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IE University holds graduation ceremony for over 1,900 students from 93 countries

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· Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will receive the IE University Medal

· The keynote address will be given by Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com

IE University will today hold agraduation ceremony in which it will award titles to 1,939 students from 93 countries who have studied master programs in the different Schools that make up theinstitution – IE Business School, IE Law School, IE School of International Relations, IE School of Human Sciences & Technology and IE School of Architecture & Design. In the course of the ceremony, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, will be awarded the IE University Medal in recognition of his commitment to promoting economic development and consolidating the democratic system in Lebanon. The keynote address will be delivered by Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com.

Saad Hariri has led the Future Movement Party since 2005. He served as Prime Minister of Lebanon between 2009 and2011, and last May he was given the mandate to form a new government following parliamentary elections. He has received many international distinctions, including that of “Legion d’Honneur” awarded to him in 2007 by then French President Jaques Chirac.

“It’s an honor to award Saad Hariri the IE University Medal as a mark of our respect and admiration for the commitment he has shown to promoting economic development and consolidating the democratic system in Lebanon,” says Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, President of IE University. IE University currently has 69 Lebanese students on campus, and more than 350 Lebanese alumni.

After the Medal has been presented to Saad Hariri, Gillian Tans, CEO of Booking.com, will give the keynote address for the IE University graduation ceremony. “Whatever you do after today, bring a global perspective to your work and to your life. Think globally” says Gillian Tans, who has held the position of CEO of Booking.com since April 2016. “Thinking globally ignites curiosity, breaks down stereotypes and tears down borders, facilitates understanding and perspective, encourages inclusion and acceptance of diversity, forces you to think big, changes the world and is imperative for the well-being of society and the integrity of humanity”. Tans is responsible for global strategy and operations at Booking.com, which has over 15,000 employees working in 198 delegations located in 70 countries, and which registers some 1.5 million room nights on a daily basis.

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About IE University

IE University offers a technology-driven learning ecosystem for leaders who make a real difference in the world through innovation, global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a unique focus on humanities. IE Business School has a faculty of more than 500 professors who teach students from 131 countries on its master, PhD and executive education programs. IE’s alumni network comprises more than 50,000 graduates who currently hold management positions in some 165 countries.