Global Alumni Relations would like to extend a special thank you to 3 outstanding students Barnaby Ferrero, Florin Lanz and Mitchell Maddox from the International MBA Program Class of 2014 who have contributed their thoughts, time and passion as part of the student organizing committee for the Alumni Forum. They demonstrated vision and leadership each step of the way. Take a look at their biographies below. 


Barnaby Ferrero

Barnaby is a serial entrepreneur who’s passionate about disruptive business models. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley and in the Hedge Fund Industry, co-founding his own fund, Symmetry Global, in 2008. An avid technologist and extreme tech lover, he’s particularly excited about this year’s Alumni Forum, and the showcasing of some of the latest innovations in business.



Florin Lanz 

Florin is from Zurich Switzerland and holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen (HSG). After starting his career in banking, he joined the project execution and talent staffing firm a-connect as a partner and he has worked with a-connect on four continents since 2007. After graduating from the MBA program at IE, Florin will support the build-up of a-connect’s Middle East operations in Dubai UAE.



Mitchell Maddox 

J. Mitchell Maddox is a former high school teacher and education entrepreneur who has worked in the U.S., Turkey, and Germany. He built an international student exchange network between twelve schools in North Rhine-Westphalia and the U.S., and he served for six years as an advisor to a village school in Cambodia. He has an M.A. in Comparatism with a specialization in historical astronomy and figurative language, and he has presented at education conferences around Europe and the U.S. He has also led kayak eco-tours in the world’s largest estuary, taught sailing, and worked as a music journalist for Performer magazine. He is currently an N3 representative, a member of the Social Responsibility Forum committee, and the co-founder of a social fundraising startup in the Venture Lab.