Global HR Think Tank

Global HR Think Tank



Prof. Dr. Sandra Sieber
Academic Director

Dr. Sandra Sieber is Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Information Systems at IESE Business School. She is also the Academic Director of the IESE Global Executive MBA. From 2012 to 2014 she was based at IESE's New York Center, where she served as Director of Academic Programs. She has also served on a regular basis as an Academic Director of Custom and Open Programs at IESE.

Currently, most of her work is centered around how the digital rise is affecting organizations from a variety of perspectives. First, she is an avidly studies how the current technological changes impact business models, both in terms of how they allow for the rise of new value propositions, as well as for their potential to impact their target markets. In this vein, she is especially interested in understanding how existing companies can increase their capabilities to quickly adapt and react, and how their main leaders have to develop a digital mindset to be able to incorporate the digital dimensions into their daily decision making.


Dr. Giuseppe Aurichio

Director of IESE´s Learning Innovation Unit that was established in 2013 with the purpose of setting a strategic direction for pedagogical innovation at IESE, related to all of the school’s educational activity, including degree programs, executive courses and alumni services. Giuseppe has been responsible for setting the vision and agenda for the unit, and leading its first initiatives. Amongst these have been the launch of the school´s first MOOCs, the development of resources for different learning discussion-based methodologies (simulations, experiential exercises, coaching, distributed learning, etc.) and the redesign of select degree and executive education programs. 

Giuseppe holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Georgetown University, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from London Business School and a Doctorate in Education (EdD) from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn CLO Program). Giuseppe's doctoral work focused on the use of blended learning in the context of executive leadership development. For his work, Giuseppe investigated the opinions and practices of 45 senior learning and development professionals in flagship global companies.


Prof. Dr. Hakan Ener

Hakan Ener is assistant professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship. He does research on top management teams in entrepreneurial firms. One of his main interests is the "management experience pitfall," a theme emerging from his dissertation, which showed that entrepreneurial firms led by the most experienced top executives in their industry do not typically achieve the highest performance. This work has won a worldwide doctoral research award from the Center for Creative Leadership in the US, and was nominated for the Strategic Management Society's Best Implications for Practice award.

He holds a Ph.D. in management (with a specialization in strategy), which he completed at INSEAD's two campuses in France and Singapore.


Prof. Dr. Pedro Videla

Pedro Videla is currently the chairman of the Economics Department at IESE Business School. He holds a PhD and an MA in economics, both from the University of Chicago, and a commercial engineering degree in economics from the Universidad Católica de Chile.

His areas of specialization include macroeconomics, international economies and emerging economies.As a consultant Prof. Videla has been involved in projects with institutions such as the World Bank, IMF, EU, the Inter American Development Bank, and the USAID.He has been a guest professor at many universities worldwide, including Reykjavik University (Iceland), Nile University (Egypt), Lagos Business School (Nigeria), CEIBS (China), Universidad de los Andes, (Chile) and Wharton School(USA).

Guest Speakers

  HR = Human Resonance: Musical Strategy for Intrapreneurship
Miha Pogacnik
An exceptional virtuoso, both on the musical stage as well as on the management platform. He is the creative force behind cultural and diplomatic missions; his music is medium for his thoughts and his leadership vision development.

He is actively engaged in cultural, business and political spheres as well as academia and civil society, while his visions had led him to explore influence of formative principles of Art on evolution of society. It is his practical insight that creative environments need to be developed, where on a raised resonance platform Art forces attract, “compose” and bind together different social fields. His method of interdisciplinary transfer from musical masterpieces to leadership and cultural development, inspiring scores of global brands companies like Shell, Novartis, ING, Porsche, Nike, Coca Cola and Microsoft, leading business schools: Harvard Business School, IESE, Bled, UN agencies and gatherings like Alpbach and World Economic Forum.

The transformative power of the fear-free organization. Vital Insights from neuroscience how to transform our business culture - The new role of HR
Prof. Dr. Paul Brown
Dr Paul Brown is Faculty Professor, Organizational Neuroscience, Monarch Business School Switzerland; Honorary Chairman of the Vietnam Consulting Group, Saigon, and International Director of SIRTailors, Saigon. He is a clinical and organizational psychologist and executive coach and has recently co-authored Neuropsychology for Coaches (2012), Neuroscience for Leadership (2015) and The Fear-Free Organization (2015). He lives in Vietnam, teaches in the UK and consults worldwide.



Dr. Albrecht von Müller
Dr. Albrecht von Müller is the director of the Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking and teaches philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU). After a PhD dissertation on “Time and Logic” at the LMU in 1982, he spent many years working at the Max Planck Society and also teaching philosophy at the LMU. In order to better support complex thinking and decision-making processes, von Müller developed the visual reasoning methodology “EIDOS” with which he served as scientific advisor to several governments, supra-national institutions and large corporations. He established Parmenides Foundation in 2001 as a new interdisciplinary research center with the task of “studying the foundations and frontiers of human thinking”. Dr. von Müller is an external member of two multi-disciplinary research centers at the University of Munich, the Human Science Center and the Munich Center for Neuroscience, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institutes of Neurobiology and Biochemistry



Barbara Koch
Leader of Social Communication and Special Projects for the Cognitive Solutions Team of IBM in Europe. In this role she supports several cognitive projects. Cognitive systems try to mirror all things that make humans think and make good decisions without having the same limitations - they never stop learning. Cognitive technology can understand language. It can see and hear, not literally, but it can understand the same perceptions that humans are seeing and experiencing. She joined IBM Germany in 2001. Due to many years of experience within IBM and especially in Social Business, Barbara has an extensive network from across all industries. She believes that Cognitive will change industries in the future if it did not happen already.