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.

Óscar Martínez Tapia

“I think IE University is the best school in Madrid, and teaching here has opened my eyes to diversity and a higher academic standard.”
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Néstor García-Barceló

"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."
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Antonio Quijano

"If you enjoy what you do, and you have the curiosity to learn every day and the courage to step out of your comfort zone before routine kills your energy, then you will do great things and find happiness."
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Rejane Queiroz

“In order to achieve success, get through each day, stay focused and be strong enough to start again even after failure.”
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Cem Sinan Kayatekin

“I try to shed the mysteries of the city for the future architect and open up the city for the future urbanist who wants to grapple with the complexities of the city today.”
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Antonio López Rosell

“I believe that our role as teachers has become more important in the context we are living.¨
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Leticia Ponce Hernández

Be brave and outspoken, don’t be ashamed of talking about your ideas.
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Francisco Cruzado Perni

I strongly believe that the key to success is learning from our failures. Every time we fail, we need to collect that information and use it to improve our processes.
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Tomohisa Miyauchi

Learning can start anytime by asking simple questions about why and being curious about our everyday surroundings.
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Fernando de Roda

Never say no. It’s a mandate that should be taught to our children so they can grow up to be proactive and courageous.
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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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