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IE University’s Segovia campus will host Hay Festival events on the challenges of peace, sustainability, and the global economy

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IE University will be the venue for more than 20 events on its Segovia campus, September 16-19. Photo: Roberto Arribas.

Between September 16 and 19, IE University will host more than 20 events during the Hay Festival Segovia 2021, the international cultural festival and recipient of the Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities in 2020. The prospects for world peace, challenges of sustainability, and growth of the global economy will be among the topics covered at IE University’s Segovia campus. This year’s edition will be hybrid, bringing together international figures in person and broadcast via live streaming. 

Among the speakers, IE University will host Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who will talk with human rights activist Ingrid Betancourt in a debate moderated by Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, CEO of IE University. 

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, President of IE University, will sit down with Lucy Kellaway, writer, former Financial Times columnist and now school teacher, about the keys to starting a new career later in life. Other guests include Javier Maroto, a Popular Party senator, Elcin Poyrazlar, Turkish author and columnist, Gonzalo Garland, economist and executive vice president of the IE Foundation, while Pallavi Aiyar, Indian journalist and deputy editor of The Globalist, will discuss the challenges of global economics and politics with Giles Tremlett, the author of several books and a former correspondent for The Guardian. 

Europe will be the focus of the Financial Times Weekend debate between former Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya and journalists Frederick Studemann, Lucía Méndez, Simon Kuper, Ana Carbajosa, and Daniel Dombey, together with Manuel Muñiz, Provost of IE University. 

In the run up to COP26, Nick Bridge, Special Representative of the British Government for Climate Change, Eva Saldaña, Executive Director of Greenpeace Spain, Eduardo Brunet, Founder and CEO of Greenward Partners, and Rubeena Singh, a graduate of IE University and former President of the IE Net Impact Club, will discuss the challenges of sustainable management and the future of our planet in a panel moderated by  Financial Times’s Daniel Dombey and presented by Isabela del Alcázar, IE University’s Director of Sustainability.

Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban will discuss how sustainability should be at the heart of any design process, together  with Martha Thorne, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design. The festival will also include great names in international literature such as John Boyne, Bernardine Evaristo, Niklas Natt Och Dag, Pallavi Aiyar, Gonçalo Tavares, José Luís Peixoto, Douglas Stuart, Héctor Abad Faciolince, Mathias Enard and Andri Snær Magnason. Also in attendance will be artists Maysun, Joanie Lemercier, filmmaker Fernando Trueba, designer Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, and Spanish writers Ray Loriga, Eva Sáenz de Urturi, María Dueñas, César Antonio Molina, Julia Navarro, Javier Sierra and Manuel Jabois, among others.