The Honours Program provides enrolled students with experiences that foster academic vigor and professional prospects. The university hosts a specialized program for participating students—an exciting academic environment in which they can network and learn with top-tier industry professionals. With presentations on the most relevant topics and critical insights from the current world, the course also features a launch event and closing ceremony to be enjoyed by all students and visiting professionals.
Mission and Objectives
To foster COLLABORATION
The Honours Program brings together top students from all degrees and programs across IE University. Through relevant and insightful courses and initiatives that promote interdisciplinary learning, students will learn to be more creative, flexible, and open-minded—ensuring they are better equipped to tackle the challenges of an increasingly globalized world.
To give RECOGNITION
The Honours Program is a mark of distinction. It is a sign to employers and society that members are one of a kind. In an increasingly competitive and demanding job market, this is exactly what students need to excel in their professional careers after graduation.
With access to extra initiatives and courses outside their degree and program, students are given the opportunity to build their knowledge base, hone their leadership skills, and expand their personal and professional contacts.
All of the initiatives and courses in the Honours Program are designed and led by industry-leading professionals and experts. By creating opportunities that focus on building the skills necessary to be successful professionals, we hope to motivate students to reach their maximum potential, and to help them uncover new passions and aspirations as they collaborate with like-minded peers.
Members of IE University’s Honours Program are set to become tomorrow’s global changemakers. Members gain the relevant skills, knowledge, and contacts they need to not only become successful and respected, but also responsible, humble, and moral leaders.
As a mark of excellence, our Honours Program ensures that our top students stand out from the crowd. It proves to future employers and the surrounding community that members are gifted and pioneering individuals who always strive for excellence—going above and beyond what is required and expected of them.
Designed by world-class faculty and industry experts, the Honours Program provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to interact with leading professionals. The result is a challenging yet intimate and supportive environment brimming with revolutionary content and unparalleled learning opportunities.
Augusto Baena, Global Partner, Communications, Media and Technology at Oliver Wyman
Academic excellence is a strong indicator of traits we look for in candidates—like determination, grit, and intellectual power. However, it is not the only one. We look for individuals who have displayed other traits such as interpersonal skills, curiosity, international exposure, and diverse backgrounds.
I think one of the most important aspects of the Honours Program for students is that it allows them to benefit from the diversity of backgrounds in their group. While acquiring specific skills is important, we also look for people with wider perspectives, and diversity is a key ingredient.
After meeting with the Honours Program students, I saw that they are a very interesting mix of profiles, different degrees, nationalities, backgrounds, etc. They were all very sensible, open, and nice to work with.
Daniel Bedoya, General Manager in Europe at Cabify
Academic excellence is a key criteria our company considers when recruiting for a specific position. For us, this means selecting well-rounded candidates with important skills such as the ability to implement different working methods, use an innovative mindset, and build a team. Even though academics play an important role in internal decision-making, a candidate's background must also display a specific range of professional experiences and personal principles. All in all, we want to build a smart team based on a strong mindset of execution, and reliable personal and professional principles.
Being part of the Honours Program is a great opportunity to connect highly skilled students with successful professionals from different industries. With this experience, students can share best practices, industry knowledge, and challenges. The main value for students comes from face-to-face discussions and learning from excellent professors who are open to sharing their strategic, operational, and business mindset. Therefore, my key recommendation is to make the most of it by being prepared, asking questions, and staying curious.
The Honours Program students have impressed me, indeed. They interacted and discussed very important topics—not only about their professional development but also their personal development. I always learn from questions and discussions and that’s why I keep connected to forums like the Honours Program.
Prashant Kumar, Senior Product Manager of Spain and Italy at Amazon
Academic excellence indicates a student’s efforts to improve and push themselves to achieve the best results possible. In my company, we are always on the lookout for students who have consistently achieved great results. After all, academic excellence is a clear indicator of hardworking and committed individuals who are willing to learn and go above and beyond to deliver outstanding results.
I was very happy to see that the Honours Program puts a lot of focus on helping its students to kick-start and develop their careers, giving them the opportunity to interact with experienced professionals and find some inspiration and direction. I would advise the students to take advantage of this opportunity to broaden their professional horizons and understand what it takes to succeed in the market. They should learn which skills are most in-demand to prepare themselves for the job market.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a high level of professional maturity shown by the students in the Honours Program. They came prepared for the meeting with great questions and had a clear idea of which direction they wanted to go professionally. This is a great quality in any young student and speaks volumes of their future potential.
Chelu Martín, Head of Tech Lab @ IE Business School | Singularity University GSP 16 | Innovation consultant
Chelu is an IT professional with extensive experience across a broad spectrum of technologies and processes, as well as a keen focus on product innovation. A hardware and software MsC, his career has varied from designing hardware for drones to creating mobile apps and embedded software coding. His contribution to R&D saw him accepted to Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program for Innovators in 2016, which in turn led to him being granted a position on Launchpad, the institution’s entrepreneurship program. Chelu’s passion lies in the development of new projects from prototyping to startup, but he also carries out recruitment for tech companies that are struggling to find suitably qualified and talented candidates.
Carlos Fernández, General Manager Alexa Voice Service Spain at Amazon
Carlos is a telecoms engineer and a marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in the mobile and internet industries. Currently, he’s based in Munich, leading Amazon’s Alexa business development in Spain. Before this, he held various product, marketing and business-development positions at Amena, Xfera and Telefónica, the latter at both local and global levels. Carlos loves that his job transforms technology into great services and experiences for people. His other great passions are his family and writing.
Álvaro Romero, Project Manager - Data Scientist at IIC
Álvaro Romero Miralles completed the Executive MBA at IE Business School in 2020. He is a professor in the Master in Business Analytics & Big Data at IE University, as well as Data Scientist and Project Manager for the Health & Energy Predictive Analytics group of the Instituto de Ingeniería del Conocimiento (IIC). He has extensive professional experience in AI and big data projects, including fraud detection, predictive maintenance, optimization problems, and meter-data analysis. Accustomed to a broad variety of teaching methodologies, he has delivered training face to face, online, and in-company, as well as assisting students with the direction of their theses. His interests are focused on data analytics, machine learning, data engineering, data project management and new technologies.
Pedro Moreno, Digital Business & Marketing Professor
Pedro describes himself as a sales and marketing manager who has transformed for the digital age. His extensive experience has run the full gamut from startups through SMEs to multinationals, with specializations in marketing, communication, entertainment and retail. A native English speaker and a persuasive communicator, he is currently pursuing research into digital high concepts as part of his PhD in digital marketing.
Aloña Martiarena, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at IE Business School
Aloña Martiarena joined IE Business School as an assistant professor in the area of entrepreneurship in 2015. Her research studies the intersection of entrepreneurship and business economics.
She previously worked as a strategy consultant at Monitor-Deloitte and The Boston Consulting Group in Madrid, and as an economist in the evaluation unit at Ipsos-Mori in London. In Madrid she co-founded Reto Emprende, a nonprofit association focused on mentoring small businesses and startups. She holds a PhD in Economics from Aston Business School, an MSc in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Business Administration and Management from the University of the Basque Country.
Her most recent work focuses on topics such as employee and female entrepreneurship. She has studied career pathways that lead individuals to transition to entrepreneurship, and how contextual factors influence individuals’ abilities and attitudes towards entrepreneurship and their prospects for success. She has experience working for the Spanish and UK Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) projects, and was recently involved with externally funded research projects dealing with business resilience among disadvantaged groups.
Helga Josepsdottir, Founder at FRAMTID - the futures school
Helga is a creative strategist, who creates future-forward solutions through design, strategy, services, products and experiences. She has over 10 years’ experience in management and strategic leadership in the fields of innovation, design and creative education. Her overriding aim is to make a positive impact on the planet, people, society, business, and work culture.
She helps organizations use what’s happening in the world to create innovative products and service proposals, using agile creative methodologies that she calls “Futures Thinking.”
Helga begins projects by identifying what’s new and interesting in the field, detecting gaps and opportunities for innovation. She defines step-by-step strategies, roadmaps, programs and plans, targeted to a desired future, that can be developed and implemented easily across organizations. Her pursuit of excellence through innovative solutions produces disruptive initiatives that will shape the future.
Helga’s professional experience spans the globe, including IKEA, SPACE10, the Vitra Design Museum, NASA, YouTube, Fjord, the government of Abu Dhabi, the Future Food Institute, Marel, Red Bull and Airbus.