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What happened in Alumni Forum 2012

One thousand five hundred professionals from over 50 countries comprising alumni, professors, directors and members of the different IE boards, attended the IE Alumni Forum 2012 held on September 14 in Madrid. In the course of the event they examined the economic and political challenges now facing the world, as well analyzing the challenge of fostering entrepreneurship, with the help of investors and alumni entrepreneurs.

HRH The Prince of Asturias presided the opening ceremony of the Alumni Forum 2012. In his address the Prince underscored the fact that times of change bring opportunities in new fields of business and activity, saying that “We know that the entrepreneurial spirit and the creation of new businesses serve as catalysts for economic growth, identifying opportunities, creating economic value, and above all creating employment.” He also stressed the importance of education as “a crucial tool for improving professional expectations, optimizing competitiveness and promoting greater levels of social integration".

Jean Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank stated that “History is not written, it depends on us. All countries have to understand much better exactly what is at stake. Vital, very hard work has been done and adjustment is being done. We have to be active, proactive, and fast. Some countries that adjusted their competitiveness remarkably well are moving very fast, others more slowly.” For Trichet, here in Europe we are used to comparing ourselves with past situations and with other world regions, such as the US. He explained that such comparisons are futile given that “we live in a different universe.”

Further participants in the IE Alumni Forum 2012 included Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Leonhard Fischer, CEO of Kleinwort Benson Group, CEO of RHJ International, and non-executive board member of Glencore and Julius Bär, Robert Lovelace, President and CEO of Capital Research and Management Company, Nikhil Srinivasan, CIO of Allianz Investment Management, and Philip Suttle, Deputy CEO of the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

The Alumni Forum also included the participation of entrepreneurs like IE Alumni Miguel Arias (MBA 2004), founder of Imaste, Matthieu Heusch (IMBA 2009), founder of DoctorDoctor, Antoine Woitrin (IMBA 2011) founder of Salinas de Formentera, and Rodolfo Carpintier, investor and entrepreneur in the internet sector and a leading angel investor in Spain.

The Forum was rounded off with the presentation of the Mutua Madrileña - IE Alumni Association Prize, organized by the IE Entrepreneurship Circle, which went to the Hazloquepuedas project.

The entire event was led by Fernando Barnuevo, President of the IE Alumni Association, who made the closing remarks.


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