Carmen Alonso-Muñoyerro

Academic Area:

Financial Management

How and when did you get to IE?

By way of those unpredictable walks of life… three years ago!

What sport do you practice?

I alternate running and indoor cycle with… doing nothing!  I love skiing!

What is your favorite book?

I must cite three:  The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien, War and Peace, by Tolstoi  and Persuasion, by Austen

Where were you born?

Mexico D.F.

What is your favorite dish?

Cocido madrileño

A memorable moment:

I am unable to choose one.  I am thankful as I have had many!

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

To me, it means to be knowledgeable, be able to convey that knowledge and can motivate students to further into that knowledge.

How do you keep up-to-date?

I read.  I always try to have the latest edition of reference text books, and try to keep an eye on financial news.

What is your secret for your classes or presentations?

Honestly, I think there is no secret.  I simply dedicate plenty of time to preparing for classes.

A ritual before teaching:

I always come in early.  And I buy a hot chocolate from the vending machine.  Be it freezing or scorching outside.

A story in the classroom:

10 minutes before the end of a particularly intricate session in technical terms, suddenly what appeared to be the sound of a champagne bottle being opened does off…  silence reigned in the classroom, so I just said “we have finally finished this valuation method!… although let us wait until the final exam before enjoying the champagne!”.  It was absolutely a chance event, but it did relax tension a whole lot.

What is your favorite quote or motto of life?

Although I often fail miserably, I try to follow the postulates of the poem If, by Rudyard Kipling

What has been your worst experience in the classroom?

My second session in my first IMBA impartation.  I completely blanked out.  I was writing on the board  the most basic formula you could think of when, without prior notice, my memory decided to go on vacation and I simply could not complete the equation.  The students, whose respect I hadn’t really earned yet, started dictating the formula to me.  I simply couldn’t react.  Awful!