Ramiro Montealegre

Academic Area:

Information Systems & Technology

How and when did you get to IE?

I have been a Visiting Professor at IE since August 1998. However, my permanent academic position is at the University of Colorado at Boulder

What sport do you practice?

Hicking, bicycling, and specially be the soccer coach for children under 10 years old.

What is your favorite book?

“The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman

Where were you born?

Guatemala City

What is your favorite dish?

In Spain I have several favorite dishes. However, I enjoy the most to have a “Cocido Madrileño” every time I visit Madrid in November

A memorable moment:

The birth of each of my three children.

What does it mean for you to be a good professor?

Someone who is capable of orchestrating a good discussion among students. Thus, listening is for me the most important skills that a good professor needs to master.

How do you keep up-to-date?

This has changed for me over time. At present I feel that more than “been up-to-date,” it is more important for me to develop the skills to “navigate” in order to find information when I need it.

What is your secret for your classes or presentations?

It is to create a class environment where students could feel relaxed, but respectful in order for students to feel “safe” in participating in the discussions.

A ritual before teaching:

I review the case study that I will present, I review my notes, and then I do breathing exercises.

What is your favorite quote or motto of life?

“Learn to live and live to learn.” This was the motto of my elementary school.

What has been your worst experience in the classroom?

Once I was teaching a 3-hour session to executives in Argentina. In the first five minutes I realized that there was a problem and I wasn’t going to be able to use the computer. I had to improvise for the next 2 hours and 55 minutes…. Since then, I always bring to class my presentation in at least two other technologies plus my own laptop!