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Isabel Sánchez

Isabel Sánchez is Vice Rector and Associate Dean of Adjunct and Visiting Faculty at IE University. She also leads the IEU LABs. Isabel began her professional life in academia, working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, USA, and actively participating in the creation of the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) as an Assistant Professor. She has held several positions in public administration, in regulatory agencies of the energy sector and in the Spanish national competition authority. There she has concentrated in the analysis of different regulatory policies in various sectors proposing recommendations for regulation improvement and focusing in competition advocacy. She also has experience in the design and implementation of policies for science, technology, and innovation, gained while she served as Head of Staff of the Secretary of State for Science and Technology of the first Ministry of Science and Technology in Spain, as a Board member of the CDTI and as a long-term consultant in the World Bank in the Department of Private Sector Development and Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been an independent member of the Board in ENAGAS, SA. Isabel joined IE in 2009 after the founding of the university with the responsibility of launching the undergraduate studies program in business administration and was its director for 6 years.


• Independent Board Member of ENAGAS, S.A.; member of the Internal Audit Committee, 2010 – 2014

• Director for Competition Advocacy, Comisión Nacional de Competencia, Spain 2008 – 2010

• Head of Staff, Comisión Nacional de Competencia, Spain, 2007 – 2008

• Consultant, Department of Private Sector Development and Energy, Latin America and Caribbean, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA, 2003- 2006

• Member of the Electricity Working Group, Council of European Economic Regulators, 2003

• Deputy Director, Secretary of the Board, Comisión Nacional de Energía, Spain, 2002 – 2003

• Board Member, Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, 2000 – 2002

• Head of Staff of the Secretary of State of Scientific and Technological Policies, Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, Spain, 2000 – 2002

• Deputy Director of Regulated Systems, Comisión Nacional de Energía, Spain. 1999 – 2000

• Deputy Director of Regulated Prices, Comisión Nacional del Sistema Eléctrico, Spain, 1998 – 1999


• Vice Rector, IE University, Spain, 2011

• Associate Dean of Adjunct and Visiting Faculty, IE University, Spain, 2018

• General Director of IEU LABs, IE University, 2013

• Director of Undergraduate Studies in Business Administration, IE University, Spain, 2010 – 2016

• Assistant Professor, Departamento de Economía, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, 1991 – 1995


• Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, San Diego, USA, 1987

• Master of Arts, University of California, San Diego, USA, 1983

• Bachelor in Economics and Business Administration, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,  Spain, 1979