Dear Readers,

Fall has arrived in Europe and brought along with it the winds of change. IE’s International Development Department — Europe and CIS — is proud to announce it has a new director: Camila Uribe.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Camila has been part of IE for almost seven years. During this period, as an Admissions Director for non-business programs, she took a leading role on either launching or strengthening five IE Graduate Schools: IE Law School, IE School of Architecture and Design, IE School of Arts and Humanities, IE School of Communication and IE School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

She was not only responsible for the recruitment of candidates, but was also actively involved in the successful international expansion of this portfolio of programs. Thanks to her efforts, all the five schools are now consolidated on a national and international level, and with an impressive reputation in both academic and corporate arena.

I am very happy to see Camila taking over this position, not only because she has been a dedicated colleague at IE, but because she reunites all the qualifications for the position. She spent a great deal of her early professional life working with international affairs, mainly with the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Trade.

She was the coordinator for North American Affairs and responsible for the Colombian trade relations with Canada and the United States. It was a challenging task since those two countries account for more than 50% of Colombia’s trade balance. She has also professional experience in the corporate world and worked for a leading international insurance company prior to joining IE.

As many of her counterparts at IE, Camila speaks several languages. Apart from her native Spanish, she is fluent in English, Italian and French.

“I am very excited and ready to embrace this new professional challenge”, says Camila, who also holds an MBA degree from the institution. “IE is such an innovative and entrepreneurial institution and I am looking forward to working on its international expansion, as well as building strong academic, corporate and institutional agreements that will benefit our students, alumni and partners”.

As for myself, I will be taking a long sabbatical in New York City, but will continue supporting IE now as active and grateful alumni. To be part of this state-of-the-art institution, an incubator for innovative ideas and projects and a nest of superb talent has been one of the most grateful professional and personal experiences.  I will surely miss it! I wish you all the best to the IE Family!

Deise Leobet

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