Faculty Stories

Our 500-strong faculty guides students to unleash their potential day in, day out. Their influence across all five Schools can’t be overstated, inspiring young, energetic minds as they define their personal and professional trajectories. But what kind of person does it take to create such impact? The individuals that make up the IE University faculty are special. Coming from diverse, global backgrounds, they each bring distinct perspectives and innovative ideas that embody what makes IE University stand out. Their stories are personal and unique—but don’t take our word for it. Read their stories to see for yourself.

Marina Aksenova

Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. This doesn’t mean you won’t have to put in effort, but that it should come from a place of passion, not obligation.
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Rafif Srour

Change requires fighting, and embracing repeated failure until you achieve what you want.
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Laura Zimmermann

When not investigating buyer habits, I can be found out and about hiking, skiing, or photographing my travels.
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Jikyung Kim

Don’t fear failure, and don’t care too much about what other people think. Find your true passion and follow it.
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Juergen Foecking

With the emergence of big data, the next generation of economists have the tools to extract insights and even wisdom. This will allows students to interpret new truths and uncover new possibilities. Students will always need to remain critical and ask the right questions, but the future of the financial world is more open than ever.
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Ishita Sharma

Success can mean different things to different people. However, I have always tried to follow a formula: have a purpose to guide your actions, persistence, and determination through hard work.
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Peter Boland

Have fun. Listen, and take risks. Don’t take yourself too seriously and lean back and enjoy the music! The key to success is to Be humble. Learn from everyone around you. Always be curious and believe that the best is yet to come.
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Nina Wiesehomeier

Open-mindedness, perseverance and a willingness to make mistakes and overcome setbacks is vital for personal growth. It’s what you make of these experiences.
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Pamela Rolfe

At the end of the day, the keys to success are balance, confidence, and gratitude.
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Mariano Álvarez Diente

Enjoy the journey and work hard.
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Jessica Tollette

IE University is a place where diverse, passionate individuals—whether the students or the faculty—come together in a spirit of curiosity to produce positive, high-impact leaders of tomorrow.
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Francesco Furno

Practicing every day is the final ingredient to achieving success.
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Daniel Flynn

Set clear goals and organize your life around achieving them. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what kind of career you want after university, you can still set intermediate goals. Once you’ve achieved that goal, move on to the next one. You’ll be impressed by how much you can achieve in your brief time at IE University if you manage your goals this way.
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Andrew Bertoli

No matter the personal and professional goals you set for yourself, the key to success is to find routines that you enjoy. Once you discover what those are, you should make a science out of them to become an expert in that area of life.
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Neringa Kalpokaite

I am always driven to provide rigorous research, high-quality teaching, and personalized support to those who need it—to continue learning and growing, and likewise help others do the same.
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Rafael Ballester

At IE University we constantly update our courses to incorporate the latest trends and tools that are getting traction outside the classroom.
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David Santos

I try to never forget the true aim of teaching, which is to share knowledge with students that they can use once they graduate.
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