Successful Women Business Leaders

IESE participates in IWEC conference in Barcelona

30/10/2012 Barcelona


The city of Barcelona is the backdrop this week for the annual conference of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge, being held Oct. 28-31. IESE Business School is a key partner in the initiative.

IWEC is a global network for women business leaders who are spearheading initiatives and projects in markets all over the world. IWEC is an initiative of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Manhattan, FICCI (the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Town. It is supported by the US State Department.

On Oct. 29, the event featured sessions on IESE's campus which were led by Professors Núria Mas and Mike Rosenberg. The sessions focused on the global economy.

Also representing IESE at the event were Idunn Jonsdottir, María Puig, Yolanda Serra and IESE Prof. Josep Valor.

A key highlight of the conference is the presentation of the annual IWEC awards. This year's winners in Spain were Susana Monje, president of Essentium Group; Mar Raventós (PADE '01), president of Codorniu Group; and Chelo Tonijuan (PADE '10), CEO of Companyia General Càrnia.

Since its first edition in 2007, IESE has been one of the institutions most highly involved in the IWEC. Various IESE alumae have received IWEC awards in the past: Ibukun Awosika, Maria del Pino Velázquez, Nuria Vilanova, Adriana Casademont and Preeti Sharma. In addition, IESE has sponsored two scholarships to the school's Advanced Management Program to award-winners and IESE Professors Paddy Miller and Nuria Chinchilla have been speakers at previous conferences.

The first edition of the awards was held in Barcelona in 2007 under the leadership of Adela Subirana, PADE-92, who was commissioned by Miquel Valls, president of Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. The conference was next held in New Delhi, Cape Town and New York City, where two editions were held before returning to Barcelona in 2012.