Professor of the Practice of Management of Managing People in Organizations

  Doctor of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
•  Ph.D. in Economics, UIC (Barcelona)
  Specialist in Social and Preventive Medicine (Mental Health), Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
  Certifcate in Personality Assessment, University of Minnesota

Alberto Ribera joined IESE in 2003 after a 15-year international career with the World Health Organisation, the European Commission and other multilateral organisations, in charge of projects in Africa, Southeast Asia and especially in the Middle East. From 1999 to 2003, he was General Director of the Euro Arab Management School.

At IESE he is the academic director of the IESE Coaching Unit and teaches the MBA course “Personality and Leadership”, which received the 2009 IESE Award for Excellence. He also teaches the Global Executive MBA course “Managing Oneself”; and executive courses on self-leadership, relationships management and executive coaching. He is the author or co-author of 9 books and more than 30 case-studies.

He has been invited as visiting professor or guest speaker at universities and business schools of more than 20 different countries and at international conferences like the World Economic Forum. He has taught courses for Enel, Compagnia di San Paolo, Banco di Napoli, Telecom Italia, Saint Gobain, The Arab Contractors, Egypt Telecom, BBVA, Banco de España, Enrst&Young, Hewlett Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers and other firms.

He is a board member of the Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria (Rome), Harambee Foundation (Nairobi) and other not-for-profit institutions.

Areas of interest

* Self-leadership: personality assessment and character development of managers
* Positive leadership: values, virtues, meaning/purpose, fulfilment
* Coaching, mentoring and therapy
* Stress and burnout, mid-life crises, mindfulness
* Management in Middle East and Africa, Business for peace in conflict zones


Working Papers

RIBERA A., A., CIRASOLA, L., PLAMENOVA DJOUROVA, N. (2021). Validation of a Personality Assessment Tool (TCI-R) in a Cross-cultural Sample of Young Managers (WP-1304-E). Barcelona: IESE.

Articles in other publications

LEE, Y.-T., RIBERA, A., MCBRIDE, E. (2019). Espíritu innovador: lecciones de liderazgo de la Sagrada Familia. IESE Business School Insight (154), pp. 76 - 80.
LEE, Y.-T., RIBERA, A., MCBRIDE, E. (2019). Innovative spirit: lessons in leadership from the Sagrada Familia. IESE Business School Insight (154), pp. 76 - 80.
ALMANDOZ, J., LEE, Y.-T., RIBERA, A. (2018). Unleashing the Power of Purpose. 5 Steps to Transform Your Business. IESE Insight (37), pp. 44 - 51.
ALMANDOZ, J., LEE, Y.-T., RIBERA, A. (2018). Cinco pasos para motivar a tus empleados. La fuerza del propósito. IESE Insight (37), pp. 44 - 51.
RIBERA, A., GUILLÉN, J. L. (2015). Mindfulness: Multiply Productivity Through Undivided Attention. Rotman Management, pp. 25 - 29.

Edited books

RIBERA, A., MC FARLANE, A., PLAMENOVA, N., ORTIZ, E. (2020). The 7 moments of coaching. Stories of inner journeys. Barcelona: Editorial Reverté.
RIBERA, A., MC FARLANE, A., PLAMENOVA, N. (2019). Los 7 momentos del coaching. Conversaciones para un viaje interior. Barcelona: Editorial Reverté.

Book Chapters

RIBERA, A. (2018). Prólogo. En Chinchilla, Nuria; Jiménez, Esther; García-Lombardía, Pilar (Eds.), Integrar la Vida: Liderar con éxito la trayectoria profesional y personal en un mundo global (pp. 7 - 9). Barcelona: Ariel.
RIBERA, A., CEJA, L. (2017). Flow: Flourishing at Work. In Mercado, Juan A. (Ed.), Personal Flourishing in Organizations (pp. 91 - 119). Cham: Springer International Publishing.


RIBERA A., A. (2021). Silvia Bianchi. Working and Living With a Perfectionist. IESE, DPO-749-E.
RIBERA A., A. (2021). Christopher Baden. The Blind Spot of a Brilliant Young Manager. IESE, DPO-750-E.
LEE, Y.-T., RIBERA, A., ISAAC SASTRE BOQUET (2019). Gaudí and La Sagrada Familia: Leading Beyond Presence. IESE, DPO-424-E.
RIBERA, A. (2019). Roller Coaster in Barcelona (B). IESE, DPO-451-E.
RIBERA, A. (2019). Roller Coaster in Barcelona (A). IESE, DPO-450-E.

Technical Notes

PLAMENOVA DJOUROVA, N., ORTIZ, E., RIBERA, A. (2022). The MINDSET Coaching Model. A Balanced Integration of Academic Rigor and Action-Oriented Practice. IESE, DPON-353-E.
PLAMENOVA DJOUROVA, N., RIBERA A., A. (2021). Behavioral Change and How to Make it Last. IESE, DPON-352-E.
PLAMENOVA DJOUROVA, N., RIBERA A., A. (2020). Resilience. IESE, DPON-348-E.
RIBERA, A. (2019). Character, Strengths and Virtues. IESE, DPON-150-E.
PLAMENOVA DJOUROVA, N., RIBERA, A. (2019). Introduction to Positive Psychology. IESE, DPON-151-E.