Honours Program

Academic Excellence

At IE University, we pride ourselves on the success and determination of our students. Exceptional achievement should be recognized and rewarded, and we have created the IE Undergraduate Honours Program to foster academic excellence as a result. Admission to the program is open to bachelor students ranking in the top 5% of their program, by invitation from the Honours Program Committee.

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


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.


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.


The program grants students access to exclusive talks and meetings throughout the year, led by prominent personnel from major companies such as the United Nations, Amazon, Oliver Wyman and Cabify.
Chelu Martín

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Honours Program Committee

Profile - Tana Greer Tana Greer

Associate Director
Undergraduate Studies in Law

Profile - Jessica Danielle Tollette Jessica Danielle Tollette

Academic Director
Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences

Profile - Borja Santos Borja Santos

Executive Director
Undergraduate Studies School Global Public Affairs


"Beyond recognizing prestige, excellence and integrity, the 2021 IE University Honours Program prospers by connecting cognitive diversity and individual excellence, unleashing unlimited potential for success, personal development and deep relationships. "
"The Honours Program helps you to become the best version of yourself. It pushes you to explore the challenges of the world around you, while also encouraging you to take care of your mental health—an important factor which is often undermined. "
"The Honours Program is a community comprised of some of the top students at IE University and the professors who helped them get there. It is a space in which we can build off of and empower one another in our academics, professional goals, and overall university experience. The key to academic success is knowing how you work or study best. There is no “one-size-fits-all” plan for succeeding at university."
"The IE University Honours Program can best be described as a proactive platform that brings together and rewards those students that went the extra mile academically. It has given me the chance to meet interesting and passionate individuals who want to make a global impact in their area of study. Also, it’s an opportunity to talk to top executives from different companies, which gave me a competitive insight into different industries ranging from consultancy to public international organizations."
"To me, the program represents an enriching model of cooperation across different fields, that is effective at revealing new potentials within ourselves. It activates a motion of encounters and critique that sets up the road for personal and collective development beyond our usual standards."
"My experience with the Honours Program was simply amazing! Not only did I have the opportunity to meet students with the same interests as me, but I also learned a lot about leadership by attending all the classes and executives' breakfasts."
"The IE University Honours Program 2021 has given me the opportunity to collaborate and connect with highly motivated hardworking students from various bachelor programs. Working together on real-world team challenges that involve IE University and multinational corporations have given us the opportunity to bridge our knowledge, ideas, and expertise to develop student-friendly solutions."


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