Diego del Alcázar y Silvela, Marquis de la Romana, founded IE Business School in 1973. He currently serves as President of the institution ranked among the best worldwide. He has been Chairman of Vocento, the biggest media group in Spain, and serves on the board of Técnicas Reunidas and other companies in communication, consumer goods and other sectors.
A keen supporter of the arts, he is a member of the Amigos del Museo del Prado Foundation and Arco Foundation, among others. As founder and acting President of IE, he is committed to promoting change, innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity in business.
Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP is an architect, educator, and the founder of New York-based Deborah Berke Partners. Deborah is the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, the first woman to hold the position. She has been a Professor at Yale since 1987. She was a founder of DesignNYC, a founding trustee of the Design Trust for Public Space, a trustee of the National Building Museum, chair of the board of advisers of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, trustee of the Brearley School, and vice president of the AIA New York Chapter.
Michael R. Bloomberg founded a start-up in 1981 focused on financial data, and after turning it into a global media company, he was elected mayor of New York City for three terms (2002–2013). Since leaving City Hall, he has resumed leadership of Bloomberg. A lifelong philanthropist, his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, focuses on five main areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. He also leads a number of coalitions on urgent issues, including climate change, illegal guns, immigration reform, and infrastructure investment. Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.
Alfonso Cortina graduated in Advanced Industrial Engineering and Economics. Professor in Physics of the Escuela Superior Técnica de Ingenieros Industriales (ETSII). From 1972 until 1996, he was CEO of Bancaya Inmobiliaria; CEO of Hispano Hipotecario, Chairman and CEO of Portland Valderribas and Cementos Portland. He was Chairman and CEO of Repsol (1999-2004), Chairman and CEO of YPF (1996-2004), and Chairman of Inmobiliaria Colonial (2004-2007). He has been member of the Board of Directors of BBVA, Banco Central, Banco Zaragozano, FCC, Ferrovial, Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), Recoletos Grupo de Comunicación, Mutua Madrileña, and of the IAB of Allianz. He was also Chairman of the Spanish Group of the Trilateral Commission. He is currently Vice Chairman of Rothschild Europe and Senior Advisor of TPG (2007-ongoing).
Eugenio Galdón is a pioneer of broadband communication as the founder of ONO, Spain’s leading multi-channel communications network. Today Chairman of Grupo Multitel, the tech and infrastructure development and investment specialist, his group is the strategic partner of Red Compartida, Mexico’s national wholesale network, and Eugenio chairs its executive committee. He was formerly Advisor to Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez and Chief of Staff of Prime Minister Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo. He has also been instrumental in shaping the Spanish media sector. Classical music and sailing have been great loves since childhood.
Jonathan Ive is responsible for design at Apple, including the look and feel of Apple's hardware, user interface, packaging, major architectural projects such as Apple Campus 2 and Apple’s retail stores. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Newcastle Polytechnic, holds honorary doctorates from, among others, Cambridge and Oxford Universities and the Royal College of Art. Sir Jonathan also holds over 5,000 design patents and has led Apple’s design team since 1996.
Carlos Loring holds a Law degree from the University of Madrid. In 1971 he joined the law firm J&A Garrigues making partner in 1977. He is a well-known specialist in corporate governance and was nominated by The International Who’s Who of Bussiness Lawyers as one of the most preeminent lawyers in his field. From 1984 to 1992 he was a member of the Board of the Madrid Bar Association.
In 2004, he was appointed Independent Member of the Board of Directors of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. He is currently a member of the Risk Comittee and the Permanent Delegate Comittee.
The Marquis of Marañón was born in Madrid, 1942. He serves as President of the Teatro Real, Honorary President of the Real Fundación de Toledo, Vice President of the Fundación Ortega-Marañón, and Trustee of the Biblioteca Nacional, Real Fábrica de Tapices and Museo del Ejército. He is a Member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Honorary Member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes y Ciencias Históricas de Toledo, and of the Académie Européenne des Sciences, des Arts et des Lettres. He has been awarded the Gran Cruz de Alfonso X el Sabio, Medalla de Oro a las Bellas Artes, Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur française and Commendatore de la Ordine della Stella d'Italia.
Gilbert C. Maurer sits on the Board of Directors at Hearst, one of the world’s largest media companies. Maurer headed the directors’ committee that selected Norman Foster to design Hearst Tower, and began Hearst’s corporate art collection. In 2016, Maurer brought two exhibits to Hearst Tower: the art of now and Building With History: The Exhibit. He serves as a trustee emeritus of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is also a trustee and director of the Norton Museum of Art, a member of the Dean’s Council at the Yale School of Architecture and serves in leadership capacities at a number of additional organizations.
Mohsen Mostafavi is Dean and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work focuses on modes and processes of urbanisation and on the interface between technology and aesthetics. Mostafavi is the author and co-author of many books, including Architecture is Life and On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time. His recent publications include Ecological Urbanism (co-edited 2010 with five translations published or pending); In the Life of Cities (2012); Nicholas Hawksmoor: The London Churches (2015); and the forthcoming Ethics of the Urban: The City and the Spaces of the Political.
An Associate Professor based at MIT, Oxman pioneered the field of Material Ecology, which considers computation, fabrication, the environment and the material inseparable dimensions of design. Oxman’s team operates at the intersection of computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology with applications across disciplines and scales. Her work is included in permanent collections at MoMA, SFMOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou or The Smithsonian. Oxman’s innovations have received awards such as the Vilcek Prize in Design and recognition at the World Economic Forum and the White House.
Kenneth Rogoff is Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard, and a former Chief Economist at the IMF. His 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time is Different is considered perhaps the most important research book on financial crises. His treatise Foundations of International Macroeconomics (with Maurice Obstfeld) is the standard graduate text worldwide. Rogoff is a member National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Group of Thirty, and ranks in the top ten among all economists by scholarly citations. He is an international grandmaster of chess.
Elizabeth A. Sackler, Ph.D., is a public historian and arts activist, president of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation; founder of the American Indian Ritual Object Repatriation Foundation; a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum; and a founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Papers are held by the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.
Deyan Sudjic (OBE)’s career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. He was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He was editor of Domus from 2000 to 2004, and was founding editor of Blueprint from 1983 to 1996.
Deyan has published many books on design and architecture, including The Edifice Complex (2006), The Language of Things (2008), Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture (2010), Shiro Kuramata (2013) and B is for Bauhaus (2014). His most recent book, Ettore Sottsass: The Poetry of Things, was published in 2015.