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Max Oliva

What inspires me most is people: ordinary people doing extraordinary things, in teams.
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Dhruv Boruah

For SDGs 11, 12, 14 and 15, I run awareness campaigns and human-centered design hack-a-thons to find solutions and funding.
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David Goodman

Sometimes it can be easy to get discouraged, but when I see our students embrace challenges of the world around us as opportunities to make a better world, I’m optimistic and I’m inspired.
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