Thu, Apr 11, 2019

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (GMT+2)

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IE values the Humanities as a key element in understanding the reality of the world we live in through a global vision and the application of critical thinking. According to many recent studies, the skills that employers value most in new hires are not technical or job-specific skills, but the skills such as communication, critical thinking and problem solving that humanities graduates tend to be strong at. 

At this panel our speakers will share how their humanities background helped them in their professional growth, leadership and day-to-day management and how they market their humanities background. 

Enrique Sacau, Group Head Financial Services at Equiniti 
Carolina Fàbregas Hernández, B2C Global Head of Digital Marketing at Telefónica Corp
Ryan Day, CEO Grupo Bang Bang, Professor of Early Modern Literature at Saint Louis University, Madrid 
Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes, IE Business School 

Moderator: Erik Schlie, Vice President for Global Alumni and Talent & Careers, IE 
Dress Casual (jeans ok)


Velázquez 130
V Hub (-2)

Calle de Velázquez, 130, 28006 Madrid, Spain


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Carolina Fàbregas Hernández

B2C Global Digital Marketing Leader in Telefonica Corp


With a degree in Art History and experience cataloging ancient religious works of art, Carolina has a blended trajectory with more than 19 years executive experience in Digital Marketing and E-Commerce in world class tech corporations. She is currently B2C Global Digital Marketing Leader in Telefonica Corp, having previously held the position of South Europe Digital Marketing Director in Nokia and Iberia Digital Marketing Director in Microsoft.

At the same time, she has a master’s degree in Digital Marketing at IE Business School. Carolina is a certified executive coach by ICF, and a seasoned team leader and people manager. She teaches in specialized executive programs for different business schools, where she also mentors individuals and teams with innovative projects. She is currently a doctoral student in Art History and Marketing at Universidad de Valencia.

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Enrique Sacau

Group Head Financial Services


Enrique Sacau (Vigo, 1979) studied History at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He then did an MSt and a PhD at Oxford where he researched the uses of the arts, and specifically avant garde music, as propaganda during the Cold War. Enrique then started a career in financial services at Xchanging where, at various points, he was in charge of M&A, sales and service in Europe. He then spent four years at FNZ, the leading B2B wealth management platform as CEO EMEA and is now Group Head of Financial Services at Equiniti Plc. Enrique is passionate about opera, food and travel and currently lives in North London. 

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Ryan Day

CEO Grupo Bang Bang, Professor of Early Modern Literature at Saint Louis University, Madrid

Dr. Timothy Ryan Day teaches early modern literature at Saint Louis University with a focus on Shakespeare and Ecocriticism. His classes often deal with the theme of food and literature.

In 2011 he co-founded Tierra Burrito. After leaving Tierra he and his wife founded a group of restaurants including The Toast Café, Roll Madrid, Slow Mex Palma Brew, The Toast Tavern and The Village Tap Room.

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Marc Smelik

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes

IE Business School

Marc is Associate Dean and Professor in International Business at IE Business School in Madrid, responsible for the International Business Bachelor programmes with nearly 2,000 fulltime students. 

His career started in banking and finance, for Barclays UK and Australia, and Merrill Lynch investment bank in London. He was involved in various corporate finance areas including venture capital, syndications and international finance. As VP, he managed the talent recruitment for both banks across international markets. After an entrepreneurial period in retail, he joined the University of Leeds in a leadership and teaching role to assist the rapid development of a prestigious research business school. In his role as Associate Dean, Marc set up careers, executive education, corporate relations, developed accreditation submissions and created strategic international partnerships across the world for Leeds, especially in China. The School became triple accredited, top 10 in the UK research assessment, and contributed to Leeds Uni becoming the Times Higher Education University of the Year award 2017.

Before joining IE in 2016, he was academic dean of the executive MBA and OneMBA at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and chair of the global OneMBA consortium. Marc teaches in Europe and China, with specific interest in cross-border trade and M&A, business cultures and strategy,

globalisation. He advises business start-ups and managed the Leeds team which successfully introduced the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses programme in the UK.

He gained Master degrees in linguistics from the Universities of Utrecht and Newcastle, an MBA from Durham University Business School, and one day will finish his PhD project.

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Erik Schlie

Vice President for Global Alumni and Talent & Careers