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.

Michael Leube

“Everything I do is anthropology…Human behavior can only be understood contextually. To create any cultural change whatsoever, we must start by looking at how and, even more importantly, why people are users of products and services.”
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Adriana Cursino

¨The classroom is a powerful space for the production of knowledge, where we give wings to curiosity.¨
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Alex Martinez

¨Personal happiness is based on putting passion into everything you do.¨
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Igor Bragado

“The people you encounter on the way will transform you.”
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Xenia Viladas

“Pay attention to people because they will make you better. Work hard, because luck only comes around once you have put in the effort.”
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Victoria Fontana

“Be kind. Know yourself deeply and learn to choose your response to life’s events, rather than react unconsciously. Define your own success and align your thoughts, words, and actions to create that vision in your life. Remain open to the unimagined.”
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Manuel Quirós

“The secret to life is being yourself, with no boundaries or fears about your desires.”
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Alejandro Pardo

“The most relevant lessons for achieving success come from failing—preparation, tenacity and a bit of patience is the formula for a sustaining success."
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Ritxi Ostáriz

"I learn from my students at least as much as they learn from me."
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Eugénie Dehouck

"All my experiences have contributed to being the person I am today. I think the key in life is to never lose the desire to learn and to understand that we can learn from any experience.¨
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Ruxandra Iancu-Bratosin

“Some of the things I’ve learned in my life, and which I try to pass on, is how to embrace the little failures and frustrations that come with the design process, to enjoy the freedom of experiment, and to be bold and fearless.”
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Regina Chatruch del Río

"Achieving success in your career and personal life means doing things that make you smile every day."
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Antonio Aloisi

¨The most durable successes are not the result of one-man shows. We should avoid being self-reliant: communities, where authenticity is the norm, are the only thing that matter in uncertain times.¨
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Valentin Garcia

¨Those who put passion into what they do and persevere, can succeed¨
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Carlos Marquerie

My motivation had always been to do new things, by projecting and developing new business models and challenges that nobody would have realized before.
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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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