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Theme: The New Normal

This event occurred on
June 8, 2017
Madrid, Madrid

We are connected 24/7, but more alone than ever. We are constantly pushing the boundaries, but run the risk of losing sight of today’s challenges. We have an unlimited amount of information, but lose the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction.

How do we adapt to these changing circumstances? How do we wrap our heads around realities we could not even imagine a few years ago? What is normal in this changing world? Do universal truths exist that are here for the duration? And what influence do our personal assumptions and biases have in how we perceive “normal”?

Teatros Luchana
Calle de Luchana 38
Madrid, Madrid, 28010
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Alexandra Baumhardt

Journalist, Masters candidate in Visual & Digital Media at IE, U.S. Fulbright Student
Alex Baumhardt is a journalist and U.S. Fulbright Student, studying the Masters in Digital & Visual Media at IE Business School. She has reported from the Arctic to the Antarctic and many places in between for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Vice and more.

Jaime Rodríguez

General Manager Spain & Portugal BlaBlaCar
Jaime Rodríguez is General Manager of BlaBlaCar Spain & Portugal. He will share his vision on the transportation sector with the speech “Cars: An industry upside down”.

Jean Philippe Rosier

Partner and CEO @Perestroika
Jean Philippe Rosier is an educator and partner of Perestroika, a school of creative activities that just arrived in Europe. During his career, he attended to LEGO Serious Play, Kaospilot School and Holacracy. In TEDxIEMadrid he will share his vision on how experience drives education.

Jolanta Golanowska

Director of Learning Innovation at IE Business School
Jolanta teaches decision sciences at the IE Business School and runs the Learning Innovation department which is IE’s laboratory for new approaches to teaching, learning and doing the business of education. She oversees IE’s Technology Lab, the Pedagogy Innovation team and the IE ROCKETS accelerator. Before IE, Jolanta spent 8 years at McKinsey working with her clients on cultural change and leadership development as well developing McKinsey’s internal and external executive training programs. She holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from INSEAD.

Jose Miguel Cansado

Partner, Global Accounts & Consulting at Alto Data Analytics
General Director of Alto Data Analytics, Jose Miguel Cansado, has developed his international career in IMB Watson and Alcatel-Lucent, including eight years in pacific Asia as Head of Multimedia and Mobile Communications. He is a telecommunication engineer and holds a master’s in marketing from INSEAD, as well as executive MBA from IE Business School.

Lolita Taub

B2B Enterprise Tech - AI - Business Development
Lolita Taub is an enterprise tech professional, an artificial intelligence enthusiast, and an advocate for women in tech. She is a member of Cognitive Computing Consortium and a mentor for the IBM AI X Prize.

Milo Jones

Strategy | Intelligence Analysis | Geopolitics | Investing
Dr. Milo Jones has been a Visiting Professor at IE since 2008. In the past, he has worked for Morgan Stanley in New York, Accenture in London, and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. At IE Business School, he teaches "Geopolitics" and "Intelligence Tools for the Business Professional" in the MBA and MIAF programmes, and “Cyberintelligence” in the Masters in Cybersecurity programme. He is currently research the geopolitical impact of advances in AI and automation.

Montana Butsch

Founder of Chicago Training Center and IE Brown MBA Graduate
Montana Butsch is the Founder of the Chicago Training Center (CTC), an afterschool program that introduces minority teens in alternative sports to maximize their personal and academic potential. He is an Executive Scholar with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, focusing on nonprofit leadership, and is an Executive MBA graduate of IE Brown.

Paz Díaz

Procurement Manager at ACCIONA. Executive MBA IE Business School.
Paz Díaz is an industrial engineer and works in Acciona Agua. At the same time, she is studying the Executive MBA at IE Business School. She is member of the Young Water Professionals, an initiative promoted by the International Water Association. She is concerned about sustainability, circular economy and women leadership, especially for countries in development.

Rebeca Duque Estrada

Architect. Maker. Project Coordinator for Olabi Makerspace.
Rebeca Duque Estrada is a Brazilian architect and maker based in Berlin. She is project coordinator for Olabi Makerspace, where she has developed courses and methodologies that open access to technology through meaningful experiences, combining high-tech with craft techniques, wearables technology and bio-materials. Her latest project called Wearable as Manifest explores the potential of wearables as an element that goes beyond glowing and conveys a message.

Shivom Aggarwal

Adjunct Professor at IE and final year doctoral candidate in Operations & Technology Management

Teresa Martín-Retortillo

Executive President of IE Exponential Learning
Teresa Martín-Retortillo has crossed the bridge from the business world to the education world. She is currently the Executive President of IE Exponential Learning. In her role she is in charge of driving innovation in open programs both online and face to face across the different schools. Prior to joining IE, she was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for McGraw-Hill Education where she supported the CEO and the executive team in driving the company's digital transformation and focus on learning science. Teresa led strategy definition, execution as well as key decisions on strategic investments and partnerships.

Organizing team


Madrid, Spain


Madrid, Spain
  • Asya Ershova
  • Cassia Giancola
  • Ilaria Bassi
  • Isabella Herdy
  • Kenya Tay
  • Michèle Richner
  • Sofia Paz Vivo