IE finance professor Ignacio de la Torre challenged the conventional methods of economic forecasting during two thought-provoking Master Classes in Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland this month. The talks by de la Torre, who is also Academic Director of the Master in Finance programs at IE, served as an introduction to a new Global Master in Finance program that IE is launching in Fall 2011.

During the events, de la Torre offered several fresh perspectives on what factors can help predict global GDP, ranging from changes in geopolitics to education trends. With an audience of over 60 people between the two cities, Professor De La Torre led a thought-provoking and engaging discussion.

The audience included both IE alumni currently working in Switzerland, candidates interested in IE Master and MBA programs, and executives from the Swiss business community. The events were a wonderful opportunity for networking and both events were followed by an informal cocktail where attendees had the chance to mingle and continue the lively debate from the Master Classes. Thanks to everyone who attended and a special thanks to Ignacio de la Torre…. Let’s see if his financial predictions for the year come true!