Islamic Finance in Milan

On November 8th a great event took place in Milan. The topic was “Islamic Finance: the business and the moral case for current and future business leaders”. The speakers were Celia De Anca, Director of the Centre for Diversity in Global Management at IE Business School, and Usman Hayat, FRM director of Islamic Finance and ESG…


IE Alumni Italy Club: some news

The annual IE Italy Club National meeting was held in Milan recently. It introduced a new organization structure and provided a renewed impulse to the alumni association. The meeting discussed the following topics: * Presentation of the new organization of the Club (we just had elections) * Objectives of the Club and next events The…


Busy holidays: planning fall events

Are you on holidays? So are we! Have a look at the amazing sunset I captured yesterday in Sardinia! But being on holidays does not mean we are not already planning events for fall! In Italy we’ll have a Master Class in Milan on November 5th, on the most common mistakes entrpreneurs make, and an…


Getting closer and closer to companies

As anticipated a few months ago some IE Alumni had the chance to meet dozens of HR Directors and Top Executives from big firms in Italy, during the “practical cooking experience” at Academia Barilla. The event had 50 participants, 11 of which Alumni. Companies represented were top notch: Gucci, Benetton, Ducati, Unicredit, Fiat, HP, Kyocera…


Big events coming up in Italy

This spring is going to be a busy one for IE in Italy. On February 29th, IE will be present at the PWA (Professional Women’s Association) event called “Ready for Board Women” (more info here). The project “Ready for Board Women”, is focused on eliminating the most frequent excuse used to justify the scarcity of…


Italy: Cooking with the CEO!

In October, a group of IE Alumni shared a “practical cooking” experience with CEOs and HR Directors at “Academia Barilla”, fully sponsored by IE. Invited guests were from companies such as Kellog, Monster, Bosch, Ducati, Carter and Benson, Nike and Barclays among others. Prior to the event the alumni spent some time discussing new opportunities…


Student perspective: Alessandro Procaccini, Italy

Name: Alessandro Procaccini
Home country: Italy
Program and intake at IE: IMBA, November 2010 Intake
Previous job: Consultant

Why did you choose IE?
I was searching for a 1-year program and targeting only European schools. I ended up choosing IE for several reasons: first of all for its innovative program as well as for its focus on entrepreneurship. Rankings were also an important element in my decision. Finally, another important element that made me choose IE, was Madrid: I’ve lived in several European countries, but never in Spain and the opportunity of living in Madrid really excited me.

What´s your favorite thing about IE?
I expected some degree of diversity at IE, but the diversity of nationalities, background and mindsets I found here was impressive! In the beginning, after my experience in consulting, I had to work a lot to adapt my way to work and my language to those of my peers, but I found this challenge extremely important in terms of personal and professional growth. It helped me to understand the limitations as well as the strengths of my background: if you never challenge yourself and what you think you know well, you never really learn and improve.

How easy was it to adjust to living in Madrid?
Being an European who speaks Italian and French, I didn’t encounter many difficulties when moving in Madrid; in the beginning I practiced my Itanol, but after a while my Spanish became less “Italian”. The main challenge was to find a flat: a good way to find a flat in Madrid is walking in the street searching for “Se Alquila” signs, but the Student Office also helped a lot. Besides that all the rest (utilities, bank account, mobile, internet etc.) is quite straightforward, or, at least, not impossible.