More Than 2,700 Executives Who Shaped the Future

Barcelona hosted IESE’s 52nd Global Alumni Reunion



From November 7-9, more than 2,700 executives and IESE alumni gathered in Barcelona for the Global Alumni Reunion 2013, now in its 52nd year.

Under the slogan "Decide, Taking on Tomorrow's Opportunities Today," and led by international experts, the Global Alumni Reunion offered the ideal scenario for understanding the latest trends and challenges in fields such as innovation and technology, globalization, the world economic situation, education and the social impact of business.

The meeting, organized by the Alumni Association in the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, focused on the West’s ability to maintain the levels of innovation, competitiveness and productivity necessary not only to overcome the crisis, but to sustain its global position in the future.

Among those taking part in the academic session on Friday, November 8 were José Viñals, financial director and director of monetary affairs and capital markets at the IMF; Dr. Keith Dreyer, vice president and associate professor of radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital; Josep Mª Piqué, director of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona; Bruno Di Leo, senior vice president of the IBM Corporation; Siegfried Russwurm, member of the board and CEO of the industry sector at Siemens; Catalina Hoffmann, founder and CEO of Vitalia; Francisco Reynés, CEO of Abertis; Markus Langes-Swarovski, board member Swarovski; Ibukun Awosika, CEO of The Chair Center Group; the IESE dean, Jordi Canals; and IESE professors, José M. González-Páramo, Alfredo Pastor, Marc Sachon and Antonio Argandoña.

A reception was held on the preceding day at the Palau de la Música Catalana with a concert conducted by Inma Sharma, the prestigious international conductor, who has performed with major orchestras around the world. Shara has also been named as Honorary Ambassador of the Spain Brand and has been awarded the European Excellence Prize, among other prizes.