My favorite urban places are: Paris, San Francisco and (of course) Madrid. Outdoors, I like anywhere that has good SCUBA diving or good skiing.
I like to relax with fiction, particularly mysteries. My favorite authors include Ian Rankin and Henning Mankell.
What sport do you practice?
At my university, I was a swimmer. Now I prefer bicycling and skiing.
3 favorite websites:
I use many, but I particularly like the Economist, the International Herald Tribune and Science sites.
My dream is to ride my bike across North America and then continue on around the globe, riding on every continent.
A memory in the classroom:
The first year that I taught at IE, I had a student who was having some difficulty with the material related to how to evaluate issues such as time value of money and risk. We spent some time during a break working through it one on one. They were very grateful and sent me a nice thank you note saying that now they really understood the concepts. That touched me.
A memorable moment:
Hiking to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The beauty of watching the sun come up over the top of Africa is impossible to put into words
Your best professor:
I have had many great professors, but the best was in medical school, I had a professor, Robert Cutler who was not only a great doctor, but also a scientist and role model.
You can´t live without:
Good coffee, my bicycles and my family (not necessarily in that order)
A ritual before teaching:
I always check the news to make sure that there isn’t anything that just happened that impacts on what we are about to do. I always want to be up to date.
What is your favorite quote or motto of life?
I like this one from Einstein: “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”