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Cultural Diversity at work

Written on January 19, 2007 by Max Oliva in Diversity

Celia de Anca, Director of the Centre for Diversity in Global Management
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On January 10th, at IE Business School in Madrid, ONA Foundation, Morocco and the IE Foundation, Madrid organized the second meeting of the ‘Cross-cultural Think Tank on Corporate Diversity ’ in a Spanish- Moroccan context.
The Cross-Cultural Think Tank on Corporate Diversity is a process designed to develop and implement innovative ideas for the analysis and understanding of corporate diversity, with a practical focus on the Hispano-Moroccan business context.
Hosted by Mr. Rafael Puyol Vice President of the IE Foundation and Mr. Rachid Slimi, President of the ONA Foundation, the think tank aims to adopt an integrating approach by bringing together a small group of key players from diverse cultural, geographic and professional backgrounds who can contribute to making a significant difference to the environments in which they operate.
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The think tank held last week in Madrid featured personalities from different academic disciplines including philosophy (Prof. Ali Benmakhllouf, Université de Nie Sophia-Antipolis, France); Antropology (Prof. Robert Rydell, Montana State University USA); Marketing (Prof. Bill Carney, IE Business School, Madrid); Intl Economics (Prof. Jose Collado, UNED, Spain); and finance (Prof. Eduardo Oliveira, IE Business School). The business world was also represented by Ms. Carmen Rodriguez, President, Expansion Exterior, Spain; Ms. Boutheyna Iraqi, President, AFEM (Association des femmes chefs d’entreprises du Maroc); Mr Bassim Jai Hokimi, President, Atlamed; and member of the board of directors of ONA /SNI Group Morocco. Important figures from the Media also lent their views to the discussion, including Ms. Nadia Salah, Editor in Chef, L’Economist Morocco, and Ms. Angeles Espinosa Middle East editor, EL País, Spain. Representatives of international institutions also contributed with their expertise in the field, including HIRH Archiduke George von Habsboug, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Hungary and member of the International Advisory board of IE Business School, and Mr. Ramon Enciso, Coordinator of the Hispano-Moroccan Comité Averroes.

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Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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Time’s Person of the Year is YOU. The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. And we didn’t just watch, we also worked. Its also time to take part on conversations that matter and to engage in actions that make a difference.
The World Economic Forum, which will take place January 24-28th, will use new web applications which will extend the discussions at the Annual Meeting 2007 to a much wider audience. The debates and discussions at Davos will be open to the general public via traditional broadcast channels, but also via webcasts, podcasts and for the first time, vodcasts.
The Forum will webcast over 50 of the 220 sessions. 31 of the sessions will be webcast live and a further 20 will be available for download once the session is over. All webcasts will be available also as pod- and vodcasts for download from Google video. All webcasts and vodcasts can be accessed here.
If you can physically join the event don’t miss the chance. If you were not invited, do join the conversations, it will definitely be worth your while.
…Still’s never been a time when both private citizens and public officials had the potential to shape a world of peace and prosperity. Could we screw it up if we let AIDS eat us alive? Yes. Could we go back to an ice age if we don’t do something about global warming? Absolutely.
…we’re building something we never had to build before so, don’t be discouraged and don’t use your political disappointments as an excuse to avoid personal commitment. Bill Clinton

Need to capture the essence of the annual meeting?
Plan your schedule in accordance to the Programme.
Join the Davos Conversation.


Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
2006 was a year full of highlights in corporate responsibility and sustainability. Going from a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to international awareness on global warming, it certainly was a year which proved the tipping point in these conversations. Here are some of the most important things that happened in 2006:
Drummer Boy Small.jpgMuhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank win the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
UN Principles for Responsible Investment Launched
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
An Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore
The Clinton Global Initiative and more than US$7 billion in Global Aid
IFC’s Lighting the Bottom of the Pyramid
Five big stories on Global Health
Carbon Neutral is “Word of the year”
The 2007 perspective looks even more promising, lets build on this conversation…


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Watch a 40 second message of Bono in regards to AIDS.
In 2000, heads of state made a promise to halt and begin to reverse the spread of AIDS by 2015.
New reports by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that, as of 2006, the epidemic continues to spread in every region of the world. By now more than 65 million people have been infected with HIV and well over 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981, 2.9 million in 2006 alone. At this rate, the WHO predicts that in the next 25 years another 117 million people will die, making AIDS the third leading cause of death worldwide.
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Anything strange about this familiar image? The (RED) campaign is getting a great boost today by
According to research revealed by the BBC, More than a million jobs are being lost every year from the spread of HIV/Aids, the bulk of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Clinton Foundation is to Lead $50 Million Effort with UNITAID to Assist 40 Countries to Expand Treatment to 100,000 Additional Children in 2007
“Accountability — the theme of this World AIDS Day — requires every President and Prime Minister, every parliamentarian and politician, to decide and declare that “AIDS stops with me”… But accountability applies not only to those who hold positions of power. It also applies to all of us… And it requires every one of us help bring AIDS out of the shadows, and spread the message that silence is death.” Kofi A. Annan
Read his full message here.
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The Independent is following up with their second (RED) Edition.
Visit the World AIDS Campaign.
Visit the World AIDS Day webpage.
Which is the actual situation in regards to AIDS and Africa?
Facts about AIDS.
Uniting The World against AIDS.
The Global Business Coallition fight against HIV/AIDS.


Arusha, Tanzania, June 4-7, 2007
TED’s first global conference is taking place with amazing people who are doing something valuable for Africa’s future. Their voices will inspire. And their ideas will spread.
“Over the past few years a growing number of people in the TED community have become passionate about Africa, a continent that appears to be at an important tipping point. Its problems and challenges are well known. Less well known is that across the continent, change is afoot. Instead of relying only on development aid, Africans across the continent are beginning to take matters into their own hands. Ingenious solutions are being applied to tackle some of the toughest health and infrastructure problems. Businesses are being launched that are capable of transforming the lives of millions. New communication technologies are allowing ideas and information to spread, enabling markets — and governments — to be more efficient. And the numbers suggest that incomes are starting to nudge up in some countries and real growth is on the way. A new Africa beckons.”
Some of the speakers already confirmed include:
Jacqueline Novogratz: After 20 years’ involvement in Africa, she founded the Acumen Fund, a leader of the “new philanthropy” movement which, instead of offering charity, supports entrepreneurs who are building businesses in areas such as healthcare, low-cost housing and water distribution.
Eleni Gabre-Madhin: Economist and leading researcher on African agricultural markets.
Danniel Annerose: CEO of and founder of Manobi, developer of prize-winning cellphone-based services that, for example, give farmers market intelligence and allow them to achieve better prices for their crops.
Jane Goodall: Famous for her pioneering work with chimpanzees in Tanzania, she has become a globally recognized conservationist and a United Nations “Messenger of Peace.”
Patty Stonesifer: CEO of the Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic organization. The Foundation funds multiple projects in Africa with a major focus on tackling AIDS, malaria and other public health issues.
See the full list of speakeres.
You can Register here.
What is TED?
What are TEDTALKS?.


42 Scholarships for Women who are residents in Madrid

Written on November 28, 2006 by Max Oliva in Development, Diversity

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IE Business School has signed an agreement with the Consejería de Empleo y Mujer de la Comunidad de Madrid to collaborate in offering forty-two scholarships intended for women graduates who are resident in the Autonomous Community of Madrid who wish to improve their skills in business administration. These scholarships cover 70% of all academic expenses; the remaining 30% is covered by the candidate. The scholarships by program are the following:
Executive MBA: 17 scolarships
Executive MBA online: 4 scolarships
International MBA: 4 scolarships
International Executive MBA: 4 scolarships
MBA Part Time: 13 scolarships
All tose interested must request the scholarship here before December 7th. At the same time, they must fil their admission form at Instituto de Empresa in a 40 day period. Admission is mandatory in order to obtain the scholarship.
For more information click here (In Spanish).


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Celia de Anca, Director of the Centre for Diversity in Global Management, Instituto de Empresa
On 6-8 November at the Westin Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School, Madrid jointly with Effat College in Jeddah, developed an innovative international program to foster and promote entrepreneurship skills of Saudi Arabian Business Women.
47 women entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs successfully completed a three day program aimed at equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their local environment.
The sponsorship of the National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia enabled the participation of 15 female students from Effat College, Dar Al Hekma, and the College of Business Administration. Representatives from King Abdul Aziz University also attended. Women from the corporate world also participated in the programme representing international companies such as D.H.L., Xenel Group HR & Training Center, Jeddah United Sports, Abdul Latif Jameel Vocational Training Center, La Woman and Optics Company. Moreover, a group of well-known women entrepreneurs shared their experiences on how they initiated their careers as Saudi Women Entrepreneurs.
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The program was opened by Dr. Haifa Reda Jamal Al Lail Dean of Effat College, and Dr. Celia de Anca, Director of the Center for Diversity in Global Management at Instituto de Empresa Business School. Both representatives gave an overview of the main themes of the program. They also provided information regarding the collaboration between the two institutions in the framework of this first event, as well as in a series of future events that will take place in Jeddah and in Madrid.
After the opening of the seminar, three key areas were developed during the three days of sessions:
Entrepreneurship Skills: Professors, Ignacio de la Vega and Paz Ambrosy provided an overview of the mindsets, methods, and managerial activities that support the entrepreneurial process. The main theoretical tools for the entrepreneurship process were discussed in the local context of Jeddah so that participants could better understand how to adapt theoretical models into real business practices.
Women in Business Intl Best Practices: Professor Celia de Anca gave an overview of women leaders worldwide. Today’s international organizations are increasingly open to the idea that women can act as a catalyst for the organization’s capacity to innovate. Participants analyzed the local opportunities from women leaders and explored the options available for women, identifying areas for training and personal development as necessary tools to obtain the maximum benefits out of the existing opportunities.
Women in Business: The Local Environment: The third part of the program was dedicated to the local environment for women in business in Saudi Arabia: Prestigious guest speakers focused on the current environment in the Kingdom for business women, highlighting the opportunities available and the challenges ahead. The experts also expounded models of successful women from the region and some of the key factors of their success.

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Celia.jpg Mentors include the Regional Minister for Employment and Women of Comunidad de Madrid, Juan José Güemes, and the Dean of IE.
Madrid, 4 October 2006. IE Business School brought together 60 mentors and mentees at one of the first activities of the IE Mentor Programme. The event was part of the LiderA programme run by Comunidad de Madrid and involved the collaboration of the Washington Quality Group. The programme has come about thanks to the close collaboration between IE’s Centre for Diversity and IE Women in Business, which coordinates a significant group of female alumni from IE Business School who wish to offer their support to the new generations of IE students and ensure the future existence of the programme.
The IE Mentor programme provides a link between prestigious professionals and recipients of LiderA programme scholarships, young women with high potential from the Madrid region who are currently following different programmes at IE Business School. The initiative arose because young professionals often feel that education and experience are not enough to help them grow in the higher echelons of business management. Women find it particularly difficult to balance their private and professional lives, and need support which, from experience, reinforces their capacity for decision and professional focus.
The Regional Minister for Employment and Women of Comunidad de Madrid, Juan José Güemes, and the Director of the General Department of Women of Comunidad de Madrid, Patricia Flores, took part in the workshop that brought together the recipients of LiderA scholarships and approximately 30 prestigious professionals who are to become their mentors during the 2006-2007 academic year.
The event also involved various executives from leading firms who took part in the programme as executive mentors. They included Isabel Linares Liébana, President of Fundación Sanitas, which also supplied three of its top level executives; Carmen García de Andrés, the partner responsible for the Women’s Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers España, who was accompanied by several of the company’s partners; and several executives supplied by IBM for participation in this project as mentors, including Dominga Jorgegrac Santísima Trinidad, Technical Sales Director of SPGIT, IBM.
According to Celia de Anca, Director of the Centre for Diversity at IE, “the mentors’ role consists of providing professional guidance during the mentees’ year of study to improve the focus of their executive career after graduation. A good mentor can have a fundamental, lasting effect on the development of a professional career.”
Mentors from the IE Community include Juan Miguel Antoñanzas, Senior Advisor, H. Neumann, Alstom and Honorary President of the IE Business School Advisory Board, and the Dean of IE Business School, Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño. They are joined by outstanding IE alumni, such as Mariona Roger, General Secretary of ONO, and a number of IE professors, including Carmen Abril Barrie, Vice-President of Marketing for Spain and Greece at PepsiCo.
The IE Mentor Programme has been created to last and each year, new mentors and mentees will extend the support offered to future young professionals that form part of the IE community.


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According to Nelson Mandela, the Clinton Global Initiative is addressing the greatest challenges the World faces. It is a call to action. What can I do as a global citizen? Your commitments can become a powerful tool in shaping a better world.
What has been intended to become an event which helps create a small piece of common ground, has actuallty been followed by +50,000 viewers from around the world. It has generated more than 218 commitments from twice that many people. The value of these commitments, not considering time and mind which are the most valuable and enriching, comes to more than 7.3 billion dollars.
You can summarize it with a word, Ubuntu, and with one of the most moving speeches given by Desmond Tutu.”We won’t win a war against terror, so-called, as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate”. (m. 44:40) and his remarkable closing speech (m. 1:02:00). Join the conversation.
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“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
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The focus areas of the CGI which try to cover the most serious issues affecting the world today are:
Energy and Climate Change
Global Health
Poverty Alleviation
Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict
Get an insider view of the event. Martin Varsavsky covered the event through his blog, sharing his personal view and perspective of the event.
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.
That’s what this CGI deal’s all about.


Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
Don’t go to the gym, surf the web or leave office early today.
If you find a better way of INVESTING one hour of your time than by joining an enlightened conversation such as this, you must let me know. Join the conversation.
Effective action, lasting results. Improving the collective efforts of NGO’s and private citizens and addressing global challenges is the theme covered by:
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Federal Republic of Brazil
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Chairman of the Board, Microsoft
Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy
What can you learn from this, about what you might do in the NGO world, as citizens of the world? We live in an interdependent world that is unequal, unstable and unsustainable. We should try to create an integrated world of equal opportunities, shared responsibilities and common membership.
1. Look for countries that welcome NGO’s as partners and try to partner with them, that way, your work lasts.
2. Change the system.
3. Innovate.
• Learn about pressing sources of inequity in the world which, through coordinated philanthropy can be solved.
• Find those things were we can have a measurable impact, were we can make a difference and then focus there.
• Build systems and capacity.
They’re not naïve but they’re passionate.
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