Wed, Apr 10, 2019

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (GMT+2)

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Velázquez 130
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Calle de Velázquez, 130, 28006 Madrid, Spain

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The humanities vs. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) -  a centuries old debate on which is superior to the other is becoming even more heated today – in academia, in the corporate world, and even in friendly discussions. 

Is it possible to marry the two - STEM and Humanities? Should we prioritize an education in STEM over one in Humanities? Are the new degrees, such as Human-Centered Computing and Digital Humanities the futhre? 

Join us in this panel discussion with: 

Susana Torres, Associate Professor and Academic Director of Humanities at IE University 
Sowmya Vavilala, IE Public Speaking Club Coordinator
Fernando Mateo, Senior Director of Data Science and Technology, IE School of Human Sciences and Technology 
Federica Fornaciari, Director of Digital Strategy, HAVAS Media Group Spain 

Moderator: Rolf Strom-Olsen, Professor at IE Business School 
Dress Casual (jeans ok)


Velázquez 130
V Hub, (-2)

Calle de Velázquez, 130, 28006 Madrid, Spain


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Susana Torres

Professors of the Arts & Humanities Division in IE

IE University

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Sowmya Vavilala

Coordinator, IE Public Speaking Club and International MBA student at IE

Sowmya Vavilala is an International MBA student from India and an aspiring change maker with the aim to empower farmers through her own Agribusiness. An computer science engineer by degree she found her passion in agriculture while working with rural communities in India. Later, she worked on government funded projects assessing business models of farmer companies and suggesting policy changes to the government to empower farmers. Along with aspiring to be a change maker, Sowmya is also a swimmer and a debater. She takes part in open water swimathons and has been an active participant in events around debates and group discussions ever since school.

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Fernando Mateo

Senior Director of Data Science and Technology

IE School of Human Sciences and Technology

Seasoned executive of the Consulting and IT industries, with significant business outcomes achievements in big companies through technology enablement. Focused on data & analytics, he covers Data Science and Data Engineering on both, Open Source and Commercial Platforms.

His experience includes:

•    Partner in EY, leading the Financial Services Consulting practice

•    Technology Consulting Division Director in INDRA SYSTEMS, leading a team of 1,200 consultants and engineers specialized in Digital Technologies

•    Country Lead (Spain & Portugal) for Think Big Analytics-TERADATA

Currently he is Senior Director of Data Science & Technology at  Ie University – School of Human Sciences & Technology and Professor of Business Analytics & Innovation.

He has a Degree in Economics (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Executive MBA (IE Business School) and Advanced Banking Program at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

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Federica Ilaria Fornaciari

Director of Digital Strategy

Havas Media Group Spain

Federica Ilaria Fornaciari is an Italian-American professional, former Bain consultant and alumni of IE Business School (International Master in Business Administration ’13). Grew in USA as a child she moved in Italy where she achieved a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration at Luiss Business School in Roma (where she collaborated with various international project related to digital transformation such as RAI) and a Master in Marketing at Bocconi University. In Madrid she founded her second professional and personal home once she achieved her MBA at IE Business School (’13) Her professional career was always related to digital, in a first moment as a consultant in Value Lab (Ambrosetti-McKinsey spin off) - working into companies such as Yoox Net a Porter – and in Bain (with a strong focus in fashion and luxury industry), then moving into the marketing and communication industry joining WPP Italy (Digital Director of MediaCom and CDO of VMLY&R). Recognized as an expert of the field of digital marketing and transformation she was involved as presenter and speaker in the main Italian digital events. Given this expertise she joined also the academic field as Adjunt Professor in Liuc of Digital and Mobile Marketing, Fellow in Bocconi SDA (especially of programmatic topic and digital marketing for executives) and speaker/ lecturer in other institutions such as Bologna Business School, Izmir University (Turkey) etc. After the experience in WPP, Federica has now joined Havas Media Group in Spain (the biggest communication group of the country) as Digital Strategy Director. 

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Rolf Strom-Olsen

Professor at IE Business School


Rolf Strom-Olsen earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his MA from McGill University and his PhD from Northwestern University, all in history. A former Fulbright scholar, he has been teaching at IE since 2009 and is the architect of the humanities curriculum in the IMBA program.